Archive for December, 2009

Reflections on the incarnation

24 December 2009

How would you answer the question: Why did Jesus become a man?

There are lots of angles to answer this question from, but here is one. Jesus became a man for me. He did so because there was no other way for me to be acceptable in God’s sight. God demands perfection, holiness, and spotless righteousness. The Son has always had these things. He didn’t need to prove it or earn it by becoming a man. Whereas I, on the other hand, could never have or attain these things on my own. But the Son having these things doesn’t mean he can merely give them to me or offer them to me, because he is God and I am human. If I am to have a perfect holy righteousness, it must be human. To receive such a thing from God, he must be human.

And so, God the Son became a man, Jesus Christ. As a man he live a perfect, righteous, and holy life, not for himself, but for me. Not to make himself acceptable to God, but that I might be acceptable before God.

Oh the wonder of the incarnation!

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Reflections on America

23 December 2009

We are spending a few weeks with family over Christmas and New Year back in America. Having lived in Edinburgh for 5.5 years now, some things stand out more than they ever have. Here are a few of my initial thoughts:

– There are churches everywhere here, and they are big. I’m not sure what the content found in each is, but the buildings are very nice.

– Having spent a few days driving to go to a friend’s wedding it seems that people don’t realise their cars have turn indicators that can be used to alert other drivers that they will be turning/changing lanes. It also seems that when you use your own turn indicators that other people are unaware of what they mean exactly. Initial thoughts are that people in Britain are better drivers overall.

– Not everything is bigger in Texas, toilet roll squares are smaller. Must be a conservation effort or something.

– I don’t know that I’d have to drive more than 5 minutes from any point in Texas to find a mexican restaurant (this is nice).

– I have not yet talked with anyone that thinks the health care bill is a good thing. At some point I remember hearing something to the effect of “by the people, for the people.” Not sure how that is working out here.

– Petrol is enjoyably cheaper here.

– The temptation to buy things is greater because stuff, not groceries though, is generally much cheaper (I did cave in once so far and picked up a Buzz Lightyear shirt for Elijah for $1.74!).

– You now have to pay to check bags on domestic air flights (I think we’ll up the count of our carry-ons next time).

Tomorrow I hope to post some reflections on the incarnation, which should be more helpful than today’s.

When is it a crime to eat?

7 December 2009

When it is on TV. This is ridiculous. Do people not think that the meat we eat from the grocery store was once an animal that was killed by someone. If one went merely by news headlines it would seem animal life is more precious than human life. Let’s read Genesis 9.1-6 again. When God is forgotten, the image of God is forgotten, and with that goes the sanctity of life.

9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. 2 The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. 4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. 5 And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.

6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man,
by man shall his blood be shed,
for God made man in his own image.

9Marks Conference in Edinburgh

3 December 2009

Mid-February will see Charlotte Chapel holding a 9Marks conference with Mark Dever speaking. If you are involved at any level in the leadership of your church it would certainly be worth attending.

Surprised?

1 December 2009

It seems evolutionists are surprised when someone who believes in a God who creates sees this information in support of our belief. What exactly should we be looking for if nothing that we observe or have learned points to a Creator?

But, we should remember, someone believing in a creator or intelligent design is not ultimately the issue. It is seeing one’s need for Christ. If the scientific world ever concedes that evolution is false, they will pick another idol before turning to the true God. What is needed is the power that creates light where there is darkness, and that the glory of God might be seen in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 4.6).

More on baptism…

1 December 2009

but not from me. I’ve been intrigued at the in-house debate of whether or not a credobaptist can use the  word ‘reformed’ to describe himself or herself. Richard Muller and R. Scott Clark would be two of the leading voices prohibiting the use of this word in this way. If you’ve listened to James Dolezal’s defence of credobaptism, he says he is credobaptist because he is reformed. Anyhow, here is a helpful article by Michael Haykin on this from an historical point of view.