Mar 302013



Sure we have all heard it and it sounds ‘right’ but is it biblical? Isn’t that the way Christians are supposed to deal with the sin-de-jour? Mark Lowry doesn’t think so and I don’t think the bible does either. The only sin we need to be preaching to those outside the church is the sin of unbelief. Until they get that one right it does not matter if they do everything else perfectly.

Some preachers like to preach against all the popular sins of unbelievers because the unbelievers are not in attendance. The unbelievers are not filling the offering buckets. Just like politicians know how to work a crowd up by demonizing some ‘other’ group, like the NRA or illegal aliens, some preachers use the Us vs Them theme to build a following. Instead, let’s follow Jesus and his example. It is not “What would Jesus do,” but “What DID Jesus do.”

Here is the video where the Mark Lowry quote comes from. It is pretty hilarious if you don’t mind seeing a few of your own sacred cows sacrificed.

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Mar 272013

Just bought John Piper’s “50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die” for 99 cents on Perfect book to read in this week leading up to Easter.

Book Info

50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die: The Passion of Jesus Christ
by John Piper
Publisher: Crossways
Published: 01/09/2004
ISBN-10: 1581346085
ISBN-13: 978-1581346084
Started: 03/27/2013
Source: Amazon
Format: e-book

Publisher Synopsis

WHY? The most important questions anyone can ask are: Why was Jesus Christ crucified? Why did he suffer so much? What has this to do with me? Finally, who sent him to his sdeath? The answer to the last question is that God did. Jesus was God’s Son. The suffering was unsurpassed, but the whole message of the Bible leads to this answer.

The central issue of Jesus’ death is not the cause, but the meaning-God’s meaning. That is what this book is about. John Piper has gathered from the New Testament fifty reasons. Not fifty causes, but fifty purposes-in answer to the most important question that each of us must face: What did God achieve for sinners like us in sending his Son to die?

Author Info
John Piper is the Pastor for Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, where he first sensed God's call to enter the ministry. He went on to earn degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.) and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 30 books, including Sex and the Supremacy of Christ, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, What Jesus Demands from the World, and Don't Waste Your Life.

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Mar 102013

Village Church

The podcast sermons of Pastor Matt Chandler at The Village Church in Texas are some of my favorites. He not only handles scripture well but has a delivery style that is captivating. This sermon from Galatians challenges our preconceived notions of what God’s wonderful plan truly is for our life.

It is not cruel, unjust, or wicked of God to wound you in such a way that it knocks out from under you the props of self-reliance and puts your reliance completely on him.

It would be far more cruel of God to allow you to continue to prop yourself up by means of self-reliance because that makes you a slave, so God disciplines those he calls sons and scourges all of those who are his children. It is not cruel of God at all to take from you what might lead you into an eternity of sorrow, to give to you sorrow now that leads to an eternity of ever increasing joy. What you have is a lack of trust in the sovereign love of God. . . .

. . . I want to be real honest. In this fallen world, God’s primary goal for you is not happiness. I think he’ll gift you with seasons of it, but God’s not saying, How can I make them happy?

Listen to the sermon and be challenged in your view of God.

Source: Sons and Slaves - Matt Chandler, The Village Church, May 13, 2012
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