Dipping into the Community Pool: December 16

This week we start with some more tributes to R.C. Sproul along with a music performance at his church that we think you would enjoy.  Also, what’s the worst gift you can give a teenager this Christmas?  This one is worth a serious read.  Anxiety, angels, dangerous ideology, how to deal with supposed biblical errors, and much more is awaiting your perusal right here at the click of your mouse.


Tributes to R.C. Sproul

You will find an assortment of tributes to R.C. all in one place for your convenience. They are all moving remembrances of this great saints’ life and his Christian influence around the world. He will be greatly missed.

 

Highland Hymn: Glory to the Holy One Concert at St. Andrew’s Chapel, where R.C. Sproul served as pastor.

Highland Hymn words:

Above the mists of Highland hills
E’en far above the clear blue skies
The end of pain and earthly ills
When we shall see His eyes

Lutes will sing
Pipers play
When we see Him face to face
On that day
His face now hidden from our sight
Concealed from ev’ry hidden gaze
In hearts made pure from sinful flight
Is the bliss that will amaze

We know not yet what we will be
In heaven’s final blessed state
But know we now that we shall see
Our Lord at heaven’s gate
The beatific glory view
That now our souls still long to see
Will make us all at once anew
And like Him forever be

 

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100 Years. 100 Million Lives. Think Twice.

“Roughly 100 million people died at the hands of the ideology my parents escaped. They cannot tell their story. We owe it to them to recognize that this ideology is not a fad, and their deaths are not a joke.”

 

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The Worst Gift to Give a Middle-School Student

“What is the worst Christmas gift you can give your middle-school student? I don’t mean that spiritually—as in unbelief—or theologically—as in The Jesus Calling Student Edition. I mean it seriously. What is the worst gift that you can give your middle-school student? This Christmas thousands of middle school students are going to get a gift under their tree or in their stocking, and it is going to wreck their lives.”

 

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Anxiety and Depression, My Strange Friends

“I am one of those ministers who has endured a handful of seasons of anxiety and depression. Most of the time, thankfully, the affliction has been more low-grade than intense. On one occasion, though, it pretty much flattened me physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. I call this particular season my ‘living nightmare.’”

 

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Answering Claims that the Bible Contains Errors, and Why it Matters that It Doesn’t

“When people say they believe the Bible contains errors, it’s a good practice to ask them to name those errors so you can open a Bible and look at them together.”

 

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Angels in the Bible: What Do We Actually Know About Them?

“For centuries, artists have portrayed angels as beautiful humans with wings and glowing light, complete with halos, harps, and flowing white gowns (or perfectly sculpted bodies). But is that really what angels look like? Angels have inspired all sorts of imaginative stories and depictions, but what’s left when we separate fact from fiction? In order to know the truth, we have to ask, what does the Bible say about angels?”

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