Category Archives: sanctification

Get Out of Jail Free


Jesus appears to think that his return will be comparatively sudden: 36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as… Read More→

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How To Transformationalize the Secular


Have worship services not on Sunday but throughout the week. After all, if holding Mass desacralizes Sunday, having worship services during the week could sacralize Monday or Thursday or Tuesday or Saturday. Father Z got me thinking: Communion in the hand… Blessings instead of Communion even by lay ministers… Pianos… Mass “facing the people”… Saturday… Read More→

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Olive Kitteridge and Larry David Are Popular for a Reason


Maybe the reason is that people who watch HBO are not sanctified. But I do wonder why the Christian world seems to view niceness, friendliness, and optimism the way much of the network television audience does — as if people who are all the time happy, cooperative, and encouraging are the way we should really… Read More→

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Without Sabbath Observance We Could Not Identify Christians

How do you spot a Christian? That may be easy compared to defining religion. Damon Linker had a go at religion recently: Religion is any set of norms, practices, and beliefs that establishes a comprehensive way of life that is held out as the right or best way of life for those who adhere to… Read More→

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Inconsistency, Hypocrisy, and Clueless


Unless the Obedience Boys have figured out a way to make Wesleyan perfectionism a reality, all Christians struggle with the Lutheran paradox of being simultaneously a saint and a sinner (sorry to those professors of Christianity who need Vatican validation for sainthood). That paradox means that all Christians in their honest moments admit to struggling… Read More→

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Hey Pastor Fosdick, The Fundamentalists Did Win


First it was smoking. I grew up in a fundamentalist home where smoking was off limits. I have also related the story of how devastated I was when I first saw Richie (later Dick) Allen smoking in the Phillies’ dugout. But now the world has turned into the Hart home (of my parents). Thankfully, the… Read More→

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Reimagine Humility

Penalty flag on the turf during an NFL game between the Detroit Lions and the St. Louis Rams in Detroit, Sunday, Sept, 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Bethany Jenkins gives us a window into the path to true humility (thanks to our southern correspondent): To live out the fullness of our liberty, though, we must get rid of our arrogant, controlling, slow-to-hear, quick-to-speak, know-it-all spirits. In a 1995 sermon titled “Growth Through Hearing Truth,” Tim Keller highlights three characteristics of a proud… Read More→

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Could Christ Have Preached Christ and Him Crucified?


Rick Phillips introduces a tension — though that was not his intention — between Jesus’ preaching and Paul’s. We have the old was-Paul-the-second-founder-of-Christianity problem. Here‘s is what Christ preached according to Phillips: I noted 4 main types of ministry emphases highlighted by Jesus in Mark: 1. Jesus declaring his deity as Messiah, together with his… Read More→

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Will Believers be Judged for Not Knowing English Historical Theology?


Apparently, Mark Jones believes Lee Irons stands condemned: I am flabbergasted at the cocksure way by which Irons makes these claims. He castigates Piper for several errors, but ends up making a few blunders himself. One in particular stands out. He says: “Faith has never been viewed as a condition of justification in Reformed theology…”… Read More→

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Collective Guilt

people living in glass house

At first I thought I was clear because I’m not Tim Bayly, Tim Keller, or PCA: Bayly Blog has published a piece by Lucas Weeks, an assistant pastor at Clearnote Church, in which he argues that the root of abortion is feminism. He contends that the PCA soft-peddles feminism; thus the PCA is complicit in… Read More→

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