The Sunday Reader: Vol. 1 | #36

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Audio Book App Recommendations

Pastor Spotts shares some tips for listening to free educational content.

A Statement on I Kissed Dating Goodbye

As one who was a teen right when Joshua Harris’ highly influential book came out, it is interesting and instructive to see him issue a retraction and revision of his prior views. It’s a lesson on humility and the greater nuance that tends to come with years.

The Doctrine of Justification According to Gabriel Biel and Johann v. Paltz

Who were Luther and 16th century Protestants actually responding to? This old but useful article shows how late medieval figures such as Gabriel Biel, “condemned Pelagius, but their teaching was only another form of Pelagianism.”

How Should Christians Respond to the Imprecatory Psalms?

How should Christians respond to psalms that invoke calamity or curses upon one’s enemies? From Ligonier’s 2016 National Conference, W. Robert Godfrey, Albert Mohler, and William VanDoodewaard consider biblical prayers of judgment.

ABOUT — The Sunday Reader shares articles we've found particularly insightful, thought-provoking, or edifying this week. While not always representing the views of our Pastors and Elders, these selections offer a mix of viewpoints to broaden and frame your understanding of God, Scripture, ourselves, and the world we serve in Christ's name.

Rev. Michael Spotts

Pastor Michael has been involved in ministry for over ten years. Before his ordination at Phoenix URC, he participated in foreign missions (Australia, Russia). He holds an Assoc. in Biblical Studies (2004) and an M.Div (WSCAL, 2016). 

Prior to ministry, he owned a commercial photography business for ten years. He still enjoys shooting landscape photos.