In light of this week's show on discerning if a resource is helpful, edifying and/or gospel-centered, here are some good checks to work through about a particular resource:
- Check credentials/endorsements: Who is this person? Were they educated in their field, and if so, where? How are they getting their information and who else endorses it? What is their reputation?
- Check agenda: What type of theology is the author hoping the reader adopts? Is there an underlying ideology that influences their ideas?
- Check associations: Who does the author "buddy-up" with? Are they involved in any questionable or unethical organizations, ministries or "tribes?"
- Check for the gospel: What is the author's worldview? Is it gospel-centered or coming from a different perspective completely? Related: check for common issues of false teaching: the prosperity gospel, a works-based mentality, encouraging hope in something/someone other than Christ (lifestyle, relationship, parenting method, finding the "perfect" balance, etc.) or a culturally relative mentality - "whatever seems good to me or others must be right."