Things I Think
Why can we not just mourn with those who mourn and pray that the departed were found by Christ before they left us?
2. Dear fundamentalist Facebookers… when we speak of someone “wrestling with their personal demons” we are usually speaking metaphorically and not of actual imps from hell. Thank you, please make a note of this going forward.
3. I just saw that Mars Hill is down to about 7500 people…who obviously are poorly taught because they care nothing about biblical ethics or standards.
4. I’m extremely weary of the criticism by some over the “relentless” campaign to bring Ergun Caner and Mark Driscoll to repentance. Let me assure you that if either one of those men placed you under “church discipline” they would be “relentless” in demanding yours. Evidently, if a celebrity pastor holds out long enough we’re supposed to grant an unconditional pardon based on endurance, not repentance.
5. Furthermore, please flush the old saw about “letting God handle it” in regard to corrupt pastors. God works through means and the means He usually works with are people acting in obedience to His word. God is handling these situations…and He’s using social media as part of the means to do so. Deal with it.
6. I do not deny that rogue pastors ministries produced fruit. I simply assert that the greatest fruit they could bear would be to teach their people how to repent and receive the grace of God.
7. I think the single most important theological development in my lifetime is N.T. Wrights exposition of the kingdom of God. Nothing else has brought such purpose and refreshment to my faith.
8. I find it to be a truth that when I am most concerned about my external righteousness is when my heart is farthest from God.
9. I find it to be a truth that when I strive to be “somebody” I cease being who I was fearfully and wonderfully created to be.
10. There is little more frustrating than longing to show mercy to someone who doesn’t realize they need it. Long to do so anyway…
Finally, today, I’m teaching through the Beatitudes and came across this gem from Luther quoted by Kent Hughes on “being hungry and thirsty for righteousness”.
‘The command to you is not to crawl into a corner or into the desert, but to run out, if that is where you have been, and to offer your hands and your feet and your whole body, and to wager everything you have and can do.’ What is required, he goes on, is ‘a hunger and thirst for righteousness that can never be curbed or stopped or sated, one that looks for nothing and cares for nothing except the accomplishment and maintenance of the right, despising everything that hinders this end. If you cannot make the world completely pious, then do what you can.’
Do what you can today…