Here’s some recent postings from other sites that you might enjoy:
I grew up in Pittsburgh and never knew this until I saw this posting – only the Vatican Has More Christian Relics than St. Anthony’s chapel in Pittsburgh. The Roman Catholic understanding of the role of relics and the Saints has never been accepted in the Protestant Church — and the attitude of the Protestant Reformers toward relics and the veneration of the Saints was uniformly negative.
Benjamin Shaw, who teaches Old Testament at Greenville Presbyterian Seminary, has written an excellent article on the subject of repentance. In our day we don’t so much repent as apologize — and even then our apologies are often simply an acknowledgement that something that we have done or said has upset someone else. Repentance is something more important and certainly much deeper. He provides in his article an Illustration of Repentance that helps us to better understand repentance – and to repent as we should.
In Luke 14 we read Jesus teaching to the crowds about the cost of following him, the cost of discipleship. It includes words about counting the cost and renouncing what we have for the sake of being His disciple. Then comes a curious comment about salt of all things: “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Anthony Bradley shares his research into what this means in a Christianity Today column called You Are the Manure of the Earth. Strange title, but right on target — give it a read.
Finally, George Guthrie writes some good stuff that help us to better understand the Scripture — here’s a short posting on 6 Ways to Transform Your Reading of the Gospels.