William Tyndale died 483 years ago today, burned at the stake for his commitment to the Bible. He’d just spent a year as a prisoner in a Belgian dungeon, being punished and still trying to finish his English-language translation of the Old Testament. Prior to that, he lived more or less in hiding in the German colonies, translating the Greek New Testament into English, forced to flee British clergy who were strongly opposed to a Bible their people could actually read. Tyndale’s love for the Bible surpassed all. He gave his life for it. Psalm 119:72 says “The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.” How valuable is God’s word to you? Think about it. Read it!
Single women were told they would only get to heaven through marrying and having a child. Married men could preach from the pulpit only if they were not wearing jewelry – not even a wedding ring. Lives were impacted in communist Romania by well-meaning Christian leaders who’d never received training in how to handle God’s word with accuracy. Entire doctrines had been built on single verses, taken out of context.
Entrust entered the scene, bringing training in how to rightly divide the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15). We continue to equip men and women in ministry with skills like inductive Bible study and exegesis, because we believe the Bible is our authority, the whole Bible and all of its counsel. Pray we remain true to scripture and faithful to its counsel in all we do as we equip church leaders around the world.
Are you a millennial who is sick of churches trying to attract you with rock bands and coffee bars, tattooed pastors and greeters with nose rings? Had enough of church people who seem to want to impress you with how hip and cool they are? Tired of a watered-down, soft-sell gospel?
If so, you as a millennial might need to take some steps to show those people what you really want and need. Seek out churches where people teach and trust and follow the Bible. (By the way, not all churches with rock bands and tattooed pastors are watered down and soft-sell. But you’ll have to dive in to find out.) Get into conversations with people in those churches about what is important to you – doctrine, scripture, truth. Demonstrate your seriousness about spiritual reality by getting involved in a prayer ministry or a Bible study. Ask hard questions. Don’t accept pat answers. Show the church you are grown up. You might be doing everyone a favor!
Calcium, New York. Skidoo, California. Hygiene, Plastic or Parachute, Colorado. Ever heard of these towns?
What about people like Paige Turner, Barb Dwyer, Beverly Hill or the beloved family dentist, Dr. T. Staines? Of course we’ve all heard about the law firm Dewey Cheetham & Howe.
A name sometimes says a lot.
God refers to himself by several names in the Bible, each loaded with rich meaning. Old and New Testament writers call Jesus by many different names. Even the Holy Spirit is described in varied ways in the Bible. What names come to your mind as you think about our Triune God? What do those names tell you about him?
What comes to mind when you think of a mentor? What kind of person do you picture? Who has mentored you? Who are you mentoring?
A mentor can be many things: an example, a coach, a listener, a cheerleader, a trainer, a counselor, a guide, an advisor, a role model. The Bible describes several mentor relationships. Think of Moses with Joshua, Elijah with Elisha, Barnabas with Paul, Paul with Timothy, Jesus with his disciples.
At Entrust, we’re kind of in love with mentoring. It’s built into who we are and what we do. We draw our name and marching orders from 2 Tim. 2:2, a beautiful picture of mentoring.
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“This is the most narcissistic generation in the history of the human race.” – R.C. Sproul, theologian and author
It’s easy to call someone else a narcissist, harder to see the tendency in ourselves. But the fact is, all of us are narcissists. Webster’s online dictionary defines the word as simply, “egoism, ecocentrism.” In further explanation, Webster’s says the word can be used to describe anyone who is vain or self-centered.
We’re all selfish. We all look out for number one. And we all want it the way we want it. R.C. Sproul says this selfishness has seeped into the American church, where we sometimes replace God’s word with experience, with feelings, with entertainment.
Let’s get back to focusing on God’s word, the Bible – in our personal devotions, in small group studies, in group worship gatherings. God’s word is the best fulfillment of our deepest desires and the best antidote to narcissism.