Around the Horn :: 5.22.14

May 22, 2014

Around-the-Horn[1]Is It God’s Will For All Christians To Be Wealthy?
More and more Christians, all over the world, believe that material prosperity is the right of all Christians. They believe that God expects them to ask for it and to anticipate it as a sure fulfillment of his promise. There is no doubt that both the Old and New Testaments teach that the faithful will be blessed by God.  But does that blessing necessarily always include material prosperity?

The Measure of Successful Ministry
If you are truly preaching God’s Word, God may choose to use your ministry to build up the Church and bring many souls to salvation in your midst. But He may also choose to use your ministry as an instrument by which to shame the wicked, force out the false prophets, and cause the institutions of the Church to collapse around your head. Either one is a holy calling if it comes from God.

Let the Separation Begin
From Michael Brown at Charisma Magazine: Without a doubt, this issue [homosexuality] will become a great dividing line in the church, and I, for one, welcome it, since it points to a much deeper divide in our approach to God, His Word and the people He wants to redeem. Ultimately, it will separate those who put God first and ask, “How can I fulfill His desires?” from those who put themselves first and ask, “How can He fulfill my desires?”

Fire On The Mountain
From Michael Horton: And now the law does something else. It not only announces the threat; it guides us in safety.  There are still “dangers, toils, and snares.” After we fled our San Diego fire, we were glued to our TV set for ongoing reports of danger. We were also reminded to prepare for loss of power and to stock up on water and provisions. Instead of announcing a threat, these reports gave us important information. It was still different from good news (“The fire is out!”), but it was also different from pure threat (“Evacuate!”). 

Dear Class of 2014: Thanks for Not Disinviting Me
From Stephen Carter (Yale Law Professor): Given your generation’s penchant for shutting down speakers with whom you disagree, I am assuming that you have no intention of playing any serious adult role in mediating those conflicts. And that’s fine. We should leave the task of mediation to those unsophisticated enough to be sensitive to the concerns of both sides.

What Do You Mean By Unconditional Love?
It is common today to hear people say, “God loves us unconditionally.”  When people say that God loves us unconditionally they usually mean something like, “After conversion God loves you no matter what. Isn’t that great?” In one sense this is true, God’s love for his people is not based upon what they do or do not do. But this does not mean that God loves us unconditionally. If God loves anyone he loves them conditionally. What is the condition?

To Whom Else Would We Go?
I’ve grown more and more weary of blogs and articles and tweets and opinions on every matter, more and more thirsty for the words of life.