The Key to Discernment

Spoiler: The key to discernment is to know the Bible. I read a letter from a former Hindu (early 2021), who is distressed about Christians who have a low view of Scripture and who are adopting teachings/practices from pagan religions. And I noticed these two books: Barbara Brown Taylor’s Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others and Learning…

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Unhitch from the Old Testament?

unhitched wagon

Problem There was quite a kerfuffle awhile back. Pastor Andy Stanley said that when people have trouble accepting God/Christianity, “the Old Testament is usually the culprit.” His proposed solution was that we should “unhitch” from the Old Testament. I cringe every time I hear that. I can’t imagine myself looking the Lord in the face and saying, “Hey, perfect, all-knowing…

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Angel Impersonators

simple angel figure

Do you know what an angel is? Are you sure? I watched a TV documentary (and also read further) about a certain cult group. One report said that the leader claimed to have died and come back, and so he wanted his followers to know that could be their reality. To that end, he “prophesied” the deaths of a couple…

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Fake Spirituality Leaves You Hungry

plate with small scrap of bread

Because of the success of the Jesus Calling books, we should expect to see other writers showcasing what God supposedly spoke to them. I just read one such book. I’d rather not name it, but here’s what I got from it: There was a—let’s call it a constipation—as far as progress. On so many pages God keeps having to back…

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Precious Book and Angel Band

the author as a little girl with her sister, mother, and grandmother

When my kid sister (Jenna) and I were very young children, Grandma Lena Henry (1884–1966) had pet names for us. I was Precious Book. Jenna was Angel Band. Whenever our family pulled up to our grandparents’ home for a visit, Grandma would be waiting on the porch. Then she’d shout across the yard (and into the next county!), “Here they…

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