Good News vs. Good Advice

  • 10 June 2012
...think this out: here is a king and he goes into a battle against an invading army to defend his land. If the king defeats the invading army he sends back to the capital city messengers, very happy envoy. He sends back, “good news-ers” with his report. They come back and they say, “It has been defeated! It’s all been done! Therefore respond with joy and now go about your lives. Conduct your lives in this peace which has been achieved for you.”
 
But if the invading army breaks through, the king sends back military advisers and says, “Swordsmen over here and marksmen over here and the horsemen over here. We’re going to have to fight for our lives.” Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that every other religion sends military advisers to people. Every other religion says, “You know, if you want your salvation, you’re going to have to fight for you life.” Every other religion is sending advice, saying, “Here are the rights, here are the rituals, and here are the laws and regulations. Earthen works over here, marksmen over here. Fight for your life.”
 

Old Testament Law and The Charge of Inconsistency

  • 10 June 2012
I find it frustrating when I read or hear columnists, pundits, or journalists dismiss Christians as inconsistent because “they pick and choose which of the rules in the Bible to obey.” What I hear most often is “Christians ignore lots of Old Testament texts—about not eating raw meat or pork or shellfish, not executing people for breaking the Sabbath, not wearing garments woven with two kinds of material and so on. Then they condemn homosexuality. Aren’t you just picking and choosing what they want to believe from the Bible?”
 

Life Before Death: The Antidote to Spiritual Restlessness

  • 2 June 2012
I listened as a Christian friend exchanged the usual pleasantries with a friend he hadn't seen in several years and probably wouldn't for several more. They offered updates on family, pets, jobs, churches, and health. Then the first friend decided to get real.
 
"I've always believed in life after death," he said. "But I'm wondering about life before death. Is this all there is?"
 

Jesus in Every Book of the Bible

  • 9 May 2012

Here is the transcript from the video we watched a couple of weeks ago. Similarly, it's also worth checking out this recent blog post from Kevin DeYoung on Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy and promise.

Genesis He is the seed of the woman.
Exodus He is the Passover lamb.
Leviticus He is our high priest.
Numbers He is the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night.
Deutoronomy He is the prophet like unto Moses.
Joshua He is the captain of our salvation.
Judges He is our judge and lawgiver.

8 Reasons Why My Anxiety Is Pointless and Foolish

  • 4 May 2012
Some great reminders here from Justin Taylor:
 
1. God is near me to help me.
 
Philippians 4:5-6: “The Lord is at hand; [therefore] do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
 
2. God cares for me.
 
1 Peter 5:7: “. . . casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
 
3. My Father in heaven knows all my needs and will supply all my needs.
 
 

Jesus of Nazareth

  • 21 February 2012

Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mahomet, and Napoleon; without science and learning, He shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and schools combined; without the eloquence of schools, He spoke words of life such as never were spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of any orator or poet; without writing a single line, He has set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art and sweet songs of praise, than the w

Why Studying the Bible Won’t (Necessarily) Change Your Life

  • 3 February 2012

From Trevin Wax:

“Bible study won’t change your life.”

OK, I admit to indulging in a bit of overstatement to shock you into recognizing what should be obvious: just because you know the Bible doesn’t mean the Word will bear fruit in your life. It is possible to know the Scriptures, read the Scriptures, revere the Scriptures, and study the Scriptures and miss the point entirely.

Take the liberal scholar who knows the Greek New Testament better than most orthodox pastors. He can quote whole sections of the Bible in its original languages. Definitions of biblical words tumble out of his mouth as he effortlessly places everything in historical context. And yet he does not believe in the Jesus he reads about in the pages of the Bible. Sure, he is endlessly fascinated by the communities that gave us such an interesting artifact of study. But to him, his job is to immerse himself into a world of fables and dreams. The Bible is an epic story with no bearing on reality today.
 

6 Reasons Theology Matters

  • 28 January 2012

Theology is simply the study of God. We are all “theologians” in this sense. Every time we open our Bibles or reflect upon some aspect of Christianity (or any religion for that matter) we are “doing theology”. Yet many in the church feel theology is only for the academics. In this blog Kevin DeYoung offers 6 good reasons why theology is important for everyone.

 

Right Desires

  • 16 January 2012

The desire to acquire treasures is not wrong, as long as we are storing them in heaven and not on earth.

[19] “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, [20] but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
(Matthew 6:19-20 ESV)

The desire for joy and pleasure is not wrong, as long as we seek it in God and not in the world.

Christmas in a nutshell

  • 24 December 2011

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