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I appreciated reading this interview with Wayne Grudem.
Matthew Lee Anderson:
Trump is a not simply a charlatan, a huckster, a con-man, though he is all of that. He is alsoshameless. The more outlandish he is, the more he is rewarded with the only currency he cares about: attention. He has none of the checks or balances that make the rest of us mortals weak and irrelevant. He is T.S. Eliot’s ‘Hollow Man’ come to life: He blows wherever the loves of money, fame, and his indulgent fantasies of being a ‘winner’ will take him. As Joe Carter said recently, his penchants for insults betrays an incredibly insecure mentality, the sort that breeds a harsh authoritarianism at the first whiff of power. Nothing else will matter except maintaining the delusion that Trump is a Winner, Baby: the common good be damned.
Because it’s not. For anyone:
Missed in all the celebration of the new grants is that the government is sticking to an existing requirement for students (or their families) to contribute $3,000 annually to access the grants. The government is, in this case, doing a better job of explaining the program than some headlines: backgrounders online show that while the grants are indeed increasing, the $3,000 contribution stays in every scenario the government uses to illustrate the increased effectiveness of the grant.
Ivan Mesa interviews Don Carson on why inerrancy remains an essential doctrine.
For years, secular progressives have said that evangelical social action in America is not about religious conviction but all about power. They have implied that the goal of the Religious Right is to cynically use the “moral” to get to the “majority,” not the other way around.
This year, a group of high-profile old-guard evangelicals has proven these critics right. But thank God, that’s not the whole story.
Organizations and churches drift away from their identity and mission. Without constant care and godly leadership, drift pulls a church from her core message and mission. A church doesn’t drift into greater health or better focus.
We drift as individuals in the same manner. We don’t drift into physical fitness or spiritual growth. We drift away from those things, not toward them. D.A. Carson wrote, “People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord.”
In terms of strategy and mission, there are two common and related drifts that plague churches.
In other words, what Jesus did compels us to ask what would Jesus do, and then to follow Him. As parents, as employees, as employees, as citizens with a voting ballot in our hands, as friends – we must be asking this question, for it’s God’s will for all of us, regardless of what station of life we find ourselves in, to be conformed to the image of Jesus.
We should never minimize the value or vitality of growing in Christ. It is indeed important, essential, and commanded. Yet we should often clarify, for ourselves and for others, who it is that makes it happen, how we go about pursuing it, and what is the greater goal, beyond growth, to which we look.