1.) Gather with the Church. Don’t tell me you are leading your family well when your church attendance is one week a month. The gathering of the saints of God is a sacred thing; it’s a time for corporate worship as we join with the heavenly angels in the eternal song of praise to our King. It’s edifying to your soul, it’s edifying to everyone around you. The Christian Sabbath is exceedingly important. You need Word and Sacrament–often. The Scripture commends it to you. Husbands: your wife needs you to lead your family. Fathers: your children need you to lead your family. So prove to them that your idolatry of sports means nothing, and that Christ crucified is way more important. Want to lead well? Start here. Continue reading
1) So apparently the IRS is going to listen to sermons for political stuff. Well that should be fun. Declaring Jesus as Lord of all nations (), and that any authority given to the civil magistrate is from God () is fairly political. It won’t stand constitutional scrutiny, but hey, I’ve seen worse.
2) Kevin DeYoung posted a couple of great things over at The Gospel Coalition. One was on the potential for a family to worship itself instead of Jesus, and the other was about Obama and Biden’s change of mind regarding homosexual “marriage” over the past six years, and, specifically, two questions that have to be asked because of it.
3) R.C. Sproul Jr. asks: Is it true that God blesses those who bless Israel and curses those who curse Israel?
4) Matt Manry wants to know if you are Prioritizing Church Attendance.
5) One last thing: if you shop on Amazon, please consider setting your “charity” to Colwood Church. Each purchase you make gives a donation back to the church I love. Thank you!
13 “I saw in the night visions,
and behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
14 And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed. (ESV)
13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. (ESV)
It’s no secret: things are a changin’. Lawlessness and immorality are now virtuous principles to live by, secular media and politicians here in America are giving a lot of airtime for the very small population of people who demand that their homosexuality be given the title “marriage”–and thus equating it to the Civil Rights movement only a few short years ago, and politicians are flip-flopping like crazy in order to jump aboard the very fast liberal train with the intent on securing votes. Christianity has moved not only outside of the town square, but outside of town almost entirely.
Before I explain where I am going, take less than 2 minutes and watch this Youtube Video:
I listen to a few different podcasts, and I like them all, but my favorite has to be Apologia Radio.
It’s theologically brilliant. Jeff, Luke, and Joy do a fantastic job using humor, current events, and theology to give you an hour and a half of gospeliciousness.
Jeff’s a Reformed, Postmillennial, Theonomic, Covenantal Apologist/Pastor, and since I, too, am all of those things, I guess it makes sense as to why I would recommend them.
It wouldn’t be a series on misunderstood verses without looking at . The Apostle John writes, “He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” (ESV).
This verse is typically ripped out of its context to mean that the atonement of Christ is universal. To say that Christ died only for His people is so, well, limited. It sounds way more noble to say that Christ died for everybody, right? Again, in an attempt to come to the rescue of Scripture’s (alleged) shortcomings, some interpreters like to proof-text this verse. To say that Christ’s redemption was for the elect only (i.e., those who believe), sounds incredibly restricted. Did Christ die for just some people? Or did He die for everyone? What is the scope and extent of the atonement of Christ?
2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. (ESV)