From the Word
“This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Jeremiah 31:33-34)
“Holiness is not the way to Jesus. Jesus is the way to holiness.” (Steven Lawson)
“Be like Jesus. Spend enough time with sinners to ruin your reputation.” (Joshua Harris)
“God, and God alone, can take bloody violence, arrogant injustice, cunning cruelty and bend it all around to serve a redemptive purpose.” (Ray Ortlund)
“The only true joy on earth is to escape from the prison of our own false self.” (Thomas Merton)
“God abandoned one perfect Son for millions of sinful sons.” (Thabiti Anyabwile)
Around the Net
“For some reason, we have come to believe that it is a mark of spiritual and emotional maturity to hang onto our guilt and shame. We’ve sadly concluded that the worse we feel, the better we are. The declaration of Psalm 103:12 has been the most difficult for me to grasp; ‘As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.’ And Hebrews 8:12 has been equally unbelievable; ‘I will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more.’ In other words, the sins I don’t forget, God doesn’t remember.”
“Why don’t you care?” In our age of perpetual outrage, that may be one of the most commonly asked questions. After all, the list of needs and worthy causes is unending. Should we not be expected to voice impassioned concern for every problem and enthusiastic support for every good cause? In short, do Christians have to care about everything? The answer to that question may not be as easy as it first looks. Earls says yes and no.
Professor Mark Noll once famously argued, “The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind.” He had a point. Indeed, we seem to talk little about the role of the mind in discipleship. Serving? Yes. Caring? Yes. The fruit of the Spirit? Yes. But, the mind? We almost seem to fear the subject, except in the most generic sense. Americans today—even those of the Christian variety—display little ability to reason. . . The inattention given the life of the mind makes convoluted thinking a foregone conclusion.”
Suicide remains a taboo subject in many Protestant churches, despite the best efforts of pastors, according to a new study from LifeWay Research. Eight in 10 Protestant senior pastors believe their church is equipped to intervene with someone who is threatening suicide, yet few people turn to the church for help before taking their own lives. Quite significantly, one-third of victims were attending church before their death, but few pastors knew of their struggle.
The question of whether the Shroud of Turin is Christianity’s most important relic or its most impressive forgery has been hotly debated for 660 years. New research indicates that the purported burial cloth of Jesus shows signs of blood from a torture victim, and undermines arguments that it was painted. Still, evangelicals are divided on the question of the artifact’s authenticity. Gary Habermas takes one view, while N. D. Wilson takes another.
Something to Ponder
Before the Throne of God Above
Before the throne of God above
I have a strong, a perfect plea;
A great High Priest, whose Name is Love,
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart;
I know that while with God He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.
When Satan tempts me to despair,
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look, and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died,
My sinful soul is counted free;
For God, the Just, is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.
Behold Him there, the risen Lamb!
My perfect, spotless Righteousness,
The great unchangeable I Am,
The King of glory and of grace.
One with Himself, I cannot die;
My soul is purchased by His blood;
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ, my Savior and my God.
– Charitie L. Bancroft
The Glory of Creation
Mandarin Ducks Relaxing
Image Credit: Photo by Alan Shapiro
Into All the World
“Life is too short, the world is too big, and God’s love is too great to live ordinary.” (Christine Caine)