Garrett Kell wrote a piece over at the Gospel Coalition entitled Finding Forgiveness After my Abortion. In it he shares the gospel proclamation in which Christ was crushed for our sins so that we don’t stand condemned. I think you will enjoy reading this. As Christians we understand full well that we are the most undeserving of all sinners and yet we stand before God as justified. That should affect how we view others. If we have passion without compassion then we do not have the heart of Christ. The Christian has a duty to not only to oppose injustice but also to have compassion on the lost; for Christ had compassion on us.
Last week, Michael Kelley wrote a blog post at For The Church decrying self-condemnation. It’s really a good read. Please note that I do not believe that the author is talking about conviction leading to a recognition of the need to repent. He specifically mentions a posture of pride that accompanies our self-condemnation. He’s on to something here. I would like to explore this a little in the comments if anyone is willing to take on this topic.
Over at The Blazing Center, Matt Rogers is writing about the hopelessness we sometimes have when we do not feel like we are making progress. He encourages us to hold fast to Christ and not lose heart, for he is “making us perfect, whether we feel like it or not”. Head on over and give it a read.
The Christian Post recently wrote an article on a family in Norway whose children were seized and are now entering the adoption process. What crime did their parents commit? Their parents taught them that God punishes sin. It’s not entirely clear if there is more to the story but this is one to keep your eyes on.Pray for truth. Always pray for truth. As the facts start to come out we will know more. If there is something sinister going on with the parents such as abuse or molestation then the children are victims and need protection. If this is what it is starting to look like (i.e. the state controlling the beliefs of the citizens) then this is something to beware of. Read the article here and pray for truth to be revealed.
The topic of sin is vitally important to Christian theology. If sin is not an issue then we have no need for the cross. Why do Christians talk about sin so much? Richard Phillips gives a good explanation that he adopted from James Montgomery Boice: “It is simply because Christians are realists. They recognize that sin is an everyday experience and the number one problem of mankind. What is more, they recognize that the Bible everywhere insists upon this.” However, Phillips takes it one step further and explains that we have good news to offer. He hits the nail on the head. Our hamartiology can’t end at the problem. It leads naturally into our soteriology.Read, Why We Talk About Sin
I’m getting ready to post a review on a book called Family Worship by Donald S. Whitney. It’s published by Crossway and will be released on January 31. It’s short but powerful. I think you may want to get your hands on this one.
I’m reverting back to my background in philosophy for a moment and I’m going to recommend a book that I normally wouldn’t. Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason is a book that I recommend that everyone read at least once in their life. This is not because I think that Kant has stumbled upon truth. In fact, I think quite the opposite. However, I can’t think of a single book that has influenced the Post-Christian mind more than Kant’s magnum opus. It’s thick reading but if you want to understand the modern mind this is a foundational book. You can find it for cheap, but the Cambridge Edition is by far my favorite translation. You should take your time with this one. You will want to. Take the entire year if you need to.Perhaps we can discuss his contributions to modern philosophy in 2017.
If you want to start with an introduction to Kant I’d recommend the VSI book by Roger Scruton. More so than anyone else, I think he has captured the essence of Kantianism without over complicating it. It may be the best place to start if you are new to Kant’s philosophy.
Of course, you will also need to renew your mind in which case I recommend the ESV Jouraling Bible. I have found that the wide margins with lines for note taking come in handy for working through passages and mining the meaning. Read this (or any other solid Bible) regularly.
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