Links I Like (Weekend Edition)

The Prince’s Poison Cup Desktops

Nathan W. Bingham:

In The Prince’s Poison Cup, R.C. Sproul focuses in on the atonement to show that Jesus had to endure the curse of sin in order to redeem His people from their spiritual death. Through Justin Gerard’s vivid illustrations, this children’s book is brought to life.

As we know many of you like to freshen up your desktops with new wallpaper, we are wanting to share some of those beautiful illustrations with you. They are available in a variety of sizes and we encourage you to share them with family and friends.

Represent!

Mark Altrogge:

What an awesome thought – Christ represents us in heaven!  The perfect, spotless, Lamb of God pleads his own blood and righteousness on our behalf at the Father’s right hand. He’s the perfect representative! He doesn’t forget a single need. He never takes a break. He knows exactly what it’s like for us.  He knows just what to say and ask for on our behalf.

Secularization

A review by Matthieu Richelle:

Whatever the case, it is clear that the secularization theory points out reality: a few centuries ago, Christianity was a dominant religion with a huge influence in countries like France and England, whereas today, it is only a marginal phenomenon there. But the “spiritual interpretation” of these factual data is where many evangelicals will probably have the most questions. To what extent is the historical influence of Christianity a reliable witness of the actual spiritual effects of the gospel in the past? Can we equate the influence of the church and of the Bible on society, politics, literature, politics, philosophy, and so on with what we regard as the true effects of the gospel: transforming lives by spiritual renewal thanks to the faith in Christ? To what extent does church attendance help us in measuring actual faith?

Don’t Guilt Trip the Gospel

Jared Wilson:

I was visiting a local church in our town outside of Nashville, TN once on their first day in a new building. It was also the someteenth anniversary of their launch. The place was packed and the expectations were high. At the close of the message, a fellow took to the keyboard to play a invitational hymn and the preacher began to entreat anybody who felt moved by the message to come forward. I hadn’t experienced a public invitation in many years and it took me right back to the church services of my childhood. So I was not surprised when, after reaching the end of the hymn and seeing nobody approach the altar, the keyboardist was instructed to keep playing. The hard sell began. Still nobody budged.

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  • http://1minutedailyword.com/ Steve Martin

    Great choice, Aaron on ‘Don’t Guilt Trip the Gospel’.

    Jared Wilson nails that one.