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The “Juice” Of Christianity

Mark Altrogge interacts with a quote from Walter Isaacson’s biography on Steve Jobs:

The “juice” of Christianity is not living like Jesus or seeing the world as Jesus saw it.  This is a works mentality. This is what “I” have to do to get to heaven.  I have to live a good life.  I have to see what is right and good and important and do it.  Then I get to go to heaven.  If this is the case, then Jobs is right – all the “different religions are different doors to the same house” because every other religion in the world teaches that we get into God’s house by living good lives.

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The End of Poverty and the Hope of Glory

My latest article, an overview of Awaiting a Savior, is up at the Gospel Coalition blog:

If you shouldn’t discuss politics and religion in polite company, no wonder it’s often hard to talk about poverty and social justice, even with other believers. But this isn’t a subject Christians can avoid. The Bible is explicit about our responsibilities to care for those in need. So what do those commands mean in practice, and how do we obey them to the glory of God?

I believe there are things we can do to serve the poor, that God will give us grace to do them, and that he will take pleasure in our efforts—where we succeed and where we fail. It begins with understanding the true nature of poverty.

Read the whole thing. (If you haven’t had a chance to order a copy, you can get one here.)


Also Worth Reading

Free Audio: This month’s free audiobook at ChristianAudio.com is The Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun.

The Occupy Movement & Christian Ministry: Does Calgary’s administration have a bias against Christian street ministers? Certainly seems so, based on how they’re handling the “occupiers” in Calgary’s Olympic Plaza.

The Occupy Movement & Christian Theology: What Hath Westminster to Do With Wall Street (And Its Occupiers)?

Marriage: Why the World Is Wrong about Marriage

Interview: Good Reading: A Conversation with Tony Reinke


In Case You Missed It:

Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:

Book Reviews—

(Cheap) Christian e-Books for Your Kindle!

Richard Seebes: It is No Easy Matter to Bring a Man From Nature to Grace

Mark Up, Mess Up, Beat Up Your Books

The Role of Prayer and Serving the City

Joel Beeke: Sanctification is Rooted in the Essence of God

The Backlist: The Top Ten Posts on Blogging Theologically