Tag Archives: Cross

Tuesday Picks ~ 11-14-2017

This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...

If you think “thoughts and prayers” are powerless, you might be forgetting the cross…

Conflict, Comfort and the CrossAdam Parker
https://pjcockrell.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/cross_nail.jpgIt should be no secret in the Christian community that the world thinks that we’re foolish. We acknowledge it, but sometimes we see it in ugly ways.

Perhaps the most despicable reactions came from Actor Michael McKean, who mocked the dead on Twitter and attacked those who encouraged prayer for the people in the church: “They had the prayers shot right out of them. Maybe try something else.” Wil Wheaton attacked one politician who expressed sympathy and prayers for those who had lost so much: “If prayers did anything, they’d still be alive.”…

The mockery of the unbelieving world assumes a few significant things. It assumes that God would never permit his people to die. It assumes that suffering isn’t part of God’s plan. It assumes that if prayer “worked” then God’s people would just keep on living. And most fundamentally it assumes that God builds his church on power and strength. There’s an entire worldview of assumptions that have to be true if their mockery could have any basis, but of course all of these assumptions miss the cross…

A view of American Evangelicalism from a Canadian pastor…

The State of Evangelicalism in America and all that Blah Blah BlahTim Challies
I have grown accustomed to hearing about the horrific state of evangelicalism in the United States of America. The 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation has seemed to add some new fuel to that fire, a fresh opportunity to bemoan the sorry state of the church today. It has apparently become almost a pastime among conservative Christians—and perhaps especially Calvinistic Christians—to lament what the church is, rather than what she ought to be.

I’ve come to think y’all are being a little too hard on yourselves…

We long-time Christians need to be reminded of this from time to time…

The Gospel Cuts the Knees Before It Lifts the Soul
Michael Kelley
No other world religion treats humanity with such pessimism. In all other schools of thought, we have something to bring to the table. We can strive toward God and meet Him, and in a sense, be congratulated when we do.

Not Christianity.

In Christianity, we bring nothing to the table. In fact, the only thing we bring to the salvation of equation is the sin we need to be rescued from…

This is how we are cut at the knees. And part of the reason the gospel, at times, ceases to lift our souls is because we have bypassed that cutting. That’s because the one character flaw that has, and will continue, to most keep people from Christ is not greed. It’s not lust. It’s not lying or stealing or killing.

It’s pride.

That’s the only thing there is no room for at the foot of the cross.

Science confirms what I have long suspected…

Science: Constant Christmas Music Has Some Extremely Negative Mental EffectsRelevant
You no longer have to feel like a Grinch just because you don’t like constant Christmas music blasting at you all of the time.

New research has found that constant holiday tunes can be wearing you down psychologically. Essentially, all of those songs—and their constant reminder of all-too perfect celebrations and never-ending too-do lists—can actually stress people out.

Dickensian Wheel of Misfortune…
Wrong Hands – Click image for a larger view.

Friday #HolyWeek

Luke 23:44-46
It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

“Every time we look at the cross Christ seems to say to us,
‘I am here because of you.  It is your sin I am bearing,
your curse I am suffering, your debt I am paying,
your death I am dying.’
Nothing in history or in the universe
cuts us down to size like the cross.
All of us have inflated views of ourselves,
especially in self-righteousness,
until we have visited a place called Calvary.
It is there, at the foot of the cross,
that we shrink to our true size.”

-John R. W. Stott