A “Balanced Diet” of Scripture

A helpful point from Jen Wilkin’s book, Women of the Word.

After explaining a particular problem of being a biblical “picky eater,” by only reading or studying certain parts of the Bible on page 44 Wilkin writes:

“All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable. All of it. We need a balanced diet to grow to maturity — it’s time to move on to the rest of the meal.  Women need both male and female examples to point us to godliness. We can’t fully appreciate the sweetness of the New Testament without the savory of the Old Testament. We need historical narrative, poetry, wisdom literature, law, prophecy, and parables all showing us the character of God from different angles …”

July Reads: Counterfeiting, Curiosity, Studying Scripture and More

I hit the books again in June, but my “to read” pile also grew exponentially. Here’s what I was reading in July.

Counterfeit Gospels – Trevin Wax

I’ve been reading Trevin Wax’s book rather slowly to digest the many counterfeits he dissects. I finished it this month. What makes this book useful is that he defines the true gospel and then looks at how false gospels diverge from the truth in one of three ways.

Wax says that ” in most cases, counterfeit gospels represent either a dilution of the truth or a truth that is out of proportion.” While I don’t agree with everything in the book, I found it to be a useful primer exposing many of the common counterfeit gospels facing the church today and recommend reading it. Continue reading