PT Forsyth and the Centrality of the Cross

Friends, Here’s a lengthy, but necessary quote from my friend PT Forsyth. Every time I read something of his, I am astounded at his prescience (not to mention his depth of thought!) Here he is lamenting the church not only losing focus on the centrality of Christ’s cross and its vital connection to our salvation,… Continue reading PT Forsyth and the Centrality of the Cross

Stanley Hauerwas on Securing Our Lives & Self-Sacrifice

Friends, I have been enjoying Stanley Hauerwas’ fine theological commentary on Matthew. It seems that on every page I find something that I say, “Yes,” to. It’s my first in depth reading of Hauerwas and I suppose to be fair I should read some more of his work. Nevertheless, here’s another of those paragraphs that… Continue reading Stanley Hauerwas on Securing Our Lives & Self-Sacrifice

John Stott on the Sacrifices We Bring to Christ

Friends, This continues my series on The Crucifixion Driven Life. This quote is from John RW Stott a scholar admired and respected across denominational lines as a sound expositor of Scripture and a welcome ambassador for the Kingdom of God: The uniqueness of Christ’s sacrifice does not mean, then, that we have no sacrifices to… Continue reading John Stott on the Sacrifices We Bring to Christ

James Montegomery Boice on Crucifixion

Friends, Today’s quote builds on the Crucifixion Driven Life theme I began a couple of days ago. Today’s quote is from James Montegomery Boice: The Centrality of the Cross by James Montgomery Boice …if the death of Christ on the cross is the true meaning of the Incarnation, then there is no gospel without the… Continue reading James Montegomery Boice on Crucifixion

The Crucifixion Driven Life

Friends, Back in 2006 I preached a series of sermons I called ‘The Crucifixion Driven Life.’ This was my take on the popular 40 Days of Purpose that everyone was raving about at the time. We did the 40 Days of Purpose in my congregation and it was not quite as fun as I had… Continue reading The Crucifixion Driven Life

Hans Kung on Being Christian as Being Radically Human

Friends, A friend of mine gave me a copy of Hans Kungs On being a Christian the other day. I have had only a chance to browse through it a couple of times, but today, while studying the way in which the prophet Isaiah uses the word ‘justice’ (Hb tsadiq or tsadiqa), I opened it… Continue reading Hans Kung on Being Christian as Being Radically Human

Walker Percy on Book Reviews

Friends, I came across this quote in a book titled Signposts in a Strange Land which is a collection of various writings by novelist Walker Percy. In the current climate, I thought it might prove instructive. It’s from piece he called Self Interview: Questions They Never Asked Me. (Both the question and the answer are… Continue reading Walker Percy on Book Reviews

Elton Trueblood on Sin, Moralism, and Jesus

Friends, The following paragraphs are from Elton Trueblood’s The Predicament of Modern Man, chapter 3: The Impotence of Ethics. You can access the entire work here. Isn’t it amazing how there is nothing new under the sun? Especially note the paragraph in blue, it is simply beautiful.  *  *  *  *  * “We understand much of the distinction between… Continue reading Elton Trueblood on Sin, Moralism, and Jesus