"Today the STEP development team of Tyndale House Cambridge launched the Beta-test version of a new free Bible study resource at www.StepBible.org."
Thursday, July 25, 2013
New online Bible site/tool that may be useful: Scripture Tools for Every Person (STEP): A New Free Online Bible Study Resource. – Justin Taylor:
Posted by Andrew Vella at 2:40 PM
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Not a bad article: Disciple-Making is Ordinary Christianity by Erik Raymond | Ligonier Ministries Blog:
"Discipleship is the ordinary practice of believers. You could say that Christianity is more than discipleship, but it is not less. We are our brother’s keeper. It’s in the job description."
Posted by Andrew Vella at 10:32 AM
This looks useful: 10 Basic Facts About the NT Canon that Every Christian Should Memorize – Justin Taylor:
"a helpful series on the New Testament canon, linked below, “designed to help Christians understand ten basic facts about its origins. This series is designed for a lay-level audience and hopefully could prove helpful in a conversation one might have with a skeptical friend."
Posted by Andrew Vella at 9:42 AM
Monday, July 22, 2013
There is a little push back against some Grudem had said: Is ‘Background Information’ Ever Necessary to Understand the Bible? – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
My answer is a cautious yes: "background information" (which I prefer to call the historical context) is sometimes necessary for understanding the Bible accurately.
I say "cautious" because there are dangers if you answer that question either yes or no
Posted by Andrew Vella at 9:06 PM
A good quick overview of grace in the New Testament: The grace of God in the New Testament | The Resurgence:
Now we will look at the New Testament. Each book includes a single verse that best crystallizes the theme of grace in that book.
Posted by Andrew Vella at 1:48 PM
Thursday, July 18, 2013
So I follow the pope on Twitter, what does that mean for me when he doesn't hold to protestant views: Catholic Church Offering Indulgences On Twitter - SourceFed - SourceFed:
"Indulgences granted by the church reduce the time believers would spend in purgatory after they have confessed and have been absolved of their sins. The tradition had a particularly bad reputation, because in the Middle Ages unscrupulous churchmen would sell them for large sums of money."
Posted by Andrew Vella at 10:02 AM
If the universe has no real meaning, how then can we really import meaning into our lives? Can Life Have Meaning Without God? – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
So here are some closing words to any atheists who happen to read this article. If you believe that your life has meaning—if you sense that it must have meaning—you're absolutely right. But that meaning cannot come from within you, nor could it come from a universe outside you that lacks any ultimate purpose or value. It can only come from a transcendent personal Creator who made you, and the universe around you, for the most spectacular end: his eternal glory and the eternal joy of his people (Isaiah 43:6-7; Romans 11:36; Psalm 16:11; 1 Corinthians 2:9; Revelation 21:1-4).
Posted by Andrew Vella at 9:49 AM
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Quite a good, but brief overview of grace in the OT: The grace of God in the Old Testament | The Resurgence:
Yet underneath and undergirding all of these themes is the motif of God’s grace, his favor, and love to the undeserving. We can see the grace of God in every book of the Bible, throughout both the Old and New Testaments.
Posted by Andrew Vella at 2:46 PM
Some good advice here: The Biggest Mistakes Young Preachers Make – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
The call to proclaim God's Word is a weighty and thrilling stewardship. No preacher has everything figured out—especially those entering the pulpit for the first time. In this new video, Tullian Tchividjian, Voddie Baucham, and Russell Moore discuss common blunders new preachers make.
Posted by Andrew Vella at 10:07 AM
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
This makes a good point: The. Internet. Is. Changing. The. World! – Justin Taylor:
“The internet really has changed the world completely.” Pray tell, what is “the world”? Seriously, I want to know what people mean by this. If “the world” has been changed completely, why does the silver maple outside my window still stand as it has for decades? Why is the gazpacho at Emilio’s as good as it was when I first tasted it, twenty-five years ago? Why does the prose of Sir Thomas Browne still delight me as it did when I first encountered it at age nineteen? Why do I still love my wife?
Posted by Andrew Vella at 7:20 PM