What I Read Online – 11/01/2012 (a.m.)

01 Nov
    • The group that led the movement against orthodox Reformed theology was called the Remonstrants. They were called the Remonstrants because they were remonstrating or protesting against certain doctrines within their own theological heritage. There were basically five doctrines that were the core of the controversy. As a result of this debate, these five core theological issues became known in subsequent generations as the “five points of Calvinism.” They are now known through the very popular acrostic TULIP, which is a clever way to sum up the five articles that were in dispute. The five points, as they are stated in order to form the acrostic TULIP, are: total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints.
    • Response to Hurricane Sandy
    • f you’d like to help, consider the following opportunities:

      Send money or volunteer with Hope for New York’s Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
      Give to Redeemer’s Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, which will go to congregational needs and to organizations serving throughout the city.

      Let’s also remember to love our neighbors. We have an opportunity to tangibly live out our current sermon series on generosity—to give of ourselves relationally, hospitably, and financially in life-transforming ways. I know that many in the church are already hosting others in their congregations and beyond who have been displaced. Check in with your neighbors, friends and church members to see if they are in need. If you have a neighbor who is elderly or has a special need, ask how you might serve them.

      As Psalm 46 says, “God is our refuge and strength and an ever-present help in time of trouble.”

    • On Saturday, October 31, 1517, a 33-year-old theology professor at Wittenberg University walked over to the Castle Church in Wittenberg and nailed a paper of 95 theses to the door, hoping to spark an academic discussion about their contents. In God’s providence and unbeknownst to anyone else that day, it would become a key event in igniting the Reformation.
    • The myth of a dual practice church in reality doesn’t exist. The two views can be held within a congregation but not in leadership. I can imagine there will be emails to the contrary but I would want to ask ‘Can consistent Baptists put up with a consistent Paedo Baptist as their minister, preaching, proclaiming it, refusing to do dedications and encouraging parents to baptise their children? ‘
    • This sentiment is best captured by one of Sam’s statements, which is one of my favorite in the entire story.  After the ring is destroyed at Mount Doom, Sam wakes up from his sleep surprised he is alive and surprised to see Gandalf.   Then he says, “Is everything sad going to come untrue? What’s happened to the world?”  This statement is quite profound because it is different than asking whether good things are going to come true.  Rather, it asking whether sad things are going to come untrue.  Thus, Sam’s statement, like Christian eschatology, recognizes that there is currently something very wrong with the world.  It is a place that is filled with sadness.  Cursed by sin.  Groaning as it awaits its redemption.  And in the final consummation, those sad things will be made untrue.  The curse will be rolled back. The world will be changed.
    • For this reason, eschatology is not a topic that should be reserved for theologians or scholars.  It is a topic for every Christian, and, for that matter, every person.  We all live in a dark world.  And there is no message more relevant to those living in a dark world than a message about how that world will one day be changed.
    • When a leader walks into the room, a passion for truth had better enter with him. Authentic leadership does not emerge out of a vacuum. The leadership that matters most is convictional—deeply convictional. This quality of leadership springs from those foundational beliefs that shape who we are and establish our beliefs about everything else. Convictions are not merely beliefs we hold; they are those beliefs that hold us in their grip. We would not know who we are but for these bedrock beliefs, and without them we would not know how to lead.
    • This is how we teach the reformation in our church to our kids and I encourage you to do as well.  The recovery of the gospel, having Bibles to read in our own language, and the blessing now to gather as local churches all points back to the courageous efforts of the reformers and Christian martyrs of the past.
    • On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses concerning clerical abuses and indulgences on the church door at Wittenberg. This famous event is often considered that launching point for the Protestant Reformation.


    • Spiritual fellowship is the sharing of this divine life inside an entire congregation. The book wrestles with the notion that our union with Christ isn’t just personal but also public and corporate.
    • We share this divine life when we mourn with those who mourn, or rejoice with those who rejoice. We share this divine life when we exercise our spiritual gifts for the body. We share this divine life when we correct and encourage one another. We display and share this divine life when we love one another. In many respects, all the “one anothers” of the Bible become a display of divine life resident and reigning within the Christian church.
    • If we don’t grasp that, we’ll run into one or two problems. First, we may lapse into an activity-based notion of fellowship. So many churches are activity-driven. There’s a program or a “ministry” for every day of the week. People come to measure their spiritual lives by how active they are. And yet, if we’re honest, the most programmed churches are sometimes the most disconnected churches. Members are active, but they’re not sharing on a deeper level. That’s a functional result of not grasping the reality of both our personal union with Christ and our union with one another in Christ.

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