Thursday, April 16, 2009

Rick Warren on Gay Marriage

A couple of hours ago a friend of mine told me that Rick Warren said on Larry King that he was not against gay marriage. I am not a huge fan of Rick Warren's but I know a few things about him and I found this very hard to believe.

So I looked up the video online and found that he said "I am not an anti-gay-marriage ACTIVIST" but then he went on to say that he was for traditional marriage and that he encouraged his church to vote for Proposition 8. But he never attended rallies, wrote opinion pieces, etc., the kinds of things that activists do.

He did go on to say some things that are questionable but I think I get what he was saying and I for one am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Here's the video, please watch it for yourself before you criticize him or pass things on that you've heard others say. By posting the video here, I am not endorsing what he said, I am simply seeking good listening and charitable criticism in the Body of Christ.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Developing a Passion for the Truth

William Gurnall (see reference below), in speaking of developing a passion for the truth, writes this:

"Great ships cannot sail in narrow rivers or shallow waters; and neither can minds full of heavenly knowledge of God find room to move about freely in the world's philosophies. A gracious soul soon runs aground upon these flats; but let it launch out into the meditation of God, His Word, and the mysterious truths of the gospel, and he finds a place of broad waters, an ocean to lose himself in" (vol. 2, 43).

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Craving for God is a Sign of Health

Lately I've been reading a good old book called The Christian in Complete Armor, Vol. 1 (Banner of Truth, Carlisle, PA: 1986). It was written in 1655 by William Gurnall and it has fast become one of my favorite Puritan works. Oh how I pray that you will join me in reading old books! Newer books, especially popular ones, will not by and large stand the test of time, but these have and so they are worth reading.

Here's one of my favorite quotes from today: "To hunger and thirst after righteousness is a sign of health, for the craving soul is a thriving soul. On the other hand, the soul that does not constantly cry out to God for spiritual food will grow weaker by the day" (253).

May the Lord grant us craving souls!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Rejoicing in the Mercy of God

Each week I write a little article for our church's e-newsletter, and lately I've been basing my articles on Arthur Pink's little book, "The Attributes of God." This week's chapter is entitled "The Mercy of God," and having spent some time meditating on it, first as a theological truth and then as a sinner saved by grace who has received so much mercy fro God, I am lost in love for Him! "Oh the Lord is great and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable!" (Ps 145:3).

Why don't you take a little time today to think about how merciful God has been to you, even if life has been hard at times? And why not join with the Psalmist and "sing aloud of his mercy!" (Ps 59:16)?