I ran across several intriguing articles today and thought I’d share them. The first one is rather timely in that my thoughts have centered much on a more simplistic life. It is a long read, but well worth the effort.
Dangerous Calling – A new book out by Paul Tripp. You can read the introduction and first chapter in PDF format by clicking on the link.
Hospitality and the Great Commission – In a progressively post-Christian society, the importance of hospitality as an evangelistic asset is growing rapidly. Increasingly, the most strategic turf on which to engage the unbelieving with the good news of Jesus may be the turf of our own homes.
A Thirst for Hermeneutics – Would you let a surgeon, two weeks out of medical school, perform brain surgery? Our Pastors need to be properly trained in the art of Biblical Interpretation (Hermeneutics) because they are dealing with eternal issues, not just temporal ones.
“The purest joy in the world is joy in Christ Jesus. When the Spirit is poured down, his people get very near and clear views of the Lord Jesus. They eat his flesh and drink his blood. They come to a personal cleaving to the Lord. They taste that the Lord is gracious. His blood and righteousness appear infinitely perfect, full and free to their soul. They sit under his shadow with great delight. . . . They lean on the Beloved. They find infinite strength in him for the use of their soul — grace for grace — all they can need in any hour of trial and suffering to the very end.” – Robert Murray M’Cheyne
No short quote or biblical passage can exhaustively include every theological topic, but the reason I chose Hebrews 1:1-2 as the theme verse is because it covers so much ground in such a short space: revelation, eschatology, theology proper, hermeneutics, cosmology.
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets… God spoke, which in itself is an immeasurable thesis, but he did so in history, in time. His speech was directed to our fathers. His speech was mediated through the prophets. His speech was diverse in epoch and in mode.
…but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son… The author indicates we are in a different epoch than the one he just described and there will be none after it. These days are the last, things are coming to a close, and the reason for this is bound up in the Mediator of God’s speech, his own Son. God himself has spoken both mediately and immediately by his Son. There is a contrast in the mode of revelation between what was long ago and what is now final.
…whom he appointed heir of all things…God’s Son has inherited everything and is the center of everything, and this was by appointment from the Father. Creation is the inheritance given to the Son from the Father.
…through whom also he created the world. God is the creator of everything, the giver of everything, and the world was created through the Son to be given to the Son.