Bob’s Links – Sep 5-11, 2016

Here are links to different articles and posts that I connected to on Facebook during the week of September 5-11. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

4 Practical Guidelines for Reading Old Testament Stories (George H Guthrie) “You may not be terribly familiar with the Old Testament stories, which play a vitally important role in telling the Grand Story, but there are a number of reasons why you should read those stories.”

Andy Stanley’s Statements about the Bible are not Cutting Edge – They’re Old Liberalism (David Prince) “He believes we have been naively taught, “The Bible says it, that settles it” and that kind of simplistic reasoning is why many walk away from the faith as adults.”

Three Ways of Looking at Pastoral Ministry (David Murray) “I began my Christian ministry class yesterday by taking my students through the qualifications of a pastor, focusing on 1 Timothy 3:1-7. Among all the details of the lecture, I tried to emphasize three main ways to look at the qualifications.”

Do Not Go Beyond What Is Written (Jon Bloom) “The only proven antidote to the doctrinal and moral diseases that have always afflicted the churches of God is ‘holding fast to the word of life’ (Philippians 2:16) and ‘not . . . go[ing] beyond what is written’ (1 Corinthians 4:6).”

Spiritual Disciplines and the Sinkhole Syndrome (Donald Whitney) “You know the story. A man has been a believer in Christ for decades. To all outward appearances he’s a man of Christian faithfulness and integrity. He has maintained a reputation as a fine example of public and private faithfulness to the things of God for decades. Then, without warning, it all collapses into a sinkhole of sin.”

Pastoral Visitation a “Sign of Sickness” and a “Step Towards Death” (David Murray) “I was stunned and shocked when I read Thom Rainer’s recent blog post ‘Fifteen Reasons Why Your Pastor Should Not Visit Much.'”