We Are Always Free to Follow Christ

This week’s installment from J. D. Greear comes from Chris Pappalardo, who shares an excerpt from Nik Ripken’s Insanity of God. Here’s an excerpt of Chris’s post, which introduces the lengthy excerpt from Ripken.

Years ago, while living in an overwhelmingly Muslim country, I (Chris) was privileged to hear a talk from Nik Ripken about the persecuted church throughout the world. That talk was both challenging and encouraging, and kept me hopeful during some dark trials of faith.

 

Ripken has shared many of those stories in his Insanity of Godan appropriately named title for some of the downright crazy things God is doing today. One theme that comes up—again and again and again—is the possibility of freedom even in the midst of persecution. We are always free to follow Christ. That’s a lesson we need to cling to, even here in the United States.

Read the full post here.

Understanding the Deity & Humanity of Christ

In this edition of Exploring Hope, Jamie Dew talks with Steve McKinion, Associate Professor of Theology and Patristic Studies at Southeastern, about the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ. Is God schizophrenic? Do we get a third entity from the deity and humanity? Or does his deity and humanity make sense of both together?

In Case You Missed It

1) Justin Taylor offers a bio of Clementa C. Pinckney, the slain pastor of Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC. Let us pray for God’s comfort and healing for this church and city.

2) At RNS, Trevin Wax discusses the declining numbers at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. What do they mean in light of other numbers and trends?

3) The editors of The Stream, a helpful new website covering theology, politics, economics, and culture, describe 11 things you won’t hear from the media about Pope Francis’s recent encyclical.

4) At First Things, Timothy George describes the gimmicks that do not fit within ministry of the gospel of God.

5) From the Baptist Press, the current and several former SBC presidents united in a joint statement on the nature of Christian marriage.