The woman moved easily from polite conversation to a hard-hitting question: “Can you tell me how you worship?” I answered her with an explanation of the gospel. She weighed my words in silence until I mentioned Jesus as God. Her rebuttal was swift and pointed. She dismissed the deity of Christ and the doctrine of the Trinity as deceptive falsehoods. I gave this fellow mom the respect of my ear, while I looked for opportunities to turn the conversation toward the problem of sin, God’s righteous judgement, and our need of a sinless Savior.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
This looks like it could be kind of cool, I guess.
TGC just relaunched their site, and man it is pretty.
I have a confession to make. As I grew up in the church, I was way too hard on the false prophets in the Old Testament. I was quick to dismiss them as stupid. I wondered how anyone could have the audacity to use their ministry and gifts to build their own platform and deceive people in the name of God. In my speedy dismissal of these godless men, I missed the compelling nature of the ministries they led. We ignore the allure of the false prophet at our own peril. If we dismiss the trappings of their office that led them down the path of destruction, we are doomed to trip over the same temptations that ensnared them. Jeremiah 23 offers us a convicting warning of the destruction that follows the pursuit of worldly “success” at the expense of faithfulness to our Savior. Let us heed these 3 temptations and avoid them in our own ministries at all costs.
It has become all too common for men and women to attack the church for all of the ways in which they believe that the church has failed. Almost every day professing believers rant online about the failures of “the evangelical church,” “the Reformed church,” “the Western church,” etc. While recognizing that all of these categories are somewhat artificially manufactured, they are, nevertheless, all subject to a good measure of just criticism. What has recently struck me, however, as something deeply problematic is the way in which those who are most vocal in their criticisms are silent with regard to commendations of these subsets of the universal church. The visible church–in whatever shapes or forms it may take–is the bride of Christ. We must resist the urge to speak critically of her without giving her the requisite love and care that Jesus wants us to give those for whom he has shed his precious blood.
Mark Dance says, “No offense pastors, but nobody cares how much you love to preach.”
A favorite from the archives:
Our faith in Jesus, and in his death and resurrection is the foundation for everything we do. Our trust that he really did come to live a perfect life, to die in our place for our sins and rise again on the third day to give us eternal life and right standing before God changes us completely. It turns our hearts away from trying to earn what we cannot because he has earned it for us. And because we are freed from the burden of trying to earn what we cannot, we are free to obey not out of fear, but out of love. For, as Jesus himself said, if we love him, we will keep his commandments (John 14:15).