N.T. Wright duels with John Piper and Piper Instructs on the Beauty of Heaven, plus

Weekend Links

Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

.          I played my first 9 holes of golf in two years. Struck the ball well, putted horribly, scored about average. And in the end came to the realization that I will probably have to give up golf. My back simply can’t take the stress. Life moves on.

My back reminds me that I’m not 20 years old anymore. It also reminds me that I am closer to seeing Jesus face to face. With Paul, I delight and “count it as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Phil. 3:7-8)

Enjoy the links.

Bible and Doctrine

Dealing with an Epidemic of Biblical Illiteracy in both Church and Culture  (One of the startling things about this age is that people think they know what the Bible teaches and yet they rarely read their Bible. Huh? Our churches need to saturate their people with the Word of the Living God.)

Is the Hope of Heaven Beautiful or Boring?  ––John Piper  (Short video and worth every minute.)

N.T. Wright Continues to Plug for His New Perspective on Paul  (The interviewer is more than a little interested in fueling the debate between John Piper and N.T. Wright. Still it is helpful. Though I am unconvinced, I will continue to read. One question I have is, why should we pit the “old perspective” and “new perspective” against one another? Could they not be compatible and complementary?)

6 Principles of How Established Churches Grow  (If your church is plateaued or declining this is worth a read.)

Pop Culture

How Two Penniless Korean Immigrants Launched an Apparel Empire Worth Billions  (Success stories like this show that with a vision and a lot of hard work, it is still possible to accomplish great things.)

Sexual Abstinence and God’s Gift for Unmarried Lovers  —(Parents who raised their evangelical, church-going offspring have been broken to the core at the trend of sexual promiscuity of their children. Here’s real help and perspective on what to pray and say.)

Why Porno Shops Don’t Have Windows  —John Piper via Justin Taylor (Nature, outdoors, starry nights, and endless skies tell us something about God. Romans 1 and the Psalms declare it over and over.)

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