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The short answer is no.
The Christian family is under constant assault. Western hemisphere Christians have awakened to this reality in recent years as Western nations embrace everything from homosexual union as marriage, to legally forbidding parents from disciplining their own children, to restricted parental rights regarding health care. As serious as these issues remain, some of the deadliest enemies of the Christian family come from within rather than from without.
It’s the middle of the night, the disciples are miles out to sea. The wind is howling and the waves are battering their little boat. They’re drenched. Rowing with all their might. Getting nowhere. Then they see something. Can barely make it out in the darkness. It looks like the faint outline of a man. Is it a man standing up in a boat? No there’s no boat. Is it someone walking along the shoreline? No, they’re 3-4 miles from shore. What is it? The apparition is coming directly toward them. In terror they cry out “It’s a ghost” (Matthew 14:26).
This is great:
Thinking too little of God sometimes leads you to think too little of yourself.
For years, I thought it was the other way around. I always thought that seeing God as big meant I needed to see myself as small. Or, to put it another way, the bigger my vision of God grows, the more my vision of myself will shrink.
While it’s true that an oversized view of yourself can be a sign that you have an undersized view of God, it’s also true that an undersized view of God can make yourself smaller.
Generally speaking I’m a fan of the superhero genre. I’m old enough to remember sitting enthralled at green body-painted Lou Ferrigno growling as the Hulk. I can remember Super Friends, Adam West and Burt Ward (aka, Batman and Robin), and the original Spiderman (Spiderman, friendly neighborhood, Spiderman) cartoon.
I was never a huge fan of Daredevil in the comics. My money was on Hulk, Fantastic Four and a couple of others. When Netflix released Daredevil last year I gave it a try and was mostly pleased.
Season 2? Not a fan, even though I wanted to be.
At Redeemer Fellowship we are big on expository, experiential, theologically rich, gospel-centered preaching. But for a number of reasons (perhaps I’ll explain why in a future post) we don’t provide outlines. We don’t even try to alliterate our main points. We do make the main idea of every sermon clear, and seek to unpack the passage and its implications in a natural way that helps the listener work through the entire message, rather than focusing on an outline.