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Turning good things into ultimate things--idolatry--violates the First Commandment. Luther rightly believed that this is the fundamental sin--you don't really break the other commandments unless you break this one. See his Large Catechism.
Sin is not just doing bad things. It is also turning good things into ultimate things, idols.
This is a helpful article and even though it doesn't mention the crack-up of U.S. evangelicalism over politics, it is relevant to it. The authors are talking about tools that might find a way forward. See buff.ly/3H2ia0r
The first of two discussions with Chris Watkin on Biblical Critical Theory. Excellent! buff.ly/3gBG5sL
My heart owns none before Thee For thy rich grace I thirst. This knowing--if I love Thee Thou must have loved me first. Josiah Conder and Jn 6:44
Good things seen as blessings (beauty, power, comfort, success, recognition) but received without faith in God will become curses, Hard things seen as curses (weakness, deprivation, loss and rejection), but received with faith in God will turn into blessings.
"Serve God, love me, and mend." - Benedick to Beatrice. Good advice and biblical advice for spouses.
“A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of Saint Thomas Aquinas, an unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. ” Dr MLK Jr
The 'already-but-not-yet' of the kingdom of God--and Jesus' triumph through weakness, suffering, and loss--means that the Bible is filled with irony and 'redemptive reversals'. See this fascinating work by Greg Beale. buff.ly/3AALd78
To say "no one's take is right" is to say that your take is right, or righter than others. To say every religion is like a blind man feeling only part of the elephant you assume that you can see the whole elephant. There's no way to avoid exclusive truth claims.
When I talk of 'high theory' I'm using the language of Terry Eagleton who explained why Theory (called high, big, critical, cultural, social) from Derrida and Foucault both waxed and waned. See buff.ly/3i8ZDVA and buff.ly/3XwgEcE See also buff.ly/3UjOVJv
If you declare that "it is wrong to say God is on your side"--that's to say he is therefore on your side, that he looks more favorably on your beliefs about reality, against those you have defined as bigots.
So grateful this am for the work of the Spirit that makes God's love real to our hearts (Rom 5:5) and our status as his daughters or sons an overwhelming joy (Rom 8:16). "Tho you have not seen him, you love him...and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy." (1 Pet 1:8)
"As I lay down in sleep and rose this morning only by your grace, keep me in a joyful, lively remembrance that whatever happens, I will someday know my final rising—the resurrection-- because Jesus Christ lay down in death for me, and rose for my justification. Amen." (Calvin)
When Lloyd-Jones said "Christianity is not a philosophy, indeed not even a religion" he didn't mean Christianity didn't have philosophical implications or that it had no institutional structure but that it was so radically, uniquely different in both soteriology and experience.
For those so skeptical that there is evidence for Jesus' resurrection--here's a book by a historian buff.ly/3gqHCl4 and by a philosopher buff.ly/3V0ND74
For nothing worthy proving can be proven Nor yet disproven. -- Tennyson, "The Ancient Sage"
There's no 'evidence' for God as powerful as deep communion with him through his Word and Jesus, clothed in his gospel--an unmistakeable, jaw-dropping sense of his love and reality on your heart over the years--not just in one or two 'experiences'. Not the only evidence, tho.
A book that helped me understand the Bible as few others. His delineation of the 'already but not yet' of the kingdom of God was far ahead of his time. Today it's a given in Biblical Theology. Read buff.ly/3USfOVM
The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is intellectually credible and existentially, infinitely fulfilling.
And though I oft have passed them by The day will come at last when I Shall take the hidden paths that run West of the Moon, East of the Sun. We remember we who dwell In this far land beneath the trees The starlight on the western seas. Tolkien on Hope
Most give their alms [to the poor] contemptuously...of Christians something more is required…they must put themselves in the place of him whom they see in need of their assistance, and pity his ill fortune as if they themselves experienced and bore it…” Calvin's Institutes
"The general truth conveyed [by the Good Samaritan parable] is that...God has bound all men together for the purpose of assisting one another. The neighborhood which lays us under obligation to mutual offices of kindness...extends to the whole human race." Calvin's Commentary
Grateful for the good reception of this book. buff.ly/3MfleoT
"I'm so thankful for the active obedience of Christ. No hope without it." - J.Gresham Machen just before his death. He was absolutely, enormously right.
I wrote a book on the Good Samaritan parable some years ago. For some of you this might be of interest and helpful. buff.ly/3Av4ZB1
Most give their alms [to the poor] contemptuously...of Christians something more is required…they must put themselves in the place of him whom they see in need of their assistance, and pity his ill fortune as if they themselves experienced and bore it…” Calvin's Institutes
"The general truth conveyed [by the Good Samaritan parable] is that...God has bound all men together for the purpose of assisting one another. The neighborhood which lays us under obligation to mutual offices of kindness...extends to the whole human race." Calvin's Commentary
When asked "who is the neighbor that I should love?" [Implication: "You don't mean ANYONE, do you?"] --Jesus gave an example of a man not just showing sentiment but risking his life--not for someone like him but someone of a hated race and religion. In short, "Yes, I mean anyone"
When Jesus was asked "what does it mean to love my neighbor?" He gave an example of a man risking his life to give costly, material care and help to someone of a different race and of different religious beliefs. He concluded "Go and do likewise" (Luke 10:25-37)
In the Forgiveness book I say that the forgiver 'bears the cost of the wrong'. How? To love the wrongdoer and forgo revenge (Romans 12:17-21) IS to bear the cost. Every time you want to scratch his eyes out but you don't--will be costly, hard. But that's how you forgive.
Can secular people recognize that their values come from the Bible and Christianity? Can human rights, human equality, justice for the marginalized etc which made sense in a universe created by a personal God be sustained when that belief vanishes? Read buff.ly/3qJggXG
Thesis: If you say- "no one who TRULY deconstructs faith comes back to conservative-orthodox Christian beliefs" -- I respectfully propose thatyou are committing the 'no true Scotsman' fallacy.
And I'm not so much talking about myself but rather reflecting on what I see across the board and in talking to many friends.
Thesis: If a person is (1) highly invested financially and (2) emotionally in social media and (3) gives time and thought to it--then you can hold them accountable thro on-line criticism, mockery, and/or denunciation. But if those 3 aren't true, all the criticism has zero effect.
This quick book highlights how we can make anything into an idol that controls us. buff.ly/2KdrtyH
Here’s my conversation with @timkellernyc about how to forgive, and forgiveness is and isn’t: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the…
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We’re far worse than we ever imagined, and far more loved than we could ever dream.
This book deals with the unwritten rules and beliefs our culture unknowingly accepts without question. It's for anyone who wants to analyze our culture's narratives. buff.ly/2G8S5LP
The irreligious don't repent at all and the religious only repent of sins. But Christians who understand the gospel also repent of their self-righteousness, of trusting in their goodness and moral efforts.
O Jesus, make Thyself to me A living, bright reality, More present to Faith’s vision keen Than any outward object seen, More near, more intimately nigh, Than e’en the sweetest earthly tie. -- Charlotte Elliott
Grateful for this conversation at Mere O on public discourse today. See Kirsten Sanders good essay (tho I can't go all the way with her--see my comment) buff.ly/3UG5XST See Derek Rishmawy's contribution buff.ly/3X1wpbn See my original buff.ly/3EmUrq0
The church is not a museum for pristine saints, but a hospital ward for broken sinners.
My preaching influences: Expository (D.Lucas) Contextualized (J.Stott) Christ-centered (E.Clowney) Law/gospel distinction (M.Luther) Experiential not just informational (J.Edwards) both evangelizing and edifying at once (D.M.Lloyd-Jones)
On the historical reliability of the New Testament documents: Richard Bauckham "Jesus and the Eyewitnesses", buff.ly/3TDNmW4; N.T. Wright, "The Resurrection of the Son of God" buff.ly/3UUtm2G; Gregory Boyd, "The Jesus Legend", buff.ly/3X1sZVP
In the first commandment we discover that the essence of sin is-- not just that we want bad things but that we make good things into ultimate things.
Paul sees all kinds of sins in himself and all kinds of accomplishments too, but he refuses to connect either with his ultimate identity.
Forgiveness is a promise to not seek revenge (leaving room for God's judgment), to show love to the person who wronged you (Rom 12:17-21), to 'cancel the debt' (Mt 18:27). This inner work is costly, but we do it whether the other repents or not (Mk 11:25) buff.ly/3OjAe7T
Secularism is not merely an absence of belief. (That's a 'subtraction story' secular people tell themselves. See C.Taylor.) It is a new, alternate set of faith-beliefs about reality that can't be empirically proven.
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