Thursday, January 30, 2014

All Around the Web - January 30, 2014

Tullian Tchividjian - Now I See That Which Is Done | The following is the best part.
Preachers these days are expected to major in “moral renovation.” They are expected to provide a practical “to-do” list, rather than announce, “It is finished.” They are expected to do something other than–more than–lift up before their congregation Christ’s finished work, preaching a full absolution solely on the basis of the complete righteousness of Another. To be sure, preachers need to “load their guns with the best powder when aiming at unrepentance”, but far too often a preacher’s final word to Christians is law and not Gospel. To finish a sermon asking “What would Jesus do?” instead of announcing “This is what Jesus has done!” is to betray the final word God speaks over Christians.

“Life is a web of trials and temptations”, says Robert Capon, “but only one of them can ever be fatal-the temptation to think it is by further, better, and more aggressive living that we can have life.” Given this sobering statement, it would seem that many preachers unwittingly lead their congregations “into temptation” by implying that you can live your way to life. The fact is, however, that you can only “die your way there, lose your way there…For Jesus came to raise the dead. He did not come to reward the rewardable, improve the improvable, or correct the correctable; he came simply to be the resurrection and the life of those who will take their stand on a death he can use instead of on a life he cannot.” After our preaching of the law rightly pushes people under water, we all too often lead them to think that they must “save” themselves by giving them swimming lessons: “Paddle harder, kick faster.”

I want the last word I speak over Christians when I preach to be the last word God speaks over Christians-”Paid in full.” The Gospel always has the last word over a believer. Always. When it’s all said and done there are two types of sermons: Jesus + Nothing = Everything or Jesus + Something = Everything.

May God raise up a generation of bold preachers who storm the gates of works-righteousness in all its forms with nothing more and nothing less than, “In my place condemned he stood, and sealed my pardon with his blood. Hallelujah, what a Savior.”

Justin Taylor - A Conversation on Abortion and the Gospel: Francis Chan and John Piper Talk with John Ensor




Russell Moore - Questions & Ethics: Is medical marijuana ok for Christians?
In this episode of Questions & Ethics, Russell Moore discusses his thoughts on the legalization of marijuana. What should Christians think about the legal use of marijuana? What about medical marijuana?

Church Mag3 Questions to Ask When Building a Church Website
1. Who is the church website for?
2. How can communicate our heart with simplicity?
3. Does this really reflect the reality of our church?
Bonus Obvious Question: Is the church website mobile-friendly?

Justin Taylor - D.A. Carson: How Can We Reconcile the Old Testament God and the New Testament God?




Them pesky floaters explained.

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