Justin Taylor has gathered several bloggers’ reflections on the death of Michael Jackson:
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- Calvin’s Commentaries (22 volumes) for $99.99, including a bonus copy of Calvin’s Institutes. I have the commentary set (I think I paid $120 for mine and THAT was a great bargain) and it’s invaluable for research.
- Rose Book of Bible Charts, Maps & Time Lines – Volume 1 for $17.99. I have this book, too, and it’s a great resource for various lists, and the maps and illustrations of things like The Tabernacle, Herod’s Temple, etc. are high quality.
A couple of months ago I traded my Kindle to a friend for a stack of old-fashioned ink-on-paper commentaries. This is now. I think I made a good trade. He is enjoying the Kindle and I am enjoying the commentaries. Win-win. Something changed between then and now—I came to see that all of the things that frustrated me about the Kindle were things that made it not like a book. It’s book-like qualities were it’s best qualities; it’s non-book-like qualities were the ones that got to me.
…What guarantee do you have that you are headed towards an eternity of joy rather than an eternity of judgment?
Many professing Christians would answer that they have eternal security and will quickly cite the verse “once saved, always saved.” Can’t find that in your Bible? Neither can I. Properly understood this phrase is harmless. Yet there is the potential for an anemic Christianity to accompany this mindset.
What we do find in the Bible is a bit more sobering and a lot more comforting than “once saved, always saved”. We find real warnings of apostasy for presumptuous church members — Christians in name only (Heb. 6:4-8; Luke 6:46-49)…
In its simplest definition, discernment is nothing more than the ability to decide between truth and error, right and wrong. Discernment is the process of making careful distinctions in our thinking about truth. In other words, the ability to think with discernment is synonymous with an ability to think biblically.
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 teaches that it is the responsibility of every Christian to be discerning: “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.”
via Defining Discernment.