Archive for November, 2012

Nov
07

Politics and Our Eschatology

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I read a very limited number of blogs on a daily basis, one of which is Scot McKnight’s blog on Patheos.com titled Jesus Creed. A New Testament professor by trade, McKnight often offers helpful cultural insights as they intersect with faith and theology. This morning’s post, titled Politics and Our Eschatology serves as an outstanding Christian reflection on yesterday’s election. I hope you’ll find it compelling if not helpful.

Categories : Politics, Scot McKnight
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Nov
06

How God Became King

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N.T. Wright has proven to be one of the most prolific writers on the subject of theology in the 21st century. His latest book, How God Became King, tackles the problem of how we read the gospels. Wright correctly points out a common problem among modern evangelicals. There are those, on one hand, who read the gospels through the lens of Christmas and Easter to the neglect of Jesus’ three year itinerant ministry of reaching out to the poor and marginalized. On the other hand there are those who read the gospel through the lens of Jesus’ three year ministry to the poor and marginalized to the neglect of the incarnation and the cross/resurrection event. Additional problems are born out of reading the gospels to the neglect of the larger canon of Scripture, overlooking the broader role of Jesus with regards to Israel, the Kingdom of God and the birth of the Christian movement in the world. Wright’s book is a fine proposal on how to read the gospels with balance without excluding the broader subject of God’s redemptive plan for the world. So if you find that compelling to any degree, this book will hold your attention. If not, I’m afraid you’ll not survive the first few pages. But then again, you may not fully appreciate what the gospels are really all about.

Categories : Books
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Nov
06

Stewardship Series

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November 11 Stewardship is Ownership (Matthew 21:33-46)

November 18 Stewardship is Trust (Luke 21:1-4)

November 25 Stewardship is Joy (2 Corinthians 8:1-9)

You can access the audio of my sermons at the First Baptist Church website.

Categories : Stewardship
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Nov
05

The Lord is My Hope:: 2

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I think the most common biblical metaphor for life is the story of the exodus. The stages of the exodus are bondage, then deliverance, followed by growth through the wilderness wandering, concluding with their entry into the land of promise. We see this metaphor expressed again and again in the New Testament. David does something a little different in his shepherd–sheep metaphor. Stepping back a bit from the Psalm, you will notice how David describes his journey with the Shepherd.

In the beginning of the Psalm, the Shepherd is before him, leading, guiding, and providing. But when he enters the valley of the shadow of shadows, the Shepherd is beside him, making his presence and protection more readily known. The next scene is a celebration of blessings, marked by a sumptuous banquet and an overflowing cup. But the Psalm concludes with goodness and faithful love behind him pursuing him to his eternal home.

Such is life. God satisfies our souls, providing for our needs. Even though God is faithful in his provision, by no means are we exempt from the challenges we find in the valleys. But it takes two mountains to make a valley. We have been blessed with many benefits that we can celebrate even on the heels of trial and tribulation. But life does not end with death. There’s more in store in eternity. His goodness and unfailing love pursue us like sheep dogs nipping at our heels all the way home.

Categories : Psalm 23
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Nov
04

The Lord is My Hope:: 1

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Since the dawn of time, people have searched for a meaningful metaphor for life. Here are some samples that I stumbled upon this week:

Life is like a seed. It will never grow unless it is planted and nourished.

Life is like a river. With all its bends and rapid falls, one must follow the right path or else you’ll lose your way to the sea.

Life is like a bagel. It’s delicious when its fresh and warm, but often its just hard. The hole in the middle is a mystery, but it wouldn’t be a bagel without it.

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle, except without the picture on the box to know what its supposed to look like. Sometimes you’re not even sure you have all of the pieces.

Life is like a novel. You are the author and everyday is a new page.

And my favorite…
Life is like an elevator ride. It has a lot of ups and downs and someone is always pushing your buttons. Sometimes you get the shaft, but what really bothers you are the jerks.

David has used the metaphor of shepherd and sheep to convey what life means to him. Over the past several weeks I’ve posted about the constituent parts of the 23rd Psalm, but this week I’ll take a step back and take more of a big picture approach to this magnificent Psalm. Thanks for checking in!

Categories : Psalm 23
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