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Another great quote from Hoekema (You need to read this book)

In books, loving jesus, quotes, recommendations, theology, you need to read this book on February 13, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Boom.

“Being a citizen of the kingdom, therefore, means that we should see all of life and all fo reality in the light of the goal of the redemption of the cosmos. This implies, as Abraham Kuyper once said, that there is not a thumb-breadth of the universe about which Christ does not say, “It is mine.” This implies a Christian philosophy of history: all of history must be seen as the working out of God’s eternal purpose. This kingdom vision includes a Christian philosophy of culture: art and science reflect the glory of God and are therefore to be pursued for his praise. It also includes a Christian view of vocation: all callings are from God, and all that we do in everyday life is to be done to God’s praise, whether this be study, teaching, preaching, business, industry, or housework.”

Seriously folks, The Bible and the Future is a goldmine. Eschatology matters, and the more I think about what God has done, is doing, and is going to do in history, the more I’m led to worship.

Which Jesus do you worship?

In books, loving jesus, quotes, recommendations on February 2, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Today I started reading Your Jesus Is Too Safe by Jared C. Wilson, pastor and blogger at The Gospel-Driven Church. I’ve been looking forward to starting it for a while now and I would highly recommend it (even by just reading the introduction!).

We live in in a culture that has many different pseudo-Jesuses (macho-Jesus, buddy-Jesus, therapist-Jesus, flowing-product-in-hair-Jesus, etc.). Unfortunately, these are just as present within the church as without. So, with the hope that you’ll see who Jesus really is, which Jesus do you worship?

“The great irony is that, despite being the most discussed and confessed figure in all of history, no historical figure has been more marginalized and commoditized than Jesus. For many today he is a generic brand, a log0, a catchphrase, a pick-me-up. He’s been fictionalized by The Last Temptation of Christ, and humanized by The Passion of the Christ, and satirized by South Park. He’s been romanticized by countless admirers, and sanitized by the Christian consumer culture.

Yes, even the church itself is guilty when it comes to the marketing of Jesus. We’ve put our own gloss on him, our own spin. It’s no wonder the world doesn’t get Jesus, because we’ve spent decades selling a Jesus cast in our own image. Even our religious ancestors feared the stern taskmaster Jesus. This quasi-Puritan Jesus liked to smack you on the knuckles with a ruler when you got out of line. Later, we received Postcard Jesus–the Coppertoned, blond-haired, blank-stare Jesus of the gold-framed portrait, a bland, two-dimensional figure occupying moral tales that help us to be better people. This flat portrait evolved into the Get-Out-of-Hell-Free Jesus, and this Jesus has inspired millions to say a prayer to get his forgiveness–and then go on living lives devoid of his presence….

…You’d think if anyone’s got a handle on Jesus, it would be the Christian church. But we’ve settled for the glossy portrait. We’ve used him and abused him, made him into types and stereotypes, taken his message out of context and made it about being a better person or being cool or helping us to help ourselves. Consequently, what we have today–in a world where Jesus is most cited, most recognized, and most admired–is a generation of people who don’t know the Gospels very well–which means we don’t know Jesus very well.”

Jared is a guy worth listening to. He was even nice enough to give me a copy of his book through a contest on Twitter. Check him out, but more importantly, check Jesus out. The real one. The one who is King.

Jesus, help my personality flaws.

In loving jesus, prayer requests on December 27, 2009 at 2:14 am

Following Michael Bird’s recent post, I have a confession to make: I am an introvert. While being an introvert isn’t a bad thing and I’m thankful that God made me one and I trust that he intends it for his glory, I often have a hard time expressing emotion to people. This is especially difficult during Christmastime. I have a hard time showing people how thankful I am. This is a personality flaw, and I want to nail it to the cross, relying on the Spirit to conform me more into the image of Christ. I can’t change this myself, but I do have a great God who can. I am extremely blessed by my generous fiancee, friends, family, and soon-to-be family in-law, and to all of you, thank you. Even more so, I have an extremely gracious and generous God who blesses and saves ill-deserving sinners like me. So Jesus, help my personality flaws.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” – Colossians 3:16

A few things to be excited about.

In books, exciting news, loving jesus, music, recommendations on October 1, 2009 at 11:31 am
  1. Jesus is alive.
  2. Tim Keller’s new book, Counterfeit Gods (of which you can download the intro here)
  3. Tim Keller’s new blog.
  4. Michael Horton’s new book, The Gospel-Driven Life.
  5. The Avett Brothers’ new album, I and Love and You.
  6. A free Sojourn demo of “O For A Thousand Tongues”.

Jesus wants the rose.

In loving jesus, videos on April 8, 2009 at 1:05 pm

2008 Election Day

In quotes on November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm

Well today is election day.  I hope you voted.  As frustrating as this election has been for many of us, it is good to know that “the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will” (Dan. 4:32).

Mark Driscoll had some excellent thoughts about the election here.  He pretty much sums up the way I’ve been feeling about it.

“… sadly, no matter who wins there will be no call to personal repentance of our own personal sins which contributes to cultural suffering and decline such as our pride, gluttony, covetousness, greed, indebtedness, self-righteousness, perversion, and laziness. And, in four years we’ll do it all again and pretend that this time things will be different. Four years after that, we’ll do it yet again. And, we’ll continue driving around this cul de sac until Jesus returns, sets up his throne, and puts an end to folly once and for all.”

I just want to say that I in no way encourage or promote political apathy.  However, I do not believe that the election should ever take primacy over the gospel.

Carson, Keller, & Piper on Mercy + The Gospel

In theology, videos on November 1, 2008 at 10:53 pm

Good, gospel-centered stuff.

HT: Chris McElwee

J.C. Ryle on preaching

In quotes, recommendations, theology on July 30, 2008 at 5:12 pm

A couple months ago I had a post (on my old blog) about the importance of clear gospel preaching.  Well, today I was reading the publisher’s introduction to J.C. Ryle’s Holiness and came accross this gem:

“You preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ so fully and clearly that everybody can understand it.  If Christ crucified has not His rightful place in your sermons, and sin is not exposed as it should be, and our people are not plainly told what they ought to be and do, your preaching is no use. (pg. xii)”

I’ve been quoting a lot of Anglican’s lately.  Maybe we’ll get some Baptists up in here soon.

J.I. Packer on the Gospel

In quotes, theology on July 9, 2008 at 9:24 pm

Lately I’ve been reading J.I. Packer’s classic, Knowing God.  Since the question of “What is the Gospel?” is so hot right now, I thought I’d share my good friend James’ answer.

“Were I asked to focus the New Testament message in three words, my proposal would be adoption through propitiation, and I do not expect ever to meet a richer or more pregnant summary of the gospel than that” (Knowing God, pg. 214)

Dang.