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Whatsoever things are good.

Whatsoever things are good.

My blog has been unfortunately critical the past few days — and I do mean unfortunately. I’m quite eager to turn my attention away from Elevation Church and back to my series about converting to Lutheranism. I would rather spend more time teaching truth than attacking error. But it is a sad fact that error abounds in the modern church. Christians must engage this error thoughtfully, with careful…

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If you leave this instead of a tip, you have in fact left less than a tip. A tip is a voluntary monetary percentage of your bill, left as a gratuity for good service. Wait staff are usually paid as little as $2.13 an hour. Stiffing your waiter with one of these is saying to them “be warmed and fed” and then sending them away with nothing. If you pray for your meal, talk about Jesus, or leave a tract for your waiter, please tip at least %20. Even if they gave you terrible service, show them grace. But do not stiff your server if you mention Jesus. #tips #tipping #christianity #church #jesus #evangelism

If you leave this instead of a tip, you have in fact left less than a tip. A tip is a voluntary monetary percentage of your bill, left as a gratuity for good service. Wait staff are usually paid as little as $2.13 an hour. Stiffing your waiter with one of these is saying to them “be warmed and fed” and then sending them away with nothing. If you pray for your meal, talk about Jesus, or leave a tract for your waiter, please tip at least %20. Even if they gave you terrible service, show them grace. But do not stiff your server if you mention Jesus. #tips #tipping #christianity #church #jesus #evangelism



brujitamae:

skepticalwitch:

johnnyis:

About to go to lunch with a Wiccan. Prayers appreciated. I don’t have much experience sharing the gospel with Wiccans.

you better be paying if you’re going to wilfully try to change someone’s religion.

i mean i’d be pretty pissed off if you asked me out to lunch and i thought you were just being nice but you turned around and evangelised to me for 30 minutes and THEN FIND OUT I HAVE TO PAY TOO

better be somewhere good too. 

^^^^

unless “sharing the gospel” means you both talk about your religious views without trying to change the others views to your own, because then thats nice.

i hope thats what “sharing the gospel” means

even though thats probably not what it means

He asked me to have this discussion, he chose the place (Subway), I paid for lunch, and I spent the majority of the time asking questions about Wicca. I told him up front that I thought Christianity offered a more cogent view of the world and that Christianity was true in such a way as to make it exclusive; there was no pretense of “hey lets grab lunch just kidding turn to Romans 1.” Does that address your concerns?



God is not an elephant.

I’ve reflected today on an old story. You’ve probably heard it. It goes something like this:

Four blind men are in a room with an elephant. They each approach the elephant and feel it, so as to describe it to those around them. However, each man touches a…

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You know you have a quality wife when she’s bugging you to turn the debate between a Christian (James White, for those of you who are interested) and a Muslim (Jalal Abualrub) back on so she can hear it. 



samuelh98:

Scripture of the day James 1:5

And yet it doesn’t say that we should pray about whether or not the Book of Mormon is true. How odd…

samuelh98:

Scripture of the day James 1:5

And yet it doesn’t say that we should pray about whether or not the Book of Mormon is true. How odd…

(Source: samuelhernandez98)



By request.

By request.



Anonymous said: If Jesus is God and you believe in the Holy Trinity, then God Himself died on the cross, right? How can God Himself die for our sins to pay our ransom to Himself? Doesn't make sense.

Today in liturgical churches we celebrated the Festival of the Holy Trinity, so this is the perfect time to answer this question! 

In the Athanasian creed we confess that all three persons of the Trinity are God: The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Spirit is God. At the same time, there are not three gods, but one God. And yet each person is distinct: The Father is not the Son or the Spirit, the Son is not the Spirit or the Father, and the Spirit is not the Father or the Son. 

As each member of the Trinity is distinct and personal, so each distinct personality had a different part in our Salvation. God the Father was not on the Cross suffering for our sins, though He is just as involved in our salvation as the Son and the Spirit are. The Spirit was not born of the Virgin Mary, and yet He still is saving us. 

You’re right that if God died for our sins to pay a ransom to Himself (though He wasn’t paying a ransom to Himself, per se*), it wouldn’t make sense. This is because God, in the phrasing of your question, is only one person. But because God is three persons, then the Father can crush the Son. Does this make sense? Not perfectly, of course. The Trinity is a divine mystery. But the Holy Spirit gives us this confession of Jesus as Lord, revealing this three-in-one God in His Holy-Spirited-to-us Word, and so we confess this truth without professing to fully understand it. 

The sermon this morning was from Numbers 6:22-27, and it’s a beautiful passage. The Trinity has been working since before this Aaronic Benediction was given: The Father blesses and keeps us; the Son shows us how His face shines upon us, and is gracious and grace to us; the Spirit comforts us with the peace that God has lifted His countenance upon us and blessed us with all things in Christ Jesus.

In Christ,

Jonathan. 

* Galatians 4 may be helpful in understanding what Christ was redeeming us from.



A chat with an abortion advocate [REPOST]

I think it was a good way to start my 21st year on earth. She was campaigning for Elizabeth Colbert-Busch and I asked what Mrs. Colbert-Busch’s stance on abortion was.

“Elizabeth believes that abortion is a woman’s personal private choice.” Well this is…

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This is a sermon series I’m working on with my pastor. I’m so excited. I think I’ll be doing a documentary on this subject as well.