November 26 | Links
Today, I am publishing a series of links to articles from around the web and also testing this post type for potential future blog content.
While Hirst is not a Christian, his latest work echoes the biblical reality, as the psalmist said to God, “you knit me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13).
“Even evangelicals are a doctrinal mess; the majority hold Jesus to be created, the Spirit to be a force, and people to be fundamentally good rather than sinners,” tweeted Peter den Haan, associate minister at Rugby Baptist Church in England. “Pastors, we've got work to do.”
Many nonreligious people do not believe they or the world have a sin problem. While they understand there is bad in this world—wars, suffering, natural disasters, and other atrocities—they don’t necessarily equate it to an inherent depravity. Instead, they would say the suffering that exists in the world is caused by other humans and comes about when “human rights” are not granted to all people as individuals. If injustice, poverty, and inequality could be eradicated, the nonreligious believe the world would be great.
We don’t need a method to employ; we need the God-Man to change us. Like our ancestors Adam and Eve we want to take and harness; we don’t want to receive and be harnessed.
Warfield wrote, “Do we wish to grow in grace? It is the knowledge of God’s truth that sanctifies the heart. Do we desire a key to the depths of God’s truth? It is the Spirit-led man who discerns all things. Are our souls in travail for the dying thousands about us? How eager, then, will be our search in the fountain of life for the waters of healing? Is the way weary? Do we not know whence alone can be derived our strength for the journey of life? There is no way so surely to stimulate the appetite for knowledge as to quicken the sense of the need of it in the wants of our own spiritual life on in the calls of practical work for others.” (“The Spiritual Culture in the Theological Seminary” delivered Sabbath afternoon, Sept. 20, 1903. Cf. Garretson, Princeton and the Work of Christian Ministry 2:429-30)
I have found the links above valuable to read and consider, but listing does not necessarily imply endorsement.