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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Think More, and Harder

There is a distinction that needs to be made when discussing the relationship of religion and politics, but for some reason, very few people seem to recognize it. So here goes (and please pay attention): There is a difference between a moral principle and the implementation of a moral principle. In other words, just because a handful of people agree on some point of ethics, that is not to say that they will all agree on what to do next. For...

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All the Evangelist’s Men

Much has been said in the previous couple threads about the benefits of having a Christian president. Are there benefits to being represented by a believer, and if so, what are they? On one level the question is irrelevant and impossible to answer. The reason for this is that America has never had an unbelieving president, so given the historical non-existence of the alternative, we just can’t know how good we’ve had it all these...

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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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The Questionable Job Well-Done

As I pointed out in my last post, all legitimate vocations are potentially God-honoring, and further, there is no need to “redeem” or “transform” the work in order for God to be glorified by it. Accounting is accounting, whether it is done for human or divine glory. Some vocations, however, are by their very nature God-dishonoring. Occupations such as prostitution, drug trafficking, and bank robbery are both illegal and...

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