Midweek Roundup: What We Didn’t Get Around To Posting So Far This Week

Pastor Jeff Smith
Pastor Jeff Smith

Our Bapti-Bots discovered a new blog by Pastor Jeffery Smith:

The Honor of God is at Stake by Jeffery Smith via Burning and Shining Light

Can you say and can I say that what matters most to me is not my own advantage or my own reputation or my own security. What matters most to me is the honor of God.

Praying Like Elijah

Notice several characteristics of Elijah’s prayer that we should imitate

First Post On New Blog Site

The inspiration for naming this blog site “burning and shining light” is taken from Jonathan Edwards sermon on John 5:35.


What did Peter mean by “the gospel preached also to them that are dead” in 1 Peter 4:6? by Jeff Riddle via stylos

Last Sunday evening during our Lynchburg meeting one of the college students asked me about the meaning of 1 Peter 4:6:  “For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.”  What does Peter mean by the reference to “the gospel” being “preached to the dead”?

Reflections on Text, Canon, and Translation from Carl Amerding’s “The Old Testament and Criticism”

This is a reminder that the issue of text is no longer limited to the NT alone, as the traditional (MT) text of the OT has been challenged by modern translations, with such challenges pioneered by the RSV.  This also explains why the ESV, following in the RSV tradition, so often provides OT translations based on textual emendations from the versions, etc.


tom ascol35 lessons from 35 years as a pastor via Tom Ascol Blog

As I recently reflected on the last thirty-five years I wrote down some lessons learned and convictions I’ve come to or continued to hold. Here are thirty-five of them.


Be Thankful – Tell Others About What God Has Done ! by Joachim Rieck via A Reformed Baptist in Namibia

Soon after I was converted, I learned about the importance of cultivating a  thankful heart,  by telling others  what the Lord had done for me. This is  otherwise known as  “giving a testimony”.


Where to Look in Dark Times by Ken Puls via Founders Ministries: The Blog

There are times when theology can be very practical, times when what we believe and what we preach to ourselves can have a profound impact on our spiritual wellbeing. Nowhere is this more true than when we face times of darkness—suffering, persecution, trials and temptations—times when we are doubting, distressed and unsure how to press on. John Bunyan offers a vivid illustration of this in his allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress.


TwitterTube Premiers on the Dividing Line! by James White via Alpha and Omega Ministries

OK, not really, but here’s what happened.  I started off with some brief comments on the incredible section in 2 Corinthians 4:3-6, and then I started to respond to a Twitter conversation I had had this morning with a Muslim.  I invited him to watch on YouTube, and he did.  He started to respond, and so we had a conversation going back and forth, he on Twitter, I responding as he posted comments.  It was quite interesting, and took up most of the rest of the hour.  I did manage to sneak in a few comments on Steven Anderson’s blog post/article about archaic words in the KJV right toward the end of the program.




Thralldom in the Modern Church via NCFIC Blog

The leaders of the Catholic Church knew what modern mega- churches understand: if you can enrapture and thrill the people, they will become addicted to your inventions and keep coming back. Like modern evangelicalism, the Roman Church created itself as it went along and whatever worked was practiced, whether it was candles for worship, infant exorcisms at baptism, or complex and costly “programs” (such as pilgrimages).

The Reformers would have nothing of this…


America is the Loneliest Country in the World via Scott Brown Online

One of the great blessings of being in the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is that it is a family – a big family – a diverse family of extended brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers and grandfathers and grandmothers.  God is so kind to bring us into a community like that – bigger than we are and bigger than our biological families. It is designed to be a community of love where there are over 50 “one another’s” to shepherd a culture of love and genuineness.  We may live in the loneliest country in the world, but God always gives His people a better country.

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