Todays Bradley Blast is brought to you by: Caffeine! Let’s be honest here, caffeine takes part in most everything I do, even sleep! I praise God for coffee, amongst many other things.
My Top Pick for the Week:
Don’t Speak Up: On the Spiritual Discipline of Silence – This is a great read. A must read. At least for me. Too often are we met with times that we can minister to those around us but it requires us to be silent. To not speak. Just to be there and love. I was taught this lesson as I arrived on the scene of a horrible tragedy. I hope others can learn this from mine and others’ experience. The author writes about discernment, making things worse, and those who won’t listen. So, click back on the link and read it. You’ll be glad you did.
What’s changed in Britain since same-sex marriage? This is a great look at the same-sex marriage debate from an Australian perspective, as they are moving towards a vote themselves. The author takes the time to see the societal effects since it was legalized in Britain. In all reality, Great Britain not only has embraced the homosexual narrative, but has also embraced the hatred of religious liberty in such a way that seems they want to force the agenda on everyone regardless.
Why good theology is necessary for good parenting – “In the end, did my student cheat on the quiz? Perhaps not. But could he have cheated? Good theology tells us yes, he could have. Good theology does one other thing—it encourages us to take heart, because God is in the business of rescuing fools and restoring hearts. This is good news for parents. It is good news for all of us!” Writing for the SBC’s Ethics and Religions Liberty Commission, Rachel Metzger takes on the often overlooked topic of theology and parenting. I am a firm believer that good theology is important in all aspects of life, especially within the family. Rachael puts forth an excellent read on theology and parenting. Anyone with kids or wanting kids will benefit from this article.
Boy or Girl? – “We should especially have compassion for transgender people because there is no human solution for their pain.” The Gentle Reformation delves into the topic of Christians dealing with the “transgender” population with compassion and love. Al Mohler describes the transgender revolution as ‘…one of the most difficult pastoral challenges this generation of Christians will face.’ This is a great read, one that I think any and all Christians must read up on, and not just through this article.
Apple’s iOS 11 Will Make It Even Harder for Cops to Extract Your Data – Wired puts forth a great article on the ever growing tension amongst tech companies, your personal/private data, and the law enforcement community. Despite the official release of iOS 11 coming tomorrow, September 19th, beta versions of the iOS have shown that dumping data from an iOS device to a computer just became even more difficult, even if the LEO has an unlocked device. Yes, you read that right. Read on to understand more and stake your side in the debate of digital privacy.
I Want Your Opinion!
Christianity Today put out an article on September 15th titled, “Your Tithe Doesn’t Have to Go to Your Church, Most Leaders Say“. First, let me say I don’t necessarily agree with every article I will ask one’s opinion on. This article was a good read and well written. I would LOVE to hear back from those who ACTUALLY READ THE ARTICLE FIRST (it’s usually abundantly clear when you comment without reading the article).
False Conversions: The Suicide of the Local Church. Mark Dever gave this session at the T4G conference in 2012. Dever has a unique perspective on this, and by “unique” I mean completely Biblical and completely correct. Too often are people given a false sense of eternal security by just repeating a prayer or something similar. This is an hour of time well spent listening to Mark Never delve into why teachers, doctrine, and godly living (amongst other things) matter. (You can read an outline of the talk HERE).