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.
Same-Sex Attraction and a Biblical Approach to Looking
In a robust, compassionate, well-reasoned, and scriptural post, Heath Lambert takes a careful look at desires and same-sex attraction. Be prepared to ponder deeply—and biblically—as you read What Do You See? Same-Sex Attraction and a Biblical Approach to Looking.
Older Men: Your Best Days Are Yet to Come!
Speaking of Titus 2:1-6, Pastor J.D. Greear notes that:
“Many of Paul’s instructions get repeated to the later groups (older women, younger women, younger men), but one that only shows up here is endure. Endurance isn’t natural for any of us, but it’s especially challenging for older men. So many men get to the last third of their lives and they start to coast. They’ve made all the money they need. They feel like they’ve done enough. They feel tired. And so they can start to think only about themselves—pursuing their hobbies, investing in their interests, all the while ignoring service to others. It’s no surprise, then, that many older men become grumpy and cynical. Old men don’t become grumpy because they’re old; otherwise all old men would be. No, the reason some old men become grumpy is that’s what always happens when people focus on themselves.”
So what does godliness and Christ-centered living look like in the later stage of life? Pastor Greear responds to that question in Older Men: Your Best Days Are Not Behind You.
The Necessity of Expository Preaching
At Ligonier Ministries, Derek Thomas explains how expository preaching is a necessary corollary of the doctrine of the God-breathed nature of Scripture. Read his thoughts at The Necessity of Expository Preaching.
Christ Our Rescue
Biblical counselor Julie Ganschow exhorts us not only to commit to the sufficiency of Scripture but also to the all-sufficiency of Christ. She shares her convictions at Christ Our Rescue.
The Mandate to Report
Writing at CCEF, Julie Lowe addresses the issue of child abuse and the mandate to report. In part she shares:
When instances of abuse first become known by a community of people there are intense reactions and a range of emotional responses—from outrage and a demand for justice, to fear, shame, disbelief and distrust. All of these emotions are understandable, but we must work hard not to respond based on intense emotion or personal bias. Instead, we are to act wisely, justly and deliberately. One of the primary ways we can do this is to report the suspected abuse to the authorities. Reporting abuse is not simply a legal mandate—it is a moral and biblical one. Laws are meant to protect the innocent, reveal the guilty, and to define what abuse is and what it is not. In order to live under legal authority, we must realize it is not appropriate for anyone, except the proper agencies, to investigate or dismiss an allegation.
You can find the rest of Julie’s counsel at Pastoral Wisdom and the Mandate to Report.
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