The Gospel in Suffering

“The good news of the gospel [for sufferers] is not an exhortation from above to ‘hang on at all costs,’ or ‘grin and bear it’ in the midst of hardship.  No, the good news is that God is hanging on to you, and in the end, when all is said and done, the power of God will triumph over every pain and loss.”

Tullian Tchividjian “Glorious Ruin

PS: Sorry couldn’t resist the Dawson’s Creek crying gif for this one…

Salvation & Mental Illness

“Our salvation is something Jesus wrought on the cross, not in the interiority of our personality.  When our personality dissolves with mental illness, this does not mean that God regards our soul any differently from when we are mentally healthy.”

Kathryn Greene-McCreight “Darkness is My Only Companion: a Christian Response to Mental Illness.”

Steve Brown on Guilt

“Guilty people make people feel guilty, and you can tell how guilty a person really is by perceiving how guilty you feel in his or her presence…  I fear too often the church has become an organization of guilty people with a guilty preacher standing in the pulpit, telling guilty people that they should feel guiltier.”

Steve Brown “A Scandalous Freedom

Robert Capon’s Passion for the Passion

“Most of what’s expected from sermons, on both sides of the pulpit… is nothing but a thick, soggy blanket thrown over the only Good News there is: the Passion of Jesus…

For my money, the root of preaching for our time remains what is was for Paul: a passion for the Passion.  Like him, those who stand up to preach in the church must decide to ‘forget everything except Jesus Christ, and him crucified’ (1 Cor. 2:2)… Continue reading

Great Quote

“I don’t think there is anyone who needs God’s help and grace as much as I do.  Sometimes I feel so helpless and weak.  I think that is why God uses me.  Because I cannot depend on my own strength, I rely on Him twenty-for hours a day.  If the day had even more hours, then I would need His help and grace during those hours as well.”

Mother Teresa “No Greater Love

Martin Luther tells the Devil to eat “Dung”

“Devil, rage as much as you please, I do not boast of my good works and virtues before our Lord God at all, nor shall I despair on account of my sins, but I comfort myself with the fact that Jesus Christ died and rose again…  Therefore, devil, begone with both my righteousness and my sin.  If I have committed some sin, go eat the dung.  I’m not worrying about it, for Jesus Christ died…  No matter how much sin I have committed, even more than ten worlds can commit, I still know that Christ’s death and resurrection is far greater.”

Martin Luther’s sermon at the Funeral of the Elector, Duke John of Saxony, I Thes. 4:13-14, Aug. 18, 1532 found in Luther’s Works Vol. 51.

John Dink, Cheap Law, and WWJD

“Cheap law weakens God’s demand for perfection, and in doing so, breathes life into… [our] quest for a righteousness of [our] own making…  It creates people of great zeal, but they lack knowledge concerning the question ‘What Would Jesus Do?’  Here is the costly answer: Jesus would do it all perfectly.  And that’s game over for you.  The Father is not grooming you to be a replacement for his beloved Son.  He is announcing that there is blessing for those who take shelter in his Beloved Son…  Therein lies the great heresy of cheap law: it is a false gospel.  It cheapens–no–it nullifies grace.”

John Dink’s post “Hallelujah, What a Savior” quoted in Tullian Tchividjian’s “One Way Love