Our weekly collection of helpful, encouraging, or otherwise interesting links from the past week.
Daring to delight in Leviticus – On the heels of this past Sunday’s sermon, here we have Collin Hansen interviewing Jay Sklar, a professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary, about how we as Christians should approach and appreciate Leviticus.
Transform your Bible reading – How to read the whole Bible profitably and as a Christian.
The dump-truck of merit – Has this ever happened to you: someone offers even a mild critique (or the possibility of one), and you launch into a defense of your personal righteousness before they even know what hit them? No listening to the other person. No learning. Just the dump-truck of personal merit dropping all your supposed good deeds into the middle of the conversation in the hopes that it will end it. If this has happened to you, read this.
The cross and criticism – Related to the previous link, we have this more in-depth article about how to take criticism in light of the cross. Here is a quote:
In light of God’s judgment and justification of the sinner in the cross of Christ, we can begin to discover how to deal with any and all criticism. By agreeing with God’s criticism of me in Christ’s cross, I can face any criticism man may lay against me. In other words, no one can criticize me more than the cross has. And the most devastating criticism turns out to be the finest mercy. If you thus know yourself as having been crucified with Christ, then you can respond to any criticism, even mistaken or hostile criticism, without bitterness, defensiveness, or blameshifting. Such responses typically exacerbate and intensify conflict, and lead to the rupture of relationships. You can learn to hear criticism as constructive and not condemnatory because God has justified you.