February 25, 2015
The Bowman newsletter should arrive in the next day or two. Any who are interested in reading my contribution can find it here. I’m hoping it will generate helpful dialogue about how Christians should respond to the idea of sabbath.
In the Our Crazy World Department, Wesleyan University has expanded the list of letters defining sexual identity: LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM. As usual Carl Trueman helpfully weighs in.
Mark Altrogge writes about Why you should think twice before badmouthing Obama. Good point.
Here is why we must not forget the Psalms.
Finally, for the theological geeks, Justin Taylor distills some conclusions from Everett Ferguson’s 975-page tome on Baptism. Ever wonder how the early church viewed baptism? This piece will provide a head start.
October 24, 2012
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:
October 17, 2012
The last couple of trips in the car I’ve been listening to a White Horse Inn podcast about parenting. In the podcast Mike Horton interviews Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson about their book Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus. I wish that I had had this book when we were raising our children. It is about raising children not just with the law, but also with the gospel. You can listen to the podcast here.
As many of you know, I believe all saints should be baptized, the sooner the better. What reason might one have for living in active disobedience to Jesus? Anyway, Mike Leake also grapples with the question of the timing of baptism. What does the Ethiopian eunuch’s example say to us?
Should we take the Bible literally? Well yes and no. Here is what I mean. I can be more symbolic in my interpretation than some people are comfortable with.
Just how strong is your faith God? Here is an amazing story in a secular newspaper about a pastor who met with a tragic accident and yet praises God for his grace. We all need faith like this.
“The convictions that I have about the work of God and his purposes has so captivated my life that I can’t see life any other way than that he is ordering all things for his purposes, which is what the Bible teaches us. … I lived yesterday, today, and by his grace I’ll live tomorrow with great certainty that he is ordering all things for his purposes.”
Matt Chandler reminds us that no one dies early.
March 21, 2012
Here is another short article on baptism. This one is by Justin Taylor and what he says reflects my view. In the article Taylor defends baptizing young children who have made a profession of faith. Actually, a greater concern of mine is the urging of young children to make a decision before they really understand what it is all about. The article is also valuable because at the beginning of it Taylor defends credobaptism.
In a sense we at Bowman are somewhat isolated from the trials that most congregations today experience. That is, currently we don’t have to deal with cell phones ringing during our services. This is perhaps the one advantage of being so far removed from civilization. That said, here is a piece dealing with the issue of device distraction. Even though phones don’t ring during our services, people do use their devices. BTW, I love the verse the writer uses to write about devices: Psalms 81:12 “So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.”
Easter Sunday is a lie. This is a great reminder that we ought the sing “The Easter Song” more often.