May the God of love and peace be with you today.
Reminder: I have a book coming out in September titled Knowing and Enjoying God. There is currently a pre-order special where the first 250 to submit proof of purchase will receive some bonus physical prints.
This analysis of disciple making movements, written from a Reformed Presbyterian perspective, is very illuminating and very helpful. “The numbers, if they are to be believed, are staggering. Millions of Christian converts. Thousands of churches. And all this in a few years, with relatively little direct engagement. It is no wonder that the recent missionary strategy known as ‘Disciple-Making Movements’ (DMM) has become increasingly prevalent in Western missionary sending agencies.”
“Taming is a process by which a wild beast is subdued into adapting and submitting to human control. Which beast is the hardest to tame? Zebras? Sharks? House cats?” The Bible points us in a different direction…
This long article from Creation.com looks at theistic evolution and its teaching that there must have been death before man’s fall into sin. “Belief in evolution can radically alter one’s concept of death. The whole creation/evolution debate revolves around the question of how God created. Was it by speaking things into existence ex nihilo, ‘out of nothing’ (see Hebrews 11:3)? Did He specially create unique kinds of living organisms upon the earth inside a single week? Or did God use evolution, spreading out this creative activity over hundreds of millions of years? If the latter, inevitably struggle, disease, violence and death would have been involved at every step along the way.”
“John Hus, the Bohemian Reformer who was condemned as heretic at the Council of Constance, was supported by a large number of women. This was, in some ways, unusual.” Simonetta Carr explains.
“Theologians down the centuries have often spoken of Jesus’s threefold office. Jesus has one office, that of Messiah or Christ. He is the anointed one, the one mediator between God and man, the Savior. But this office has three aspects to it: those of prophet, priest, and king.”
John Piper: “Why do we have a world like this? Why so much pain? Why so much conflict? Why so much suffering? Why so much gas? It is a horrible place. It is a conveyor belt of corpses. Millions of people right now are weeping their eyes out over the sorrows in their lives, as we speak. Why such a world?”
This is a hard and haunting update from medical missionaries in Uganda.
Controversy and complacency—both are alive in the church today. Sadly, both are alive in me as well.
It is not the absence of sin but the grieving over it which distinguishes the child of God from empty professors.—A.W. Pink