The State of Theology: Sin Is Not Cosmic Treason: by Stephen Nichols
Dr. Sproul tells the story of receiving a particular book in the mail. It was Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, the classic reference collection of all sayings quotable. The publisher sent this new edition to him because it included a quote from Dr. Sproul. The quote is a memorable four words: “Sin is cosmic treason.”
While the editors at Bartlett’s liked it, most people don’t agree with it. In fact, 75% of the American population disagrees with it. That would be cause for concern enough. Consider this, however. 51% of Evangelical Protestants don’t agree that sin is cosmic treason, either.
15 Ways to Please Your Husband by Barbara Rainey
Romans 15:2–3 tells us, “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. For even Christ did not please Himself . . .”
If you’re married, who is your closest neighbor? Your husband.
Sometimes the smallest gestures can make the biggest difference in your marriage.
How can you edify (build, improve) your mate and thereby enhance his self-worth? By discovering—and doing—what pleases him.
If you are creative, pleasing your mate may be a natural part of your personality. But a less creative person may need some coaching in becoming a partner pleaser. And all of us need an occasional cue card to remind us to reach out.
Here are a few ideas. . . .
How To Live In A World That’s Shaking, Cracking and Crumbling by Mark Altrogge
Do you ever feel like the world is cracking and beginning to crumble? ISIS, Ebola, changing sexual morals, disintegrating families, escalating crime, drugs, suicides….I don’t need to elaborate. The world is shaking. It’s passing away. But believers in Jesus need not fear or be depressed, for God has given us an unshakeable kingdom
Who Do You Say That I Am? by Kevin DeYoung
The greatness of God is most clearly displayed in his Son. And the glory of the gospel is only made evident in his Son. That’s why Jesus’ question to his disciples is so important: “Who do you say that I am?”
The question is doubly crucial in our day because not every Jesus is the real Jesus. Almost no one is as popular in this country as Jesus. Hardly anyone would dare to say a bad word about him. Just look at what a super-fly friendly dude he is over there. But how many people know the real Jesus?
There’s Republican Jesus who is against tax increases and activists judges, and for family values and owning firearms.
There’s Democrat Jesus who is against Wall Street and Walmart, and for reducing our carbon footprint and spending other people’s money.
There’s Therapist Jesus who helps us cope with life’s problems, heals our past, tells us how valuable we are and not to be so hard on ourselves.
World Magazine reports on the massive influx of money into Biologos for its aggressive campaign to spread its message. Of course, what is disturbing is that Christians and Christian institutions seem eager (to the tune of millions of dollars) to demolish a key tenet of historic Christian orthodoxy. The reason given by Biologos for its campaign to undermine the witness of Scripture is the reason so often given to justify such projects: “People cannot be expected to believe supernatural nonsense.” One wonders how the incarnation, atonement or resurrection of Christ can survive such a standard. HT: Todd Pruit