There is something inside us that realizes that someone needs to pay for what we have done-
someone needs to suffer here…
someone needs to be punished…
Crucifixion is a violent, extruciatingly painful way to die.
The prosperity “gospel’s” teaching decieves people into thinking that if you have enough faith, God will bless you materially. It might sound something like: You want a new car, go to Jesus, name it and claim it…
Click the tree and check it out this power video presentation.
The prosperity gospel hurts people.
Pastor Piper boldly says he feels “hatred” towards it. (more…)
Posted in Bible Study, What I'm Thinking About, tagged equal, faith, grace, joy, judgement, judgemental, life, self-righteous, sin, sinner, sins worse than other sins, worse sins on 02/26/2008| 1 Comment »
I was asked an important question after last Sunday’s sermon– by my wife no less.
She reminded me of some things I preached earlier that day:
– that under the law we are all equally quilty of sin before God and below the cross, we are “in Christ” and we are all equally forgiven- we all belong to this church in equal standing.
-Murdering someone is worse than stealing a pencil.”
We were told a lie: “Get married and live happily ever after.” Even if you knew that was at best- an exageration, most of us still believed that we needed someone to “complete us”. We believed that once we had Mr. or Mrs. Right, we woudl have the life we always dreamed of.
Do you (at least secretly) consider your marriage majorly dysfunctional? I think that most marriages that look happy are a) faking it; b) havn’t hit the external stressors that are out there waiting for us all; c) living as little more than room mates or d) happy because they have “worked through” what I will be explaining over the next few months in this series.
I loved the movie Atonement- until the end. Atonement was articulate, intense, passionate, meaningful, romantic and deep. In the end, the heart of the movie was pulled out. Its need for a climactically atoning ending never occured.
The movie anticlimaxed with a placebo “atonement”. For me, the whole movie came crashing down, as if the cornerstone was pulled out.
Atonement portrays “atonement” as if it can be otained through one’s artistic abilities (writing great novels). One reviewer wrote:
Is our need for atonement transcendant and substantial or is it something we can create for ourselves? Is atonement an subjective occurance or it is an absolute- related to what we need before God?
I found this at Christ is Deeper
Dr Truman needs real (more…)