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- Why People Don’t Believe by Paul Chamberlain—99¢
The bomb blast in Brussels killed more than 30 people and reverberated around the world as Christians were in the midst of Holy Week leading up to the triumph of Easter Sunday.
Followers of Christ will be celebrating Jesus’ rising from the tomb as dozens of families in Belgium will be laying loved ones in the grave. The juxtaposition is jarring.
We often see a similar burst of violence and death around Christmas.
Fleshly achievement seems to be a permissible sin in ministry. We might even say a reputable sin. This is because no one knows, sometimes not even the sinner, that it is of the flesh. There are subtle ways that we confuse altruistic motivations to build the Kingdom of God with our own inner, self-medicating needs for achievement. At heart, the motivations behind this addiction are comparable to that of greed, lust, and envy.
God’s ingenious command of the Sabbath, along with all its implications, stands as the primary bulwark against incessant preoccupations with productivity and outcomes.
One of the reasons Christians have a hard time understanding the Old Testament is that they read the stories as if God had a different standard for them than he does for us. We think that New Testament people were saved by grace, but Old Testament people were saved by doing good works. And we’re thankful, of course, that we get the NT option. But we aren’t sure what to do with the heroes of the OT.
Something strange happens when the word is preached.
I confess I’ve not always believed this. “Yes, I could go to church” I once thought. “But I could also listen to myriads of sermon podcasts, read the latest Christian best-seller, or spend some time hearing ‘Jesus calling’”. Why would I need to take the trouble to fix an early breakfast, groom my children, rile them into my car on a chilly Spring morning, and go to a building where I might spend 10 minutes minimum with people I don’t know, like, or have any organic connection to outside its walls?
The fact of the matter is that many have rightly recoiled at some of the defective ways pastors have preached the cross–especially its penal and substitutionary dimensions–in the past. When we make mistakes in this area, it’s easy to give people a distorted and destructive view of both God and the gospel. This is tragic. Both because we deprive people of the beauty of the cross, but also because, as C.S. Lewis points out, the more powerful and good something is, the more destructive it can be if it goes wrong. Much as a doctor cannot be careless in wielding a life-saving scalpel, so preachers cannot treat the preaching of the cross lightly or carelessly lest we bring death instead of life.While there are a number of ways preaching the cross can go wrong, here are three key mistakes to avoid in your preaching of the cross this Good Friday.
Mark Dever rightly describes Expositional Preaching as “preaching that takes for the point of a sermon the point of a particular passage of Scripture.” However, I have heard many sermons that intend to be expositional, yet fall somewhat short. Below are seven pitfalls that one might try to avoid. Each of these pitfalls either doesn’t correctly make the message of the passage the message of the sermon, or doesn’t make it a message to that congregation at all.