My 2008 Highlight

December 31, 2008

My highlight of 2008 actually started in 2007.

 

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We shouldn’t be suprised…

December 17, 2008

None of you know David, my brother graced to love Jesus and the peoples of the world. He would rather be on the field, the frontlines of missional living (eating the soup of covert ingredients). But instead he currently leads orphanages in Africa, homeless shelters in Europe, and medical missions in Asia… from the headquarters of his suburban rental home.

Let us not forget that those in heaven who will probably have the greatest rewards will be those of whom we have never heard.

And I must not fail to note that although the Taylors, and Careys, and Judsons are a pleasure to study… they are not my heroes. They are men to learn from and of whom, because of God’s grace, we should gratefully marvel, but these men are not my heroes.

My hero is Joel. And the Joel’s of the Kingdom. The men in my class who enthusiastically plod through doctrine and syntax with a people in mind, a culture, a language, a hope of the nations worshiping Jesus Christ. The men and women whose name will probably never make it into a church history book, and who, for that matter, do not care.

I will teach my children of Taylor and Carey, but I will point them to Joel. And there I will encourage them to marvel at God’s grace. Not only will we read about the Carey’s, but more so I will tell them stories of living with a brother who played his guitar and sung songs with tears in his eyes for a people who need the gospel… who studies and prays and hikes and speaks for God’s glory in Jesus Christ to be  displayed in the hard places.

I want them to learn about Taylor and Carey, but I really want them to be like Joel.

Hudson Taylor

December 15, 2008

And this man too, even greater than his beard was his love for Jesus Christ

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It is great that the content of my exam today consists in part of the information regarding this man’s life.

Even greater than his beard was his love for Jesus Christ and his heart for China.

Men heed thee, love thee, praise thee not;

     The Master praises: what are men?

                                              

                                                  – Horatius Bonar, ‘Go, Labour On’

       “So if God loves us enough to make our joy full, He must not only give us Himself; He must also win from us the praise of our hearts–not because He needs to shore up some weakness in Himself or compensate for some deficiency, but because He loves us and seeks the fullness of our joy that can be found only in knowing and praising Him, the most magnificent of all Beings. If He is truly for us, He must be for Himself!

     God is the only Being in the universe for whom seeking His own praise is the ultimately loving act. For Him, self-exaltation is the highest virtue…”         

(John Piper, Desiring God, 49).

 

This truth changed my life.

Needy

October 2, 2008

Jerry Bridges writes about a popular gospel misconception, “Once you become a Christian you don’t need it anymore except to share is with people who are still outside the door. What you need to hear instead are the challenges and how-tos of discipleship” (The Gospel for Real Life, 14). 

I would be dead if this misconception were true.

Hermeneutic of Justification

September 21, 2008

The hermeneutic of justification is a damned thing. It arises in the theological classroom where knowledge trades in the maid apron with the intention of becoming a savior. Identity is transferred from the eternal Word  (by Whom, in Whom, and for Whom we are created) and is instead nestled in the capacity of what my finite brain can retain. The vehicle by which I understand and cherish the Scriptures (my hermeneutic) becomes in itself the trophy that I value the most. This thing is a means…. a means that I have decorated with significance beyond its worth. 

How often does this temptation arise to seek my acceptance in my how-to-read methodology rather than in the One of whom I read about! How often does this temptation arise to make the heart of the Scriptures peripheral and my method of getting there the glory! 

I don’t want the hermeneutic of justification.

Jesus Christ, I want you.

Moving = time

August 16, 2008

Brothers, 

My family and I are in the process of moving to Minneapolis, MN. We are set to take off on Monday, August 18. During the week or so or possibly more that it takes us to move and get settled it will be difficult for me to spend time on the blog. That has actually been the surprise of this entire summer. It feels like we have been moving for three months and are yet to get there. But, God willing, we will get there on Wednesday, August 20. Thanks for your patience.

And Bryan Barley, especially thank you for your patience with my infrequence to post through Him We Proclaim. But we will finish that book, and by God’s grace be better ministers of the Word because of it.

Grace to you all in Christ Jesus!