The reason God saves sinful man

Albert Barnes writes: For the promotion of His own honour and glory; that it might be seen that He is powerful and merciful. This is constantly give as the reason why God saves men; why He forgives sin; why He redeems the soul; why He delivers from danger and death. …This is the highest reason which can be assigned for pardoning and saving sinners” (BN, Psalms, Vol.3, p.104)

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The SBC is Hemorrhaging while we stand by idle

Excellent piece today from Jared Moore. Take some time to read it.

The SBC is Hemorrhaging.

We, being those of the SBC, are doing nothing about it. Replacing the proclamation of the word of God with dramatic thematic shows. But those who hold a dear view of expository preaching, and yes, I do mean preaching Christ crucified, and making the point the main point (thank you John Piper), would rather not ruffle the feathers of the those who clamor for more entertainment. Sunday morning worship begins and ends with our musical (um, choir) presentations.

I’m not at all advocating Sunday morning worship without music, or singing lustily (thank you Charles Wesley) unto the Lord. But I would much rather sing to the Lord than to be sung to.

“For every sout…

“For every southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it’s still not yet two o’clock on that July afternoon in 1863, the brigades are in position behind the rail fence, the guns are laid and ready in the woods and the furled flags are already loosened to break out and Pickett himself with his long oiled ringlets and his hat in one hand probably and his sword in the other looking up the hill waiting for Longstreet to give the word and it’s all in the balance, it hasn’t happened yet, it hasn’t even begun yet, it not only hasn’t begun yet but there is still time for it not to begin against that position and those circumstances . . . that moment doesn’t need even a fourteen year-old boy to think This time. Maybe this time with all this much to lose and all this much to gain: Pennsylvania, Maryland, the world, the gold dome of Washington itself . . .”

William Faulkner, Intruder in the Dust

Worthiness

Worthiness consists chiefly in faith, which reposes all things in Christ, but nothing in ourselves; secondly in love – and that very love which, though imperfect, is enough to offer to God, that he may increase it to something better, inasmuch as it cannot be offered in completeness”

John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion 4.17.42