Lust and Christ’s Active Obedience

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

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Can (or should) a Church be Marketed?

The title for this post was inspired by a quote I came across in John Z’s “Grace in Addiction” from a Franciscan Monk named Richard Rohr.  In it he expresses frustration in sharing the sober viewpoint of Christianity with others.  Rohr exclaims:

“How do you make attractive that which is not?  How do you sell nonsuccess?  How do you talk descent when everything is about ascent?  How do you talk about dying to a church trying to appear perfect?” Continue reading

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How Your Preaching Might Increase Sin in Your Church

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Below is a link to this post from TGC:

“We tread lightly here, but I fear we vastly underestimate the spiritual damage inflicted on our churches by “How To” sermons without an explicit gospel connection. The Bible is full of practical exhortations and commands, of course, but they are always connected to the foundational and empowering truth of the finished work of Christ. When we preach a message like “Six Steps to _______” or any other “be a better whatever”-type message — where the essential proclamation is not what Christ has done but what we ought/need to do — we become preachers of the law rather than Christ. (And it is not rare that this kind of message with barely any or no mention of Christ(!) at all gets preached.)”

How Your Preaching Might Increase Sin in Your Church.