Weekly Wraps (January 9-15, 2012)
Krienke on cooking, John Piper on Christian Freedom, Josh Etter quotes Piper and Charles Spurgeon on prayer, and et cetera.
1. Do You Like to Cook? (Martha Krienke) – Krienke on cooking.
2. What Is Freedom? — Filling Out the Passion 2012 Message (John Piper) – Piper on Christian freedom.
3. The Value of Praying Together (Josh Etter) – Etter quotes John Piper on corporate prayer.
4. Why Some Prayers Fail (Josh Etter) – Etter quotes Charles Spurgeon on prayer. Spurgeon says: “Many prayers fail of their errand because there is no faith in them. Prayers which are filled with doubt are requests for refusal.”
5. What Breathes Fire into the Equations? Professor Stephen Hawking at 70 (Albert Mohler) – Mohler on Stephen Hawking.
6. New Research on the Views of Protestant Pastors in Regard to Evolution and Creation (Ed Stetzer) – Stetzer on a research among pastor about evolution and creation.
7. How Should We Talk About Sex? (Ed Stetzer) – Stetzer counsels on how to talk about sex. Helpful!
8. God Accepts Even Your Mediocre Sermons (Michael McKinley) – McKinley heard Phil Ryken talk on preaching. He writes: “Because of Jesus, even your C- sermon is counted as an accepted service before the throne of grace!”
9. Do You Have a Friendgirl? (Suzanne Hadley Gosselin) – Gosselin blogs about the “Friendgirl”. I can really relate on this, as I witness this among my friends and in my youth ministry. Interesting!
10. The Intrinsic Value of What You Do (Yes, You!) (Tim Challies) – Challies, or Matt Perman rather, on vocation.
11. Be Missional, Not Superficially Contextual (Jonathan Dodson) – Dodson on contextualization. I finally have an understanding of it: It “is the intentional process of communicating the historic gospel and teachings of Jesus in contemporary cultural forms.”
12. How To Disagree Online Without Being A Total Jerk (Stephen Altrogge) – Altrogge gives counsel on disagreeing online.
13. The Supreme Court Speaks: A Major Victory for Religious Liberty (Albert Mohler) – Mohler on a Supreme Court decision on religious liberty.
14. Francis Chan, Jonathan Edwards and Marrying Well (Andrew Hess) – Hess on marriage. He wisely writes: “Very few ask the kingdom questions before they marry. Will this marriage make me more effective in my work for Christ? Will this marriage make my spouse more effective for Christ? I believe this is often a missing question as we make our way to the altar. If you are not convinced the person you are marrying will serve Jesus better and help you serve Jesus better, you should not marry him/her.”