Happy Easter everyone (or Resurrection Sunday if you prefer). I had hoped to publish this yesterday, but it wasn’t quite ready yet. Yesterday we went to our respective churches and celebrated that Jesus is no longer dead and in the grave, but rose again to life (possibly after an annual ritual of candy for breakfast …).
Praise God! That resurrection is our hope and without it we would be hopeless as Paul indicated in 1 Corinthians 15:12-22:
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. (ESV)
This picture helps explain why posts around here have been a bit light lately. I traveled to New Mexico and Arizona for vacation recently and saw some incredible beauty created by our God, as well as some architectural marvels. The way this church in Sedona is built right into the rocks was pretty amazing. Also, I felt like a tiny ant with all the mountains out there.
But without further ado, here’s a list of great things to read and listen this week. Continue reading
Shepherd’s Conference is Streaming
The Shepherd’s Conference continues today at Grace Community Church. For all those who can’t be there, here’s the live stream.
Three posts about the ‘Young Messiah’ Movie
Amy Spreeman at Berean Research exposes several problems with the new movie, with these three posts.
Mysticism: Its Origin and Impact on Contemporary Christian Thought
Pastor Zachary Doffelt examines the resurgence of mysticism in evangelicalism, by tracing its roots. An important read.
Back in 2012, I wrote about the necessity of context to understand the Bible. The easiest way to be fleeced by bad teaching is when someone uses a part of a verse, or even a few Bible verses without regard for what the purpose of the passage is, its audience and proper application.
Context is key in everything. It can be awkward to join a conversation in the middle. Often things are confusing, hilarious or even inappropriate sounding when you’re missing the rest of the information.
Reading the Bible is no exception. In fact, given the great importance of rightly understanding and teaching the word of God context is even more crucial!
A verse I hear commonly misused is a part of Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” I think many believers have heard or been taught an improper meaning of this verse. This concerns me because it is often used by advocates of contemplative spirituality to support their promotion of the “discipline of silence.” A DVD program promoting this concept was even named “Be Still” after the supposed proof text. You can read Marcia Montenegro’s review of the DVD.
Keep reading my original post “Context, Context, Context” which examines the entire Psalm 46 and compares it to the way it is used to justify so-called spiritual disciplines which are in fact mysticism.
This week’s Don’t Miss List is absolutely brimming with content, so let’s get started.
Biblical Context for the Top Ten Biblical Archaeological Discoveries of 2015
If you ever daydreamed about being an archaeologist someday like I once did (blame Indiana Jones) then this should interest you. Bible Gateway builds on a recent Christianity Today story about archaeological finds from last year, and how they fit into the history presented in scripture. Continue reading
I was very happy to see that Tim Challies posted again about Jesus Calling, since its popularity is not waning. In fact its influence continues to grow. Continue reading
Before you check out for the three-day weekend or beach getaway or whatever you’re doing this Memorial Day, here’s a Don’t Miss List. Continue reading
A crucial question taken from Out of Formation, by Gary Gilley:
“Is it possible for God to speak in a non-authoritative way? Is it possible for Him to speak something less than His inspired word? The continuationists seem to have invented a novel type of divine revelation; one that contradicts Scripture and defies reason. In the Bible, and logically, either God is speaking of He is not. There is no such thing as partially inspired revelation or the true words from the Lord polluted by the misunderstanding or imagination of the prophet.”
I’ll keep it short and sweet this week because I’m swamped with Christmas festivities and preparations at the moment. Continue reading
I’ve warned a little bit here about Richard Foster and his spiritual disciplines as well as the dangers of contemplative spirituality. That’s why I want to share this update about “spiritual formation” and how it could be impacting your children from Berit Kjos. Continue reading