Bits & Pieces (6/28/12)

  • Point of Exclusion – Christianity is often questioned because of its claims of exclusivity. However, as Ravi Zacharias discusses, every religion makes this claim.

 

  • Pleading with God – In response to a reader’s question, Tim Challies discusses four ways God may work in us through our repeated petitioning.

 

  • Take Care How You Listen – I mentioned this on Twitter yesterday, but Desiring God has made available a free ebook from John Piper on how to listen well to the teaching of God’s Word.

 

  • Meditation on Isaiah 42:21 – John Piper dissects Isaiah 42:21 and concludes that “the biblical call for us to rejoice in the Lord and to practice righteousness is ultimately one united call. It is rooted in who God is. We have been redeemed by Christ to be conformed to God — that is, to become creatures whose identity is most fundamentally righteous joy and joyful righteousness.”

 

  • A Call to Remember – “No doubt, the church in the West has many new things to learn.  But for the most part, everything we need to learn is what we’ve already forgotten.  The chief theological task now facing the Western church is not to reinvent or to be relevant, but to remember.  We must remember the old, old story.  We must remember the faith once delivered to the saints.  We must remember the truths that spark reformation, revival, and regeneration.”

 

  • Mark’s Opening Quotation – The Gospel of Mark’s opening verses quote from both Isaiah and Malachi, but only cites Isaiah. This post explains reasons for this.

What do you think?