From Mark Driscoll’s sermon, The Beatitudes, part one:
From the website:
COLLISION carves a new path in documentary film-making as it pits leading atheist, political journalist and bestselling author Christopher Hitchens against fellow author, satirist and evangelical theologian Douglas Wilson, as they go on the road to exchange blows over the question: “Is Christianity Good for the World?”. The two contrarians laugh, confide and argue, in public and in private, as they journey through three cities. And the film captures it all. The result is a magnetic conflict, a character-driven narrative that sparkles cinematically with a perfect match of arresting personalities and intellectual rivalry. COLLISION is directed by prolific independent filmmaker Darren Doane (Van Morrison: To Be Born Again, The Battle For L.A., Godmoney).
COLLISIONwill be released on October 27, 2009. It will be available on DVD and will premiere at theaters in New York and Los Angeles. The DVD is available now for pre-order on Amazon.com.
Over at Reformation 21, Andy Naselli addresses the question of free will:
Non-Christians and Christians alike often give the same answer to difficult questions like these: Why did God allow sin in the first place? Why does God save some people and not others? Why does God send people to hell? Why can living like a Christian be so frustrating? The immediate solution often suggested is simple: “free will.” To many people, it’s a satisfying answer: “Oh, that makes sense. Yeah, God does x because he has to preserve my free will. Yeah, OK. Next question.” I’d like to suggest that we re-think this important issue.
This is an article that requires a few minutes, so don’t skim when you read it.
Also at Reformation 21, Chris Brauns unpacks forgiveness:
I’ve been thinking recently about something television star Kelsey Grammer said. It’s not because I saw a rerun of Cheers. Unfortunately, the context is tragic. Grammer has me thinking about well intentioned people who end up “packing unforgiveness.” Where deep wounds are concerned, there are those who try and do what they believe faith requires. Yet, they end up hurting all the more.
In cased you missed it
Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:
God and the Weather: Intrepreting Providence Addressing God’s sovereign control over nature in light of the recent tornado in Minneapolis—how do we interpret providence?
Everyday Theology: Just Listen to Your Heart Should we really listen to our hearts when all they do is lead us into sin?
Cultivating Thankfulness How God’s sovereign rule leads us to be thankful in all circumstances
Trusting God Reviewing Jerry Bridges’ book responding to the question, “Can I trust God?”
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit (Psalm 32:1-2).
This psalm opens with this bold statement: We are blessed when the Lord forgives our sins and transgressions. This weekend, Christians have celebrated the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus—by which all our sins are covered and our transgressions are forgiven. Because “He who knew no sin became sin,” we can now, in Him, “become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor 5:21).
Those who have trust in Christ for the forgiveness of sin, who have been born again by the power of the Holy Spirit, have been given the greatest blessing of all.
But sometimes I wonder—do I really see repentance as the blessing that it truly is? [Read more…] about Blogging the Psalms: Psalm 32