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Sinclair Ferguson has a great article on the gospel posted over at Ligonier. He begins it like this:

Guilt is not just a feeling. It is not just a psychological condition, although it can become one. It is a legal standing.

When the foreman of the jury in a trial speaks the word Guilty, he is not commenting on the feelings of the accused. He is pronouncing a verdict. He is saying that the accused has been judged to have committed the crimes with which he was charged. The accused is guilty and will be treated accordingly—no matter what he or she may “feel.”

Whether people feel guilty is not really the issue. My feelings, or lack of them, neither increase nor lessen my guilt. It is first and foremost a personal standing before a holy God, not a psychological condition.

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As I stated earlier, the reviews of Rob Bell’s book Love Wins are going to be numerous. And, there is no doubt in my mind that we will have to rehash all the same old arguments that have been given in times past as each new generation of liberals works to repackage the same old and well worn lies of the liberals of previous generations. That being said, Dr. Moore has highlighted a point from Bell’s book that cuts to the heart of the matter in that Bell drains the gospel of the blood of Jesus Christ, the very key and central truth of the gospel itself. You can read his comments by following the link below, and as you read his post think of this – if Rob Bell is teaching a different gospel, then it is no gospel at all and he is cursed and all who believe his gospel remain the objects of God’s wrath and are condemned already.

Moore to the Point by Russell D. Moore.

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This is a great post by Tullian Tchividjian over at his Gospel Coalition blog site. He says:

I’m addicted to the gospel. It burns inside of me. And it seems to get hotter ever day. I can’t stop thinking about it, talking about it, writing about it, reading about it, wrestling with it, reveling in it, and thanking God for it. For better or for worse, my focus has become myopic. My passion has become singular. Lesser things don’t distract me as easily. I’m not as anxious I used to be. I’m more relaxed. What others think of me (either good or bad) doesn’t matter as much as it used to. I’m enjoying life more. The pressure’s off. I actually think I’m beginning to understand the length and breadth of the freedom Jesus purchased for me.

Jesus plus nothing equals everything–the gospel– is daily becoming for me more than a theological passion, more than a cognitive reality. It’s becoming my functional lifeline! And it’s this rediscovery of the gospel’s power that is enabling me to see that…(follow the link below to read more)

I’m Addicted – Tullian Tchividjian.

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Tim Keller has put out another book. I have yet to order or read it, but if you’re looking for a review consider this one by Michael Johnson over at Desiring God.

Tim Keller’s King’s Cross: A Review – Desiring God.

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I stole this from Thabiti Anyabwile’s blog post over at The Gospel Coalition website because I thought it would be great for all of us to consider throughout the day.  Enjoy!

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17)

“We are not the reason the gospel works; the gospel is the reason the gospel works.”

–Ligon Duncan, from the Foreword to Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching

 

The Reason the Gospel Works – Pure Church by Thabiti Anyabwile.

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Here’s another great post from Pastor Tullian Tchividjian:

This past week during a panel discussion at The Resurgence conference in Orlando, I was asked to articulate the distinctive roles of God’s law and God’s gospel in the life of the Christian. I’ve been thinking and writing a lot about this over the last year or so and have come to believe that this is one of the most important theological issues in the church today. Failure to understand the distinct roles of the law and the gospel inevitably leads to moralism. While both law and gospel are good (after all, both come from God), both play different roles.

I found this hymn on the law and the gospel from Ralph Erskine to be both poetic and helpful:

The law supposing I have all,

Does ever for perfection call;

The gospel suits my total want,

And all the law can seek does grant.

The law could promise life to me,

If my obedience perfect be;

But grace does promise life upon

My Lord’s obedience alone.

The law says, Do, and life you’ll win;

But grace says, Live, for all is done;

The former cannot ease my grief,

The latter yields me full relief.

The law will not abate a mite,

The gospel all the sum will quit;

There God in thret’nings is array’d

But here in promises display’d.

The law excludes not boasting vain,

But rather feeds it to my bane;

But gospel grace allows no boasts,

Save in the King, the Lord of Hosts.

Lo! in the law Jehovah dwells,

But Jesus is conceal’d;

Whereas the gospel’s nothing else

But Jesus Christ reveal’d.

via Erskine On The Law And The Gospel – Tullian Tchividjian.

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Dad Rod Thursdays – “The Gospel For Those Broken By The Church” In Video.

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