What are your favourite Onion stories? Here are some of mine…
What are your favourite Onion stories? Here are some of mine…
— Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) July 12, 2014
Feeling lonely and afflicted? The LORD Jesus guards u, rescues u, frees u, confides in u & forgives all your sins. #Psalm25 #EnjoyYourDay
I prefer burial to cremation but I wouldn’t go to the stake over it.
That was genuinely my pastoral advice to an older saint today. Just so you know who you can trust with your thorny moral dilemmas.
He’s King on high, the Seed to come, ‘God with u’, yr Sanctuary, heaven’s gift, yr Counsellor, God, Father & Prince Isaiah6-9 #EnjoyYourDay
He’s plunged down into our death & burst through into His life. His very being is an offer: to take our death & give His life. #EnjoyYourDay
Curious. It seems that the less I tweet the less people accidentally unfollow me.
So embarrassing when you stare into the abyss and the abyss stares back at you so you wave but the abyss was staring at the dude behind you.
— Keri (@kerihw) July 14, 2014
3 pts from Keller’s latest sermon: Yr bad things are being worked for good, Yr good things can never be taken away, the best is yet to come
“I’m a kiddy doctor but you can call me Pediatric Ian”
God gives us Everything (His Son) and then gives us the Appreciation of Everything (His Spirit) 1Cor2:12. All for free. #EnjoyYourDay
The exclusivity of Christ is such good news. There is no unChristlikeness in God whatsoever. God is none other than who we see in *Jesus*
Christians LOVE God’s #oneness. We worship someone called “the One and Only” And He’s “one” with “the only true God” (Jn1:18;10:30;17:3)
Cardinal Newman: John Henry’s altar ego
‘Everything that can be shaken will be removed’ but ‘underneath are the everlasting arms.’ #Perspective #EnjoyYourDay
If the Bible is united by a *plan* of salvation, the gospel becomes “Get with the programme.” If it’s a Person, the gospel is “Get Him.”
Just heard about a strict baptist church with a single member. That’s a bad reading of John 17:22.
“I’m loving Bill’s Rasputin-Jesus idea, also Jenny’s Dawn of the Dead homage but can we make Him even more soulless?” pic.twitter.com/rDmBkPNeA6
— Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) July 16, 2014
Your Mediator lays one hand on you, one hand on God and He’s never letting go. #Job9 #EnjoyYourDay
Petrine Succession: Robing Peter to Dismay Paul
We’ll enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy our crown. Gladness & joy will overtake us & sorrow & sighing will flee away. Is51 #EnjoyYourDay
Emma says she understands ‘mansplaining’ but I fear I’ll have to go over it one more time
Why do paedo-baptists bury & raise infants in baptism? Same reason evangelists seek to kill & make alive in preaching: that’s what the Word does
Richard Bewes and I talk about my journey to faith, preaching, evangelism and knowing Jesus in suffering http://t.co/B2Qi2ka4p1
— Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) July 16, 2014
John Newton’s last words on earth: “I am still in the land of the dying; I shall be in the land of the living soon.”
For the Christian, yesterday’s forgiven, tomorrow’s forbidden, today is given. #EnjoyYourDay
Atheists going ‘one god further’ are like anarchists thinking they’ve avoided all political ideology
Christians don’t hedge their bets. It’s Jesus or bust.
#GoodFriday Christ is all in.
#EasterSunday The Father raises.
#Pentecost The Spirit calls.
Missing from a *Baptist* church? I'm guessing –3–2OH? - One for the alcoholic chemists: ur welcome in church too pic.twitter.com/q0UYdCuHFK
— Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) July 19, 2014
Cos CH CH could be completed CH3CH2OH, the chemical symbol for alcohol! In a Baptist church of all places! Huh? Yeah? I know!
God > Devil ; Christ > Adam ; Spirit > Flesh ; Church > World ; Grace > Sin ; New Creation > Old Creation ; Glory > Suffering. #EnjoyYourDay
In Isaiah, 4 times we are ‘the work of God’s hands’. Twice Isaiah /describes/ God’s hands: They are ‘held out to us’ & ‘cut’. #EnjoyYourDay
Remember how every illustration from TheMatrix was “Red Pill/Blue Pill”? Staggering!
- Incarnation? Pass.
- Exercising Your Free Will? Bingo
“Sex is the only mysticism offered by materialism.” Malcolm Muggeridge
Think of Job’s suffering. Now think of ch42 where the LORD redeems it *all*. “He is full of compassion & mercy.” James5:11 #EnjoyYourDay
As Daniel Rowlands watched his congregation walking to church: “Here they come, bringing heaven with them.”
Another amazing thunderstorm recorded over southern England yesterday. This picture was captured at Brighton Pier. pic.twitter.com/o5LkM4zsQD
— Earth Pics (@Earth_Post) July 19, 2014
Just caught 5mins of awful #IWannaMarryHarry Reminds me of much dating in church circles: the odds in *his* favour so he toys with the girls
He’s God’s Son, the Spirit’s Anointed and a Man for all men: Jesus, the Mediator, holds *everything* together. 1Tim2:5-6 #EnjoyYourDay..
“Bearing with one another” isn’t our biggest problem in the West. Our big problem is getting close enough to Have to bear with one another.
Jesus is your Brother. He is not ashamed of you. Heb 2:11 #EnjoyYourDay
If ur in on Jesus, ur in on Everything. ‘The Father himself loves u b/c u’ve loved me & believe that I came from God.’ Jn16 #EnjoyYourDay
What is “vicarious research”? Asking for a friend
"But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being." Alexander Solzhenitsyn pic.twitter.com/zwkL64ic4c
— Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) July 25, 2014
Fun Game! Quick as you can, invent a term that combines two other words. I call it sportmanteau
For those who don’t know, a portmanteau is a word for a dock-worker’s digit. #reportmanteau
How’s your relationship with God? As good as your Priest’s – Heb 5:1-9 #EnjoyYourDay
My similes are, like, terrible. But my metaphors have legs.
Thru wilderness trials the Father promises: “My Presence (Christ!) will go with you and I will give you rest.” Ex33 #EnjoyYourDay.
Proof: Toilet humour is NOT frivolous. Here's what happened after a friend posted my video about God's Three-ness pic.twitter.com/yc51tOTaJC
— Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) July 26, 2014
We begin in John 1…
Go back to Genesis 1…
and Genesis 3…
and Genesis 15…
and Genesis 22…
and Genesis 48…
And Exodus 1-3.
We hear about Christ as Present, Promised and Patterned in the Old Testament.
And we finish at the burning bush with the great I AM – the One who has always met us in our affliction.
Two people come to Jesus in their needs.
They are very different:
There’s a named, powerful, rich, respected man who has had 12 years of joy with his daughter
There’s an unnamed, unclean, impoverished woman who has had 12 years of suffering
Tragedy brings them down to the feet of Jesus.
But Jesus drives them down further before raising them up.
This is the way of the cross.
This is where Jesus is known.
Here’s another way of viewing and sharing 321…
“I like this tune,” I said to my translator above the noise of the choir, “What are they singing?” He almost had to yell: “This is a very popular hymn in Malawi. It’s called Just because you go to church doesn’t mean you’re going to heaven.” “Oh” I said, watching the choir dance up and down the aisle, singing the chorus for the 50th time. Someone slid into church late, hoping to go unnoticed. He failed. Perhaps I’m imagining it, but some of the singers seemed to direct their words pointedly at the late-comer:
Just because you go to church doesn’t mean you’re going to heaven.
Well, it’s true. And certainly you can understand the urge to sing it where nominal church attendance abounds. But it doesn’t really capture the dominant note of the Bible. You see the Bible, more often than not, speaks of church as heaven.
“You have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly,to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.” (Hebrews 12:22-23)
Because you’re going to church you are going to heaven. You see that’s also a biblical truth – a central one. I don’t mean that every church-goer is guaranteed paradise, I mean that – right now – church is paradise. Forget the final reckoning for a moment, church is heavenly – that’s the overwhelming witness of the Bible.
Daniel Rowlands, one of Wales’ mightiest preachers, would watch his congregation walking to church on a Sunday and remark: “Here they come, bringing heaven with them.”
That’s the emphasis in the Bible. And yes, some who came to Rowlands church may be in hell right now. But not because they didn’t taste heaven in church, they did (Heb 6:4-8). Everyone did – that’s what church is.
There can be an unhealthy preoccupation among evangelicals with distinguishing the visible church from the invisible elect. We’re always looking past the tangible concreteness of our actual brothers and sisters, gathered around the word, the bread and the wine. We want to say “Yeah, whatever, those are just externals. The real issue is down deep in your soul.” And so we encourage the spiritually serious among us to be deep-soul-divers, trying desperately to plumb their own depths. All the while it’s church – in all its ordinariness – which actually does the deep work in us. The word exposes and heals us, the bread and wine nourish us “deep down”, our brothers and sisters en-courage us in ways that nothing else can.
Church is heavenly. Whatever heaven we seek which is not intimately tied to church might just turn out to be a false spirituality. I fear that – in that false sense – there are some people so heavenly minded they’re of no churchly use.
Recently David Bourne and Andy Johnston put on a wonderful event in Hailsham to mark the centenary of the First World War (see here). It was held at the Parish Church and it seemed like the whole town came out.
First Andy spoke of the causes of the war. Then David spoke of the course of the war. After a refreshments break and act of remembrance, I spoke about Jesus, the Prince of Peace. It was a very successful event generating wonderful gospel conversations afterwards.
Could you put on something similar where you are?
Here Andy Brinkley and I talk about the opportunities of this year and then listen to my 20 minute talk…
For other resources concerning the WW1 celebrations:
An extra from Book by Book’s “Job” studies.
Here Paul Blackham interviews me about 321 – a gospel outline. We discuss the necessity of Trinity (THREE), Adam and Christ (TWO) and Union with Christ (ONE) for our evangelism and why the local church is crucial for our mission to the world.
From 00:00 – 21:29 we talk about THREE
From 21:30 – 37:54 we talk about TWO
From 37:55 – 1:01:00 we talk about ONE and our evangelistic methods
And here’s a bit of fun from the “Job” studies:
Powerfully exposes the dangers of social media (while brilliantly exploiting the strengths of it) https://t.co/ob9brC7GUP LIKE
— Glen Scrivener (@glenscrivener) June 27, 2014
Why am I married? Not because I’m inclined to love the institution but because I met someone. Why am I a Christian? Same answer.
Disgusted to read the behaviour of men on @EverydaySexism feed. True sexual liberation requires sexual self control – esp the men.
Your success at ‘sin management’ does not define you. Christ does: “Holy”, “Without Blemish”, “Free From Accusation” Col1:22 #EnjoyYourDay.
Yesss! “Left Behind Movie” has just added me on Google+.
Sins cleansed, darkness conquered, creation liberated, bodies raised, tears wiped away and Jesus. Face to face, Forever. #EnjoyYourDay
If it’s anarthrous shouldn’t it lose the “an”? But if ‘arthrous’ shouldn’t it be thearthrous? Guess that’s why they call em Grammar Nasties
I’m a slave of the Liberator. There’s freedom nowhere else.
New word for ontological naturalism: Solidsism. Like solipsism it’s impossible to argue against once you grant the premises. #Solidsism
In the end, arguments against both solipsism and solidsism are immaterial. But to the solidsist, that should be a clue.
Oh good. If Brazil lose I hear the authorities will calm the crowds by reading to them all about their famous Rio Tact. #Riotact
#Irenaeus in a word? Handy
At the British Museum see Babylonians, Persians, Greeks&Romans. At yr local church join the Son of Man’s eternal kingdom #Dan7 #EnjoyYourDay
Loving the theme in this morning’s songs at Pevensey Bay Baptist. Can you spot it? pic.twitter.com/SLJxvvfIUF
— Glen Scrivener (@glenscrivener) June 29, 2014
In marriage – focus on your sin and their potential, not the other way around.
Whatever needs forgiving is forgiven. Whatever needs fixing will be fixed. Whatever needs facing, Christ faces with us. #EnjoyYourDay
Good news, you don’t need to “find your identity in Jesus”! Christ IS your life. #Col3 #EnjoyYourDay
It’s not just your sins – *you* have been transferred to Christ. Now you inhabit the realm of the Beloved Son. Col1:13f #EnjoyYourDay
Words don’t merely map the world, they make it and move it.
When Jesus came to the Jordan He didn’t Judge the failures, He joined them: entering our filth to bring us 2 His Family #Matt3 #EnjoyYourDay
- What do we want?
- More unity!
- On whose terms do we want it?
If we’re talking about the Source of all being, it’s unclear how there could be anything that ISN’T evidence for God. @RichardDawkins
— Glen Scrivener (@glenscrivener) July 3, 2014
Are you a Christian? Jesus is yours and you are His. Song of Songs 6:3 #EnjoyYourDay
I just typed “Why does Google homepage say it’s 2013?” into the Google homepage. I got an error message and now my computer’s frozen.
I’m expecting GoogleTroopers to knock at my door any minute and arrest me for gross insubordination.
I’d like to take this opportunity to restate my appreciation for, and allegiance to, our Google Overlords. Long to reign over us.
PROPHECY: Manpering will become a thing (ie Man-Pampering). This will be huge. You heard it here first.
Vindicated! “Manpering” exists already. Buoyed by my prophetic success I now predict the rise of microblogging and reflexive photography
Some may call Laurence Krauss’s book nothing short of remarkable.’ It’s actually ‘remarkably short of nothing’ pic.twitter.com/VXUQGvwZKZ
— Glen Scrivener (@glenscrivener) June 27, 2014
So Germany looking to swiftly knock out France before turning their attention to world domination. #DontMentionTheWorldCup
Neymar no more :(
Weeping then joy, anger then favour, mourning then dancing, the pit then the heights Ps30 One morning soon will be The Morning #EnjoyYourDay
If a scientist explained their data with recourse to the miraculous: 50 others would, understandably, set about finding a better explanation >
< But all science rests on a miracle: the comprehensibility of the cosmos. It’s the *Christian* who steps forward to explain the miracle
Gal2:20 Your “I” (active subject) has been crucified & no longer lives. Your “me” (passive object) is loved and laid hold of. #EnjoyYourDay
According to the sermon on the mount, our Father in heaven: shines, sees x2, knows x2, forgives, feeds, clothes, gives.
Let’s hope the Commonwealth Games can lift us from this sporting yawn-fest. Am I right?
“The sin beneath all our sins is 2trust the serpent’s lie that we cannot trust the love&grace of Christ&must take matters in2 our own hands” (Luther)
#5LeviticalOfferings: Old life condemned, New offered to God, Guilt cleansed, Recompense made, Peace secured. #ChristHasDoneIt #EnjoyYourDay
“To die” is not a valid bucket list entry. Unless you’re Jesus. Then it’s item number one.
Peter took Jesus aside: “It’s just that, as bucket lists go, “Dying” feels a bit brief. And maybe lacking in ambition?” (Mark8:32 amplified)
Also sad to be missing #EMA2014 – but #EMO2014 would be interesting too. You could sing #EMOhymns like And can it bleed, Meekness and Misery
Other #EMOhymns: Here is blood vast as the ocean, Mourning has broken #EMO2014 #EMA2014
#EMOhymns Sell out my soul, Cries triumphant ever raining, #EMO2014 #EMA2014
#EMOhymns When tears like a river (It is hell), My hope is built on nothing. #EMO2014 #EMA2014
By @rockbadger: Praise Goth from whom all bleedings flow #EMO2014
By @SamAllberry: Frown Him With Many Frowns, Lord For The Tears, There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood
By @celticmoose: O for a thousand tongue piercings to sing
By @CamPotts1: I cry alone, no hope is found.
“Jesus the Name high over all, in hell or earth or sky. Angels and men before it fall, and devils fear and fly.” #EnjoyYourDay
God’s YES resounds from heaven at Christ. His AMEN booms back on our behalf&the Spirit seals us into the circle of trust 2Cor1 #EnjoyYourDay
The big news here in Ireland: Garth Brooks has cancelled his Dublin gigs. Fans can get their money back. Their self-respect remains forfeit
Just learnt that the two-day wedding celebration I’m at has used 66 bottles of wine. Just 10% of the John 2 quantity!
As Word of God Jesus doesn’t just keep God’s promises, He *is* God’s promise to you, earthed forever into your humanity. #EnjoyYourDay
When life feels beyond u remember it always is. “But this happened that we might not rely on self but God who raises the dead” #EnjoyYourDay
Since Adam, sinners have been desperate to look righteous. With Jesus you have the Righteous One happy to be numbered with transgressors
It always astonishes me how content Jesus is with people thinking He’s a sinner. I *am* one & I’m mortified to be outted
This pic leaves nothing to the imagination pic.twitter.com/iLKKEH92X4
— Glen Scrivener (@glenscrivener) July 11, 2014