Drinking Deeply

Wednesday, July 05, 2006 at 5:12 PM

Reading Deeply

Together for the Gospel is discussing relevance and the Gospel. Here's an excellent post by C.J. Mahaney.

Jollyblogger has a good summary and response to the various posts on relevance.

Along similar lines, For His Renown points out the greatest danger facing the church. What is it? Well meaning pastors who all confess the right things. Excerpt:
Many pastors are a threat to their churches because they show from what they say and do that they do not understand what Christianity is. They think Christianity is the best form of therapy. They think Christianity is about self-help. They think Christianity is about better marriages, better parent-child relations, better attitudes and performance at work, and on and on. You can see that this is what they think because this is what they preach. Fundamentally, they think that Christianity is about success here and now. Also, for them, when it comes to how we do church, what the Bible says does not matter. What works best is what we should do.
The Pyromaniacs are at it again. This time Frank Turk puts together a commanding post. Jesus saves us. Not a potential savior, but Savior. Excerpt:
Listen to me: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him -- this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, was crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. But God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.

This Jesus God raised up, and there are many witnesses of this fact. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.

Let everyone therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus who was crucified. And therefore, repent and be baptized for the sake of your forgiveness!

You! Jesus will not save you because you confess – confess because Jesus is a Savior: admit it! This is the Gospel – the Good News to men!
Theocentric posts a summary of what his discussion on the Davinci Code was like. He also posted a quick response to a question on "How much Scripture do we need to believe?"

And here's a sermon by John Macarthur on the sufficiency of Scripture. Take 20 minutes out of your day to read it.

Over at girltalk (yeah, I read it, what are you gonna do about it huh?), they're discussing the value of reading and they quote Spurgeon discussing Paul's command to Timothy to bring books.

listen to Mr. Spurgeon go off about books in response to this verse: “When you [Timothy] come bring the cloak which I [Paul] left at Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments" (2 Timothy 4:13).

"He is inspired, and yet he wants books! He has seen the Lord, and yet he wants books! He has had wider experience than most men, and yet he wants books! He had been caught up in the third heaven, and had heard things unlawful for a man to utter, yet he wants books! He has written a major part of the New Testament, and yet he wants books! The apostle says to Timothy and so he says to every Christian, ‘Give thyself to reading.’ The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains proves he has no brains of his own.”

Reformation Theology shares a story of a man who was blind until God opened his eyes. That's grace!

Bookwise, I've had the chance to read A.W. Pink's Attributes of God. (Availible online) In spite of the very childish cover, this book is intense. Each of the 17 chapters discusses one attribute of God, and it's just been awe-inspiring and eye-opening. Yes, I knew many of them already, but the way they are explained and discussed led me to great worship. Get it and read it. Keep it and treasure it.

I've also just started Luther's Bondage of the Will. More on this later. But suffice to say, it's good. I'll probably be doing some blogging about it.

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Anonymous theocentric522 said...

Attributes of God by A.W. Pink was life-changing for me. Glad you enjoyed it! You should also check out Practical Christianity.  

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