“A truly ‘saved soul’ will look different—not only by telling people they’re sinners who need Jesus to escape Hell, but by reflecting a different way of viewing and responding to the world—a restorative, reconciling, life-giving way. The gospel is not summed up by the Four Spiritual Laws, helpful as those may sometimes be, but was summed up by Jesus Himself to the crowds: ‘Repent [turn from your old life and trust in Jesus], for the Kingdom of God is at hand [live like you have a different King]!'”
“The non-believing Thessalonian Jews didn’t actually care if the Bible and Paul’s teaching lined up with each other. They just didn’t want their own private gig, whatever that was exactly, to be threatened. And this same kind of thing is still happening today…The people opposing Paul in this passage (and in many other passages in Acts) were not, first and foremost, the surrounding pagan culture, but his own people.”
Back in the day, before we all forgot how to write by hand at all, it was common to hear a person laughing at their inability to read their own handwriting. Now almost no one can read almost anyone’s handwriting, but it rarely matters because we all type all the time.
I say, it rarely matters, because last week I put an item “to do” this week in my to-do list app on my phone, and while I can read the actual words just fine, I have no idea what it means.
Also, you may have noticed, the church I currently pastor now has a podcast of the (mostly my) sermons. I submitted the feed to apple podcasts for, well, approval, and yesterday I received it–inexplicably, in French. So happy to know my approval is now spanning language barriers.
Fortunately, I can read French. Also fortunately, if you were hoping to subscribe to the podcast and you yourself don’t know French, the podcast remains in English.
“This week I’ve been reminded of Jesus’ words to His disciples that everyone would know they were His because of how they love each other. Usually when I think about that verse, I roll my eyes and say to myself, ‘Yeah, right. We’re so great at that.’ I think about this a lot in connection with that verse about everyone knowing who Jesus’ people are because they love each other. But this week that verse was presented to me a little differently—not as a description of what is but of what mustbe, almost like a command. Like, You will love each other, so the world will know the only possible way that could happen is because you’re My disciples.'”