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(Yesterday on the blog: Message To My Older Self)
David Qaoud writes, “‘You are a hardcore student of the Word,’ he told me. I didn’t think much about it. I just took it as a compliment and moved on. People say these sorts of things to me from time to time. But after thinking about my passion for God’s Word, I remember that it didn’t start with me. I can’t take the credit. The story starts with two college roommates.”
“NPR’s Anya Kamenetz offers three simple rules to help foster an environment that allows for technological creativity without shutting off the outside world.” It’s sensible advice.
This strong article warns certain Reformed denominations against going down paths that will necessarily lead to destruction. “The pressures being laid upon Reformed churches are many. As a pastor, I have felt the pressure to conform to the American way of church. Among the evangelicals in our community, our Reformed church is pegged as the strict church in town doing things that nobody else does. Downgrading those Reformed practices that are the most off putting is assumed to be the best path forward to reach a broader base of potential churchgoer.”
Doing church biblically is doing church right even when it’s difficult.
“One of the incredible results of Jesus’ resurrection is that God makes believers into completely brand new creations. The Bible says we are completely new creations – we aren’t simply reformed or refurbished. We’re brand new. We aren’t just the same old people who have now made resolutions to change or improve. It’s not like Jesus bought an old piece of beat up dirty furniture in a junkyard, washed it off, and is now beginning to sand it and polish it up.”
Each day this week Justin Taylor is posting a video on what happened during the original Easter week.
“Laziness is idolatry. It is closely related to its opposite—workaholism. Both the sins of laziness and workaholism are sins of self-worship. The behavior looks different, but the root idolatry is the same. And the problem we face is that the law cannot do for either of these sins what grace does.” As you may have guessed, this is Jared Wilson.
What God means to accomplish in young men are rarely great deeds that are visible to the public, but the invisible construction of a foundation of godly character that will serve them for the rest of their lives.
Our deeds are not the basis of our salvation, they are the evidence of our salvation. They are not foundation, they are demonstration. —John Piper