Sin, Depravity, Calvin and Wesley: Trying to Make Sense of This Stuff

Here’s a great article that ought to make us think more deeply about both redemption and sin….

David F. Watson

Have you ever noticed that Paul rarely talks about Satan? Jesus, particularly in the Synoptic Gospels, engages Satan directly or indirectly quite often. Paul does not. The role that many Christians assign to Satan, Paul seems to assign to Sin. To be clear, he isn’t so interested in particular sins (though he does address these at times), but especiallyin Romans he is interested in Sin, with a capital “S.” Sin, for Paul, is not just something we do wrong. It is a cosmic force exercising control over our lives. Everyone stands under the power of Sin. We are unavoidably affected by it.

His clearest statements about Sin are in Romans 1-7. There are a few concepts to keep in mind.

First, everyone commits sin: “[A]ll have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23).

Second, the origin of Sin is in what later came to be called…

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…This Just In…

Man, I just had to reblog this! If this video doesn’t lift you up, stir up conviction and inspire you to do the same, … well, you just ain’t listen’ to God!

Fat Beggars School of Prophets

One of our Fat Beggars operatives in a state far, far away sends us this video that dramatizes quite nicely our sense of bearing the image of God with the poor by throwing a little party.

I hope you will click the link and watch this:

Thank you (Other) Agent D!

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Overlooking The Signs!

Has anyone ever told you of a place you needed to see but you did not have a clue where it was located?  Obviously you needed directions and inevitably those directions included certain "signs" to look for, either the ones mounted on a post or a particular place.  Miss that sign and you miss where [...]

The calling on our lives…

Great words here, and if you are not following these 2 sisters in Christ, I highly recommend you do…

Shattered in Him

“What’s your calling in life?”

Honoring God.

I saw this question on a blog post by Insanity Bytes (love her blog so hard!). I was so glad to see this question addressed this way, because it is the truth.

So many people believe God called them to do this or that, this or that and they will run with it right into the ground. Even when it is falling apart, they will cling to it, claiming, “This is God’s call on my life!! God has called me to{insert ministry or ministry position of your choice}”.

Well, maybe and maybe not.

We all have passions, gifts, and talents that can be put to good use to be sure. But, God’s calling on us, no matter which avenue we take to do it, is to honor Him.

It really is as simple as that. That is His will for…

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Are You An Ish Or A Like?

For those who do not follow my weekly blog, thought I would share it here, too. Hope you get something out of it, something that helps you become more like Jesus!

Oh Lord, It's Monday!

31 “To what can I compare the people of this generation?” Jesus asked. “How can I describe them? 32 They are like children playing a game in the public square.  They complain to their friends,

‘We played wedding songs,
    and you didn’t dance,
so we played funeral songs,
and you didn’t weep.’

33 For John the Baptist didn’t spend his time eating bread or drinking wine, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’34 The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’35 But wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it.”  Luke 7:31-35 (NLT)

When I read this morning’s passage I thought to myself, “Wait a minute!  I thought Jesus walked this earth in human form 2,000 years ago?…

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Which Are You?

Earlier this week I had this thought in the above picture.  Call it inspiration, perspiration, desperation, or exasperation--I simply could not shake this thought.  So I made me a jpg and posted in on my FB page hoping it would go away.  And I still cannot shake this thought.  So here this left-handed, right-brained Kingdom [...]

What does it mean to say that Jesus is “worthy”?

Some excellent words for my culture and nation. I thought some of you might get something from them if you are not following David.

David F. Watson

Particularly in evangelical and charismatic circles, we often hear Jesus described as “worthy.” This adjective shows up commonly in contemporary Christian music. Think of Michael W. Smith’s Agnus Dei. (I really like that song, by the way.)

Here’s another version of Agnus Dei for my high-church friends:

But do we really know what we mean when we use this term?

Consider this passage from Revelation 5: 6-14:

Then I saw between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders a Lamb standing as if it had been slaughtered, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne. When he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp…

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Are You Thomas?

(I am being led to start sharing some of my sermons through this blog.  This one is from our Ash Wednesday Service.  Honest appraisals and critiques are always welcomed!)  John 11:6-16 (NLT) 6 He stayed where he was for the next two days. 7 Finally, he said to his disciples, “Let’s go back to Judea.” 8 But his disciples objected. [...]

Spreading A Bad Rumor!

21-25 With that they were on their way. They scouted out the land from the Wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob toward Lebo Hamath. Their route went through the Negev Desert to the town of Hebron. Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, descendants of the giant Anak, lived there. Hebron had been built seven years before Zoan [...]