Friday, May 27, 2016

This Week's Church Sign

Good to know it's been scheduled. And it's only two weeks long!

No relation to the X-Men movie coming to theaters today.

HT: Ed Stetzer

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

We are Not Entitled to the World's Respect

Winning arguments is not the same as winning souls. Very few, if any, have lost a quarrel and found themselves converted. But we all know the impulse deep down, when engaging with unbelief, to lash out in an effort to show ourselves right rather than win the unbeliever.

If we genuinely are willing to take our cues from the New Testament, rather than instinct, we might be surprised to find the way the apostles would have us to engage with our society. Paul points to kindness, patience, and gentle correction (2 Timothy 2:24–26), and Peter lays out the way of “gentleness and respect” and compelling hope.

In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15)

Will they ask about our hope if our rhetoric is full of fear and at fever pitch?

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dr. King's Definition of Extremism

World Telegram & Sun photo by Dick DeMarsico. 1964.
Library of Congress collections, public domain.

King wove together learned references to the likes of Socrates, Aquinas, Reinhold Niebuhr, T.S. Eliot, and Marin Buber, along with a mobilizing passion for his cause. Of course the whole letter [Letter from Birmingham Jail] is suffused with biblical concepts and references. Perhaps the most arresting historical passage of all is this one, where King combines a biblical, Reformed, and American view of “extremism.”

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Monday, May 23, 2016

If We Have to Foreclose, Is God Still Good?

HT: Lore Wilbert

On Thursday we signed the contract for the sale of our house in Denver and on Monday, God willing, the buyers will sign it. For many of you who had your houses on the market for years+, the relief we’re feeling can sound hyperbolic, but I’m going to be uncomfortably honest about why we are relieved. (Uncomfortable for you, maybe, I have nothing left to protect here.)

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Friday, May 20, 2016

This Week's Church Sign

What does this say about this church's sermons?

Maybe they're very succinct.

Maybe they're only five minutes long.

HT: Ed Stetzer

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Garrison Keillor on Christian Grace and Charity

HT: Garrison Keillor and Gene Veith
Every time Bob McDonnell talks about his corruption conviction in Virginia he mentions how Jesus Christ is sticking with him all the way, which surely is true. Jesus does not dump a guy just because he is sleazy.

The Lord has always been there for thieves and malefactors, but this is mercy. It doesn’t mean that Jesus approves of taking $175,000 in gifts from a man seeking official favors from a governor, as McDonnell seems to suggest. Jesus didn’t wear a Rolex. He did not hit up the Pharisees for thousands of shekels so the apostles could have rib-eye steak and a 35 B.C. Cabernet at the Last Supper.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Worship in the Midst of a Weary World

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I feel weary when I read the news these days. There’s no one I want to vote for nationally. My state is in turmoil over House Bill 2 (AKA “the bathroom bill”).  I hear stories about life on college campuses, both academically and morally, and I’m deeply concerned. There’s so much brokenness in families, communities, and churches.  How can it not affect all of society?
I also find myself fearing what is to come. As recently as the 2008 election, every presidential nominee supported the traditional definition of marriage. Now that same opinion equates to bigotry. How long will it be before my husband and other pastors like him are arrested for hate speech, simply for teaching and preaching the truths of Scripture? Men like Dietrich Bonhoeffer once preached in Germany without fear. Within a small window of political change, that same teaching made him an enemy of the state. I wonder if we might face the same sort of cultural shifts in the next few years.
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