Some thoughts and ideas that I’ve been chewing on lately:
-Salt, in the Mark 9:50 sense, isn’t only a flavor-er, but an anti-decayer and preserver as well. How am I living in light of this fact? (Modern Reformation, Mar/Apr, 2011)
-The confusion of law and gospel has been a perpetual thorn in the church’s side, and today is no different. The “new monasticism” of missional and emergent types as well as calls to “live the gospel” and live radically are just repackaged ways of burdening believers with guilt and fear instead of freeing them to enjoy the glories of resting in Christ’s finished work. (Modern Reformation, Mar/Apr, 2011)
-The most dangerous, most common, most troublesome sin in marriage is our tendency toward self-worship. (Rev. Arrick sermon, 3/13/11)
-Depravity is on full display in the book of Judges. The sin of Israel gets progressively worse as they “do what is right in their own eyes,” the consummation of which is Judges 19, when Israel goes further than Sodom and Gomorrah. Interestingly, Carl Trueman recently preached a sermon on just this passage.
-It’s easy for me to criticize Job’s philosopher friends who simply believe in a souped up version of the prosperity gospel and karma. Your life is hard, they say? Repent, be righteous, and God will bless you. Enjoying prosperity? You must be living righteously. Easy to disagree with, right? But how often do I default to this way of living? Things are going well? God must be pleased with how I’m doing. Things are tough? Then what sin do I need to repent of so that I can start enjoying God’s blessings again? But we’re not prosperity gospelers or cosmic karma-its. Thankfully, God doesn’t treat me as I deserve, but lavishes his grace upon me in Christ, disciplines me, and gives good, undeserving gifts to his children. Job didn’t believe in karma, and he certainly wouldn’t have been a Joel Osteen fan.