Growth: Uncertain belief still counts as knowledge…


Do things really become new every morning?
June 28, 2007, 7:46 pm
Filed under: Culture, Discipleship, Songwriting

I’ve been mulling over some of the psalms for some inspiration for this song I’m trying to finish and a thought popped into my head…  is it me or does the Psalmists really like to say stuff about newness, joy of the lord, etc comes with “the morning”?  I’m still a little vexed about that…

I actually find from my own personal experience that when I sleep, I forget a lot of what I was striving to do the next day?  I find old habits popping up again and I also find a lot of things don’t come across “new”.

i.e.

Psalm 101:8 – “Every morning I will put to silence all the wicked in the land;  I will cut off every evildoer from the city of the Lord.”

This Psalm written by David seems like a vow that he will silence the wicked of the land literally every morning, but of course it is more likely more of a figurative thing…  but I can’t help wondering why this was always the case?  Maybe because in this culture (or at least mine) I don’t wake up to a sunrise or something like that, I wake up to an alarm clock, wake up to an schedule, wake up because I have to…

not because I want to…

I was reminded recently in my brother’s blog, from his class about Conversion with Gordon T. Smith, that you can’t really claim to follow Christ (Christian) if you’re not wanting to be a disciple of Jesus.  I’ve been struggling with being disciplined in the word and sanctifying/consecrating myself daily, especially in the morning…  I wonder how strong is the corrolation between my spiritual vitality and morning devotions really is?

Thoughts?



Conversion Language with Yu
June 28, 2007, 4:32 pm
Filed under: Culture, Language, Theology

If anyone wants to re-think their understanding of conversion with free seminary notes from my brother, I would HIGHLY recommend it.

I actually feel I have been getting “dumber” spiritually until I started reading this post (a series actually).  So if you feel like in the same boat, I suggest checking it out! 😉

yuling.wordpress.com – Conversion Language



Mohler… molamolamola!
November 4, 2006, 5:55 pm
Filed under: Church, Culture, Missions, Prayer

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For some of you who didn’t know, I spent last year in Louisville Kentucky at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the president there who has been reforming for the couple of years has been R. Albert Mohler.  As an overt Reformed Evangelical and uber conservative, I grew from knowing very little about him to realizing his passion to proclaim Christ in the Bible as the Savior and Lord of our lives, and for that I am truly grateful.  While I am no longer at SBTS, I will miss his sermons which were always so full of truth and boldness of the Gospel and he also modeled the Love of God through Grace and prayer for others really well at the same time.

Honestly, I didn’t take well the sometimes “agressive” conservative resurgence that was happening at SBTS, but I learnt so much there and I still appreciated all that they taught me in keeping true to the word of God and to keep learning from the Christian forefathers of the past.

Anyways, I wrote this  blog because I still get Mohler’s blogs through my SBTS email account (which is still active, haha) and he blogged about the subject of Homosexuality in an interview with a guy named Andrew Sullivan (some of you may know, most will not, hehe).  I know the blog is LONG but seriously, if anything read the end of it.  I thought at the end of his blog, he really showed the Christ-loving compassion towards someone who is openly homosexual, and while definitely not relenting from his stance, he showed the humility and love that I think many people who call themselves “conservatives” should have for the people on earth.

Here’s the link:  Gay Culture and the Riddle of Andrew Sullivan

I pray that God’s people would have love and compassion for ALL people on the earth, sharing the gospel message not just through their words but in their actions and deeds.



hmmm… OVER-contextualization…
October 31, 2006, 11:07 pm
Filed under: Church, Culture, Emerging

If I haven’t really alluded to this, I for one, am quite FOR being relevant and to contextualize the gospel so that others will understand. But I also own a conservative edge in myself… in trying to keep myself grounded in scriptural and traditional doctrine and orthodoxy of the past christian forefathers so I can see the word of God in humility and with eyes of the past and present… (for hopefully the future)…

This is probably why I empathize with the messages of Tim Keller and Mark Driscoll a lot… but ya, anyways, the reason I just jotted these thoughts down was because I went to the T4G blog (The weblogs of the BIGGEST shot reformed leaders: Al Mohler Jr., Ligon Duncan III, C.J Mahaney, and Mark Dever) and read this tidbit of wisdom that Ligon quoted in his last blog:

 

 

“I do not think for a moment that the church should aspire to become irrelevant. There is always a need for Christians to speak the gospel into their own context. Rather, my concern is with the ever present danger of over-contextualizing. Consider what happens to a church that is always trying to appeal to an increasingly post-Christian culture. Almost inevitably, the church itself becomes post- Christian. This is what happened to the liberal church during the twentieth century, and it is what is happening to the evangelical church right now. As James Montgomery Boice has argued, evangelicals are accepting the world’s wisdom, embracing the world’s theology, adopting the world’s agenda, and employing the world’s methods. In theology a revision of evangelical doctrine is now underway that seeks to bring Christianity more in line with postmodern thought. The obvious difficulty is that in a post-Christian culture, a church that tries too hard to be relevant may in the process lose its very identity as the church. Rather than confronting the world the church gets co-opted by. It no longer stands a city on a hill, but sinks to the level of the surrounding culture.

– Philip Graham Ryken

(HT: T4G Blog)

The idea of becoming a city that sinks to its surrounding culture versus being a city on a hill, the salt and light… hmmm… something for me to chew on for a while 😉