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Today, you can get The Expected One by Scott James for 99¢, and Praying Backwards by Bryan Chapell for $1.99. Crossway is giving away a free copy of Augustine on the Christian Life by Gerald Bray in exchange for filling out a survey. And finally, you can get a really nice new edition of John Murray’s Redemption Accomplished and Applied for $10 from the Westminster Bookstore.
Several years ago I was talking with a ministry colleague about some options as I continued pursuing a master’s degree. In the course of conversation I mentioned my disinterest in transferring to one particular seminary, since its reputation wasn’t as strong as the others. “Is that important to you?” my friend casually asked. Puzzled by his lack of concern for academic prestige, I replied that of course it was important to me I attend the best school I could get into.
It wasn’t until I later reflected on that conversation that I recognized my snobbery regarding education.
Criticism is sometimes appropriate, of course. So is straight-up confrontation. But slander never is. And it’s not as if slander only becomes wrong the moment it’s verbalized. Unspewed venom isn’t morally neutral, and it isn’t harmless—it’s lethal. It shrivels the soul. Such venom can easily and subtly fester in our hearts, leading us to silently slander those for whom our King died.
Let’s take care, then, not to let our hearts engage in silent slander. Genuine questioning? Sure. Trenchant criticism? Certainly. But heart-level defamation? May it never be.
Mike Foster challenges this encouragement so many of us give to our kids.
As I reflect over the last 10 years it is striking that most of my defense of the Bible does not have to do with its truthfulness but its sufficiency. And further, the context for these discussions has been among professing Christians. Does this surprise you? The more I talk with other pastors the more I find this to be true: the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture is under attack both explicitly and implicitly.
When the content of our songs and prayers are saturated with me-centered themes and thoughts, we are buying into the lie that worship is about us. To be sure, our faces are in the frame, but they are a spec of sand on the beach of a vast ocean of beauty and holiness. To focus on the spec would be silly, if not outright madness.
Several months ago, I began teaching some of the 7-12 year olds at New Covenant through The Westminster Shorter Catechism. As I have done so, I have been reminded of the multitude of blessings that accrue from teaching the children of the church the precious doctrines of the Christian faith. Here are four of the blessings that pastors and congregants can glean from working to bring the deep truths of the Scriptures to the ears of the next generation of those in the church.