The Digital Round-Up #14

zkorsnzHello there! Here’s “The Digital Round-Up” to give you some of my favorite freebies, articles and everything in between. What do you think of it? Eclectic? Weird? Interesting? I just want to know. So please, please, please do me a favor and post your comments about this post at the comment section. Thank you and God bless!

Free First time church visitor training – All the things you need to equip you and your volunteers in handling first time visitors. Files and videos are free just register to Ministry Grid (which is also free).

Consider the Other Side’s Best Arguments – Ken Samples points out that we should check the strongest arguments of the opposing view.

Preaching the Gospel with the TULIP’s tricky “L” in Mind – A one great answer from Tim Challies on preaching the gospel with “Limited Atonement” in mind.

Book Review: Graciousness by John Crotts – In case you missed it, here’s my book review of John Crotts latest book titled “Graciousness”.

Internet Underground Magazine – I have lots of memories of this now defunct magazine. This was back in the mid-90’s were the internet is in its infancy. I love to collect these because of its radical covers, bold articles and a whole lot of weird links (which I always check out). This magazine (and with Yahoo! Internet Life) really made my online life amazing. Check out the link to view the magazine’s archive.

Fallacious History – with all the fake news and possible historical revisionism, we need to straighten our history which will affect our Christian thinking. Carl R. Trueman writes how we can get out of this mess.

Jeff Durbin “The Myth of Neutrality”




The Quotable Round-Up #73

tpn6bjcHowdy day to all! I hope you’re having a great day as you dive in this brand new collection of quotes! This time we are featuring a mix bag of quotes from John Crotts upcoming book “Graciousness” and “Love Your God With All Your Mind” by J. P. Moreland. And if you got stoked with these quotes, please get the books at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.

“When two people disagree about the Scriptures, one of them, whether right or wrong about the interpretation of a Bible passage, can still “win” by intimidation. The Lord Jesus does not smile at His children who sin to win.”
— John Crotts

“As Christians go about their daily work in the world, they are to walk wisely. Their heads are to be up; their eyes are to be open. Because the time of every life is limited, Christians need to take advantage of opportunities to prepare other people for the life to come. Seeking these opportunities in the world takes both wisdom and grace. As believers interact with outsiders to the faith, they are called to relate to them graciously as God has related graciously to them.”
— John Crotts

“The Bible’s standard for speech is incredibly high. Every word that comes across a Christian’s lips must be infused with grace in order to build up the people who hear. There are no vacations or even coffee breaks permitted in order to unleash harsh, critical, unkind, or harmful speech—a believer’s mouth must always be on duty, speaking good words in good ways at the right time”
— John Crotts

“The faithful Christian life cannot be lived merely with zeal for truth but must also cultivate corresponding graciousness.”
— John Crotts

“God cares about more than just the words you say. He also cares about how you say those words. It is not enough always to say the truth; you must also say the truth in love. The Lord Jesus Christ provides the greatest model of a person with zeal both to know and to apply the truth of God.”
— John Crotts

“We need to remember the consequences of abandoning a fundamental commitment to truth and reason. A people that does not care about these will be easily led to behave in certain ways by rhetoric, image, narcissistic self-infatuation, and so on. This is extremely dangerous. Further, if our allegiance to Christianity is not based on the conviction that it is true and reasonable, then we are treating the faith as a mere means to some self-serving pragmatic end, and that demeans the faith.”
— J. P. Moreland

“There is absolutely nothing wrong with admitting you don’t know something or that you’re currently inadequately equipped to think a topic through. What is unacceptable, however, is running from this fact and thereby giving up on intellectual and spiritual growth in the interest of avoiding embarrassment or possible rejection. We all need help in this area, and we should care enough about truth and reason to give that help. Even if we agree with one another’s conclusions, we need to dedicate ourselves for Christ’s sake to refusing to allow each other to reach those conclusions with poor argumentation and sloppy treatment of data.”
— J. P. Moreland

Book Review: Graciousness by John Crotts

crotts_john-_graciousness_cover__52015-1515524014-315-315Truth be told, Christians has a bad reputation when speaking in truth. We have a tendency to run over everyone whether believers or unbelievers, that crosses our firmly held beliefs. The results are so ugly to look at.

John Crotts latest book takes you upfront that speaking for the truth requires more than zeal but love. “Graciousness” unravels the importance of doing so that is pleasing to everyone and to God. It’s a short book but lots of important aspects of being gracious are discussed. In a 100+ pages of “Graciousness”, the author balances the book for having the first half as setting up the case and the second as cultivating grace in the life of a Christian. For readers it important to have that balance because we want the takeaway part (and that’s why in the first place you pick up this book.)

I have been following Jeff Durbin’s video and I’m really floored on how he is gracious in talking to with unbelievers. Most of us may have spoke to JW or a Mormon and it might be more of an episode WWE than having a friendly conversation. For us being friendly or gracious is a sign of compromise. “Graciousness” begs to differ as it draws examples on how Jesus and the Apostle Paul’s encounters with people and encourage us to do the same.

“Graciousness” is an essential read for people who have been engaging in theological debate to friends who have conflicting views of the Scripture over a cup of coffee. It should be in every apologetics reading list and be read after a long apologetics book.  You’ll find refuge here. It’s a much needed stop over before we engage in a theological conversation. An over flowing graciousness is what every believer as you tell the truth that is edifying to everyone and glorifying to God.

My verdict:

5 out of 5

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