Chosen by God: A Tribute to RC Sproul (1937-2017)

80225.jpgWhen I read the announcement of the death of RC Sproul from Ligionier Ministries in my email inbox, a sad feeling came over me.

Days before his death, I had just consulted Sproul’s Grace Unknown: The Heart of Reformed Theology (now What is Reformed Theology?) I first read this volume in toto back in 2006, over ten years ago.  I was new to Reformed Theology. I wanted to learn more. I came across Sproul’s work and ate it up.  However, it’s a work I always return to.

But it’s his work Chosen by God that really did me in. On January 9, 2007, I posted the following on Amazon.com after reading Sproul’s Chosen by God:

Honestly, I fought the doctrine of election. But I had to surrender to the teachings of Scripture. It is at the heart of the Scriptures, and RC does a great job in this wonderful volume spotlighting the difficulty with it.

This is one of the better volumes on a difficult subject. Highly recommended!

For the 500th anniversary celebration of the Reformation, it’s Sproul’s Ligionier Ministries live streaming that I tuned in to.

Sproul loved Martin Luther. Leading up to the Reformation 500, I remember viewing Sproul’s passionate talk on The Insanity of Luther on Youtube, which is a chapter in his The Holiness of God, what is considered by many as Sproul’s finest work.

God, over the years, has used the late RC Sproul, his humble servant, to teach me and countless others, near and far, so much about theology, Scripture, church history, Reformed theology, etc.

Now Dr. Sproul can know for certain whether Martin Luther was insane or not.

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Advent Second Sunday 2017: Hope

Hope.

It’s the second lit candle of Advent.

It’s the question of ancient Job.

If I hope for Sheol as my house,
    if I make my bed in darkness,
if I say to the pit, ‘You are my father,’
    and to the worm, ‘My mother,’ or ‘My sister,’
where then is my hope?
    Who will see my hope?
Will it go down to the bars of Sheol?
    Shall we descend together into the dust?” –Job 17:13-16 ESV

The Apostle Paul provides the answer to Job’s question and the question everyone else has been asking.

“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus of hope” (1 Timothy 1:1, emphasis added)

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First Sunday of Advent 2017

If you’re a Christ follower (believer or however you’ve chosen to describe your relationship and walk with Jesus),Advent-1_3

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celebrate Christmas, then I implore you to engage in Advent reading and reflection.  This intentional reading and reflection–as you look to another Christmas celebration–will certainly bless your journey and every step.

The temptations are fierce and endless.  The distractions are many.  But we must stay the course.

So if you’re on this Advent journey, to celebrate the first coming as you long for the second coming, know this, that we can partner in prayer to make the most of this season, together, in the Lord.

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How to Redeem Your Christmas?

AdventGiglioBegin with Advent Readings…

Every year I try to re-focus on the Reason for the Season–Jesus.

Yes, I listen to those Christmas songs and carols like everyone else. But as someone who loves to read, I’ve found nothing helps me to re-focus quite like my yearly Advent Readings.

In the weeks and days leading up to Advent, I seek out an Advent Reading plan, and with the help of the empowering grace of God, I try to faithfully follow through (it’s never easy, given the many distractions and temptations to quit).

In 2017, Advent begins on Sunday, December 3 and ends on Sunday, December 24.

If you’re serious about redeeming Christmas, actually taking it back from the world, then I submit to you an Advent Reading plan.

This year I’m going with Louie Giglio’s Waiting Here For You: An Advent Journey of Hope.

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