“Preachers these days are expected to major in “Christian moral renovation.” They are expected to provide a practical to-do list, rather than announce, ‘It is finished.’ They are expected to do something other than, more than, placarding before their congregation’s eyes Christ’s finished work, preaching a full absolution solely on the basis of the complete righteousness of Another. The irony is, of course, that when preachers cave in to this pressure, moral renovation does not happen. The focus on how I’m doing, more than on what Christ has done, is Christian narcissism–the poison of self-absorption which undermines the power of the gospel in our lives… Continue reading
This spring, I’m taking St. Paul’s High School students through Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. A couple weeks ago we came across this doozy:
Matthew 5:27-28 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
Here Jesus up’s the ante and shows us the true intent of God’s law and it’s terrifying. Purity rings, “TV Guardian,” and Ted Mosby’s “Sensory Deprivator 5000” are of no help here because Jesus is dealing with our hearts. Continue reading
“Our greatest temptation is to think that it is by further, better, and more aggressive living that we can have life.”
-Robert Capon quoted here
Because of the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ’s Annual Gathering, I don’t have time to post anything new this week. This said, here’s one of my favorites from my old blog: www.shawn-thoughts.blogspot.com originally posted July 19, 20012.
I’ve been seeing my counselor a bit more lately. The addition of a second child combined with the pressures of life has really thrown me for a loop. One way this imbalance rears its ugly head is in my anger. Not making excuses, but I come from a long line of bad tempers on both sides of my family. Because of this, anger is usually one of the first signs that my life is off kilter. On a side note, when I say anger I don’t mean the emotion per say, rather I’m speaking of the almost unquenchable desire to hit inanimate objects (usually a wall). So needless to say a trip to the counselor was needed. Continue reading
“Since we never leave off sinning, we can never leave off the gospel.”
Tullian Tchividjian “Jesus+Nothing=Everything“
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“