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One of These Things is Not Like the Others…

Many in the evangelical and reformed churches treat the moral law of God like it was part of that old Sesame Street song. You remember the song?

One of these things is not like the others, One of these things just doesn’t belong. Can you tell which thing is not like the others, by the time I finish my song? 

Now you may think that sounds absurd. But it’s not. Watch:

As Christians we are free to have other gods before God.
As Christians we are free to make carved images of God.
As Christians we are free to take God’s name in vain.
As Christians we are free to do what we want on the Sabbath.
As Christians we are free to dishonor our parents.
As Christians we are free to murder.
As Christians we are free to  commit adultery.
As Christians we are free to steal.
As Christians we are free lie.
As Christians we are free to covet what does not belong to us.

One of these things is not like the others, One of these things just doesn’t belong. Can you tell which things is not like the others, by the time I finish my song?  

Of Jesus-Shaped Fortune Cookies and The Epic of War

We tend to forget that the Bible is one book. We tend to forget that the Bible is an exciting epic that not even Tolkien or Rowlings could reproduce. We tend to forget that THE Author has written a book so that we can stand back and say, “He did all that for His Son?” (You thought that I was going to say, he did all that “for me” didn’t you?? Guess what… the Bible is about Jesus… not you.)

Anyway…

As we consider the way in which we read the Scriptures, we need to remember that the Scriptures are not to be used like fortune cookies or even little personal words of encouragements. We are to read the Bible as a book about a holy war. Two Kingdoms have been at war since the early pages of the Scriptures- and the Kingdom of the Son is the one that has conquered.

So next time you are reading your Bible, ask yourself where the passage  falls in the history of redemption. What makes that passage special in the building of the Kingdom of God? What does that passage teach you about Jesus, the King? What does that passage require […]

Advancing the Kingdom ‘140 Characters’ at a Time

Last week I met a young man who said that he did not have Facebook because of theological and philosophical reasons. He did not get fully into all of the reasons, but he did say something that I have been thinking about from time to time this week.

“You cannot say everything that needs to be said in 140 characters.”

Okay, I will give him that. But one thing that we need to remember is that technological advancements have been at the center of biblical reformation. The invention of papyrus, paper, printing press, movable type, newspapers, magazines, radio, television, internet, blogs, and even Facebook/Twitter/Google+ can and have been used to advance the Kingdom of Christ.

So how should we respond to someone who says that you cannot say everything that needs to be said in 140 characters? I would  focus on two very different points when talking to someone who thinks along these lines:

Y wud u evr say all that needs 2 B sed? A fool sez all his mind        Pr29 

Re4m8n wood not oKur if re4mers refusd 2 rite trax. Bks R importnt; but trax & treatisz were at the <3 of re4m. 

So […]

Whatcha Presupposin’?

I have been reading a lot on biblical counseling lately as I prepare for a class at the beginning of August. What has impressed me over and over as I drudge through the 2700 pages of pre-class reading is that Biblical Counseling is nothing more than presuppositional counseling. We take the Word of God as it stands, presupposing that the Scriptures are sufficient for faith and life. Then they are applied to each situation that arises in a counseling setting. Seems logical to me.

A generation ago this was unheard of. The Church is making strides in believing and applying the Scriptures.