For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.
-- 2 Corinthians 11:4
Jude tells us to contend for the faith, and I think this contention can take a variety of forms. The meaning I hear most conveyed today is "debating with nonbelievers." But some of us are trying to contend for the faith within the community ostensibly grounded in the faith, fighting against the prevalence of a different gospel that is being "put up with readily enough," and in that niche of trying to "rightly divide" without causing division . . . well, there lies exhaustion.
Cue the Debbie Downer wah-wah.
Here are some quality links to get your week started off right . . .
Trevin Wax: Why We Are Pro-Life
Must-read: Bill Kinnon on "A Certain Kind of Christian"
John Piper on "A Kind of Cold You Don't Play With"
J.D. Hatfield with a critical appraisal of "The Power of Praise"
Mark Dever on biblical church growth
Also: Dever on how to reform the church in the face of opposition
Good luck with that.
Starting tomorrow, I'm going to be taking a break from the internet for the rest of the week. Will still access my primary email account, so for those of you who have it, you should use that one rather my Yahoo addy if you need to reach me.
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
-- Jude 1:24-25