Each Wednesday we share some recent links that we found informative, insightful, or helpful. These are often related to Crossway books, Bibles, or authors—but not always. We hope this list is an interesting and encouraging break for the middle of your week.
I found this particular gem a Saturday ago while browsing my local used bookstore, which happens to be on the RTS Orlando campus (which happens to be across the street from my neighborhood). As is my custom, I gave it a good internal perusal before spending the $6 (or rather using $6 of my credit). In the front cover, I noticed a personal note, which reads as follows:
To John Frame,
With deep appreciation for your very significant influence in the development of my own understanding of the doctrine of the Word of God.
It won’t work, then, to say that God is sovereign over the big picture but not the details. We only get the big picture from the details. To say God doesn’t determine the details of life is to say he doesn’t really determine the big picture. Saying God is only sovereign over the big picture but not the details is like saying a person directed a movie but didn’t direct the specific scenes of the movie, it doesn’t make sense. So too, if God isn’t sovereign over the details of life, he isn’t really sovereign over our lives.
But God is sovereign over all of life, and his sovereignty expresses itself in various ways; in this article we will examine five themes in the book of Proverbs. First, nothing is hidden from the Lord. Second, every good gift is from the Lord. Third, the Lord shows his sovereignty in punishing the wicked. Fourth, the Lord’s sovereignty is complete and comprehensive. And fifth, our decisions matter, but the will of the Lord stands.
How does the joy of God uniquely speak to the cultural moment in America today, and how should it shape our approach to the world around us?
A hundred years ago, tons of people thought they were Christians because they went to church and lived the same way everyone else did. That’s spiritually empty, but at least it kept people out of the worst kinds of depravity. It was an efficient sin management program. Almost all that is gone now. On the whole this is a good thing, but one downside of the new situation is that those who don’t really know Jesus are moving into worse and worse sins. Their lives are falling apart as a result, both individually and as a culture.
The time is ripe for Christians to shine like stars in this cultural darkness, because we have the joy of God.
[Crucifixion] was a death that many others had also suffered. In fact, it was an event so common in the first-century Roman world that Jesus’s crucifixion almost passed unnoticed. …
There is a distinction between the crucifixion and the cross. The former was a particularly barbaric way of carrying out an execution, and it was the method of execution that Jesus endured. The latter, as the New Testament speaks of it, has to do with the mysterious exchange that took place in Christ’s death, an exchange of our sin for his righteousness. It was there that our judgment fell on the One who is also our Judge.
Some once believed this move to grow via multiple campuses was a temporary trend, but it appears to be a trend that’s here to stay. While it was once the domain of only the largest churches, we now see smaller churches deploying the same methodology. What’s interesting to me is the number of churches that utilize a multisite methodology and are also committed to church planting. The two are definitely not exclusive of one another.
It was once the case that the only churches that expanded to a multisite model were those that simply were at capacity and could no longer hold the number of people that attended weekly services—this is no longer the case. Smaller churches who want to accomplish the mission of God by reaching their cities are now sprouting multiple sites.