Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Spinning the Generalities

Today's Non Sequitur comic strip drew a chuckle from me and has a theological hook, as it were, so I thought I'd include both:


How true. Confronted with God's holy law we try to justify ourselves by narrowly defining it to such an extent that we pass the test.

Under divine inspiration, the Apostle Paul wrote about this very thing in his letter to the Romans:

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Monday, October 26, 2009

A Pitiful Answer

This past weekend I ventured with my wife up to New York City. On Saturday as she hung out with her sister who had taken the bus down from Boston, I ventured around Lower Manhattan, taking in the sites, including Trinity Church, a historic Episcopal parish on the corner of Broadway and Wall Street.

I walked around the graveyard and admired the beautiful architecture and art both inside and outside the church. I love seeing how God is glorified in the beautiful artwork that adorns sacred spaces intended for the heralding the Gospel.

But of course, the Episcopal Church USA these days is not generally -- especially in liberal urban centers -- a fearless defender or even proclaimer of the historic Christian faith, so it was a bittersweet visit, all the more confirmed by a visit this evening to the "What We Believe" Web page for Trinity.

It was the following portion from the FAQ that prompted this blog entry and its title, because anyone who believes the answer the parish provided is truly to be pitied:

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Adoption: God's Work, Our Identity

Last night as my wife and I hosted our small group for fellowship, something struck me about the passage preached on Sunday, Galatians 4:1-7. The Lord brought to my attention that the action verbs in the passage were all performed by God (see portions in bold), with the result being the blessing of our identity -- notice the verb "to be" in italics -- as adopted children of God.

The one action verb undertaken by those of us in Christ (shown in bold and italics) is that of receiving God's gift!:

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Because Christ Has Made Me His Own...

Being at peace with God the Judge is great. Being made His child by His adopting grace in Jesus Christ is even greater, Sovereign Grace Ministries founder C.J. Mahaney preached in a guest sermon at Solid Rock Church in Riverdale, Maryland on October 18, from Galatians 4:1-7 on the doctrine of adoption.

Sovereign Grace churches are great about preaching, and should continue declaring the wondrous truth of justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, but we should grow in our embrace of the even greater truth of our sonship in God's family through the atoning work of Christ.

Camp out on this truth, Mahaney urged, memorizing and meditating on the passage to make the joyous truth of it sink in.

It's that point that brought me to see a tie-in with the previous week's sermon passage from Philippians 3:2-14. That message, from guest preacher Mickey Connolly of Charlotte's CrossWay Community Church, focused on the surprassing worth of knowing (and being known) by Christ.

Verses 7-14 particularly stuck out at me (emphasis mine):

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