Wednesday, July 02, 2008

A New Preaching Tool

Here's Wordle. Below is my Wordle-ized sermon from last Sunday, entitled "Inadvertent Evangelism" (based on Matthew 10:40-42 - click to enlarge):

Seems appropriately Jesus-focused.

How about the Larger Westminster Catechism (top 500 words)?

Anyone else? Feel free to contribute yours in the comments!

[HT - Anthony Sacramone]

Monday, June 30, 2008

And Now, A Word From Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A true prophetic voice speaks to us even today:
It is a theological error of the first magnitude to exploit the doctrine of Christ the Mediator so as to justify direct relationships with the things of the world. It is sometimes argued that if Christ is the Mediator he has borne all the sin which underlies our direct relationships with the world and that he has justified us in them. Jesus has reconciled the world to God; we can then, it is supposed, return to the world and enjoy our direct relation with it with a good conscience - although that world is the very world which crucified Christ! This is to equate the love of God with the love of the world. The breach with the things of the world is now branded as a legalistic misinterpretation of the grace of God, the purpose of which, we fondly suppose, is to spare us the necessity of this very breach. The saying of Christ about hating our immediate relationships is thus turned into a cheerful affirmation of the "God-given realities of the world." Once again the justification of the sinner has become the justification of sin.1
1Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. The Cost Of Discipleship. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1995, p. 97.