Don’t Miss List: “Favorite” Heresies, Don’t Trust Your Heart, How to Reach the Suffering and More

This list has been a long time coming. Quite a bit of ground to cover, since I haven’t done this for awhile. I’ll start with the most timely subjects:

“This is the last spastic breath from the Religious Right before its overdue death” – Collin Hansen

I generally avoid political issues like the plague around here. I believe the gospel and the truth contained in God’s word matter more than politics ever could. However, this opinion piece by Collin Hansen of TGC speaks directly to Christians about the latest Trump scandal and, is, in my view an essential read. Read it even if you don’t love the headline (I didn’t like the headline) – a better one would have been from the end “Woe to the hypocrites.”

The passage I found most pertinent:

To the older evangelicals planning to vote for Trump: You can try to explain the difference in electing a president and hiring a 23-year-old college graduate to evangelize students. You can say we’re electing a commander in chief and not a Sunday school teacher. You can say that God often raises up pagan leaders to deliver his people from their enemies. But no one is fooled by your arguments.

They can see you will apparently excuse anything in a Republican nominee so long as the alternative is a manifestly unqualified Clinton. And they will conclude that they don’t really need to listen to you when it comes to “traditional, biblical ethics.”

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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

Don’t Miss List: Scripture, Archaeology, Books and TV

This week’s Don’t Miss List is absolutely brimming with content, so let’s get started.

Biblical Context for the Top Ten Biblical Archaeological Discoveries of 2015

If you ever daydreamed about being an archaeologist someday like I once did (blame Indiana Jones) then this should interest you. Bible Gateway builds on a recent Christianity Today story about archaeological finds from last year, and how they fit into the history presented in scripture. Continue reading

Encouragement

Getting questions or encouraging messages from my readers is wonderful, especially since this is the Internet where the vast majority of comments tend to be hateful or negative. Recently a woman who said she’s nearly 80 wrote to me asking me for help and prayer regarding the book Jesus Calling. It’s emails like that that keep me plugging away here and I am thankful for them.

On a related note, someone named Mike left me a comment asking me to email him and discuss The Village Church. So Mike, for whatever reason, WordPress did not show me your email address to get in touch with you. I would like to talk with you if you email me at steakandabible (AT) gmail.com.

LHT update about Jesus Calling

Given my concern over Jesus Calling I wanted to share this important update from Lighthouse Trails as soon as I could. They reported two days ago that Thomas Nelson, the publisher of Sarah Young’s book, has issued a new version with an intro stripped of much of the controversial elements that explain how she came to write her book.  Continue reading

January Reading: To Help You Spot the Counterfeits

Perhaps it was the long month, or the post-Christmas lull, or all the cold weather that kept me reading this month. Maybe it was the giant pile of books I was given for Christmas that kept me motivated! Whatever it was, I managed to read four entire books as well as chunks of three others. Two of them I highly recommend Christians read to protect themselves from deception. Continue reading

Another Jesus Calling: Giveaway Ends Tonight!

Don’t miss it folks. As I said here, I’m giving away two copies of Warren Smith’s new book: Another Jesus Calling. One for you, one for a friend, loved one or total stranger. It’s entirely up to you. But the contest window ends tonight at midnight (Eastern) so be sure to tweet at me before then, or leave a comment over here to enter. Winner will be announced next week.