A person who is right but arrives at his rightness by default, by inheritance, or by association, rather than arriving at his position from having thought the issue through or from having studied his way to a proper conclusion, seems to be little better off than the person who is wrong.
Joe Slater of Justin TX wrote the following on an email list and allowed me to reproduce it:
… there is a shortage of quality reading material and a shortage of people willing and able to read such material. I’ll take it a step further and say that reading quality Bible-related literature requires thinking, and in my opinion most folks don’t want to do the work of thinking (or don’t know how to think critically). It’s easier to have someone spoon-feed me than to read, think, and arrive at a sound conclusion. Couple that with the pervasive notion that “it really doesn’t matter anyway” and any motive for reading (other than entertainment) evaporates. We have our work cut out for us in convincing people that truth exists and can be known, that it matters, and that it is worth the time and effort to read, think, and learn the truth.
What do you think of his assertions? Agree or disagree?
- 10 Things I Believe (rootdownwardfruitupward.com)
Deeds show one to be wise or not. Wisdom is not theoretical, but practical. Life in Christ is not for the cloister, but for the community, not for the desert but for the city. Wisdom is not a Sunday suit, but is at home in a Monday marketplace.
But wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.
Matthew 11:19b NET Continue reading
In the beginning, he had spoken the truth that the gospel was for all. It seems, however, that the implications of this truth had not yet become clear to him. He was slow to understand what he ought to do.
Now may I ask why you sent for me?
Acts 10:29 NET
Now that the moment had arrived to put into practice the gospel for all nations, the Lord has to send him a vision, speak to him by means of a voice from heaven, and make him hear from his host how the Lord had given instructions to bring him here. Finally, he gets it: Continue reading
The history of redemption is not composed of isolated events, nor of points of action independent of others. It is a stream that blends the actions of men into the will of God. Continue reading
Remember when James and John wanted to call down fire from heaven and destroy a Samaritan village for not receiving Jesus? That was before the Cross, before the Resurrection, before the Holy Spirit, before the Great Commission. And afterwards? Continue reading
In The Pickwick Papers, Dickens has a character say of another that he was teaching little lessons to little boys. The phrase sounds sad to my ears. I want to teach great lessons to great servants of God. I want to pass on grand truths about God and eternity. While keeping our feet on the ground, I want to explore the wonderful themes of God coming to be among us and redeem us. Continue reading
Stephen’s discourse is framed by the repeated use of a single term. Before his sermon to the Sanhedrin, Luke informs us that the Jews “looked intently” at Stephen, that his face was like that of an angel (see yesterday’s devotional). And after the sermon, it’s the preacher’s turn: Continue reading
None of us has ever seen an angel. The stories about angels today are nothing like those of the Bible. Nor do the supposed angels have anything to do with the true ones. Scripture contains no sweet, little angels.
All who were sitting in the council looked intently at Stephen and saw his face was like the face of an angel.
Acts 6.15 NET
We immediately think that Steven must have shown a sweet, meek, beautiful, illuminated face. How wrong that thought would be! Continue reading
In today’s reading, Acts 5, there could be no greater contrast than that between the couple Ananias and Sapphira and the apostles. The couple, pretending to follow Barnabas’ example, lie and keep a part of the price of their land, evidently, to impress others and win a good reputation among the disciples. Continue reading