Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Thoughts on Sanctification

I just found a found a reference to this show and, while I don’t remember exactly what was going on in my head when I first heard it, I trust my past judgment that it was worth noting (and, as I replay it, it sounds good…)

Anderson asks:  “Compare yourself to a house for sale ‘as is.’ God purchased you at a very high cost – the life of his son. Now he owns you and it’s time to begin the work of claiming and cleaning up what he has bought. .. How’s it going in your life? Which rooms are started and which ones are done? Are there still some rooms you are keeping locked and guarded? Or have you opened up everything so that God can sanctify you through and through?”

Monday, March 28, 2011

A "contradiction" infographic

Here's a discussion of an infographic that was circulating, which covered supposed "contradictions" in the Bible.  A very pretty chart (you can find it elsewhere), but the text on it sure doesn't say a whole lot -- things like the number of angels at Jesus' tomb and such.

http://fm.thevillagechurch.net/blog/theology/?p=650

Monday, March 14, 2011

Different faith?

At 17:30 into this Joel Osteen podcast you hear the distinction between "delivering" faith (where God gets you out of something bad) vs. "sustaining" faith (where God helps you cope with something bad).

Interestingly concise summary. I like it.

Podcast Title: Joel Osteen Audio Podcast
Episode: Hold On To Your Peace
Media URL:
http://media.lakewood.org.edgesuite.net/JOM/podcast/mp3_audio/492-Audio-Podca...

Podcast feed URL:
http://rss.streamos.com/streamos/rss/genfeed.php?feedid=111&groupname=lakewood

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The conviction of being a "functional universalist"...

From T. Elliott Welsh's blog post about Rob Bell comes this convicting commentary:

We show we are functioning universalists when we do not share the Gospel with our unsaved friends, family members, co-workers, or neighbors.

My response there?

Great insights! Just came across this from a reference at the mlive.com article and you've hit the nail on the head for something I've found personally convicting for a long time.

It's like the old metaphor of, "If you _knew_ you had the cure for cancer, wouldn't you tell everyone you knew and do everything in your power to make them listen?" The reality is, we don't live that way when it comes to Jesus. Why? What variation of "lack of faith" does that come from?