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Friday’s 5 to Live By

January 17, 2014

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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.

John Piper on Missions

At Desiring God, John Piper shares a fascinating post based upon mission’s research from Robert Woodberry. Piper summarizes the findings as follow:

“The implication is that the way to achieve the greatest social and cultural transformation is not to focus on social and cultural transformation, but on the “conversion” of individuals from false religions to faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and the hope of eternal life. Or to put it another way, missionaries (and pastors and churches) will lose their culturally transforming power if they make cultural transformation their energizing focus.”

You can read the entire article at Missions: Rescuing from Hell and Renewing the World.

4 Ways Small Groups Can Work together with Sermons

Ryan Kearns at The Resurgence writes about 4 Ways Small Groups Can Work together with Sermons.

When Atheists Are Angry at God

C.S. Lewis once testified, “I was at this time living, like so many Atheists or Antitheists, in a whirl of contradictions. I maintained that God did not exist. I was also very angry with God for not existing. I was equally angry with Him for creating a world.”

So shares Joe Carter at The Gospel Coalition who also notes, “Lewis experience is not uncommon among atheists. Many to claim to believe that God does not exist and yet, according to empirical studies, they tend to be the people most angry at him.”

You can read the rest of Carter’s insights at When Atheists Are Angry with God.

The End of Morality Laws?

Al Mohler writes:

The law will continue to embody a morality code, just a very different code from the Christian moral system that undergirded Western law for more than a thousand years. This new secular morality is radically different, to be sure; there is just a very different morality driving the new morality laws.”

To see Mohler’s full development of his thesis, read, The End of Morality Laws? Not Exactly.

8 Characteristics of Gospel-Centered Sanctification

At Gospel-Centered Discipleship, Dustin Crowe writes:

“Gospel-centered sanctification tethers becoming (growing) to being (identity) by making Christ’s accomplishments and provision for us the catalyst of our lives. Here are eight characteristics of gospel-centered sanctification that frame our theology of the doctrine while also steering our practice.”

Dustin then discusses 8 Characteristics of Gospel-Centered Sanctification.

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