It All Matters

"We can and must do in the present, if we are obedient to the gospel, if we are following Jesus, and if we are indwelt, energized, and directed by the Spirit, is to build for the kingdom. This brings us back to 1 Corinthians 15:58 once more: what you do in the Lord is not…

The Day of Adversity

It always cost time and money to do justice...And yet there are times when doing justice really costs. These verses talk about a time of trouble--literally, "the day of adversity." In times of crisis, from recession to government coups, the most vulnerable are most endangered, and to defend them puts you in the way of harm as…

When the Church Becomes the World

[Secularization] advances rarely by external opposition but by a gradual process of assimilating the Christian drama, doctrines, doxology, and discipleship to the nihilistic plots of this fading age. The ultimate threat is never that the world will continue to be worldly, reducing reality to human flourishing and immanent frame, but that churches will fail in…

Unchanging and Changing

Just as my assurance of salvation rests in the fact that God cannot change, my hope of sanctification rests in the fact that I can. What a greater disavowal of the gospel of grace than to claim it is capable of changing every sinner's heart but mine? Jen Wilkin, None Like Him

Do vs. Done

The law says, "do this", and it is never done. Grace says, "believe in this", and everything is already done. The first part is clear from what has been stated by the Apostle and his interpreter, St. Augustine, in many places. And it has been stated often enough above that the "law works wrath" and keeps all men…

More than an Underdog

The reason for this persistent story line of the Bible is not simply because the writers like underdogs. It is because the ultimate example of God's working in the world was Jesus Christ, the only founder of a major religion that died in disgrace, not surrounded by all of his loving disciples but abandoned by…

We All Believe

All knowing begins with what Michael Polanyi calls a "fiduciary framework." (fiduciary = pertaining to fides, "involving trust"): an interpretive framework that one takes initially on faith until it proves itself by yielding a harvest of understanding...If Polanyi is right, Christian theology is no worse of than modern science. Everyone has to have faith in something…

If Augustine Watched TV Today

Why is it that one likes being moved to grief at the sight of sad or tragic events on stage, when one would be unwilling to suffer the same things onself?...But how real is the mercy evoked by fictional dramas? The listener is not moved to offer help, but merely invited to feel sorrow --St.…

What Sin Is

In vice there lurks a counterfeit beauty: pride, for instance--even pride apes sublimity, whereas you are the only God, most high above all things. As for ambition, what does it crave but honors and glory, while you are worthy of honor beyond all others, and eternally glorious? The ferocity of powerful men aims to inspire…