Happy Monday morning!  Here are a few links worth taking a look at as you begin your week:

Christian Life

During my college years it was a popular past-time to play the “What if…” game – “What if you were suddenly persecuted because of your faith, how strong would you be?”  “What if you were threatened with death if you did not renounce Jesus, what would you do?”  Here’s the story of Virginia Prodan for whom these questions were not a game.

Theology

In recent years many churches have discontinued the use of the creeds as a way of teaching the faith.  In this brief article, Which Christ?, from several years ago, Burk Parsons reminds us why the creeds (Apostles, Nicene, etc.) are important to us.

The Book of Proverbs begins with the declaration that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…” (Proverbs 1:7) and yet we are told in I John 4:18 that “perfect love casts out fear.”  It is sometimes difficult to understand the way that the Bible uses the word “fear.”  R.C. Sproul has done a nice job of explaining this in What Does It Mean to Fear God?

On the Culture Front 

The subject of abortion came up in the discussion at the recent Presidential debate.  It was a particularly appropriate matter for debate because Planned Parenthood recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of the day that Margaret Sanger opened the first abortion clinic in the United States.  Here are three responses that reflect on that celebration from a Christian perspective.

Intriguing, Thought-Provoking and Amusing

Finally, if you are a fan of English literature and The Bard in particular, you might enjoy reading about What is Shakespeare’s Most Popular Play?