Posts from October 2018

Posts from October 2018

The Promise Is For You and Your Children

Baptism is an act of faith in the promises of God. If baptism is your testimony that you chose God, then of course it makes no sense to baptize children. They have no clue what is happening to them, no more than Isaac understood why he was being circumcised. But if baptism is God’s promise that through Christ he is willing and able to accept your child, then it is a precious reminder to you and to your children of…

If You Hate Jews, You Hate Jesus

“As Christians, we should have a clear message of rejection of every kind of bigotry and hatred, but we should especially note what anti-Semitism means for people who are followers of Jesus Christ.”…  Below is a link to an article this morning from Russell Moore: https://www.russellmoore.com/2018/10/28/if-you-hate-jews-you-hate-jesus/

A People of Signs, Seals, and Salves

In our modern world, medications—and indeed all medical interventions—compete with the sacraments of the church by means of imposing symbolic authority over how we conceive of our health, life, suffering, and dying. By ingesting a medication, we can be unified with what it symbolizes. Medications can act as both a sign of the working of this empty promise and as a seal, setting apart this person as one who faithfully awaits the fulfillment of this promise. Read more at Fathom…

What Does God Require?

Q39. What is the duty which God requireth of man? The duty which God requireth of man, is obedience to his revealed will. (Mic. 6:8, 1 Sam. 15:22) We pray, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” I admit, I confess, I’ve found myself scanning over the words without praying them. My mouth forms sounds without meaning as my sleepy mind drifts amidst thought. In my more cogent moments, though, I struggle with not knowing God’s…

Reforming the Healer’s Vocation

All work in one’s daily life is done for the glory of God. Being a priest, monk, or nun does not get one any closer to God, and in fact, may draw one further from God. The consecration of one’s work is not a little comfort to ingest along with some chamomile tea at the end of a long day in the clinic or hospital. There are at least three practical ramifications of Luther’s reclamation and reformation of “vocation.” Read…

Useful Approaches to Reading Through the Bible (Reprinted from TGC)

The link below is to a TGC article which first appeared in December of 2015.  If you are interested in reading through the Bible on a consistent basis and at a pace that is appropriate for your daily life, this article provides a choice of reading plans, some of which  may prove particularly well adapted to your rhythms: . . Reading the Whole Bible in 2016: An FAQ

Memento Mori (Reprinted from TGC)

On some of the stones you’d probably find two Latin words etched among the images: memento mori. Roughly translated, the phrase means “remember death.” As we experience its sting everywhere, we’re also experiencing the relevance of Jesus’s promise of victory. In other words, recognizing the relevance of death every day is how we recognize the relevance of Jesus every day, too. Memento Mori: What It Means and Why It Should Matter to You    

What Netflix Cannot Give — and Death Cannot Take. (Reprinted from “Desiring God”)

The article below, published on John Piper’s Desiring God website, convicted me on several levels.  Perhaps you may find it valuable as well… “…the struggle in our souls is not the struggle to want to be happy. We are born with that desire, and we die with it. The struggle is to see the true worth of everything, and in seeing, to give ourselves headlong to what is supremely worthy and satisfying:  God…” https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-netflix-cannot-give-and-death-cannot-take What Netflix Cannot Give — and…