July 2008


John Piper’s sermon from this past weekend is awesome.  He really gets at the heart of the issues involved.  Here’s an excerpt:

So you see where this leads us: As a member of this church, you can be wrong on election, wrong on the power of sin, wrong on the extent of atonement, wrong on the power of grace, wrong on perseverance, and wrong on the sovereignty of God—but you can’t be wrong on baptism. Perhaps that’s the way it should be because of the uniqueness of baptism in its one-time, unrepeatable dramatization of Christian conversion. Or perhaps there should be membership not just for those who don’t fully understand and follow the doctrines of grace, but also for those who don’t fully understand and follow the doctrine of baptism.

This is part of a three part series.  Here’s the link to David Mathis’s summary.  I encourage everyone to check it out.  After listening to this I think the Lord has given me a go ahead to join a local PCA church that I have been attending for some time with a clear conscience even though I disagree with the way they administer baptism.  I praise God for being so faithful to answer my pleas for wisdom.

For anyone interested, a blog-debate (or conversation for those of you who bristle at the word debate) that took place last summer involving Piper, Wayne Grudem, Mark Dever, Sam Storms and others.  Justin Taylor summarized the whole exchange if you’d like to check it out.  This is what got me started thinking about everything over a year ago and I’m excited to have more of an idea where I am on this issue.  I may post in the near future describing my own experience in more detail.  Stay tuned 🙂

P.S.  The end of this message is so encouraging, the way that Piper humbles himself and shares a need for growth for himself and for his church.  It’s incredible to see how his theological convictions are so rooted in real life.

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This is pretty hilarious.  If you have trouble getting up in the mornings maybe you can try this Flying Alarm Clock — Genius!

HT: Ben’s Bargains

Andy Naselli posts an interview with David Reimer about his contributions to the ESV Study Bible on Between Two Worlds.  Reimer provided commentary/notes for the book of Ezekiel.  I am wrestling with this prophet right now in my quiet times and this gives me yet another reason to wait excitedly for the release of the ESV Study Bible!

My friend JB has a very insightful and wise post today about NCAA basketball.  No he didn’t make up these stats; he’s citing espn.com.  Thanks for your wise words JB!

Tullian Tchividjian has a great post on how theology properly practiced destroys small thoughts of God.  So often theology is viewed as something for nerdy professors cooped up in some ivory tower.  In reality we all have theological beliefs and there is no system of beliefs any more important than our theology.

I believe like a child that suffering will be healed and made up for, that all the humiliating absurdity of human contradictions will vanish like a pitiful mirage, like the despicable fabrication of the impotent and infinitely small Euclidean mind of man, that in the world’s finale, at the moment of the eternal harmony, something so precious will come to pass that it will suffice for all hearts, for the comforting of all resentments, for the atonement of all the crimes of humanity, of all the blood that they’ve shed; that it will make it not only possible to forgive but to justify all that has happened.

Dostoevsky, as quoted in Tim Keller’s Reason for God.

DesiringGod Blog has been posting some videos plugging the upcoming national conference this fall (that I think I will miss sadly, for only the second time).  The conference is about the purpose and meaning of words and looks (perhaps suprisingly given the topic) awesome.   A brother and I were having a conversation about “curse words” and when they are appropriate if ever.  Here is one of the promo vids that was posted that deals exactly with that subject.  It’s really solid and kind of funny to hear Paul David Tripp say the “s-word.”  [Warning language that could be offensive] Enjoy:

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