Daily Roundup

Joel Osteen and Oprah’s “I Am” Lifeclass – Do not call yourself a Christian if you buy in to any of this.  I don’t care if Osteen has 40k + members and Oprah has millions of followers, this is flat out heresy. See Oprah’s Lifeclass site for more info.

Regeneration by J. C. Ryle – Regeneration is so important.  Without God’s regenerating work in our lives, we cannot be born again.

How Does Gay Marriage Affect You – Denny Burk looks at on aspect of it that we will have to deal with if your state normalizes gay marriage.

A Poem on Hebrews 3:13 – The last few lines of this poem are especially poignant.

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While I don’t normally delve into politics, this quote by Douglas Wilson is right on the mark.  You can read the entire article that this was taken from here:

When a rape results in a pregnancy, this means that we are now dealing with three people instead of two. Two of those three are innocent, and one of them is guilty. Take a case of violent rape. The pro-choice ghouls want to do two things — first, they want to go easy on the guilty one, refusing to execute him, while executing one of the innocent parties for something his father did, and secondly, they want to make out anyone who objects to this arrangement as the callused one. – Douglas Wilson

Purity By Any Other Name, Or Holiness

For the past couple of weeks, I have been reading J. C. Ryles’ book Holiness.  It is a short read, at least my version is as it is only 200 pages, but when you take the intro and preface out of it, it comes down 10 pages to 190.  Having spent many years in Church’s that espoused holiness as a way of life, many times I found myself leaning to legalism and legalistic attitudes.  That has caused its own set of problems in my own life and in my relationships with others.  But over the last 4 years or so, I’ve learned a lot about grace, and that has changed me – in some ways, but in other ways, not so much.  With that last statement, an explanation might be in order.

How has my understanding of grace changed me?  Well, in a lot of ways, even though I still struggle, it has allowed me to see that just because I don’t feel it is right for me to do something does not make it wrong for someone else.  We all have to start somewhere in our walk, right?

On the other hand, there is an area I just can’t seem to get away from and that is what I call personal holiness.  I am only 15 pages into Ryle’s book and I am amazed at how authoritative he is in his definition of holiness.  In some ways it is almost like what we read about in the Gospel accounts when “the people were amazed at his teaching Continue reading