Theological Fragments – 04.15.16
Earlier this week Joseph Franks wrote a piece picked up by The Aquila Report called Perspective is Everything in which he urged us to keep an eternal perspective on our current political climate. I really appreciated what he said and how he said it. Sometimes my West Coast laid back approach doesn’t convey the urgency required in certain situations. I’m afraid we are in the middle of one of those right now. Instead of my “hey let’s grab a coffee and discuss this” approach, Franks recognized the need to grab us by the shoulders and shake our irrational fears out f us. Sometimes, that is the approach that is needed. Head on over to Daily Devotions and read Perspective Is Everything. When you’re done, head over to Amazon or ChristianBook.com to pick up a copy of Standing Firm: A Christian Response to Hostility and Persecution and meet me for coffee and we will discuss things.
Over at the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, Baylee Molloy wrote an intriguing article on The Economics of Human Trafficking. She gives a useful definition of human trafficking and provides some staggering statistics. The problem as she points out is the elementary economic principle of supply and demand. The high profitability coupled with the low risk makes this an enticing option for traffickers. She ends with this strong plea
God has created each person with immense worth, and human trafficking is a direct contradiction to God’s purpose for human life.Human trafficking attempts to strip individuals of their God given dignity and should no longer be tolerated as an industry in the global economy.
She’s right of course. This is a cause which the church must attack as it did with slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries. If you would like to read more on this topic, I have heard a lot of good things about The White Umbrella, a book which shares the stories of some who have escaped the nightmare of sex trafficking.
Finally, I want to mention a book that I’m very excited to read. One of my favorite preachers is Sinclair Ferguson and one of my favorite topics to listen to him teach on is the Marrow Controversy of the 1700’s. It is here where the church did a good amount of work on an issue that has reverberated even to this day. Issues such as whether we preach the gospel to all or just to those who show signs of being elect, are faith and repentance good works which merit something? Do we have to forsake our sins before coming to Christ? Can a person who is saved have a legal spirit? All of these issues and more were handled during this time. Sinclair Ferguson has written a new book called, The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters . If this book is anything like his lecture series (and I trust it is) then this is quite possibly the best book of the year. In his typical style, Sinclair Ferguson made an old historical dispute come to life for me. I’m really looking forward to this book!
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