What I Read Online – 06/01/2013 (a.m.)

01 Jun
    • Chances are, you’ve done it, too. You may not have done something as terrible as tell some unsuspecting kid in an embarrassing video to kill himself, but you’ve responded to something similar in a mocking or derisive way. I used to get a kick out of visiting a blog featuring photos of random Walmart customers, but I felt convicted to stop when I realized that the only reason I went to the blog was because I enjoyed laughing at and mocking the photos and the people in them. I got a sick thrill out of them — and their poor health, socio-economic status, and/or (let’s be honest) often-unfortunate fashion choices — being paraded around the Internet.
    • For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. 



    • But a person who has godless, worldly regret grieves over the terrible thing he has done without believing that Jesus’s death will atone for him.   A person who has godless grief believes he is either beyond forgiveness or that he must atone for his own sin in order to please God. His regret leads to death—a living death of condemnation (sometimes suicide) and eventually spiritual death.
    • A person who has godly regret grieves over the terrible thing he has done and believes that only God can help him. God is his only hope. So he turns toward God in faith, confesses his sin, and looks to the cross where the penalty of that sin was placed on the Son of God.  


    • Let me shock you at this point. A naturally bright person can carry on religious activity without a special gift from God. Filling church pulpits every week are some who are using only natural abilities and special training. Some are known as Bible expositors, for it is possible to read and study commentaries and then repeat what has been learned about the Scriptures. Yes, it may shock you, but it is true that anyone able to talk fluently can learn to use religious phrases and can become recognized as a preacher.  But if any person is determined to preach so that his work and ministry will abide in the day of the judgment fire, then he must preach, teach and exhort with the kind of love and concern that comes only through a genuine gift of the Holy Spirit—something beyond his own capabilities.
    • Study Older Preachers
    • Study Older Pastors



      But marriage and the wedding day are not simply an end in themselves. God gave us marriage as a gift to help us understand Christ and his relationship to his bridegroom—the church

    • And one day, after all the preparation for this marriage, the church too will be dressed as a bride adorned for her husband.  Although the dress worn will not be one that we spent months searching out, but will be provided by the groom himself.  The church will be adorned in the righteousness of Christ and the works done in his name.


    • I don’t believe so. Whilst never condoning sin in all its ugliness and barbarity, we must also acknowledge that God, in his sovereign ruling, can work through such people beyond themselves. Indeed, this is the story of ministry in its entirety. No minister is perfect – and though we pray against the kind of evil we have heard about this last week and lament it when it happens – we must acknowledge that there is deep sin in us all. The very fact that our sin has stayed in our hearts and not overflowed into action is a measure of God’s grace. But we must never think that the ministry success we enjoy (such as we do) is in any way down to our own doing.
    • I don’t have a dog in this fight and know neither man, but it’s a fascinating look at how they do things Down Under. Sydney Anglicans are the giants of activism in Christendom today; just listening to them on their annual preaching tours to give us Brits a kickin’ makes one exhausted. Thank goodness the election is on the other side of the world. I am really hoping there is a televised debate though.
    • Despite all the jokes and inflicting the Briefing on the rest of the world, the Sydney diocese is an enormous power for good in the main and we owe them a great deal. The influence of many of their leaders has had an enormous impact on churches being planted and built up and armies of workers being sent into the harvest field here. The appointment of their Archbishop is an important one and both these men seem godly, sincere, humble leaders so they are worthy of our prayers. Literally may the best man win.
    • It’s not just that people think they can teach themselves the languages, the art of biblical interpretation and biblical, systematic, and historical theology, or the practical insights from God’s Word in how to preach and apply God’s Word. You can even refer to the Hebrew and Greek of a passage without ever having actually studied the languages. Ironically, we teach students to study a passage in the original languages without showing their work in the sermon; increasingly, ignorance is being passed off as skill. It’s one thing to Google-search a figure or date; quite another thing to write a doctoral dissertation as a web-surfer. You wouldn’t go under the knife of a surgeon who learned medicine from Youtube clips. Why would you entrust your knowledge of God and his truth from someone who didn’t actually know how to “rightly handle the Word of truth” for himself?


    • What has become of the pastoral office when many who hold it seem to think that they are too busy to study, pray, read, and deepen their own understanding of God’s Word so that they have more to dish out?
    • Pastors would never tell their congregations to outsource their discipleship to others: to pay someone else to pray, read the Bible, and witness for them
    • Even after seminary, habits of lifelong study and prayer are essential. Pastors are spiritual craftsmen, not the equivalent of busy guys who buy a Home Depot book to construct their patio. Even the best seminary education can merely equip ministers with tools that they can use and develop in their own ongoing study
    • Trueman, on the other hand, insists that the problem with worship music is “is not that it is too entertaining but that it is not entertaining enough.”
    • By attempting to melt into a culture of upbeat pop/rock music without regard for what that culture often ignores, Christians deepen the very problem they were trying to avoid in the first place: they cease to be relevant because they cease to express the complexities and tragedies of human life.
    • They tell us that we should partner with God in his redemptive mission to change the world through the pursuit of social justice. Now, I’m not saying that these aren’t worthy goals. The pursuit of justice either for an individual or for a society, is a noble calling, and I would encourage most of the readers of this blog to become better versions of yourself. But the question is whether these things actually provide a a good description of what the gospel is
    • The great thing about Paul, is that we don’t have to speculate. We have his writings, and no one disputes the early dates of their composition. So the best way to find out what made Paul tick would be to go back to the original sources. And this text for 1 Corinthians 15 is one of the most important such sources.


      In the next installment of this blog series, we’ll start walking through Paul’s arguments from this text in order to get a better understanding of what the gospel is and why we should believe it!

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