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Giving Up Self-Discipline for Lent
"If Lent were such a great idea, if it really did make us better Christians, you'd think we'd want to turn Lent into a lifestyle. But no, we don't want to do that precisely because Lent is an onerous form of existence. It's the life of duty. Life under law. Life as a death march."
article  soulwork  lent  theology  law  gospel 
march 2013 by dwight
Why Doubters and Non-Doubters Share a Common Faith | Christianity Today
"...faith, by its very nature, assumes uncertainty—otherwise, why would we need faith and hope? We are not given to know as God knows—with utter and complete and perfect knowledge. We are, however, given faith that God knows with utter and complete and perfect knowledge, and thus we can trust in him."
article  soulwork  theology  faith  doubt  * 
march 2013 by dwight
Trusting God with the Ones You Love
"I argue that when it comes to such questions—questions the Bible does not answer—our only recourse is to trust in the God who has shown himself to be perfectly merciful and perfectly just in Jesus Christ. We are called to trust that this God will do what is just, right, and good.
This answer has seemed too easy to some. One reviewer of my book referred to this type of answer as "punting"—by which he inferred that it was an easy way out of theological dilemma.
In one sense, the criticism is just, because in the book I did not signal what an extraordinary thing such faith is. I may have given the impression that this sort of faith is an easy out, a comforting escape, a way to avoid tension and ambiguity. It is anything but that."
article  faith  soulwork  theology  * 
march 2013 by dwight
Super Bowl Evangelism
"In order to share the gospel that announces God's extraordinary love to dead sinners, doesn't it make sense that instead of trying to cajole people into faith with marketing techniques, we would simply love them as God loved us all?"
article  theology  marketing  ecclesiology  christianitytoday  soulwork 
february 2013 by dwight
The Lord Who Acts Like It
"Making people comfortable is a good thing, part of Christian hospitality. But does it strike anyone else as odd how reticent many churches are to make it plain to visitors that when they enter the church, they are entering a sovereign state where someone besides the State is Lord?"
article  theology  culture  cross  soulwork 
october 2012 by dwight

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