“I know I really need to scroll through Facebook, but it is just so much easier to meditate on the Bible.” Said no one ever. Thinking deeply upon Scripture requires discipline. Mindlessly ingesting breaking news, tweets, and posts requires wifi and thumbs.
I’ve mentioned before that the we and our smart phones are like the neighborhood boys with the 4th of July fireworks. They could light up the night sky commemorating something worth remembering. Or, they could burn down the neighborhood. When it comes to our smart phones and our reading habits, we want to make sure those bottle rockets are pointed in the right direction.
The Genevan Reformer John Calvin said, “Preaching is the public exposition of Scripture by the man sent from God, in which God Himself is present in judgment and in grace.” Faithful pulpit ministry requires the declaration of both judgment and grace. The Word of God is a sharp, two-edged sword that softens and hardens, comforts and afflicts, saves and damns.
The preaching of divine wrath serves as a black velvet backdrop that causes the diamond of God’s mercy to shine brighter than ten thousand suns. It is upon the dark canvas of divine wrath that the splendor of His saving grace most fully radiates. Preaching the wrath of God most brilliantly showcases His gracious mercy toward sinners.
I have experienced another change of season, if you will, in my life. One chapter ends, another begins. After 15 years and over 1500 broadcasts, we recently recorded the final episode of On Call with Dr. Edney.
These things are so bittersweet. Bitter that a relationship that I have had with this good man, Dr. Dan Edney, is changing. Sweet in that God will be opening other doors of service. The practical reasons the show is ending is that the demand of our personal and work schedules is making it a greater challenge to have the time to record the weekly broadcast. Dr. Edneys always active medical practice, family obligations and ministry work take a great of time. The work load for my day job will soon be greatly increasing and I also hope to revive my old radio program as a weekly podcast. So we saw this as a time to move on.
But I wanted to stop and share a few thought s about this man, Dr Edney, or Danny as I call him. He has been more than just a friend and a coworker. He is and has been a brother. We have been through so much together; some good, some bad. He has always been there for me through thick and thin either with some sort of tangible support or many times, with just a kind word or two of encouragement.
What most people don’t know is that when the radio station faltered and eventually closed, I owed a significant debt on it. Without hesitation, Danny said that we would take moneys from the profit of the On Call program to pay towards the debt of the radio station. It took a few years, but we eventually paid it off and I am eternally grateful for his generosity.
But hasn’t been just business. There have been many time when he helped me out of jams and problems and he did so as a gracious friend and brother, always with love kindness. I have one younger brother and I love him dearly, but Danny Edney has been a brother to me as well. I will miss our times together in the studio and away; our exchanges in conversation, both heated and calm. But I always know that he is just a call of text away and that I can reach out to him at any time.
Thank you brother for all you have done. Thank you for being my brother.
HT-Dr. Michael Horton from his facebook post at https://www.facebook.com/michaelscotthorton/
Many Christians are intolerant. They are loud, obnoxious, and quick to tell people about what they are against. They imagine that they are hating the sin but loving the sinner. Why is this so?
from Grace to You.org
Repentance is no more a meritorious work than its counterpart, faith. It is an inward response. Genuine repentance pleads with the Lord to forgive and deliver from the burden of sin and the fear of judgment and hell. It is the attitude of the publican who, fearful of even looking toward heaven, smote his breast and cried, “God, be merciful to me, the sinner!” (Luke 18:13). Repentance is not merely behavior reform. But because true repentance involves a change of heart and purpose, it inevitably results in a change of behavior.
I am preaching through the pastoral letters and when I recently began 2 Timothy I was reminded of the concern that Paul expresses about how the gospel will be handled after his death. He not only emphasizes the importance and centrality of the gospel—which he does in all his letters, but he also issues warnings that indicate he is concerned that the gospel might be lost—not in the world, primarily—but in the church.
This is evident in the specific instructions Paul give to Timothy, beginning in the first chapter. Consider his admonitions in 2 Timothy 1:8-14:
God is sovereign in creation, providence, redemption, and judgment. That is a central assertion of Christian belief and especially in Reformed theology. God is King and Lord of all. To put this another way: nothing happens without God’s willing it to happen, willing it to happen before it happens, and willing it to happen in the way that it happens. Put this way, it seems to say something that is expressly Reformed in doctrine. But at its heart, it is saying nothing different from the assertion of the Nicene Creed: “I believe in God, the Father Almighty.” To say that God is sovereign is to express His almightiness in every area.