Daily Archives: May 4, 2014

William Lane Craig asks: should Christians embrace postmodernism?

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Dr. Craig thinks that Christianity does a lot better when it is commended to others using logic and evidence. He thinks that postmodernism undermines logic and evidence.

Sean McDowell has more on what this means for Christians:

In Postmodern Youth Ministry, for example, Tony Jones argues that postmodernity is the most important culture shift of the past 500 years, upending our theology, philosophy, epistemology (how we know things), and church practice. It is an “earthquake that has changed the landscape of academia and is currently rocking Western culture.” (p. 11). Thus, to be relevant in ministry today, according to Jones and other postmodernists, we must shed our modern tendencies and embrace the postmodern shift.

For the longest time I simply accepted that we inhabit a postmodern world and that we must completely transform our approach to ministry to be effective today. But that all changed…

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Do Not Be Surprised… This ‘n’ That (02 May 2014)

 

  • New Age Mormon Glenn Beck spoke at Liberty University. Again.
  • Here’s another report on that.
  • No, that guy didn’t really go to Heaven.
  • Speaking of gimmicks: physical fitness is good. Substituting ‘workouts for Jesus’ as worship? Not so good.
  • A 2008 article about Benny Hinn that a few people *cough*Michael Brown*cough* might need to read.
  • Hey look! Benny Hinn ecards!
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Do we believe the Bible is enough?
  • A little Roman Catholic folly for you.
  • Now we finally know what Jesus looked like.
  • Well, I’m glad this kid didn’t seem to hurt himself, but honestly, what a stupid thing to do.
  • Good grief, Oprah starring in ‘The Shack’? Isn’t this one of the signs of the apocalypse?
  • Hey, if you want so-called ‘marriage equality,’ you can’t speak against this at all.
  • Could it be that the cubicle isn’t such a curse after all?
  • A Pyromaniacs conference? Can it be true? But alas, unless it’s in my backyard I won’t be able to attend. Will you send me a postcard if you go?
  • Sigh. Sad that this accurately portrays American evangelicalism.
  • The Fall and need of redemption:

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Distinguishing Consequences And Condemnation

Reading all the blogs and comments about what happened with Bob Coy reveal that lots of people confuse these two categories which results in two basic responses. Some people question his salvation: “how could anybody really be a Christian and make the mistakes Bob has made? Off with his head.” Others say, “Wait a minute. We’re no better than he is so why does he have to lose his job? After all, don’t we believe in grace and forgiveness?”

The first group needs to be reminded that God’s love for us and acceptance of us does not in any way depend on what we do or don’t do, but rather on what Jesus has done. Who we are before God has nothing to do with us—how much we can accomplish, who we can become, our behavior (good or bad), our strengths, our weaknesses, our past, our present, our future, and so on. Who we are before God (our identity) is firmly anchored in Jesus’ accomplishment, not ours; his strength, not ours; his performance, not ours; his victory, not ours. Our guilt is met with his grace, our failures with his forgiveness, our mess with his mercy. God only loves bad people because bad people are all that there are.

The second group needs to be reminded that consequences on the ground of life are real. Real people make real mistakes that require real action to be taken. So, for instance, we can talk bad about our boss without sacrificing one ounce of God’s acceptance because, before God, “our sin has been atoned for, our guilt has been removed.” We stand before God clothed in the perfect righteousness of Jesus. Justified. In forever (no vertical condemnation). But we might still lose our job (horizontal consequences). We can make the mistake of driving 100 MPH on I-95 without losing a bit of God’s love for us because “Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus” (no vertical condemnation). But we might still lose our license (horizontal consequences). When we confuse consequences with condemnation and vice versa, we don’t know how to make sense of things when tragedies like what happened to Bob (or us) take place.

The truth is that when we are in the throes of consequences for foolish things we do, our only hope is to remember that “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” In fact, the kind of suffering that comes from the consequences of sin is like a brush-fire that burns away every thread of hope we have in ourselves and leaves only the thread of divine grace.

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Taking God at His Word: An Interview with Kevin DeYoung

Rev. Kevin DeYoung The Bible stands at the heart of the Christian faith, but people disagree about its nature and authority. Can we trust the Bible completely? Can a book written so long ago be relevant to the demanding challenges of the 21st century?

Rev. Kevin DeYoung (@RevKevDeYoung) is senior pastor at University Reformed Church (RCA) in East Lansing, Michigan.

Taking God at His WordBible Gateway interviewed Rev. DeYoung about his book, Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me (Crossway, 2014).

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5 Ways to Empower Homeless People

homelessHomelessness is one of the most widely recognized faces of poverty. Wherever you live and whatever your socioeconomic status, chances are you’ve encountered homeless people. Maybe you avoid them out of fear that someone desperate enough to ask a stranger for help might also be desperate enough to take advantage of you. But if you want to do more than say “God bless” or “good luck” (James 2:14–17), here are some practical ways you can make an impact on the life of a homeless person:

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Dead to Sin in Life

 

Julie Ganschow speaks for all of us when she writes:

We often wonder why we have no power to carry out spiritual things. We wonder why our prayer life is flat lining, why our desire to read God’s Word is steadily waning, and why our joy is incomplete. The answer is very clear and it is found in this passage; we are not living or believing as though we are dead to sin.

Read her developments of this important thought from Romans 6 in Dead to Sin in Life.

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