Christ is not offered us merely as a Savior who does something for us, but he is offered us as Someone who, having done something for us, is himself the propitiation [Romans 3:25]. . . . It is not as if Christ handed you something and said, ‘Here is your redemption, here is your forgiveness,’ and then ran away, as a messenger hands a gift in at the door and the door shuts and away goes the messenger; he has done his job. Not a bit of it! It is Christ himself, the Worker, who comes to us himself. It is Christ personally who is our salvation. . . . It is Christ himself, personally, who comes to us with all the efficacy, the fruit of what he has done, and is the propitiation for our sin. (William Still, The World Of Grace)
by Richard Shin
There is A LOT of stuff this week. And it’s ALL good.
- The Southern Baptist Convention–the biggest Baptist denomination in America–elected its first African American President, Fred Luter. This is quite significant because the denomination itself originally broke off on the wrong side of slavery. You can read an interview Joe Carter did with Fred Luter back in February here. And also Dr. Al Mohler’s reflection on the SBC here.
- Homosexuality is not on the down-low as it once used to be. John Piper has a series of short articles on homosexuality that you can find here.
- Stemming from Psalm 28:1-5, Paul Tautges challenges us to stop pretending and cry out to God about our anguish.
- Michael Horton from the White Horse Inn published a series of articles that I thought were helpful. He talks about.. a lot of things, including the Reformation, papal infallibility, conversion, Roman Catholicism, sola scriptura, and more. You can find them here, here, and here.
- Here, R.C. Sproul gives his thoughts on understanding the age of the Earth based on Scripture and based on natural/general revelation. Keith Mathison from Ligonier Ministries (of which R.C. Sproul is Founder and Chairman) has a weekly series on what the Reformed approach to interpreting Scriptures is. You can find the introduction here and scroll down to see a list of articles that have been published so far.