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Book Review: 7 Myths About Singleness by Sam Allberry

Sam Allberry, 7 Myths about Singleness. Wheaton: Crossway, 2019. 172pp.             Sam is a pastor, speaker, and writer with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, as well as an editor for the Gospel Coalition. He is the author of a number of books, including Is God Anti-Gay? James For You; and Why Bother with Church? He is also a writer and co-founder for the website Living Out which provides stories and Christian resources for those who are same-sex attracted. Sam has been…

Speaking Ability and Proclaiming Christ

Thoughts from I Corinthians 2: Speaking Ability and Proclaiming Christ             Paul reminds the Corinthians that when he was first among them, he did not preach the gospel news about Jesus with clever tactics of oratory. Because Corinth was historically a Greek city, and because the Greek philosophers and their descendants prized polished speaking ability, some of the Corinthians thought Paul should be using those clever forms of communication when preaching the good news about Jesus. This expectation had become…

Issue #133

Today we finish our series on ‘Being a Distinctive Disciple’. We have learned much over the last several weeks and I am sure that each one of us has been challenged to review just how distinctive we are as followers of Jesus. It has been sobering to say the least as I meditate on all that we have considered. Our last distinctive is another one that requires very careful consideration. It is the distinctive of rest. In this very competitive world we live in, and…

Issue #132

The distinctive disciple of Jesus is quite some person. This series in ‘Being in God’s Service’ has certainly awakened me to the need for some urgent remedial work on my character. I have been greatly challenged to rethink my motivation in serving; how I display love to those around me; how I serve others; whether I have integrity in all I do; whether humility is really center stage as I serve and whether I am truly content in the knowledge…

Issue #131

The Bible teaches that ‘godliness with contentment is great gain’. Why is contentment so elusive? We seem to be always chasing something. So often I see myself looking at greener pastures somewhere else. Why is it so difficult to be happy and satisfied with all that God has already given us? When I was young my father instilled in me a competitive nature. I worked hard at being the best sportsman I could be. I went into an athletics race to always be first across the…

Issue #130

The next distinguishing character of a disciple of Jesus for our consideration is ‘integrity’! Integrity is defined as ‘soundness of moral principle and character; uprightness and honesty’. In a world where morals are open for much debate it is difficult to know where to draw the line when it comes to integrity. Morals are all about right conduct and distinction between right and wrong. Sadly, what is ‘right and wrong’ is also the subject of much debate and seems to be more based on ‘situational ethics’, that…

Issue #129

‘Connecting Sundays to Mondays’ … and the rest of the week is challenging! Last week we were confronted with the need for love as a key distinctive in the life of a genuine disciple of Jesus. A deep love for God and our neighbour is foundational in being a disciple who will stand out from the crowd. In fact, we are told that everything, that is all we do, hinges on this love! How then are we to live this…