Friday, April 23, 2010

the theology of sleep

"Somehow, my reformed theology makes me responsible for tens of millions of people ending up in hell. But that is the sort of a, I guess you could say, 'neo-finneyest-palagianism' that motivates so many people in evangelicalism who think that the success of the gospel is dependent upon their persuasive powers and their ingenuity. That kind of thinking inevitably ends up adjusting the gospel. I promise you that if I felt for one minute that anybody was going to go to hell because somehow I failed to make the necessary adjustments in the message to persuade them to believe, I would have a very hard time sleeping.... That's a pretty heavy burden to bear. " --John MacArthur, in "The theology of sleep!" (emphasis mine)


reward vs cost

"Now what happens to doctrine when you take on an emotional framework of thought - when you enter this 'emotional trajectory'? You lean into what appears to give you an emotional reward, and you lean away from those things that appear to come with an emotional cost. Now you can see what that does to the gospel." - Al Mohler, in "How does it happen? Trajectories toward an adjusted Gospel" (emphasis mine)


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

'i heart john piper' in greek

LOL that's my favorite line in this song. came across this on you tube while looking at - yup, you guessed it - john piper vids. crack me up! and about that little bitty issue of theology? too true!!!!

"i think my wife's a calvinist":

and then a follow up one:

love 'em!!!


Outcast, Adopted.

THIS BLOG IS IN NEED OF AN OVERHAUL. there are posts from years back i would not be able to post in good conscience now. i plan to overhaul the blog, and either delete or add a disclaimer to those posts. but that is gonna take time....

The Radical Summons: "
Therefore let us go to Him outside the camp and bear the reproach He endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come." Hebrews 13:13.

"The Spirit never loosens where the Word binds; the Spirit never justifies where the Word condemns; the Spirit never approves where the Word disapproves; the Spirit never blesses where the Word curses." —Thomas Brooks

‎"God receives none but those who are forsaken, restores health to none but those who are sick, gives sight to none but the blind, and life to none but the dead. He does not give saintliness to any but sinners, nor wisdom to any but fools. In short: He has mercy on none but the wretched and gives grace to none but those who are in disgrace. Therefore no arrogant saint, or just or wise man can be material for God, neither can he do the work of God, but he remains confined within his own work and makes of himself a fictitious, ostensible, false, and deceitful saint, that is, a hypocrite." --Martin Luther (W.A. 1.183ff)

i will not let You go: "Jacob's sense of his total debility and utter defeat is now the secret of his power with his friendly Vanquisher. God can overthrow all the prowess of the self-reliant, but He cannot resist the earnest entreaty of the helpless." --Albert Barnes

i will not let You go: "Jacob's determination did not flow from his strength, it flowed from his weakness." --Charles Leiter