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July 30, 2015 at 8:52 pm

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How Ephesians Killed My “Radical” Christianity

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The first three chapters are radical. Coming back from the dead is radical. Being made clean is radical. Being united to the covenant, as a Gentile, is radical. But when we get to chapters 4-6 the radicalness disappears. After reading chapters 1-3 we would expect Paul to turn on the jets. We are Spirit-filled, covenant included, blood bought, once dead-now alive, Christians. We were made to do great things. If Paul were a modern preacher he would follow this up with a call to evangelize or do missions or go give all you have to the poor or change the world (or at least your community) or start a neighborhood Bible study. He would close Ephesians with a call to be radical.

But the real Paul disappoints us.

The Log College

by Pastor Peter Jones

Note: This has nothing to do with David Platt’s book Radical. I have never read it or to my knowledge read anything else he has written.
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What is a Radical?

Definitions matter. So before proceeding I wanted to define the term “radical.” By “radical,” I mean that strain of Christian thinking that says living a normal Christian life, getting married, having children, raising them in Christ, loving your spouse, being faithful at your job, attending worship, reading your Bible, praying, loving the saints, and then dying is not enough. It is that strain of Christianity that says, “There must be something more that I must do to be a good Christian.” The radical thinks and preaches that, “Good Christians do amazing things for Jesus.” This type of thinking is found in all branches of Christianity. There are mission weeks, revival meetings, monks who abandon all…

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June 11, 2014 at 5:05 pm

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Surely I am with you all the days!

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Surely I am with you all the days!

(Alexander Smellie, “On the Secret Place” 1907)

Surely I am with you all the days, to the very end of the age!” Matthew 28:20 

The path in front of me may be full of flowers–or full of thorns.
Or, as is more probable, flower and thorn may be mingled together. 
The sky may be light–or dark. 
The weather may be glorious summer–or bleakest winter. 
But I go safely and happily, if the Lord Jesus, who can and will supply my every need, is with me all the days.

Some of the days will be days of discipline–of the pruning knife and the cleansing fire. But when He is with me, the discipline is a blessing, and not a curse. It teaches me . . .
  to grasp His strong right hand with a tighter hold,
  to pray more earnestly,
  to find heights and depths of meaning in the promises of God,
  to feel for others who are in tribulation. 
Mind and heart and character are bettered by the endurance of affliction.

Many of the days, too, will be days of monotony. They must be spent in little things–household labors, common concerns, unnoticed toil. I may long for a more striking and romantic experience. But when He is with me, I know that He makes my life like His own–the blessed life He lived among carpenters’ tools, and village streets, and peasant people. Thedrudgery is a love-message–it is Jesus Christ in disguise!

Every day will be a day of temptation. In the home, in the business, in company, in loneliness–I shall encounter the devil’s subtle snares. But let my Lord be with me, and temptation will but reveal the closeness and blessedness of the tie. It will be an instrument which He uses to impart more maturity to my graces–more courage, more patience, more trust.

Perhaps one of the days will be the day of death. But if He does not leave or forsake me, then death will be an ingredient in the training that fits me for the glorious inheritance! As John Bunyan pictures it–I must cross the ‘River of Death’ to reach the ‘Celestial City’. Jesus did it Himself, and the disciple is not above the Master. His Everlasting Arms will sustain me in the flood; and, on the other side, I shall enter the ‘Beautiful Gate’ and see His face!

ALL the days He is with me–to the end, and through the end, and beyond the end forever and ever! Whether I live, therefore, or whether I die–I am His and He is mine!

father and child

H/T Grace Gems

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May 16, 2014 at 10:39 am

Melissa Edgington: The Morning When My Mother Got Up Anyway

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Another great Mother’s Day post… by Melissa Edgington at Your Mom Has a Blog

Your Mom Has A Blog

I remember one morning when I was in elementary school, I woke to the usual scent of some delicious breakfast baking in the oven.  Blueberry muffins, maybe.  I walked into the kitchen, and instead of seeing my mom on her usual perch at the edge of a kitchen chair, drinking her coffee, I could see her lying on her bed in the next room, pale and looking exhausted.

She was sick.  She had probably been up all night vomiting.  And, the only way she could feel remotely like she wasn’t going to do it again was to lie down.

Still, when she saw me, she got up.  She woke up my brother.  She took the muffins out of the oven and poured me some juice.  And every few minutes, she would go to the couch and lie down.

The usual morning rush commenced, and she ironed clothes and packed lunches…

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May 11, 2014 at 7:07 am

My Wife Has Tattoos: Marriage, New Birth, and the Gospel

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What a life in Jesus is all about, what being made new by Jesus means.

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Image Photo credit: Todd Balsley

by Spencer Harmon

Today is the day of my wedding.  And I am not marrying the girl of my dreams.

If you would have told me when I was a teenager that my wife would have seven tattoos, a history in drugs, alcohol, and attending heavy metal concerts, I would have laughed at you, given you one of my courtship books, and told you to take a hike.  My plans were much different, much more nuanced with careful planning, much more clean-cut, and much more, well, about me.

You see, it wasn’t my dream to marry a girl that was complicated.  I never dreamed that I would sit on a couch with my future wife in pre-marital counseling listening to her cry and tell stories of drunken nights, listing the drugs she used, confessing mistakes made in past relationships.

This isn’t my dream – it’s better.

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April 28, 2014 at 3:10 pm

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That one thing of necessity

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But when the heart is taken up with the weighty things of eternity, with the great things of eternal life, the things of here below that disquieted it before are things now of no consequence to him in comparison with the other — how things fall out here is not much regarded by him [the Christian], if the one thing that is necessary is provided for.

Chapter 5, How Christ Teaches Contentment

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March 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Matthew McConaughey is Not My Hero by Melissa Edgington

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“We have got to get over our obsession with celebrity and start making connections between what people say and what they actually do.”

This is true.

Yet, for what it’s worth, and to be fair, youngcons had a post with a pic of MM reading Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ (http://youngcons.com/oscar-winner-matthew-mcconaughey-reading-lee-strobels-case-for-christ-while-working-out/), so maybe he is in a place where he needs someone to disciple him, to guide him in career choices if he has any desire to make them through the sieve of the Bible. And if he does not have that inclination to bend his desires for the sake of his heart and a witness, then that is a sure danger sign — for him. Not for us to jump on the condemnation bandwagon.

Also, I posted an article recently on Facebook (http://philcooke.com/what-you-might-not-know/) about how little we see of what is happening behind the scenes — either because it is hidden from us by a Christianity-hating media, or because it would expose the work of real evangelists with access to open doors who would find those doors closing in a hurry, or a myriad of other reasons. MM should not be anybody’s hero just because he mentioned God. But neither should where he is today be judged by where he was yesterday, much less where he was months ago when the film was made.

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Matthew McConaughey won an Oscar. And, boy, are Christians happy about it. I mean, Christians are jumping up and down for this Texas boy for his big win because he actually thanked God in his acceptance speech. He did, he gave God credit and he thanked his wife like he should and he gave a rambling speech that really made me wonder why they weren’t starting up the music to cut him off. They let Matthew talk for almost four minutes, and the clip of his speech is all over the internet.

Christians are so proud.

And, I can’t blame us. I mean, how often do we hear a major celebrity, an Oscar winner, no less, identifying with us? How often do we get that kind of star power in our corner? It almost makes us seem sort of cool and legitimate.

I liked his speech, although I thought it…

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March 4, 2014 at 4:44 pm

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