Happy Easter everyone! I hope you wake up today and are reminded, yet again, that Jesus is alive! He is our continuing and eternal hope of salvation, thanks to his resurrection from the dead. Hallelujah!
Mark 16: 1-8
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”
Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.
I picked up our Christmas tree last night, so I’m in a Christmas-y mood. That might be obvious with some, but not all, of this Don’t Miss List:
Rev. Kevin DeYoung pleads with pastors: Don’t cancel Sunday services for Christmas!
I LOVE THIS! As someone who loves Christmas Eve service but usually has to miss it in order to see all my cousins at our family party, I often wish more churches still held Christmas Day services (yes — that used to be a thing). Since this year, Christmas falls on a Sunday I really want to find a service to attend.
I greatly appreciated DeYoung’s letter here and the reasons he gives for not cancelling Christmas Sunday services at your church.
Here’s one of them: “It’s Christmas for crying out loud! It’s the day we celebrate the incarnation, the birth of the Messiah, the entrance into our world of the second Person of Trinity. Don’t we want to sing? Don’t we want to celebrate? Don’t we want to preach and praise and pray?”
I do want to sing and celebrate and hear the word. Pastors, please know that some of us really do want to be in your church this Christmas!
For the Bible Tells Me So: Biblical Authority Denied Again
Al Mohler Jr. brought up his concerns with Pastor Andy Stanley’s views about relying on Scripture and how it poses the same problem as theological liberalism did many years ago. Mohler writes:
Let’s be clear — Andy Stanley does not mean to deny the central truth claims of Christianity. In his message, “Who Needs God? The Bible Told Me So,” he affirms the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. But he does so while undercutting our only means of knowing of Christ and his resurrection from the dead — the Bible.
And he does so directly and without risk of misunderstanding. In his message he stated: “So I need you to listen really carefully and the reason is this — perhaps you were taught, as I was taught, ‘Jesus love me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.’ That is where our trouble began.”
Mohler has much more to say about Stanley’s recent sermon and I think, given Stanley’s influence in Christianity at large, it would be wise to read his entire post.
Happy Independence Day, to my fellow Americans. Here’s a quick, Don’t Miss List for you.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – Kevin DeYoung (via TGC)
DeYoung remains one of my favorite writers. This timely piece about the “self-evident” truths which the U.S. was founded upon, and the declaration that rights are endowed by God, not government is no exception. Continue reading
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
“You do not need another special revelation from God outside the Bible. You can listen to the voice of God every day. Christ still speaks, because the Spirit has already spoken. If you want to hear from God, go to the book that records only what he has said. Immerse yourself in the word of God. You will not find anything more sure.”
Rev. Kevin DeYoung from Taking God at His Word
From Kevin DeYoung’s book, Taking God at His Word: Continue reading
It’s been some time since I put together a Don’t Miss List for you all. My stack of links to catch up on is pretty big now, but here are some of my favorites. I’ve got a church checkup, an interview with David Murray and a cartoon for you. Continue reading
This session with Kevin DeYoung from the recently held Shepherd’s Conference Inerrancy Summit is fantastic. I’m actually listening to it for a second time, that’s how good it is.