Tweets of the Week: 09|06|13

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Tweets of the Week: 08|16|13

To Whet Your Appetite: 06/20/12

  • The Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest denomination, has just elected their first African-American president, Fred Luter. This is extremely significant considering the fact that the SBC was first formed to support slaveholders during the days of slavery. What an amazing testament to the Gospel being able to transform an entire network of people. Here is a brief bio on Luter.
  • If you are a bookaholic like me, then you will want to check out this epic page of 50 book recommendations by Kevin DeYoung.
  • I haven’t seen the movie “Prometheus” yet (probably won’t because I don’t think I’d be able to stomach all the “chest-bursting”),  but Thabiti Anyabwile has an interesting take on the movie and how it accurately depicts the Gospel.
  • In this open letter, Mark Driscoll gives a convicting and stirring warning to all pastors who may be in the ministry for the money (which kind of sounds like an oxymoron).
  • In light of the same-sex marriage debate, Frank Turk explains the need for a clear definition of marriage. Hint: it’s more than just an institution and more than just the uniting of two hearts.
  • Too many Christians in evangelism try to convince or reason people into heaven. Jesus instead called people to deny their life and follow Him.

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Love and Basketball—and God

With the NBA Playoffs rolling along and baseball season in full swing (pun definitely intended), I was thinking about our love for sports—how we can love sports too much. I was reminded of this excerpt from Matt Chandler’s book, The Explicit Gospel, which smashes me over the head with conviction every time I read it:

As I write this, March Madness is going on. It’s the greatest sporting event. (I say that because it’s also the last athletic venue in which David can still beat Goliath. There’s not really another venue like it where a college you’ve never heard of that has, say, eight hundred people in it can upset superpowers in the basketball world.) But here’s the thing about fallen men and women who love March Madness. All over our country, fans are nervous. I’m not joking. They’re nervous in their guts, they want their team to win so badly. They watch the games and yell at their televisions: “No! Yes!” Kids are crying in fear, wives are running for more nachos—it’s chaos. It’s madness. With victory comes elation and surfing a thousand websites to read the same article over and over and over again, and with defeat comes destitution of spirit and days of mourning and moping, angrily arguing on a blog and about who really deserved it or an official’s botched call.

Every bit of those affections, every bit of that emotion, and every bit of that passion was given to us by God for God. It was not given for basketball.

Where is the nervousness in our guts when we’re coming into an assembly of those pursuing God? Where is the elation over the resurrection? Where is the desolation over our sins? Where is it? Well, it’s on basketball. It’s on football. It’s on romance. It’s on tweeting and blogging.

Are you really going to believe we’re not worthy of hell?

Thank God for his response to all this blasphemous nonsense: the wrath-absorbing cross of Christ. (51)

Matt is not saying that sports or even enjoying sports is a bad thing. Sports are a good thing—a gift from God. But, as Mark Driscoll would say, when we take a good thing and make it a god thing, then that is a bad thing. It is called idolatry.

To Whet Your Appetite: 11/17/11

To Whet Your Appetite: 11/10/11

  • Some more really good insights into the Joe Paterno/Jerry Sandusky incident down at Penn State from author Ted Kluck.  We need to remember that when we elevate people to heroes (i.e. JoPa) that not even they are good apart from Christ.  We all need a Savior.  Al Mohler uses the JoPa incident as a warning to Christian leaders to always be on our guard and remember our moral responsibility to protect those who are weaker than us.
  • These days, more and more private Christian colleges are choosing to side with secular academia than the church. There is a great desire among Christian intellectuals to fit in and not be labeled as “fundamentalist,” “anti-intellectual,” or ignorant.  Al Mohler writes about two different colleges: one siding with the ivory tower and one repenting and coming back to the covering of the church.
  • For you tech savvy Christians out there, here are some great suggestions for iPhone apps.
  • Mark Driscoll, one of the most popular preachers in America today and great trainer of aspiring church planters reveals 16 things he looks for in a preacher.  Also, Kevin DeYoung explains about how storytelling and preaching should be different.  Stories are subtle, contain subtext and have many layers.  Sermons instead should be clear, direct, and proclaim undeniable truth.
  • The Gospel Coalition takes a look at the messiah complex of Lady Gaga and reveals why she falls short.
  • John Piper calls young adults to grow up and leave adolescence, or as he calls it, “adultolescence.”