Saturday Snippets (March 12)

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…

Do You Ever Wonder Whether You’re a Christian at All?

Challies reminds your of truths penned by Alistair Begg’s new devotional.

Why is Evangelism Hard? If you Want the Real Answer, Don’t Ask a Pastor

Helpful article by Stephen McAlpine, for both pastors and church members.

Pastors Respond to my “Don’t Ask a Pastor About Evangelism” Post

I love it when you can see a blogger engage straight away in a gracious way that is logical and continues to point people to Jesus. Stephen deals with some responses from his first article (above).

The Makings of a Dull Sermon

“You would think it is impossible to preach a dull sermon because, as preachers, we are talking about God’s Word, but we all would probably say that we’ve preached a boring sermon at least once.”

Good Habits from Painful Beginnings

How often does God allow something negative or painful in our lives so that we begin something new—a new habit that is for our own good?”

Are You Standing in God’s Way?

“You may dismiss this question on its face. After all, how could anyone resist omnipotence? Who could thwart his plans and purposes? In an absolute sense, I agree. We can no more resist God than an ant can resist a boulder rolling to land upon its sandy domicile. But in another sense, people resist God’s will every day.”

50 for the 50th

Some helpful book recommendations from Reformed Youth Ministries.

A Christian Approach to PTSD and Trauma

“We live in a fallen world in which we are sometimes exposed to terrifying events. Experiencing or witnessing those events can cause severe psychological trauma. However, we can be comforted in knowing that the God who experienced a traumatic crucifixion on our behalf is with us in the midst of our trauma, and that he has given medical personnel the ability to treat the brain-based distortions that result from traumatic experiences.”

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