1. So, I go to Christian Post, and John Piper’s message this week is, “Did the Death of Jesus Accomplish Anything for the Non-Elect?”
He begins by saying,“It’s amazing how frequently that question is coming up recently.”
Really? What world are these people living in?
2. The more I think about the upcoming presidential election, the more I am convinced what we will have is a choice between two people completely committed to statism, one who is center-left and the other who is center-right.
Is this much of a choice? Will it make much of a difference?
3. I must confess my absolutely un-Christian loathing for the Miami Heat.
“Father, forgive me for I have sinned…
“But, Lord, mayest thou bless the Oklahoma City Thunder as thou didst blest thy holy hand grenade, that they might be the instruments of thy holy wrath in the NBA Finals and blow thine enemies to bits. In thy mercy.”
4. I am really digging using my new Google Chromebook to write the blog. My Macbook’s hard drive bit the dust a couple of weeks ago, and I decided to get something inexpensive and devote it to internet use, storing everything on the cloud.
We’ll still have to come up with another solution eventually to handle music, iPhone and iPod synching, and perhaps some larger storage issues (like pictures), but for now and for blogging and web-based usage, this little machine is swift and sweet.
5. Oh, I can’t stop with just one Christian Post story. That site is a veritable gold mine of evangelical craziness. I hereby raise a glass to Ed Young for continuing the constant drumbeat of moralistic pietism with, “Eliminating Vulgarity Key to Restoring Relationship With Christ.”
Then there’s the always reliable Dan Deizell with another question that comes straight out of the revivalist, “Wretched Urgency” mentality: “Can Deliberate Sin Negate Your Conversion Experience?”
And, are churches still really talking about tithing?
6. I received an email from a renowned author and NT scholar last week. He wanted to comment on some of the discussion regarding the Sermon on the Mount we had. Here’s what he wrote:
Mercy, I’m surprised how many of your readers don’t want the Sermon on the Mount to do what it does: do what Jesus says. It ends with a call to do. The theological overlay, Lutheran and Calvinist, concerns me in those readers.
By the way, Luther’s Sermon on the Mount commentary does not do that at all. He does not say it has to do with the Law raised to the highest level in order to reveal sinfulness. I read the whole thing; not sure he says it at all in that little commentary. Nor does Calvin’s. That so-called Lutheran view, while it may be found somewhere in Luther, is not so much Luther but later Lutheranism and is a theology gone astray. Bonhoeffer said that.
Bonhoeffer’s Sermon blows apart the distinction of justification and sanctification.
I’m thinking we are going to be having more posts on the Sermon on the Mount. To really understand Jesus, we have to get that message right.
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7. I can’t wait to go camping in northern Indiana this weekend. The only thing I dread is that the temperature is supposed to be in the low 90′s. Away from the phone, away from the computer, away from the television, away from the daily grind — and can’t wait to just spend relaxed time with the family and friends.
Jeff will be watching over Internet Monk Saturday and Sunday.
Oh, and thanks to all of you for your words of encouragement on Monday about peeling myself off the wall that I so unceremoniously hit last week.