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

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Mar 20

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

We have faith and we have doubts…What do we do?

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.

Church-Planting Shifts, Part Two: From Nominal to Secular

How Faith and Free Markets Can Save Education

NYC ‘mega-pastor’ Tim Keller sees faith booming in the city

Why You Most Certainly Will Fail to Reach Your Secular Friends

2,000-Year-Old Road Unearthed in Bet Shemesh

Scandalized by the Substitute: A Response to Young and Gungor

10 Things You Should Know about St. Patrick

Statue of Amenhotep III, 66 of goddess Sekhmet unearthed in Luxor

New research changes our understanding of who built ancient Silk Roads

Classical Corner: The Antonine Plague and the Spread of Christianity

The 16 places in France you have to visit in 2017 (or you can just watch these stunning videos)

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

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Mar 15

Links for Wednesday

The is an added post.

I have found so many good links this week that I will send extra posts.

Enjoy

China Kicks Out Korean Missionaries in ‘Unprecedented’ Numbers

Radical Islamic Jihadists Kill Christian Mother, Son for ‘Defiling’ Islam by Converting to Christianity

Baptisms More Than Double in Austria; Refugees Converting Despite Muslim Threats

Rabbit hole leads to 700-year-old secret Knights Templar cave network

What Christianity in China Is Really Like

Why Christians Should Care About Ideas

Suffering is a Doorway, Not a Dead End

5 Keys Every Pastor and Leader Needs In 2017

The Christians fleeing their homes after ISIS attacks in Egypt

Are We Living In The Best Of All Possible Worlds?

Massive Ancient Statue Discovered Submerged In Mud In Cairo

Lessons from a Hero: What Lilias Trotter Can Teach Us Today

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Mar 13

Links to begin the week

NOTE- My software is not functioning properly. There may be double underlines under various words. I did not put this there and cannot remove them. I am very sorry.

Link to a previous post on my blog

Moses’ Staff.

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.

Top Five Regrets of the Dying

Were Adam and Eve Really Historical Figures?

Communism’s Last Laugh

Moral Minority

Cheap grace is no grace at all

My Brother Saved My Parents’ Marriage

Rubble and ash in Mosul museum retaken from Islamic State

Our Middlebury Moment

A remarkable display of self-unaware inconsistency

5 reasons you should read missionary biographies

I did not begin any new books this week.

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Mar 11

Links for the weekend

The is an added post.

I have found so many good links this week that I will break then up into at least two posts.

Enjoy

When Things Get Complicated, Remember the Basics

The Eternal Glory of the Daily Grind

Re-creating the sounds of an ancient Greek church in LA

The Shack — The Missing Art of Evangelical Discernment

4 Thoughts About People Who Walk Away From the Lord

‘If I Were a College President, I Would Require Every Incoming Freshman to Read this Book and Pass a Test on it Before Taking Other Courses’

3 Overlooked Gifts of the Reformation

Biblical king’s palace uncovered beneath shrine destroyed by ISIS

Stop Calling Everything Hate

Risks of an Atrophied Sanctification

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Mar 06

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Judicial blindness is real.

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.

What Leads ‘Christians’ Away from Christ?

Egypt’s Christians are being driven out – will the world notice?

What I’m Learning After Losing My Daughter to Drugs

My dad predicted Trump in 1985 – it’s not Orwell, he warned, it’s Brave New World

Europe’s Most Godless Country May Surprise You

In eastern Germany, the land of Luther, church pews are mostly empty

Facing a wall of flames and shellfire, Army medic Desmond Doss had to make an agonizing decision – retreat with his 77th Infantry Division or stay behind to save the wounded.

Ghost churches near Jordan River baptism site await reclamation

Is It Time for Evangelicals to Strategically Withdraw from the Culture?

Christians have lost the culture wars. Should they withdraw from the mainstream?

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 27

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Repentance is always an option.

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.

It’s a Wonderful Time to Be Christian

Tim Keller Stepping Down as Redeemer Senior Pastor

The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts From ISIS

Extinct tree grows anew from ancient jar of seeds unearthed by archaeologists

What Judaism Can Teach Islam About Reforming The Faith

Responding to Hard Circumstances: A God-Centered vs. Man-Centered Perspective

How a Gift from an Elderly Anglican Clergyman Helped J. I. Packer Discover the Puritans

Pakistan Convicts 42 Christians of Terrorism After Acquitting More Than 100 Muslims

Iconoclast: One Journalist’s Odyssey through the Darwin Debates

What the Transgender Debate Means for the Church

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 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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