Greetings. How are you? Good? Whatever your answer is, I hope your day gets “gooder” by clicking on some of the links below.
But let’s start with an appeal: if you’re a Christian, please try to read more. The church needs its members to uphold and defend a Christ-centred worldview. In these changing times it simply isn’t enough to let the minister and the elders hold the ground – it has to be the concern of every Christian. But it can’t happen if everyday Christians don’t know their Bible, or how the Bible applies to the cultural challenges of our day. That’s why at our church we do a bunch of things to try to encourage people to read more. Here are some of the ways we do this:
(a) We have a small but helpful church library where good evangelical/reformed resources are available to you free of charge.
(b) We have periodic book offers where a good Christian book is offered a significantly reduced price.
(c) We print a helpful monthly article which covers a relevant topic from a Christian perspective – we call this our Monthly Mind Matter. It’s available in the entryway of the main church building.
(d) We have this blog to help connect you with some good Christian resources and videos.
(e) We have 5 mid-week Bible study groups, called Home Groups, which meet to study the Bible and see how it applies to life.
(f) We encourage people to join together in 1-to-1 Bible reading prayers, and prayer triplets. These can be especially helpful for people who struggle to be part of a Home Group.
(g) We have a Twitter account that is chock full of thought-provoking quotes and links to articles.
(h) We promote good devotional apps for people to use on their phones.
So basically, we’re doing what we can get Christians reading their Bibles and also engaging with other reading that will stimulate them to think about what they believe, and why it matters.
For now, here are a couple of quick links for you to check out:
- The Western world needs a re-energised Christianity to survive. Here’s a really great article that I know you’re going to enjoy.
- Radical new abortion laws were recently passed in New South Wales. This blog post from Akos Balogh surveys the central issue in question.
- Reflections from an incident in Scotland where a student was disciplined for speaking his mind. It’s a lesson in the reason for, and dangers of, conformity.
- First Things is a top-shelf, academically rigorous source of reflection on religion, politics, and culture. Look around and you’ll find an abundance of deep thinking on a whole range of topics.
That’s all for now.
May your internet usage be a blessing to you, and bring glory to God.
Soli Deo gloria.