Theological Fragments – 04.27.2016
Last week at Meet the Puritans Joel Beeke introduced a new series of posts with a post called Assurance of Salvation . In the post he affirms the experiential knowledge that we have as Christians and yet issues a warning to be wary of its deceptions. He urges us to look for the faithful application of the signs of the state of grace presented in scripture. This promises to be a good series.
Erik Raymond recently wrote an article called The Soft Prosperity Gospel in the April edition of Table Talk Magazine. In it he reveals a handful of ways in which we have been duped into a soft form of the old prosperity pseudo-gospel. This is revealed in the way that we understand the role of suffering, the role of God, the shape of worship, the focus of devotion, and the object of affection. This article is good on so many levels and I pray that God will use it to help us each identify ways in which we have a distorted gospel so that we can return to the pure gospel of Christ.
I absolutely loved this post by David McLemore at For The Church in which he takes Jesus’ words in John 16:27 and expounds on what incredible news this is for us. In five short words, “The Father himself loves you”, Jesus turns our entire world upside down. How can the Father love a bunch of hooligans and sinners? How is it that he knows us (and our vile sin) so intimately and yet continues to love us? Head on over to For The Church and be encouraged. Read, The Father Himself Loves You.
In this fascinating article, The Telegraph describes how scientists have discovered a flash of light that occurs at the moment of conception. This happens when the sperm enters an egg and causes the calcium to increase to the extent that zinc is released from the egg. The released zinc binds itself to small molecules and begin to glow. The healthier the egg the brighter it glows.The practical application of this discovery is the ability to now pre-select eggs for IVF based upon the highest probability that it will result in fertilization. However, solely on the level of fascinating things to observe, this is way off the cool spectrum charts. Read, Bright flash of light marks incredible moment life begins when sperm meets egg
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