One-anothers Ray Ortlund can’t find in the New Testament.
Afraid of Calvinists (or Calvinism)? Thabiti Anyabwile and Phil Ryken are here to help.
Bryon Mondok on wrestling with God and on recovery.
Jason Coker’s reflections on the Resolved conference (that included speakers John MacArthur, Phil Johnson, Steve Lawson, Al Mohler and C.J. Mahaney).
Jonathan Herron quotes Tullian Tchividijian on Matthew 18, in regards to recent challenges he faced from members of the church Tchividijian had just been named pastor of, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (the church formerly pastored by the late D. James Kennedy).
Matt Chandler talks with the Resurgence on how to realign one’s church on the gospel.
Bob Hyatt: Forget everything except….Jesus.
Mike Foster: Crazy ways to make amends.
Pastors in Buenos Aires believe there should be only one church in their city.
Jonathan Dodson: When church is a mistress.
One way a former church planter is still ministering in ways he dreamed of while he pastored his church.
A university Christian legal group must open its leadership to all – even if they disagree with the group’s statement of faith – according to a court ruling.
Five best quotes from a recent Acts29 pastor’s retreat, courtesy of Bob Thune.
Michael Patton on Christianity by the numbers.
Things he is not quite as dogmatic about as he once was.
Paul Vander Klay on the Calvin he never knew.
Mark Lambrecht on the political union of Glenn Beck and Liberty University.
Jason Boyett on the faith of Roger Ebert.
Tim Challies on the bride of Christ.
Marshall Jones Jr. reviews Rachel Held Evans’ Evolving in Monkey Town.
Sarah Pulliam Bailey of the Get Religion blog on an “anti-gay” pastor who was outed by a gay publication for his involvement in a support group for men who have homosexual feelings and are “struggling with chastity“.
It’s very interesting following Andrew Marin’s blog and how his Christian group is doing outreach to the gay community; I have his book and will finish it and perhaps review it…if I can get through the other dozen books in my to-read pile :)
Tony Jones condemns the magazine’s story.
Darrin Patrick on skill confirmation in discerning God’s call for your life.
here is another link that might be a good read:
addressing why some christians are jerks when they post online
Im going to add to what he wrote about people feeling that whats done in “Vegas stays in Vegas” mentality of being able to behave differently in a seperate environment:
“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks…”
If they are jerks in secret/anon online, in Vegas, whatever… If someone is being a jerk anywhere,,,there are matters of the heart that need to be adressed.
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good;
and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil
for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
Being online, writing online, even anonymously… magnifies, intensifies… whats already in ones heart…
“You see, for some strange reason these are the stories and conversations I was never able to have with regular attenders of a church service. However, sitting across from me at my desk as I hold the title of internet sales manager, people seem free to discuss personal aspects of their life and faith and God with me in a very real and meaningful way.”
(The “One way a former church planter…” link above)
That’s another big problem with the executive/pastor position — people start treating you differently, and you can’t have a normal conversation. Too many walls or pretenses.
I imagine there are still some people who will open up to a pastor because they think he’s “safe,” but their numbers seem to be dwindling.
Pastors still want to be able to give that pastoral care, but people’s attitudes and perceptions are getting in the way. Pastors will need to be freed from the burden of the “pastorate” if they’re going to continue to do real ministry…
Hi Sister C – yes and every thing we do and every word we speak will follow us all the way to heaven
Mt 12:37* “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Personality test: are you lazy or awesome?
I am awesomely lazy :)
Esther from fifty hours on The Shack
And I hadn’t seen the Christianity by the numbers posts. Thank you for linking it up.
-Marshall Jones Jr.
and if you are ever at a meeting when the Leader says what we say here stays here … Don’t even believe it.
But dont you think that Christians feel they get a “get out of jail free, pass go, and collect $200″ card when They “accept” Christ… all they say and do, will be forgiven, so they lax up in the way they treat others and not only do they expect God to forgive them, they expect others to hand out the same card to them as well.
This may be true among those who attend church and profess the Christian faith. Jesus warned there would be many ‘workers of iniquity’ that He never knew.
One is not a Christian until one is born again – which is a supernatural act of God, and involves the permanent indwelling of God’s Spirit.
I think your concern is often mentioned by the outside world due to a misunderstanding of what happens at salvation. I think your concern also bears out in the church because of sloppy gospel messages that equates getting saved with going forward to the altar or saying the sinners prayer.
Truly converted men and women will wrestle with sin, and will fall to temptations from time to time, but the mindset among the truly regenerated is not anything like what is expressed above IMO.
AV – I agree with you. How can anyone who understands that every sin will be punished in full, and that our sin was punished in full by the suffering and death of our Lord ever take such a cavalier attitude towards sin. Remember there will be many who think they are saved to whom Jesus will say “I never knew you” Just saying you are a Christian doesn’t mean you are a Christian. — You shall know them by their fruit
I have a friend says that was the case with him — he accepted Jesus at a young age, and then began to use that as his get out of jail free card. Sex, drugs, alcohol. He even went to Liberty U, where he found girls trusted him, because he was a believer. He told me of a conversation with his mom where he said, “Mom, Jesus paid for my sins already — what difference does it make?” He says he really did believe in Jesus, but was caught up in sin and headed for big consequences. He got turned around, thankfully.
Was he really saved at the time? I have no idea. Depends on your theology, I suppose.
God sees our righteousness as rags – he looks at our heart.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but God doesn’t let me get away with stuff. He has always busted me or laid such a heavy burden of guilt on my conscience that I couldn’t bear it
Heb 125* And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6* because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” 7* Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8* If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons
I don’t really have anything to add to the Linkathon discussion at this point, but I’m just glad to catch back up to some of the community from the PP. I know I was only a very small contributor on the PP, but I read a lot and learned a lot and it’s amazing how much I miss the place. I respect Michael’s choice to shut it down and I hope God is able to give him some rest and lead him into even better things. But I’m also glad the community is still going on in places like this. Thanks BrianD for hosting.
I had a crazy personal week during the last week of the PP so I wasn’t really able to keep up with everything going on. I was leaving for vacation early on the 19th and then with one last look at the PP before I left, and much to my shock, it looked like Michael was closing shop. I then embarked on a 10 day vacation (my longest since I was a kid, so I can’t complain about getting a vacation like that) where I had virtually no connections to cyber world. When I got back yesterday, I come to find the PP site completely gone, but I’m glad to have some of you here. Unfortunately, I’m not able to access this site from work, but I will still try to check in from time to time at home.
I know none of you really know me, but I’m glad to see the friendly, familiar names on the screen.
Kevin H, i am mostly a lurker also, but good to “see” you and glad you found us.
KevinH, It’s great you are here! I too am pretty bummed by not having the PP. Congrats on the vacation! :)
Jlo, it’s always great to see your posts. I wish I could communicate as so many of you here, but I absorb so much. See you later..thank you again BD for this place,
DM, agreeing with your #14 – i’m going to go and look up that teaching about looking at yourself in the mirror and then going off and forgetting what you just saw revealed – don’t know if it applies…
sin(s) have so many manifestations and we so like to rationalize our righteousness
Kevin, i’ve seen your handle before – people who visit this church usually aren’t forgotten by this group of Believers – having trouble breaking away, myself
well the reflection and forgetting is in the first chapter of James … one could say that it is teaching a Believer about their conduct; it doesn’t seem to be teaching how to know if you are one…
“I don’t know about the rest of you, but God doesn’t let me get away with stuff. He has always busted me or laid such a heavy burden of guilt on my conscience that I couldn’t bear it”
DMW, Part of my journey saw me so bummed because I didn’t “hear” God as others seemed to so often. I thought I needed to hear an actual voice to validate myself. This led me to forget about those times when I just knew I was to speak to a person, etc.
As I read those words above it made me almost laugh because there have been times when I decided to cross a line or was getting ready to that my heart about burst out of my chest. If He didn’t offer me those moments who knows where my flesh would have led me?
Anyone know how Steve did today?
London, no word on Steve…if/when anyone finds out please let us all know.
I hope all is well with everyone. Every time I see the Matthew 18 is not used enough I cringe I saw it used all the time, on the mentally ill, people who struggled with being terrified of some nutcase in the church and wanted help from the leadership, especially where property or money Money being the biggest one were in contention etc. I have never ever ever once ever one time seen it used on someone in leadership, unless it was by someone higher up the food chain, and always as a way to clear the road of obstacles. I dont think Jesus had this in mind with that verse, but like I have come to understand, what he thinks is rather irrelevant, at best.
I dont get where all these Religious guys get the idea God is killin anybody cuz they are homosexual. Good giggly wiggly, I never once see God blew through that trailer park with a tornado because of the divorce rate and drunkeness…or God sent that hurricane through the Wal-mart cuz they were selling imported Chinese made American flags. I seem to remember something about God not wanting any to perish…and being long suffering in the New testament. So sick of people blaming God or giving God the “glory” for the death of people and destruction of property
“Less famously than John Piper, Brock also blamed the tornado that hit the ELCA convention in Minneapolis last year on God’s wrath against homosexuality.” from the tony jones article. Forgot to include that part
just dropping in to say “hello”
My cousin John is going in for a similar kidney thing this week. Thankfully the big “c” didn’t spread.
John lights up the room when he walks in and to not have him around would be tragic.
Our family is thankful beyond words for a great prognosis.
prayin’ for steve-o as well
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Hi Kevin H,
No doubt many can relate to your feelings. Checking into PP and finding it shut down was to me like when my grandparents died and the uncle sold the house. I had been living out of state and when I returned to my home town to find the gathering place was no longer where the family met… tears at a persons soul, like a big gaping sinkhole in the earth.
Well, it never was the same after that, my grandmother and grandfather were the glue that held our entire family together, even with all the squabbling and bickering that happened, but we could ALWAYS count on family being there, good bad or ugly…
Michael was like that as well, he was the glue that held the “beautiful blog family” together, even with the great variances in differences of opinion. Its sad how having PP closed down has dispersed everyone “to the winds” so to speak,
the cohesiveness, albeit howsoever chaotic, at times has been lost and people are sorting out where to go from here. It aint easy, but life has a way of taking those sudden turns and abrupt stops.
Much Thanks BrianD~
for making room and showing great hospitality to all of us in your house!
Good news indeed about your cousin!
continued prayers for Steve…
Thanks, sis, and thanks, everyone!
Grendal, congratulations…you just posted the 1,000th comment on this blog!
You are now the proud owner of a BrianD Blog NoPrize ;)
Sis C. Your #27 was beautiful…I sat here with tears. Thank you for your thoughts that just reaffirmed my own.
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