Happy “Day after Halloween!” or “All Saints Day!” or “Birthday to my Older Sister – Laura – Who Turns 40 Today!” or “November!”
Being that October 31st/November 1st is an anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, I thought it would be a good idea to share a couple of posts on the Reformation and how evangelicals differ from Catholics. Fascinating stuff. There’s also a remarkable article on evangelicals and marriage, how to read more, and parents’ role in discipling their children.
Happy Friday everyone!
Oh yeah – don’t forget to set your clocks back tomorrow night before you go to bed!
#1. The Reformation: Trick or Treat? by David Mathis
“Reformation Day is ripe for remembering an array of biblical truths — that the Scriptures are our only final authority (sola Scriptura); that God accepts us by grace alone, through faith alone, on the basis of Christ alone (justification); that God often uses the unlikeliest of people to turn the world upside down; that God doesn’t just raise up great individuals, but collections of people, veritable teams, each with his lot, and his own local cohort, to bring about widespread change; and all these conspiring to the glory of God alone (soli Deo gloria).
But here’s one to keep on your radar this year. God loves to use the seeming accidents in our lives to bring about his purposes.”
#2. 5 Differences Between Catholic Theology and the Gospel by Jesse Johnson
“With Reformation Day this week, it is a good time to remind ourselves of what exactly the differences are between the Roman Catholic Church and Protestants. Certainly on just about every single area of theology there are differences, but here are what I think are the five most glaring and significant issues that separate the Catholic Church from the gospel of grace:”
The five he mentions are: justification, the Pope as the Head of the Church, Mass vs. Communion, Mary, and Purgatory.
#3. An Evangelical War on Marriage? by David Prince
“Evangelicals often tell children that their education, career and individual success should be firmly in place before they should even think about marriage. After all, if they marry too young, they won’t be able to accomplish their individual dreams and become successful people who lead lives of significance.
At the same time, we act befuddled that a generation we have taught to put themselves first does not understand the importance of self-sacrificial relationships beginning with marriage and family.”
Oh. My. Goodness. Prince has NAILED it!
#4. How to Read More – A Lot More by Ryan Holiday
“Look, where do you get the time to eat three meals a day? How do you have time to do all that sleeping? How do you manage to spend all those hours with your kids or wife or a girlfriend or boyfriend?
You don’t get that time anywhere, do you? You just make it because it’s really important. It’s a non-negotiable part of your life.
I think there are three main barriers that hold people back from making this happen and I want to disassemble them right now so you can start reading way, way more.“
#5. Family Ministry: The Original Small Group Ministry by Timothy Paul Jones
“Parents are the primary teachers in their children’s lives, even if they don’t know it.
Some parents are better teachers than others, but every parent is a teacher when it comes to the children with whom he or she shares a home. Even after decades of family fragmentation, the most significant influence on children’s spiritual formation remains the religious life modeled and taught to them by their parents. The problem is, many churches have provided parents with the impression that when it comes to shaping their children’s souls, the primary teachers ought to be paid professionals at church.”
Anything in these articles that struck you?
Anything you disagree with?
Thoughts about a paragraph you read?
Comment below. . .