I recently began seeing a chiropractor for what turned out to be a compressed disc. He took routine x-rays to facilitate his diagnosis, and on the day he was to go over the results with me, I was placed in a conference room to wait for our consultation.
To give a short definition of a Christian: A Christian is not somebody who chalks sin, because of his faith in Christ. This doctrine brings comfort to consciences in serious trouble. When a person is a Christian he is above Law and sin.
When man, conscious of his failure to keep God's command, is constantly urged by the Law to make payment of his debt and confronted with nothing but the terrible wrath of God and eternal condemnation, he cannot but sink into despair over his sins.
I cannot recall how many times I have nose-dived into despair after hearing preaching that always ended with the question, “Will you hear ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant’ when you enter Heaven?”
The Gospel is simple to confess. That is, we are justified by faith alone, through Christ alone, without the works of the Law. And so long as we don't add any limits, measures, or conditions to this, the Gospel is easy to confess to others.
Looking at our dining room table most days, you might think we were running a cartoon factory out of our house. Drawings. Everywhere. When a small child presents you with some artwork, it's heart warming.
One of my favorite shows in recent memory is the American law enforcement drama Law & Order. I’m sure you’re familiar with this 20-season-long series, but if not, it’s safe to say that it has basically set the standard for legal procedural television shows.
The more I heard the song, the more I heard the heart of the Gospel in the song. The music swept through the office like a refreshing breeze. It broke through a playlist which had become stale over time. Repetitively, the words flowed through the air, “let me love you.”
When we say we need something that means it’s indispensable. Without such a thing, our quality of life is drastically altered and likely endangered. I need food, air and water to sustain me physically, I need community, love and a healthy self-image to sustain me psychologically.
Among the things that perturb me about modern Christianity is our residual clinging to a sort of “Christian-karma.” You’ve probably read this frustration from me before, but with some recent events in my own life, I feel as though Christians still just don’t get it.
Finding a church can be one of the most grueling, strenuous, arduous, laborious, harsh, stressful, and complicated processes for Christians. [See how many synonyms I used there? That means it’s real hard.]
I spend a lot of time talking to people in coffee shops. Some share my Christian faith, some are exploring and questioning faith and others have left the church, having had a crisis of faith. I'm going to speak to an observation I've made on the 'crisis of faith' variety.
It’s time to call bull on a theology the dominates Christianity. Brandon Bennett, in a post on Mockingbird, introduced me to a brilliant book by a philosopher Harry Frankfurt that helps us define and describe bull...
My dear Filthpit, Why is your last report so late in getting to me, Filthpit? Do not worry about coming up with an excuse. Fearby has already informed me that the Enemy put a stop to your client’s treatments.
You mentioned in the last report that your young pastor continues to look for a call to another church. He is not happy with his present congregation and has almost given up hope of ever converting them to true Christianity (as he understands it).
My dear Filthpit, In your most recent report you have noted that your client is “in a rut.” His usual anxieties do not seem to trouble him as much. Do you think it best to encourage this or stir up fears old and new?
My dear Filthpit, I am still concerned about your mishandling of the client. Your last report demonstrated an alarming lack of resolution about your young pastor’s original condition. He has stopped issuing hyperbolic vows.
This is the insatiable craving that describes the torment of the Pirate's curse. The pirates spent their lives seeking after the treasure and after finally attaining it, they discover that it was cursed.
My dear Filthpit, Your latest report uses many words to explain a simple truth. You let the young pastor get away from you. You have failed, and I will not try to step in to save you from the consequences.