Archive for April, 2010

Bruised reed

Posted: April 30, 2010 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, The Christian Life, Uncategorized

Iain Boyd has been reading this book and been blessed by it greatly. Here’s a quote from the book.

“After conversion we need bruising, that reeds may know themselves to be reeds and not oaks.  Even reeds need bruising by reason of the remainder of pride in our nature, and to let us see that we live by mercy. . . . Thus Peter was bruised when he wept bitterly.  This reed, till he met with this bruise, had more wind in him than pith.  ‘Though all forsake thee, I will not.’  The people of God cannot be without these examples.  The heroic deeds of those great worthies do not comfort the church so much as their falls and bruises do.”

Richard Sibbes, “The Bruised Reed,” in Works (Edinburgh, 1979), I:44.

Young people leaving churches, why?

Posted: April 30, 2010 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Current Issues, Uncategorized

An official with the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) says a new survey showing that churches are losing young adults gives another sign that many pastors are preaching a watered-down version of the gospel.

read the whole thing here

excerpted from C.S. Lewis’s book ” God in the Dock”

“Take the case of a sour old maid, who is a Christian, but a cantankerous. On the other hand, take some pleasant  and popular fellow, but who has never been to church. Who knows how much more cantankerous the old maid might be if she were not a Christian, and how much more likable the nice fellow might be if he were a Christian? You can’t judge Christianity simply by comparing the product in these two people; you would need to know what kind of raw material Christ was working on in both cases.”

Christ Our Substitute

Posted: April 30, 2010 by doulos tou Theou in Biblical Theology, Christian Theology

L. Morris on The atonement in the Gospel of John

John does not outline a theory of the way atonement is brought
about, but he has a number of expressions that show that Christ died
in our stead. We have already had occasion to notice the words of
Caiaphas in which he laid it down “that it is expedient that one man
should die for the people” (11:50; cf. 18:14). His “for” is  which
often means no more than “on behalf of” in a general way. (more…)

Audience of One

Posted: April 30, 2010 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, The Christian Life, Uncategorized

“A life lived listening to the decisive call of God is a life lived before one audience that trumps all others– the Audience of One.”

O. Guinness ” The Call”

“Banquet your faith upon God’s own word, and whatever your fears or wants, repair to the Bank of Faith with your Father’s note of hand, saying, Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.”

– Charles Spurgeon, Morning & Evening,

GOD DRAWS HIS PEOPLE TO HIMSELF

…. From the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 THESSALONIANS 2:13-14

Effectual calling is a sixteenth-century English phrase that became the title of chapter X of the 1647 Westminster Confession. The chapter begins thus:

All those whom God hath predestined unto life, and those only, he is pleased, in his appointed and accepted time, effectually to call, by his Word and Spirit, out of that state of sin and death, in which they are by nature, to grace and salvation, by Jesus Christ; enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the things of God, taking away their heart of stone and giving unto them a heart of flesh; renewing their wills, and, by his almighty power, determining them to that which is good, and effectually drawing them to Jesus Christ: yet so, as they come most freely, being made willing by his grace. (more…)