Worth a Look 7.30.12
Kindle Deal of the Day: Biblical Authority: The Critical Issue for the Body of Christ by Jimmy Draper and Ken Keathley. $2.99.
The subject of biblical authority is the most critical and sensitive issue facing the evangelical Christian world today. It has a rippling effect on every major theological discussion. Jimmy Draper deals with this issue in a loving and peaceful way, examining modern critical thought and historic positions of the church—providing a workable answer to the issues of biblical authority. Biblical Authority will strengthen one’s faith in the Word of God.
Religion, in the Biblical sense, involves not just holding certain beliefs but acting on them, and the institutions the church creates to help us carry out those commandments are just as “religious” as worshipping congregations. From that it follows that “freedom of religion,” if it is to mean anything, must be extended just as fully to those institutions as to parish churches. Otherwise the church is crippled in its obedience. Which is bad for the church, but also, and more important, bad for the world — unless you happen to think that the State, and the State only, is the proper vehicle for charity and social service.
Jesus came into the Galilee. He was announcing the news of God’s royal victory, telling people that, “The time is now folks, the shot clock has wound down to zero, there is gonna be change of regimes, God’s new empire is coming, in fact, it’s already begun. So turn away from the wickedness and worldliness that’s consuming your hearts, change your verdict about God, give up your sectarian agendas for Israel, and instead entrust yourself to the message of God’s victory that I’m bringing you.”
Primates say that only a traditionalist Archbishop of Canterbury can keep the Anglican Church together:
In a major intervention in the selection process, an alliance of archbishops and bishops from four continents has written directly to the selection committee urging them to choose someone prepared to halt a drift towards liberal values on issues such as homosexuality.
Recognize >> Repent >> Refocus >> Replace.