In Case You Missed It

1) At The Gospel Coalition, David W. Jones, professor of Christian Ethics at SEBTS, describes the five errors of the prosperity gospel. A devastatingly accurate defense of the true gospel.

2) From First Things, Colin Garbarino of Houston Baptist University defends biblical and democratic foundations of church discipline in Baptist churches.

3) Also at TGC, Tim Keller offers a careful and powerful critical review of two books that argue for biblical support of homosexual relationships.

4) From Desiring God, Fabienne Harford explores the beautifully complex and often difficult road of Christian perseverance “in disguise.”

5) Thom Rainer describes seven factors that stop the momentum, and harm the health, of a church. Bullies are one problem.

 

In Case You Missed It

Lots of end-of-year lists and reviews from the blogosphere this week. Here are some of the more intriguing lists along with a couple other articles of note. 

1) Russ Moore offered the top books he read this year. Some interesting selections.

2) Trevin Wax discussed the top 10 interviews he conducted this year.

3) Thom Rainer listed the top 14 posts for the year on his site.

4) Maybe a bit more under the radar, but here are the top 10 biblical archeological discoveries according to CT.

5) At Desiring God, John Bloom discussed seven resolutions to pursue love in 2015.

6) Al Mohler and Michael Kruger (part two; see his link for part one) responded, forcefully and convincingly, to Newsweek’s recent article on the Bible.

 

In Case You Missed It

1) Ed Stetzer published part 2 of Lifeway’s important research on mental illness and the church.

2) Thom Rainer lists the top 10 selling Bible translations for 2014.

3) Ryan Hutchinson, Executive Vice President for Operations at Southeastern, writes as a white guy trying to understand injustices toward black Americans.

4) At CT’s Leadership Journal, Ben Tertin and Paul J. Pastor, report on the painful lessons learned from the Mars Hill collapse. As it turns out, go big or go home is not a biblical strategy for ministry.

5) Trillia Newbill, consultant on Women’s Initiatives for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, encourages all Christians to care about “race issues.”