In anticipation of the release of his new album, Andrew Peterson has been holding a music video contest for his song “Rest Easy.” The winner receives $1000.00, a copy of the new album, and their video becomes the official music video for the song “Rest Easy.”
A family in our church entered the contest and found out yesterday that they were selected to be in the top ten. Number of views doesn’t determine the winner, but apparently it factors into the decision. So check out their video and share it with friends!
David Platt and John Piper discuss materialism in light of the needs of global missions and the necessity of a “wartime” philosophy of life for the Christian.
In the latest edition of Christianity Today, Trevin Wax has a superb piece on the necessity of the final judgment. He says that “justice and judgment are two sides of the same coin. You cannot have perfect justice without judgment. God cannot make things right without declaring certain things wrong. It’s the judgment of God that leads to a perfectly just world. Try to take one without the other, and you lose the Good News.”
Despite it’s unpopularity, Trevin believes there are several reasons we should continue to affirm the traditional Christian understanding of final judgment:
(1) Judgment is good news.
(2) Judgment demonstrates the holy love of God.
(3) Our sin angers God personally.
(4) The concept of judgment is good for society.
(5) We all sin and deserved to be judged.
You can read the entire piece here. It’s well worth your time.
“Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.” ~Rick Warren
There’s been a great deal of discussion among media outlets this last week about tolerance and religious liberty. The discussion itself is an important and crucial one, but much of it has operated from the faulty presuppositions identified by Warren.
On one side, non-Christians see Christians that believe the Bible calls homosexuality a sexual sin, and the assumption is then that Christians fear or hate homosexuals.
On the other side, Christians see other Christians who talk about taking care to not unnecessarily create an “us vs. them” mentality or about showing care and love towards homosexuals, and the assumption is that they have compromised Christian convictions.
Warren is right of course. Both are nonsense. Christians follow a Savior who looked out upon a sinful, hard-hearted multitude and had compassion on them, because he saw them for what they were–sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36). This is hard for us. Holding compassion and conviction together in healthy tension is not something that comes naturally. We tend to either be compassionate and sinfully permissive, or conscientiously upholding Biblical standards of holiness but self-righteous.
And yet the same Jesus who threw the money-changers out of the temple, wept over the city of Jerusalem. In both our public discourse and in our personal relationships, may we have more of the spirit of Jesus.
Compassion and conviction is not an either-or scenario.