What I Read Online – 12/14/2012 (a.m.)

14 Dec
    • we do not preach “to the culture.”
    • While culture is something people create and in some ways shape, it’s also the milieu or marinade in which people soak and are seasoned. And if we “preach to the culture” or even spend too much time preaching about “the culture” we’ll almost certainly not be preaching to the particular persons before us.
    • Nor do we preach to demographic groups
    • Felt needs” shaped and emptied sermons for a couple of decades. There are many critiques we could offer of felt needs preaching. I want to offer one: It reduces people to needs and dysfunction. Not only does it not adequately address the Bible, such preaching does not truly address the whole man
    • We don’t preach to needs
    • We don’t preach to current events or event makers
    • We don’t preach to fans or haters
    • Hypocrisy is not the gap between doing and feeling; it’s the gap between public persona and private character. Hypocrisy is the failure to practice what you preach (Matt. 23:3). Appearing outwardly righteous to others, while actually being full of uncleanness and self-indulgence—that’s the definition of hypocrisy (Matt. 23:25-28).


    • The hypocrite is not the Christian who struggles against sin, fights against temptation, and keeps doing what is right even on his worst feeling days. That’s a hero. The hypocrite is the Christian who uses the veneer of public virtue to cover the rot of private vice. He’s the man living a double life, the woman fooling her friends because she has church clothes, the student who proudly answers the questions in Sunday school and just as proudly romps through immorality the rest of the week.
    • “But as I close, can I say, please don’t gloat over us because of that. Pray for us; support us; we need more men like that. It can only strengthen our gospel partnerships across the country to have a flourishing Reformed evangelical group within the Church of England. But if such a group disappears, or has to spend all its time defending itself from independent-minded itinerants who try to undermine us, that will not be good for the cause of God and truth in our sad, sick, and sinful nation. So for the glory of God and of England, pray for us Anglicans, as we do for our brothers and sisters working hard for our Lord Jesus in Baptist, Presbyterian, and other churches across the land. The gospel which unites us is stronger than our historic differences; so let’s not jeopardise one by focusing solely on the other. Let’s move on, and go forward together to win our nations for Christ.”
    • Expectation management is important with a film like this — not because the film isn’t well done, it’s extraordinary — but because any film based on a well known and well loved book faces this challenge. And all the more after the 2001–2003 movie trilogy was such a smashing success.

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