18 July 2014

This 'n' That

On a shelf in my office (okay, it’s a cubicle, but ‘office’ sounds more prestigious, doesn’t it?) sits a small rear view mirror. Its purpose is to warn me of oncoming coworkers. As I glanced up the other day to see whose approaching footsteps I was hearing, I was reminded of an oft-used seeker-driven mantra. It may go something like this: ‘Why look in the rear view mirror of your past? God doesn’t!’ or ‘Your past doesn’t define you, so stop looking at it.’

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Yet, if we are honest, and if we are Christians, we know that occasionally glancing into our past is not a bad thing, even if it is littered with sin. Why? Because reminding ourselves of our former, unregenerate lives necessarily must lead us to praise God yet again for His great mercy and forgiveness. After all, in this is love in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Looking at the past reminds of us our justification in Christ and the gracious, merciful forgiveness granted to us in Him.

Further, when we remember where and who we were, we can better see and thank God for who we are. He did not save us and then leave us. No, He saved us and transformed us and is continuing to sanctify us. Looking at our past allows us to see the ongoing work of sanctification in our lives.

So while we ought not dwell on the past, or be burdened by it to the point of paralysis, we do well to reflect on it. And if we do so in light of the great, unfathomable mercy and character of God, then we will be driven to praise—and that, beloved, is the greatest by-product of all.

I've been quite busy this week (I'll share why next week), so today's round-up is a bit shorter than usual. Nevertheless, I hope you'll enjoy this slightly more brief week in review (kind of):
  • I don't know about you, but I'm so thankful for Harbinger author Jonathan Cahn. I mean, if it weren't for him, all those secrets and mysteries would still be trapped inside the pages of Scripture.
  • Paula White says you need to give $229 in July to be blessed.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Tony Dungy obviously has no concept of the monergistic work of God in salvation.
  • So…do you have to wear those ugly, uncomfortable bowling shoes to church?
  • I would like to be here.
  • A peek into the continuing Mars Hill/Mark Driscoll debacle.
  • I don't know how I missed this when it was announced last month, but apparently Joel Osteen now has his own channel on SiriusXM radio. So, yeah, that's pretty much terrible.
  • John MacArthur on churches that condone, accept and celebrate gay 'marriage'.
  • Your best life now, or later?


  1. I appreciate your efforts, Erin. The piece about Osteen's lies, as they (don't) apply to Third-World countries, hit very hard. Your work does not go unnoticed, dear sister. Thanks.

  2. I get what the folks at Third World Osteenis doing but it misses the mark. I remember downloading strange fire "The African Import of Charismatic Chaos (Conrad Mbewe)" and what was shared at our church from Nairobi 2013 - Gafcon (Global Anglican Future); the property ( gospel) heresy is rampant in Africa.

  3. I agree with Stephen above. Your work does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. You offer up a marvelous melange of discernment, thoughtful writings, some things that make us cringe, and a little something to make us smile. You have a deft touch for knowing just what to share. My wife and I look forward to Fridays to see what you've found. I often share your links with my pastor (with proper credit of course.)

    Keep up the good work!

  4. Acton, what specifically do you mean by "misses the mark"? on TWO?

  5. Hi Erin

    Really enjoy the web site. Enjoy the content and the theology.
    I have done so for a few years. Plenty of things to share with wife, family and friends are drawn from it regularly.

    May God bless you and the ministry.

    Ivan (Perth, Australia)

  6. I keep staring at Tony Dungy's Twitter post and all I can see is a young boy responding to God. What I don't see is why this post stands up to ridicule. Can someone explain?

    1. No ridicule intended, Paul. What I meant was exactly what I said, namely that the Twitter post in question reveals that Tony Dungy has no concept of the monergistic work of God in salvation. If he did, he would not be 'proud' of his son in that moment. What has his son done to make him proud? Did his son save himself?

      No, rather, if this boy has indeed been saved, it is due to a sovereign, merciful work of the triune God alone. There is no room for pride in salvation. May we never take credit—or offer credit where it is not due—for the work that God alone can perform.


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