The Weekly Fill (04/02/16)

The weekly fill

Worth Reading 

On My Shelf: Life and Books with Megan Hill

On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lives as readers.”

The Non-Partisan Politics of Jesus

“Sometimes a sermon can be polarizing. Once I was preaching to a crowd of New Yorkers about how Christians should respond to the problem of poverty. I’ll never forget two emails I received the following week, both in reference to the same sermon.”

10 Quotes by David Platt

“Here are ten quotes by Platt that are especially thought-provoking.”

Are Conservative Christians ‘Religious Extremists’?

“New data show that most Americans consider the beliefs and practices of traditionalist Christians to be ‘extreme’—but is that warranted?”

Do Not Weep For Jesus

“There were a lot of shocking things said and done on Good Friday.”

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Reality of the Bible

“The Church does not have mere permission to celebrate the Resurrection, it has a mandate to proclaim the truth that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.”

What Do Expiation and Propitiation Mean?

“When we talk about the vicarious aspect of the atonement, two rather technical words come up again and again: expiation and propitiation. These words spark all kinds of arguments about which one should be used to translate a particular Greek word, and some versions of the Bible will use one of these words and some will use the other one.”

Paul Dismantles the Prosperity Gospel in 3 Verses

“Many of us have had times in our life where everything seems to go wrong at the same time.”

Three Biblical Practices for Prayer

“According to the Pew Research Center, 55 percent of Americans say that they pray every day. However, their prayers may not be the kind of prayers that Jesus taught the disciples to pray.”

Gay Marriage Isn’t About Justice, It’s About Selma Envy

“My generation willfully ignores the real debate about gay rights and religious freedom because we want halos without sacrifice.”

Stop Trying to Make the Gospel Cool

“Many people today are repackaging the gospel into an acceptable product for the culture around us.  This often happens through slick ministries led by slick ministers who are dedicated to their methods of helping the gospel overcome the perceived sin of old age.  The very word “gospel” has become a marketing phrase rather than a descriptive word meaning good news to fallen sinners.”


The Image of God

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The Holiness of God part 4

Author’s note: This is the fourth, and last, post in a short series of posts dealing with The Holiness of God. You can read the first post herethe second post here, and the third post here.

Holiness of GodNow that we have looked at the holiness of God as it is represented in Scripture, we turn our attention to what this means for a Christian—a follower of Jesus Christ. A Christian has, by definition, asked God for the forgiveness of their sins, and they have made a decision to follow Jesus Christ and His commandments as they are found in the Bible. Martin Loyd-Jones writes:

You will never have a knowledge of sin unless you have a true conception of the holiness of God. And that is perhaps why the modern conception of sin is so inadequate. We do not spend sufficient time with the doctrine of God, and with the holiness of God. That is the way to see sin—not primarily by self-examination but by going into the presence of God.[1]

Jones goes on to write that the way to appreciate your own sinfulness is not to look at your actions, nor your life, but to come into the presence of God.[2] In Isaiah 6:5, Isaiah acknowledges his sin as he comes into the presence of a holy God. Therefore, a Christian comes to the realization that they are sinful and in need of forgiveness. What does this have to do with the holiness of God?

We have established that God is holy and that we come face to face with our sinful behavior when we come into His presence. When we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we become adopted children of God (Rom 8:15). What follows is ignored by many. God calls His children to holiness (Lev 11:44), and Jesus, in Matthew 5:48, tells His disciples to be perfect “as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  In Hebrews 12:14, Christians are told to pursue holiness “without which no one will see the Lord.” God’s perfection is our standard for our moral character, and, as a result of His flawlessness, the same is expected of those things or persons set apart for Him.[3]

God’s holiness is to be seen in His people, because He is holy. Becoming holy involves striving after God. 2 Corinthians 7:1 says, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

In the Old Testament, God calls His people to Holiness when He delivers them out of Egypt.  God says, “You shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” (Ex 19:4-6). In the new covenant redeemed believers are called to holiness (Mat 5:48; 1 Pet 1:15), and are told that without holiness we will not see the kingdom of God (He 12:14).  We can rest in the knowledge that God shares His holiness with His redeemed (He 12:10).

The desire to strive for holiness originates with God. This means that with the power of the Holy Spirit, a Christian can strive for holiness. Frederic Howe writes that the energizing power for holiness is from God, and this power is the source for both the motivation (“to will”) and the action (“to do”) for leading a godly life.[4]

According to John Webster, “The ‘You shall be holy,’ which corresponds to ‘I am holy,’ is not simply the indication of a state; it is a life-giving imperative that bids the creature to inhabit and act out the role to which the creature has been appointed by the Father’s purpose.”[5]

We find this theme of living a holy life as a believer in 1 Peter. The Apostle Peter exhorts believers, “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance” (1 Pet 1:14). Rowe writes, “The words “obedient children” translate τέκνα υπακοής, literally “children of obedience.”[6] For us, this means that the God who called believers is Himself holy; so they are to live as His obedient children.

We have come to the conclusion of this study where all of this information needs to be tied together. It is simple, yet many find it hard to do. God is holy as per Scripture. To be holy means to be set apart. We claim to be followers of Jesus Christ (who is God). God calls us to be holy (set apart from the world). He calls us not to be completely removed from the world but instead to live as different from the world in such a way that all can see the difference in our walk, dress, and speech. God gives us the Holy Spirit to help us live a holy life.

When you look at mainstream Christianity you see couples cohabitating, “Christians” who drink and party, “Christians” who divorce their spouses, “Christians” who watch porn, “Christians” who have profane and corrupt speech. It should be out of character for a “Christian” to behave in these ways, yet they do and they are told that it is ok because they are still sinners and God will forgive them.

When a Christian has been saved they are still a sinner, and this is not refuted by this study in any way. However, after a person claims to be a Christian and they still live like they are of the world and there is very little change in the way that they live, then there definitely is a problem in that person’s heart that is between them and God.

Pastors look at you straight in the face and say that as long as you have said the sinner’s prayer you are saved, regardless of your lifestyle. Now, let us be clear about something, your works will not save you. The Bible is clear on that, but your works do define you and expose what is in your heart. Are we leading our congregations to hell because there is no longer a desire to lead them into holiness?

God has called us to be holy, but if we do not strive to be holy, it will never happen. It is not automatic, but God does give us the power to strive for it. When we are saved, we are regenerated. Regeneration is when we are given the Holy Spirit and can tap into His power to strive for holiness. That is called sanctification, and as we walk in this world as Christians, we grow in holiness and we are continuously sanctified until one day when we will be in heaven and we have reached our perfect state.

Your works do not save you, but you can strive for holiness and lead a life that is glorifying to God with the Holy Spirit’s help. This underlying theme is throughout the whole Bible and supports the thesis of this study. God presents Himself as our standard for holiness, and we can live a life of moral character that glorifies His name, because He not only calls but He empowers.

[1] David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, God the Father, God the Son (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 1996), 71.

[2] Ibid., 72.

[3] Millard J. Erickson, Christian Theology, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2007), 311.

[4] Frederic R. Howe, “The Christian Life In Peter’s Theology,” Bibliotheca Sacra 157 (July-September 200), 308.

[5] John Webster, “The Holiness And Love Of God,” Scottish Journal Of Theology LTD 57 (2004), 262.

[6] Frederic R. Howe, “The Christian Life In Peter’s Theology,” Bibliotheca Sacra 157 (July-September 200), 306.


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The Holiness of God part 3

Author’s note: This is the third post in a short series of posts dealing with The Holiness of God. You can read the first post here and the second post here.

Holiness of GodIn the Bible, the picture of God’s holiness is twofold—transcendent and moral separateness. First, we will discuss God’s transcendence before we discuss His moral separateness.

God is transcendent from His creation.  This means that God, being transcendent, is exalted above all of His creation, which positions Him as Creator and Sovereign Lord of the Universe.[1] The Biblical basis for divine transcendence can be found in many different passages, but particularly it can be found in the book of Isaiah. God, in Isaiah 55:8-9, tells us that His thoughts and ways are above our thoughts and ways, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.’” In 6:1-5 the Lord is “seated on a throne, high and lifted up.” The Seraphim cry out, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty, “ also giving us a picture of God’s transcendence.

There will always be a sense of awe and wonder when we have grasped the fact of divine transcendence. God’s transcendence is a cause for our reverence for Him, and it should affect the way that we worship Him.

God’s moral separateness is the second part of His holiness and where we turn our attention next. This part of God’s holiness holds the implications to how a Christian relates to the world, and is the focus of this study. As per the thesis of this paper, it is God’s moral separateness that is the standard for our lives. A.W. Tozer, in his book The Knowledge Of The Holy, writes, “Holy is the way God is. To be holy He does not conform to a standard. He is that standard. He is absolutely holy with an infinite, incomprehensible fullness of purity that is incapable of being other than it is. Because He is holy, all His attributes are holy; that is, whatever we think of as belonging to God must be thought of as holy.”[2]

David Horton, in The Portable Seminary, gives us the foundation that we will build upon, “God is holy (Lev 11:44), He is morally spotless; He is upright, pure, untouched by evil desires, motives, thoughts, words, or acts.  God is free from all evil and loves truth and goodness.  He is our source and standard for what is right.”[3] He goes on to write, “God is holy in essence; it is His nature to be holy.  So when Plato asks the question: ‘Is the good good because God wills it?  Or does God will it because it is good?’  God wills what is in His nature and He wills good because He is good and holy and because of His holiness He hates sin and all evil.”[4]

Wayne Grudem, in his book Bible Doctrine, writes, “God’s holiness means that he is separated from sin and devoted to seeking his own honor.”[5] This quote contains two qualities: a relational quality and a moral quality.  The relational quality is that God is separated from sin relationally in that He does not sin and can in no way be related to sin.  The moral quality is that God is morally separated from sin in that He is completely devoted to the good for His honor and glory.[6]

John Feinberg writes in his book No One Like Him: The Doctrine Of God that God shows His nature by following the rules that He has set even though He does not have to.[7] He is being consistent with His nature. Feinberg, when writing on God’s moral separateness, says, “Because of His holiness, God cannot sin—He hates sin—Scripture shows that God must punish sin; a morally perfect God cannot ignore sin and let it go unpunished.”[8] Habakkuk 1:13 says, “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity.” James 1:13 says that God is so pure that He cannot be tempted to sin.

There are many more Scriptures that speak of God’s moral separateness. Joshua 24:19 says that God is a holy God, a jealous God, and He will not forgive the transgressions and sins of His people. In Isaiah 5:16 it says, “But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.” Psalm 145:17, “The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.”

In tomorrow’s post we will look at what all of this means to the Christian and I will give a conclusion to the study.

[1] David Horton, ed., The Portable Seminary. (Minneapolis, Minn.: Bethany House Publishers, 2006), 92.

[2] Aiden W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy (New York: Harper & Row Publishers Inc., 1961), 113.

[3] Ibid.,108.

[4] Ibid., 108.

[5] Wayne Grudem, Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith, ed. Jeff Purswell (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 1999), 92.

[6] Ibid., 92.

[7] John S. Feinberg, No One Like Him: the Doctrine of God, [Rev. ed. (Wheaton. Ill.: Crossway Books, 2006), 342.

[8] Ibid., 344.

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The Holiness of God part 2

Author’s note: This is the second post in a short series of posts dealing with The Holiness of God. You can read the first post here.

Holiness of GodProper word study is the key to understanding the original meaning of a word the author intended, as well as the original understanding of that word by the recipient. Before we begin our discussion on the holiness of God and the implications that has on His children, we must first determine the proper understanding of the original Hebrew and Greek words used to describe God as being holy.

The original word used for holy in Hebrew is qadosh; it translates as holy, Holy One, sacred, saint, and set apart.[1] In the Old Testament, there are many terms used for holiness in the original Hebrew language. The verb qadas translates to be hallowed, holy, sanctified, consecrate, prepare, and to dedicate.[2] The verb qadas in the Qal implies the state of things that belong to the sacred.[3] In the Piel and Hiphil the verb qadas implies the act of consecration where the distinction is made between sacred and that which is profane.[4]

In addition, from the verb qadas, the Hebrew language gives us the noun qodes which carries with it the notion of apartness, holiness, and sacredness.[5] Lastly, we have the adjective qados, which gives us the description of one who is holy and the words used to describe that being, such as holy, Holy One, and saint.[6]

In the New Testament, the original Greek word is hagiazo, which translates as sanctify, hallow, and be holy.[7] It implies the idea of being separated, purified (externally, internally, and free from the guilt of sin), and dedicated to the service of God. The adjective used in the original Greek for holiness is hagios, which translates as holy, saints, and Holy One.[8] Now that we have determined that the original Hebrew and Greek words used in the Scriptures translate to indicate holiness, we turn our attention to the Bible and how it depicts God as holy.

In the Old Testament God is shown to be a holy God (Josh. 24:19). The Bible says holy is he! (Ps. 99:3; Ps. 99:5); you are holy (Ps. 22:3); the Lord our God is holy (Ps. 99:9); holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts (Isa. 6:3); holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty (Rev. 4:8). The Bible calls God the holy One (Isa. 40:25; 1 John 2:20; Rev. 16:5); the holy One of Israel (2 Kgs. 19:22; Isa. 1:4; Isa. 5:24; Isa. 10:17; Isa. 10:20; Isa. 12:6; Isa. 30:11; Isa. 30:12; Isa. 30:15; Isa. 31:1; Isa. 37:23; Isa. 41:20; Isa. 43:3; Isa. 43:14; Isa. 45:11; Isa. 49:7; Isa. 55:5; Isa. 60:9; Isa. 60:14). The Bible tells the children of Israel that their redeemer is the holy One of Israel (Isa. 41:14; Isa. 47:4; Isa. 54:5); the holy God shows himself holy in righteousness (Isa. 5:16). God says of Himself I am the Lord, your holy One (Isa. 43:15); I am God and not man, the holy One in your midst (Hos. 11:9). Habakkuk explains that God comes from Teman, the holy One from Mount Paran (Hab. 3:3) and then he extols O Lord my God, my holy One (Hab. 1:12).

In the New Testament Jesus is called the holy One of God (Luke 4:34); holy Father (John 17:11); he who is holy and true (Rev. 3:7); O Lord, holy and true (Rev. 6:10); such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled (Heb. 7:26); as he who called you is holy (1 Pet. 1:15). Jesus is unique there is no one holy like the Lord (1 Sam. 2:2); you alone are holy (Rev. 15:4); who is like you, majestic in holiness? (Exod. 15:11). Even His name is holy (Isa. 57:15; Luke 1:49); holy and awesome is his name (Ps. 111:9). The disciples came to believe and to know that Jesus is the holy One of God (John 6:69).

In the Scriptures, God is shown to be perfect in every way. In Deuteronomy 32:4 we are told, “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.” In 1 Samuel 2:2 God’s holiness is unique, and in Ezekiel 36:21-23 God’s name is holy. God’s dwelling place is holy, as is the case in Isaiah 57:15. David’s palace was considered holy because of the presence of the ark of the Lord (2 Ch 8:11). The Most Holy place, in the tabernacle, was off limits to all except the high priest and he entered only once a year (Ex 26:33; 1 Kings 6:16).

Everything associated with God is holy as a result of God being holy.  The Sabbath is the “holy Sabbath” (Ex 16:23); the heaven above is God’s “holy heaven” (Ps 20:6); God sits on His “holy throne” (Ps 47:8). We have explored how the Bible depicts God as holy, in tomorrow’s post we will look at two different aspects of this holiness.

[1] Strong, James. Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2001.

[2] Mccomiskey, Thomas E. “1990 קָדַשׁ”. In Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament. electronic ed. Chicago: Moody Press, 1999.

[3] John S. Feinberg, No One Like Him: The Doctrine Of God (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Books, 2001), 339.

[4] Ibid., p.340

[5] Ibid., 1999.

[6] Ibid., 1999.

[7] Ibid.

[8] Ibid.


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The Holiness of God part 1

Author’s note: This is the first post in a short series of posts dealing with The Holiness of God.

Holiness of GodIntroduction

We are called to be holy by a holy God, but what does that mean? When Jesus says in Matthew 5:48 to be perfect as our Father who is in heaven is perfect, what does He mean by telling His disciples to be perfect? There is only one who is perfect, and are we not just sinners anyway? There is no way to overcome our sin nature and God will forgive us, correct?

Yes, we are all sinners and will never reach a state of perfection this side of heaven. However, we are called to strive for holiness and we are given the power to continue to carry on that calling. In this post and those that follow it we will make an attempt at understanding God’s holiness, that His holiness is our moral standard, and that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a life of moral character that glorifies God.

God is Holy. In the Bible, this is understood to mean that He is transcendent and that He is separate from all things. God’s nature is holy, His name is holy, His dwelling place is holy, His holiness is revealed in His righteous activity, and His holiness affects the way that we worship Him. God’s holiness makes sin objectionable to Him, and His holiness necessitates dependence upon Him for forgiveness. What will be discussed in these posts is the evidence for the holiness of God from Scripture and what that means for us as God’s adopted children through Christ.

We are purified by the blood of Jesus Christ and made holy. As His adopted children, His holiness is to be seen in us. Becoming holy involves striving after God, but this striving and our holiness originate from God.

It may seem that these things may be advocating a salvation by works theology. Therefore, at the outset in this introduction, it is necessary to explain that this is not the case. The Bible is clear when it says in Ephesians 2:8-9 that salvation comes by faith, and by faith alone.  It is a gift from God so that no one can boast about their own abilities.  So it would be heretical on our part if this very important passage in the Word of God is not considered when the assertion is made that “we can live a life of moral character that glorifies God.”

It is the purpose of this study to return to the proper understanding of what it means to be a Christian by looking at the holiness of God.  Christianity is not just having faith in Jesus Christ—that He died on a cross for our sins and we are now redeemed.  It is much more than that; it is the crucifixion and more.  It is a change in the way that we see the world; it is a changing of the way that we relate to the world.  If the world cannot tell the difference between the world and a child of God, there is something wrong.

The word Christian was first used in the Bible in Acts 11:26 to denote those who were followers of Jesus Christ.  Hence, the title Christian means Christ follower.[1]  There are some who would say that it doesn’t matter if we follow the commands of God because our salvation rests on a personal relationship with Jesus.  They might say that a study like this can lead to legalism which is exactly what Jesus opposed when dealing with the Pharisees.  It is important to understand that Jesus did not have a problem with the Pharisees upholding the law; He had a problem with them telling the people what to do according to the law and then not doing it themselves, and also with their tendency to add their own traditions to the law. In other words, He had a problem with their hypocrisy.

I ask, what is a healthy understanding of who God is in relation to His holiness?  Where do we find the answer to this question?  The answer lies in the Bible to which we shall turn in the posts that follow.

In this short series of posts, we will look at the evidence of God’s transcendence before turning to His moral separateness. We will then briefly point out the implications of what this understanding of the holiness of God means to the Christian, followed by a conclusion. In tomorrow’s post, we will look at the original Hebrew and Greek words used to describe God as holy. Stay tuned!

[1] Wilkins, Michael J. “Christian”. In The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary. New York: Doubleday, 1992.

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The Weekly Fill (03/19/16)

The weekly fill

Worth Reading 

The Spirit in the Old and New Testament

“One of the great questions that has plagued theologians throughout church history is that which concerns the role of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament by way of contrast with His work in the New Testament.”

Preaching Magazine Announces Albert Mohler’s Top 10 Book for Preachers in 2016

“Book lovers rejoice upon the annual announcement of Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr.’s Top Books list in Preaching Magazine. Mohler, whose legendary reading habits are widely known, is a titan book consumer who reads as deeply as he does widely.”

This Video Explains How Stress Breaks Down Your Brain

“Chronic stress from being overworked, sleep deprivation, or relationship drama can have a negative impact on your abilities to learn, concentrate, and remember things.”

Six False Expectations That Diminish Our Happiness

“Most people intuitively know that our expectations profoundly affect our life experiences. Yet even as believers, we simultaneously expect too much and too little.”

Don’t Pray like a Pagan 

“Jesus was saying in Matthew 6:7 that we must not regard prayer as some kind of magical incantation, for that is how pagans pray. They recite certain phrases over and over again, with no understanding of what the words mean.”

Why Did They Hate Jesus?

“It is sometimes said that Jesus was killed on account of his inclusion and tolerance, that the Jews hated him for hanging out with sinners and tax collectors. This is the sort of sentiment which has a bit of truth to it, but only a tiny bit.”

Does Punctuation Really Matter?

“In 2014, I was laboring over the galley stages of my book on sovereignty and free will, called hand in Hand. (The small h in the title is deliberate, as is the capital—our little hand, God’s infinitely big Hand. And while capitalization isn’t exactly punctuation, it can be very significant.)”

Are Millennials Selfish and Entitled?

“The Internet lit up recently with outrage when a twenty-something woman complained about how hard it was to live in San Francisco, because her job didn’t pay her enough. The post, directed toward the woman’s employer, Yelp, caused many to point out that Millennials are, as a generation, lazy, self-obsessed, and entitled.”

A Marathon Mentality for Ministry

“I was always better at sprinting than running long distance–back in the days when I actually ran…back in High School. My wife, by way of contrast, was and is a marathon runner. One of the things that I’ve noticed as I have watched her run over the years is that she knows how to pace herself.”

“I Don’t Feel At Home In the Republican Party Anymore”

“That’s the feeling of a growing number of church-going evangelicals who feel increasingly displaced these days.”


Why is Christianity right?

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The Weekly Fill (03/12/16)

The weekly fill

Worth Reading 

Christians, Voting, and the Lesser of Two Evils

“The apostle Paul taught that the sword of Caesar is given by God to commend good and punish evil (Rom. 13:1-5). The Bible addresses the limits of this role, recounting those who use the sword in unjust ways and are held accountable to judgment (i.e., Revelation 13).”

These Are The Long-Term Effects Of Multitasking

“Georgetown Professor Cal Newport thinks uninterrupted, distraction-free deep work is so important that if you’re unable to do this at your current job, you should start looking for another.”

Everything That is Solid Melts Into Air – The New Secular Worldview

“Christians are the intellectual outlaws under the current secular conditions. To believe the truth claims of Christianity is to defy principalities and powers–and to face an intellectual onslaught.”

The Characteristics of Christian Zeal

“In our continuing series on the Puritan vision for Christian zeal (part 1, part 2), we now take up how they described its characteristics.”

We’re Called to Make Disciples, not Simply Converts

“We should take notice of what Jesus did not say in the Great Commission. He did not say, ‘Go therefore and make converts of as many people as possible.’”

The Psalter: Greatest Hits Or Concept Album?

“Are you a shuffle person or an album person? Do you prefer ‘greatest hits’ or the ‘album experience?’ Do you prefer Beatles’ #1 or Sgt Pepper?”

Andy Stanley and Dunbar Dynamics

“The Sunday before last Andy Stanley accused those who attend smaller churches of selfishness: ‘When I hear adults say ‘well I don’t like a big church. I like about 200, I want to be able to know everybody’ I say you are so stinking selfish. You care nothing about the next generation. All you care about is you and your five friends. You don’t care about your kids, anybody else’s kids.'”

The good news about there being nothing new under the sun

“There are few truths about the human condition more profound than what we read in Ecclesiastes 1:9, ‘What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun.’”

John the Baptist: The True Meaning of Greatness

“Imagine walking several grueling miles through rough, dry terrain to listen to an outcast from society proclaim a countercultural message that assaulted all your religious beliefs and practices. Not many of us would sign up for such a journey, or sit patiently through such a confronting sermon. And yet large crowds from Jerusalem and Jericho did just that, marching into the wilderness en masse to hear John the Baptist.”

Jesus Redeems a Psalm: What a Difference “Christotelicity” Makes!

“In the Bible, perhaps the most concentrated expression of praise for the faithfulness of God can be found in Psalm 89.”


David Grubbs: Reading the Bible as Literature

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