Feb 20

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Taking responsibility for our sin.

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.

Where Is God When Things Keep Getting Worse?

Science, Embryonic Autonomy, and the Question of When Life Begins

Are You Suffocating Your Creativity?

What Is The Bible?

Meet the Gateway People to the Muslim World

Needed: Women Disciplers

How Not to Help a Sufferer

Belong, Believe, Become: A New Process of Evangelism

Is Marriage an “Architectural Doctrine” of the Christian Faith?

5 Things Singles Wish Married Couples Knew

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 via email to Bob@robertkrupp.com

Feb 13

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Taking responsibility for our sin.

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.

A Personal God is the Best Explanation for the Beginning of the Universe

The True Story of Pain and Hope Behind “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day”

God’s Will for Your Wait

Lydia Brownback Discusses the Largely Undiscussed Topic of Loneliness

Meet the Pro-Life Group Cracking Planned Parenthood’s Favorite Market

The Reformation Changed the Way We Sing

Discovery of ‘Astonishing’ Fortification From Solomon’s Time Confirms Biblical History

Thanks to Screening and Abortion, We Are Heading Toward a ‘Down Syndrome-Free World’

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.

Paul Kalanithi. When Breath Becomes

Geraint F. Lewis and Luke A. Barnes. A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos

I did not start any new books this week.

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Feb 10

David…. Goliath… and you

The Sling

We are all familiar with the story of David and Goliath. I would like to focus on is a small part of the story, the sling.  The sling that propelled the stone that killed Goliath.

Most of us are not familiar with the type of sling that David would have used.

The first link shows part of a competition using this type of sling and the second link shows a young Afghan shepherd demonstrating his sling.

Balearic slinger at Sa Pobla, Mallorca

Afghan Shepherd Boys With Slingshots

Using the best tool

David was skilled with his sling. He had used it to protect his father’s flocks.

King Saul offered David his armor.  It was more impressive but it was not the right tool.  David was not practiced with it. Also, the sling was more effective at a greater distance.

As he approached Goliath, David was confident in his sling and his skill.

The sling may have been a common tool but it was effective. David killed Goliath.

David was a shepherd. So was Moses, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  God would use a shepherd to fight Goliath.

The shepherd would also become a model for leading God’s people culminating in the Good Shepherd, the Messiah.

Our Strengths and Weaknesses

A wise response to thinking about David and his sling would be to spend some time alone and list those skills where we are very good.

We should focus on places of service that use our best skills and the tools that we have mastered.

We should also list those areas where our skills are not that developed, where others are much better.  It would be better for others to serve in these areas.

Questions for consideration:

What are tools and skills that you use well?  How can you further develop them and use them in God’s service?

What are tools and skills where you do not excel?  Should you invest in developing them or suggest others for service where they are needed?

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Feb 06

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Do not let your hearts be troubled.

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 Main Purpose of Ministry

How Much Entertainment Is Too Much?

A Simple Way to Pray Every Day

Campus Ministries Race to Keep Up with Record Number of International Students

Christian, Your Pain Is Never Punishment

Evangelism in a Post-Truth World

7 False Teachers in the Church Today

How I Gleaned Hope from the Darkest Psalm

Subtle Ways to Abandon the Authority of Scripture in Our Lives

Frederick Douglass’s Crusade against ‘Soul-Destroying Religion’

An Imaginative Inheritance: Chesterton’s Influence on Lewis and Tolkien

7 Tips for Sharing the Gospel with Teens

There’s No Good Reason to Deny the Early Dating of the Gospels

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.

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Jan 30

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Taking notes when we read and study the Bible

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.

We Elected a Sinner

“The Single Most Illuminating Three Sentences I Have Ever Read About Our Civilization”

US Missionary May Get Russia’s Anti-Evangelism Law Overturned

Lay Aside the Weight of Insecurity

Living Stones Among Ancient Stones: 4 Reasons You Need to Visit the Land of Israel

How to Fight Fear in Motherhood

Scientifically, When Does Human Life Begin?

Four Aromas God Loves Most

Greater Age Brings Greater Responsibility

Aging Brings Life-Shaping Decisions

Only 1 in 7 Senior Pastors Is Under 40

How Our Ministry Methods Warp Our Souls

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.

If you like this blog, you can sign up in the upper right column for email delivery of new posts.

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

Jan 23

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Was orthodoxy nothing more than a conspiracy of forgery to prevent diversity?

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 Myth and Magic of Deliberate Practice

The Synagogues Are Burning Again in Germany

One Foot in Ministry, the Other in Medicine

Aging Gracefully

With Greater Age Comes Greater Sorrow

With Greater Age Comes Greater Joy

How Prayer Affects Our Spiritual Formation

5 Marks of a Good Funeral

Should We Celebrate the Falling Abortion Rate?

Compassion Has ‘Very Little Hope’ for India, Sets Deadline to Shut Down Sponsorships

9 Myths About Abortion Rights And Roe v. Wade

Reading Out of Love for Others

Inherited Faith Is Dying. Chosen Faith Is Not.

Life’s blueprint unfolds in the womb.

Did President Trump just eliminate the contraceptive mandate on the first day?

Going All-in With Ebooks

7 Perks of a Minimalist Wardrobe

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.

If you like this blog, you can sign up in the upper right column for email delivery of new posts.

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Jan 21

Saint John Chrysostom- my 1994 article

I wrote an article for Church History magazine.

I just found out that it is online

Enjoy

Bob

Jan 19

3 Leaders… 1 was frustrated… 2 were not… why?

God gave the Jews a great victory over the Philistines, their formidable enemies.

Three leaders were at the center of this victory.

Jonathan and Samuel acted confidently and clearly.

Saul was rash and gave self-justifying excuses.

Jonathan, the son of King Saul

As the battle begins in 1 Samuel 14 Jonathan asked guidance from God. He sought conditions that would disadvantage him if he and his armor bearer attacked the Philistine outpost.

God met the conditions and he attacked and overpowered the outpost. This small, strategic victory began the confusion and defeat of the Philistine army.

Jonathan was brave, sought God’s will, and responded decisively

King Saul

Saul was in his camp when Jonathan took action.

His watchmen saw the confusion among the Philistines and Saul sought God’s will by consulting the high priest.  As the priest was beginning to seek God, the action in the Philistine camp increased and Saul decided to move quickly.  He told the priest to stop and ordered the troops to attack.

Events moved quickly.  Jews who had defected to the Philistines turned on them.  Jews who refused to leave their homes and stand with Saul joined the battle quickly.  The Philistines were in total retreat.  Saul did not want to miss an opportunity. He ordered that no one was to stop to eat that day with death as a consequence for those who disobeyed.

Jonathan had not heard of the order and ate some honey that he found pursuing the Philistines.

After the victory the troops would not let Saul execute his son.

Saul’s order was rash and Jonathan emerged as the real leader of the troops.

Samuel and Saul

After the victory God sent Samuel to Saul. God’s message to Saul was to conquer and destroy the Amalekites because of what they did to the Jews during their wilderness wanderings. They attacked the Jews when they were defenseless in the desert. God had said that they would later be judged for this.

Saul followed part of the instructions but kept some of the best spoil from the battle.

After Saul’s incomplete obedience and self-justification Samuel told him that God desires faithfulness more than burnt offerings and that he would be replaced as king.

Samuel calmly gave God’s instruction during this troubled time and did not accept Saul’s excuses.

Questions for consideration:

What do you do when God is taking too long to answer your legitimate requests and especially when you find out that others are getting quicker, clearer answers?

How do you maintain stability when events start spinning out of control?

How do you balance action and faithfulness in your relationship with God?

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Jan 15

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Confession, Repentance, Transformation.

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 Favorite Bible Verses of 88 Nations

Ordinary: Christian Living for the Rest of Us

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

Get Alone with God

The World’s Most Outstanding Medical Missionary

12 Ways Satan Attacks Christian Marriages

Secular Pro-Lifer Nat Hentoff Showed Me the Holistic Power of Truth

10 Things You Should Know About Revival

5 Things The Seeker Movement Got Right

Theology and Creativity: God Cares about Creativity

What America’s Founders Really Thought About The Bible

“I Got Gay Married. I Got Gay Divorced. I Regret Both.”

What Christianity Alone Offers Transgender Persons

16 Scholars, Authors, and Celebs Evangelicals Lost in 2016

Four Reasons to Slow Down

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.

Gregory Koukl. Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

Gregory Koukl. The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between

Sean McDowell. A New Kind of Apologist: *Adopting Fresh Strategies *Addressing the Latest Issues *Engaging the Culture

Nancy Pearcey. Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes

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Jan 09

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

God is a generous God

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.

I’ve Already Wasted My Life — Now What?

5 Ways Daily Bible Reading Impacts Your Life

10 Things Jesus Said That Will Never Go Viral

The best archaeological finds in Israel of 2016

John MacArthur’s Ten Crucial Lessons We Must Teach our Children

4 Ministry Lessons I Learned from a Small-Town Saint

When the “gender revolution” claims the children

Church Reimagined

Sharing Heaven with Serial Killers

Did Tolkien Waste His Life?

For the 125th anniversary of his birth, Simon Tolkien describes how the Great War lives on in JRR Tolkien’s stories.

9 Things You Should Know About J. R. R. Tolkien

The Micro-Premie Dilemma

Uncluttering with the three r’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle

What We Need to Learn from the Early Church

8 Tips for Taking Good Sermon Notes

Worshiping with a Broken Heart

Why Kids Ask Why (And How to Respond Lovingly)

The holy mountain: monks of Mount Athos – photo essay

The 4-Step Wardrobe Edit

The Exponential Growth of Classical Christian Education

7 Things I’ve Learned Since the Loss of My Child

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.

Chris McChesney and Sean Covey. The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

David Sax. The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter

J. Carl Laney. Your Psalm of Praise: Telling Your Story the Ancient Way

Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel. The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer

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