Drinking Deeply

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 12:09 AM

Reading Deeply

Still thinking on what to post.

Jollyblogger comments on the push toward "incarnational ministry" and how there is something missing. I agree, though I'd have to admit I never really thought about "incarnational ministry" as he's describing it.

Together for the Gospel puts out their "statement of faith." One thing did jump out at me though that I thought was interesting. Why do you think they included article 17 about the "staggering magnitude of injustice against African Americans"? While I agree that something like that is something we should be aware of, I was surpised that it was worthy of being place at the same level as things like "inspiration of Scripture", "Trinity", "Complementarianism" (and some might argue complementarianism isn't worth being put up there too, I agree in one sense but not in another).

Vincent Cheung talks about why God's sovereignty is such an important doctrine. He's working through a commentary on 1 Peter right now, each post has been well worth reading. So go back and read through them.

Paul Scott Pruett makes a compelling point about people being willing to die for a lie. Would you die for something you knew to be completely false? Laying your life down as a martyr?

An old sermon from John Piper on expository preaching. How I long for this type of preaching all over the world! If people were willing to listen to it, the revival we all pray for would already be here.
What gives preaching its seriousness is that the mantle of the preacher is soaked with the blood of Jesus and singed with fire of hell. That’s the mantle that turns mere talkers into preachers.
Reformation Theology puts up a post of "corporate confession." I thought it was really cool and this one cut me deep.
Minister: Blessed Jesus,
you offered us all your blessings when you announced…
“Blessed are the poor in spirit” —
People: but we have been rich in pride.
Minister: “Blessed are those who mourn” —
People: but we have not known much sorrow for our sin.
Minister: “Blessed are the meek” —
People: but we are a stiff-necked people.
Minister: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” —
People: but we are filled to the full with other things.
Minister: “Blessed are the merciful” —
People: but we are harsh and impatient.
Minister: “Blessed are the pure in heart” —
People: but we have impure hearts.
Minister: “Blessed are the peacemakers” —
People: but we have not sought reconciliation.
Minister: “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness” —
People: but our lives do not challenge the world.
Minister: “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you
and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me” —
People: but we have hardly made it known that we are yours.
Minister: Your Law is holy and your benedictions are perfect,
but they are both too great for us.
You alone are blessed.
People: We plead with you to forgive our sins
and give us the blessing of your righteousness.
Douglas Wilson posts on anger, righteous anger, and controling anger. It's a little bit long, but very much worth the read.

In order to be freed from our own fits of anger and rage, we must contemplate (through faith) the greatest display of wrath in the history of the world—the cross of Jesus Christ. There, in the wrath of God, the petty wrath of all His people was crucified. The solution to our anger is not to be our lack of anger. The solution to our fits of anger is God’s wrath with that anger. The solution to our anger is His anger. "Much more then . . . we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son" (Rom. 5:9-10). So we were saved from wrath by wrath. And if we have no glimpse of true wrath, we will spend our lives face down in the puddles of our own private animosities. Dear God, deliver us! But deliverance is only through the cross. You will be delivered from anger only by seeing how angry God was with it. And that is seen through the cross.

Teampyro continues the excellent postings with a Christian response to hell. It's excellent.

An old post I'm digging up.

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