Your salvation is too narrow

Your theology of salvation can be too narrow in at least two senses:

— It is a “moment of new birth” theology that has no place for obedience because salvation is not truly seen as a process that continues to work itself out in the present, toward a completion in the future. Consequently, it also has no adequate teaching about the consequences of disobedience, because “once saved, always saved.” If disobedience carries no  mortal consequences in eternity, then obedience is not actually necessary to salvation.

— It is a “spiritual transformation only” theology that does not see the transformation of everyday life as an essential part of salvation. We teach that sin has broken every aspect of individual life, communal relationships, even creation itself, yet we do not have an adequate explanation of how salvation relates to those other aspects of life and existence.

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The best way to be persecuted

Are you concerned that our devolving culture will persecute you for being faithful to Jesus? Your best strategy is to be, like Jesus, eager to do good for people in need.

“Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.” (1 Peter 3:13-14 NLT)

Many of the people who most hate Christians have never met a genuine Christian. They were injured by religionists who wore Christian masks.

Many Americans who think they are Christians are deceived. In fact, they are self-absorbed members of a social club. Evidence that they are hardhearted toward the poor and oppressed is easily found by consulting their calendars and checkbooks.

When Christians become followers of Jesus and begin personally caring for “the least of these,” when God-haters see the authentic people of God wholeheartedly pursuing Kingdom justice, the social landscape can shift dramatically. An opportunity arises to show and share the truth about our brokenness and God’s restoring love.

They may not listen. Haters may still hate. But at least you will be persecuted for being legitimate followers of Jesus, instead of being hated because you look so much like the fake Christians who only caused more pain in an already broken heart.

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‘Totally fried by a major nuclear bomb’?

Dear Global Zero celebrities, I have one question:

You say failure to accept the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran means “We could be forced into a war with Iran” and “totally fried by a major nuclear bomb.”

So my question is: Where would Iran have gotten the nuclear bomb they will use to fry us?

WATCH: Joking of nuclear war, celebrities endorse Iran deal


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Conscience and ‘the heart of liberty’

“At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” — John Roberts

Surely that includes the right to order my life by my conscience, doesn’t it?

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On ‘abandoning the faith’

I have heard Christian leaders talking about recent culture events in terms of “apostasy” and “abandoning the faith.” What we are facing is very serious, but many may not endure if they do not first understand what the danger is. I offer you this:

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More than immortality

For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. … He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News. (2 Timothy 1:9,10b NLT)

We have limited the Gospel, salvation, mission, even discipleship to being about “spiritual” life and the hereafter. But God did not break the power of death just to illuminate the way to immortality. He also set us free to live abundant life here and now. He saved us and called us to live holy lives — not just lives that stand apart from unrighteousness, but lives that are set apart for God’s purpose in the world.

Not only are we each broken by sin, but all of creation is broken. In Christ, God makes it possible for all things to be restored. Some of the world’s brokenness will only be healed when Christ returns to inaugurate the new heaven and new earth, but so much can be restored in this life, if God’s people will just give themselves wholeheartedly to the “love your neighbor” Kingdom and quit living for themselves.

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13 things about Jurassic World


Product placements start with View-Master!
Intense, loud, frightening, violent, but less gruesome than expected.
Ty Simpkins is a blue-eyed Clark Higgins. Wait, Clark is blue-eyed. Never mind.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard!
Geneticist is Dr. Huang from Law & Order (B.D. Wong).
Det. Goren (Vincent D’Onofrio) too!
And Jimmy Fallon!
Much more realistic dinos … amazing animatronics.
A “containment anomaly” with the “assets.”
Use raptors to hunt Indominus Rex … what could go wrong?
Riding a Triumph at full tilt through the jungle is a stretch.
Unlikely heroes.
Go see it, but don’t take preteens.

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