Here are some sobering thoughts on the situation in Venezuela from Stefan Molyneux. One has to ask: what does this crisis in Venezuela mean for other countries, and could it happen elsewhere?
Continuing with his series on the Book of Acts, here is another message from Phillip Jensen, titled “Acts Comes to an End”. It is based on Acts 28:11-31, and is the last of these messages in the series on Acts. As it happens, I could not find this one in video, but here is an audio of the message.
I’ve noticed something of a cultural shift in the way we evangelicals talk about the human condition: more and more, we are ‘broken’, rather than ‘sinners’—people who act out of our ‘brokenness’, not our ‘sin’, rebellion’, ‘disobedience’ or ‘rejection’ of God. And I’m not convinced this shift is all good.
And I would have to agree that this is not all good. Referring to ourselves as “broken” rather than “sinners” or “rebels against God” has seemed to me to be trying to avoid seeing us as how an all-holy, all-righteous God must see us. But Claire Smith has done a far better job of explaining the pitfalls in this language – and she lists no fewer than ten such possible pitfalls in Broken bad. This is an essay well worth pondering. (Hat tip: Anglican Church League)
From the Rev. Vaughan Roberts of St. Ebbe’s Church in the United Kingdom, here is a thoughtful audio message based on Revelation 13, titled “The Two Beasts” that you can hear. This is the eighth in a series on “I Saw Heaven Open”, on some passages in Revelation, and this is a very good series of messages.
Speaking at Laity Lodge in Texas, Dr. J.I. Packer gave a series of messages on 1 Timothy that are (as you would expect) quite good. Below is the audio of the first session – see what you think.
Here is the first in a good series of audio sermons on the Book of Genesis from the Rev. Coty Pinckney of Desiring God Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Its title is In the Beginning – God! and it is based on Genesis 1:1-2:3. I hope to post additional links to these in the future as they are a good overview of Genesis.
Somewhat to my surprise I came across another text on the Thirty-Nine Articles today – Testimonies of the Fathers of the first four centuries to the Doctrine and Discipline of the Church of England as set forth in the Thirty-Nine Articles, by the Rev. Henry Cary. (Rev. Cary was actually an emigrant to Australia where he served as both a rector and as a lawyer.) This book was published in 1835, and the author is endeavoring to show the Articles and the Fathers as being in harmony, which theme you will also find in quite a few other texts on the Articles of Religion. I have added it to the Resources on the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion page.
From St. Helen’s Bishopsgate in London, here is a sermon titled “An Urgent Reminder…to Focus”, by the Rev. William Taylor. It is based on 2 Peter 1:16-21.
The Rev. Kevin DeYoung: “Can We Be Glorified Without Being Sanctified? Good Works, Good News, and Christian Assurance”
Here is an excellent message by Kevin DeYoung that was given at the Together for the Gospel Conference this year. The notes say “What is the relationship between good works, assurance of salvation, and the grace of Christ? Kevin DeYoung aims to show from God’s Word, exploring the history and theology of the church, how good works, good news, and Christian assurance are not opposed to each other and how these things do in fact go together.”
In this video, Ingrid Carlqvist joins Stefan Molyneux to discuss the state of Sweden and what the future looks like for the Swedish people. This is quite a sobering look at how things are going there.