Thursday, October 22, 2020 Church 4
AIMING AT SHALOM : THE CHURCH’S MISSION OF JUSTICE AND MERCY BY RICH LUSK (This is an older article, originally published at Theologia.org in 2004.) Charles Spurgeon once quipped, “If you give a man the gospel, wrap it in a sandwich. And if you give a man a sandwich, wrap it in the gospel.” With those words, the great Baptist preacher captured the essence of the church’s mission in the world.
Wednesday, October 07, 2020 Church 125
Discipleship and the Visible Church By Rich Lusk This is an old article article, being republished for the blog. Discipleship is a vital dimension of the church’s life. The church’s motherly, nurturing role as discipler is indispensable. Indeed the church is the school of discipleship. We are enrolled in her school in baptism, educated in the word by her pastors and teachers, and fed at her table in the weekly covenant renewal service. Consider Calvin’s wisdom:
Wednesday, October 07, 2020 Church 252
From Public Church to Private Christian By Rich Lusk This is an old article article, being republished for the blog. It is critical for the church to understand the broader social trends that have undermined her existence as a public and visible community if she is going to act and react in appropriately biblical ways in our (post)modern situation. The progressive privatizing of religion needs to be sketched out more fully than will be done here, but a few critical points may be made.
Wednesday, October 07, 2020 Church 17
Orphan Care as a Christian Calling Rich Lusk This is an old article article, being republished for the blog. How does one become part of a family one was not born into? Adoption. One of the central privileges of the gospel is our adoption into the family of God. We are not children of God by nature; rather, we are by nature children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3). God, in his glorious grace, adopts us into his family through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:4-5). The eternal Son of God became the Son of Man and suffered and died for us, that we might become children of God, born again by the Spirit into a new family (John 1:12-13; 1 John 3:1). Now, as sons in union with the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, we cry out “Abba” to our Heavenly Father through the work of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:15). The Triune God has adopted us, inviting us into his shared life of love and has made a home for us in eternity (John 14:2-4). As adopted and dearly loved children, we have a place at God’s table. We can be assured he provides for our every need, carries our every burden, and protects us from every enemy.
Wednesday, October 07, 2020 Men & Women 18
Plucking and Cutting: An Examination of Matthew 5:27-32 Rich Lusk This is an old article article, being republished for the blog. While sex happens in private, it has public implications and so biblical law has quite a bit to say about it. We cannot keep God’s law out of our bedrooms. But neither can we keep God’s law out of our hearts. And so the Scripture also has quite a bit to say about sexual desire, most famously in Matthew 5:27-32.
Tuesday, October 06, 2020 Blog 12
Death as “Frenemy:” Beating the Grim Reaper’s Scythe into a Plowshare Rich Lusk This is an old article article, being republished for the blog. We spend a lot of time in the church talking about what it means to live like a Christian. But what does it mean to die like a Christian? If we are to follow Christ in life, what does it mean for us to follow him in death as well? How do we prepare ourselves for death, and ultimately for the day of judgment? Even though we like to pretend otherwise and ignore one of the most obvious facts in the universe, the truth is that we are all going to die. Every day the moment of death draws nearer for each of us. How should we live today in light of what a future tomorrow is sure to bring?
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Men & Women 69
Servant-leadership, as commonly understood in evangelical circles, has taken quite beating in recent years, and rightfully so. I have already addressed this issue in other places , but the problems should be spelled out more fully, especially for marriage.There are many Christian husbands who believe they are Jesus-like "servant leaders" when in reality they are abdicating their position as ruler of their households. There are many Christian wives who think they are submissive, when really their hearts are in rebellion against God's ordained authority structure and disrespectful towards the place Scripture assigns their husbands.