What I Read Online – 03/30/2013 (a.m.)

30 Mar
    • No surprise here:  The BBC has chosen the noon hour on Christianity’s most reverent of days, Good Friday, to air a documentary suggesting that Jesus had a sexual relationship with Mary Magdalene.
    • In failing to make it clear that I was putting forth a parody of Wilson’s writing, I replicated not only Wilson’s error but also the harm. I am truly sorry for that and I ask my readers’ forgiveness. I am completely willing to accept whatever consequences come as a result of my words, including the loss of esteem, respect, or support my words deserve. I fully understand if that line costs me the point I was trying to make in that section or costs me your empathy as a reader. I will have earned those losses.
    • It must be obvious to all of us that from a worldly point of view, Jesus should have come down from the cross to confound his enemies
    • Anyone who thinks that Jesus should have come off that cross and destroyed his enemies has not diagnosed the human problem correctly. Jesus did not merely come to gain a following. He came to cure us of sin
    • Do you ever feel like God has given you “more than you can handle?”
    • We can cut off the fuel supply to our joy-hating pride by celebrating God’s sufficient grace, boasting all the more gladly in our weakness so the power of Christ rests on us (2 Cor. 12:9-10). And by serving with the strength that God supplies so that God gets the glory through Jesus Christ (1 Pet. 4:11). And by relying not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead (2 Cor. 1:9). There is deep joy and contentment to be had when we rest in the Lord, a God who is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ex. 34:6). Our inadequacy, weakness, and frailty give us cause to rejoice in the mercy of God who sustains our lives.
    • I would argue that texts like Isaiah 53, Mark 10, Romans 3, 2 Corinthians 5, Galatians 3, and Philippians 3 demonstrate that Christ is not only our wrath-sustaining Savior, he is also the Lord our Righteousness. The Son’s propiatory sacrifice for sinners is the best news of the good news, the biblical truth that holds the gospel together.
    • But besides the testimony of Scripture in support for penal substitution, I would point to the history of our hymnody.
    • Without penal substitution there is no salvation. And there isn’t nearly as much to sing about.
    • I can see how some readers might be confused at these points in the article and think that I support the legalization of same-sex marriage. I do not. I hope that clarifies things for those of you who asked about this article.
    • So in the end, then, we have a very sophisticated arrangement that exists between at least two species of goby and a species of coral. When the coral is threatened by seaweed, it releases chemicals that call its bodyguards. One of those bodyguards (Gobiodon histrio) will eat the seaweed, even though it doesn’t seem to eat the seaweed under normal conditions. The other (Paragobiodon echinocephalus) won’t even eat the seaweed! It just chews it up and spits it out. It spends time and energy doing this because it somehow “knows” that its own life will be better if the coral survives.
    • The resurrection of Christ is inseparable from the gospel of Christ.
    • The resurrection of Christ is the fuel that ignites our preaching to a lost world.
    • The resurrection of Christ saves.
    • The resurrection of Christ is the basis for future hope.
    • Let’s think about what these words mean, then, beginning with the word expiation. The prefix ex means “out of” or “from,” so expiation has to do with removing something or taking something away. In biblical terms, it has to do with taking away guilt through the payment of a penalty or the offering of an atonement. By contrast, propitiation has to do with the object of the expiation. The prefix pro means “for,” so propitiation brings about a change in God’s attitude, so that He moves from being at enmity with us to being for us. Through the process of propitiation, we are restored into fellowship and favor with Him.
    • there seems often to be a comprehensive and wilful failure to recognise that Christianity is an offensive religion, and offending people is the capital crime of the early 21st century Western world.
    • The problem with Christianity – the cause of the offence – is that it speaks very plainly and directly to sinners about their sin, their need of salvation and the only possible way of salvation.
    • Even in healthy churches, there are believers who are mortified when sinners become angry and resentful under the preaching of the gospel, believers found backtracking – and perhaps urging others to do so – like a man who’s just walked into a bull’s field.
    • Of course, I am not saying that we have to be or ought to be offensive in ourselves. The gospel does that all by itself simply by being true. It cuts across the modern dogma that you cannot be dogmatic. It tramples on the idol of our self-sufficiency. But our task is simply to communicate the truth faithfully. The truth of God has a sharp edge and a distinctive flavour, and we must not and cannot afford to be ashamed of it. In almost every instance, sinners must be offended before they are converted.
    • Many of us live in a place in which the only real sin is to hold to a Christianity that cuts. But lose that, and you lose a Christ who saves.

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