“One must without any doubt understand the words of psalms to shed light on the preaching on Gospel preaching: no matter who the person was by which the Spirit prophetically spoke, everything must be related to the understanding of the arrival, incarnation, passion, and reign of our Lord Jesus Christ, to the glory and to the power of our resurrection”
David Brooks at the NYTimes called The Benedict Option “the most discussed and most important religious book of the decade.” Over at The Week, Damon Linker wrote that The Benedict Option “may be the most important statement of its kind since Richard John Neuhaus’ The Naked Public Square, the 1984 book that Dreher’s implicitly seeks to supplant.”
The plethora of reviews written for The Benedict Option (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and probably many more) as well as the various discussions and controversies surrounding the book prove just how discussed The Benedict Option is. The internet, it seems, is alive with the sound of The Benedict Option.
For my part, I believe that Rod Dreher has correctly diagnosed our times but has prescribed the wrong medicine. Instead of retreating into Christian communities to create a Christian cultural witness, we need to return to a New Testament Gospel witness. But before I get to that, let’s start with what Dreher gets right. [Read more…] about The Gospel Option: An Evangelical Response to the Benedict Option
Paul Carter is preaching his third and final message at the Muskoka Bible Centre’s Men’s Breakaway retreat. He is speaking on the life of Joseph.
~ 9:51 Paul begins his talk by discussing how the Old Testament applies to Christians. In 1 Cor 10:11, Paul tells the church that the Old Testament is written for them: “Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.”
Paul Carter is preaching his second message at the Muskoka Bible Centre’s Men’s Breakaway retreat. He has chosen to preach the unusual story of Genesis 38, in which Judah sleeps with a prostitute who turns out to be his daughter-in-law. This is not the passage that someone generally uses for a family devotional!
For Peter’s second session at Muskoka Bible Centre’s Men’s Breakaway conference, Peter provides Biblical principles to overcome sin. Our primary zeal should be to honour God.
11:24 What are we fighting against? We are not fighting against sin, but we are fighting to “see the beauty and glory of Christ more clearly so that our souls may find satisfaction in him”
11:27 We are in a war; so we need to have war-like mentality. The war is internal (sinful flesh) and external: the world and the devil.
In North America, Satan puts people to sleep to get the people of God. Relax on the couch. “You are not in a spiritual war.” But we are in a war until Christ returns.
1 Pet 2:11: “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.”
Muskoka Bible Centre is hosting a Men’s Breakaway conference in Ontario. Peter Mahaffey, Assistant Minister of Grace Fellowship Church and part of Strength to Fight and part of Strength to Fight, is one of the two speakers this weekend. I’ll be live blogging the sessions (or at least many of them!).
Peter Mahaffey ministers to those who struggle with using pornography, and he is presenting on this difficult subject now. [Read more…] about Men’s Breakaway Liveblog 2 | Peter Mahaffey