This post has been revised and is now part of my full critique of Strange Fire.
Today I interview Dr. Christopher Peppler on his new book, Truth is the Word: Restoring a Lost Focus. Enjoy the interview.
Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”
Firstly, most readers will learn quite a bit about how we all gain knowledge and establish truth. But this is simply an initial step in appreciating that the Lord Jesus Christ is Himself the source of truth. Secondly, the reader will benefit greatly from realizing that the real value of the Bible is not just its truth statements, but its revelation of the source of truth, Jesus. From this basis, the reader will discover how to interpret the scriptures from a Jesus-centered perspective and to interact with Him personally through the pages of the Bible.[Continue Reading…]
The following is a guest post by T.E. Hanna. I felt it was so good, I wanted to publish it for my readers.
It is a rampant problem in many Christian circles that believers learn to use the right words rather than embody the right life. Specifically, they are enticed to communicate about people rather than talk to those people.
Perhaps the most pernicious of these temptations comes to us in the form of gossip and slander. If we can simply pinpoint the sins of others — real or imagined — we can elevate ourselves to the righteous role of sage and judge in one fell swoop.
If challenged on it, we can simply default to claims of “accountability” or hide behind the “need to pray” for that individual’s struggles. In the process, we retain the mask but ultimately usurp the very meaning of righteousness, accountability, love, and prayer. More so, we violate love and we thus sin.
Ironically, we do it all in the name of Jesus.
Left unchallenged, the plagues of gossip and slander will take root within the individual and then quickly spread to those around them, poisoning the minds of others.[Continue Reading…]