Tag: discipleship

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

Did Jesus come to make bad people good?

A common evangelical slogan, which I think comes from a Ravi Zacharias sermon is: Jesus didn’t come to make bad people good, he came to make dead people live. While I think I agree with the main point of this phrase (Christianity is not merely morality), I usually hear it said in a way that …

Bible, Book-Review, Christianity, Philosophy

Dallas Willard on the Beatitudes

Dallas Willard‘s understanding of the Beatitudes: It will help us know what to do—and what not to do—with the Beatitudes if we can discover what Jesus himself was doing with them. That should be the key to understanding them, for after all they are his Beatitudes, not ours to make of them what we will. …

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Obligation isn’t a four letter word

IntroductionA feature of Paul’s letter to the Romans that I’ve never noticed being explored in depth is the concept of obligation or indebtedness. I am interested in this topic because there is a great deal of hand wringing in modern Christian thought about the notion of debt or obligation to God. John Piper, for instance, …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity, Spiritual Life

Pastors and Secular Power

Richard Baxter saw the dangers of cozying up to political power. Ministers of the gospel, if they aren’t careful, will not only sacrifice original thought but also Biblical truth in order to avoid being ostracized, mocked, or disagreed with. Social media has made this quite apparent in the current year. For instance, as the pro-life …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

Common Misconceptions Concerning Christian Discipleship

In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis explains that knowing a bit of theology is important for Christians now, in a way that it was not in the past: …In the old days, when there was less education and discussion, perhaps it was possible to get on with a very few simple ideas about God. But it …

Bible, Christianity

In all toil there is profit

In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. (Proverbs 14:23 ESV) The proverb above is one I have always associated with one particular type of talk: talking about what you’re going to do instead of doing it. I think that this aspect is true, but incomplete. I have overly limited …

Contemporary Trends, Book-Review, Christianity

Sanctification, Repentance, and the Habit Loop

Introduction to Concept: In his book The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg explains something advertisers have known for quite some time: human beings can be trained to respond to cues with routines as long as there is a reward. He calls this the habit loop. It looks like this: The idea is that when we …

Christianity

Jordan Peterson: Heretic or Helpful Pagan?

Rachel Fulton Brown writes: …I don’t think that Jordan has a Messiah complex. But I do think that he thinks that he is capable on the strength of his own will of saving the world. It is why he spends so much time speaking. Because he believes that through his speech he can save himself—and that by speaking in …

Christianity, Self-Mastery

Hildebrand on The Power of an Orderly Life

In, Transformation in Christ, Dietrich von Hildebrand explains the power of an orderly life to help us transform ourselves:   To ordain our daily lives according to some definite rule constitutes a further method in the service of our inner transformation. Apart from the specific importance which the single provisions of that rule may possess …

Christianity

Levels of Christian Discipleship

There are multiple ways to conceptualize Christian discipleship. Many are complementary and if explained properly, even synonymous. Here are three: Christian discipleship is to live in accordance with and in obedience to the teachings of Jesus. In this sense Jesus is king and ruler. Christian discipleship is to live in line with nature, discerned rationally. …