Links to Make You Think is a list of helpful articles or blogs that I have read and want to share. This month’s edition has 6 helpful links to stimulate your thinking. If you have an article or blog that you think I should share, mention me on Twitter with a link and I’ll check it out!
Here is #1: 5 Links to Make You Think.
Free Download! Sermons on Love: 7 Words from the Cross is a sermon series by Pastor Colin Smith of Unlocking the Bible unpacking the seven phrases spoken by Jesus from the cross. You will see the full extent of the Savior’s love toward us in this series.
Sexuality is More Like Religion than Race — This USA Today article makes a really good point on an argument set forth by many gay activists, claiming the gay rights issue is like the civil rights for blacks in the 1960s. If that isn’t intriguing enough, the next paragraph compares Lady Gaga, Calvinism, and predestination.
Here is an excerpt of the helpful article:
Everyone present at a child’s birth knows the newborn’s race and gender. But can any of us say for certain that we know a newborn’s sexual or religious orientation? Oh, sure, we may say a child will be “raised as a Christian,” or we may assume that a baby boy will grow up to chase girls. But the reality is no one knows for certain at that moment, even if there is a genetic component to homosexuality. And even the child might experience some confusion about his or her sexual or spiritual identity as he or she grows up. This no doubt helps to explain why some people bounce around religiously or sexually before settling these identity questions.
Why Study Church History: Does the mention of “church history” bore you and make you think of old, irrelevant, dusty books? Here are 11 reasons we should study church history:
1 It reaffirms a Biblical value of looking to the past
2 It tells us the rest of the story
3 It frees us from faddishness
4 It is an antidote to arrogance
5 It exposes us to some of the issues faced by the church in every age
6 It helps us see further than we naturally can on our own =
7 It gives us insight into our own culture
8 It provides warnings about what to look out for and what not to do
9 It can be used to spark a longing for awakening and revival
10 It Implants hope in dark times
11 It offers company and help in difficult seasons of ministry
Read the full article through the link above.
Response to “Your Creation Story is Just Another Myth” — Alan Schlemon from Stand to Reason (a top-notch apologetics ministry) provides a powerful video-rebuttal to the atheist apologetic that says the Christian view of creation is a myth. I would love if atheists would respond–but when the myth to begin with is on such a weak foundation of false information and a lack of regard for evidence.
Theology of Human Sexuality — The EFCA recently had a conference on human sexuality and has posted the mp3s and notes from the sessions on this webpage for free.
From the blog archives: 7 Reasons Not to Fear Sharing Your Faith