Take the time to read this today.

Today Was Supposed to Be My Wedding Day (from the Gospel Coalition blog)

May 26, 2012. It was supposed to be a momentous occasion—the day I would walk down the aisle in my mother’s lace wedding gown, peonies in hand, best friend at my side, family and friends looking on with joy. It was supposed to be the day I started a new chapter, the day my dreams would be fulfilled. Little did I know, God had other plans.

Marriage should represent Christ and the Church and this woman gets it.

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All she likes

I enjoy Christian hip-hop. My fiancée does not. Except for this song. (Luckily it is one of my favorites as well.) This song is a (very) quick exposition of Philippians by Trip Lee.

So here it is, the only Christian hip-hop we agree on.

I have toyed with the idea of starting a weekly post on Christian music, focusing on the lyrics since, well, I have absolutely no knowledge/talent/insight on any other aspects. We will see if it ever happens. As far as blogs go, the only thing I am sure of is that I am unsure when I will post again. Until then, I hope you enjoy this one.

Church

If I am to have any hope of loving my (future) wife in any meaningful way, I must continue to learn how Christ loves his Church and model my love by his example alone. However he loves his bride, that’s how I must love mine.

What is Sin?

“What makes sin sin is not first that it hurts people, but that it blasphemes God. This is the ultimate evil and the ultimate outrage in the universe.”

So what is sin?

“The glory of God not honored.
The holiness of God not reverenced.
The greatness of God not admired.
The power of God not praised.
The truth of God not sought.
The wisdom of God not esteemed.
The beauty of God not treasured.
The goodness of God not savored.
The faithfulness of God not trusted.
The promises of God not relied upon.
The commandments of God not obeyed.
The justice of God not respected.
The wrath of God not feared.
The grace of God not cherished.
The presence of God not prized.
The person of God not loved.”

That is sin.

John Piper, “The Greatest Thing in the World: an Overview of Romans 1-7,” September 2, 2001

By His stripes

What kind of man, being publicly humiliated and facing certain death, claims to be King of every nation and over all the Earth?

One who is.

Don’t get it twisted: Jesus was quoting Psalm 22 when he cried out from the cross, “”Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46 ESV). Why? Because he wanted us to know who he was.

“All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations. All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, even the one who could not keep himself alive. Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation; they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.” (Psalm 22:27-31 ESV)

What did he do?

“But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)

Jesus Christ “has done it” and, “it is finished.” (John 19:30)