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Piper on Justification

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John Piper says, “To get justification right is a matter of eternal life and death.  I want Jesus Christ to get the glory for being all that he is for me and my salvation.  Not part of it.  Not just blood covering my sin, but righteousness providing my righteousness.”

Amen.

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Written by Andy

July 14, 2008 at 8:44 pm

My New Anthem

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By the Holy Spirit and the hand of the apostle Paul, I have a new life anthem.

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:1 (ESV)

(Free by Hillsong)

(I am Free by Desperation Band)

Enough said.

Written by Andy

June 26, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Piper Worship

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I can’t add a lot to this, other than to say that I, along with many other people who listen and follow Piper’s teachings, really need to meditate on Marcus‘ take on John Piper.

Excerpt:

I think the best thing about John Piper’s teaching is not that I learn a great deal about God from it (although I do), but it makes me want to spend my life for God’s glory among the nations, and it makes me want to be able to put Jesus Christ before people’s eyes in more clear and powerful ways than I am currently capable of. The value of great teachers is seen by the next generation whom they train and help, even more than it is seen in the content of the teaching itself.

(via Digital H2O)

Written by Andy

May 23, 2008 at 6:52 am

Posted in The Gospel, Worship

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Who’s the Messiah?

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So who is the Messiah that the Old Testament prophets spoke of (e.g. Daniel)?

According to John Hagee, it wasn’t Jesus.

Also, Hagee claims that the Jews did not reject Jesus.

I wonder how Hagee would explain Romans 11, John 1:41, and, specifically John 4:25-26?

(HT: Soul DeSaenz)

Written by Andy

November 1, 2007 at 11:45 am

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The Gospel According to Jason Bourne

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Mike Metzger suggests that if your friends won’t read the Bible, take them to see The Bourne Ultimatum. In fact, if they haven’t already seen all of them, get them to watch the entire trilogy. From Bourne Again:

The Bourne Identity asks the existential question (“Who am I?”) according to film critic Manohla Dargis (formerly at the Los Angeles Times). He says the second film, The Bourne Supremacy was moral – “What did I do wrong?” The third installment, The Bourne Ultimatum, is redemptive according to David Denby of The New Yorker. It addresses “How can I escape what I am?”

(HT: Justin Taylor)

Written by Andy

August 27, 2007 at 8:24 pm

Tickle Me Christian

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Tonight, I’ve come to the realization that, for most people, the gospel just isn’t what it used to be. It’s bland…

It needs something. Like a soup that needs more spice or coffee that needs more cream, it’s just not cutting it on its own. It’s my belief that, for most American churches, it would be an attendance killer were a pastor, evangelist, or teacher stand up and speak the gospel as it is. No jokes, no flashy presentations, no hip references to pop-culture. Just preach the whole, Biblical, counsel of the gospel of Jesus Christ at each and every appointed time.

It’s my belief that, for most churches, that would spell disaster — at least when it comes to the “numbers” in the church.

I recently had the opportunity to hear a man (who shall remain nameless) speak at a church that has led to a perpetual taste of disappointment in my mouth. This man began speaking by using various stereotypical accents (e.g. a lisp, ethnic-based speech, etc.) and telling jokes that were simply not suited for the pulpit. How disappointing that, in 2007, a man can walk into a church and crack a few racial or sexist jokes from the pulpit of a church and have them be so well-received. I say “well-received” because the crowd’s reaction was not the same as mine. Most people in attendance seemed to love every bit of it, based on the amount and length of corporate laughter.

Yet, not 10 minutes before this man’s babbling began, a choir and a young woman were led in the singing of a song of praise that will, no doubt, fill Eternity. When this song was over, there was a delayed applause and, from my perspective, a lukewarm response to such a powerful song of worship and adoration.

Has the Church in America become a generation made up of nothing but consumers? Are there millions of pews across this country that are filled with Christians who long to have their ears tickled but their consciences left untouched? Perhaps they only seek a little gospel, as D.A. Carson writes…

I would like to buy about three dollars worth of gospel, please.

Not too much – just enough to make me happy, but not so much that I get addicted.

I don’t want so much gospel that I learn to really hate covetousness and lust.

I certainly don’t want so much that I start to love my enemies, cherish self-denial, and contemplate missionary service in some alien culture.

From D. A. Carson’s Basics for Believers: An Exposition of Philippians.

It saddens and sickens me that the modern church is become so replete with consumers who expect to be catered to instead of lives wholly devoted to the One who has chosen and changed them through mercy, grace, and love.

In writing this post, even, my own heart is convicted — as it should be. How much of the Gospel do I hunger for? How much of the Gospel do I seek or desire? How much of the Gospel do I live?

Nonetheless, may God use something that I saw as despicable and hurtful (to both believers and unbelievers) for His glory and my good.

Written by Andy

August 22, 2007 at 11:22 pm

Posted in The Gospel

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