Paul Zahl Talks Suicide at Liberate

Once again my former professor and friend speaks love and grace into a subject laced with fear and condemnation.  Here’s my highlight of the post:

Life is tragic. Suicide is a serious option. Lots of people have been doing it for a very long time. We just didn’t talk about it much. Now even more people are doing it, and we are, a little, talking about it. It is OK—it is normal—to have the thought. And the moment you know that God forgives you the thought and that He can handle the thought, its impulsive hypnotic grip on you begins to loosen. And you find yourself saying—and more important, feeling—like Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind: “Tomorrow is another day.”

For the rest of the post head over to Liberate.

Paul Tripp on Waiting

“In ministry [and life], it is vital to understand that waiting is not an interruption of God’s plan. It is his plan. And you can know this as well: the Lord who has called you to wait is with you in your wait. He hasn’t gone off to do something else, like the doctor you’re waiting to see. No, God is near, and he provides for you all that you need to be able to wait.”

For the rest of this insightful post go here.

Nick Lannon “Kickstarter Religion”

An interesting post from one of my old Trinity classmates:

“What people need to hear from religion is an accurate diagnosis of their condition: unable to find the power within themselves to help themselves. Wanted Religion can’t offer a profound solution because it refuses to diagnose a profound disease. Needed Religion recognizes our plight and can offer a weighty cure: a savior who substitutes himself for us.”

Check out the rest over at Liberate.

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 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.