It began a few days ago with an email from one of our professors, alerting some of us to Eugene Peterson’s recent interview with Jonathan Merritt. In it, Peterson was asked about his views regarding homosexuality and same-sex marriage. When Peterson responded that he would have no problem performing a same-sex wedding, it sent shock waves throughout the Christian community.
I wonder how many of us are more like the Galatian church than we would care to admit. How often do we think, even subconsciously, that something must be added to the perfect finished work of Christ? Paul chides the Galatians regarding how they received the Spirit. Was it by works of the law or…Continue reading The Necessity of Preaching for Godliness – Part 2 of a Study in Titus
Adorning the Gospel with Godliness and Growing in the Faith: An Ongoing Study of the Epistle to Titus How does a church change? Why should a church be concerned about godliness? The message of Titus focuses upon the godliness of a church that arrays the gospel because it is the gospel that has formed the…Continue reading The Gospel, Godliness, and The Church
Last week we looked at the idea that the Law is just a bunch of rules and that you have to follow to keep God happy, a divine checklist as it were (see Love Your Wife…Check). And I argued that this is a terrible way of viewing the Law. In the Law itself, God is…Continue reading 4 Things the Law Does for God’s People (What’s the Law For, Part 2)
God created his people, and they sinned. He stayed faithful to them in the Garden, and they sinned some more. He judged the earth with a flood, and they kept right on sinning. He made an amazing promise to Abraham and delivered the people from their captivity in Egypt. And even then they continued to…Continue reading Love Your Wife….Check (What’s the Law For, Part 1)