Don’t Miss List: Strong Women, Discernment Tips, Tough Questions and More

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This picture helps explain why posts around here have been a bit light lately. I traveled to New Mexico and Arizona for vacation recently and saw some incredible beauty created by our God, as well as some architectural marvels. The way this church in Sedona is built right into the rocks was pretty amazing. Also, I felt like a tiny ant with all the mountains out there.

But without further ado, here’s a list of great things to read and listen this week. Continue reading

Blog Anniversary Giveaway Number 1: Four Great Christian Resources

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I promised giveaways this month and this one is extra special to celebrate four years of blogging. One lucky commenter will get a copy of The Truth War by John MacArthur, “Another Jesus” Calling by Warren Smith, Is That You Lord? by Gary Gilley and Herman Who? a Hermeneutics primer DVD from Wretched.

To enter – simply comment here, tweet me @SteakandaBible and let me know you’re entering or comment on this post on my new Facebook page. (Like the page while you’re there please!) You have roughly a week to enter. I’ll pick a winner by Wednesday morning next week (March 16, 2016). Continue reading

Can God Speak Without Authority?

A crucial question taken from Out of Formationby Gary Gilley:

“Is it possible for God to speak in a non-authoritative way? Is it possible for Him to speak something less than His inspired word? The continuationists seem to have invented a novel type of divine revelation; one that contradicts Scripture and defies reason. In the Bible, and logically, either God is speaking of He is not. There is no such thing as partially inspired revelation or the true words from the Lord polluted by the misunderstanding or imagination of the prophet.”

Is That You, Lord? Back in Stock

Someone emailed me recently trying to get their hands on a copy of Is That You, Lord? by Pastor Gary Gilley. This is honestly one of the most helpful books I’ve ever read and I strongly encourage people read it. So if you were looking, but turned off by the obscene prices on Amazon, I have good news.

Southern View Chapel has restocked the book and it is available there for $9 a copy. I just restocked my shelves and if you’ve been trying to get a copy for yourself or someone else, now’s your chance.

Podcast Recommendation: 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice?

The issue of listening for God’s voice is something I’ve consistently expressed concern over here at Steak and a Bible. That and a related “two-way journaling process” is the reason I reject Sarah Young’s books including “Jesus Calling.” I was skimming a Christian ebooks website the other day and found even more books about God talking to people.

I have been so adamant about this because I think this is a recipe for the worst kind of deception. Continue reading

From Team Pyro: Blackaby’s Non Sola Scriptura

The protestant departure from Sola Scriptura, the principle that the Scriptures alone provide all the truth needed to find salvation and to grow in godliness, has troubled me for some time. I find it at the root of many false teachings as well as the rampant desire for God experiences and personal revelation. I was planning to post about Sola Scriptura today thanks to a message I listened to yesterday, but I’m going to hold off one more day. Instead, I want to share part of a very important piece by Dan Phillips (@BibChr on twitter) of The Pyromaniacs blog.

Phillips’ piece is a “pre-review” of a book called How Then Should we Choose? edited by Douglas S. Huffman. It has three sections about discerning God’s will and making decisions, one of which is called the “specific will” position. In the book Henry and Richard Blackaby advocate this viewpoint, which Phillips criticizes as unbiblical (I completely agree!). Even though the critique was written back in 2009, I think it is still important today because the Blackabys’ influence has certainly grown. Continue reading

Is That You Lord? – Winner

I promised a winner announcement by today at the latest. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who commented, tweeted or shared my post somewhere. The winner of Is That You Lord? by Gary Gilley is Donna Banks. I’ll be in touch by email to find out where I should mail the book.

For those who are interested, Pastor Gilley has written a number of thoughtful analyses that are available online through his church website. He also a few other books that I’ve greatly benefited from.