Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Price of a Feel-Good Faith from Kevin DeYoung

From Kevin DeYoung

Original post:
http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/

The Price of a Feel-Good Faith

Thomas E. Bergler in The Juvenilization of American Christianity:

"Many larger American churches have remained vibrant by adapting to the preferences of younger generations. Many of those adaptations have enriched the church. In 1950, many people who went to church did so out of a sense of social obligation. While at church, they didn’t expect either to have fun or to be challenged to work for social justice. Just as many people go to church today, but now, by and large, they want to be there be there because their faith is providing them with strong feelings of connection to God, to others, and to a spiritual mission. As a result of juvenilization, they are more likely to have intense experiences of God, participate in a service or mission trip, and engage in Christian political activism. Evangelical youth ministries made religious conservatives less dour and legalistic. Progressive Protestant, Catholic, and African American youth leaders eventually won the battle to get Christians to see social and political concerns as legitimate elements of their faith.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

E-Boasting

I'm always a fan of well-done graphics. Check this out! Thought it was clever. Original post here.

—Mark

Friday, June 1, 2012

Job's (Literally) Sacrificial Love



Job is book of the Bible that most of us have probably read and/or know the story of. We've all heard, or at least have probably heard, how Job got the raw end of a deal that God made with Satan. He was God's golden boy, and God used him to show Satan what was up (God was), figuratively speaking. I've heard many sermons on Job's life and the ways that God worked in his life. I've read books about suffering that have used his example. And I've also read the actual book in the Bible before.

But as I sat down yesterday morning to re-read it, something jumped out to me that hadn't before.


[Job's Character and Wealth]
[1:1] There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. [2] There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. [3] He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. [4] His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. [5] And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.
(Job 1:1-5 ESV; Emphasis added)

I want to share these thoughts with you, outlined below:

  • We are called to love sacrificially
  • We are called to love continually
  • We are called to love profoundly and selflessly