Go to any street in any major population center in America and poll 100 people with the question, "What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'evangelical'?" Do you think that the response will be 'Oh! The people who love Jesus and their neighbors!'?
We all know that isn't what the response will be. It might concern politics, or scandal, or repression, or hate - and you might think they're wrong, that they were influenced by some bad gossip. I disagree. I think we've buried the lede.
It's time for the EV Church to get back on message and back on mission. Hijacked by political opportunists and celebrity hucksters, the Church has tried to nationalize its focus, politicize its mission, and demonize its opponents. That's not how the world is won to Christ.
We are a global community of the Faith with a message for all people everywhere. We come not as a threat in an effort to dominate but as servants sent with healing grace to saturate the world with the mercy of Jesus revealed in the Gospel.
No political party or socio-economic class defines us. No national border or interest confines us as every ethnicity & race of humankind is part of us. And if anyone maligns us, or trials refine us, may it be because we loved sacrificially & spoke faithfully, & walked humbly.
May God find his people once again known for deeds of love and mercy, a joyful and bold proclamation of the Good News of Jesus, wisdom that even when controversial is offered with kindness, and the witness of unified love for one another.

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31 Jan
No one but Jesus could both perfectly know us and perfectly love us. He does!
Arise, my soul, arise,
shake off your guilty fears:
the bleeding Sacrifice
in my behalf appears:
before the throne my Surety stands,
before the throne my Surety stands,
my name is written on his hands.
He ever lives above,
for me to intercede,
his all-redeeming love,
his precious blood to plead;
his blood atoned for ev'ry race,
his blood atoned for ev'ry race,
and sprinkles now the throne of grace.
Five bleeding wounds he bears,
received on Calvary;
they pour effectual prayers,
they strongly plead for me.
"Forgive him, O forgive," they cry,
"Forgive him, O forgive," they cry,
"nor let that ransomed sinner die!"
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26 Jan
Loved singing this hymn @RedeemerATX - great joy welled up & overflowed with every verse.
#hymns #Praise

1 Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord:
unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice;
tender to me the promise of his word;
in God my Savior shall my heart rejoice.
2 Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his name:
make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
his mercy sure, from age to age the same;
his holy name the Lord, the Mighty One.
3 Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might:
pow'rs and dominions lay their glory by;
proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.
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I'm going to be dealing out some TS Eliot 'Choruses from the Rock' over the next few nights. Let's get this started.

The Eagle soars in the summit of Heaven,
The Hunter with his dogs pursues his circuit.
O perpetual revolution of configured stars...
O perpetual recurrence of determined seasons,
O world of spring and autumn, birth and dying!
The endless cycle of idea and action,
Endless invention, endless experiment,
Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness;
Knowledge of speech, but not of silence;
Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word.
All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance,
All our ignorance brings us nearer to death,
But nearness to death no nearer to God.
Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
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What is expository pastoral preaching? Many years ago, I heard @JohnStott_ answer as follows: "To open up the inspired text with such faithfulness and sensitivity that God's voice is heard and God's people respond appropriately."

He went on to explain...
"This shows two convictions about the text, two requirements of the preacher, and two expectations of the message. First, the text is A) in need of being opened - as Philip did with the Ethiopian Eunuch, and B) inspired - it is God's Spirit-breathed word via man to mankind."
"Second, the messenger must show fidelity to the text, saying what it says, but must also do so in a way that meets those who hear where they are, in their culture and language, amid their concerns and true needs. At the intersection of fidelity and sensitivity, we would expect..
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25 Jan
1 Rejoice, the Lord is King:
your Lord and King adore!
Rejoice, give thanks, and sing,
and triumph evermore.

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice!
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!
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the God of truth and love;
when he had purged our stains,
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3 His kingdom cannot fail,
he rules o'er earth and heav'n;
the keys of death and hell
are to our Jesus giv'n. [Refrain]
4 He sits at God's right hand
till all his foes submit,
and bow to his command,
and fall beneath his feet. [Refrain]

5 Rejoice in glorious hope!
Our Lord, the Judge, shall come,
and take his servants up
to their eternal home. [Refrain]
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All human life is precious to God, fashioned by his hand, created in his image, and designed for eternal communion with him. From our mother's wombs, through the struggles of our years, and down to old age, he is guiding and caring for us.
So yes, as Christians we have sought to cherish the pre-born, rescue the orphan, feed and clothe the needy, protect those differently-abled and wounded, and likewise the elderly from neglect and abuse. We seek justice for all as image-bearers of the Almighty...
...and none of these issues may be Scripturally separated from each other.

From Rachel carrying 'nations' in her womb (Genesis 25) to Mary nourishing Christ in hers; from Mephibosheth's seat at the table to supper at Simon the Leper's house...
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