On the Radio: Defining the Church as Evangelicals

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

John Blok of Moody Radio Florida interviews me about Ed Stetzer’s article, “Defining the Church as Evangelicals.” The link to the article is below.

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Symbolism

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

I know that the Confederate flag had nothing to do with the slaughter of black Christians in Charleston, that removing it would be another example of symbolism over substance, that to acquiesce on this point would be only to encourage the Left, which never tires of this kind of thing, that many people take pride in this symbol of Southern culture and gallantry, and that banishing it from state grounds would do nothing to help African Americans in society today.

However, given its undeniable connection with slavery and the unsettled racial climate in which we find ourselves, discretion is the better part of valor. May Christian humility rule, and may supporters of this flag give up their “rights” in order to demonstrate their love and forbearance on this issue. This would be a fitting tribute to those who died and their loved ones. Sometimes symbolic acts really do matter. And this is one of those times.

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Defining the Church as Evangelicals

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

By Ed Stetzer

Have we become so generous with the definition of “church” that the word has lost meaning?

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Bus

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

In confessing to an “affair” (softer wording than “adultery”) while pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Tullian Tchividjian said the moral failure began after he discovered that his wife was being unfaithful to him. Is it too much to ask our fallen celebrity pastors to just confess their own sins? It is unseemly for Tchividjian to throw his wife under the bus.

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By By Sai Sachin R | Reuters

It could soon pay more to write lengthier books, if you are an author self-publishing on Amazon.com Inc’s Kindle ebook platform.

Starting next month, the e-commerce giant will pay independent authors based on the number of pages read, rather than the number of times their book has been borrowed.

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Attack

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

The godly and gracious response of the church in Charleston to an outbreak of demonic evil did more to present the claims of Christ to an unbelieving culture than all our arguments. Unfortunately, I’m afraid this attack is a preview of things to come. May more of us learn to respond in the same spirit.

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My Summer 2015 Reading List

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Confession time. These are the books I am reading right now, started a while ago and hope to finish, or plan to start and complete before the leaves begin to turn. The fact that I have not finished what I have started is no reflection on the book or the author. It is a reflection on me and the circumstances in which I find myself. All of these volumes are well worth your time … assuming you don’t have too large a backlog of titles of your own.

A Question of Character: A Life of John F. Kennedy
By Thomas Reeves

Before there was WJC, there was JFK. This book, recommended to me by a Facebook friend, is a fascinating account of how a deeply flawed and manipulative man was made president.

Saint Peter’s Fair (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 4)
By Ellis Peters

My first exposure to the well-known mystery series. Overwritten at times. Doesn’t demand a lot of the reader but holds your interest and keeps you guessing. Christine is reading this book to me.

Empire’s End: A Novel
By Jerry B. Jenkins

The latest historical novel on the life of Paul, written by one of my favorite Christian authors.

Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church
By Collin Hansen

Collin was one of the brightest people on CT’s hallway and is now a big shooter with The Gospel Coalition and a new church pastor in Alabama. If this book matches Collin’s careful intellect and compassionate heart, I expect it to do a lot of good for the cause of Christ.

Discovering God: The Origins of the Great Religions and the Evolution of Belief
By Rodney Stark

An endlessly fascinating survey not only of the monotheistic faiths but of the Eastern religions, as well as ancient paganism. Stark says the global faiths that hold sway today—other than Islam—got their starts or underwent major innivations about the same time. He suggests that God was guiding the process as man’s understanding of religious matters enlarged. Whether I end up agreeing with his thesis, my understanding of the development of religion has been deepened greatly.

What Your Body Knows about God: How We Are Designed to Connect, Serve and Thrive
By Rob Moll

Everyone else has read this book, which somehow got lost in the Guthrie shuffle, so I should, too. In fact, I wish I’d written it! I expect to learn a ton from Rob’s careful reporting and sage insights. Rob also worked with me at CT and now serves World Vision with his considerable editorial and journalistic skills.

How We Love: Discover Your Love Style, Enhance Your Marriage
By Milan and Kay Yerkovich

Recommended by a friend.

Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying
By Drew Dyck

I put this book down a year ago, but a lot of other people haven’t been able to. Drew’s book just topped the Christian Living category at the Word Guild’s 2014 Word Awards. Drew, a former colleague at CTI, has written a helpful book on the majesty and unpredictability of God, and it’s high time I finished it.

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Scientific

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

The only thing certain about “scientific consensus” is its changeability.

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Control

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

If our president believes so strongly in gun control for the United States, why doesn’t he at least support knife control in the case of ISIS?

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Summer Reading 2015

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Reading Recommendations from the BreakPoint Staff.

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