Quick Takes – 6/28/2008

Josh Etter quotes William Temple on salvation. “All is of God; the only thing of my very own which I contribute to my redemption is the sin from which I need to be redeemed.”

Tullian Tchividjian quotes Nicholas Berdyaev on beauty in the world. “All beauty in the world is either a memory of Paradise or a prophecy of the transfigured world.”

Jon Bloom looks at the miracle of Jesus feeding the five thousand. “When Jesus performed this wonder, he was giving Philip, the disciples, the boy, the crowd, and us a crucial lesson in kingdom supply-side economics. Namely, that God will supply every need of ours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). If we really believe this, our worries are over.”

Jeana shares ten things that don’t make sense to her. Here are the first few on her list. “1. How having four children quadrupled the love I have for my kids instead of dividing it into four. 2. How focusing on meeting my husband’s needs results in my needs getting met. 3. Why having a lot of ‘me’ time tends to make me more self-centered, not less. 4. Why serving other people makes me more content, not less.”

Justin Childers challenges you to figure out one intentional way to serve your church today. Here are a couple of his suggestions. “1. Call a member of your church that was not at church on Sunday (for whatever reason). Tell them you missed seeing them and summarize your pastor’s sermon for them. 2. Call or e-mail a family in your church with young children and offer to babysit for a few hours 3. Call an older member of your church and offer to bring lunch over to their house tomorrow.”

Michael Patton at Theological Word of the Day provides a helpful definition for theism. “Worldview that believes that an eternal God freely created all of existence (time, space, matter, celestial realms and bodies) out of nothing (ex nihilo) and that he continues to act within the creation in varying degrees. This is to be contrasted with atheism (the belief that there is no God), pantheism (the belief that all is God), polytheism (the belief in many gods), and deism (the belief that God does not interact with creation).”

Joe Carter reflects on celestial teapots, flying spaghetti monsters, and other silly atheist arguments. “Why exactly we are to prefer an unintelligent designer to an intelligent one is one of the questions that remains unanswered. Obviously, not all atheists believe that arguments must be intelligently designed; but that does not mean that arguments for intelligent design are without merit. Perhaps if they used their noodles for something other than creating spaghetti creatures they’d see that obvious point for themselves.”

Ken Keathley relates the interesting story concerning Jesse James and church discipline. “Jesse was a member in good standing when he led the first daylight bank robbery in Liberty, Missouri, a town about ten miles away. The church minutes record that deliberations to discipline Jesse were complicated by the concern that he might burn down the building … Two deacons were selected to go to confront him according to the guidelines of Matthew 18. The minutes of the next business meeting report that, for one reason or another, the deacons never could find the time to visit the notorious bandit. Then the minutes report that Jesse himself arrived at the meeting, and wishing to cause no embarrassment to the congregation, requested his name be removed from the roll. The church obliged.”

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