The Mediocrity of the New Covenant?

The Mediocrity of the New Covenant?

According to Reformed Theology, even the “good works” which Christians are called to do are “tainted by sin”. And on top of that, Reformed theology says these “good works” are only pleasing to God in so far as they are “covered by the blood and righteousness of Christ”. But if you stop and think about what this is saying, no Christian should be comfortable with such teaching. Why would God give us a new heart and give us the...

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The Dictatorship of Convention

Probably the best commercial ever is the one I saw at the gym a few weeks ago, it was for “HD Sunglasses.” You see, apparently the human eye only provides standard-def when you look through it, but with these amazing new lenses you can actually see things with more sharpness and lines of resolution than can be provided by reality. The idea that we need technological assistance of this kind in order to enjoy the world is pretty...

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The Curse of the Dollar-Shaped Plank

Sometimes I wonder if the reason we interpret “Blessed are the poor in spirit” to mean “Blessed are the people who feel poor on the inside” is because American culture is so oblivious to the sway that money holds over it that we feel we have no other choice but to read this beatitude in such a way that it makes no demands upon our lives. I mean, it’s either that or we have to sell one of our Hummers (and that...

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Blessed Poverty

I just began a series of Sunday morning sermons on the Beatitudes and, after studying and reading in preparation over the past week, I’ve come to the conclusion that, to quote The Princess Bride, they don’t mean what we think they mean. On the first, “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” we almost invariably hear that Jesus is describing the internal state of spiritual bankruptcy that results from our realizing our own...

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