Prayer for Mark Driscoll and Family

A few months back I noticed I was receiving emails from Mark Driscoll, especially about what he and his family were doing in their relocation to Phoenix, AZ.

These emails would contain book studies, family anecdotes, and ministry updates.  In other words, I’ve been keeping up with the former pastor of the Mars Hill Church.

driscollNow it seems that Mark Driscoll and his family are about to be involved in a new church plant, in Phoenix, AZ.

If you’ve ever been involved in a new church plant, you know how challenging it can be.  Your resolve will be tested, and you will need all the support you can get, both in manpower and monetary means.

If God is about to do a new thing in the life of Mark Driscoll and his family, who am I to stand in God’s way and say like many that Mark Driscoll is not fit for public ministry (cf. Acts 5:33-39).

Instead, feel led by the Lord Jesus, I will pray for this brother and his family–as they embark on this new adventure.

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What really happens in the Lord’s Supper

Regular readers of this blog would know how passionate I am about weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper (Eucharist, Lord’s Table, Holy Communion).

communion1I’m all for a weekly celebration and observance of the Supper because of what I believe happens when the Supper is received by faith, by worthy receivers.

As we participate in the Lord’s Supper, we are identified covenantally with the triune God, in whose name we have also been baptized.  We become more and more what we, namely, the covenantal body of Christ.  —Michael Horton, in The Christian Faith, p. 803

At the Lord’s Table, by the Spirit, we are made partakers of Christ’s body and blood, with all his benefits, to our spiritual nourishment and growth in grace (Westminister Shorter Catechism (Q&A 96).  In a word, Christ is spiritually present (cf. 1 Cor. 10:1-5, 14-17).

I truly believe this.

Again, I ask, Why wouldn’t we want to celebrate and observe this most important of meals more frequently?

Well, let me venture two answers to the question I just posed.  First, I believe it is an impoverished theology of the Supper which has prevented us from a more frequent observance of it.  And, secondly, which I think is more likely, our theology often differs from our practice, especially among Reformed and Presbyterians believers?

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To Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

MLKpreachingWhen you come to my home, it will not take you very long to notice the framed photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr at a podium, with his left hand on a Bible and the caption “I Have A Dream.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is one of my heroes.

He stood for something.  He stood for justice.

When him and his family’s life was being threatened, Dr. King continued to take his stand.  He envisioned a better America, a better humanity.  It was what fueled him.

Even when jailed in Birmingham, he would pen the now classic “Letter from Birmingham Jail”–a letter to combat inertia and continue the fight against injustice.

So to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, this great human soul, is to continue to take a stand against injustice everywhere.

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Don’t blame Martin Luther King Jr!

The course of human history has seen–time and time again–the raising up of men and women, from every walk of life, to be agents of change, when a given society tends to be in moral chaos and is in the need of repentance.

Most of these men and women were not born in palaces or the like.  They were often of ordinary birth and obscure beginnings.

But when God was ready to move, to do something extraordinary–for his glory and the good of humanity–he would almost without fail turn to the common, the ordinary, and the obscure.

Martin-Luther-King-Jr-Quotes-1008When the Civil Rights Movement in the United States of America, in the 1950s, needed a leader, Creator God would raise up an ordinary Baptist preacher and gave him a dream, a vision, a passion, to rally a people and to challenge a nation–to change its evil ways.

In raising up a Martin Luther King Jr and equipping him with a dream, the God of heaven and earth was simply pointing to a better America.

So let us not blame Martin Luther King Jr for his message.  Rather, if we must blame someone for pointing out the evils of racism in America, perhaps we will do well to blame the God of heaven and earth, the one who is ultimately offended by this evil.

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The Experience of the Lord’s Supper by John Frame

“We eat only little bits of bread and drink little cups of wine, for we know that our fellowship with Christ in this life cannot begin to compare with the glory that awaits us in him.”  –John Frame, Systematic Theology

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The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms by Tim Keller

It’s that time of year once of again when believers, all across the globe, are embarking on various reading plans.

97805259551461So when at a local Christian bookstore I stumbled in to Tim Keller’s The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms, and knowing that the new year was just a day away, I thought I’d pick it up and peruse it.

After perusing its Introduction and several passages (Psalm 1, 23, 104:14-15), I had a winner for the new year of 2016.

The Book of Psalms is known as the Bible’s songbook—Jesus knew all 150 psalms intimately, and relied on them to face every situation, including his death.

Two decades ago, Tim Keller began reading the entire Book of Psalms every month. The Songs of Jesus is based on his accumulated years of study, insight, and inspiration recorded in his prayer journals. Kathy Keller came to reading the psalms as a support during an extended illness. Together they have distilled the meaning of each verse, inviting readers into the vast wisdom of the psalms.

In the past I’ve prayed through the Psalter several times.  This time around I’m looking forward to walking and praying through the Psalter with Tim and Kathy Keller.

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On the Incarnation: Merry Christmas

If his deity had been collapsed into his humanity, he would be someone other than Immanuel, ‘God with us.’  If his humanity had been collapsed into his deity, he would not be ‘God with us.’  So the divine nature did not become something that it was not before.  Every attribute of God belonged to Jesus of Nazareth, so that his action is God’s action.  Nor was his human nature deified in the sense of being confused with the divine nature.” –Michael S. Horton, Pilgrim Theology, p. 182

Simply put, the incarnation of Jesus of Nazareth, the God-man, is a mystery to be adored rather than resolved.

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