Christians who are in a position to bless those who are less fortunate ought to have an innate desire to help their Christian brothers and sisters with more than just promises to pray.
Even just in the title of Jeremiah Burroughs 1648 work we are told that contentment for the Christian is precious and valuable, and that it is uncommon.
It is easy to find our understanding taxed. What has recently been, what is now, and what may soon happen – all is complicated and disputed and controversial.
And here we come to the crux of the divide between respectable establishment type evangelical Christians and those who are cast into the outer darkness as deplorables.
I am struck by the utter lack of concern that father of Protestantism showed for what we would consider good manners in contending for what he held to be good doctrine.
The kinds of comments left thus far on the last episode are the whole of atheism – condescending, and ridiculing and oversimplifications, strawmen, and aspersions.
There are two kinds of atheism. The first scientific, the latter moral. Both kinds share a common thread, man sitting in judgment over whether God is in the right.
Topical or expository – which type of preaching is better? This was among the chief foci of discussion this past week in one of the private message groups I am a part of.
Sometimes when older men feel threatened or challenged by younger men – even just by their example – they act out in confusing and irrational ways.
When we are sinned against and have opportunity to forgive wrongs, we do not only have the option to forgive as we have been forgiven. We have a duty.