Archive for the ‘Repentance’ Category

80% ally?

December 4, 2007

My old friend Russell Moore, who is now the dean of the school of theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, gave some salient commentary on the issue of abortion as it relates to presidential candidates. Check it out here.

If we join Pat Robertson and endorse the pro-abortion Guiliani (whom Moore calls an “80% ally”), asserting that our greatest foe is the Islamic jihadists and that national security is the key issue, then we are really saying that we want to preserve a nation under the curse of God for its bloodlust against our little image bearers in the womb without a voice. No. End the intrauterine holocaust so that there is something to preserve worth preserving.

Thank you, Dr. Moore.

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Why We Need Grace… Total Depravity Lived Out

October 3, 2007

Are they worse sinners than we?

MESA, Ariz., Oct. 3 (UPI) — The sight of an old man being hit by a truck in Arizona touched off a feeding frenzy among witnesses who allegedly stole the dying victim’s groceries.

Not only were the man’s groceries taken, but the only person who tried to help him also had his own bags taken.

Could you preach the Gospel to those who stole this man’s food?  Did I tell you the man later died?  Tough – I know.  Grace needed all around.

 al sends

Messiah on a Couch

July 19, 2007

I generally am not a fan of contemporary authors putting Jesus in a scenario and imagining Him having a conversation with someone. Generally.

But I read a book recently called A Scandalous Beauty by Thomas Schmidt that has this very kind of thing in it. It communicates some quite profound things, though you have to be careful not to push all the details too far. The scenario has Jesus speaking to a modern psychologist.

Here’s an excerpt from pp. 55-57:

P: That’s great, Jesus, but I need to challenge you on this because I’m sensing some denial issues here. Let’s keep talking about your relationship with your Father. (more…)

When you’re wrong you’re wrong…

May 25, 2007

When writing for public consumption (at which, I am a novice) one should not answer brothers-in-Christ the way one does the average passerby.

Why? Well, God says that we are to love one another (in a particular way) so that the average passerby, rank heretic or raging atheist might pause and wonder at the Christ these brothers serve. And in wondering, glorify God. That should be motive enough.

Here is another reason. Since we know one another, how greater grace has overcome great sin in each of our lives, we should be on a hair trigger to offer that same grace in these disputations. There is the whole thing about have received much and much being required. Oh, and it is required of ME! Not some disembodied soul in the nether regions of cyberspace. ME. I have received much and there is much required of ME.

With that in mind:

I was wrong. I was wrong to answer my brother (in the post below) the way I did. I was wrong to make this personal by answering him by name. I was wrong to impute motive to his questions and I was wrong to simply try and win an argument.

With that in mind… I repent of the above and ask him for forgiveness. I will endeavor to make amends in private but, public sin – public confession.

al sends…