It is Maundy Thursday so that’s where this don’t miss list will begin.
John 13:1-38 ESV “Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”
Holy Week Video Series from TGC
The Gospel Coalition has a fascinating series of videos of Bible scholars discussing the events of Holy Week. This one focuses on the night Jesus celebrated Passover with the disciples and his night trials before the Jewish leaders.
When Marriage is Hard
I think this post from Courtney Reissig at the CBMW website is a worthy read for anyone, single or married, about the meaning of commitment and how marriage is a picture of Christ and the church. She’s right that “A vow means something.”
Another Troubling Sermon from Andy Stanley
Uh oh, Andy Stanley’s done it again. This time, the Juicy Ecumenism blog of the Institute on Religion and Democracy calls out the Georgia pastor for a sermon he preached on April 6. One of the things in that blog post that got my attention was, “Jesus’ conscience was informed by compassion, rather than consistency…” Stanley preached. “Love demands inconsistency. Every parent knows this!” What? God should/does act like an inconsistent parent? That doesn’t line up with Scripture and creates some theological problems, as IRD’s Alexander Griswold explains.
Griswold pointed out: “Really, the problem permeating throughout Stanley’s sermon is a false dichotomy between ‘love’ and ‘people’ vs. ‘religion’ and ‘views.’ Put simply, there should never be a conflict between practicing the Christian religion and loving someone. If there is, either you aren’t practicing the faith or you aren’t actually loving someone.” He goes on to point out it also wasn’t that the Pharisees were putting religion first, “It was that they put the wrong religion in the first place.” BINGO!
Helping People, and Especially Women Study the Bible
Thanks to Twitter I stumbled upon “The Assumption We Cannot Afford” by Jen Wilkins the other day and was so pleased.
She writes, “Church leaders, I fear we have made a costly and erroneous assumption about those we lead. I fear that in our enthusiasm to teach about finances, gender roles, healthy relationships, purity, culture wars, and even theology we have neglected to build foundational understanding of the Scriptures among our people. We have assumed that the time they spend in personal interaction with their Bible is accumulating for them a basic firsthand knowledge of what it says, what it means and how it should change them. Or perhaps we have assumed that kind of knowledge isn’t really that important.”
This ignorance of how to study the Bible and little to no understanding of doctrine, in my opinion, one of the greatest problems facing churches today. I also think the pervasive false teaching in the church is the natural consequence. I urge you to read her entire post.
About Heaven Is For Real
There’s plenty out there about the movie Heaven is for Real, but I thought The Berean Call’s take on the movie and their call for proper discernment is well-reasoned and helpful.