Here are the items and resources of interest for December 2, 2019:
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- Why Sixty-six book of the canon? From the website: “The past few decades have witnessed a resurgence of criticism against the authority of the canon of Scripture. Books like The da Vinci Code seek to undermine the foundations of Christianity by shedding doubt on the cornerstone of its structure: the Word of God. Sadly, these critiques generally invent lies and falsify information to create “persuasive” arguments against the authority of Scripture, and one of the most common areas in which this occurs is the canonization process of the Bible. Yet, as this lesson demonstrates, the early church faced similar problems and struggles as they received God’s Word, and the wisdom He granted them to confront these problems and the faithfulness He demonstrated during their time should instruct and encourage us in our own day.”
- Profane Activity During Sunday Worship — An excerpt from a book written by D.A. Carson. From the blog post:
We have become so performance-oriented that it is hard to see how compromised we are. Consider one small example. In many of our churches, prayers in the morning services now function, in large measure, as the time to change the set in the sanctuary. The people of the congregation bow their heads and close their eyes, and when they look up a minute later, why, the singers are in place, or the drama group is ready to perform. It is all so smooth. It is also profane. Nominally we are in prayer together addressing the King of heaven, the sovereign Lord. In reality, some of us are doing that while others are rushing on tiptoes around the ‘stage’ and others, with their eyes closed, are busy wondering what new and happy configuration will confront them when it is time to take a peek.
- Dysfunctional Elders Make a Dysfunctional Church — An article written by Phil Newton.
- Infographic: You have more time for Bible reading than you think. Really. You do!
- Are you a podcast nut? You may want to take a look at this list compiled by PC MAG.
- Many years ago, I ran an internet radio station called “Sola5 Radio.” The service I used folded. Now, this new service (new to me) has popped up, and I am thinking of doing it again. Sola5 Radio would play the beat in Christian music (not Christian pop), including hymns, psalms, etc. Additionally, it would play classical music as well. There would be sermons, Bible reading, and other relevant material. What do you think?