Saturday Snippets (December 18)

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…

Taking the Trinitarian Christ out of Christmas

“As pastors prepare their Christmas sermons this year, they might want to keep this fact in mind. Many who will walk through their doors on Sunday morning—some Christians, some not—hold to a heretical understanding of the Trinity. They’ll listen to the sermons and sing the songs, but their view of God is not orthodox. To be blunt, their view of God is not Christian.”

A Tale of Two Mars Hills (well, their pastors)

“You could say the evangelical church takes doctrine more seriously than behavior. Bell was shunned for his theological beliefs, but Driscoll wasn’t charged with heresy or wrong teaching.”

WILL THE REAL LOCAL PASTORS PLEASE STAND UP?

“We need more pastors who tremble at God’s word—those who are not afraid to teach the truth of Scripture regardless of the cultural narrative. We need pastors who open their Bibles with awe because they long to hear from God.”

CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH JESUS IS LORD

“The Word of God plainly tells us that Jesus is Lord and Savior. We are to acknowledge this truth. We do not make it happen. We do not declare it or speak it into existence. Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. Some may be turned off in focusing on Him being Lord, but this is important to understand as believers in Christ.”

Sin, Sorrow, and the Joy of Christmas

“If this Christmas season is passing you by, and the thoughts of your Savior have not yet moved you to worship, may the meditation of our great God and his gospel invigorate our sin-embattled hearts and produce once again the childlike wonder of the Christmas season.”

Can You Stand for Truth without Being Offensive?

“We can expect to be hated and persecuted by virtue of following Jesus. In the meantime, do your best to be a winsome ambassador for Jesus. Try to be as inoffensive as you can when addressing controversial topics. But when people are offended by your biblical values, don’t be surprised. That’s part of what it means to be a follower of Christ.”

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