been listening to Todd Friel of Wretched Radio. Very intriguing guy. Puts James White to shame in fast-talking. I like him, but I thought he came down hard on Doug Pagitt. He's introduced me to Paul Washer. Very inspiring preacher, and I feel more than a little convicted.
Also been listening to Tony Campolo. Tony really annoys me. Where's the Gospel? He wants marriage to be defined as a man and a woman, and only to happen in the Church, since it's a religious thing. But the state can have any kind of civil union they like. And the two should be kept separate. This is how Tony can have is cake and eat it too. He can uphold marriage, and appease the homosexuals, and be dogmatic about both.
Here's what I'm convicted on. 1. Ending sentences prepositions with. 2. Not witnessing. All my life I've been allergic to this term, as much so as to "accountable". But Jesus said we'd be his witnesses. The Greek for witness is marturon, or martyr. Go figure. You don't have to be a freak to witness--you can make a connection. In fact, it's *all about* making connections. But then it's *all about* bringing the conversation to a point: what are you going to do about your sin, and what are you going to do about Jesus. You can be pointed *and* friendly. You can be humble and keep control.
What does a church need to be healthy. Preach the Gospel. What about the Law? Do we need it? Well, it's a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. Well, now that we're in Christ, do we still need the schoolmaster. I think so. We need to constantly get from Romans 7 to Romans 8, and the key element of Romans 7 is the Law. So the question is do we need to get *to* Romans 7, or are we already there, and just need to concentrate on Romans 8? I'm suspecting that we need to realize that in unsanctified parts of our lives, we must realize we *are* in Romans 7, and then we must agree with God quickly, and say, "So then, with my mind I am a slave to God's law, but in the flesh I am a slave to the law of sin. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."