What I Read Online – 05/13/2013 (p.m.)

14 May
    • One of the problems with preachers who are obsessed with prophecy is that virtually read every current event as a sign that Jesus is coming back
    • If you are a Christian, Jesus’ return will be the happiest day of your life. And if you are an unbeliever, it will be the worst day of your life, a day of judgment and destruction
    • Every generation has rightly said that Jesus may come back soon. Every generation has rightly said that the end is near. Surely our generation of all generations should believe this.
    • She is like a mirror ever before me, and through her strengths, I see my weaknesses amplified
    • Myers’ critique of Christian hip-hop wasn’t a fundamentalist scold, wary of the Devil’s music. Instead, he was concerned for the integrity of hip-hop as an art form—as well as for the integrity of the Bible and the Christian tradition. For him, Christian hip-hop seems to be the latest incarnation in the evangelical project to “engage culture” by separating form from message, and to bridge the divide between pop culture and the old, old story.
    • The new hip-hop artists aren’t simply adapting apologetic arguments into their lyrics. Instead, they are modeling a broadly Reformed system of Christian doctrine, which is characterized by an emphasis on humanity’s depravity, God’s sovereignty, and divine election. Many of the leading rappers are associated with prominent Reformed pastors: Shai Linne and Trip Lee have both interned at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., led by popular pastor Mark Dever, and Lecrae and Tedashii regularly quote John Piper
    • Hip-hop itself, even in its rawest, most “secular” version, is unwittingly Calvinist, because it has always had a realistic vision of sin. Hip-hop sees structural and social evil as a given, to be endured and raged against rather than appealed to.
    • Rather than deny the violent realities of humanity, they use Reformed categories of penal substitutionary atonement to make sense of it all. Christian hip-hop is Cross-centered in a way that previous Christian attempts to mimic pop culture weren’t—and perhaps couldn’t be. To be sure, the Cross and the blood of Christ are everywhere in CCM and Southern gospel. But in both genres, the cross and the blood seem merely symbolic. The cross is there, but its meaning is often left undefined, as the real goal of “looking for a city” and “moving up to Gloryland” stands in the foreground. Hip-hop puts the spotlight on sin and justice and reckoning, on the sinner who, hidden in Christ, has already borne the wrath of God and walked out into the newness of resurrection life.
    • And this is perhaps the most immediate point of connection, jumping the boundaries of race and class in America. Adolescents in gated communities and private schools can’t identify with gang violence or poverty, but they know the private hell of a father who walks away.
    • The gifts of the body, left isolated, result in the chaos of competing self-interests. But used together, they build the church. The various musical expressions of the big themes of God and the world can, left isolated, cramp the prophetic word. But when these forms—including hip-hop—are in concert with one another, they can call Christians to learn old truths in surprising ways.


    • A “mid-life crisis” comes, of course, when a man begins to feel a measure of dissatisfaction with his existence. He begins to reflect on where he is in relation to where he thought he’d be at this stage. He begins to think more seriously about his own mortality as he realizes that half of life (or more than half) has most likely already gone, and he wonders what he will leave behind when he goes: what his “legacy” will be, what “mark” he will have left on the world. In particular, it seems to me, the man who begins to experience some mid-life angst is the man who begins to face up to the fact that he had great expectations for himself as a younger man, great hopes and ambitions, but very few (if any) of them have been realized in the way he expected.
    • If you must have a mid-life crisis, my exhortation is this: whatever you do, please don’t drag your church through it with you. Maybe it’s time to go and get a tat instead?
    • We are spiritual people and therefore we need to take care over our spiritual walk
    • We are physical people and therefore we need to take care over our bodies
    • We are emotional people and therefore we need to take care over our emotions

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