Around the Web–8/16/12

On John MacArthur

Review of Iain Murray biography of John MacArthur from Banner of Truth: John MacArthur – A Review by Jeffrey Riddle – Note: this review is from a non-dispensational perspective.

On Legalism
Fred Zaspel, former classmate of this editor, addresses the over-use of the words Legalist and Legalism in “Legalism or Obedience?” Fred runs in Reformed Baptist circles these days, but we appreciate this word.

Another Reformed perspective on the same topic. “Is Anyone More Holy Than Anyone Else? The Missing Category of the ‘Righteous Man’” by Michael Kruger, professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC.

It is refreshing to hear them address this issue, as it seems that some who would otherwise embrace their theology seem to be promoting an unhealthy view of sanctification that ignores or minimizes obedience and personal holiness.

On Evangelism
Majority of Churchgoers Never Share Their Faith, LifeWay Study Shows

New findings from LifeWay Research — self-described as “distressing results” — indicate that 61 percent of evangelical Christians fail to share their faith on a regular basis, even though they believe it is their responsibility to do so. Moreover, nearly half of those respondents said they have not invited a non-Christian friend to church in the past six months.

On Religous Liberty (International Stories)
Tensions flare in France over veil ban – All sorts of conflicting interests here, some pressure for similar laws in North America. Are they an infringement of personal liberty? Is a compromise position possible where individuals can be required to remove the veil for agents of the government to prove identity (i.e., police, driver’s license agencies, etc.) but free to wear in public?

Judge Rules 10-Year-Old Jewish Girl Can Convert To Christianity Despite Mother’s Objection

On Domestic Terror
Security guard shot at Family Research Council in downtown D.C.

On the FBCH/Jack Schaap scandal
First Baptist Church of Hammond ‘More United Than Ever’ Following Jack Schaap Adultery Scandal

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