A Morning Peacock of Links (3/14)

4 Things You’re Doing That Ruin Bible Study

From Arm4 ways we hinder our bible study and how we can fix these issues.

The Trouble With Men Is the Same Trouble With Women

From Boundless:

…Men are in trouble; they need help. But so do women. And that’s the message that too often gets left out. The danger in all these articles and discussions about what’s wrong with men is that women start believing their problems are the fault of men, that only men are flawed. That only men sin. But women are part of the problem. Rarely is that mentioned in our girl-power culture.

This article isn’t equal time, but time for women to look at their own hearts and ask God what we can do to help what’s currently a real problem for single Christians — male and female — who are hoping to marry. What do women do that make good, timely marriages less likely?

The Old Idea Still Causing Us Problems

From TGC: David Murray explores Time Magazine’s list of 10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life. Murray argues that most of these 10 ideas, ranging from “living alone is the new norm” to “the rise of the nones”, paint a picture of a society that is, bottom-line, self-centered:

I’m not saying all of these ideas are completely wrong; some of them are understandable and even well motivated. But, taken together, do they not frame a picture of a large capital “I”? “Let me be me, let me be separate, having as little relationship with, dependence upon, or accountability to others as possible.”

But that’s not how God designed us to live. In the original creation, God created us dependent, both upon him and upon one another. Adam needed Eve, Eve needed Adam, and both needed God. And all was very, very good. It would never be better. Mutual need and dependence was part of God’s perfect order and part of our happiness.

In fact, what spoiled it all was a sinful desire for independence—the desire for “individual freedom, personal control, and self-realization.” Adam and Eve did not just want independence from God; they wanted to be god themselves. After sin entered, that desire for independence only accelerated as our first parents blamed each other and pushed away from one another.

Faithful Science

From The Resurgence: Pastor Will Little (also a biophysicist researcher, I believe) from Mars Hill Church with an introductory article on naturalism, science and faith and how Christianity and science are not mutually exclusive:

The faith of many of these “natural philosophers” (the term “scientist” didn’t come about until the 19th century) led to the discovery of their hypotheses, which were subsequently tested, accepted, and refined. It was their belief that God would create an orderly and comprehensible universe that led them to study the natural world and make scientific discoveries. In other words, they believed that if the universe is the result of a transcendent Supernatural Mind that created us, we can expect that the universe will make sense to our human minds as well.

“Make Disciples”: Evangelism or Discipleship?

From The Resurgence: Jonathan Dodson discusses the evangelism/discipleship dichotomy. He explores two issues. The first issue is whether “to make disciples” should mean the maturing of Christians or the evangelizing to non-Christians. The second issue is the notion that “the separation of evangelism from discipleship implies that ‘sharing the gospel’ with non-Christians is an activity that is unnecessary with Christians.”:

This dichotomy surfaces a false view of the gospel, namely that the gospel has the power to save but not to sanctify. It assumes that the gospel functions like a space shuttle’s external fuel tank, falling away after the shuttle has launched us into God’s orbit. The gospel, however, is more like an internal engine, always propel- ling us into God’s presence. The gospel is necessary for getting right and doing right with God, for salvation and sanctification.

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