Thursday, October 10, 2013

Pearls before swine?

How does "evangelism" square with the passage that tells us to not "cast our pearls before swine"? In a Calvinistic worldview (something held by the following folks referenced below in an unpleasant Facebook outburst I witnessed), it makes total sense to reject the non-Christians around them; after all, Fred Phelps sees himself as a modern-day prophet proclaiming God's condemnation rather than preaching the Good News of hope and salvation.

That might be fine... but it's not the Gospel. And I regret that people shout with this attitude while claiming it's one that Jesus shared:

> I find it interesting how {non-Christian friend} consistently disagrees with so many of your posts, {Christian friend}. He makes an awful lot of noise about how untrue he now finds Christianity to be. There is something to the statement of "one protesteth too much." Obviously you continually hit a nerve with him (or is it perhaps the Spirit nudging him?) that he feels he must respond in such a way. Remember, pearls before swine. Nothing you can say or "argue" is going to change the mind of an unbeliever.

How is it winsome and Christ-like to call our questioning, seeking, spiritually-engaged friends "swine"?

Or does someone have an argument for me that can ground this kind of public scorn in a New Testament context? Feel free to reply here...

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Is "sanctification" a process, or a completed event?

1 Corinthians 6:11 ESV

"And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."

See it at YouVersion.com<http://YouVersion.com>:

http://bible.com/59/1co.6.11.esv

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

"Happy is the man...

...who dashes the heads of his enemy's children against the rocks."

...huh?

Explained beautifully (yes, beautifully!) by Greg Boyd:

"Woodland Hills Church - (Honest to God)"

In order to be in a relationship with another, we have to be honest with the other person. The same is true for our relationship with God. In this sermon, Greg shows how we need to be honest with God in our prayer.

http://media.whchurch.org/2013/2013-8-04_Boyd_Honest-To-God-2.mp3