Every so often, I’ll read something from a Christian blogger about how, when it comes to information about spiritual matters, we should only read God’s Word because everything else is just sinful man’s opinion.* For some reason, the person doesn’t consider that THEY are sending out posts weighing-in on spiritual matters and that they also regularly read the writings of fellow Christian bloggers. In addition, their pastor routinely uses Bible study aids in preparing his sermons. Bible study aids and other resources written by faithful, doctrinally orthodox Christians can be a big help in understanding and applying Scripture, but, of course, we must use discernment. Not everyone has been given the gift to teach and many in this world who claim to be followers of Christ are actually wolves in sheep’s clothing. If you’re getting your theology from just about anyone on TBN, you’re going to be in trouble. See my previous post on the benefits of a few key Bible study aids here.
Back thirty-six years ago, when I first accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior, I subscribed to a couple of Christian publications for a year or two. “Moody Monthly” and the bi-weekly “Sword of the Lord” were helpful resources, although the Sword began to grate on me due to its support of Falwellism and a few other things. These days, there’s so much information – good and bad – on the internet that hardcopy periodicals are struggling to survive. However, I currently receive the “Banner of Truth” (printed monthly out of the U.K.) and the “Ulster Bulwark” (printed quarterly from Northern Ireland) and I enjoy both of these short (32 pp. and 20 pp. respectively) publications. For me, it’s actually helpful that the writers are non-Americans because we American Christians tend to forget that there are brothers and sisters in the Lord outside of the U.S. borders. I first heard about the “Banner of Truth” via Alistair Begg’s daily radio broadcast, but I don’t recall how I hooked up with the “Ulster Bulwark.”
The contents of the most recent issues are listed below. If you subscribe to a Christian publication that you enjoy and encourages you in your walk with the Lord, I’d appreciate hearing about it.
Banner of Truth – July, 2019
- Brilliant and Blind (essay on atheist, Stephen Hawking)
- The Life of Arthur W. Pink, Part 4.
- Understanding Habbakuk, Part 3
- News and Comments
- The First Sermon Preached at Grove Chapel, Camberwell
- Jonathan Edwards on the Love of God
- Jeroboam the Worship Leader (the title is sardonic)
- Change: A Virtue or a Slogan? In this article, the author favorably quotes G.K. Chesterton. Another case of chewing the meat and spitting out the bones. Why do Christian writers feel the need to quote Roman Catholics who propagate a false gospel of works salvation? They should know better.
- Book Reviews
Ulster Bulwark – July thru September, 2019
- How should you treat rulers you disagree with?
- Walsingham Betrayal (essay regarding Mariolatry vs. the Mary of the Bible)
- Adolphe Monod’s Farewell (essay on 19th century French Protestant pastor)
- He’s Gained His Angel’s Wings (critique of the popular funeral saying)
- Archbishop Thomas Cranmer
- Belfast’s Day of Shame (Belfast Marathon held on Sunday, conflicting with church services)
- Book Review
*Postscript: Some people are just not big readers. If, for them, it comes down to either reading God’s Word or books and articles written by Christians, they should definitely just concentrate on God’s Word.