- - Monday, November 2, 2015
Today is the 306th day of 2015. There are 59 days left in the year.
(1) Prepare for Persecution, by Billy Graham
***From an article written in 1957, Billy Graham’s words to Christians in America “ring more true now than ever”:
“Since we have experienced little religious persecution in this country, it is likely that under pressure many would deny Christ. Those who shout the loudest about their faith may surrender soonest. Many who boast of being courageous would be cowardly. Many who say, “Though all others deny Christ, yet I will never deny Him,” would be the first to warm their hands at the campfires of the enemy.” 

“Jesus, in speaking of the last times, warned, “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake” (Matthew 24:9). The Scripture says, “because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12).”

“The Apostle Paul, referring to the coming evil day, said, “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13).”

(2) A theological and journalistic reformation, by Marvin Olasky (World)

***You knew Martin Luther’s role in giving birth to Protestantism. But have you considered his influence on journalism?

“Luther then gave printers permission to set the theses in type—and they spread throughout Europe within a month. The effect of Luther’s theses and his subsequent publications is well known but what often is missed is that Luther’s primary impact was not as a producer of treatises, but as a very popular writer of vigorous prose that concerned not only theological issues but their social and political ramifications. Between 1517 and 1530, Luther’s 30 publications probably sold well over 300,000 copies, an astounding total at a time when illiteracy was rampant and printing still an infant.”

(3) It’s Time to Do Away with the Concept of ‘Manhood’ Altogether (The Guardian)

***What do you think? Agree or disagree?

“Instead of constantly putting manhood under perceived threat, we must rethink the concept entirely, and maybe – to be so daring – throw it out. Because we have centuries of war, of pillaging, of violence that show us that manhood was never in crisis, but always was central to this mayhem. So we may need to just rebuild everything with the whole concept of manhood excluded.”

(4) When Students Are Afraid to Speak Up, by Stephen L. Carter (BloombergView)
“Overall, there’s good news and bad. It’s refreshing to learn how few students support restrictions on campus speech. At the same time, it’s depressing to learn how many don’t feel free to speak up when they disagree with faculty or peers. Those of us who dwell in the academy should celebrate the first and do what we can to remedy the second.”

(5) How Anglicans Evangelize, by Jeffrey Walton (Juicy Ecumenism)

“The Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) called upon seminarians to share their faith in Jesus Christ urgently with others, advising them “don’t decide for someone else that they don’t want to hear the Gospel of Christ.” “The word ‘evangelism’ scares a lot of folks off, even though it’s just the Greek world for ‘gospel’ or ‘good news’ — but it carries a lot of baggage, doesn’t it?” preached Archbishop Foley Beach on October 22nd during Asbury Theological Seminary’s chapel service.”

(bonus) German Protestant Church’s Scandalous Idea [evangelize/convert Muslims] Rocks Evangelical Community, by Tom Heneghan (Religion News Service)


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