October 30, 2010

Scripture is all about God.

Filed under: God - general — quotable1988 @ 2:33 pm

The Bible is ferociously about God… Anytime you see someone open the Bible and begin to talk about you outside of your relationship with God or the nature and character of God, they are more often than not prooftexting and outside of the metanarrative. -Matt Chandler


September 17, 2010

Peace and war

Filed under: God - general — quotable1988 @ 7:33 pm

In Adam we were at peace with sin and at war with God, a war that cannot be won. In Christ we are at peace with God and at war with sin, a war that cannot be lost. – Dane Ortlund at The Gospel Coalition blog

September 3, 2010

Topical vs. exigetical/expository

Filed under: God - general — quotable1988 @ 5:37 pm

While topical teaching can be helpful at certain times, a steady and unbalanced diet of it undermines [congregants’] understanding of God’s Word. God’s Word does not come to us in one-sentence blurbs, laid out under various topical headings, like an extended concordance. God’s Word comes to us in stories, parables, poetry, prophecy, and song. – Jon Nielson (at The Gospel Coalition blog)

Faith without works

Filed under: God - general,Theology — quotable1988 @ 5:16 pm

Faith without “works” is not faith (James 2:14-26). It is not faith just like fire without heat and light is not fire. Heat and light are not just the possible result of fire, something fire sometimes does. They are fire. Inseparable from flame itself. – Shaun Groves (here)

August 27, 2010

Gospel centered. Always.

Filed under: God - general — quotable1988 @ 7:34 pm

Do you believe the Bible is basically about you, or basically about [Christ]? Is David and Goliath basically about you, and how you can be like David, or is it about Christ, who took on the only Goliath who could really kill us… and now His victory is imputed to us? – Tim Keller, here

The Gospel and the Law

Filed under: God - general — quotable1988 @ 5:51 pm

We are justified by grace alone through faith alone in the finished work of Christ alone, and God sanctifies us by constantly bringing us back to the reality of our justification. – Tullian Tchividjan

April 17, 2010


Filed under: God - general — quotable1988 @ 5:00 pm

Two posts in one day. Whaddayaknow?

Unfortunately, in some Evangelical circles, we’ve done great work in exegeting and studying Scripture, but we’ve done lesser work in understanding people and culture. Bob Kellemen, at RPM Ministries blog

How true this is. According to Kellemen, this is the main reason that so much of what Brian McLaren’s says A New Kind of Christianity is appealing. I’ve enjoyed the two introductory posts in this series of replies to McLaren’s new book, and I would already recommend the series to anyone who disagrees with McLaren–especially people who have asked what one of Kellemen’s friends asked:

“What is Brian saying that is persuasive to so many? What can we learn?”

Because after all, we always want to be learning, right? Why “throw the baby out with the bathwater,” as they say? Why not take away what good we can from McLaren’s questions and throw away the rest?


Filed under: God - general,Theology — quotable1988 @ 11:13 am

So. It’s been awhile. Quote of the day:

The problem is not too much knowledge or too much doctrine or caring too much about thinking. The problem is when knowledge of God becomes a vat instead of a vessel. Doctrinal knowledge is to the Christian life what blood is to the human body. If the blood flows through vessels, it literally gives life to the whole body. But if you just collected blood in a big bucket, some kind of grotesque vat, then you’ve got something unnatural going on. Blood isn’t meant to be stored in a vat. It is meant to flow through vessels of veins and arteries. Likewise, knowledge is not meant to be pooled in a giant theological noggin. Good doctrine and a robust understanding of God is meant to flow through us, producing fruit, leading to worship, making us more like Christ. – Kevin DeYoung

March 14, 2010

The Bible Belt

Filed under: God - general — quotable1988 @ 6:50 pm

It’s easy for Christianity to be nothing but cultural wallpaper in the Bible belt. Sins go under cover for years and sometimes generations. The gospel can devolve into family values, moralism, or Republicanism. The idolatry of sports, children, ethnic heritage (if you ain’t Dutch, you ain’t much), and property up-keep are more respectable than the idols of sex, power, and liberalism. – Kevin DeYoung at his blog.

March 4, 2010

On “acceptable” sins

Filed under: God - general — quotable1988 @ 11:52 pm

This is a comment on a post at Ragamuffin Soul. Carlos has been talking about homosexuality and the church for the past few days, and I enjoyed this comment by Shannon (about halfway down the page)–especially because I know Christians who do struggle with this issue.

Wow, I’m glad that most of my fellow Christians DON’T have to deal with homosexual issues because they don’t have the guts. It’s all well and easy when we struggle with more “acceptable” sins… alocholics [sic] and adulterers can bounce back, right? [yes, that is sarcasm. Not that alcoholics and adulterers can’t bounce back, but… oh, you get the point.] Glad my sins are more acceptable and so very glad that all of us can count on the unfailing and unmerited love, mercy and grace of Jesus… because sadly we won’t find that with many of our brothers and sisters. – Shannon, on a comment at Ragamuffin Soul.

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