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Handing Over the Goods

April 10, 2008

I just received the latest issue of “Logia” under the theme of “Evangelicalism.” James Nestingen wrote the first article and it really struck me. Here is a portion of the final paragraph:

The days when the church could set out the means of grace and then rely on public religiosity to keep people in range of a congregation are long gone. But blaming the lost sheep for being lost and then challenging them to find themselves in the detritus provides no alternative. Rather, the Triune God’s empowering of the word by his Spirit frees its speakers from self-reliance and all of the apprehension that goes with it to hand over the goods — to speak freely, openly, confidently to anyone who will listen. Sinners are premium. By just such speaking, the Holy Spirit calls, gathers, enlightens, sanctifies, and keeps.

I especially like the line about how “blaming the lost sheep for being lost” and telling them to find the answer themselves is not the way to go about it. Good stuff! I’m excited to read the rest of this issue.

From → Theology

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