“Unable to preach Christ and him crucified, we preach humanity and it improved.” –William Willimon as quoted on the White Horse Inn, June 15, 2009 Isn’t this the truth?
“To believe in Jesus in the Christian sense means not less than trusting him utterly as the One who has borne our sin in his own body on the tree, as the One whose life and death and resurrection, offered up in our place, has reconciled us to God.” –DA Carson, Scandalous: The Cross and… Continue reading One Line Thoughts: DA Carson
This is from Carson’s book The Cross and the Christian Ministry: Leadership Lessons from 1 Corinthians. The ways of destroying the church are many and colorful. Raw factionalism will do it. Rank heresy will do it. Taking your eyes off the cross and letter other, more peripheral matters dominate the agenda will do it–admittedly more… Continue reading DA Carson on What Destroys the Church
Friends, In my preparations for Sunday’s Lectionary readings, I came across this in David Jackman’s The Message of John’s Letters in the IVP The Bible Speaks Today series. The author is commenting on 1 John 4:20-21. I thought you might appreciate it: “This final ground of assurance brings us full circle back to 4:7, where… Continue reading David Jackman on Loving other Christians
Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you . . . — Luke 10:20 Oswald Chambers on discipleship: Worldliness is not the trap that most endangers us as Christian workers; nor is it sin. The trap we fall into is extravagantly desiring spiritual success; that is, success measured by, and patterned… Continue reading Oswald Chambers on Spiritual Success
From “Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus” (p. 170): Later rabbis also preached about sin by comparing small sins to greater ones. Listen to what they say about gossip: “To which is gossip more similar, robbery or murder?” “Murder, because robbers can always give back what they’ve stolen, but gossips can never repair the… Continue reading Gossip and Murder
In the course of some reading this afternoon in preparation for a blog post on Matthew 13, I read the following paragraphs from Capon’s wonderful book The Parables of the Kingdom. These paragraphs speak to the untidy nature of the parables and strange nature of the God whose Kingdom is spoken of by Jesus. God,… Continue reading The Grace of Being Broke