What’s Good on the WWW

I’ve been too busy this week to post anything, but there have been some posts on blogs/sites I follow that are worth your time. My recommendations are as follows

Greg Gilbert asks and answers the question “What is the Gospel?” in a three part series. Here are the links: Part one, part two, and part three. All three posts are excellent, but if you only want to read one then click part three. Gilbert (no relation BTW) correctly states that Christ not only proclaimed the coming kingdom, but He also proclaimed that in order to enter the kingdom one must repent and believe. Gilbert writes:

To proclaim the inauguration of the kingdom and the new creation and all the rest without proclaiming how people can enter it—by repenting and being forgiven of their sins through faith in Christ and his atoning death—is to preach a non-Gospel.

I agree.

I want to also include a lengthy quote from his third post in the series for two reasons. One, it is an excellent thought, and, two, he alludes to Pilgrim’s Progress. That is always a good thing. Here is the quote:

It is wrong to call a person a Christian simply because they are doing good things and “following Jesus’ example.” To be a Christian, to be a partaker of the blessings of the Kingdom, requires one first to go through the gate—that is, to come to Christ in faith and be forgiven of sin and atoned for. Bunyan tells the story in Pilgrim’s Progress about the characters Mr. Formalist and Mr. Hypocrisy whom Christian meets on the path to the Celestial City. After a moment’s conversation, however, Christian realizes that they had jumped the wall to the path rather than going through the Wicket Gate. The upshot: These two are not Christians, regardless of how well they are now navigating the path. To change the characters a bit, there are many people out there (hello emergent church!) who need to realize that Mr. Jesus-Follower and Mrs. Kingdom-Life-Liver are not Christians—not unless they’ve come to the crucified Jesus in repentance and faith for the forgiveness of their sins. A person can “live like Jesus lived” all he wants to, but unless he goes through the Wicket Gate of atonement, faith and repentance, he’s not really come to Christ. He’s simply jumped the wall.

I could not have said it better myself; which is why I included this quote.

My next recommendation is a lucid post by Dan Phillips on abortion, especially how it relates to the feminist reaction to Sarah Palin. It is provocatively entitled “I’ll Just Say it: Women Aren’t Fit to Decide” Everyone should read this brief post.

Al Mohler’s blogposts are almost always worth a read, and that is certainly true of these three:

Finally, Dr. Russell Moore asks and answers two questions with which every pastor must grapple. They are: Should a Minister Officiate at the Weddings of Unbelievers? and Should a Minister Preach the Funerals of Unbelievers? Whether or not you agree with the Dr. Moore, you will appreciate his reasoning and will be provoked to Biblically think about these topics.

I most likely will not be posting anything until next week, or the week after, unless it’s a quick sports post. Therefore I encourage you to give the linked articles above your attention.

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About Travis

Christ follower. Husband of one woman. Father of three young men. Pastor. Former 11B. Blessed to pastor the Bible Baptist Church of Mount Vernon, KY.
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4 Responses to What’s Good on the WWW

  1. Fresh Dirt says:

    In the 7th point of his 3rd post, Greg Gilbert critiques the emerging church for proclaiming a kingdom without a crucified and suffering Christ. I'm not sure what emerging person Greg is referring to, because most of the emerging people will emphasize the crucified and suffering nature of Christ and then emphasize that part of the living in the kingdom is for Christ's followers to also go the way of suffering and cruciform. Much of the emerging church is a reaction to suburban mega-church that is seen by the emerging crowd as consumerist, individualistic, too focused on wealth and comfort, etc. In this reaction, they point back to the suffering Jesus who spent most of his time with suffering, poor, outsider crowds of people, who ultimately was sacrificed at the hands of the Empire. Greg Gilbert was in the ball park with most of his points, although I think he misses some of the greater implications because his message is still too individualistic– saving souls rather than creating a Kingdom-community (not that he doesn't mention the latter; he just doesn't emphasize it when I see overwhelmingly the OT & NT emphasizing the latter).

  2. Travis says:

    Obviously, Gilbert was speaking of the Emerging movement in general. A movement, for the most part, that de-emphasizes the substitutionary atonement of Christ and the necessity of repentance. I agree that most Emergents are reacting to the seeker sensitive and purpose-driven church models. I agree that there is much wrong with those two models, but I also think that the Emergents have reacted too far. (Which is often the case when we react instead of respond.)And I don’t think that Gilbert’s emphasis was too individualistic. I think he nailed it, because there is no kingdom-community for those who have not repented, i.e. those who have not had their souls saved.Good to have you back, buddy. I hope all is well in the Windy City.

  3. Fresh Dirt says:

    Things are good in the Windy City… very much enjoying it! Are you still coming up here in November. I would love to get together if you have some time. Let me know.

  4. Fresh Dirt says:

    I have been thinking about your response over the past 24 hours. You wrote the following: “And I don’t think that Gilbert’s emphasis was too individualistic. I think he nailed it, because there is no kingdom-community for those who have not repented, i.e. those who have not had their souls saved.” I think that is the great error. The kingdom-community has been unleashed in the world through Christ’s death and resurrection. People are encountering its salvific power whether they wish to partake of it or not. The ways of the anti-Christ kingdom are being defeated. The people we encounter who are a part of that anti-kingdom of death still are touched by Christ’s kingdom of life. Ultimately, this death kingdom will be swallowed up by victory. Ultimately, souls can be redeemed, reconciled, saved because their is a kingdom-community. The bible places its utmost emphasis on this point. The kingdom comes to Earth rather than people of the kingdom going to heaven.

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