A Misunderstood Parable

The parable of the sheep and the goats is one of most commonly misunderstood parables of Jesus. While now and then you might find some accurate commentary on different aspects of this parable, I happened to run across an article which really puts it all together very, very nicely all in one place.
Bottom line: the “for you’s of doing this or not doing that” are not really about your volunteering to feed the homeless, as good and inevitable as that may be for God’s children, nor your lack thereof. Rather they can be paraphrased, “for you accepted my messengers, for you accepted my message, for you accepted me” (and this we know from other Scripture, this not of yourselves, but it is a gift of God). And to the goats, “for you rejected these things.”
Wonderfully consistent with the rest of Scripture, you can find the article here and then scroll down to page 501 for “So What Does Separate the Sheep from the Goats?”

Scripture Alone

The Reformation’s key teachings are often summarized by the five “solas”: salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, based on Scripture alone to the glory of God alone. To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the White Horse Inn is currently doing a series on these teachings. Where do we get God’s guidance? How do we know what God’s will is? Does God speak to us today like he did to the prophets? Where God has spoken in his word, we ought to listen. Where he is silent, we have this wonderful gift of Christian freedom to make choices as we live our lives. Moreover, we can be assured that His Fatherly¬† hand will ultimately work all things out for our good. Click below to for Scripture Alone.

Scripture Alone

Not Just Broken

“Broken” has become the new buzzword in evangelical Christianity to describe the human condition. We are all broken in some sense or another; however, Scripture reveals that the problem of our fallen humanity goes so much deeper than that. The notion that we are “sinners” or “dead in sin” in light of God’s holiness does not come naturally to us. It’s sort of like someone going to the beach on a hot sunny day and not yet realizing they have a severe photosensitivity which requires they be covered. Similarly, in our fallen condition, God’s holiness is far too hot for us to handle. His unveiled goodness becomes white hot to us. The idea that we merely need to be fixed is very misleading. We are always prone to treat the wound of our fallen state too lightly. Among other things (like new life!), we need the righteous covering which Christ, as our mediator, graciously provides to sinners. Tune into Issues, etc. as they recently took up this important topic here.

Contemporary Arrangements for Ancient Hymns

Check out High Street Hymns for some amazing music. One of the primary goals of the old hymns was to have the word of God dwell richly within us. Alex Mejias over at High Street Hymns is doing a wonderful job retooling solid old hymns with contemporary instruments and arrangements for the contemporary church. In doing so, he is one of several artists providing for the church some much needed musical alternatives to the shallow and endlessly repetitive choruses that characterize much of today’s Christian music.

Listen to the music here

The Messiah

The Bible, from beginning to end, is all about Christ. We often read it as if it’s all about us! It certainly is for us, but from Genesis to Revelation the Bible is the unfolding drama of Christ and his redemptive work. Join the hosts at the White Horse Inn as they discuss this important subject.

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