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What is Christian Marriage?

Following up on last week’s post I would like to share a message that was on the Renewing Your Mind broadcast this morning from R.C. Sproul. It is titled What is Christian Marriage?

From the website:

Before people try to redefine marriage, they need to first be able to define marriage. What is marriage? What is its purpose?

Even if you aren’t a Christian it might be helpful for you to take a quick listen. Sproul is an engaging communicator and It’s less than 30 minutes long. It may help you to better understand the perspective we bring to the marriage issue.

If I find the time I may follow up on this more this week. Enjoy.

Update: Jesus vs. Religion Guy is a Class Act

This gave me the warm fuzzies.

Jefferson Bethke the guy who made the Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus video responded to Kevin DeYoung’s critique. He proved himself to be a humble man of character with a very teachable spirit. We need more men like him among this rising generation of Christian leaders. Respect.

Here’s part of their email conversation,

I just wanted to say I really appreciate your article man. It hit me hard. I’ll even be honest and say I agree 100%. God has been working with me in the last 6 months on loving Jesus AND loving his church. For the first few years of walking with Jesus (started in ’08) I had a warped/poor paradigm of the church and it didn’t build up, unify, or glorify His wife (the Bride). If I can be brutally honest I didn’t think this video would get much over a couple thousand views maybe, and because of that, my points/theology wasn’t as air-tight as I would’ve liked. If I redid the video tomorrow, I’d keep the overall message, but would articulate, elaborate, and expand on the parts where my words and delivery were chosen poorly… My prayer is my generation would represent Christ faithfully and not swing to the other spectrum….thankful for your words and more importantly thankful for your tone and fatherly like grace on me as my elder. Humbled. Blessed. Thankful for painful growth. Blessings.

Grace and Peace,

Jeff

This my friends is what we call Christian brotherhood.

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9

Which is Better Jesus or Religion? (Hint: It’s a trick question)

Jefferson Bethke

Jefferson Bethke

Update: Bethke has since responded to Kevin DeYoung’s critique.

This week my Facebook newsfeed was booked solid with this guy’s face. It’s a 4 minute spoken-word poem by a fella named Jefferson Bethke titled “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus”. After about the zillionth repost of this thing I finally watched it. I’m sure you’ve probably seen it by now, but if not you should go take a look before reading on. It’s gone viral—at the time of my writing YouTube had it listed at just shy of 7 million plays.

I really dig Jefferson’s passion, his strong affirmation of the gospel, and his rejection of self-righteousness. BAM, nailed it! There is so much to be praised in this poem, and I do praise it, but I did feel a little irked by a couple things in the video. It took some time to sort through exactly why I felt that way… Read More…

I’m Not Dead

Just wanted to check-in and tell you that yes, I am still alive. These last few weeks have been busy, but fear not, there will be new content coming this week and much more in the future as I am planning out a schedule to blog with more frequency.

So stay tuned! If you aren’t subscribed, I recommend that you do so without delay.

Meanwhile, here’s a Spurgeon quote that I saw over at Challies this morning about the issue of God’s sovereignty and our responsibility:

“That God predestines, and yet that man is responsible, are two facts that few can see clearly. They are believed to be inconsistent and contradictory, but they are not. The fault is in our weak judgment. Two truths cannot be contradictory to each other. If, then, I find taught in one part of the Bible that everything is fore-ordained, that is true; and I find that in another Scripture, that man is responsible for all his actions, that is true; and it is only my folly that leads me to imagine that these two truths can ever contradict each other. I do not believe they can ever be welded into one upon any earthly anvil, but they certainly shall be one in eternity. They are two lines that so nearly parallel, that the human mind which pursues them farthest will never discover that they converge, but they do converge, and they will meet somewhere in eternity, close to the throne of God, whence all truth doth spring.”

 

Merry Christmas

Couldn’t quite finish the top 10 list today. It will be delayed until Monday.

Have a wonderful Christmas celebrating the birth of our Savior!

Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go

I was listening to Christian radio yesterday and was fortunate enough to hear the story behind one of my favorite hymns.

from Wikipedia:

“O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go” was written on the evening of Matheson’s sister’s marriage. Years before, he had been engaged, until his fiancée learned that he was going blind—that there was nothing the doctors could do—and she told him that she could not go through life with a blind man. He went blind while studying for the ministry, and his sister had been the one to care for him through the years, but now she was gone. He was now 40, and his sister’s marriage brought a fresh reminder of his own heartbreak. It was in the midst of this circumstance and intense sadness that the Lord gave Matheson this hymn, which he said was written in five minutes.

The story broke my heart and gave me a new appreciation for this beautiful song and the faith Matheson had in God’s promises. Here’s an arrangement of it by Ascend the Hill that I just love.

Take a listen. The lyrics are below if you want to sing along.

O Love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

O light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.

O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.

Repent or be Judged :) part 2

Okay, this post is long. I debated making this a 3 parter but I figured no one would read it on thanksgiving and I didn’t want to wait a week to wrap it up. So good luck!

Yesterday in part 1 I wrote about the softening of the gospel that often happens when we witness. Today I want to look at an example of evangelizing from the New Testament and some things we can glean from it. But first, a story.  Read More…