Consider a hypothetical situation: Suppose God came to you and gave you a 100% guarantee that every time you share the Gospel, it would result in the conversion of a lost soul. Every single witnessing opportunity would result in repentance and faith - no exceptions!
Imagine that! How would such a guarantee change the way you live? I don’t know about you, but I would become the most passionate evangelist this world has ever seen. I would share the Gospel at every street corner, supermarket, and bus stop. I would proclaim the Good News to every man and women that crossed my path!
One year ago today, the four of us agreed to partner together and start the Pursuing the Pursuer blog, and we have thoroughly enjoyed the journey! At the outset, we committed to pursuing four things: 1) Pursuing Balance - we are committed to comparing every tradition, reaction, and fad against the truths of Scripture. Only when you are grounded in Scripture will you find the balance that guards against the constant pendulum swing of our culture. 2) Pursuing Accountability - we recognize that we are four young guys with very little experience, so we committed to being accountable to each other with each post we write by reviewing, critiquing, revising, and polishing each other's work. We hope that this process keeps less (not all) youthful mistakes from entering the blogosphere. 3) Pursuing Clarity - We try to stay away from being a "click-bait" blog. We want to rely on Scripture's clarity rather than our own creativity, and so we have committed to basing every article we write on Scriptural truth. 4) Pursuing Hope - Ultimately, we want to proclaim the incredible hope we have in Jesus Christ. Our world is full of pain and sorrow, and people are looking for answers. We are convinced that Scripture has the answer to all of life's questions, and we want this blog to be a channel of hope for those who seek it.
So, without further ado, here are the 10 most-read articles from our first year with PtP (a.k.a. the 10 articles that were read by people other than our moms and best friends). We hope you are challenged, instructed, and encouraged as we continue our pursuit of the Pursuer.
You all remember The Shack, right? If you do, you probably remember the debates and controversy that arose around this famous novel and movie adaptation.
Challies published a helpful article entitled, “What Does the Shack Really Teach?” that revealed the false teaching laced within the masterful story telling of The Shack author, Paul Young. Countless articles swirled around on social media decrying the heresy and twisted view of God The Shack portrayed.
I’m a very forgetful person. I frequently misplace my keys or my wallet, I have tough time remembering people’s names, and I have even paid for my groceries and walked out of the store while my grocery bags were still at the register. I have quickly come to realize that I can’t survive without writing down reminders and keeping a “to-do” list.
Although you probably don't realize it, you might be a Pharisee.
If you’re a Christian, “Pharisee” is the last thing you want to be called. We equate pharisaism with legalism and heartless rule-keeping. But modern-day pharisaism is far more than that. The most thorough condemnation of these religious leaders that Jesus gave is found in Matthew 23. As I read this passage, my conscience rebukes me. I may be more pharisaical than I realize. I found ten different condemnatory descriptions of the Pharisee in this chapter. I encourage you to reference the verses that go with each point. You may be a Pharisee if...
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