Saturday Snippets (October 30)

As well as reading a lot of books, I also read a ton of articles every week. Here are some of the articles that I’ve read recently and have found interesting, helpful, challenging and encouraging. I hope that they will be the same for you, my dear readers…

Who was William Tyndale?

“When Tyndale was born in the final decade of the fifteenth century it was still illegal to translate the Bible into English. Facing the danger with great determination, Tyndale’s vision was clear — that every ploughboy in England would have the Scriptures in his own language. By April 1531, William Tyndale was the most wanted man in Europe.”

10 Truths About the Holy Spirit from Romans 8

“Romans 8 is a favorite chapter of the Bible among Christians, and for good reason. It is encouraging, memorable, and oh-so-quotable. But because it is so beloved, it is easy to lose the main ideas of the chapter among the glorious promises. To be specific, what would you say Romans 8 is all about?”

Practical Applications of the Doctrine of Justification

“As we approach the Bible’s teaching on justification, it is vital that we comprehend the finer points of the doctrine. To put it bluntly, if we get justification wrong, we get the gospel wrong. Thankfully, we have a rich and faithful heritage of believers who have courageously upheld Scripture’s teaching on justification by faith alone.”

SITTING OUTSIDE THE CITY

“The book of Jonah is an amazing book that, for too many Christians, has been reduced to a children’s story or a mere illustration of the importance of obeying God.”

On Reading

“Which is all to say, I have some thoughts on reading and do know what I’m talking about. People often ask me for tips on reading more, and I thought I’d share some of the things I frequently say.”

GROWING IN GODLINESS ONE STEP AT TIME

“Much of our spiritual growth comes through habits like prayer, Bible reading, and corporate worship. Starting these habits can feel like a tipping point as the force of growth feels like an enormous wave.”

Mobile notifications and choosing to annoy people

“If you have a smart phone, you probably use it for pretty much everything. Texts, social media, emails, notes, pictures, music, fitness tracking and so on, the list is massive. The average time a person spends on their phone is staggering. I am no different. Over the years I haven’t been the best example of how to manage my screen time, but I am making changes.”

Sin-Coddlers Are Not True Friends

“Encouraging, not excusing. Courage, not coddling. That’s what friendship in a Christian key must look like.”

A Theology of Disappointment

“Disappointment can be refined for good use. If our present reality teaches us to lament and to seek, we are well on our way through this long, steady disappointment. And in the unbroken world that awaits us, we will solidly arrive at disappointment’s end.”

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