Paul and Titus: A model of Transformation

“In light of the book of Galatians, where for to many, it would seem to indicate that works are not of great value for the spiritual life. That by faith and by Grace alone are we enabled to live a Godly life.”

Good thoughts here. It seems to me that, although not the earner or qualifier for salvation, good works are the fruit of said salvation. The Godly life that Jesse and Paul refer too is made of good works, in the same way that a winning team is made of players and individual efforts and actions moment by moment throughout a game. As a selfish and sinful life is made up of sinful and selfish thoughts and actions moment by moment day by day, so a Godly one is characterised by deliberate, different decision moment by moment each day, to think and act in a manner the follows and glorifies God.

Bible on Tap

In the Letter to Titus  –  Paul says ‘good works’ a lot. Why?

In light of the book of Galatians, where for to many, it would seem to indicate that works are not of great value for the spiritual life. That by faith and by Grace alone are we enabled to live a Godly life. Works alone then are of no use in ones spiritual life. This is a rough synopsis of only some of the thought coming out of Galatians and the language of Paul.

But even following up with that in his other books it is indexclear that what he means to say and often does with as much clarity. That no amount of good works ever saved anyone. That only by the goodness of Christ has anyone found adoption into the household of God. (Titus 3:5-7)

That said, the emphasis seems always to be on our endless…

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The Passover and Jesus’ death

I never knew how much Jesus’ last days, death, and resurrection parralleled the Jewish Passover celebration:

Meeting Jesus at an Old Testament Feast by John R. Sittema | Reformed Theology Articles at Ligonier.org (more…)

Links of the week April 27-May 3

 

And it’s time for another Weekly Link Roundup:
My Immortal – Lindsey Stirling
I linked to this artist earlier in the week, but I thought I’d share some move love. For those of you who love intricate string work, rock violins, The Phantom of the Opera, Nightwish, Evanescence, The Red Paintings…this is a girl we might want to keep an eye on. I wouldn’t mind getting ahold of her album at some point. My son likes her youtube videos. 

 

Before We Rush to Judge Donald Sterling by Doug Main
It kind of goes without saying for some people to give others the benefit of the doubt and examine themselves before condemning too harshly, and for others to criticise very harshly while not necessarily living out very well the alternative to what they’re being critical of. That said, the ethnic makeup of the man’s basketball team makes his comments look pretty silly.

 

The Least-Sung Song by Tim Challes
Some interesting thoughts. The verse in Colossians talking about singing does refer to singing to one another rather than just to God. That thought might affect some of my preferences in worship songs. I tend to prefer songs whose lyrics focus on my speaking directly to God, in contrast to those phrased in a manner talking about God with the ‘audience’ being other people, those more ‘declarational’ songs.

 

Untidy beds may keep us healthy – Failing to make your bed in the morning may actually help keep you healthy, scientists believe.
And teenagers (and adults) everywhere said “see, I told you, no point!” Then again:
Benefits of making your bed

 

Critique of “The Shack” – A Christian Theologian’s Perspective by Patrick Zukeran
I never read this novel past the first few pages, although it came highly recommended. This article does a good job of summarising the positive aspects of the text and the troubling criticisms laid against it, which seem to be confusing or problematic at best and outright heresy at worst. What troubles me most is how freely recommended the novel was without warning of the issues it presents, especially to those without a strong Biblical foundation.

Some sermon inspiration

Very aware that I haven’t been writing much lately – a dead heat between lack of mood/muse and lack of opportunity really…  I was listening to a sermon as I was doing dishes and bottles this evening, and I thought I’d share a couple of sermons that have shaped or impacted some of my thinking and outlook towards this life and how we live within it.  (more…)

Now listening – Phantom of the Opera – Lindsey Stirling

For those of you who love intricate string work, rock violins, The Phantom of the Opera, Nightwish, The Red Paintings…this is a girl we might want to keep an eye on. This week I worked through what she has on Youtube, and I think we have a new mainstay for my regular lineup.
I guess the fact that in this video the costumes (that cloak!), choreography and sets are wonderful, and she’s playing one of my favourite pieces. 🙂
Now if only to engineer a collaboration between Lindsey Stirling and 2Cellos

Here comes the World Cup! Aspiring is inspiring.

It is coming.

😀

Mustard Seed Budget

Nike’s pre-World Cup commercial is a genre all by itself. Combining stars, incredible moves and hilarity, these commercials have come to be the groundhog announcing the coming of soccer’s pre-eminent contest, awaited for soccer-lovers around the world for four long years. This year, Nike takes a very real situation, kids imagining themselves their favorite player, and they become them. One kid mispronounces a player’s name and becomes a mailman named Iniesto. The Hulk, a Brazilian star, moves into goal, which is not his position. So a friend tells him he can’t be Hulk, so he becomes the U.S. goalie, retaining the green color with his uniform.

The road to greatness is when you imagine yourself like a Biblical hero (I don’t think the Christian short will ever be produced). Aspiring is inspiring. And it brings about incredible things for God. That is the basic meaning of: Elijah was a man…

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Disney Clarifies the Fate of the “Star Wars Expanded Universe”

What do you think of this? I’m still kinda worried.
The prequel trilogy were rather disappointing, but ignoring dozens of what were rather good books (the ones that I read, snywsy). I, Jedi (Star Wars) in particular potentially being influential to the upcoming films, in my mind. And that mind matters, to me. I think it might for many fans of the novels also. One of the cool things of the Star Wars universe was that it WAS one universe, consistent across media, different authors, even into video games, as compared to some of the big Marvel characters’ universes.
That said, Disney has done okay by me in the recent Marvel films, especially The Avengers – so hopefully the new Star Wars films will be entertaining, and satisfying as films, at least to those only familiar with the earlier films. Some of us for whom the story is one long saga across films, books, games, and TV series’ might be a little confused for awhile.

I wonder if Joss Whedon is a fan…I would love to see a Whedon-Abrams collaboration.

Geekritique

So it looks as though the longstanding Star Wars Expanded Universe has officially been put to rest. Disney released a statement earlier stressing the significance that the EU posed for fans of the series, but the importance to create a more unified and singular universe going forward. I saw this coming at the offset of the Disney buyout, but alas didn’t want it to be true. There are so many good stories to mine from. But below you’ll notice that discarding the EU as a whole isn’t going to be the case either. And along with the announcement that the series is officially no longer canon, they address the books will now remain in print or digital format to buy under a new banner. They also shared a short video on how the team chosen to unify the new universe was/is inspired by earlier comics or novels from the SWEU…

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Orphans and Widows in the Age of iPods: Outreach and Culture

Good thoughts. Lots of things we (as the church) could/should/ought to be doing, but without love (as Paul says) it’s kinda pointless.

Her Life, His Commission

In the days of the early church, Christians looked after the orphans and the widows. Most of the rest of society couldn’t be bothered. There was nothing to be gained by caring for the very old and the very young. They generally couldn’t earn. They didn’t own property. They were seen as weak, sometimes ill, and unless they were closely related, people felt no obligation to help. Not so the Christians. Christ’s message taught us to love people, serve each other, and take care of our neighbours, values that became central to the message of early Christians. Followers of Christ had a love for others that seemed to make no sense in a world where life was short and cruel.

Continuing past the apostolic era, the Church of Christ has a long history as a transmitter of social justice. Many, if not most, of the social agencies that are commonplace…

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Sabbath: Living From Rest

Mmm…
Looking forward to a men’s retreat (camping! :D) in a few weeks.

Trevor Nashleanas

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It’s late April, which means where I live classes are winding down at the local university, businesses are gearing up for their Spring and Summer promotions and families are making final preparations for their summer get-a-ways. Everyone’s trying to wrap up what remains of their winter projects, while getting a head start on summer responsibilities and vacations.

The tasks are piling up and time is running short.  This is the time of year when you grit your teeth, dig down deep and hang on for the weekend. With so much going on it’s easy to get overworked and under-rested.

Paradigm Shift

When times are busy like this most of us try to live to rest. We tell ourselves that we can rest only after we’ve completed our school projects and work assignments.  We say things like, “If only I can complete _____, then I can rest,”  “I’m…

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