a little monday afternoon luther

“The love of God does not find, but creates, that which is pleasing to it…  Rather than seeking its own good, the love of God flows forth and bestows good.  Therefore sinners are attractive because they are loved; they are not loved because they are attractive.”

-Martin Luther “Heidelberg Disputation” 1518

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Steve Brown Quote

“If God is really a monster, then when bad stuff happens to me, I will become more bound, enslaved, and angry.  If, on the other hand, I understand that God is my Father, that he loves me without reservation, and that he knows exactly what he is doing, I will learn how to live in freedom.  I might get angry at first and shake my fist at him.  I might sputter and resist, but in the end, I will run to him and will (eventually) be able to accept his way in my life, and do so with joy and freedom.”

Steve Brown “Scandalous Freedom

Tullian Strikes Again…

Sorry I’m posting so many quotes from this guy, I just can’t get his stuff out of my head.  Here’s one I came across while researching for a talk I’m giving tomorrow:

“Sadly, too many churches have helped perpetuate the impression that Christianity is primarily concerned with legislating morality.  Believe it or not, Christianity is not about good people getting better.  If anything, it is good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good.  The heart of the Christian faith is Good News, not good advice, good technique, or good behavior…  Too many people have walked away from the church, not because they’re walking away from Jesus, but because the church has walked away from Jesus.  Ask any of the ‘religious nones’ who answered their census questions differently in past years, and I guarantee you will hear a story about spiritual burnout or heavy-handed condemnation from fellow believers, or both.”

Tullian Tchividjian “One-Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World

Community is Back!!! (also some thoughts from Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

With creator/showrunner Dan Harmon back at the helm, Community is back to it’s former creative genus.  More than this, it’s back to providing us with numerous insights into the human condition. Continue reading

Tullian Tchivijian on the Urgency of Grace

“The news of God’s inexhaustible grace has never been more urgent because the world has never been more exhausted. In our culture where success equals life and failure equals death, people spend their lives trying to secure their own meaning, worth, and significance. And as a result our culture is exhausted emotionally, physically, relationally, spiritually. Real life is long on law and short on grace…  We all need some relief.”

Tullian Tchivijian “One-Way Love

Tullian Tchividjian on Preaching

Last week Tullian did a message on the vision of Coral Ridge Church which contained some gems on the purpose of preaching.  Thought I’d share them with you:

“The pulpit is reserved for one specific thing: to diagnose and deliver slaves.”

“Every sermon from every text should show that you are worse than you think you are… and that God is greater than you could ever hope or imagine.  That you are a great sinner and he [Jesus] is a great Savior.”

“Preachers are not life coaches.  They’re good news specialists.”

Declare and Demonstrate: Part 1 | Tullian Tchividjian from Coral Ridge | LIBERATE on Vimeo.

PZ’s Man On the Ceiling and the Christian Message

Paul

This week I want to once again look at Paul Zahl’s latest work “PZ’s Panopticon: an off-the-wall guide to world religion” which is, as I mentioned in my post from last week, a unique; personal; moving; and humorous reflection on world religion from the point of view of one who is near death (“near death” not only in the physical sense, but anytime we’re at the end of our rope).  The central question of the work is what does religion have to offer to the man on the ceiling who is looking at his own body on the operating table?  In other words, what do the religions of the world have to say to you when you really need some light?

Below are some of my favorite insights from Zahl’s reflection on the Christian message.  So, what does Christianity have to offer you when life’s end is near and you are at the end of your rope?  According to Zahl: Continue reading