November 5, 2013

Here is a reminder that we never know about the influence we might have. Our task is to know the Word and love the people around us. We love those around us by sharing the truth. Perhaps there is a Spurgeon in your company today.  By the way, “The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon” by Lawson is free all month long. The Nook version can be found here.

Jesus told us to love our neighbor as ourselves. How does this look in our lives? Here David Murray gives ten ways we can practically love those around us.

We are saved by works. This sounds heretical but it is true. God is a just God. Those who enter heaven will do so on the basis of perfect law-keeping.

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Our kids are brain damaged:


September 12, 2012

I love my girls but I’d often harass them about how they would throw. They’d hear, “You throw like a girl.” Here’s an interesting piece about the throwing gap. Of course, the problem goes away when you use a frisbee instead of a ball.

Go to the local Christian bookshop and you will find many books that attempt to link what is happening in the news to Bible prophecy. I, for one, loathe this stuff. My bookshelves sag under the weight of these worthless tomes that become quickly out of date following the next president/disaster/war. Randy Alcorn expresses much the same thought.

Here’s some advice for the woman who struggles with the idea of hospitality. Here is the summary:

So go on, de-clutter if you need to. Or embrace the clutter and use your imperfect home to comfort imperfect people. God’s Truth is that our homes are on loan and should be used to bless others. Embracing this truth is the best cure for the Can’t-Have-People-Over Syndrome.

Arguing cogently and fairly can be a tricky proposition. What works on the fly in our heads might not actually lead to an understanding of the truth. Justin Taylor unpacks a Mike Horton piece about avoiding logical fallacies. Now, if I can just remember this stuff.

Mark Altrogge talks about what to do when we don’t have a desire to obey God. This is a followup to the piece I pointed to on Monday about not having to sin. Confess, pray, step out in faith.

Steven Lawson’s “The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards” is $0.99 for Kindle.

I must confess that I didn’t watch any of the political conventions this year. Not one minute. I’m such a cynic when it comes to politics. I do think that politics is important, I just don’t have the stomach for all the corny self-promotion. It is embarrassing. It’s like watching a mocumentary like The Office. I have heard that the Dems were jumping up and down on the pro-choice drum. Even Cokie Roberts, who isn’t in any way conservative, said, “I think this Democratic Convention was really over-the-top in terms of abortion. Every single speaker talked about abortion. At some point, you start to alienate people. Thirty percent of Democrats are pro-life.”

Keeping in mind my confessed ignorance, let me post what I think had to be the high point of the DNC. It is the closing prayer by Cardinal Timothy Dolan. What were they thinking letting a Roman Catholic pray?


September 7, 2012

Why do people miss church on Sunday? We all remember Family Feud, don’t we? This was once a Family Feud question. This article reveals the answers and then discusses each response. Perhaps we simply need to be reminded of Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some …”

Along the same lines, it seems that many church goers are unaware of the thing called church membership. Doug keeps encouraging me to address the situation. The issue does need to be addressed.

This short article appeared several days ago now. It is about 1 Corinthians 16:13, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” Because we are often weak, we need this encouragement to be strong. If we have a strong God, then we should be strong people.

Finally, here is an interesting infographic about how we waste time at work. Did you know the average person checks his or her email 36 times an hour? Then, of course, one has to refocus.

Gospel Fellowship

August 15, 2012

From Dane Ortlund:

Silly Peter:

‘Before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles, but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party’ (Gal 2:12).

Fellowship broke.

Now how does Paul handle this? Certainly, he rebukes Peter—’I opposed him to his face’ (2:11).

Yet how does Paul do this? What is his diagnosis?

Paul identifies Peter’s error as gospel error. ‘I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel’ (2:14). What was Peter’s mistake? Gospel leakage.

But in what way was Peter’s heart leaking out gospel? How specifically was he not believing the gospel?

The text tells us: ‘fearing the circumcision party’ (2:12). Fear. That was what drove Peter.

To sum up: Paul says Peter feared other men, causing him to not walk in step with the gospel, causing him to introduce all kinds of dysfunction into his relationships with other people.

I conclude: the gospel liberates us not only from fear of the judgment of God in the future but also from fear of the judgment of men in the present. By Galatians 2 Paul had already learned this (Gal 1:10). Peter had not.

In Christ we are already in. The craving to be judged positively, welcomed in, affirmed by another, brought inside—at bottom, the craving to be justified—has been met. Secured vertical in-ness empties the need for elusive horizontal in-ness. Justification by faith alone breathes health and calm and quiet into our relationships. Remember, it is on the immediate heels of this passage, right here in Galatians 2, that Paul pens the most famous words in all the Bible on justification by faith (Gal 2:16).