I think many of my readers may be interested in downloading and listening to these two sermons. I’ve yet to listen to them, but I will very soon. Jim Elliot has been a great Christian hero to me, and to find out that you can listen to a sermon or two of his is a great blessing.
I hate to post two quotes in a row, but this one really just hit me so hard when I read it (HT: Hannah.) Isn’t so amazing how we are so meek and mild when it comes to our faith? Isn’t it amazing how silent we become when it comes to the gospel which we so gloriously proclaim on Sunday morning? Think about this:
“We are so utterly ordinary….We are spiritual pacifists, non-militants, conscientious objectors in this battle-to-the-death with principalities and powers in high places. Meekness must be had for contact with men, but brass, outspoken boldness is required to take part in the comradeship of the Cross…… The world cannot hate us, we are too much like its own. Oh that God would make us dangerous!”
“The basic problem of Christians in this country,” says Francis Schaeffer in A Christian Manifesto, “in regard to society and in regard to government, is that they have seen things in bits and pieces instead of totals.”
Furthermore, Christians have very gradually “become disturbed over permissiveness, pornography, the public schools, the breakdown of the family, and finally abortion. But they have not seen this as a totality — each thing being a part, a symptom of a much larger problem. They have failed to see that all of this has come about due to a shift in the world view — that is, through a fundamental change in the overall way people think and view the world as a whole.”
So, what is this “much larger problem”?
Some people might understand the subtle humor in that title (hint: read my profile).
Anyway, after some deep consideration, I’m going to keep up this “short” posting process to some degree. It will be intermittent with longer posts on issues that require more than a short post. But I really enjoy reading short snippets every day instead of a huge chunk once a week. And the conversations and discussions that we’ve had are fantastic.
I also liked how the nanoblog is working as an “extra” page for the main blog. So, let me know what you think about this “change” as I work to keep blogging amidst a busy year ahead.
Be it by water or by fire, oh, make me clear, oh, make me clean!
So wash me now, without, within, or purge with fire, if that must be,
No matter how, if only sin die out in me, die out in me.
Check it out on the right side. The brand new Agent Tim Online podcast. You won’t want to miss this discussion on the emerging church and post-modernism.
To be short, I’ll quote John Piper here.
Justin Taylor drew our attention to the fact that Wayne revised section F1 in his new edition of Systematic Theology (pp. 982-983). The section is titled, â€œDo Churches Need to Be Divided Over Baptism?â€
In the first edition, Wayne answered that question no. In the new edition, he does not answer it.
So, I guess you need to do one of two things. Either read the revision and then comment, or just state your views on whether or not churches need to be divided over Baptism. Grudem doesn’t know. Piper says it should not. But what do you say?