Welcome to this week’s edition of The Weekly Nerd! I hope you can take a few moments and enjoy!
My Favorite Article of this Week
How to Prepare for Your Child’s IEP Meeting
This is an incredibly informative article regarding IEP meetings at schools, addressing how overwhelming they can be and how to help prepare for them. “Parenting a child with an identified learning disability is an exercise in frequent and sustained advocacy. And perhaps one of the most confusing things these parents will have to navigate is the IEP—or Individualized Education Program—process. That’s the specialized educational to-do list parents and schools create to make sure a child with a disability is receiving specialized instruction and making progress. The plan defines your child’s educational needs, goals and objectives. And creating it can be overwhelming and intimidating.”
Matthew’s Gospel as Discipleship Curriculum
“By becoming better readers of Matthew’s Gospel, Christians become better disciples of Jesus as they’re formed into a certain type of person, participating in “a certain type of community” (247). Discipled scribes, according to Schreiner, aren’t saved to themselves, but “form a community” of disciples that will be sent into all nations to build a church (36).”
Christians Grieve the Death of Believing Loved Ones, But We Don’t Grieve Without Hope
“He assures them that Christ “died for us so that whether we wake or sleep we might live with him” (1 Thessalonians 5:10), and thereby encourages them that those who have died have gone to be with the Lord. That is why Scripture can say, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth . . . that they may rest from their labors” (Revelation 14:13). In fact, Scripture even tells us, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15).”
All Christian Ministry is Supernatural
“All Christian work is about responsibility without authority. Therefore, it’s easy to get discouraged. I say “without authority” in this sense—only God can produce the results we want. We want growing Christlikeness that proceeds from genuine heart transformation. And there’s the rub. We can’t change another person’s heart. Only God can do that, and sometimes he doesn’t do it when, or with whom, we want.”
Is John Piper Popular Because He Makes Christianity Look Intelligent?
This is a great read/listen (you can do either or both!) regarding John Piper and his seemingly wild popularity. He then douses the fanning flames of this idea by making the point that many, many, many…more people do NOT know who he is versus those who do. Billions more, in fact. John Piper preaches the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, and does so with a very high view of God and Scripture. I, the owner of this blog, think that John Piper is popular for the same reason, according to THIS article and polling information, people stay at a church: he preaches the truth.
6 Questions for Assessing Bible Study Material
“If you’re deciding on a Bible study for yourself or for a group, consider where its questions take you. They should be leading you to something beyond an emphasis on yourself or the author of the study. They should lead you through confusion to what God has said in the passage and how it affects his people today.”
I think that this article is a great article that many people should definitely read and implement within their selection of Bible study material.