Couldn’t have put it better than Julie did. This is a must-read.
It’s finals time. My goal is to have all of them done by Thursday afternoon so that I can cook and clean for a house guest that will be here for the weekend, so after the end of the semester, I’ll have some new material up on the blog.
Also, I saw this article by Kevin DeYoung and wanted to pass it along.
But, in the meantime…
A friend recently sent me some notes he took during a sermon at his church. Here’s what he sent me:
- It’s easy to pick someone [as a spouse] to have fun with, but it’s more important to chose someone you want to go thru hardship with.
- My responsibility in marriage is to guard our oneness.
- The biggest enemy of marriage is selfishness.
- We get into trouble when WE decide what parts of scripture are relevant.
- Learning to pursue God indicates the ability to pursue our spouses.
The trouble, in short, is that none of these takeaways require a crucified and risen Savior.
Let me put it another way: can an atheist create a list like this (with, of course, the exception of the final point)? Can the final point be made by a Jewish person just as easily as a Christian person? I still maintain that if the sermon’s punchline is not repentance and the forgiveness of sins in Christ, it is not a distinctly Christian sermon.