Kindle Deal of the Day: Humanitarian Jesus: Social Justice and the Cross by Ryan Dobson and Christian Buckley. $1.99.
A corrective and a call to action all in one, Humanitarian Jesus shows that evangelism and good works coexist harmoniously when social investment is subservient to and supportive of the church’s primary mission of worship, evangelism, and discipleship.
Woody Allen on Hypochondria – An Inside Look:
But what’s this obsession with personal vulnerability? When I panic over symptoms that require no more than an aspirin or a little calamine lotion, what is it I’m really frightened of? My best guess is dying. I have always had an animal fear of death, a fate I rank second only to having to sit through a rock concert. My wife tries to be consoling about mortality and assures me that death is a natural part of life, and that we all die sooner or later. Oddly this news, whispered into my ear at 3 a.m., causes me to leap screaming from the bed, snap on every light in the house and play my recording of “The Stars and Stripes Forever” at top volume till the sun comes up.
I know how to say the message of salvation in Paul language. But in pure Matthew language it would be something like this: God fulfilled his promises to Israel by rescuing believers from the broken covenant, saving both Jew and Gentile from our sins by being God with us in Jesus, whose death was the blood of the covenant poured out for the forgiveness of sins. And in Matthew language, it would also come with a detailed story that includes what Jesus said and did during his ministry. It also sets the whole topic of salvation in the context of a relationship of disciple to master. I want to make sure I get all of that from Matthew, and not miss it by forcing Matthew to speak Paul-ese. Perhaps the alert reader should keep Paul in the back of his mind when read Matthew, but not in the front of his mind.
Take Every Song Captive – Marvin Olasky on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”:
Atheists don’t exist. Everyone believes in a god of some sort. Atheists even know that God exists. Chapter 1 of Romans tells us that, and so does a piece of lesser evidence: “Hallelujah,” a song written by Canada’s Leonard Cohen, initially released 28 years ago but decade by decade resonating ever more powerfully.
The march, expected to attract tens of thousands more than the record 400,000 two years ago, could rival President Obama’s Inauguration Day crowd, propelled by the growing youth support of efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade, which the president has embraced with open arms. Obama drew 1.8 million in 2009. Just 600,000 are expected January 21st.
Speaking of the March, check out this video with President Obama “rallying” pro-life marchers.