TGC Spotlight highlights TGC articles from earlier in the week, previews articles coming next week, and links to items around the web that you might have missed. 

TGC Spotlight
TGC Spotlight
Featured TGC Articles

Dispatch From America’s Most Bible-minded City | Collin Hansen

Just because you make the Bible AN authority doesn't mean you make it THE authority.


How Martin Luther King Jr. Overcame ‘Christian’ White Supremacy | Russell Moore

The civil rights heroes of the 1960s indicted conservative hypocrites, prophetically, with the conservatives’ own convictional claims.


David Platt on How The Gospel Frames The Social Issues of Our Day | Matt Smethurst

The message of the gospel has always been countercultural, and the need for the gospel has always been urgent in every culture.


Caring For The Nearest Neighbors | Courtney Reissig

While staying home affords me the opportunity to also serve my friends and neighbors in need, I'm in closest proximity to my kids.


When Reading The Bible Through Just Wouldn’t Do | Gaye Clark

For decades I used the conventional annual Bible reading plans but struggled to keep up. Then, one year, everything changed, and I discovered a new approach.


Featured TGC Contributor Articles

Jim Crow, Civil Rights, and Southern White Evangelicals: A Historians Forum (Matthew J. Hall) | Justin Taylor

The movie Selma reminds us that white clergy protested and marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and other African Americans in the 1960s on behalf of Civil Rights. But it also reminds us—as Anthony Bradley recently observed—that many of those clergy were from the North and were Protestant mainliners, Greek Orthodox, Jewish, and Roman Catholic. One has to wonder: where where the conservative evangelicals?


The “Plus One” Approach to Church | Kevin DeYoung

Are you just starting out at a new church and don’t know how to get plugged in? Have you been at your church for years and still haven’t found your place? Are you feeling disconnected, unhappy, or bored with your local congregation? Let me suggest you enter the “Plus One” program of church involvement.


A Better Way to Make Disciples Among the Nations | Trevin Wax

Global religious diversity is one of the central facts—and challenges—confronting evangelical missions today. In A Trinitarian Theology of Religions: An Evangelical Proposal, Gerald McDermott and Harold Netland take stock of different theological understandings of the relationship between Christianity and other religions.


Letters to a Young Protestor, 7: On Racists | Thabiti Anyabwile

Dear Niecie, It’s been too long since I’ve heard from you or written. I was glad to talk with your mom and see that she’s doing well with the new cancer treatments and to hear you’re doing well in school. I praise God for that.


Quietness vs. prominence | Ray Ortlund

I have calmed and quieted my soul. Psalm 131:2 How did David get into that quiet place before God? He forsook ambition. “My eyes are not raised too high,” he wrote. He checked that restless impulse of ingratitude and the itch of attention-seeking. He settled into the role and place God had assigned to him, because he trusted in the wisdom and goodness of God’s providential care.


A Prayer for Keeping Our Sufferings in Perspective | Scotty Smith

Dear heavenly Father, thank you for the weariness-validating, heart-liberating voice of the Scriptures. Your Word brings us the encouragement we need, at just the right time. Today, I’m grateful for both Peter and Paul’s words about the sufferings we experience in this world. Both of these men were quite familiar with suffering, and both of them were even more familiar with your sovereign might and endless mercies.


Coming Next Week at TGC

Lost Jobs, Found Church | Greg Forster

Greg Forster calls on churches to serve the poor, especially those caught in technological transition resulting in job loss.


Strange Is Good with the Trinity | Fred Sanders

Fred Sanders discusses the practical dimensions of the doctrine of the Trinity.


Why Is the Number of the Beast 666? | Greg Beale

Greg Beale explains why the number of the beast in Revelation 13:8 is 666.


Upcoming Events

Albuquerque Regional Conference (March 20-22, 2015)

Assembled Under the Word: Preaching and Christ. Speakers include Alistair Begg, D.A. Carson, and David Helm.

2015 National Conference (April 1-15, 2015)

Heading Home: A New Heaven and a New Earth. Speakers include Tim Keller, D.A. Carson, John Piper, Mark Dever, Voddie Baucham, Philip G. Ryken, Ligon Duncan, and many others.

Remainder Bin

American Culture

Fifty Shades: Now On Sale At Target
D.C. McAllister, The Federalist

Target welcomes ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ products to its formerly family-friendly shelves. Do we really need society to get any more messed up?


UK Churches oppose three-person baby plan

Senior church figures have called on the UK government to block the creation of babies from three people.

Study: suffering at end of life is getting worse, not better
Jenny Gold, Vox

It’s been more than 15 years since the Institute of Medicine released its seminal 1997 report detailing the suffering many Americans experience at the end of life and offering sweeping recommendations on how to improve care. So has dying in America gotten any less painful?

Bill aiming to reduce veteran suicide makes way to White House
Matthew Daly , Associated Press

A bill aimed at reducing a suicide epidemic among military veterans is on its way to the president for his signature.

Christianity and Culture

Religion and Politics
Russell Moore, Tabletalk

What is the mission of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and how does it carry out its work?

Why Marching for Life Should Be a Way of Life
Daniel Darling, OnFaith

We march for the unborn, but we’re also learning to see the image of God in other marginalized people.


10 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking
Heather Davis Nelson, OnFaith

If you’re not sure where to begin engaging with human trafficking, start here.

How Conservatives Are Getting Right On Crime
Rachel Lu, The Federalist

Today’s conservative crime reformers are aiming for less guards, bars, and prison beds.


A University Recognizes a Third Gender: Neutral
Julie Scelfo , New York Times

While colleges across the country have been grappling with concerns related to students transitioning from one gender to another, Vermont is at the forefront in recognizing the next step in identity politics: the validation of a third gender.

Health Issues

Among the Anti-Vaxxers
Ross Douthat, New York Times

Without getting too personal, I’ll just say that I spent a fair amount of time as a kid in circles — mostly liberal and crunchy, though sometimes with a religious element as well — where anti-vaccine sentiment flourished, and have some familial experience with why people end up going down that path.

International Issues

Finding Homes for Ebola’s Orphans
Karen Weintraub, National Geographic

In West Africa, agencies try to find family, friends to care for children who lost parents.

Jordan pilot hostage Moaz al-Kasasbeh ‘burned alive’

A video published online by Islamic State (IS) militants claims to show Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh being burned alive.

Iceland to Officially Worship Norse Gods Again
Orion Jones, Big Think

For the first time since the Vikings sailed, the Icelandic public will soon be able to worship classical Norse gods like Odin, Thor, and Frigg at a public temple build in their honor.


Large cache of US chemical weapons to be destroyed

The US is set to destroy its largest remaining cache of chemical-laden artillery shells, bringing it closer to complying with an international treaty.

Religious Liberty

Religious and secular advocates urge IRS to clarify rules on political endorsements from the pulpit
Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service

Religious and secular advocacy groups jointly called Thursday (Jan. 29) for greater clarity by the Internal Revenue Service regarding nonprofits and political activity.

Administrative Law Judge Finds Bakery’s Refusal To Furnish Same-Sex Wedding Cake Violates Anti-Discrimination Law
Howard Friedman, Religion Clause

In In re Melissa Klein, (OR BOLI, Jan. 29, 2015), an Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Administrative Law Judge, in a 52-page opinion, held that Aaron Klein, a co-owner of the bakery “Sweetcakes by Melissa”, discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation, in violation of the public accommodation provisions of ORS 695A.403.


Science vs. Religion Is Really a Three-Way Split
Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service

“Post-Seculars” are religious and scientifically minded, but break with both packs when the two collide.

Sexuality Issues

Is Christian Teaching on Sexuality Psychologically Harmful?
Andrew T. Walker and Glenn Stanton, Public Discourse

For parents with LGBT children, Christianity offers an alternative to false dilemmas of affirmation or abandonment.

What Parents Should Know About Giving Hormones To Trans Kids
Walt Heyer, The Federalist

Medical guidelines advise against doing what many U.S. doctors are to kids who feel like the opposite gender: Giving them life-altering hormones early.

Transgenderism: ‘An Idea to be Spread’
Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

What interests me about this story is not that there are people who believe that they are some sort of third gender, but that a university formally recognizes it. This is the institutionalization of the revolution.