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December 7, 2021 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial

The Corinthian church was a mess. A careful reading of the Bible reveals that Paul probably spent a year and a half planting the church, wrote 3-4 letters to them confronting them of various issues (only two of them survived), and made at least one “painful visit,” as he calls it. In chapter 10 of 1 Corinthians, Paul seems to quote a familiar Corinthian saying, “everything is permissible,” and then follows it up by admonishing them even if something is permissible, that does not mean it is beneficial or constructive. And he continues by telling them that as believers, they should not simply evaluate things on the basis of whether or not they can do it, but on whether or not it is good for others. “Everything is permissible” – but not everything is beneficial....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Discipleship, Discernment

February 7, 2017 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Think twice before you buy that Christian book

One of my favorite things about seminary was the library. I love to read, so you can imagine my delight at finding a place that housed what seemed like every Christian book ever written. There was even a shelf made up entirely of Max Lucado books! As much as I loved my seminary library, and as passionate as I am about reading good books, I am more cautious when it comes to the average Christian book store, or Christian book distributor. I think the average Christian assumes that there is a correlation between “best-selling,” “theologically precise,” and “spiritually edifying.” Unfortunately, that is not always the case....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discernment Tags: Discernment, Christian publishing