Jonathan Edwards believed in the horrors of hell–that it is a place of eternal fiery torment and punishment, with no hope of relief, for all those who reject the gospel of Jesus Christ. But Edwards also believed in the beautiful mercy that Jesus gives to all who would come to him: And now you have an extraordinary opportunity, a day wherein Christ has thrown the door of mercy wide open, and stands in calling and crying with a loud voice to poor sinners; a day wherein many are flocking to him, and pressing into the kingdom of God. Many are daily coming from the east, west, … Continue reading Edwards: Christ has thrown the door of mercy wide open
One of my favorite moments in the Gospels is from John 11 when Jesus is about to raise Lazarus from the dead. Martha had just told Jesus that if he would have been around, Lazarus wouldn’t have died. Jesus says to Martha, “Your brother will rise again,” and she replies, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” And Martha was right. She just lost her brother, and her only hope was that she would see him again in the new age–the resurrection, when Lazarus will rise from the dead and get a remodeled … Continue reading Do you hope in the resurrection?
Sorry for my absence lately. Things have been busy around here! Check out this interview of Rob Bell by Martin Bashir on MSNBC. I don’t know if Bashir is a Christian, but he lays it on thick–and good. I’ve really never seen Bell so uncomfortable before. Ever. Continue reading Rob Bell interviewed by Martin Bashir
Simply searching for and reading all the material that has been written about this in the past week about Rob Bell and his new book, Love Wins, could be a full-time job. Unfortunately, the pay would be awful. I didn’t get paid to read all of this, but still enjoyed it thoroughly. For your enjoyment and benefit, here are some more links to blogs and articles about Bell: The Tenth Leper, a seminary student in Dallas, has somehow obtained an advance-reader copy of the book and will be reviewing it in a series of posts. Christianity Today puts Rob Bell … Continue reading More Links on Rob Bell
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. (Romans 1:18). Three important questions need to be answered: 1. Who is it revealed against? Paul writes that God reveals his wrath against ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. He is revealing his wrath against those who are not believers—those who do not believe the gospel. In 2 Thessalonians 1:5-9, Paul says that “God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict [Christians], and to grant relief to you [Christians] who are afflicted as well as … Continue reading Three Questions about God’s Wrath
This year I’m using a Bible reading plan to help me read it in a year, so I’m getting a lot of different doses of Scripture each day. Here are some things that have been particularly worthwhile for me this week: God gave Adam stewardship over the earth. But he was not a faithful steward. Jesus was made a steward over all creation, and was (and is) completely faithful in his dominion over it. Everything is under his reign and he has accomplished his Father’s will perfectly (Heb. 2:5-9; cf. Gen. 1-3). Proverbs has a whole lot to say about … Continue reading Some Striking Things in Scripture