Flotsam and jetsam (6/21)
- Tim Keller discusses the power of “real preaching.”
Nevertheless, it is a mistake to argue that people in our society will not come to hear “real preaching.” The fact is that, even in a very post-Christian city, if the preaching is of high quality, people will be brought and will come back. They will be shocked at how convicting and attractive the gospel message is, and they will feel like they’ve never really heard it before (even if they have been raised in a church).
- Sarah Flashing offers an outstanding reflection on the Gospel, the social gospel, and the inclusivism: On God’s Terms: The Gospel and Radical Exclusion.
The Gospel was never intended to conform to our expectations; it is a message of unparalleled love that provides a source of hope in this life and the next—on God’s terms. The Gospel is about the cause of Christ, his work in us to make us presentable to the most holy God. We are called to renewal and to be conformed to the image of Christ. This requires a spiritual change, but what makes this radical is that the gospel anticipates changes in how we live—a radical exclusion of our former ways of living. Jesus wants us to come, but then to go and sin no more.
- The Atlantic explains How to Land Your Kid in Therapy: “Could it be that by protecting our kids from unhappiness as children, we’re depriving them of happiness as adults?”
- Travis McMaken reflects on the first day of the Barth Conference at PTS.
- NYT has an interesting article on converting from homosexuality, My Ex-Gay Friend. The article really serves as a reflection on one man’s journey away from homosexuality, and how some of his gay friends perceive it.
- Apparently Mark Driscoll has now entered the lofty ranks of those hated by Westboro Baptist Church.
- And, here are Ten Myths about Introverts that every extrovert should read (especially the last one – we really don’t want/need to become extroverts)