Archive for March, 2010

Preaching to Myself (2)

Sitting. All day. Occasionally getting up to move, do warranty work in the warehouse, maybe getting lunch. Otherwise, answering phones, typing up paperwork, sending mail. Once I’m off work, I begin to unwind. In the car. Back down Ohio 741. The traffic is hectic, but there are shortcuts to get home.

As I’m in the car, the CD clicks in. I switch to track 9. John Waller’s “Dead Man Walking” begins…

I am a dead man sure as I’m living
I am a dead man though I am breathing
I’m dead and gone, this is my song
I’m a dead man walking

Singing I am crucified with Christ
No longer I live, now the life in me is only in Him
I am seated with Christ, I’m not coming back
All my life I’ve never been so alive
I am crucified, I’m crucified

Now every day my reason for living
Is now in dying, my life surrendered
I’m dead and gone, this is my song
I’m a dead man walking

Singing I am crucified with Christ
No longer I live, now the life in me is only in Him
Now I am seated with Christ, I’m not coming back
And all my life I’ve never been so alive
I am crucified

If we try to save our lives we will lose them, we will lose them
If we lay them down and die we will find them
By grace through faith in Christ alone
Come and sing the dead man’s song

No longer I live, now the life in me is only in Him
Now I’m seated with Christ, I’m not coming back
All my life I’ve never been so alive
I am crucified, I am crucified, I am crucified

I’m a dead man walking
I am crucified, I am crucified, I am crucified
I’m a dead man singing

Psalm 23 in the morning. God’s love for me. My death… and life… with Christ in the afternoon. God’s love for me. This is how I preach to myself.

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Another Gospel Indeed

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary just conducted an interesting and informative panel discussion on Brian McLaren’s latest book, A New Kind of Christianity. Brian is one of the leading voices in the emergent movement (a movement that many say is now defunct), which is simply a postmodern reclothing of theological liberalism. I’ve blogged about this before.

If you haven’t followed the discussion for the last few years, Brian has been fairly vague about his understanding of the Gospel. With the publishing of this latest book, he’s clarified quite a few things, and has thus made the battle lines distinct.

Make no mistake, these are battle lines. There is another gospel afoot, one that must be confronted. One that takes away almost everything that is precious about Christ. See the video below to find out what He’s replaced with. For more information on the emergent church, check out Monergism.com’s links.

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Preaching to Myself (1)

My commute each morning totals five minutes up Ohio 741. After that, I sit for 8 1/2 hours, performing regular accounting tasks, dispatching HVAC technicians over the phone, and handling tax questions regarding the federal government’s energy rebates. The bookends to my day include reading Scripture at the beginning and prayer at the end, but another set of bookends helps to set the pace for the day: music on the way to and from work.

So as I turn on the car in the morning, Jon Foreman is playing House of God, Forever:

God is my shepherd
I won’t be wanting
I won’t be wanting
He makes me rest
In fields of green
With quite streams

Even though I walk
Through the valley
Of death and dying
I will not fear
‘Cause you are with me
You are with me

Your shepherd’s staff
Comforts me
You are my feast
In the presence of enemies
Surely goodness
Follow me
Follow me
In the house of God, forever

God is my shepherd
I won’t be wanting
I won’t be wanting
He makes me rest
In fields of green
Like quiet streams
Even while I’m walking
Through the valley
Of death and dying
I will not fear
‘Cause you are with me
You’re always with me

Your shepherd’s staff
Comforts me
You are my feast
In the presence of enemies
Surely goodness
Follow me
Follow me
In the house of God, forever
In the house of God, forever
In the house of God, forever

The words become mine as I sing alone in the car. He is my feast. He is my portion. The words remind me of the Scripture I’ve read that morning. He makes me rest. In Christ. Both when my eyes comprehend Him by faith and someday when I finally comprehend Him with my eyes. I will not fear. Perfect me in love today, Lord. As You do that, push out the fear. It’s what I need everyday. Love. For my co-workers. For my wife. For the unlovely. For my enemies.

This is how I preach to myself.

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Free Audiobooks for March

Since everyone else has posted this, I think I might as well. From Justin Taylor’s blog:

for the month of March you can download—for free—the audiobooks for Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship and Piper’s Fifty Reasons Jesus Came to Die.

Use the coupon code MAR2010 for Bonhoeffer, and the code MAR2010B for Piper. Go here for more details.

Thanks to christianaudio.com for the sweet giveaways they give each month.

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