Apr

18

2014

Trevin Wax|2:10 am CT

Trevin’s Seven

Kindle Deal: 14 Words from Jesus by James Montgomery Boice & Philip Ryken. $2.99.

1. Geoff Ashley - Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?

2. Amy Julia Becker - The Song Jesus Sang on the Cross

3. Google Glass's Insane, Terrifying Etiquette Guide

4. Luke MacDonald - The Danger of Authenticity

5. Ed Stetzer interviews Mark Phelps, son of Westboro leader

6. When Jesus Said Farewell

7. Elizabeth Stoker - Why I'm a Pro-Life...

 
 
 
 

Apr

17

2014

Trevin Wax|2:10 am CT

The Multifaceted Diamond of Christ’s Atoning Work

Diamond scinilationThe atonement is like a multi-faceted diamond. What Christ accomplished on the cross is so massive, and the window into the heart of God is so big that no one explanation or description of the atonement can tell the whole story.

Because the atonement is at the heart of who God is and what he has done for us, we can never fully exhaust the riches that flow from this event. But recognizing our inability to mine all the theological treasures represented in the cross of Christ should not keep us from pondering the beautiful truth of this event.

In recent weeks, guest contributors have written about the different aspects of Christ's atoning work. Here is a summary of their posts, with links for you to dig deeper into the significance of each truth.

On the cross, Christ...

 
 
 
 

Apr

17

2014

Trevin Wax|2:05 am CT

Worth a Look 4.17.14

WorthALook1Kindle Deal of the Day: The Doctrines That Divide: A Fresh Look at the Historic Doctrines That Separate Christians by Erwin Lutzer. FREE.
Lutzer examines various controversies that exist within the broad spectrum of Christianity, presenting the issue and the biblical understanding of the doctrine.

Russell Moore - Same-Sex Marriage and the Future:
We must prepare people for what the future holds, when Christian beliefs about marriage and sexuality aren't part of the cultural consensus but are seen to be strange and freakish and even subversive. If our people assume that everything goes back to normal with the right President and a quick constitutional amendment, they are not being equipped for a world that views evangelical Protestants and traditional Roman Catholics and Orthodox Jews and others as
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Apr

16

2014

Trevin Wax|2:10 am CT

Arms Outstretched

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Those hands need nails to keep them in line.

Something must be done.

Those arms must never embrace again.

We saw His arm reach out when He touched the leper, in defiance of our purity laws.

We saw His hands lift the face of an adulterous woman, thwarting our execution of her just sentence.

We saw Him welcome children into His arms, as if one must become like an infant to belong to His kingdom.

We saw Him break bread and divide the fish, as if He were supplying manna from heaven.

We saw His arms beckon sinners to His table, as if by repentance one can wash away the past.

We saw His arms do nothing to stop a sinful woman from anointing Him, as if He were a treasure greater than her priceless perfume.

We saw His arms crack the whip and overturn the tables, as if He...

 
 
 
 

Apr

16

2014

Trevin Wax|2:05 am CT

Worth a Look 4.16.14

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKindle Deal of the Day: Risen: 50 Reasons Why the Resurrection Changed Everything by Steve Mathewson. $2.99.
In the spirit of John Piper's Fifty Reasons Why Christ Came to Die, Steven D. Mathewson unpacks the New Testament Scriptures that speak of the reasons Jesus was raised from the dead.

Adam Mabry, a church planter in Boston, reflects on the Boston Marathon bombing a year later:

  • Everything changed.

  • Nothing changed.

  • We Must be Changed.


The Power of Story - Captivated by the Gospel:
As Christians, we understand all people are confronted by a host of master narratives that compete with, and often contradict, the gospel of Jesus Christ. We also believe God has revealed the true story of the whole world. The story of Christ is, as C.S. Lewis
...

 
 
 
 

Apr

15

2014

Trevin Wax|2:10 am CT

The 4 Stages of Writing and the 3 Mistakes We Make

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I recently came across the HBR Guide to Better Business Writing, a book that has a chapter on the four stages of the writing process. Reflecting on my experience writing blogs and non-fiction books, I recognized these stages even if I'd never consciously labeled them this way.

1. THE MADMAN

This is the brainstorming phase. You gather material related to the subject you will address, generating as many good ideas as you can. Don't think of this as a rough draft, but more like a collection of thoughts. Do your research and write whatever you think.

2. THE ARCHITECT

This is the outlining phase. Take the material you created and gathered in the "madman" phase, and organize it. If you run into trouble putting together an outline, it may be that you're working with either too much or too...

 
 
 
 

Apr

15

2014

Trevin Wax|2:05 am CT

Worth a Look 4.15.14

WorthALook1Kindle Deal of the Day: Erasing Hell: What God Said about Eternity, and the Things We've Made Up by Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle. $3.89.
This is not a book about who is saying what. It's a book about what God says. It's not a book about impersonal theological issues. It's a book about people who God loves. It's not a book about arguments, doctrine, or being right. It's a book about the character of God.

Tim Keller - Cultural Engagement that Avoids Triumphalism and Accommodation:
The term "cultural engagement" is so often used by Christians today without a great deal of definition. This account of Paul and Athens gets us a bit closer to understanding what it is by showing us what it is not. Christians
...

 
 
 
 

Apr

14

2014

Trevin Wax|2:10 am CT

The God of Joyful Tears and Sorrow

Baby-casket_2621_w350Last Thursday was one of the most joyful and somber days of my life. We often speak of life as a journey of mountaintops and valleys, but rarely do we experience the joy of the mountain and the sorrow of the valley so close to each another.

The morning began with the good news that my youngest brother's wife was in labor, about to deliver their first child. I stopped by the hospital on the way to work, and then again at the end of the day, excited to become an uncle again and to see my brother and his wife begin a new chapter.

The joyful anxieties of childbirth were our family's chatter all day. How many centimeters dilated? What position is the baby in? How much will he weigh? Who does the baby look like?

Once the joyous moment arrived,...

 
 
 
 

Apr

14

2014

Trevin Wax|2:05 am CT

Worth a Look 4.14.14

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKindle Deal of the Day: HCSB Study Bible $2.99.

Colbert the Catholic:
There's no telling how Colbert's faith will impact "The Late Show," if at all, but it's intriguing to see such a public figure embrace his religion so openly.

Ross Douthat - Diversity and Dishonesty:
This refusal, this self-deception, means that we have far too many powerful communities (corporate, academic, journalistic) that are simultaneously dogmatic and dishonest about it — that promise diversity but only as the left defines it, that fill their ranks with ideologues and then claim to stand athwart bias and misinformation, that speak the language of pluralism while presiding over communities that resemble the beau ideal of Sandra Y. L. Korn.

Remember Fort Pillow!
The obscure military post was
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Apr

13

2014

Trevin Wax|12:10 am CT

All Glory, Laud, and Honor

giottotriumphalentryAll glory, laud and honor,
To Thee, Redeemer, King,
To Whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring.

Thou art the King of Israel,
Thou David's royal Son,
Who in the Lord's Name comest,
The King and Blessèd One.

The company of angels
Are praising Thee on High,
And mortal men and all things
Created make reply.

The people of the Hebrews
With palms before Thee went;
Our prayer and praise and anthems
Before Thee we present.

To Thee, before Thy passion,
They sang their hymns of praise;
To Thee, now high exalted,
Our melody we raise.

Thou didst accept their praises;
Accept the prayers we bring,
Who in all good delightest,
Thou good and gracious King.

-  The­o­dulph of...