There’s only one deal I want to bring to your attention today, which is The Vine Project, the long-awaited follow-up to The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne. It is a book I am looking forward to reading.
Yes, there are some who make ghoulish jokes that signal an active support of abortion itself. Most pro-choice individuals I know, however, see abortion as a necessary right, but a lamentable situation.
Women should have the ability to make that choice, they argue, but it should not be done lightly. It is those individuals I want to make my appeal.
By now, I’ve gotten used to these comments—even though I still want to slap people who talk about my little girls getting married. You can almost see people having a flashback to a similar experience with their kids. “Before you know it” has arrived for them, and the memories are clearly precious.
Throughout Scripture, God’s people are told to remember. This may seem odd if you look closely at when God says it. For instance, all throughout the book of Deuteronomy—Moses’ farewell sermon to Israel—God tells his people to remember what just happened. If you had been in slavery for 400 years, were miraculously rescued by walking through the dry floor of an ocean, and had seen bread fall out of heaven and water flowing out of rocks, do you think you’d forget it?
This is what I think we often mean when we say we should give grace: that we give free passes. Oftentimes we’re not even talking about spiritual matters. We’re equating letting someone see our messy house with them “giving us grace”. But when it is actually applied to spiritual matters, I think we tend to lean toward the belief that “giving grace” means never pressing, never holding a line of truth or calling someone away from the cliff of self-destruction. We have a difficult time reconciling grace and truth, even though these are the exact adjectives used to describe our Christ in John 1:14.
Until the resurgence of interest in therapeutic oils, most in our day have been far removed from understanding the important role that oils played throughout human history. Oils played a important role in health care as many had potent medicinal value. While much may be appreciated about the medicinal value of therapeutic oils, the theological and symbolic importance of oil is one that ought to be studied and valued by all believers. The Bible is replete with references to oil–the symbolism of which is developed in a biblical-theological manner, from the Tabernacle to the establishment of the Kingdom and from the establishment of the Kingdom to the coming of Christ and from the coming of Christ to the building of His Church.
Luke T. Harrington:
In other words: if you’re wondering how we got to a point where the Republican Party is about to nominate Donald Trump for president, know that we’re here in part because they know they can count on the masses of single-issue voters to fill in the bubble for whoever has put “pro-life” on their list of positions. As long as you are a single-issue voter, you’re essentially a lapdog for corporate interests.
I really appreciated this quote from Jack Hayford.