Theological Aggregation–Week of November 8th

Every week, Theological Aggregation will bring content from around the internet for your consideration. The content will include, but not be limited to, impactful blog posts, new books, intriguing videos, sermon links, podcasts, music, and news.

Justin Bass writes for The Gospel Coalition (TGC): “Indeed, this would not have been the first time Luke had awakened memories of the legendary philosopher. Educated Greeks reading Peter and John who boldly proclaim “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29) would likely have remembered Socrates’s apologia “defense” speech, in which he said, “Men of Athens, I respect and love you, but I shall obey God rather than you” (Plato, Apol. 29D).

Blake Long: “If you truly follow Jesus, people will back away from you. Why? Because people either want Christ or they don’t. There is no middle ground, no neutrality, no “I’m going to stay on the fence.”

The old adage of “you are what you eat” rings true in consumption of media as well. Back in the ’90s, John Piper spoke on media habits and these words still hold truth, now, thirty years later.

“Five Minutes in Church History” by Stephen Nichols is an excellent podcast dedicated to little snippets of the church’s rich and vast history. Stephen Nichols writes, “We are talking about a word you may have never heard before—or maybe you have. It is bibline. Do you know who said that word? If you guessed Charles Haddon Spurgeon, you are right. Do you know who he said it about? If you guessed John Bunyan, you are right again.”

A beautiful picture of our great, glorious, and compassionate Savior from Tim Challies: “Jesus left no one worse than he had found them. None left his presence without some blessing, some challenge, some enablement or encouragement to live for the good of others and the glory of God.”

In true worship, Jesus is present, and he is leading the singing! We sing with him who says, ‘In the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.’ We worship in union with Christ–and we sing in union with him too! That puts a new light on worship. Who would not want to sing with Jesus? He makes our singing give pleasure to his Father. His singing of praise covers all the inadequacies of ours.

–Alistair Begg and Sinclair Ferguson, Name Above all Names, p.71.

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