Tag Archives: Suffering

Ephesians 2:8-10

We ended the last post affirming that God was the active agent in our salvation and that our salvation was primarily for His glory and then our joy in Him.

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9/11 Reflections

Where were you when the world stopped turning? This is the question that Trevin Wax asked his readers on his blog. Trevin also asked some of the leading pastors about their thoughts on ministry in a Post-9/11 World. Tim Keller did an excellent job addressing the issues of suffering, hope, and God’s sovereignty over 9/11 for The Gospel Coalition. Crossway had a series of posts based on R.C. Sproul’s book When Worlds Collide: Where is God?, asking Was 9/11 A Senseless Tragedy?, discussing this tragic event’s effect on Moral Relativism, and how 9/11 Shows the Value of Human Life. And Russell Moore does an absolutely outstanding job discussing The Gospel at Ground Zero for Christianity Today.

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Suffering, Hope, and God’s Sovereignty Over 9/11

Below is an excerpt from an article by John Starke of The Gospel Coalition. I would highly encourage you to read the whole thing. Reading articles like this is important because it shows us how God still sovereignly works throughout history to prepare His people to be a light toward those around them, even in the darkest of times.

The smell. That’s what everyone in New York City remembers from that horrible day 10 years ago.

“There was a strange smell hanging in the air, which was some strange putrid burnt chemical smell,” one resident remembers. “The air felt thick and unclean to breathe. The smell lasted for weeks.” Those in New York during the September 11 attacks all have vivid memories of watching the smoke-spewing towers, fleeing the chaos in Lower Manhattan, or fearing for friends and family who worked in the business district. But everyone I talked to remembers the smell.

“I remember the smoke from downtown, visible everywhere for days,” recalls Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. “And the stench, the unique smell that also lasted for days. You could smell it everywhere. No one asked what the smell came from. We didn’t want to know.”

Read the rest at The Gospel Coalition.

Ephesians 2:4-7

So we ended the last blog saying that we are hopeless in and of ourselves, but there is hope. How does that work? How do we who are hopeless in and of ourselves still have hope? The only way that hopeless people can have hope is if someone outside of our hopeless situation extends hope to us. The only way that dead people can come to life is if something supernatural occurs and Someone outside of humanity breathes life into a corpse. This is our Hope.

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The Message Is the Medium

An excerpt from The Gospel Coalition:

The medium is the message. This is the idea Neil Postman popularized 25 years ago when he dropped his literary bombshell, Amusing Ourselves to Death.

Obviously we Americans could do with less entertainment, whether it’s Netflix, FarmVille, or our insatiable appetite for sports. But Postman wasn’t critiquing entertainment per se; he was critiquing our attempts to deal with serious matters through it. His thesis: We live in an age not of exposition but of entertainment, making thoughtful interaction essentially impossible, since light media can’t support serious ideas.

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