29 March 2013

This 'n' That

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Looking at many seeker-driven churches, one would scarcely know that today is Good Friday. After all, why focus on sin and the sacrificial death of the Savior when you can be preparing to shoot confetti out of a cannon for Easter? It seems that Good Friday services quickly are becoming a thing of the past, as the megachurches instead try to squeeze in 65 Easter services, beginning Thursday night and not finishing until Sunday. The cross is diminished, and the celebration of Christ's resurrection is downgraded to something akin to a child's lavish birthday party, with balloons, Easter eggs, confetti and poorly acted dramas.

To be sure, Jesus is alive, and thus Good Friday, while somber, nevertheless fills the Christian with gratitude. After a night of agonizing prayer, an arrest and a joke of a trial, our precious Lord bore a cross to Calvary and stretched out His arms, willingly allowing the nails to be driven through His perfect flesh. At any moment, He could have put a stop to the proceedings, but in perfect obedience to His Father, our Savior voluntarily and without reluctance fulfilled God's own prophecies as He became the unblemished, atoning sacrifice for the sins of those who would believe. Bearing the wrath of God, the punishment for the sins of men, the perfect God-man would fully and completely accomplish His work. The veil was rent, it was finished. And though on that day, His followers still did not understand that He would be raised, today we can look ahead to that glorious resurrection. In doing so, however, let us not overlook the suffering, sacrifice and crucifixion of Christ, the Lamb of God slain for sinners.

Ponder that truth, even before you peruse the remainder of this post. Then come back and enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • In Paul's letter to Titus, and in his first letter to Timothy, he speaks of the qualifications for elders, and indicates that the faithfulness of his children and family are to be considered. The Cripplegate has provided a couple of posts on that topic this week. Start here as Jesse Johnson presents three views on the elder's 'faithful children', and then be sure to also read Josiah Grauman's thoughts on who disqualifies whom.
  • Look, I don't care what your eschatology is, but make sure you check with your neighbors before doing this.
  • To Starbucks or not to Starbucks?
  • Voices in your head? Trying to convince yourself that it's God? Take some time to really examine that before you claim your own 'still, small voice' experience.
  • Here's just a few reasons why we can know that the apocryphal writings were not as common and widely used as the New Testament canonical texts.
  • Has your child been reincarnated? If so, you may want to get them a spot on this reality show. Just make sure your kid doesn't claim that he used to be an Egyptian pharaoh or something crazy like that. I mean, that just isn't believable.
  • Dr. Steve Lawson preaching last Easter on 2 Corinthians 5:14–15, 'One died for all':

7 comments:

  1. Where I live, I've already seen a couple of men carrying large crosses on their shoulders walking down the road to remind people of the resurrection. It's a wonderful sight to see. So it's not all bad news out there...

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  2. Thanks for the link to the piece from The End Time. It is thorough, and says with clarity what I know to be true but have been unable to express. I heartily recommend it to all, especially those who are familiar with the expression but not its source and true meaning.

    With my roots in the Pentecostal movement, I formerly used the 'still, small voice' bit to justify all kinds of foolishness. Praise God for His sufficient Word - we have the rest of our lives ahead of us in which we'll never exhaust its riches!

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  3. Tim Keller speaks weasel words to me. He's a very dodgy and disingenuous person and someone Christians would do well to stay clear from.

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  4. Linda, our church's youth carry the cross up the road on Good Friday as well. Local sheriffs accompany them with lights flashing. When I moved to GA from New England I had been saved only a very short while. I thought the cross carrying event was weird, amazing, perplexing... in other words, I had never in my 45 years of living had seen anything like it and didn't even know what to think. My eyes could barely process the sight. The cross is a dramatic and stupendous thing to non-believers and to new believers alike. (As well as to the mature who never tire of the cross's wonder, either!) Yes, it is not all bad news out there, I'm grateful that there are still youth who still want to carry the cross and be publicly identified with Christ!

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    1. Elizabeth, What an awesome event to witness not too long after you were saved. The Lord was just blessing your socks off huh!.

      I live right next to you in Alabama so it must be more of a Southern thing.

      thanks for sharing Elizabeth Prata

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  5. Thanks for linking to Sola Sisters article about Starbucks. Well spoken ladies! This "boycotting" nonsense needs to stop. We aren't called to boycott non-Christian businesses. We are called to share the Gospel in love.

    The Lord's supper - remembering His death until He comes!!! During last month's communion, we had a fabulous sermon given by three pastors, on the completed work of Christ, with a panoramic view from the Old Testament to the New. Every time we break bread, Christ's finished work is front and center! As it is written, "these are they which testify of Me [Jesus Christ]"

    -carolyn

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  6. As for Tim Keller I do agree with him but without sounding like a post modernist.

    It has to do with the principles of two kingdoms in reference to the civil kingdom. The civil kingdom must protect the life and liberty of its citizens and it must allow individuals adult to make private social contracts as long as force and fraud is not employed. I look at gay marriage in the same way as heterosexuals living together outside of marriage, while it is sin its, it should not be illegal; it is not role of government to prohibit nor force other to support gay marriage.

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