“Those who have never lived in a society which has been won over from paganism by Christianity find it hard to imagine how extensive are the obstacles presented to Christian faith by religion, vice, custom and sheer laissez-faire. Wherever they went, Christians were opposed as anti-social, atheistic [because they didn’t believe in the Roman gods] … More The Absurdity and Power of the Gospel
Friday is for Heart Songs “A farmer plows his field, sows the seed, and fertilizes and cultivates—all the while knowing that in the final analysis he is utterly dependent on forces outside of himself. He knows he cannot cause the seed to germinate, nor can he produce the rain and sunshine for growing and harvesting the … More Holiness: It doesn’t work the way most people think it does.
Weekend Links Spring is just 6 days away but I jumped the gun today and went out for a bike ride. Just to and from work, a round trip total of just under 9 miles but at least it is a start. Last year on this day, it was 80 degrees. Today the temperature when … More Ann Voskamp; Complementarianism: Shane Claiborne; Carl Trueman; Multi-site Churches, The Trinity and much more
Picked this up from Adrian Warnock’s blog. He and group of Brits are currently working on a documentary on the the life and ministry of C.H. Spurgeon. I had known a number of anecdotal stories on Spurgeon and the prayer that went on at the Metropolitan Tabernacle during his pastorate but this quote was new … More Is Your Pastor a Poor Preacher? Pray for Him.
Tuesday is for Discussion We say we believe in a supernatural God, a God who spoke worlds into existence, a God who set the stars in their courses, a God who parted seas and rivers, a God who freed a people from slavery, a God who raises the dead and who is coming again to … More The Atheism of Christians
Thursday is for Discipleship “The only man who has the right to say that he is justified by grace alone is the man who has left all to follow Christ. Such a man knows that the call to discipleship is a gift of grace, and that the call is inseparable from the grace. But those … More Bonhoeffer on The Inseparable Nature of Grace and Discipleship
Wednesday is for Prayer A good companion piece to this morning’s post. One of the things that motivates my prayer is accurate evaluation of where we stand against the standard of God’s word. Tozer is always a trusted source. The Church: The Perfect Church Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort … More The Perfect Church Includes a Lot of Imperfect People
Maybe one of the biggest needs in the church today. I saw an appalling video on YouTube yesterday titled “Worst Worship Ever”. I don’t even want to include a link to it. Literally, it made me sick to my stomach just watching about a minute of it. God save us from the idolatry of happiness … More Combating “Happy Talk” in Our Churches
Thursday is for Discipleship Part 1 Emphasis on Justice and City-Transformation is Not Enough Part 2 Below The difference between outreach and evangelism is essentially this—outreach will almost universally get you pats on the back while evangelism will eventually get you persecuted. (see yesterday’s post) This is precisely why most people don’t do evangelism. They … More Why We Love Outreach and Hate Evangelism