Thursday Roundup (4/27/17)

If you’d like to know more about Mormonism and how to share the gospel with LDS missionaries at your door, there’s still time to sign up for the three-evening online class I’m teaching on Mormonism, starting tonight.

While we’re on the topic of Mormonism, today’s video was inspired by an advertisement from the LDS church which argued that Mormon temples are a faithful continuation of how God’s people built temples in the Old Testament. The Answers for Ambassadors episode is a callback from the first season, looking at the possibility of morality in a godless world. And this week’s collection of links looks at how sin affects our thinking, when Paul remembered Mary, broken wolves, complementarianism and hospitality, preachers with presence, and more!

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“The law may express sin but it cannot suppress sin.”
~ Thomas Adams

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Mormons believe that their temples are a faithful continuation of Old Testament temple-building. But this perspective ignores critical parts of what the temple of God means in both the Old and New Testaments.

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Answers for Ambassadors Podcast

I had planned to record my first podcast on Life’s Work by Dr. Willie Parker this week, but then life got in the way. (Sorry!) I anticipate being ready to start the series next week, but, meanwhile, here’s a popular episode which you may not have heard from the first season of Answers for Ambassadors. In it, I consider whether morality would be possible in a world without God.

Answers for Ambassadors is available via SoundCloud or by searching in iTunes and most other podcast players. You can also direct your podcast player to the podcast RSS feed.

Best Reads of the Week

Some interesting observations about the epistemic effects of sin… or, as I like to put it, how sin makes us stupid. “I’ve seen Christians fall into sinful patterns and, as a result, begin to distort their biblical interpretations in an unconscious attempt to wrap their theology around their sin. They’ve harmed their very ability to reason.”

In a time of cultural conflict, is “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” a wise or safe principle for Christians? Al Mohler offers some excellent advice.

A great reminder: “Paul Remembered Mary.” (That would be the Apostle Paul, and Mary “who has worked hard for you.”)

In response to a New York Times article which (shockingly!) badly misrepresented complementarianism, Denny Burk unpacks what the Bible does and doesn’t say about the role of men and women in marriage.

Modern Christians enjoy a plethora of excellent online preachers and teachers, but Chris Thomas offers a welcome reminder of the urgent necessity of what he dubs “preachers with presence.”

A good piece on the value of practicing hospitality, with some practical how-to tips.

Not every wolf in sheep’s clothing looks the same. Joe Carter warns of “broken wolves”: “the false teachers who use their own authenticity, pain, and brokenness to attract believers who are also suffering and broken–and then using (sic) their ‘brokenness’ to lead the sheep to turn away from God’s Word and embrace sin.”

As Bill O’Reilly follows Roger Ailes out the door at Fox News, David French has some sober thoughts about “the toxic conservative-celebrity culture.”

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