December 2010

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Much to say but little time to say it these days. Life has been busy and full! Hope to be posting here more consistently soon.




When Has a Preacher Crossed the Line into Plagiarism in His Sermon?

D. A. Carson, When Has a Preacher Crossed the Line into Plagiarism in His Sermon?

He begins with these words:

First: Taking over another sermon and preaching it as if it were yours is always and unequivocally wrong, and if you do it you should resign or be fired immediately.

Thank you. I loathe websites like where pastors can straight up download others sermons. I think the word Martyn Lloyd-Jones would use is "abomination". 




Stupid Commentators

1 Timothy 2:5 reads, "For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." Henry Alford comments:

The stupidity of such writers as Baur and the Socinians, who regard such an expression as against the deity of Christ, is beyond all power of mine to characterize.

Love it. Commentators just don't write this way anymore! Let us not be so enamored with "political correctness" or with "academic respectability" that we refuse to call a spade a spade.

The rejection of God is foolishness, stupidity. Read Psalm 14:1 and Romans 1! The rejection of Jesus Christ as God in human flesh is indeed the indication of a darkened mind. At least that's what Jesus said.

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. (John 3:19-20)

1 Timothy 2:5 says Jesus himself is indeed fully man. As man, he is fully capable to be our intermediary to represent us before God. The text says nothing about his divinity. The glorious truth is that he is both! His divinity neither affects his humanity, neither does his humanity affect his divinity.

We do people no favor when we give them illusion that their rejection of Christ is either a morally neutral or intellectually respectable decision.




What Shall We Do? Responding to trying times

"What shall we do?"

This is the question that I keep finding myself coming back to. What are we to do in life / in ministry when things do not seem to be going exactly as planned? What are we to do when the numbers are dropping instead of rising? Is it me? Is it this? Is it that? 

What shall we do? It is neither helpful nor wise to be constantly recalculating your trajectory. This leads nowhere...quite literally. There will never be any progress forward if you are constantly worried about whether you're going the right way!

What shall we do?  Shall we perpetually doubt ourselves and live in the fear of doing something wrong and offending someone? This will neither honor the Lord nor help God's people.

What shall we do? Faithfulness. Know your duty, do it well, and trust in God to work.

The fear of the Lord is preciously liberating! It is liberating to know he calls us to faithfulness and not success. It is liberating to know I am called to obey the Lord and let him take care of the results. When I know my duty and fear the Lord, it matters not how many detractors say we are going the wrong way.

I am increasingly convinced that radical faithfulness is the key, and this means I think in terms of years and decades, rather than months and weeks.

I am desperate indeed that God work and bless the ministry here, to open eyes and awake the dead. I desire more than anything that Jesus be glorified as the gospel powerfully transforms hearts and lives. I am learning to faithfully care for this precious people God has entrusted to me. 

May he strengthen us for this task! "God does not choose anyone who is worthy, but in choosing him renders him worthy." (Augustine, cf. 1Ti 1:12-13)

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Matt Hauck (郝柏昇)

A once enemy now son, forgiven and freed by Jesus' blood, adopted and called by grace for glory.   (more...)