Sometimes it is less important to have the right answers than to have the right questions. A man named Saul thought he did not need to ask any questions. He had all the answers. The most important question, according to Saul, was “How can I be good enough for God?” He thought he had that answer down cold.
The only problem was, he was wrong. American humorist Will Rogers could have told Saul, “It’s not what you don’t know that will get you in trouble, but what you know for certain that just ain’t so.” Saul’s problem lay in the question “How can I be good enough?”
The answer, of course, is that he couldn’t. But he didn’t understand the holiness of God. No one who is separated from God understands his holiness. To tell you the truth, not many Christians do either.
Kindle deals for Christian readers
There are a few new Kindle deals worth checking out:
Through the Eyes of C.H. Spurgeon: Quotes From A Reformed Baptist Preacher edited by Stephen McCaskell—99¢
Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton—FREE
No Other Gospel by Josh Moody—$2.99
Westminster Books is offering K. Scott Oliphint’s new book, Covenantal Apologetics, for $8 per copy until July 17. Here’s a bit of info on the book:
Defending the faith can be daunting, and a well-reasoned and biblically grounded apologetic is essential for the challenge. Following in the footsteps of groundbreaking apologist Cornelius Van Til, Scott Oliphint presents us with an introduction to Reformed apologetics as he sets forth the principles behind a distinctly “covenantal” approach. This book clearly explains the theological foundations of covenantal apologetics and illustrates its application in real-world conversations with unbelievers—helping Christians to boldly, knowledgeably, and winsomely proclaim the gospel.
I’m pretty excited to check this one out; I’m pretty sure I’ll be picking up a copy while this sale is on.
There is controversy on whether “popping tags” in the song is about actually buying the clothes from the thrift store, or swapping their tags for lower prices. Let me tell you that should be the least of our worries compared to the rest of the lyrics. “Thrift Shop” is no more about a shopping experience than Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie,” also featured on this album, is about dressing up. But Kidz Bop does some lyric editing and we are supposed to think it is now good music. Let me share with you just a small sample of substitutions.
Whatever you do, don’t let your theological grid castrate the word of God. When you read the Bible, if you find yourself trying to explain away some of the hard texts, somethings off. And it’s not the Bible.
I love my systematic theology just as much as the next guy, but our organization of theology is not Lord over the Word. The Bible is a sword, not a jellyfish. We can’t remove all of the cutting, uncomfortable, and jarring verses, words, and conclusions of the Bible. No one puts the Spirit in a corner.
One thing the “faith preachers” get right is this – if we bless others God will heap blessings on us.
Not because he has to, but because he has graciously promised to. It may not be in the way we expect; we might not always reap cash for cash. But we will definitely reap. The God who promised we won’t lose our reward for giving a cup of cold water to a disciple won’t fail to bless us when we bless others, especially to the poor. Sooner or later, his blessings will overtake us like a tidal wave.