Friday, July 31, 2009

Twittering the Gospel

A few months ago 9 Marks hosted a fun challenge to see who could present the Gospel best on Twitter. The challenge is that Twitter has a 140 character limit. Well a ton of people responded to the 9 Marks blog and gave a shot. It is quite fun to read through them all.
Dr. Akin took up the challenge in his message at the SBC Annual Meeting, it's good. Here it is:

"The Gospel is the good news that king Jesus died and paid the full penalty of sin. He rose from the dead and saved all who repent of sin and trust Him."

Pretty good. He also added this little gem.

"The person who has Jesus + nothing actually has everything.
The person who has everything - Jesus they have nothing. This is the Gospel."

This past Easter I attended church at First Presbyterian in Columbia, SC. Sinclair Ferguson is the pastor there and he asked this question in his sermon: "Can you put the Gospel on a 3x5 card?"

So many churches in America have replaced the gospel with religion. I love the efforts and the challenges of 9 Marks, Dr. Akin and Sinclair Ferguson to put an emphasis on the Gospel.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Awesome Sermon Series on Ruth

One of Thomas' favorite pastors as of late is David Platt. Phenomenal speaker, godly man, true to the Word. I stumbled upon a link to this series from one of the blogs I frequent and I was pleasantly surprised to find it was a link to Platt's church, The Church at Brook Hills. If you have some free time listen to this series on Ruth. It'll truly bless your heart. ~ Leslie

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Why Africa depends on handouts

I read Al Jazeera. It's where I get most of my international news. I read this article and thought it was very helpful in thinking through some of Africa's food dependence. It is also refreshing to hear an African journalist critique President Obama. After spending the last month in two different African countries I would not have guessed any local journalist knew how to do anything but heap adulation on him. Anyway, this is not a piece against the President per se, it is about the dependency of African governments on Western handouts. It's good. Read it here.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Teetotalar Weighs In

Tim Jones, a buddy, posted this as a note the other day on facebook. I read it and have been thinking about it ever since.

John Piper, a self proclaimed teetotalar, fought to have a total abstinence clause removed from his church's constitution when only in his second year of ministry.
The full article is available Here

"And this I know beyond the shadow of a doubt: God hates legalism as much as he hates alcoholism. If any of you still wonders why I go on supporting this amendment after hearing all the tragic stories about lives ruined through alcohol, the reason is that when I go home at night and close my eyes and let eternity rise in my mind, I see ten million more people in hell because of legalism than because of alcoholism. And I think that is a literal understatement. Satan is so sly. "He disguises himself as an angel of light," the apostle says in 2 Corinthians 11:14. He keeps his deadliest diseases most sanitary. He clothes his captains in religious garments and houses his weapons in temples. O don't you want to see his plots uncovered? I want Bethlehem to be a place Satan fears. I want him to be like the emperor in "The Emperor's New Clothes." And we will be the babes (not in thinking! 1 Corinthians 14:20) who say, "Look, he thinks he is clothed in white, but he is naked and ugly."

Listen as I uncover one of his plots.
Legalism is a more dangerous disease than alcoholism because it doesn't look like one. Alcoholism makes men fail; legalism helps them succeed in the world. Alcoholism makes men depend on the bottle; legalism makes them self-sufficient, depending on no one. Alcoholism destroys moral resolve; legalism gives it strength. Alcoholics don't feel welcome in church; legalists love to hear their morality extolled in church. Therefore, what we need in this church is not front-end regulations to try to keep ourselves pure. We need to preach and pray and believe that "Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision, neither teetotalism nor social drinking, neither legalism nor alcoholism is of any avail with God, but only a new creation (a new heart)" (Galatians 6:15; 5:6)."