Monday, November 21, 2016

3 things

  • This post from Peter Leithart at First Things. In Evangelical circles the Gospel and the doctrine of justification are frequently confused. The former contains the latter. I think it's important to be clear on this.
  • David said, "My soul thirsts for God as in a dry and weary land." This land, the land called here and now, is that dry and weary land. We live in a world where the primary attitude toward God, if you are a believer like David, must be to thirst for Him. God is not more imminent just because the band played some soulful chords at worship on Sunday morning. Worship doesn't "bring God down" but it helps us discover we are thirsty. 
  • If you were college age back in the 70s, you might remember the art house theaters showing Casablanca and The Third Man and other classic films of the 30s and 40s. What seems odd to me now, though, is that the movies of the 70s, like The Godfather and Jaws, etc., are more distant to us now than Casablanca was to us then. Maybe it's just me, but that comes as something of a surprise. Even in the 70s Casablanca seemed very old. It came to us out of history. But Jaws still seems a movie of our time. I think this all has something to do with getting old.

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