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What I Read Online – 04/05/2012 (p.m.)

06 Apr
    • Evangelicals are often prone to generate inductive arguments for the veracity of Christianity based on the historical resurrection of Christ, and such arguments occupy central importance in this apologetic. It is felt that if a man would simply consider the “facts” presented and use his common reasoning sense he would be rationally compelled to believe the truth of scripture. In such a case the evidences for Christ’s resurrection are foundational to apologetical witnessing, whereas their only proper place is confirmatory of the believer’s presupposed faith. There is a certain impropriety about attempting to move an opponent from his own circle into the circle of Christian belief by appealing to evidence for the resurrection, and there are many reasons why the evidentialist’s building a case for Christianity upon neutral ground with the unbeliever ought to be avoided. 

    • When Jim and Sandra (not their real names) asked me about leaving their church, I said, “Not so fast.” Since then, I’ve counseled a number of couples and individuals in similar situations. And whenever the issue at hand does not concern biblical fidelity or theological compromise, I usually give the same caution about leaving a church: “Not so fast.”
    • Does God use uncomfortable church situations as part of His process of sanctifying us?
    • Circumstances aren’t what matter most. Covenantal commitment to the body of Christ is what counts.
    • But you don’t understand. The people in my church are really messed up.” True. But so are you. So am I.
    • In a difficult church situation, what looks more like Jesus: to hop to an easier church situation or to stick with a local congregation through the dark days?
    • It’s their commitment to their church, in spite of its problems, that is making them more like Jesus.
    • But this transformation will not occur unless we stay committed to Christ’s people, challenging and encouraging others as they challenge and encourage us.
    • All the gospel writers tell us that Jesus died on the cross.

       

      Jesus died.  The fact is so commonplace it seems strange to even mention it.  Almost hollow.  Almost as if we’ve said nothing new or meaningful.  But “new” and “meaningful” are two very different things. We’re sometimes too accustomed to thinking that meaning comes from newness.  Old truths are still true, and therefore still very meaningful.  Because a thing is familiar, because we’ve heard it before, does not mean we can pass it by without reflecting on its meaning.

    • But shouldn’t the purposes for suffering we find in Scripture guide our prayers more than our predetermined positive outcomes? We could make a very long list of purposes for which God intends to use suffering according to the Scripture. But here are just a few:
    • To go deeper than praying only for deliverance means that we approach prayer not as a tool to manipulate God to get what we want, but as a way to submit to what he wants. Through prayer we draw close to him in our need. We tell him that we will not insist on our predetermined positive outcome but want to welcome him to have his way, accomplish his purpose.
    • What Happened on Thursday of Holy Week?
    • Twenty-five to thirty-five year old adults (more often male) who still act in many significant ways as they did when they were in their mid-teens. They have arrived at a time in life when many in previous generations were responsible contributors to the church and society, yet they are still acting like immature fifteen year olds. Still addicted to spending way too much time on computer games, etc. Still avoiding responsibility in many spheres of life and leaving it all up to others.
    • I’m talking about a culpable, unnatural, spiritual immaturity on the part of those who really should be much further down the road in their spiritual pilgrimage than they are.

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