A Beautiful Picture of Justification 

"Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the Lord said to Satan, 'The Lord rebuke you, O Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?' Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments. And the angel said to those who were standing before him, 'Remove the filthy garments from him.' And to him he said, 'Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.' And I said, 'Let them put a clean turban on his head.' So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments." - Zechariah 3:1-5

I came across this passage recently in my reading plan. This is such a wonderful illustration and picture of what being justified in God's presence looks like. Notice Satan is there to accuse Joshua. By all means, Joshua was guilty of his own sins, being displayed in this passage by the filthy garments he was wearing. And then the angel of the Lord removes his dirty garments and puts clean garments on him instead, garments that he himself had not made clean by any effort of his own. It was all an external work on his behalf, given to him as a gracious gift. Read More...
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The Downside to Blogging 

One thing I have increasingly observed and noticed among people who comment or send me messages is that they perceive my blog to be my entire summed up thinking. In all reality, this site is like 1/10 (perhaps an even higher ratio, like 1/15) of my total summed up spiritual life. That is to say, my blog is simply a sounding board for whatever the subject is I happen to be thinking through at the moment. I could honestly care less if anyone reads it, it's just more of a public diary of thoughts. Yet this does not mean this is the only thing I'm thinking about concerning my life in Christ. I'm just writing on whatever the particular subject is I happen to find important. It seems some people perceive bloggers as sitting behind a keyboard, brows furroughed, gritting their teeth, sweating in angst. Many are, but I don't think I'm one of them. I'm supremely happy in Christ and joyful in the Lord and what He's accomplished for me. It's what drives the things I do. Do I struggle with anger, my own misery? Surely.

But people perceive me as being supremely negative, especially as it pertains to apologetics posts, when of nencessity, apologetics is logically denouncing another view as false from Scripture or reason. Some relativistic secularists seem to think that's just too negative though and we need to be more positive and uplifting. Tell that to Jesus when reading the Gospels and He's speaking parables. We talk all well and good about being like Jesus and yet ignore the fact that part of that is speaking into the world that it's views are just wrong. Jesus was a very serious person in His earthly ministry. It's not arrogant to say that something is wrong based on Scriptural evidence because it's true. Read More...
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One of My Favorite Songs From Boards of Canada 

Boards of Canada - Poppy Seed (Remix of song by Slag Boom Van Loon)

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I like this song because of the emotional sense of seriousness and urgency it conveys. And I just think it grooves.

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What Is Christmas About? - The Good News of An Objective Salvation 

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Christless Christianity - Michael Horton 

Check out this site www.christlesschristianity.org and get the book. Good stuff.

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Isn't It Ironic? Don't Ya Think? 

I find it ironic and funny to see so many emerging/emergent types so freely and publicly proclaim their "humble" service to others, I guess as if to say, "Look, I'm doing my part to help the poor and disenfranchised, what about you?" Sounds like the very selfishness, self-righteousness, pride, and Phariseeism they hate in much of the Christian right.

These are two Post-Evangelical Chaos Posters that speak to this very issue:

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John Piper Caught Throwing West-side Gang Sign 

Now we know where his true convictions lie: on the West Side! Corny, I know, but I thought it was funny someone actually got him to do it.

Original link: http://www.baller21.com/wp-content/uplo ... -signs.jpg

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The Worldview of New Age Business Leadership Guru Lance Secretan 

This is a brief clip of one of Lance Secretan's presentations to a group of corporate employees. Notice how at the beginning of this clip, he disregards anything Christianity had to offer in history as an explanation for natural and supernatural reality. He doesn't even mention all of the thousands of Christian thinkers who have contributed greatly to the progress of "humanity" who believed Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. These voices are simply ignored. Sure, he mentions Jesus as a good moral teacher, and even quotes Him in the presentation. Yet Secretan cherry-picks what he wants from what Jesus said without dealing with the portions of Scripture where He claims to be God Himself, the only way to salvation, the greatest Person in all of history. This is ignored, for to deal with these texts simply denies his own worldview perspective of reality.

At the very beginning of this clip, he makes clear that (at least according to his understanding) 6000 years ago, we lived on the premise of mystery, magic, myths, fairy tales, etc. It is assumed then that Christianity is included in this category of mystery and mythology. And therefore, its explanations of reality are theoretical, mythical. They simply don't apply to us anymore. The Gospel is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God. Read More...
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On Caroline Kennedy as Senator 

Do I really need to comment on this? If she even gets selected as an option for the Senate seat, that will be the biggest power play in history of someone with a only a family name for credentials, who has absolutely no political experience, and no solid, proven work experience. She can't even talk to the media herself. She doesn't have a chance. And if she does, there are other undemocratic forces at play.
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The 'I Am Second' Campaign - A Review 

(Original): http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent ... db4dd.html
(Archived): http://www.westerfunk.net/archives/chri ... %20Second/

Being an evangelical Christian in our culture and at the same time being bombarded with these techniques of the evangelical church of which I am apart, in the name of witnessing on our freeways, makes it very hard not to say things that concern me. For the record, I do believe some positive can come out of this whole "I am second" campaign. I would not even presume to know what God is up to. But there are factors which are concerning about this strategy, factors of which are indicative about our own movements beliefs.

I posted recently that I myself need to be careful about my own personal criticism of the church at large, and I still hold to that. What I'm warning myself and others about is the tendency toward uber-criticism, that is, a critical spirit. My criticism can quickly turn to bitterness, anger, and frustration at what I'm seeing and it can consume me, much in the same way any other sin can. A legitimate concern (something good in itself) becoming an idol or obsession: this is sin. And boy are we sinners good at taking something good and corrupting it! I must watch over my own heart and it's quick slide into arrogance, as we all do in whatever our pet sins are. The heart is deceitfully wicked above all things, who can understand it? I surely don't.

Yet at the same time I must be honest and truthful with what is going on in the world around me (particularly as it concerns my own Christian grouping of which I consider myself apart) while not letting those things turn into uber-frustration at the expense of the glory of God and His sovereignty in all of it (my own personal holiness and sinfulness). Please understand that this is more of a call to first clearly understand the Gospel ourselves (continuing to do this our whole lives in studying Scripture) and then clearly proclaim that Gospel message to the world around us, unhindered. Read More...
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