March 17, 2012

The submission issue in marriage is a minefield. Husbands can club their wives with it; wives can choke on the whole concepts; those who are unmarried look on incredulously. In my experience I don’t think there is a more explosive area than the interface between men and women in and out of marriage. Anyway, here Wayne Grudem is very helpful in articulating what biblical submission should look like. All Christian husbands need to hear what he says.

The church is a family. Like a family, it is composed of people with competing agendas. Competing agendas always make for conflict. Here Stephen Altrogge reminds us that church is a messy place. Don’t be surprised at the mess. Realize that you are contributing your share of spills. Be gracious to the other mess makers.

I’m also saying that our churches should be places where messy people feel comfortable. They should be places from which the compelling grace of God radiates forth. Places where the self-righteous and the self-hating can come and be confronted and changed by the wonderful gospel of Christ. If we’re truly preaching the gospel, then people of all sorts will be saved, and they will bring all their baggage with them.

But God …” is only $0.99 for the Kindle. I purchased this book last year but I haven’t read it yet. Here is part of the books description:

James Montgomery Boice wrote, “May I put it quite simply? If you understand those two words—‘but God’—they will save your soul. If you recall them daily and live by them, they will transform your life completely.” Boice was right. To the left of “But God” in Scripture appear some of the worst human atrocities, characterized by disobedience and rebellion. To the left of “But God” is hopelessness, darkness, and death. But to its right, following “But God,” readers of Scripture will find hope, light, and life. Following God’s intervention, the story of Scripture becomes one of grace, righteousness, and justice. In fact, this phrase is used to describe God’s activity in nearly every great salvation story in the Bible. It is the perfect phrase for highlighting God’s grace against the dark backdrop of human sin.


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