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The reports are sickening. Over the past several days we have heard one story after another recounting the attacks of Muslim militants upon Christians in various parts of the middle east. These attacks are precipitated upon the terrorists’ belief that the conflict between the Western world and the Muslim world is a religious conflict. They are correct. Leaders in the West continue to portray this as an ideological battle, or a battle between democratic freedom and third-world ignorance. Secular Western leaders refuse to realize that the horrors which spill out of these idolatrous lands are the endgame of their heathen theology, and that it has always been this way. Christians in the Middle East are paying for this error with their lives.
So what are Christians supposed to do when we read these heart-sickening reports of the precious lives of our brothers and sisters and their children being cut down in brutal ways by the murderous and bloodthirsty worshiper of Allah? Well, primarily we pray the Psalms. Especially the ugly ones. Read more
More thoughts on April’s book of the Month The Holy Spirit, by Sinclair Ferguson…
As we saw in the last post, Ferguson’s book on the Holy Spirit is so helpful and valuable because he does not merely camp out on the subject of tongues and miracles and various spiritual gifts, but rather He provides a foundational study on what the Scriptures teach concerning the Third Person of the Trinity. We cannot answer questions about modern day manifestations of the Spirit’s work unless we first understand who He is and what His function is in the Godhead and the Church.
Having done that work, Ferguson then proceeds to explain exactly why the Great Schism between the Western and Eastern churches that took place in 1054 was not a silly split over theological minutiae, but was in fact a “really big deal” that continues to matter. Read more
James 1: 12-18