Perhaps it is not the culture that needs to repent of its failure to be Christian, but Christians who need to repent of being so lax in following Christ.
This is part II in a series on redemption. In yesterday’s post I talked about the puzzling problem of a culture that seems to love redemption, but doesn’t seem at all compelled by the real redemption that is central to the Christian message. Why is that? I think the problem lies in two separate but … Continue reading The Heresy of Underestimating God’s Grace. (Redemption in Christian Community part II)
Many people will say that church isn’t all that interesting. At some level, that’s because people who have not been reborn of the Holy Spirit don’t generally enjoy the real things of God, but in addition to the direct sinfulness of humanity, I think we Christians may also bear part of the blame for the … Continue reading Losing the Plot (Redemption in Christian Community Part I)
"You know how this wine was blended? Different types of Pharisee have been harvested, trodden, and fermented together to produce the subtle flavour. Types that were most antagonistic on earth.... The wickedness of other religions was the really live doctrine in the religion of each; slander was its gospel, and denigration its litany. How they … Continue reading The Pharisee Culture
After some discussion, I'm finding that I have to explain what I mean when I say that the rarer form of unprepared heart for the Gospel is despairing sin. Recall that my central understanding of the Gospel is that is at heart about the glory of Jesus Christ and the reign of His kingdom (Matt. … Continue reading Despair and Sin
Sounds like a bit of an internal contradiction, doesn't it? After all, Gospel is by definition Good News, that's what the word means. So why the provocative title? Well, the simplest answer is that I've been doing some pondering while reading a few books. It slows down my reading speed a lot, but I think … Continue reading The Gospel is Never Good News to an Unprepared Heart
Recently I've been reading some of the critiques unbelievers have about Christianity, and have been struck by a commonality that I have found in many of them. People began to read the Bible, found that the God of the Bible did not square with their beliefs in a loving and good God, and so they … Continue reading A Danger of Preaching a Substandard Gospel