Saturday Sampler: September 6 — September 12

In his weekly contribution to The Cripplegate, Clint Archer writes Behold the Lamb: The Trinity Testifies as evidence that God exists in three Persons simultaneously. Those of you who wish to develop discernment skills will find this article indispensable in recognizing false teaching about the Trinity.

Deb Martin of Solid Food Resources addresses the question: How Do We Grow? by taking us back to some basic disciplines. No matter how spiritually mature we think we are, it never hurts to revisit the fundamentals.

As usual, Leslie A pulls no punches. In her Growing 4 Life article, Those Deceptive, Capacious Feelings, she exposes the frightening power that emotions have over us. We need to consider her words and then examine our lives accordingly.

In The End Time, Elizabeth Prata reminds us why we must expose false teachers. Error vs. truth: Jesus takes the difference seriously, so should we looks at a passage from Zechariah to show us the importance of standing against wrong doctrine.

I’m delighted that Peter Krol writes Context Matters: The Cattle on a Thousand Hills for Knowable Word. I recently read Psalm 50 in my personal devotions, and noticed that the popular application of the Lord owning the cattle on a thousand hills has absolutely nothing to do with the context of that verse. Please read Krol’s article for a lesson on how to properly handle God’s Word.

Bringing back a post she wrote two years ago, Michelle Lesley profiles 5 Church Ladies You Don’t Want to Be. Besides its entertainment value, this piece helps us take a little spiritual inventory regarding our relationship with our local church.

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Saturday Sampler: August 30 — September 5

Hopefully, regular readers of The Outspoken TULIP understand that Scripture absolutely prohibits women from acting as pastors. Sometimes, however, it gets confusing, as Michelle Lesley shows us in The Mailbag: Female Pastors – False Teachers or Just Sinning? Michelle’s insights into this question can help us understand the danger of letting women into the pulpit.

In a post for Reformation 21, Amy Mantravadi writes Justification: The Roman Catholic View to draw the distinction between Catholic and Biblical understandings of justification. If you care about discernment, you need to familiarize yourselves with this very basic division that sets Catholicism outside the realm of Biblical doctrine.

I’m not sure many Christians seriously believed those of us who have been warning about persecution. But in Grace Community Church evicted (from parking lot): how long before harassment like that happens to your church? Elizabeth Prata of The End Time confronts us with the reality that American culture has lost its tolerance for religion.

Christian, the Government Isn’t Going to Save Us warns Leslie A of Growing 4 Life. She’s so right! You’ll want to read through to the end of her article, where she offers wonderful encouragement from Scripture.

Let’s have a second Elizabeth Prata essay, shall we? She answers a Reader Prophecy Question: What about seeing visions and praise in the last days? Since I’ve been a cessationist, I’ve struggled with this passage from Peter’s sermon in Acts 2 (my Charismatic friends just love throwing it at me), so I appreciate Elizabeth’s reasoned answer drawn from Scripture.

Sharon Sampson contributes Landing & Standing to Gentle Reformation as a reminder of why we must stay grounded in Scripture. Generally, I’m not a fan of devotional type articles, but this one is hard to resist.

R. Scott Clark of The Heidelblog quotes once from the Heidelberg Catechism and twice from the Westminster Larger Catechism to answer the question: What Is God’s Will For You In The Ninth Commandment? In the nastiness of social media, we’d all do well to seriously consider the words of these catechisms and to adjust our behavior accordingly,

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Just So You Know

Been sick lately. I’d been alternating between Motrin and Tylenol every day since my back fractures in March, so all this is a rebound effect. I’m beginning to eat again after two days. Not taking pills, so now my back hurts.-My doctor’s nurse said to resume Tylenol and taper off gradually. So no blog post until at least Sunday.

Saturday Sampler: August 16 — August 22

Commenting on Modern Day Idolatry in Slave to the King, Chris Honholz examines the way some evangelicals have embraced Critical Race Theory. I appreciate his forceful writing almost as much as I appreciate his excellent application of God’s Word to the Social Justice Movement.

Would Elizabeth Prata use The End Time to write about children building sand castles? Read The surety of Christ to find out. Besides tips on two great beaches to visit, you’ll get a good reminder of how to prepare for eternity.

Reprising an article she wrote three years ago, Michelle Lesley explores Bible Backgrounds: Why You Need Them and Where to Find Them as an encouragement to women who feel inadequate about personal Bible Study. Please, ladies, read this post and start digging in to God’s Word.

In a contribution to the Grace to You blog, Jeremiah Johnson lists 7 Qualities to Look for in a Church. Please note his encouragement to be involved in a local church as soon as this pandemic allows.

Thanks to TimChallies for including Mike Leake’s What Does It Mean That People What Deeper Bible Study? in his A la Thursday Carte selection this week. I’m not entirely sure I agree with Leake, but he certainly presents a perspective worthy of consideration. He blogs at Borrowed Light.

Pastor Tedd Mathis, writing at teddmathisdotcom, shows us 13 Places Where the Bible Uses the Word ‘FOR,’ And Why It’s Important To Your Salvation. He explains why the doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement has very practical and eternal implications for each of us.

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Saturday Sampler: August 9 — August 15

If you want Good advice in turbulent times, visit Attempts at Honestly for wise words from Mark McIntyre. This one reminds us where our focus really belongs.

The time is short, warns Elizabeth Prata in an essay for The End Time this week. Eschatology is one of her areas of expertise, so I highly recommend that you give serious attention to what she has to say.

Ouch! As someone who is trying to repent of reckless behavior online, I feel a bit of sting from Keith Mathison’s Causing Little Ones to Stumble in Light In Dark Places. What do your children learn from Christian posts on Facebook and Twitter? I found this one courtesy of Tim Challies.

Speaking of Tim Challies, his post on Why You Really Need To Be Praying For Your Pastor pulls back a curtain on the extra pressures pastors face because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pastoring is difficult in the best of times. So be more diligent than ever to pray for your pastor — we most assuredly aren’t living in the best of times.

Reaching into her archives, Michelle Lesley posts Throwback Thursday ~ 4 Ways We’re Getting Women’s Discipleship Wrong, and How We Can Get It Right! Michelle writes with passion because of her overwhelming desire to see women properly trained to serve the Lord. Her thoughts remind me of why I write weekly Bible Studies on Colossians.

Peter Krol of Knowable Word writes Job: How to Fear the Lord When Everything Falls Apart at a time when everything really does seem to be falling apart. This outline of Job encourages us to find practical help as we study God’s Word.

I must include a second post by Elizabeth Prata. Why John MacArthur’s people are strong challenges us as we see the beginning of real persecution on American soil. Even if you disagree with MacArthur’s actions (though I don’t know why you would), consider Elizabeth’s applications. We live in serious times, and we need to answer the questions that she poses.

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Saturday Sampler: August 2 — August 8

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Writing for Knowable Word, Ryan Higginbottom warns that Ignoring Context Can Lead to Heresy as he cites two instances of Jehovah’s Witnesses misusing God’s Word. Pay attention to his warning — it could protect you from falling into false teaching.

I love how Michelle Lesley uses Scripture to support everything she writes. In The Mailbag: Masks in church — Do I submit to my husband or my pastor? she answers a woman with clarity and gentleness. She gives the correct answer, by the way.

Gavin Ortlund recently wrote a blog post criticizing John MacArthur’s defiance against the governor of California. I appreciate Phil Johnson’s respectful, yet firm. response. Not Forsaking the Assembling of Ourselves Together appears in Pyromaniacs, and links to Ortlund’s post in the first paragraph. Thankfully, it corrects a misunderstanding about one of MacArthur’s remarks, giving clarity to the matter.

Math is Not Relative But Critical Theory is, explains Chris Hohnholz of Slave to the King. If you’re confused about what Critical Race Theory is and why it contradicts the teachings of the Bible, you really need to read this piece. Hopefully Chris and his friend Rich Story will follow up on this issue in their Voice of Reason podcast.

As usual, Elizabeth Prata offers a well-documented presentation entitled Mourning the lost — Catholics on The End Time this week. You’ll appreciate her tips and resources for helping Roman Catholic loved ones understand the true Gospel.

HT to Tim Challies for linking to a Reformation 21 article that I somehow missed. Stand in the Day of Trouble by Jeffery Stivason doesn’t whitewash the threats we face as Western civilization dissolves into outright rebellion against God, but he does remind us of our responsibility. This article, ladies, is exactly what I try to communicate through The Outspoken TULIP.

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Saturday Sampler: July 26 — August 1

Tom of excatholic4christ starts off this week’s Sampler by Reevaluating “saint” Thomas More, terrorizer of Protestants. His post reminds us to acquaint ourselves with church history. Knowing what happened in the past sharpens our understanding of the Church today.

Writing for The Cripplegate, Clint Archer bemoans The Chimera of Cancel Culture that has overtaken society. We should probably think through his points to decide whom we want to boycott.

Being childless (never even having been pregnant), I can’t offer you tips on Talking to Kids About Miscarriage. But Melissa at Your Mom Has a Blog sadly has been in the position of telling her children about their siblings who never experienced life outside the womb. I thought some of you might find this post helpful.

It’s good to see support for the stand John MacArthur took last Sunday. So I love Our Galvanizing Grandfather by Doug Wilson in Blog & Mablog affirming MacArthur’s stance. Too bad more people don’t admire MacArthur for his courage to obey God and not man.

Allen Nelson IV, writing for Things Above Us, provides A Primer on Jacob Arminius, John Wesley, and Charles Finney to give us a better understanding of how evangelical evangelism has developed. He briefly shows why their theology on free will deviates from Scripture.

Of Masks And The Weaker Brothers, which R. Scott Clark posts on The Heidelblog, pretty much reaches the same conclusions that I reached several weeks ago. You may disagree (on either side of the matter) with this conclusion, but I hope you’ll at least give it a fair hearing.

Have you read Elizabeth Prata’s essay on Prophecy and current days in The End Time yet? It may surprise you. I guarantee that it will encourage you. Or your money back!

I’ve been saying for years that teenagers need solid Bible teaching more than they need fun and games. So I love Costi Hinn’s 3 Proven Ways to “Grow” Your Youth Ministry in For the Gospel. I realize that he primarily targets youth pastors, but I think Christians as a whole should consider how we minister to our young people.

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Saturday Sampler: July 19 — July 25

Does it bother you when people quote a Bible verse without any concern for context? Or, like me, do you struggle with quoting Scripture out of fear that people will take it out of context? If so, How to Share Scripture While Respecting Context by Ryan Higginbottom of Knowable Word is for you! I’m looking forward to his follow up blog post.

John and I can’t attend church right now due to our disabilities and age. We hate this separation from our church family, and desperately wish we could join our brothers and sisters who have been able to attend services. As Michelle Lesley says in The Mailbag: Is it Time to Go Back to Church After COVID Quarantine? each family has different circumstances to weigh as they make this decision. Her use of Scripture may offer you help in determining what to do.

Although Biblical discernment is about more than warning against false teachers, it’s not about less. In The End Time, Elizabeth Prata explains how False Doctrine is like John Prine’s song Bruised Orange to remind us why we must keep telling people the very real dangers of doctrinal error. Elizabeth writes this essay with amazing humility and compassion without compromising her convictions.

Can the Church be Perfected by social justice? Mark McIntyre of Attempts at Honesty gives a brief, but insightful answer to that question. His post primarily addresses church leaders, but all of us need to hear this reminder of our true mission as Christians.

Writing for The Ploughman’s Rest, Chris Thomas offers Advice To A Keyboard Crusader that could save us a lot of grief on social media. I’m glad he tempers his overall counsel by recognizing that there are times when Christians do need to speak up. Still, I think his perspective warrants attention. HT to Tim Challies for leading me to this one.

I’m only now seeing Warfare Worship & Unbothered Christianity by Summer Jaeger of Sheologians, but it’s well worth posting this two week old article. It reinforces my conviction that most of the old hymns are preferable to much of contemporary praise music because they help us learn Biblical doctrine. This blog post is definitely my pick of today’s Saturday Sampler — please don’t ignore it.

On the Ligonier blog, John MacArthur writes an unusually illustrative explanation of why we should Pursue Integrity Relentlessly as Christians. And integrity demands that I acknowledge Tim Challies for posting this item on his blog for me to find.

Speaking of John MacArthur, his statement entitled Christ, not Caesar, is Head of the Church addresses extremely serious encroachments that California’s governor is making on churches in that state. You may think, “Well, that’s California — it’s always been a little whacky.” But California tends to be a leader in policies that come to the rest of the country. This post on the Grace to You blog is essential reading to anyone serious about the future of the Church in America.

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Saturday Sampler: July 5 — July 11

I’m delighted that Ryan Higginbottom explains The Dangerous Consequences of Ignoring Context for Knowable Word. His article provides great insights that few Christians ever consider.

Life is ticklish for Christians these days. In The Mailbag: Guess who’s coming to (the women’s ministry) dinner?, Michelle Lesley tackles a difficult question that wouldn’t have occurred to anyone even five years ago. Did I say difficult? Michelle helps us see that the Bible makes the answer uncomfortably simple.

Sometimes Leslie A gets under my skin! She irritates me because I know she’s absolutely right in the articles she writes in Growing 4 Life. For example, Christian, How Are You Responding? nails wrong reactions I’ve been having to various upheavals in my personal life. My flesh doesn’t like much of what Leslie says in this blog post, but I praise God for her refreshing conclusion! Ladies, you won’t regret letting her get under your skin.

The Ligonier blog features How Do We Become Spiritually Mature? by John MacArthur. None of us is so advanced in the faith that we can’t benefit from this article.

Evangelism can discourage and frustrate even the best of us. Mike Ratliff, who blogs at Possessing the Treasure, writes God Will Judge the Ungodly as an encouraging reminder that the Lord reaches those He calls to salvation, asking only for our faithfulness.

Responding to a recent New York Times article, Tim Challies examines the question, Are Churches “A Major Source of Coronavirus Cases?” Usually I try not to share posts of this nature — even though I tend to agree with them. But Challies raises points that I strongly believe we must consider. If you disagree with him, okay. I’ll not think less of you. But at least hear him out. It’s important to think about his perspective.

Elizabeth Prata asks, How do I know if I lack spiritual discernment? in The End Time. She answers this question by reviewing five common objections to discernment ministry and refuting those objections from Scripture.

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Saturday Sampler: June 21 — June 27

Discussing The Surprising Transformation of the Disciples of Jesus for Knowable Word, Ryan Higginbottom takes us through the final chapter of Luke’s gospel. He concludes with an encouraging practical application.

Are you “just” a wife and mother? I know society pressures you to want more for yourself. Elizabeth Prata understands that pressure, and she also understands how that pressure can lead us into the sin of discontentment. She writes Womanly contentment vs. discontentment, advice from 1896 in The End Time to draw us back to a Biblical perspective.

I still consider myself a discernment blogger, but I agree with Erin Benziger of Do Not Be Surprised on her Lessons Learned: On Speech and Tone. I’ve been praying about my own tone in blogging when I call out false teachers, so this article gives me some guidance on how to accomplish that attitude. My only concern is that we must allow for people who have more passionate temperaments — Martin Luther, for example. All the same, Erin makes some important points that we shouldn’t easily dismiss.

Interestingly, Jordan Standridge writes Why You Should Never Take the Mass in a post for The Cripplegate that he himself describes as strongly worded. In this instance, strong words are most appropriate; taking the Roman Catholic mass has serious implications that Biblical Christians need to understand.

I always come to Growing 4 Life with confidence that Leslie A will dispense sound, Biblical wisdom. For one of the finest examples of this wisdom, check out If I Shout Louder Than You, Does That Mean I’m Right? Her thoughts are greatly needed as we face the chaos of 2020.

On January 11, 2019 I was laid up with hairline fractures in my lower vertebrae, so I missed 6 Ways Your Credibility is Crushed When You Defend a False Teacher by Michelle Lesley. I’m glad a loss of power in her area kept her from writing a new article and forced her to share this one again! Please make it a priority — it’s really that important!

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