Friday, April 28, 2017

Can't Help But Be Excited!

Saving Our Sons

Earlier this year the Front Porch National Conference: "Just Gospel" took place. You can view the talks here but I would like to highlight a specific panel discussion that took place featuring two of my favorite people; Eric Mason and Bobby Manning. Both are husbands, fathers, and pastors. Both of them are working hard in the trenches and are worth giving an ear.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Don't Miss It!

Sometimes God's will is so plain we miss it looking for something we think is greater.

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 ESV

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Two for Tuesday - Emerson, Lake and Palmer

One of the nice thing about Tuesday is listening to the music of my youth on the local classic rock station. This morning they played Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Enjoy!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Favorite Tweets of the Day for August 16, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

My Highlights from Chapter 1 of "Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards"

God, as Edwards never tires of telling his readers, is a fountain of love. The eternal and infinite love of God quenches the thirst of all who draw near. In drinking deeply from this fountain, love of God and neighbor finally reign perfectly (p. 20).

The present realities of love and hate are proof that heaven and hell are real—so real, in fact, that their ways of life bleed into ours (p. 21).

God is the only source of the heavenly life, and therefore to grasp the nature of the Christian life we must grasp what it means to know God (p. 21).

Heaven is a journey with God where we grow in love and knowledge of him for eternity; where our own love abounds to others in a society of love (p. 22).

The “tip of happiness,” or, we might say, the goal of humanity, is to see God face to face and be embraced as his own (p. 23).

Meditating on the reality of heaven and hell helps us understand our calling in this life (p. 24).

Grasping the destination set before us helps us to understand the kind of journey we are on (p. 24).

“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is” (1 Jn 3:2). In a real sense, to see God is to become like God. This biblical point will prove incredibly important for Edwards’s understanding of the Christian life. Truly seeing God is grasping him as the highest good, truth and beauty (p. 25).

The difference between faith and sight is that now, on our pilgrim journey, we see in a mirror dimly, but in glory, we will come face to face with God himself (p. 25).

Knowledge of God is not knowledge of an object, but is a personal knowledge, knowledge only available in a relationship of love (p. 26).

You may know things about someone but still not know them in any meaningful sense. Something similar is true with knowing God. Knowing God necessitates God revealing himself to us, just as others have to reveal themselves. We come to know others through what they say and what they do. Likewise, we come to know God in Christ, his image, and in his work of redemption. Both of these are revealed to us in Scripture. This knowledge, of course, is not attained through sheer force, memorizing every aspect of the biblical text in an attempt to know God through one’s own effort. Rather, the Spirit of God illumines believers such that Christ himself, and likewise the Father, are known through the biblical text (1 Cor 2:9-16) (pp. 27-28).

When God gives his Spirit to his people he does not merely offer forgiveness, but his own self (p. 32).

see. It is not the physical beauty of Christ that melts hearts, but the revelation of God’s love for his people through Christ (p. 33).

In 1 John 3:2 we are told that when Christ appears we will be like him, because we will see him as he is. One day we will see clearly. The hindrance of our fleshliness will be removed and we will be clothed anew. Until then, we see through a glass darkly. Now, our loves are varied, often grasping for temporal things and confusing them for what is eternal. (p. 34).

My Highlights from the Introduction of "Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards"

Our world is dripping with God’s presence and calling us to worship him alone (Ps 97:4-6). But our eyes are dim and our understanding is darkened. Eternity is lost in the immediacy of our world (p. 11).

Ultimately, the reason this is the road less traveled is that spiritual formation is not simply doing spiritual disciplines. Spiritual formation is about a life oriented to God in Christ by the Spirit. Since spiritual formation is not, ultimately, about us at all, but about God, we must set our minds and hearts on him rather than our problems, our shortcomings or our desire to change. Those who lose their lives for my sake will find them (Mt 16:25), Jesus tells us (p. 13).

Spiritual formation is the Spirit’s work of transforming us into the image of Christ (p. 13).

Christian spirituality is ultimately about the work of the Spirit to bind us to the Son in love (p. 13).

Spirituality is about the very thing we need and do not have—God’s own Spirit. Christian spirituality is a partaking in God’s work to redeem, reconcile and glorify believers. Rather than being grounded in human potential, Christian spirituality begins with complete dependence, utter neediness and alien righteousness (p. 14).

Christ formed in us entails the transformation of our whole lives; it means that we take on the contours of God’s life revealed in Christ. If the heart is changed, then a changed life will flow out of the heart (p. 14).

In Edwards, we find a vision of the Christian life that is deeply spiritual, beautiful and humanizing. It is a vision of losing one’s life to find it in Christ. It is a vision of the human heart captivated by God (p. 16).