Such is the case today when I open with two articles by Carl Trueman that basically say everything I’ve tried to say every day for the last five years.
“The aesthetics of success would subtly and imperceptibly supplant the principles of faithfulness or would indeed come to be identified with the same.”
“The key books on pastoral ministry would be written by men who either have no real experience of anything approaching normal pastoral ministry or have not had such for decades.”
“Leaders would gradually and sometimes self-consciously become brands. The instruments of fostering that intimacy of strangers which is such a part of celebrity culture – for example, the faux-chumminess of all those tweeted exchanges and retweets, lives lived as soap operas mediated by the internet – would feed smoothly, humbly, and imperceptibly into the building of one’s brand.”
The Gospel Coalition primer on child abuse…good, but they won’t sign the statement on it because it reflects badly on their buddy.
Finally today, there has been a flurry of writing over the last year or so about the “God of the Old Testament” and how He is so different from Jesus, and how do we reconcile the two Gods of Christianity?
I confess…this has never troubled me, nor does it trouble me today.
The Bible is the progressive revelation of God to His people…and His ways and purposes in dealing with Israel were shadows of what He would fulfill in Christ.
God was showing two things primarily, in my opinion.
One, His desire that His people be a separated people from the prevailing culture and two, the depths of both our sin and His hatred of it.
We cherish and nurture our sin and would rather die than have people think we are different than what is popular.
We construct a “better” God in our own minds, one who looks a lot like ourselves, only taller.
Everything in the older testament points to Christ…and how God answered every question about His character on the cross.
Here then, for those who are troubled by those like me who are not troubled, is a collection of links on the topic.
Lots of stuff to talk about here…as I prepare for a couple of days seeking God in prayer on my beloved mountain at the end of the week.