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3GT Episode 30: Keep the Sabbath Day Holy. But How?

Is the Sabbath now the first day of the week? Do you call it the Sabbath or the Lord’s Day? Can you have a “to-do” and “to-don’t” list without becoming legalistic about it? How do you rest on the Sabbath? How do you keep it like Jesus did? What do you do when you are asked to work on it? What if you are traveling and there’s no good church around? Are we more worried about legalism than obedience? And should you have a Sabbath bucket of toys like Kyle does? So many questions! Are there answers? Listen to 3GT and find out!

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The Expectation of Fasting

When Jesus was asked a question on the subject of fasting as recorded in Matthew 9, he answered in a way that God’s people should well understand.  He used a wedding metaphor.

Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, ‘Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?’ And Jesus said to them, ‘Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.’” (Matt. 9:14-15)

The basic lesson of this metaphor is that fasting is like waiting for a wedding. Better yet, fasting is like the bride longing for the wedding and bringing it more quickly by that longing. It is asking the lover of your soul to come and make a holy visitation.

With this metaphor, Jesus explained that his disciples were not fasting at the time because he was with them. But when he would leave to go to heaven where he is now, note what he says will happen. Look at the last three words of verse 15: “they will fast.” Jesus expects Christians to fast.

Our Lord made that clear earlier in the gospel of Matthew. […]

3GT Episode 29: How Do I Pray When I Don’t Feel Like It?

Our parishonier gets things rolling with this question. The prof tries to kick the can down the street, then runs to others for help. The pastor pontificates a bit about the place of the psalms and putting prayers in print. Fear of public praying is admitted. The role of the Trinity in prayer is pondered. Promises are claimed. False forms of prayer and hindrances to prayer are warned against. The Three Guys Theologize in practical ways on this episode!

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https://threeguystheologizing.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/3gt-episode-29.mp3

The Shoddiness of The Shack

With all the attention given to the movie The Shack, it would be good to take a careful look at the book it is based upon. The author, William P. Young, wrote The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity (Newbury Park, Calif.: Windblown Media) in 2007. Below is review of the book by Dr. Michael LeFebvre, pastor of Christ Church Reformed Presbyterian in Brownsburg, Indiana, and author of Singing the Songs of Jesus: Revisiting the Psalms and Exploring Ecclesiastes: Joy That Perseveres.

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The Shack is a modern day allegory of the Christian life. Like John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, William Young’s The Shack is a vivid tale designed to teach the reader about the way of salvation. But Young’s vision, while helpful in points, ultimately presents a different kind of salvation than that of Bunyan’s classic.

Bunyan’s pilgrim labors under the burden called “sin,” and he only finds freedom from its guilt by receiving forgiveness at the cross. Young’s protagonist is cast in a more postmodern image. The Shack’s central character is Mackenzie Phillips, whose struggle is not with sin and guilt; Mack’s burden is “the great sadness”—the accumulated emotional baggage from his abusive childhood and the death of his daughter. Rather than seeking his own forgiveness, Mack’s […]

Browse Worthy: Wisdom Wednesdays

Yes, I know it’s Thursday. And, yes, I know this is not the seminary I am “supposed” to be promoting!

But “Wisdom Wednesdays,” weekly videos produced by the Reformed Theological Seminary that are typically three-to-five minutes long, provide helpful, short meditations on an array of topics. For a few moments of sharpening, I appreciate receiving them each Wednesday.

For a good example, below you can listen to Dr. Scott Redd remind us of two vital Biblical principles in dealing with the immigration issue that, held in proper tension, provide the balance our nation so desperately needs. As you listen to most of the rhetoric out there, people typically uphold one to the exclusion of the other.

If you would like to subscribe to Wisdom Wednesdays, simply click this link to go to their YouTube channel.

3GT Episode 28: Rewind on the Lord’s Table

The 3GTers go back in time to pick up on their discussion about the Lord’s Table from Episode 23. A listener asked, “Wait a minute. What about dementia and the mentally disabled? How can they discern Christ’s body and blood to come to the Lord’s Table?” Aaron pulls out his handy dandy parishioner card, but when the professor and pastor take it on, he jumps right in as well. Our merciful Lord has answers!

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https://threeguystheologizing.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/3gt-episode-28-edit-3617-9-59-pm.mp3

The Eternal Glory of the Daily Grind

The following is a guest post by J.K. Wall who is a writer in Indianapolis. His modernized abridgment of William Symington’s work, Messiah the Prince Revisited, was published in 2014 by Crown & Covenant Publications. You can e-mail him at jk.wall@gmail.com.

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Work can be hell.

We do the same tasks over and over. And after we struggle and stress, even our greatest accomplishments fade quickly away.

We’re like Sysiphus, who the ancient Greek gods condemned to roll a stone up a mountain each day, only to watch it roll back to the bottom again. The gods thought, according to the French philosopher Albert Camus, that “there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.”

Moms especially—who do laundry, cooking, cleaning and picking up, day after day—can relate to Sysiphus.

With work so futile and its achievements so fleeting, would anyone be so bold as to say that your 9-5 job is eternally valuable?

I would.

When done well, earthly work delights and glorifies God. And since God is eternal, then His delight and glory have eternal value.

Right from the very beginning, the Bible tells us that our work exists to delight God.

God created Adam and immediately gave him a job to do: to […]

Browse Worthy: Digital Detox with David Murray

Our friend David Murray at HeadHeartHand has written a number of helpful articles as well as collected others on practicing what he calls “Digital Detox.” If you pick up your smartphone like an addict does a needle, you know what he means. We need the helpful ways he offers to navigate our online time more successfully, protect ourselves from its intoxicating and harmful influences, and be more Spirit-filled in the process.

Rather than listing here all of the resources, David has already done this for us on his blog. He has created a page that he will keep updating through the 2017 year. Simply go to the link below, and may the Lord help us live in freedom rather than cyber slavery.

Digital Detox Resources | David Murray

3GT Episode 27: A Strong Dose of Vitamin R

Kyle talks about his passion for church revitalization. Barry reminds him that church planters are the modern rock stars in the kingdom. But the Borgmeister trumps this suggestion by pulling out the apostolic card of revitalization, and then just has to mention the rural church. The guys tighten down on the Biblical call to being revived and keeping core things central. The connection between reviving pastors and reviving churches is explored. Pragmatism is warned against, while the place of pastor-coaches and prayer are discussed. Open wide and take your Vitamin R!

https://threeguystheologizing.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/3gt-episode27-12817-3-06-pm.mp3