Saturday Sampler: May 7 — May 13

Five Easter BabiesHymns have lessened in popularity over the past 50 years. And that trend has truly impoverished the Church. In his blog for Concordia Publishing House, Joe Willmann shows us that Teaching the Truth in our Hymns can be a powerful and easy way to learn essential Christian doctrine.

John Ellis adds brilliantly to the conversation about Jen Hatmaker and her endorsement of same sex marriage in his article, The Cowardly Defense of Sin: Jen Hatmaker’s Rejection of the Bible, written for PJ Media. I can’t applaud Ellis enough for this one! (Did I mention that it’s brilliant?)

Similarly, Summer White of Sheologians joins the discussion on Hatmaker by writing On Redefining Words and Character Assassination. Summer gets to the true issue in this controversy: Hatmaker’s implicit denial of God’s holiness.

You might not completely agree with Leslie A.’s post, Learn to Discern: Reawakening the Conscience, in Growing 4 Life. I’m a little uncomfortable with her presentation, afraid that she may be imposing her personal convictions on her readers. That said, her main point about the influence of entertainment on our conscience deserves prayerful consideration. For that reason  I encourage you to read this post and think about her points.

Similarly, Kevin Halloran of Anchored In Christ gives us Ten Questions Christians Should Ask of Their Entertainment. His perspective offers more leeway, while still encouraging us to be discerning.

Biblical illiteracy causes a great deal of the problems among evangelicals. Jennifer at One Hired Late In The Day writes The More Sure Word to demonstrate the importance of relying on Scripture rather than personal experience.

In a group post, the ladies at Out of the Ordinary share the Pivotal Doctrines that have influenced their relationships with me Lord. Interestingly, two of them write about justification. As you read these posts, you may connect them with some of my posts on the Reformation.

Writing for The Gospel Coalition Blog, Leslie Schmucker confronts us with The Uncomfortable Subject Jesus Addressed More than Anyone Else. No ma’am, I’m not going to tell you what it is! You’ll have to read the article for yourself. 🙂


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3 thoughts on “Saturday Sampler: May 7 — May 13

  1. Oh, Debbie, one of the most challenging and disheartening things about blogging is when I am misunderstood. I can take being maligned for writing truth and I can even handle people being angry at me for standing up for what’s right. But being misunderstood by someone I respect is devastating to me. I sincerely believe you have misunderstood what I wrote about entertainment. I can’t make you not “misunderstand” but I would like to take a moment to assure your readers that I am in no way trying to impose my standards on anyone else, but, rather, am encouraging all of us to evaluate what we watch, listen to, and read against the Word of God, since worldly entertainment can and often does affect our discernment. I am truly struggling to understand your difficulty with that specific post, as I know we are kindred spirits on so much of what we both write. I didn’t mention any specific programs or books or give any set of rules so your accusation of legalism is so discouraging to me. I hope that someone will read this and give my post a chance. Your disparagement of it will lead most, I am afraid, to avoid it. Love you, sister. Hope we get to meet some day in person. It’s sometimes hard to understand someone and why they write what they write without really knowing them in person.


    • I’ve just read your post a third time, knowing that my comments on it have hurt you. I realize that you weren’t intentionally promoting a legalistic position, but the overall tone of your blog post gives the impression that we should avoid television, movies and secular music completely. I now understand that’s not what you meant, based on comments you’ve made about your post. But the post itself doesn’t show the balanced attitude that I now understand you actual have.

      Most definitely, we must avoid programs that explicitly promote sin. Since marrying John, I’ve been a great deal more sensitive about my entertainment choices! But I believe the matter falls under Romans 14 — unless someone is watching something blatantly sinful. I think you might agree. As a recovering legalist, I struggle with imposing my convictions on others. Consequently, I can step over the line without realizing that’s what I’m doing. I forget Romans 14.

      We’re both misunderstanding each other, it seems to me. I now realize that you didn’t mean to imply that all Christians should smash their TV sets. By the same token, I hope you realize that I put your post on Saturday Sampler as an endorsement, despite voicing concerns. Remember that you opened the essay acknowledging that readers might disagree with you. But please don’t misunderstand disagreement and qualified endorsement as disparaging your article. I would not have posted it on Saturday Sampler unless I endorsed it.

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      • Perhaps “disparage” was too strong a word. I do think I figured out what it is exactly on which we do not agree. I believe you would deem the world’s entertainment to be a much wider gray area than I would. There is little by way of worldly entertainment that i would include in the same box along with homeschooling or head coverings, etc. because so much of it is so dishonoring to God–not just through sexual immorality but through philosophy. Some kids’ movies are just as bad as adult films because of the philosophies they are promoting. And so I do believe this is where we differ. While there are some things that are certainly neutral, I don’t believe we agree on the amount of “neutral”. Thanks for the discussion, Debby. You have helped me to really think through carefully my strong stand on worldly entertainment. I continue to stand at the same place, but with just a little more conviction and insight into why I must stand there. 🙂


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