Saturday Snippets (January 22)

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…

The Gospel and Politics by John MacArthur

It is very interesting to read this in light of everything that has gone on, and what MacArthur has said, over the last number of years. This is an older article, I wonder if he’s still stand by it today.

God Has Satan on a Leash

“We need to have a balanced view of Satan and, in turn, a more robust view of the omnipotence of God. We should not underestimate Satan so much that we think he doesn’t have influence. At the same time, we should not overestimate Satan to think he’s just as powerful as the all-powerful One. Satan has power, but only as much as God gives him. He has influence, but it only goes so far.”

Throwback: World Theology 2

“Not only do non-Western perspectives give us insights into God that we in the West could never get on our own; Western theology also has some serious flaws in it.”

Combating Perfectionism in Communal Culture

“While it’s important for Christians to know what God thinks of us, for those in communal cultures, perfectionism is often more complicated than how we are regarded by ourselves or even by God.”

10 Commitments for 2022

There may be some stuff here that can challenge you as 2022 develops to grow and become more like Christ.

Every Need Is Not a Call

“Jesus saw every need of every human being he encountered, yet he didn’t meet all of them. He followed the Father’s will, knowing when to say yes and when to say no, when to work and when to rest. He didn’t spend his three short years of public ministry in a frantic whirlwind; rather, he faithfully executed the will of the Father by staying close to the Father, seeking to please him alone.”

How To Understand And Dispel The Fear Of Witchcraft

“Despite God’s evident triumph over sorcery, magic, and bewitchment powers, many Africans, including Christians, live in fear of witchcraft. Keith Ferdinando reminds us that “while in the Bible the spirit and the occult world is effectively eclipsed by God, in African traditional religion the situation tends rather be reversed.” By this, he means that Africans, even confessing Christians, are more aware of evil powers than they are of the God who rules over all things.”

Shall we cancel the theologians?

“there is a form of cancel culture emerging within the ranks of Christians. It operates with selective pieties drawn from the wider woke culture and reflects, whether by accident or design, the same self-righteousness that marks the secular world. Two obvious examples are current attitudes toward Martin Luther and Jonathan Edwards.”

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