13 April 2018

This 'n' That

The evangelical conference world has certainly given us plenty to talk about this week, hasn't it? (If you don't know what I'm referring to, don't worry about it, and consider yourself fortunate).

I've no desire to engage the social gospel issue currently at hand. I'd just be adding more murmurs to the already maddening noise, and there's simply no point in that. I would simply encourage all of us to engage this topic, and others, biblically, and to test anybody else's engagement of it against scripture. That means testing a man's hot-button issue-based sermon against the Word, and determining whether it divides that Word properly.

It amazes me how Christians so easily forget and fail to keep the main thing the main thing. We mirror the world in this, ready to jump on the latest bandwagon and blow that trumpet until folks are finally tired of hearing about it and we move onto something else. Funny how we voice our frustrations when the world does this, but are totally blind to our own guilt in this matter. Worst of all, the divisions among Christians do not go unnoticed by the world, and when we fail to display the unity that we are to share in Christ, we injure our witness.

That's why we must keep the main thing, or rather, the main Person, front and center: Christ. We must keep the gospel—the true gospel—at the heart of all our speech and behavior. It's astonishing, really, how difficult that can be in this world of constant political, material, and social distractions. May God help us keep our focus.

Speaking of distractions, I have another list of them for you today! So why not take a few minutes this weekend to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • We do not know when Christ will return, but we do know that He will return!
  • Oh, wait a minute. Forget what I just said. He's coming on April 23!
  • Read this. Study it. Learn it. Obey it.
  • I think I just found my dream job. Bonus that it's in Ireland. Please excuse me while I go pack.
  • We need to share Christ's view of Scripture.
  • I think it's safe to say that many Christians struggle with prayer, but it is our lifeline.
  • Now, that's a neat story!
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • This is a really helpful article that leads us to consider why we should be careful about baptizing young children.
  • What a comfort to know that our Father holds us tightly!
  • I'm no fan of Saturday Night Live, but this is funny. And true.
  • I wish that my writer's block could be this productive!
"By the key of faith, we fetch daily new grace out of Christ's treasury to sanctify us more and more." —Edmund Calamy