Recommended Reading: April 29

Pursuing Veritas

If you read one article this weekend, look at Truly, He Is Risen and Reigning by John Mark Reynolds.

For those of you with additional reading time, check out the following selections, gathered from around the blogging world. Think I missed sharing something important? Let me know in the comments section below. Happy reading!

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The LORD Hears the Needy

I love the Psalms

I will praise Him!

489 (2) The promise of God’s help – photo by Karen Kitz

I will praise God’s name in song
    and glorify him with thanksgiving.
This will please the LORD more than an ox,
    more than a bull with its horns and hooves.
The poor will see and be glad—
    you who seek God, may your hearts live!
The LORD hears the needy
    and does not despise his captive people.

(Psalm 69:30-33, NIV)

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Salvation by Allegiance Alone – Interview with Matt Bates (Part 3)

Matthew W. Bates, Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017) MIKE BIRD: For obvious reasons, I like how you tie Christ’s resurrection to justification and prefer “incorporated righteousness” to “imputed righteousness.” How do you differ from standard accounts of justification? MATTHEW BATES: Well,…

via Salvation by Allegiance Alone – Interview with Matt Bates (Part 3) — Euangelion

Every day, every thing

Beholding Him Ministries

Colossians 3.17

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed,
do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Colossians 3:17

I was looking for an image and God was so good (as He always is) to bring me to this one. It really says much in so few words so I will let it speak for itself. Selah!

Oh, before I go…how you doing with this verse? 🙂

To Know Jesus as Lord and Savior

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The Remnant of Israel

The Life Project

I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”?  And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

Romans 11:1-6

As chapter 11 begins, Paul moves into…

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Power is a whispering liar and always promises more than it can deliver.

For example, pursuing inner satisfaction and contentment through control never ends with genuine peace. However, Christ can deliver the inner serenity we seek, but His way is one of a servant.

The original disciples struggled with reconciling the concepts of power and service. On two separate occasions Jesus stopped and specifically rebuked their notions of greatness. On one occasion, when James and John desired privileged seating in the new kingdom, they even boasted of being able to handle everything Jesus could (drink the same cup and be baptized with the same baptism). But Jesus calmly spoke of a different mindset:

“…but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but…

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Y – Yellow Paradox

The Artistic Christian

Yellow Sun

Color adds so much more to our world than mere beauty… it enhances the meaning and truth within everything it touches.  Have you ever thought of the rich, eternal conflict which lies within each color? 

In order to capture the conflict and tension buried deep within the color yellow, I used a diamante – a diamond-shaped poem which toys with contrasting ideas…

Yellow Paradox


burning sun

friendship and cheer

a bright  warm  star radiant in space

a  vast  expanse of blackness, unsearchable, unyielding


a stirring invitation to adventurers, dreamers, lovers,

an unquenchable thirst for truth, for light,

shining and blazing

smiling heart




Today’s post is part of the A-to-Z Challenge, where participants commit to posting one article for each day during the month of April – one for every letter of the alphabet.  

Check back here at “The Artistic Christian” for a daily slice of…

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transitional nesting


If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.
If I can ease one life the aching,
or cool one pain,
or help one fainting Robin unto his nest again…
I shall not live in vain

Emily Dickinson

(a quickly snapped photo while mom was out worming / Julie Cook / 2017)

We live in a continuum of both space and time.

As in….
according to Wikipedia for those of us dummies in anything having to do with physics…
as well as in keeping things in a nice simple nutshell:
Space-time is a mathematical model that joins space and time into a single idea
called a continuum.
This four-dimensional continuum is known as Minkowski space.

Combining these two ideas helped cosmology to understand how the universe
works on the big level (e.g. galaxies) and small level (e.g. atoms).

However in my little corner of the…

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The Power of the Lie: Propaganda and Undying Belief in the Leader

Padre Steve's World...Musings of a Progressive Realist in Wonderland

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

After a long day of travel and some intitial meetings at my denominational chaplain training symposium I settled back into my hotel, contemplating some of the events of the past week and reflected on Hannah Arendt’s book The Origins of Totalitarianism which I finished reading this week. It is a very hard read because each sentence, each paragraph, and each page requires one to think about history, philosophy, ethics, religion, and politics. In fact, if a reader is lacking in these disciplines they will not fully appreciate both the message and the timeliness of this book, which was published over sixty years ago. Sadly, the state of our educational system means that even many college educated people, whose education has prepared them for the workplace but unable to think critically would have trouble appreciating Arendt’s words.

With us now at President Trump’s 100 day point…

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