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

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

When God Talks Back – Part 1: Introduction

I have quite a few irons in the fire these days (including homework for a journalism class I’ll be taking in late October) so rather than writing a typical review of T. M. Luhrmann’s book, When God Talks Back, I’ll be writing a series of posts about it. This is the first.

First a bit about the author and her book. Luhrmann is an anthropologist, and as such she set out to study a particular vein of modern Christianity from within. She attended, studied and interacted with many congregants of a Vineyard movement church in Chicago and another in California and shares very detailed observations from both, but focused primarily on how these Christians claim to have heard from God (audibly at times, in their heads, some say they have been shown images by God) and how they have experienced him. Although she specifically attended two Vineyard churches, others fit this “renewalist” or “new paradigm” Protestantism. She also noted that even many “conservative” churches read books promoting the same concepts (something I’ve personally found to be true). Continue reading

Pastor James Murphy on Mysticism and Experientialism

Many of you have already listened to First Baptist church of Johnson City, Pastor James Murphy’s sermon that I shared the other day. If you haven’t, I hope that you will because it is the most encouraging thing I’ve heard in a very long time. (click here to listen)

But I’d like to discuss some more of that message in depth because it is a danger I see more and more people, even sincere and seemingly wise believers, embracing.

I agree with Pastor Murphy’s assessment that after the Bible was undermined and God was taken off the throne and the gospel minimized “experiential” knowledge became desirable and the ancient-future movement (looking back to find the right way to do things) began to take root among Christians. Continue reading

What I’m reading today

Just a few pieces to share today.

In case there was any doubt Thomas Merton was heavily influenced by Buddhism just check out this update from Lighthouse Trails. Pirate Christian himself gives very easy to follow instructions on “How to Hear God’s Voice 100% of the Time” at Letter of Marque. He’s spot on and I’ll be tackling this issue in an upcoming post. Brooke at White Horse Inn writes about Francis Chan’s children’s book Halfway Herbert which sounds quite interesting. I’d like to take a look at it. Oh, and this headline personally distressed me (being a Liberty University grad myself) – Ken Silva writes “Jerry Falwell, Jr.: Liberty University “No Official Position” on Cult of Mormonism.” Be sure to watch the video for yourself.