Thursday, August 4, 2011

Take Up and Read: Thursday Edition

Robin Phillips tells us why praying to the saints is a problem. What I particularly like about this article is how he tells how praying to the saints works at the common man level. Often Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox will argue in the abstract, telling us that praying to the saints does not mean worshipping the saints and does not detract from Christ mediatorial work. While in theory this works, in reality praying to the saints often does lead to both of these things.

John Piper tells the difference between entertainment oriented preachers and bible oriented preachers.

An excerpt from J.C. Ryle on how someone knows if they love Christ or not.

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8