Every Christian believes that there is an acceptable and an unacceptable way of worshipping God. Every Christian has a regulative principle, a rule (or rules) which regulates the content and conduct of worship. Even the most extreme worship leader has some limit on what he or she deems acceptable in the worship of God.
Dustin Kensrue’s upcoming album from Mars Hill Music, The Water and the Blood, releases next week (ish). Over at Relevant Magazine, Kensrue premiered a new song from the album, “Suffering Servant.” Check it out. It’s really good.
Kindle deals for Christian readers
Desiring God’s 2013 National Conference is coming up this weekend, so naturally there are a lot of C.S. Lewis and John Piper-related titles on sale for the Kindle:
- Jack: A Life of C. S. Lewis by George Sayer—$2.99
- A Family Guide to Narnia by Christin Ditchfield—$2.99
- Finish the Mission by John Piper—$2.99
- Thinking. Loving. Doing. by John Piper—$2.99
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No doubt many condemned men throughout history have found repentance and faith when certain death looms nigh. What makes this story remarkable is that this man, along with many others hanged that day, was among the most hated men in human history, guilty of atrocities so horrific only words forged in hell could adequately describe them. These were Hitler’s men. His closest confidants. His very own pack of wolves.
When a Christian dies, other believers find themselves pulled by two competing emotions both clamoring for obedience in the heart. First, the ones left behind have the desire to grieve their loss. The father who is not there, the mother who is gone, or the child who precedes her parents in death—when someone dies there are those left who will be missing their loved one, and grief is an urgent and inevitable reality. This is why Romans 12:15 commands us to mourn with those who mourn.
But Romans 12:15 also commands us to rejoice with those who rejoice, and here the Christian finds his heart pulled in the other direction. We desire to celebrate that a person we love has run their race, finished the course, and now resides in glory. We want to be glad because we know they are exceedingly better. Thus our hearts are simultaneously pulled to joy as to grief.