In this interview with Eric Metaxas, political columnist and D.C. insider Cal Thomas joins Eric in the studio in Washington D.C.
From Dr. Richard Trucks of Third Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, here is a message based on James 4:7-10, titled “Drawing Near to God.” This is certainly an area of life with which some of us could use help, and Dr. Trucks has some very good thoughts on “Drawing Near to God.”
From commentator Bill Whittle, here is his latest Firewall, in which he gives his thoughts on the recent Brexit vote. We’ll see if he is right in what he says in his opening sentences:
Two hundred and forty-one years ago the shot heard round the world was fired at North Bridge, near Lexington and Concord. Now the British people have unleashed a Vote Heard Round the World. I believe this seismic event may turn out to be the best, the most important revolt to take place in our lifetimes.
Here is the third in a series of audio sermons on the First Epistle of John by Phillip Jensen; the name of the series is “1 John: Living Confidently in a Dangerous World”. This message is titled The Truth About Love and is based on 1 John 2:3-14.
I have mentioned Claire Smith previously (in this post) but here is an interview with her on the subject of Teaching and Learning in the Bible. This is very much worth reading for anyone, and here is part of her response to the question of “How do you think we can do better at encouraging teaching and learning by men and women together in church?”
I think there are two errors to avoid when we consider what ‘teaching’ is in church. We can conclude that ‘teaching’ is everything—and on that basis, read 1 Timothy 2 and the injunction that women are not to teach and have authority over men (2:12) and conclude that a woman can’t say anything to a man lest he learn something from her! Or we can claim that what Paul was talking about was a very narrow, particular form of ‘teaching’ directed at special circumstances at the time the letter was written, and therefore his instruction no longer applies to us. In a sense, the first error casts the net too widely, and the second claims the verse casts the net into a lake that has since dried up!
It is clear that Paul was very happy for women to teach in certain circumstances, and that he highly valued the ministry of godly, gifted women. It is also clear that his reasons for reserving the formal, ongoing teaching and authoritative leadership of congregations to gifted and duly appointed men were based on God’s purposes in creation for men and women. So this is not about old-fashioned misogyny, or the quality of women’s contributions, or local or time-limited circumstances.
Dr. Smith addresses this further – and other matters – in the interview; please read it all.
From the Rev. Vaughan Roberts of St. Ebbe’s Church in the United Kingdom, here is a thoughtful audio message based on Revelation 19:11-20:15, titled “The Victorious Christ”, that you can hear. This is the twelfth in a series on “I Saw Heaven Open”, on some passages in Revelation, and this is a very good series of messages.
Christianaudio.com is most generous in sharing free audiobooks with us, and this month is no exception: the free audiobook for July is The Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler. The site’s write-up on this book says:
In a culture where the foundations of attraction, love, marriage, and sex are rapidly eroding, Matt Chandler offers an eternal, counter-intuitive perspective from the biblical book of Song of Solomon. Scripture says we’re to nurture our hearts above all else — yet we are inundated with songs, movies, and advice that contradict and cheapen God’s design for love and intimacy. In The Mingling of Souls, he reveals the process Solomon himself followed — Attraction, Courtship, Marriage…even Arguing.
It does indeed seem that this is a timely book for us in our culture – give The Mingling of Souls a try and see what you think.
In the last two days I have heard about two cancer cases, one of whom I know personally, and one I do not know. I will first mention the one I do know – a lady named Laura, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She is just now beginning treatment and eventually will have surgery of some type (and possibly radiation). If you would, please keep her in your prayers.
The second patient is Dawn Faust Bibby of Florida, who has had a recurrence of cancer. Her GoFundMe page explains her status quite well, but to condense this as well as I can, I will quote a paragraph from that page:
Now in 2016, I need your help to beat cancer a third time. I have been diagnosed with advanced tumors in my lungs, bones and liver. Again, the local doctors have written me off. Another physician in Miami, Dr. Beatriz Amendola , has the ability to beat this with a procedure called Varian Edge . This machine combined with drug therapy is greatly effective. However, my insurance company has denied coverage, If I want to live, I must pay CASH. The Varian Edge alone, will cost at least $150,000. There will be CT scans, PET scans, MRIs, the drug regimen, co-pays and of course transportation and time away from work for my husband.
I have to say I admire her fighting spirit. If you would, please keep Dawn Faust Bibby in your prayers, and if you are moved to donate to her treatment fund, you can do so here.