Our weekly roundup of helpful, edifying, or otherwise interesting links.
We should all be reading more Kevin DeYoung – Kevin DeYoung is a pastor in East Lansing, Michigan. He has written several books and has a blog which he updates regularly. Here are a few links to things he has posted this past week: 1) The Christian and the Law – a helpful reminder of our abiding relationship to God’s law: “Freedom from the law does not mean we are free to do as we please. It means we are free to do as we ought.”; 2) Pray for your pastors as they prepare to preach – a call for the congregation to lift up the studies of their pastor; 3) Heresy of the Free Spirit – the dangers of Christian mysticism.
The Christian’s motivation for obedience – On the heels of the post above on the Christian and the Law, here is a quote from Tim Keller on why we pursue obedience (hint: it is not to be accepted by God).
Is Jesus the only way to God? – Christianaudio.com is offering John Piper’s Jesus: The Only Way to God for free this month. Check it out to hear a faithful pastor and theologian tackle this very relevant topic.
What about the issues Scripture doesn’t address? – Some things are easy (do not murder, commit adultery, steal, etc.): we understand what is required of us there. What about the not-so-easy things, such as watching television, wearing certain kinds of clothing, and other issues not directly addressed in Scripture? Crossway provides six questions that help us think through the issues.
We end with a great quote from Spurgeon, showing his love and concern for sinners to believe the gospel, no matter the hardship to himself: “To be laughed at is no great hardship for me. I can delight in scoffs and jeers. . . . But that you should turn from your own mercy, this is my sorrow. Spit on me, but oh repent! Laugh at me, but, oh, believe in my Master! Make my body as the dirt in the streets, but do not damn your own souls.” Exhorting the church, he says, “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one person go there unwarned and unprayed for.” And a final, convicting quote: “If you can rest without their being saved, they will rest, too.” (HT: Gospel Coalition)