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    Three Points of Interest

    Ray Ortlund has some great thoughts on Freedom from self-preservation.

    Paul David Tripp explains What’s Wrong with the World.

    Tullian Tchividjian offers thoughts and a list of books to help in the Unriddling Our Times.

    Mark Olsen on Cross and Culture

    Mark Olsen has written a very thought provoking blog post over at Evangel. He is working through the issue of how to respond to those who view your biblically correct, God given position is hateful or harmful. While you may not end up buying the car, so to speak, you will at least kick the tires on this one. I know that I am not fully convinced but will be thinking about the contents of this post for some time to come. The comments are also helpful in fleshing out reasons why the post may be lacking. Go take a look and decide for yourself. Click here to read it.

    Book Review; Is Christianity Good for the World? A Debate By Christopher Hitchens & Douglas Wilson

    41Q93+woUlL._SX160_This book is a fairly short and sweet exchange between atheist Christopher Hitchens and Christian Douglas Wilson. The work is broken into 6 parts and each portion is a set of letters written on the topic of, “is Christianity good for the world.” Here is the gist; Hitchens comes out by calling Christianity immoral and inconsistent. Wilson then asks by what means does the atheist world view have the ability to speak to what is right and wrong, asking Hitchens to point out the source of morality. Hitchens indirectly answers the question three times, saying in passing that it has something to do with human solidarity and an innate sense in each one of use. Wilson keeps rephrasing the question trying to find out how outside of a divine lawgiver anything can be right or wrong. The debate concludes with Hitchens admitting that morals are evolving, to which Wilson responds by asking if they are done evolving before laying out the gospel and a Christian world view. As far as I can tell the atheist world view can make no real claim to any ethic outside of a rough utilitarianism at best. This exchange highlights the consistency of Christian thought; you may not like what Christianity is and what it asks of you but it has clear answers for defining the moral order. In short, it was fun, informative read that I would recommend to anyone who wants to honestly thinking over the competing world views presented here.
    Click here to get your copy of Is Christianity Good for the World?
    Click here to get a DVD copy of COLLISION: Christopher Hitchens vs. Douglas Wilson

    John Calvin Didn’t Die for You or Who Do You Identify With?

    I’ve been having some trouble lately with the secondary labels we Christians us to identify ourselves becoming the primary thing that defines us. I’m a Baptist or I’m amillennial or I’m reformed.

    What I am NOT saying is that I am opposed to categories or labels. I find them helpful as long as terms are defined. What troubles me is that, in my view, a lot of folks are using what should be secondary identifies such as “Calvinist” or “Reformed” as the primary means by which they identify themselves to the Christian community, Where instead in my mind I want to be identified as a “Christian” or insert trendy other way of saying that here (ie Jesus follower, Jesus lover).

    I love Jesus and want to identify with him. Why do I love him? Here are some reasons:

    He is God.

    He made me for him.

    He took away my sin.

    He reconciled me to God.

    He is at this moment advocating for me before God.

    He loved me before there was time and then acted in history to demonstrate that love to me.

    He won’t leave me or forsake me.

    I could keep going,but I think you get the point. Now let me ask you a question; outside of helping us understand this God and His Son better what has Calvin done for you? Did Luther ever hang on a cross for your sins? Did Calvin pray for you on his way to sweat blood over the thought of what your sin has done? Did Edwards plan to send you his redemptive love before time began? I would say not. Let us not elevate these men beyond their humanity.

    Do we love the Doctrines of Grace because they are in the bible or for other reasons? I love the doctrines of Grace because they are what the bible teaches. Period. I am thankful that God gave us Calvin. But he was just a man. So were the other reformers. . Sinful men; Calvin paid to off a guy, Luther was an anti-Semite. Bottom line is these men are not our savior and while we can and SHOULD praise God for them and read what they have written to help us understand God, it is an improper elevation of these men when we make our primary means of self identification with their name and not Christ’s.

    I would encourage you to read the reformers and other great historical Christian hero’s works and biographies on them…and then thank God that He sent Jesus. These men wouldn’t even be known to you apart form the work of Christ in their life. Learn who they were and that they sinned and thank God that you can identify with the Sinless one.

    Note: This post is in no way a commentary on the upcoming Desiring God conferance; I thank God for John piper and the idea to have a conference on Calvin. knowing Piper, he will point to Jesus by looking through Calvin.

    on the Indicative and the Imperative

    “In every other religion the indicative flows from the imperative. Which means, ‘because I do, therefore I am… because I do this, therefore I’m a child of God.’ But only in Christianity does the imperative flow from the indicative. ‘Because I am in Christ all these things, therefore I obey.’ Exactly the opposite.” – Tim Keller

    on What the Christian Worldview is

    “If there is one word that best describes the Christian worldview, it is truth. In an age of changing opinions, multiple perspectives, and varying viewpoints, biblical Christianity stands by itself as objective, absolute, and abiding truth. Scripture alone teaches us how to perceive the world in a way that accurately corresponds to reality. As such, its message of Salvation is as timely as it is timeless. And its truth is as reliable as it is unchanging.” John MacArthur, page 13 of Reasons We Believe by Nathan Busenitz

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