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Friday’s 5 to Live By—The TGC Edition

August 17, 2012

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Friday's Five To Live By 2012

Each Friday our BCC staff links you to the top five biblical counseling and Christian living blog posts of the week—posts that provide robust, rich, and relevant insights for living.

Today is a special Gospel Coalition Edition. The Gospel Coalition provides a platform for a wide array of leading Evangelical bloggers. We encourage you to link to their site and visit often. Here’s a sampling of five recent blogs that you can find at TGC.

In Defense of Defending the Faith

Tim Keller writes that:

Apologetics is an answer to the “why” question after you’ve already answered the “what” question. The what question, of course, is, “What is the gospel?” But when you call people to believe in the gospel and they ask, “Why should I believe that?”—then you need apologetics.

Keller develops his thinking in In Defense of Apologetics.

Before You Phone Your Preaching

Gaye Clark writes convictingly that “we bypass the God of all creation on our quest to meet with someone higher up the church org chart.” Read more in Before You Phone Your Preacher.

Made for Heaven

TGC also has over a dozen regular bloggers whose sites might be considered “official TGC sites. Justin Taylor is one such “official TGC blogger.” In this post, Justin provides two classic quotes on our longing for God, one from Pascal and one from C.S. Lewis. Read their thoughts in Why We Still Haven’t Found What We’re Looking For.

God’s Glory, Our Excellence

Biblical counselor, Paul Tripp, pens a weekly blog post for TGC with a special focus on ministering to pastors. This week he reminds us that “if your heart is in functional awe of the glory of God, then there will be no place in your heart for poorly prepared, badly delivered, pastoral mediocrity.” Read the rest of Paul’s thoughts in God’s Glory, Our Excellence.

Making a Difference

TGC has an ongoing series of blog posts called The Page That Changed My Life. Various people shared one page from one book that significantly impacted their live and ministry. In this post, Which Generation Do You Live For?, David Mathis reflects on a paragraph from Robert Coleman’s modern-day classic The Master Plan of Evangelism. The particular section emphasizes that for most of us, fulfilling the Great Commandment (and thus living a fulfilling life) will occur not by mass evangelism but by relational and intentional discipling of the few.

Join the Conversation

Which post impacted you the most? Why? What blog posts have you enjoyed this week that you want to share with others?