May 22

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Sometimes disagreements are real, deep and personal

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

Why Don’t Muslims Sing Like Christians?

How Should Parents Respond to their Children’s Sexual Sin?

7 Ways Parents Unfairly Provoke Their Children

How To Decode an Ancient Roman’s Handwriting

Five Rational Arguments Why God (Very Probably) Exists

Historian George Marsden revisits C.S. Lewis’s remarkable case for ‘Mere Christianity’

Who is to Blame for the Greatest Myth in the History of Science and Religion? These Two Guys

Are Your Christian Students Ready for College?

Francis Schaeffer’s ‘How Should We Then Live?’—40 Years Later

From Word to image: Christian colleges expand visual art programs

How the Book of Psalms Is Like No Other Biblical Book

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

I did not start any new books this week

You may give me feedback, suggest blog topics, or make any other comment to Bob@robertkrupp.com

May 15

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

How did you come to Jesus?

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

Embrace the Life You Have

A Monument to Jesus in the City of Mao

Pew: Here’s How Badly Soviet Atheism Failed in Europe: In 18 nations across Central and Eastern Europe, religion is now essential to national identity.

The Horror of Human Embryo Jewelry

David Gushee: Our “differences are unbridgeable”

Pro-Lifers: Get Out of Medicine

Ten Questions Christians Should Ask of Their Entertainment

The Problem With Linking Abortion and Economics

Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female—and Childbearing

One-Path Evangelism: The Scandalizing Exclusivity of Jesus

You Can Debate Franklin Graham on Martyrs, But Not the World’s Persecution Problem

Politics and the Professional Mindset

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

I did not start any new books this week

You may give me feedback, suggest blog topics, or make any other comment to Bob@robertkrupp.com

May 08

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Followers of Jesus must be fruitful

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

The Tempted One

6 Very Good Reasons to Consider Your Short Little Life

Remembering Them Every May 4

It Matters Whom You Marry

Why Read the Bible? To Know and Enjoy Jesus

It is not “character assassination” for the church to be the church.

8 Things Your Daughter-in-Law Wants You to Know

The Forgotten American Missionaries of Pyongyang In the decades before World War II, U.S. Christians created a “Jerusalem of the East.”

The psychological importance of wasting time

How Can You Live Without Sex?

Some thoughts on intersectionality and “activist science”

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

Erik Raymond. Chasing Contentment: Trusting God in a Discontented Age

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May 05

When you try to buy something that God wants to give you it usually doesn’t work out well: The king of Moab, Balaam, Abraham, and God’s blessing

I heard something I hadn’t noticed before

As part of my goal to listen to the Bible each year I was recently listening to the book of Numbers.  I noticed for the first time that a verse in Numbers is very similar to a verse in Genesis.  That didn’t seem right.

Genesis

In Genesis 12:1-3 God promised to bless those who bless Abraham and to curse those who curse Abraham.

Numbers

In Numbers 22:6 Balak the king of Moab said that Balaam, a famous pagan diviner, had the same power to bless and curse people. I had not noticed this attribution of this power to Balaam before.

Balak was afraid of the Jews as they were nearing the end of their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land.  In response to this threat he brought Balaam to curse the Jews and protect his land. He spent a lot of time and money in a failed effort to get this curse.  God did not permit Balaam to curse the Jews.  He blessed them instead.

What the king did not know is that God had already protected his land.  As Moses reminded the Jews in one of his last speeches, the Jews were forbidden to harm the Moabites. (Deuteronomy 2:9)

The Moabites descended from Lot, Abraham’s nephew.  As part of his blessing of Abraham God provided an inheritance for those who were related to Abraham but not his heirs.  The Moabites, the Ammonites, and the descendants of Esau were all given land. The Jews were told that they would not receive this land as part of their divine gift.

What this means for us

We may be guilty of the same mistake as the king of Moab when we seek to achieve with our own power what God would freely give us.

Others posts where I have look at these issues

God is a generous God

I’ve decided to continue a discipline I started last year

Questions for consideration:

Have you ever been torn between patience and getting it done yourself now?

Have you ever been fearful or concerned about something in the future and then it never happened?

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May 01

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

The Church and the Poor- Dignity and Charity in the Story of Ruth.

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

How to Be a Miserable Comforter: Two Ways We Fail the Hurting

Will the high-tech cities of the future be utterly lonely?

The Movie Date That Solidified J.R.R. Tolkien’s Dislike of Walt Disney

Americans Are Fond of the Bible, Don’t Actually Read It

5 Things Your Wife Wishes You Knew (But Might Never Tell You)

The Worst Consequence of Skipping Church

God Can Overcome Any Abuse: Building a Family from the Ashes

Sorry Weber, Durkheim, and Marx: Educated Evangelicals Are More Religious: Pew finds that Christians actually don’t lose their faith in college.

53 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically

Whatever Is Pure: Cedarville Requires Professors to Apply Philippians 4:8

Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Entrance to Caesarea in Israel

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

I did not start any new books this week

You may give me feedback, suggest blog topics, or make any other comment to Bob@robertkrupp.com

Apr 24

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

God used a Pagan Prophet to Bless his People.

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

How to Pray When Life Falls Apart

Family of man murdered in Facebook video shows incredible profession of faith on CNN

Evangelism Is Alive in Portland

Return of the Strong Gods

Why Christians Should Support Religious Freedom for Everyone

Signposts: How Can You Know If You’re Under God’s Discipline?

Forgiveness: Muslims Moved as Coptic Christians Do the Unimaginable

Can the mainline be saved? Not in the way Douthat suggests.

Six Privileges of Living in a Wealthy Country

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

Stephen Charnock. The Existence and Attributes of God

It is time for me to read this classic again. There are many editions on Amazon.com. I found one for $.99.

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Apr 17

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Jesus is the Jewish Messiah and the Savior of the world.

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

Amazing Grace: Gresham church thrives on community engagement

This is a story about the church Collette and I attended from 1975-1993 except two years in grad school. I often go there when I am in Oregon to work at the seminary and university. The church has an excellent leadership team and creative ministries.

The Genius Innovation That Made the Great Library of Alexandria Work

It takes a great mind to come up with a simple idea that changes the world. The is the story of the first librarian at the ancient world’s greatest library.

BreakPoint: Jesus, the Last Adam: The Whole Bible Points to Holy Week

How Single Women Became an Unstoppable Force in Bible Translation: Female missionaries have propelled the movement to bring Scripture to every tribe and tongue.

Thoughtlessness, Sloth, and the Call to Think: What happens when we give up on thinking? Hannah Arendt warned us years ago.

Christ Is My All: The Dying Words of Lemuel Haynes

Signposts: “Is Penal Substitutionary Atonement Immoral?”

The Crisis of Attention Theft—Ads That Steal Your Time for Nothing in Return

Archaeological Discovery: 3,000-Y-O Manure in Israel Offers Clues on Bible’s King Solomon Mystery

12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You

10 Things You Should Know about Your Smartphone

‘Worst Year Yet’: The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Be a Christian

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

I did not start any new books this week.

You may give me feedback, suggest blog topics, or make any other comment to Bob@robertkrupp.com

Apr 10

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

God promised Abraham a great name.

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

The Most Important Thing My Parents Did

4 Reasons to Be Glad that Life Is Short

ISIS Church Bombings Kill Dozens at Palm Sunday Services in Egypt

5.5 Hours of Teaching through the Letter to the Galatians (Piper, Carson, Keller, and more)

Detox Your Soul: Four Spiritual Habits from the Psalms

10 Things Sexual Assault Victims Want You to Know

Modern Technology Unlocks Secrets of a Damaged Biblical Scroll

Protestantism after 500 Years: By 2040, half of all Protestants will live in Africa.

Does Dating Prepare Us for Marriage — or Divorce?

Just Give Me Jesus: A Closer Look at Christians Who Don’t Go to Church

Four Myths about the Crusades

What If My Husband Looks at Porn?

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

Coming Home: Essays on the New Heaven and New Earth by D. A. Carson (Author, Editor, Contributor), C. Jeffrey Robinson Sr. (Author, Editor), Timothy J. Keller(Contributor), John Piper (Contributor), Augustus Lopes (Contributor), Mark Dever (Contributor), Voddie Baucham Jr. (Contributor), J. Ligon Duncan (Contributor), Philip Graham Ryken (Contributor)

You may give me feedback, suggest blog topics, or make any other comment to Bob@robertkrupp.com

Apr 03

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Jesus Was the Perfect Messiah for Imperfect People

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

Let’s Stop Pretending Christianity is Actually Relevant, Okay?

The Jihadi Who Turned to Jesus

The 1 Percent Rule: Why a Few People Get Most of the Rewards

8 Rules for Growing in Godliness

Egypt’s last Jews aim to keep alive heritage

Simon Gathercole on the Historical Reliability of the Geography in the Gospels

Manuscripts at Mountain Monasteries of Greece

The Three Myths of Cohabitation

What Christians Should Know About Intersectionality

7 Powerful Steps to Overcoming Regret

Without Luther, There Would Be No Bach

Bet Shemesh Dig Uncovers 2,000-Year-Old Jewish Settlement

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

I did not start any new books this week.

You may give me feedback, suggest blog topics, or make any other comment to Bob@robertkrupp.com

Mar 27

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

How do we live in an unbelieving world?

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

The Gathering Storm: Religious Liberty in the Wake of the Sexual Revolution

How to Know if You are Cherishing Your Spouse

Church-Planting Shifts, Part Three: Preparing Our People for Witness

Are You Confusing Leadership and Control?

The 5 Main Ways People Find Your Church

How John Piper’s Seashells Swept Over a Generation

10 Concerns Francis Schaeffer Took to the Grave

How a Formerly Pro-Choice Nursing Instructor Discusses Abortion with her Students

7 Dos and Don’ts of Discipling Singles

King Hezekiah in the Bible: Royal Seal of Hezekiah Comes to Light

5 Reasons to Rejoice in Persecution

Who Are ‘The Least of These’?

Hoard of coins from 1,400-year-old Byzantine site tells story of Persian invasion

Is the Reformation Relevant for Luther’s Homeland?

Opposing Tim Keller at Princeton Seminary

Princeton Seminary Reforms Its Views on Honoring Tim Keller

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

J. I. Packer. Taking God Seriously: Vital Things We Need to Know 

John Calvin. A Little Book on the Christian Life

J. I. Packer. Finishing Our Course with Joy: Guidance from God for Engaging with Our Aging 

David Murray. Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture

You may give me feedback, suggest blog topics, or make any other comment to Bob@robertkrupp.com

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