Saturday Snippets (April 23)

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…

Why Are Calvinists So Mean?

“The stereotype of the mean Calvinist exists for a reason. There’s a reason, after all, that clichés become clichés. If you spend any time in evangelical social media or have a more traveled experience in evangelical churches, you’ve been on the receiving end of a mean Calvinist before. If you’re like me, you’ve wondered at some point, “Why do those who subscribe to the doctrines of grace frequently seem so graceless?”

Will My Son Go to Heaven?
Infancy, Disability, and Sovereign Grace

““Will my son go to heaven?” The father choked out the words as he talked about his child with profound intellectual disabilities. The boy could barely communicate about his basic needs and had no ability to articulate an understanding of the gospel.”

Things Are Real Even if We Don’t Share Them

“There is a sense today that sharing experiences on the internet is the second half of experiencing them. It’s as thought we can’t be sure something we’re experiencing is real, or worthwhile, unless we receive the non-verbal communication of likes, comments, and shares to affirm that the experience did, in fact, happen.”

Spiritual Growth, Spines and Covers

“Spiritual growth isn’t dependent on the size of your library or your academic muscles. There’s a difference between knowing about something and knowing something.”

WHEN GOOD THINGS SPIRITUALLY HARM OUR KIDS

“Any good interest that a child nurtures can be transformed into an all-encompassing endeavor if parents don’t rein in their own drive and enthusiasm while tempering their child’s. We must teach our kids that literally any good and beneficial thing can become an idol that displaces Christ in our hearts.”

Why Do New Believers Read Their Bible More and How We May Do the Same

“Why is it that new believers have such an insatiable longing for the Word? After some time, I’ve found only one consistent answer to that question: An indescribable fascination of God.”

Our Christian Terminology Is Built on the Old Testament

“When it comes to the nuts and bolts of the gospel, the NT often adopts essential concepts/words from the OT, particularly the Greek version. If we want to know what the key words above mean—not to mention others like sacrifice, impurity, guilt, holiness, condemnation, and so on—we have to open the OT to see how they are described. Knowing the OT at some basic level is essential to deciphering Christianese.”

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