Spurgeon Study Bible Giveaway!

How would you like some great news and even better news?  First, the great news.  Broadman and Holman Publishers has just released their new CSB Spurgeon Study Bible, edited by Alistair Begg, featuring thousands of excerpts from Charles Spurgeon’s sermons and sermon outlines.  Facsimiles of his notes in his own handwriting are placed right next to the corresponding biblical text.  Reading this Bible will be similar to reading the Word with Charles Spurgeon sitting next to you, giving his commentary.  spurgeonbible

Some people (especially ESV aficionados) may be leery about the CSB (Christian Standard Bible).  We’ll give you our opinion and you can take it or leave it.  It’s a fantastic translation – very readable and exceptionally faithful to the original text.  In our opinion, there is value in having more than one version of the Bible on your shelf.  We like reading a different version devotionally.  It helps us to shake off our familiarity with certain texts and read them with new eyes, so to speak.  And with the CSB, we know we’re reading a solid rendering of the Hebrew and Greek texts.

And now for the better news – YOU could win a Spurgeon Study Bible for free!  The Truth & Circumstances podcast is having a “most compelling question” context.  We’re asking everyone to submit the questions they’ve been wrestling with but have never asked.  Whoever asks the most compelling question will receive a free Spurgeon Study Bible.  (Some of you are wondering, “What constitutes a ‘compelling’ question?”  Admittedly, it’s subjective.  It may depend upon what the judges had for breakfast that day.  The best way to increase your chances of winning is to submit numerous questions.)

Those of you who are already listeners know the kinds of questions we answer on the podcast – “we apply the truth of God’s Word to the difficult situations of real life.”  Got a difficult family (marriage, children, extended family, in-laws) situation?  Financial situation?  Health situation?  Ethical dilemma?  Church relationship issue?  Send in those issues in the form of a question!  The most compelling questions tend to be “real” questions based upon issues we are actually going through rather than hypothetical situations.

Some people may be afraid to submit questions because they don’t want anyone to know what they are dealing with.  Rest assured that the sources of the questions we receive are always kept confidential and we don’t assume that the person asking the question is the one with the issue unless they say so explicitly.  So the question could be asked in a more generic way, like, “what advice would you give to someone who…?”

Questions can be submitted on the Contact Us page and via TwitterFacebook, and email (questions@truthandcircumstances.com).  The last day to submit questions will be November 30.  A distinguished panel of three judges will determine a winner, and that winner will be announced the following week.  If you win, we’ll contact you to get mailing instructions and send out your new Spurgeon Study Bible ASAP!

Episode 37: I struggle with same-sex attraction. I hear all the time about the importance of meaningful relationships in the church, but these tend to be a temptation for me. What’s the best course for me?

Episode highlights:

  • There are no exceptions to the truth that we need meaningful relationships in our lives.
  • It’s not possible to enjoy the benefits of the church to our sanctification without having some close relationships.
  • Those who struggle with same-sex attraction should ask pastors for help to find a group of two or three others to meet with regularly, rather than a one-on-one relationship.
  • Meeting with the opposite sex is counter-productive.

Episode 36: My teenager has crossed some sexual boundaries with a boyfriend/girlfriend – what should I do?

Episode highlights:

  • Observe the biblical principle of radical amputation and end the relationship. Matt 5:27-30; 2 Tim 2:22
  • Shepherd them through why ending the relationship is necessary.
  • Put the gospel in front of them. Assure them that because of the cross, God forgives sin.  However, as a loving Father, God still allows us to feel the temporal consequences of our sin. Heb 12:3-11
  • Explain that ending the relationship is not primarily about punishing them but about protecting them from further sin and from making shipwreck of their faith. 1 Tim 1:18-19

Episode 35: Should believing parents allow their children to consider their homosexual aunt’s “husband/wife” to be their aunt/uncle?

Episode highlights:

  • Because marriage is a picture of the gospel, we cannot legitimize a sinful union by calling unmarried people “married.”
  • We also cannot confuse our children by teaching them one thing at home and another thing in extended family contexts.
  • To do otherwise is to miss an opportunity to share the gospel.
  • We must have a loving conversation with these family members, use the issue to share the gospel, then go out of our way to demonstrate genuine love to all involved.

Episode 34: How would you counsel a God-fearing husband and father in his search for work/life balance?

Episode highlights:

  • We need to differentiate between explicit biblical callings and “inferred callings.”
  • We need to prioritize explicit biblical calls over inferred calls. 2 Pet 1:19
  • We need to understand that there is a difference between working hard and allowing ambition to drive us to be unfaithful in areas of explicit biblical responsibility.

Episode 33: Is it okay to warn other people online about a particular business establishment or vendor?

Episode highlights:

  • There is nothing wrong with holding a business up to their end of the deal.
  • Believers are supposed to be champions of justice and truth. Isa 61:8; Mic 6:8
  • A few caveats:
    • Make sure you’ve given them every opportunity to make it right. Phil 4:5
    • Make sure your heart is right. Prov 4:23; Rom 12:19
    • Make sure you don’t have ulterior motives.
    • Make sure your words are godly. Eph 4:29

Episode 32: My spouse is struggling with a sexual sin. Is it wrong for me to not want to be the main source of accountability?

Episode highlights:

  • Accountability for sexual sin needs to be frequent and detailed.
  • Relapses, particularly for lust/pornography are not unusual.
  • The spouse of someone struggling with sin almost always has his or her own issues to work through as a result.
  • Taken together, these things indicate it’s not wise for the offended spouse to be the main source of accountability.