Happy Monday morning! Here are a few links worth taking a look at as you begin your week:
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.
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.
- Most folks know little if anything about Margaret Sanger. Joe Carter tells us some of the basics in 9 Things You Should Know About Margaret Sanger.
- In “The Briefing” from a week ago Albert Mohler writes about Planned Parenthood: 100 years of searing the American conscience on abortion.
- The Presbyterian Layman’s Carmen LaBerge uses the anniversary as the basis of asking the question: What’s Your 100 Year View?
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?