30 January 2015

This 'n' That

Thinking of celebrating with a good,
old-fashioned roller skating party. Who's in?
A couple of days ago, I felt a little bit like celebrating. I finally completed a rather large project that I had been working on for months (okay, one year and a few months, but who's counting?). So, as you can imagine, it felt really wonderful to finish it and yet, at the same time, it felt a little anti-climactic. No confetti dropped from the ceiling, no streamers were thrown, no noisemakers were blasted. It just happened that, after months and months of studying and writing, I hit 'save' for the final time (or at least for the final time that I would be creating new content). It was a silent victory, but a victory nonetheless.

It made me think about the Kingdom, and about that coming day when believers will all stand before the Lord for a judgment of the works they did in this life (2 Corinthians 5:10). A judgment, not of our sin, but of the deeds and fruit that were wrought in us following our salvation. How many, I wondered, who have labored silently for the Lord here on this earth, will be given their reward by Christ Himself before the masses of the redeemed? The world may not celebrate their works, but the Lord knows.

Brethren, we do not have to be 'radical' to be faithful. We do not need to change a nation, or a city, or even a neighborhood. We do not need to draw circles, or brush the hair of strangers, or travel to a third-world country to dig wells to fulfill our calling. No, we are to be faithful where God has placed us, and faithful to heed His call in whatever ministry He would graciously grant to us. Is that ministry your family? Praise God. Is that ministry a church? Praise God. Is that ministry your coworkers? Praise God. Is that ministry your neighbor? Praise God. Regardless of where​ your ministry is or to whom it is directed, the purpose of all of our ministries is the same: To unashamedly call people to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, and to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

And what if it is difficult? What if sin continues to weigh you down? What if you are persecuted?
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1–3)
Run on, brothers and sisters, and run well. But don't forget to pause for a moment so you can enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Julia at Steak and a Bible discusses the 'attractional' church model.
  • You have to love this reasoning: "Not only has the Holy Spirit inspired the written Word, but He also inspires fresh words to this day. Such words never carry the same level of authority as the written Word, but that does not invalidate them." Can someone please answer the question I keep asking: When and how does God, the King and Creator, ever speak less authoritatively? 
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable (thanks, Jason!).
  • One of the clearest, earliest summaries of Christian beliefs.
  • Repentance is missing from preaching today.
  • This is the newest book added to my wish list, and the Kindle edition is at an exceptionally good price right now. This means, of course, that it won't be on my wish list for long. Soon it will be in my Kindle library.
  • Why Steve Lawson has a portrait of William Tyndale hanging in his study (this article is an excerpt from the book linked above).
  • This week marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
  • Don't blame Perry Noble.
  • Nate Busenitz tackles biblical prophecy. Or rather, tackles attacks on biblical prophecy.
  • Did you, like me, miss the Sufficient Fire conference? Relive it.
  • Um…I don't even know what to do with this.
  • So...Justin Taylor at The Gospel Coalition wants to give you some 'biblical' reasons to doubt the 24-hour days of creation. Okay, who was surprised to see this article over at TGC?…Anyone?…Bueller?
  • I'm with Pastor Norman—please stop the 50 Shades of Grey sermons!
  • The Savior's love for His own:
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  1. No, Erin, the "Gospel" Coalition's propagandist piece did not surprise me one bit. One word: Keller. Two words: Social Gospel. Three words: Avoid them totally.

    1. I agree with you. Tim Keller is a co-founder of the Gospel coalition and for awhile has been espousing mysticism along with many aberrant teachings

  2. I followed the link to the Sufficient Fire Conference and from there to the link to Phil Johnson's sermon on "The Still, Small Voice". What a great sermon. I would encourage everyone to listen.

    - Deborah

  3. Morris definitively not mini given what he scams out of naive and gullible.

  4. Thank you for e-mailing me ThisNThat every week. I appreciate getting it. Joe Moore

  5. Erin, Justin Taylor's explanation of 24 hour day is confusing, meaning God and His Word is also very confusing, which means He must be the author of confusion. (OK, that is overstated!) God's Word must not really be intended for the masses, but only for scholars who can understand and interpret for the masses. I realize I do not understand perfectly God's Holy Writ, but I do know what a day is...


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