Kingdom vs. Fandom

Have you heard of Fandom yet? It describes a group that is devoted to a person or idea or character but uses their collective group power to direct the future of that person or object. A fandom of a particular show might dictate how the show’s last episode resolves.

The problem is that this is exactly anti-Biblical. Continue reading

Diversity in Church

I was in the gas station today. There was more diversity there than in any church I’ve been to. Perhaps if the church supplied more fuel then more people would thirst after it as their cars thirst to be satiated as the week draws to a close and the tank drops toward E.

Crazy, Radical Insanity

A friend of mine is diligently encouraging me to read Insanity of God (more on the poor title choice, probably by the publisher, in my P.P.S. below). And I’m looking forward to doing so. When he described his reading of it, he told me his dad read it too. And just like his dad said after reading Crazy Love  and Radical he said, basically, “now what?”

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Noah, the movie summarized by Dr. Mohler

tl;dr: Dr. Mohler encourages us to know the Bible better, know Christ throughout the Bible better, and spread the message of God’s story that He might bring His sinful image-bearers to Himself by grace through faith in Christ alone.

Dr. Mohler published a movie review of “Noah” today. There are two insightful quotes I’ll draw out. Beyond that I’ll encourage you to read the whole thing.

There is both the helpful and the harmful in the movie. Mostly the point of God’s saving grace is horribly distorted. It should be a picture of Christ saving sinners from the just judgment of God against His enemies.

The movie is not without its brilliance and moments of penetrating insight. But it gets the story line wrong, indulges in eccentric exaggeration, and distorts the character of both Noah and God. That is what surprised me. I expected to be irritated by the movie – but I found myself grieved.

But we should not grow dull in telling the story of Christ as it appears in every part of the Bible.

Perhaps the main lesson Christians are to learn from this movie is that if we do not tell the story, others will.

The most disturbing part of “Noah” that Dr. Mohler mentioned is the presence of the Noah’s arch rival (in the movie), Tubal-cain as being on the boat. The ark is a picture of Jesus Christ saving His people from the just judgment of God against sinful, unrepentant humanity. To put Tubal-cain on the boat is a denial of that.

Ordinary

OrdinaryOrdinary rockExplosion, radical, risky, insane … Where are the ordinary Christians? One of the problems I have is to join the latest craze without thinking it through. Why does Biblical evangelism have to involve an explosion? Why does Biblical faith have to be radical? Why do I have to risk as a Christian? Why does God’s gracious, saving sovereignty have to be insane?

I think these words, and many like them, appeal to the worldliness of Christians. A Christian is not exploding with evangelism, radically obeying by faith, etc. A Christian is obeying the Bible and therefore pleasing God. Continue reading

Not the Whole Truth, Sometimes

As I was reading my daughter a Bible story tonight, I realized that Jesus didn’t always tell the whole truth.

John 12 starts with Mary taking a pound of pure nard and anointing Jesus’ feet with it. Judas complains about the gesture and before John includes Jesus’ response, John tells us why Judas complained – he was a thief and wanted the money for himself! Then we are told Jesus’ response, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.” (v. 7-8, ESV) Continue reading

1 & 2 Corinthians: Timeout

Well my friends, I’m taking a break. If you’re checking back here for First and Second Corinthians with Explore the Bible there won’t be posts. It would be a great time to hear from you or answer a few questions through email though. The About page has my contact information. I’m preparing for a summer class at Seminary. That will be taking most of the time I have for posting these.

For a different purpose I’ve answered questions about 1 Corinthians before: 2:9-10, 16 and 3:14.

Leviticus Series: Leviticus 23:1-27:34 Overview

Introduction
This is the final week in Leviticus. The title reads, “Show Others Godly Grace (Leviticus 23:1-27:34).” Because of the title of this lesson I would encourage you to read over my introduction to Leviticus and last week’s brief comments. Leviticus 23-27 is profoundly God centered, not man centered. Even care for the poor is centered around what God has done for His people (25:38, 55). Continue reading