Blessed Assurance-At Desiring God today, they share a quote from John Newton, author of Amazing Grace. It reads,
When we are deeply conscious of our defects in duty. If we compare our best performances with the demands of the law, the majesty of God, and the unspeakable obligations we are under; if we consider our innumerable sins of omission, and that the little we can do is polluted and defiled by the mixture of evil thoughts, and the working of selfish principles, aims, and motives, which though we disapprove, we are unable to suppress; we have great reason to confess, "To us belong shame and confusion of face."
But we are relieved by the thought, that Jesus, the High Priest, bears the iniquity of our holy things, perfumes our prayers with the incense of his mediation, and washes our tears in his own blood.
This inspires a confidence, that though we are unworthy of the least of his mercies, we may humbly hope for a share in the greatest blessings he bestows, because we are heard and accepted, not on the account of our own prayers and services, but in the beloved Son of God, who maketh intercession for us.The End of Mark-Someone at church asked me this week what I thought of the controversy over the end of Mark. Jesse Johnson does a nice job explaining the end of Mark here.
Purity Playbook-Covenant Eyes recommends several offensive and defensive strategies to deal with porn here.
Is it a Jar 1 issue?-In GCLI, the leadership training program in the Great Commission Churches, there is an article by John Hopler discussing the differences between Jar 1, 2, 3, and 4 issues. Justin Taylor presents several other ways to examine degree of theological truth. Michael Patton looks at how different types of theologians put things in jars.
Living the Bible-Stephen Altrogge has wise advice here on taking the Bible literally. It seems to me that a lack of good scriptural exegesis and a poor knowledge of hermeneutics is a plague of the modern church. People simply don't know their Bibles. When they do read them, they read them for theological maxims, rather than considering the grand story of redemption, what the author intended, who the original audience was, what the message is for us now, etc.
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent-Exodus 14:14