Have you ever started reading a story book in the middle, or tried to watch a movie starting halfway through the plot? I have, and though it is possible to figure out the gist of the story, it can be hard to have adequate context, and sometimes important details are missed. Most of all, the significance of events is lost on an audience who doesn’t understand the history of what has come before. Most people start in the middle of the gospel story, with man’s need of a savior and Christ’s atoning work on the cross. But while this is an appropriate message in some settings, if we never understand the beginning of the story, we’ll be left with a truncated view of the significance of the gospel. Instead of starting in the gospels, it’s crucial to start where God does… in the beginning.
Paul tells us in Philippians 2:3-4 that we should count others more significant than ourselves. He presses the point further by saying that we should not only look to our own interests, but to the interests of others. This, in his view, is what it means to have the mind of Christ. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more … Continue reading What is the Difference Between Being Humble and Being a Doormat?
Christ didn’t die to improve our self-esteem; he died to give us his. He didn’t come to build up our self-worth; he came to knock it down. Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:24); and Paul wrote, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more … Continue reading Purity, As It Pertains To The Gospel by Lydia Brownback
From The Christian Apologetics Alliance by Leslie Keeney, “Why Telling Your Story is NOT the Best Way to Share the Gospel.” …how do I know that the transcendent experience I had while worshipping wasn’t just an emotional overload brought on by endorphins, chocolate, and looking at pictures of puppies or starving children. I can’t really even use the argument that I know Jesus is real … Continue reading A Little Something I Call, “Meatball Theology” or “Is That Your Indigestion Talking?”
Picture a cucumber field and it’s completely destroyed and the only thing that is left is a little hut and that’s the remnant. There’s just one little thing left among all of the abundance that used to be. ~Scott Brown