Destinations

October 24, 2012

There is lots of good stuff out on the Web this morning. These are all worth your time.

Sometimes we can be uncomfortable with the ordinances. Scripture seems to say too much. How is it that we are saved by baptism (1Peter 3:21)? How do we reconcile this idea with the truth that we are saved by grace through faith? Often in our thinking, water baptism is eclipsed by faith and ends up being excised from the text (this happens in Romans 6, for example) or ignored completely. Fred Zaspel helps us balance the truth that we can be saved by faith and baptism.

Larry Osborne offers 6 Warning Signs We’re Becoming Accidental Pharisees. There is a pharisee trying to get out in all of us.

Mark Altrogge reminds us that God loves us no matter how we perform. We need this reminder everyday.

So we’re not used to gifts – everything has a catch. It’s so foreign to think that God loves us simply because he has redeemed us and sees us in Christ and accepts us in him, not because anything we do but because of everything Christ did.  Grace is so foreign to us – there must be a catch.

Lately, Lance Armstrong has been in the news. This go round hasn’t been good for Lance. And, if you follow baseball at all, you know what happened to Josh Hamilton earlier this year. We were reminded that even believers have relapses. Here Nick Lannon reminds us not only of the human condition but also of the gospel.

Of course Josh Hamilton and Lance Armstrong have led lives that seem to belie all the good they’ve done: they’re human (peccator). In a funny way, Bomani Jones was right: our two states are mutually exclusive, but that doesn’t keep them both from being true at every moment, all the time. How sweet, then, is the news that our savior came to save (justus) those who consistently slip back into sin, who know what they ought to do but cannot carry it out, and who consistently fail. Christianity is not a religion to help bad people get better, but a religion to get bad people saved.

If Scott Langum carved pumpkins, this is how he’d do it:

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3 Responses to “Destinations”

  1. phfs9 Says:

    While reading Fred Zaspel’s article I read about “walking the asile”. I had never heard of this before.

    In Fred Zaspel’s article he talked about baptism being a form of works and that it is an expression of your Christianity and that it does not take the place of faith. I have been baptised but I do totally agree with all I read in his article about baptism being a form of works. That was a good article and I enjoye4d reading it.

  2. phfs9 Says:

    Mark Altrogge reminds us that God loves us no matter how we perform. We need this reminder everyday.

    So remember “God can’t love you more than he does now, no matter how much you change your life. And God won’t love you less than he does now, no matter what a mess you make of your life.”

    This has been one of the most difficult things for me to learn. I can easily see it in my head but at times I am hard pressed to feel it in my soul. Most of the time I feel as though I am unlovable by God and then I read an article like this one and it feels good all over.

  3. phfs9 Says:

    Larry Osborne offers 6 Warning Signs We’re Becoming Accidental Pharisees. There is a pharisee trying to get out in all of us.

    Lots and lots and lots of reminders in this article. It isn’t as though we don’t already know these things – it is more we forget about them because we just don’t practice them enough in our daily lives.


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