Notes from another country

adrian-reynolds-sm2“I’ve been leading a small Cornhill missions team this last week. We’ve been abroad somewhere hot and somewhere increasingly difficult to be a Christian. It’s probably not appropriate for me to say where (or necessary, even) because I don’t want to put believers at risk.

But, as ever, my heart has been stirred and my faith has been challenged by being with believers from a different culture. For sure, other cultures have their blind spots – and they are painfully obvious. But, more to the point, being with Christians in another culture allows us to see our own blind spots more clearly. And it’s this I want to write about this week.”

– Adrian Reynolds briefly shares some challenging observations at Proclamation Trust:

Part 1 – Preaching.
Part 2 – Salvation.
Part 3 – Prayer.
Part 4 – Colonialism.
Part 5 – Persecution.

50 Shades of Confusion

confusion“The coming days offer an extraordinary opportunity for Christian growth. As the trailer hits our screens, as the chance to buy tickets drops into our inbox, we each have a choice to make… Let’s make choices that help us – and those around us in church – grow in Christ.”

– at The Good Book blog, Helen Thorne has some much-needed advice for Christians regarding a certain film and book.

Related:

Fifty Shades of Shame — The Evolution of Pornography – Albert Mohler.

“Going to see Fifty Shades of Grey, or reading the book series, is an exercise in pornographic intent and effect. It is also an act of defiance against the goodness of the gift of sex as granted to humanity by God. Furthermore, the series is an assault upon the dignity of every human being.”

The Real Abuse at the Heart of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ – Relevant Magazine.

“The message is clear: by turning these same behaviors around to market them as ‘romance,’ this film effectively silences the experience of millions of victims of abuse.”

NZ church offers to exchange Fifty Shades of Grey tickets – Bible Society.

‘How euthanasia advocates will never stop at the terminally ill’

Tom Mortier“Tom Mortier never paid much attention to the discussion about voluntary death in his country.

‘I was like just about anyone else here in Belgium: I didn’t care at all,’ he said. ‘If people want to die, it’s probably their choice. It didn’t concern me.’

But in April, 2012, ten years after the law changed to allow euthanasia, Mortier, a university lecturer, received a message at work…”

Anglican Mainstream links to this article in The Telegraph. (Photo: HOPE.)

Challenging the C of E to believe that ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’

Church of England“It’s not often that there’s a good Christian article in the otherwise secular press. But today’s Thunderer in The Times is an exception to the rule.”

– Adrian Reynolds writes at the Proclamation Trust.

Why can’t the voice of Christians be heard?

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali“So, it has come to this! For more than 1,500 years, Christianity has formed and undergirded the public law of this land.

Now, the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice, by disciplining Richard Page JP, have declared war on even residual notions of the faith having any place in our legal processes…”

– Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali comments on the disciplining of a British magistrate.

Related:

Is glorifying God a hate crime now? – Russell Moore on the firing of Atlanta’s Fire Chief.

“Now, I don’t expect the American people to enroll in Sunday school en masse to understand biblical references (although we’d be glad to have you).

I do expect that when we are castigating and caricaturing and firing each other that we will do so with at least some inkling of what we’re talking about.”

‘Christian publishing long overdue for reformation’

Phil Johnson“More than two years ago, I wrote an article titled “The Burpo-Malarkey Doctrine,” critiquing the insanely popular I-Saw-Heaven-and-Here’s-What-It’s-Like genre of Christian best sellers. We posted that article on the Grace to You blog in anticipation of a revised and expanded edition of John MacArthur’s The Glory of Heaven…”

Phil Johnson writes about the fuss concerning The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven.

Related:

What did you see while you were in heaven? – Adam Ford. (h/t Tim Challies.)
‘The Boy Who came back from Heaven’ recants story – ACL.

Worthy of double honour — Expository advocating

Bible“Paul was telling the truth when he said that preaching the gospel is folly, but he also says, “God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise” (1 Cor 1:27).

A commitment to expository preaching takes a firm belief in the power of God’s Word and a humble recognition that the God-appointed means of preaching is better than whatever impressive or efficient model we might devise. God will build his church through expository preaching, and it takes a committed fool to believe it and do it…”

– encouragement from the Southern Blog.

‘An Excellent Documentary on Exodus’

patterns-of-evidenceBoth Andy Naselli and Joe Carter draw attention to an upcoming documentary on Exodus. Each of them has a link to the trailer.

The murders at Charlie Hebdo: are we really Charlie?

Dr Mike Ovey“It feels like we are at war. Doesn’t the flood of reaction to the mass murders at Charlie Hebdo, especially over recent days, look like a drawing-together before a common enemy? The ‘I am Charlie Hebdo’ mantra implies unanimity, a very clear sense of ‘us’: this was a war-crime by ‘them’ against all of ‘us’. …

But who is the ‘us’ and who is the ‘them’?…”

– Mike Ovey in London writes this opinion-piece on the Oak Hill blog.

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