They preach only about the redemption of Christ. It is proper to extol Christ in our preaching; but Christ is the Christ and has acquired redemption from sin and death for this very purpose that the Holy Spirit should change our Old Adam into a new man, that we are to be dead unto sin and live unto righteousness, as Paul teaches Rom. 6, 2 ff., and that we are to begin this change and increase in this new life here and consummate it hereafter.
— Read on www.monergism.com/blog/luther-antinomianism
Researchers Find Christians in Iran Approaching 1 Million…… | News & Reporting | Christianity TodayUncategorized
According to GAMAAN, the number of Christians in Iran is “without doubt in the order of magnitude of several hundreds of thousands and growing beyond a million.”
— Read on www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/september/iran-christian-conversions-gamaan-religion-survey.html
Jerry Falwell Jr., Becki Falwell, and Me. . . – Walt MuellerCulture, Uncategorized
Of course, the Falwell’s have been caught in the act of doing some horrible, immoral, and flat-out sinful things. For choosing to walk those paths they are clearly responsible and accountable. But their actions should also have fall-out in our lives too. . . serving us as clear reminders and deterrents. For the reality is that we, like them, are broken human beings. And lest we think that we are above, beyond, or immune to doing the same. . . well. . . that would be a grave error in judgement. The well-worn cliche. . . “there but for the grace of God go I” . . . is more than appropriate here.
Life is short. Follow Jesus.
— Read on cpyu.org/2020/08/25/jerry-falwell-jr-becki-falwell-and-me/
Books to Build your FaithUncategorized
This is a helpful list of books to help build your faith.
The books in this list are ones that, at various times, have shaped and directed my faith. Each of them depicts something of what it means to believe or to struggle with belief. They either tell of a void in belief or of a Big God worth believing in, and…
— Read on barnabaspiper.com/2020/08/books-to-build-your-faith.html
J. I. Packer (1926–2020)The Church
J. I. Packer went to be with the Lord on July 17, 2020. He was 93 years old.
Packer was a lifelong Anglican churchman who spent the first half of his life in England and the second half in Canada but who was perhaps most popular in the United States. He is widely recognized as one of the most influential theological popularizers of the twentieth century.
— Read on www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/j-i-packer-1926-2020/
Blindness and BoredomUncategorized
If you’re blind and can’t see or if you’re spiritually bored and can’t get “un-bored,” what should you do?
The answer is simple: Absolutely nothing. And above all, for God’s sake, don’t do anything religious…because that sometimes makes it worse.
— Read on www.keylife.org/articles/blindness-and-boredom
Right and Wrong Pastoral AmbitionsThe Church
Pastoral calling and ministry training do not inoculate from wrong ambitions. But men who are humbly lashed to God’s Word, with character shaped by the gospel, will pursue right pastoral ambitions.
— Read on churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/378305-right-and-wrong-pastoral-ambitions.html
Anthony Fauci’s Boss on Why Things Could Be Much Better SoonCulture, Uncategorized
Boy, that’s a big one. What is our future? I don’t want to see a future where this science-versus-faith conflict leads to a winner and a loser. If science wins and faith loses, we end up with a purely technological society that has lost its moorings and foundation for morality. I think that could be a very harsh and potentially violent outcome. But I don’t want to see a society either where the argument that science is not to be trusted because it doesn’t agree with somebody’s interpretation of a Bible verse wins out. That forces us back into a circumstance where many of the gifts that God has given us through intellectual curiosity and the tools of science have to be put away.
So I want to see a society that flourishes by bringing these worldviews together by being careful about which worldview is most likely to give you the truth, depending on the question you’re asking.
— Read on nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/07/anthony-faucis-boss-on-why-things-could-be-much-better-soon.html
Pray for MissionariesThe Church
In some ways, praying for missionaries is like buying Christmas presents for your distant relatives in Florida. You don’t know what their day-to-day life looks like. You don’t know what they need, what they want, or what would be most meaningful. As a result, we often opt for prayers to bless the missionaries that are rarely more personal or specific than an Amazon gift card sent via email. But we can do better.
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