Billy Graham marking his 95th birthday shared his last crusade that carried a simple message: there is no way for salvation, but through the Cross of Christ.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is one of those classic films I hadn’t gotten around to seeing other than having caught the end on TNT one day. But today I saw it and came away with a different conclusion. Spoilers follow. At the end of the film, we learn that Tom Doniphan (John Wayne) really […]
(First published in 2010) I am not nearly as thankful as I ought to be. The two most important days of my life I often take for granted. The First Day was the day that Christ died for my sins. Jesus took the punishment for every one of my sins, even the ones I haven’t […]
Apt words from Leon Morris in his work, The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross: In the last resort forgiveness is always due to God’s being what he is, and not to anything that man may do. Because God is God, he must react in the strongest manner to man’s sin, and thus we reach the […]
British pastor Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) had this to say about the glory of our salvation in The Treasury of the New Testament, Volume 1: The glory of salvation is that whoever believes in the Lord Jesus is completely pardoned. It is not some of his sin that is put away, but all of it. […]
Ray Ortlund, pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, TN, explains what it means to be a gospel-centered church: A gospel-centered church holds together two things. One, a gospel-centered church preaches a bold message of grace — so bold that it becomes the end of the law for all who believe. Not our performance but Christ’s […]
From Dynamics of Spiritual Life: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal by Richard Lovelace: The substitutionary atonement is the heart of the gospel, and it is so because it gives the answer to the problem of guilt, bondage and alienation from God. The earlier this answer can be spelled out in the process of evangelism and […]
Some miscellany, a lot of health care reform links, for your evening. Rachel Motte: Declare the Word in Zion: America and the Middle East Read My Lipstick Network: White House Health Proposal Claims The Iowa Republican: Should Voters Call for a Constitutional Convention Roscommon Acres: The Pearls, abuse and a false gospel Sarah Palin: More […]
I hadn’t allowed myself to think of it as a baby. When I came to terms with the reality that there was a person inside of me, I wondered, “How can I destroy a life?” I just knew I couldn’t.
Some miscellaneous items of interest for me as I’ve scanned the news & blogosphere for you (ok, as I’ve scanned my Google Reader). Christianity Today: In the Beginning, Grace by Mark Galli Katie Favazza: Tuesday is National Call Congress Day City of Brass: Sarah Palin on Islam and China (HT: Conservatives 4 Palin) Principled Discovery: […]
Enjoy the miscellany! R.C. Sproul: Grace Alone (HT: Reformation Theology) Christianity Today: The Health Care Debate, Early Church Style National Review: A Deck Stacked with Race Cards by Jonah Goldberg (HT: World Mag Blog) Baptist Press: Former NFL coach Tony Dungy to Michael Vick: ‘Where was the Lord in all of this?’ (HT: Kevin Bussey) […]
1. “We Call It Religious Freedom” by Chuck Colson It seems one man’s religious freedom is another man’s “ridiculous prejudice.” One government official fumed that Catholic doctors were refusing to perform abortions—abortions that were perfectly legal. He wrote in a memo: “After all, these scruples are in most cases nothing but ridiculous prejudices . . […]
I’ve been preaching a series about Christ on the Cross. It has been been great now four weeks in (at least for me, I hope for my congregation as well). It’s been a reminder that it’s all grace. God in Christ took the initiative and completed the work, the sacrifice needed for salvation. The Apostle […]
Thomas Watson (1620-1686) a Puritan preacher and author wrote about Christ: Christ is the most tender-hearted physician. He hath ended his passion but not his compassion. He is not more full of skill than sympathy, ‘He healed the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds’ (Psalm 147:3). Every groan of the patient goes to […]
1. John H. Walton, Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College & Graduate School, lectures on “Genesis and Cosmology” (click his picture to get to his lecture and power point presentation). It expanded my view of Genesis 1 and its context. He contends that Genesis 1 doesn’t address the time span for matter or structures […]