Destinations

August 29, 2012

John Piper has a new devotional for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, etc.).

Some of you have probably heard me respond to the “It’s not about religion; it is about a relationship” line. There is a place in Christianity for religion (Ja 1:26-27). And, stressing relationship to the exclusion of religion might be sending the wrong message. Here Mark Altrogge weighs in.  Here’s a snippet:

If taken the wrong way people might think they don’t need to believe specific truths or be a committed member of a church. That they need not gather with others to hear the word preached or learn sound doctrine or serve others or speak the truth in love, confront sin or repent. It’s just me and Jesus; I don’t need all that religion stuff.

We’ve all heard about gateway drugs. But, how about gateway porn? Here is a post that discusses the issue. It is right on.

Here is a post entitled “D. A. Carson on Angry Christians and the Devil’s Tactics.” I almost always appreciate what D.A. Carson writes and in this piece he is very helpful. Here’s a taste:

Now the reason it does is because there is so much in this society that feels—with a certain amount of justification—that all those nasties on the Left are taking away our heritage! They’re perverting our schools! They’re overthrowing principles of jurisprudence! They’re making the city unsafe! And so there’s anger—there’s anger seething through the whole land.

Now contrast that with the first Christians taking the gospel in the Roman Empire. They were nobodies. They didn’t have anybody taking away their heritage. They were out to take over the heritage. They looked around and saw an extremely pluralistic empire, and they said with Caleb, in effect, “Give us this mountain.” And they kept witnessing and kept getting martyred, and so on, and there was a revolution, finally—a spiritual revolution.

“No Other gods: Confronting Our Modern Day Idols” is free today for Kindle and Nook. I don’t know anything about the book but here is part of the description:

No Other gods offers a revealing look at the heart of a woman. Author Kelly Minter explores what happens when good desires become false gods, robbing us of an intimate relationship with our heavenly father.

 

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