Monthly Archives: October 2012
We are one in Christ Jesus. Our gatherings should boldly proclaim, “All of us are Christians here!”
Kindle Deal of the Day: Union with Christ by Michael Horton. $0.99.
A full theological investigation into the biblical concept of union with Christ. Horton covers the nature of this union, exegetical development of the concept, and both historical visions and contrasting paradigms of it. He also draws connections between a Christian’s ongoing union with his or her Savior and grace, ontology, essence and energies, and covenant—an altogether masterful sketch of a beautiful and mysterious spiritual reality.
The do’s are optional. You may have more pressing gospel-centered business to deal with, and paleo evangelicals won’t mind if their pastor or Sunday School teacher doesn’t talk about the election at all. The don’ts are non-negotiable.
I found this blog interesting. The designer created a “brand” for previous presidents of the U.S.
When a believer prays for the soul of a lost person and he is subsequently saved, skeptics may attribute it to nothing more than mere coincidence. When churches pray for the salvation of unbelievers by name and effective evangelistic growth results, cynics might consider it pragmatism. However, perhaps the most appropriate label to designate believers who pray for the salvation of the lost would be “biblical.”
From his vantage point in the U.K., Adrian Warnock makes some observations on the U.S. election:
I look at your media, your political adverts, your adversarial debates, and I wonder, how long before your nation tears itself apart? Can either …
It’s been interesting to watch how the blogosphere has evolved. Here are a few things that have changed since 2006.
Kindle Deal of the Day: Deliver Us From Me-Ville by David Zimmerman. $2.51.
Welcome to Me-Ville, where you’re surrounded by a culture that celebrates and elevates the individual. The You Utopia where your home, place of work, and even your place of worshp, is customized to your discerning tastes. A super-exclusive club where Self and Pride party, and Sacrifice and Humility can’t get past the velvet ropes. A place where it’s all about you.
But is life supposed to be this way? Author David Zimmerman takes us on a hilarious and honest trip through Me-Ville, while sharing the escape routes that lead out. David traces our self-loving lineage and examines prideful people in Scripture who were changed through God’s power. Throughout, you’ll encounter the powerful, progressive redemption from self that only Christ can offer.
I find the technological advances in our world to be filled with both virtue and vice. Like any tool, it can be used to help or become a distraction to harm. My laptop, iPhone, Kindle, and all of the rest normally serve as a huge help to me. It is no different than the circular saw at my workbench. Given the right circumstance, it is the perfect tool for the job. It cuts a straight line, saves me time, and requires less physical effort. But, if used improperly, it can kill me. Literally. Really, you should see how close I’ve come on several occasions.
The new Authors on …
Instead of language being a barrier to man’s mission of self-glorification, languages are now redeemed in order for the Triune God’s mission of glorifying Himself to move forward!
Kindle Deal of the Day: The Fall of Interpretation,Philosophical Foundations for a Creational Hermeneutic by James K. A. Smith. $4.39.
In this provocative book James K. A. Smith, one of the most engaging Christian scholars of our day, offers an innovative approach to hermeneutics. The second edition of Smith’s well-received debut book provides updated interaction with contemporary hermeneutical discussions and responds to criticisms.
Book Review: Creating a Missional Culture
Creating a missional culture is more than just adding some outward programs to the church structure. Creating a missional culture goes to the heart and identity of God, to who we are and who we are becoming.
Sit down once a month with your calendar and your projects list, and look for things that might be good ideas, but need to be pruned in order to give you more capacity to do your crucial work. This doesn’t mean that you’re saying no to them forever, it just means that you’re recognizing that you don’t have the bandwidth to do everything all the time. It’s not failure, it’s the first step toward success.
Measles, mumps, pneumonia, influenza and other maladies often put entire regiments out of action. In August 1861, 645 out of 920 men in the 7th Louisiana suffered an illness serious enough for them to be listed on the regiment’s hospital ledger. The Civil War may have been a fight of brother against brother, but it was equally a …
A prayer for Christ-like character.
Chrysostom on all that God gained through humility.
An informative video that explains how we would proceed if the presidential race ended in an electoral college tie.
Links for your weekend reading:
3. Matt Boswell’s Messenger Hymns album has been released. Love these new songs!
7. Pray for the Gilles family: “On the Life and Death of Our Son Parker David Gilles”