Around the Web – July 20, 2012

How Faith Works: The volcanic issue of “Lordship Salvation” is still emitting the smoke and fumes of controversy.This article is republished from 1989. We link to it here because the topic is a burning issue to some of our friends and a bane to others. The article attempts to strike a balance between two opposing views. Probably everyone will find some point or other with which to disagree, but the article is worth your attention if you are interested in the debate. It is also worth reading simply for its views on sanctification, regardless of the debate.

Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved? A column from the NYTimes Sunday Review on the decline of the Episcopal Church as it seeks to be more ‘relevant’. There seems to always be a temptation for churches to follow the world’s lead in order to follow the will o’ wisp idea of relevancy. When one loses focus on the mission (preach the word, make disciples), one loses the whole reason for one’s existence.

“What should be wished for, instead, is that liberal Christianity recovers a religious reason for its own existence.”

“Today, by contrast, the leaders of the Episcopal Church and similar bodies often don’t seem to be offering anything you can’t already get from a purely secular liberalism.”

Last, something truly edifying and refreshing:

The testimony of James M. Boice, offered in his church, 10th Presbyterian of Philadelphia, upon his diagnosis of his soon to be terminal liver cancer. The testimony was offered prior to the call to worship he issued on one of his last Sunday’s in the church. Well worth reading, the edifying words of a Christian gentleman. HT: Theologically Driven

Proverbs 22.17-21 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. 18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips. 19 That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.

We look into current affairs, the teaching of men, and most of all the word of God so that we might truly put all our trust in God, the all-wise counselor who knows the end of all these things from the beginning.