Christ’s soteriology [i.e. saving work] is focused and exclusive… It is exclusive to sinners. This is because “those who are well have no need of a physician” (Matthew 9:12; Mark 2:17, Luke 5:31). The non-inclusive and non-universal voice is not a slap at other religions, such as Buddhism and Islam. The non-inclusive factor is instead a barrier to the non-needy people, or better, to the needy people who do not realize they are needy.
Paul Zahl “The First Christian”
I have to admit up front that I have a complicated relationship with Mr. Crowder. On the one end of the spectrum, Crowder can make music that’s so honest and inspired that it brings the most hardened Christian to tears. On the other end of the spectrum, some of his songs are so full of a sugary bubblegum like substance that you’re left nauseous upon listening to them (personal opinion of course).
Such is Crowder’s first solo-album “Neon Steeple.” Amazing songs sprinkled a midst a folktronic mess. This said, those gems are the reason I will continue to purchase his albums until he’s old and gray (and hopefully has put away his “beat-making” software). Continue reading
“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”