CRF Talk: Dealing with Weirdos Or Unity and Diversity in the Body

IntroductionOne of the glorious facts about living in God’s world is that He likes it messy. He likes it complicated, complex, and hard to understand. God thinks that’s a good idea. And we know this because He invented the Church. Knowing how different we all are, knowing how weird we all are, and knowing that…

Driscoll, Chan, and Harris

Here’s an interesting conversation between Mark Driscoll, Francis Chan, and Joshua Harris. I think Mark Driscoll’s questions are on the money, particularly his question at about the 8:50 mark, and the conversation that follows is the sort of conversation that many of us are having in various contexts. HT: Justin Taylor

NSA Disputatio Exhortation: Proving Your Liberty: Just How Free Are You?

What is liberty? What is freedom? First, we begin with the assertion that God is perfect freedom. Whatever freedom is, God is most supremely free. Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Cor. 3:17). We might be tempted to condense this talk into a sentence…

This Meal Means You Are Needed

One of the glorious transitions from the Old to New Covenant is the pouring out of the Spirit on all of God’s people, anointing all of God’s people as priests and kings and prophets in Jesus Christ. While access to the presence of God was strictly guarded in the Old Covenant and only certain people…

No Salvation Apart from Others

Love your neighbor as yourself. Bless those who persecute you. Do good to all men. Be hospitable. Be kind and compassionate. These are all well known commands that describe our duty toward others, all applications of the command to love our neighbors. But what we sometimes miss is how tightly God considers our love and…

Faith, Dads, and Children

Some thoughts on parenting over at Credenda (and hopefully some encouragement): Faith, Dads, and Children

Gold receiving Gold

Guroian citing Chrysostom again: “How do they become one flesh? As if she were gold receiving purest gold, the woman receives the man’s seed with rich pleasure, and within her it is nourished, cherished, and refined. It is mingled with her own substance and she then returns it as a child!”

Portraits of the King

Vigen Guroian cites John Chrysostom on parenting: “Let us bring them [our children] up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Great will be the reward in store for us, for if artists who make statues and paint portraits of kings are held in high esteem, will not God bless ten thousand times more…

Mark 3: From the House of Bondage to the House of God

IntroductionJesus ministry is focused on rebuilding the house of Israel. And this project is bringing the history of Israel to a radical head. Faithful Israel must follow Jesus as their Bridegroom (2:19) or else be swept away like the temple so many years before. A Withered Hand1 Kings 13 records the story of King Jereboam’s…

Proverbs 29:11-13

29:11“A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back.”This proverb can be illustrated by its six word structure: All of his wind Goes out A fool A wise one Behind Stills it The “it” suffix of the final word is feminine singular and refers back to “wind.” Thus, the proverb begins…