“Think about it for a moment… The most vile, treasonous, darkest moment in the history of the world–the very event that appeared to be the most brutal defeat and failure–turned out to be the most gloriously life-giving event in all eternity. The salvation of the world taking place under the auspices of the most grotesque and tragic crime in human history.”
Simply put… if God could work the salvation of the world through the cross, just imagine what he can do in the midst of your own suffering…
Tullian Tchividjian “Glorious Ruin“
“There, my dear brother, learn Christ and him crucified. Learn to pray to him and, despairing of yourself say:
‘Thou, Lord Jesus, art my righteousness, but I am thy sin. Thou hast taken upon thyself what is mine and hast given to me what is thine. Thou has taken upon thyself what thou wast not and hast given to me what I was not.’
Beware of aspiring to such purity that you will not wish to be looked upon as a sinner, or to be one. For Christ dwells only in sinners.”
Martin Luther’s Letter to George Spalatin. April 8, 1516
Part I, II, III, & IV
We left off last week with Ezra Koenig and the gang experiencing the agonizing struggle that comes from faith in a good God. Simply put, with all the pain and suffering in the world and our hearts how can one believe in any sort of god let alone one who is good? In the midst of this struggle Koenig wraps up the chorus of “Worship You” with a prayer, “Who will guide us through the end?”
This said, in our final post of this series we’re offered a resolution of sorts in Vampire Weekend’s song, “Ya Hey” (Yahweh get it…). It’s a messy resolution, but are important ones ever clean? Continue reading
A faith without doubts is like a human body without any antibodies in it. People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic. A person’s faith can collapse almost overnight if she has failed over the years to listen patiently to her own doubts…
Only if you struggle long and hard over objections to your faith will you be able to provide grounds for your beliefs to skeptics,including yourself, that are plausible rather than ridiculous or offensive.
Timothy Keller “The Reason for God“
As a stressed out father of a 1 and 3 yr old, it’s nice to know I’m not the only one thinking these things…
Back in 2003 a friend handed me an EP from an up and coming indie band called Dirty on Purpose. I’ll never forget the first time I placed the CD in my Chevy Corsica‘s stereo and was treated to the ethereal vocals of a female singer whose name I did not know (the track was “All My New Friends“).
Several years and one LP later Dirty on Purpose went their separate ways and her voice vanished into obscurity, or at least I thought. After years of thinking she was someone else (I had read the wrong name on the back of their LP which lead to another great find) I’m happy to report that the vocals are the property of one Erika Forster. More than this, they are actually doing quite well in a the Keyboard driven Dream Pop trio Au Revoir Simone (name after a charter in Pee-Wees Big Adventure).
I bring this long story up because of their song “Take me as I am” in which Erika sings as one who is longing for grace from another. Continue reading
Because of Christ’s finished work, Christians already possess the approval, the love, the security, the freedom, the meaning, the purpose, the protection, the new beginning, the cleansing, the forgiveness, the righteousness, and the rescue we intensely long for and, in fact, look for in a thousand things smaller than Jesus everyday.
Tullian Tchividjian. “Jesus+Nothing=Everything“