Tony Reinke asks John Piper if Chris Broussard was right with regard to Jason Collins’ public announcement that he was both a practicing homosexual and a Christian. You can listen below or at the Desiring God site.
HT: Denny Burk
The Center for Youth Ministry Training has a lengthy, informative review of Kenda Creasy Dean’s provocative book, Almost Chrsitian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church. Here’s an excerpt:
Four characteristics tend to accompany consequential faith in teenagers
Dean names four characteristics (or cultural tools) that occur with regularity in those whom the NSYR found to be highly devoted. First, teens with consequential faith tend to have “a creed to believe” and were able to articulate their beliefs about a God who was both personal and powerful (71). Second, teens with consequential faith tend to have a “community to belong to”—they find identity within their congregations and have a significant number of adults with whom they can speak about issues of faith and life (73). Third, teenagers whose faith makes a difference in their lives evidence a “call to live out”—they understand their lives as being oriented by a divine vocation on behalf of others rather than being oriented to pursuit of self (75). Fourth, consequential faith seems to come attached with a “hope to hold onto”—a belief that their lives are caught up in a larger story that’s “going somewhere” because it is guided by God (77).
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These are excellent messages on justification and adoption, and what these truths mean for us:
Union with Christ:
Dr. Scaeffer’s amazing series of video messages on the rise and decline of Western culture is now available for free on YouTube. I assume this was cleared by the appropriate agencies. Here’s the Episode 1, on The Roman Age:
The Apostles Creed begins:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead.
Many of us were raised with the notion that Jesus went to hell on Friday after dying on the cross. For a day and a half, he preached in hell before his resurrection on Sunday. The Scriptural support given for this view primarily comes from a few passages in I Peter. Here’s one:
Hebrews 12:1-2 was the first passage I ever memorized:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
The phrase “despising the shame” has always intrigued me. Today, John Piper unpacks what he thinks it means for Jesus to have “despised the shame.” An excerpt:
Beginning with sin instead of creation is like trying to read a book by opening it in the middle: You don’t know the characters and can’t make sense of the plot.
–Total Truth, p. 88
I haven’t yet seen this book, but it sounds very promising. I had the pleasure of meeting Aaron last year and enjoyed a few good conversations with him. He’s a sharp guy, and this is an important topic in our day of increased hostility to the historic, exclusive, pride-offending Christian message. Two blurbs:
“Exactly the kind of book the church needs in our moment….will equip the church to be as bold as a lion, and to roar as Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, and Machen before us.”
Owen Strachan, Boyce College
“A balanced and passionate appeal especially to young believers….May this call be heard far and wide.”
Dr. Peter Jones, truthXchange
Armstrong is also the author of Awaiting a Savior.