Nov 122013

Don’t distort or gloss over what you see. You can’t ignore the seamy side of present-day culture, which you’re bound to encounter, as you already have. You don’t want to present a sanitized, goody-two-shoes version of life if that isn’t what you observe. That’s not ethically honest. Certain works of fiction, including mine, have been criticized for containing content too forthright for the Christian community, when the criticism is put charitably, but that element I can’t ethically change. I’ve never understood how a writer can depict redemption from sin if the reader doesn’t see sin in a character to begin with.

Yet in Scripture I find deception and adultery and incest and rape and rebellion and murder and every destructive act I care to imagine, up to a tent stake hammered through the head of a man by a woman who lies to him. All this I receive as instruction, without attributing it to the author, as I take instruction from the spikes driven into skin and flesh, between the bones of the hands of the one lifted up to heal me of the destruction of death.

Page: 179

Christians can seem so naive at times. Living within our little enclave rather than living a redemptive life in the world. Christ came into the world not to shelter his followers from the real world but to save sinners.

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    Jun 202013

    Pilgrim Theology.
    Michael S. Horton.

    After the Pope’s recent remarks about salvation this quote was a nice counterpoint. Jesus is not our example. We cannot imitate Him because no one is good except God.

    Jesus Christ is not just a prototype, example, or even the first Christian. He did more than open up a path that we can follow into the consummation. Rather, he is the only victor over sin and death, the only human being who secured the beginning of the new creation. We share in it because we are united to him, not because we cooperate in a process of grace-empowered deification. We will be everything he is in his humanity because he has done everything for us in our humanity.

    Page: 337-338

    Jun 152013

    Pilgrim Theology.
    Michael S. Horton.

    Reformed theologians have often criticized the idea of grace elevating nature (like helium in a balloon), and the modified Platonism that underlies it . Instead of making us something more than human, grace saves and liberates humans to become more human: finally to glorify and to enjoy God forever.

    Page: 330

    Many religious or spiritual people want to believe that to be ‘one with God’ means to shed our humanity and become one with the universe. This is not what the Bible teaches. We were made humans and our humanity was corrupted by sin. When, at last, free of sin we will once again be the human creatures we were designed to be.

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    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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    Jan 102013

    Louie Giglio Really shows that ‘toleration’, ‘reasonable’, and ‘sensible’ are all words that only work one way.

    Here are some quotes from the original post Louie Giglio and the New State Church:

    As citizens, we ought to insist that the President stand up to his “base” and articulate a vision of a healthy pluralism in the public square. Notice that the problem is not that this evangelical wants to “impose his religion” on the rest of society. The problem is not that he wants to exclude homosexuals or others from the public square or of their civil rights. The problem is that he won’t say that they can go to heaven without repentance. That’s not a civil issue, but a religious test of orthodoxy.
    Note, this now doesn’t simply exclude harsh and intemperate statements or even activism. Simply holding the view held by every Roman pontiff and by every congregation and synagogue in the world until very recent days is enough to make one “radioactive” in public.
    It turns out we’re circling around to where we should have been all along: with the understanding that religious liberty isn’t ‘toleration’ and separation of church and state isn’t secularism.

    Here is a portion of Giglio’s withdrawl statement:

    Due to a message of mine that has surfaced from 15-20 years ago, it is likely that my participation, and the prayer I would offer, will be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal point of the inauguration. Clearly, speaking on this issue has not been in the range of my priorities in the past fifteen years. Instead, my aim has been to call people to ultimate significance as we make much of Jesus Christ.
    He concludes his blog post with a very gracious and Christian statement

    The issue of homosexuality (which a particular message of mine some 20 years ago addressed) is one of the most difficult our nation will navigate. However, individuals’ rights of freedom, and the collective right to hold differing views on any subject is a critical balance we, as a people, must recover and preserve.

    As a pastor, my mission is to love people, and lead them well, while lifting up the name of Jesus above anything else. I’m confident that anyone who knows me or has listened to the multitude of messages I have given in the last decade would most likely conclude that I am not easily characterized as being opposed to people—any people. Rather, I am constantly seeking to understand where all people are coming from and how to best serve them as I point them to Jesus.

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