This Week’s Top 5: The Best Of The Best On The Christian Net

The Big Idea: The Best of the Best Around the Christian Net links you to the top five Christian blog posts of the week—posts that provide robust, rich, and relevant insights for living. 

15 Books to Understand Our Times

Pastor Tullian Tchividjian writes that the Bible makes clear that Christians must be people of double listening—listening both to the questions of the world and to the answers of the Word. We’re to be good interpreters not only of Scripture but also of culture. God wants us to be like the men of Issachar, “who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chronicles 12:32). In Unriddling Our Times, he recommends the top 15 books for understanding our culture from a biblical perspective. 

Is Hoarding in the Bible?

Ed Welch of the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF) profitably helps us to think through timely issues using the timeless wisdom of God’s Word. In Hoarding: First Steps on a Complicated Problem, he does just that. Can you find “hoarding” in your typical Bible concordance? No. But can you find biblical principles that relate to this growing problem? Ed does and you’ll find that valuable not only for this issue, but also for teaching you how to think through any issue from a biblical worldview. 

Five Ways to Change Your Ways 

Rick Thomas at Counseling Solutions, faithfully offers blog posts and resources articles for your personal life and ministry. For example, in Five Ways to Change Your Ways, he encourages us to encourage one another. We change when we have people in our lives loving and bold enough to confront us. 

Bitterness and Restoration

What impact does bitterness have on the biblical restoration process? Brad Hambrick provides a brief but thought-provoking post Does Bitterness Reverse the Restoration Process? In it, he suggests that whenever we apply the Scriptures, we must interpret three things: God’s Word, the person, and the situation.   

Advice for an Informed Mind and a Loving Heart

Justin Taylor collates over a dozen blog posts that offer Advice for Seminarians, Theology Students, and Young Pastors. Even if you don’t fit in one of these categories, this blog post is for you. It links you to blog posts designed to keep your heart pure and on fire for God while also keeping your mind deep in God’s Word. 

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Of The Best of the Best Around the Christian Net, which post impacted you the most? Why? What blog posts have you enjoyed this week that you want to share with others?

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