A comment made by Martyn Lloyd-Jones in the introduction to a collection of his sermons on the Sermon on the Mount is still relevant today. We need to be honest about the Church’s failures, repent and begin again.
This post is a reaction to Paul Wallace’s article in the Huffington Post as to why he teaches evolution in the church. There are some underlying assumptions that need to be examined and this post is an attempt to do so.
The temptation to respond in anger to militant atheism is strong. We should keep several Scriptural principles in mind when atheism strikes.
We all have had to deal with difficult people at one time or another. In the midst of the difficulty we are called to love the difficult person. We need to interact with that person with both grace and truth. Jesus is our example on how to maintain this balance.
I wanted to choose some verses as a point of emphasis in 2012. I chose Philippians 4:4-8. I see 5 thing which begin with R on which to focus this year.
One of the accusations against Christians is that we have a psychological need to believe a fantasy. In other words we make up a belief in God to provide comfort against the unknown. Our belief in God is like whistling as we pass through the graveyard. It doesn’t provide any real benefit but it makes us feel better. Is this true? How should we respond?
The culture surrounding the church is no longer supportive of her mission. As a result, we need to train members to defend their faith. We especially need to equip the youth in the church to understand what they believe and why they should believe it. We, as the church, have the truth of Jesus Christ. If it is the truth, it will be able to stand up in the marketplace of ideas.
The desperate posts in the great battle often are given to those whose faith is strong enough to weather seemingly unanswered prayer. So says C. S. Lewis in the essay on which this post is based.
To prime the pump for New Year’s Resolutions, a list of Jonathan Edwards’ resolutions might be helpful.
I fail to see the importance of some of the “Put Christ back in Christmas” rhetoric. How about we live changed lives instead?