Find Out More On... {September 25}

Each week, Jess Pickowicz, our resident curation genius, brings us the best of the blogosphere for Christian women. Here are Jess' top picks from last week, collected in one convenient post.

Can't Complain

Nick Batzig tackles this topic well. "Of all the sins that are grievous to the Lord (and there are plenty of them in our hearts and lives), I have recently been sensitive to the fact that we are all quick to gloss over two of the most serious–namely, ingratitude and complaining. It was these sins in particular that marked Israel’s sojourning through the wilderness. Moses tells us, in Numbers 11:1, 'The people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp.' Unthankfulness for all the blessings–material and spiritual–with which God daily loads us is one of the most egregious of sins. Ingratitude always fosters a complaining spirit of entitlement in the hearts of men and women."

Don't Speak Up

In this article, Don't Speak Up: On the Spiritual Discipline of Silence, Mark Dever encourages us with Scriptural examples of times we, perhaps, should not speak up, but remain silent. "As evangelicals, we often feel guilty for not evangelizing more, or not speaking a word of correction to a friend in sin. And sometimes that sense of guilt is correct! But here, Jesus identifies another way we can err: speaking up wrongly, at the wrong times, and to the wrong person."

Tyndale 200

I am loving this series from The Cripplegate. "On Thursdays leading up to Reformation Sunday, we will run short biographies of eight key reformers. If you would like to reprint these in your church bulletin to help your congregation anticipate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, go for it–no need to attribute it back to us; if you find them useful, then by all means use them. So far we have seen Wycliffe, Huss, and Luther. Today, William Tyndale."

How Should We Worship

This is an excellent and much needed article for our generation. From R.C. Sproul: "Three-quarters of the way through the twentieth century, Francis A. Schaeffer asked the question, 'How should we then live?' His book of the same name answered the questions raised by the radical shift in our culture from modernity to post-modernity. The question that we face in our generation is closely related to it: 'How should we then worship?' The 'how?' of worship is a hotly disputed matter in our day. The issue has been described as the war of worship. If there has been a worship war in the church in America in the last thirty years, then surely by now its outcome has been decided. Far and away, the victorious mode of worship in our day is that form roughly described as contemporary worship. 'Contemporary' in this context is contrasted with 'traditional,' which is seen as being outmoded, passé, and irrelevant to contemporary individuals. Those who deem the contemporary shift in worship as a deterioration are in the minority, so it behooves us to explore the 'how' question that Schaeffer first raised."

Talking About the Trinity

Sheologians The Holy Spirit is Not Your Genie with Dr. James White "Wish you could go to seminary but it’s too expensive? Well you’re in luck! The author of The Forgotten Trinity stops in today to take us to school on who the Holy Spirit is, why it matters, how the church has wrestled with this topic in the past, what the EFS debate is all about and we even dare touch the topic of the Nashville Statement!"