Podcast: The Power of Ordinary Christian Living


When questions about our faith come, sometimes we look for a ‘silver bullet’ response or we try to 'crowbar' Jesus into our conversations. But is that they best way? Perhaps, instead of 'spiritualising' the odd conversation,

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We think "empty space", the Bible pictures "the heavens", filled with lights. This video helps give true perspective https://t.co/ucouauJYZJ — Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) January 19, 2015 On that theme, here's

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We have a baby daughter: Ruby Hannah Scrivener, born 2 Jan. Mum and baby doing great. Praise the Lord :-) — Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) January 3, 2015 An atheist evangelist takes his opportunity...

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Sorry, I just realised that I'd announced our good news on every other platform except this blog so... Ruby Hannah Scrivener was born happy and healthy on 2 January, 2015. She's been the answer to many years of prayer

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Contentious. Scandalous. Hilarious. That's 321, baby https://t.co/18pY40MqB9 @321Gospel @10ofthose pic.twitter.com/dwz23Y7vEQ — Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) December 17, 2014 “Times are bad. Children no longer

Denominations? Let it go


I was just sent this via email. I've tried to track down the source but with no joy so far. Comment if you know... UPDATE: It's by Paul Kerry. Great going Paul! Here's the Frozen song “Let it go” as a summary of the

Top Ten Posts 2014


This is my 2669th post at Christ the Truth. Admittedly I used to blog a lot more (pretty much daily for the first 5 years). But I reckon I did enough in 2014 to rustle up this "best of".   1. I choose not to be

Comfort, Comfort My People


Our comforts never work. In fact those with the greatest "creature comforts" often have anxiety, stress, depression and dissatisfaction through the roof. What gives true and lasting comfort? Isaiah takes us to the

Podcast: The Power of Ordinary Christian Living

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tep-podcastcover-1024x1024When questions about our faith come, sometimes we look for a ‘silver bullet’ response or we try to ‘crowbar’ Jesus into our conversations. But is that they best way? Perhaps, instead of ‘spiritualising’ the odd conversation, we need to be ‘humanising’ all our connections with non-Christians.
This episode – the first in our new series called “Power Evangelism” – is about being a witness for Jesus in the context of ordinary life?

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You know that death you fear? You died it 2000 years ago. Now you are raised, vindicated & reigning. #ChristIsYourLife #EnjoyYourDay

If the goal is ‘sin minimisation’ even yr grtst works can b Christless. If its ‘Christ maximisation’ even yr worst sins exalt His great work

Christ loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood. (Rev 1:5) #EnjoyYourDay

- “We can take 4 granted the material universe as our starting point”
– “Who is ‘we’? ‘We’ seems an even more basic fact in our discussion.”

No one ever starts with the material universe. They start with a mind experiencing and interpreting the material universe.

Materialism might appeal as an intuitive way of knowing the universe but it’s those intuitions that need examining.

Feeling empty, dry, hungry? You’re meant to be. But Jesus is your Fulness, Fountain and Food. #EnjoyYourDay

Shows like The Wire prove what liturgical churches know: u don’t need 2 explain everything. Immerse people in a bigger story, they’ll get it

In Christ there’s nothing to hide, nothing to prove, nothing to lose. #EnjoyYourDay

UK churches will introduce teaching videos in one of two ways. Either:
“Sorry this is really American”, or
“Sorry this is really naff.”

Your Brother rules the world, forgives all yr sins, redeems all yr mistakes & continues 2 speak kindly 2u (Gen 50:14-21). #EnjoyYourDay

You are not God’s project, you are God’s child. #EnjoyYourDay

The gospel is not that Christians can change the world. The gospel declares that Christ *has* changed the world.

The bread and butter of evangelism is not to spiritualise the odd conversation but to humanise all our interactions.

Christian: Christ lives in you. #EnjoyYourDay

If your pursuit of the Spirit is not a journey deeper into the gospel of Christ, it’s not the *Holy* Spirit you seek.

Our recent free speech debates have highlighted for me the vital importance of balancing SHUT THE HELL UP with YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO ME

Evangelism is not “baiting the hook”, it’s offering Bread.

Soon your eyes will behold the King in His beauty, they will see a land that stretches afar. Isaiah 33:17 #EnjoyYourDay

According to Paul we should feel more free as a Christian than our non-Christian friends, more free than our non-Christian past (Gal 5:1,13)

If our Christianity doesn’t make us More free then we’ve misunderstood Paul’s gospel or the slavery of sin or both.

In Christ you are not only blameless in God’s sight (Col 1:22), you are unblameable (KJV). #EnjoyYourDay

“Tho I’m free & belong to no one, I’ve made myself a slave to all to win as many as possible” <- in God's life this is what theologians call #impassibility

“Do all for God’s glory” (1Cor10:31). What does that mean? Two verses later “I don’t seek my own good but that of many so they may be saved”

< Therefore God’s glory is other-centred, servant-hearted, saving love.

Of course God does all things for His glory. But that glory is not a self-centred concern but the very opposite – His sacrificial grace

Jesus encamps around you (Ps 34:7). Before anything gets to you today, it has to go through Him. #EnjoyYourDay

‘I have cat “Like” reflexes”‘.
— Every Facebooker

“I can’t see me lovin nobody but u for all my life” is the best love song about the unimaginable prospect of remaining devoted to yr partner

“On the day that you were born the angels got together…” is the best love song about committee decisions

“Don’t want to close my eyes, Don’t want to fall asleep” is the best love song pleading with your partner to get to the point.

“With or without u” is the best love song about whether 2 adopt American spelling.

Don’t ask me how I do my Scrabble puns. Somehow I just pull it out of the bag.

I think someone’s half inched my rhyming slang dictionary but I literally have no way of knowing.

I don’t get it, aren’t we all hoarse whisperers?

Coming soon: I’ll be offering tickets to my animal hysterectomies so watch these spays

De Niro was pretty nuts during filming of Taxi Driver but there was madness to his method.

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Two profoundly Christian truths that every physicist knows: the arrow of time points relentlessly forwards. Space & time are inseparable…

Every other vision of the future either breaks apart time & space or sees the arrow as a circle or predicts it’s all heading somewhere bad..

Only Christians think *this* space-time universe is headed somewhere good. Only Christians can *really* look forward to a brighter tomorrow

In other words: Happy New Year

There is a way from Trinity to aseity. There is no way from aseity to Trinity.

“If God made the world, who made God?” That’s like asking “If the sun illuminates the earth, what illuminates the sun?”

The Light of the world is not one more link in the chain but the Source.

Turning over a new leaf? Ur 2000 years too late. A whole new world born from the virgin womb & virgin tomb: yours 4 free #EnjoyYourDay

Your Father is Saving Mercy personified, Jesus is Kindness on legs, the Spirit showers u with renewal & rebirth (Titus 3) #EnjoyYourDay

When Jesus took on sin, evil, chaos & death, He wasn’t just showing u Who’s boss (so you’d bow). He was saving you from your Enemies (so rejoice!)

When we say “Jesus is Lord” we are literally saying: “‘The LORD-to-the-rescue’, He is *really* LORD.”

Want to preach the Lordship of Jesus? Dont just tell us Jesus is bigger than other powers, tell us how He conquered those evil powers for us

Jesus is not just the start or the finish. He’s the Way. He comprehends you & the Father and all distance between you #EnjoyYourDay

“If you’re lost now, what will stop you being lost forever?” Steve Levy

I’ve read to the end of the book. It turns out really well apparently.#EnjoyYourDay

“Even if Christ were crucified 4 us 1000x it wd be vain if God’s Word were not given 2me w the bidding: This is 4u, take what’s yrs.” Luther

Jesus lived the life of heaven and died the death of hell so that our hellish lives can have heavenly deaths.

I’ve figured out the knack with newborns. You just resolve to become nocturnal. With the difference that you don’t sleep in the day either.

If u think there’s a necessary trade-off between creative, well-produced media/art & gospel faithfulness u probably have an ugly gospel.

Through Christ’s death you are dead to: the ‘old man’; the flesh; sin; wrath; the law; principalities & powers & to the world #EnjoyYourDay

In debating the truth of materialism, immaterial factors are decisive (minds, reason, language, etc). Even if the Christian loses they win

Christian: your loving Father stands against every hell-bent tendency in u. Good news: He won’t let u destroy yourself #EnjoyYourDay

The Christian is in “the Kingdom of God’s Beloved Son” (Col 1:13). “You are my Well-Beloved” is the air we breathe. #EnjoyYourDay

Faith is not a muscle you flex. If you flex an empty hand you’ll find you have a clenched fist.

Faith is not pushed out of you by your will power, faith is pulled out of you by God’s promises.

Accused of blasphemy. Stood firm. Killed by religious extremists. #JesusCharlie

“Fear not little flock, it’s your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.” (Luke 12:32) #EnjoyYourDay

In Christ, all mistakes are redeemed. All sins forgiven. All sacrifices repaid 100-fold. So what do u want 2 do today? #EnjoyYourDay

“Faith seeking understanding” is not an exceptional allowance for the religious – it’s the rule for all knowledge

Belief is not a flight from Reality – it’s the only way to grapple with it.

There is no Plan B, C or D with God’s salvation – only Plan Jesus. (Hebrews 13:20; Rev 13:8)

Dear Christian: “Your sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” Love, your Father. (Heb 10:17) #EnjoyYourDay

Yes they’re angry but push beneath & find desperation for control, then fear, then shame. Under it all: a naked sinner crying out 2b Covered

Kids are great, but if I could suggest one improvement? Can they have a snooze button fitted? Thanks

Who called it hemorrhoid cream and not bum balm?

I’ve figured out the knack with newborns. You just resolve to become nocturnal. With the difference that you don’t sleep in the day either.

Two midwives just visited. Quick as a flash I said “Does that make you one whole wife?” Good to know I’ve still got it eh?

My beautician is draining excess fluids from my body. I’m pretty pumped

Why they say I lack vision I can’t imagine

At the Flatliners World Championships they always play sudden death

Whatever your beef with me I will not be cowed

Why choose a bird as party planner? It really is an extraordinary tern of events.

You want to add your fancy “wearable technology” to my trusty Casio? Not on my watch.

You can sing Frozen songs to your teacher but don’t “Let it go” to your Head

I bet a common problem for composers was trying to come up with a name for their symphony first.

I know it’s a long shot but any chance of a yard of vodka?

You may call me a crotchety composer but I keep my half notes minimised

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Ruby Hannah Scrivener was born happy and healthy on 2 January, 2015. She’s been the answer to many years of prayer from many different people – not least us! – and we are so grateful to God for this gift.

Praise the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. (Romans 4:17)

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A Facebook friend – not a Christian – just posted a link to the Peshawar school shooting saying of the perpetrators: “Hope to f*#@ there’s a hell.”

How much of our thinking about judgement is coddled in western comfort.

There is a Mediator with God. He’s fully accepted by God and 100% on our side – the Man Christ Jesus. #1Tim2 #EnjoyYourDay

How does that Isaiah 9 song go? “And the government shall be upon my shoulders.” No, it’s all on the Prince of Peace. #EnjoyYourDay

“The whole order of things is as outrageous as any miracle which could presume to violate it.” GK Chesterton

It’s interesting that lists of “Jesus-myths that predated the incarnation” don’t include the obvious ones, yknow, like Moses, David, Isaiah

SHOCK! ANCIENT TALE OF GOD’S SON “DYING” & RISING TO WIN HIS BRIDE PREDATES THE JESUS STORY BY *MILLENNIA* (Gen 2:21-24)

Wait a minute. I’ve been blocked by a troll. That’s like your stalker serving you with an injunction :-/

#FeedTheTrolls #FeedThemTillTheyRunShriekingIntoTheNight

Since God draws near in the Christ-child, ask yourself What does a baby want from u? Except that u come near yourself? #EnjoyYourDay

This confirms my suspicious that we need to hear less of how believers are also reasonable & far more abt how rationalists are also believers

Is God ok with u? Look to the manger. There’s the Son laying hold of u forever: “And he shall be their peace” Micah 5:5 #EnjoyYourDay

Jacob blessed his boys in the name of the Redeeming Angel (Genesis 48:16). He was either an idolater or a Trinitarian #ChristInOT

The Angel of the LORD was either mad, bad or God. #ChristInOT

Those who most scorn the idea of divine justice (comfortable westerners) are those who’ve rarely had to cry out for earthly justice.

Jesus enters the world defenceless, not using ‘holiness’ or ‘transcendence’ as protection. He’s yours if you’ll have Him #EnjoyYourDay

The shepherds in the fields & the Good Shepherd in the manger were the same: drawing near to the sheep no matter the cost #EnjoyYourDay

He has entered our flesh, our frailty, our failures. U don’t have to lift yourself an inch. He’s come all the way down. #EnjoyYourDay

#ChristmasMeans the release of Adam 2.0

#ChristmasMeans humanity has a future – God’s!

#ChristmasMeans “Jesus can deal gently with the ignorant & wayward since He Himself was beset with weakness.” (Heb5:2)

#ChristmasMeans the battle between light and darkness has been decisively won (John 1:5)

#ChristmasMeans the second half of the covenant is eternally secured: “I will be your God – And You Will Be My People.”

#ChristmasMeans everything! After all, “the world was made so that Christ might be born.” David Fergusson

U don’t have 2 become anything ur not. Cos at Christmas He took hold of all that ur & brought it into everything that He is. #EnjoyYourDay

- What did Adam say to Eve the day before Christmas?
– “Looks like it was all worth it.”
#SupralapsarianCrackerJokes

He’s the Bread of life, born to be consumed. Why else would you put Him in a feeding trough? #EnjoyYourDay

“@danielsojourn: If we fail to connect Bethlehem to Calvary, we will perpetually have merely a baby Christianity.” And an inhuman atonement

Why Christmas? 1 answer: So “He can deal gently with the ignorant & wayward since He Himself is beset with weakness.” (Heb5:2) #EnjoyYourDay

#Lev17 Jesus says: “My Life is in the blood and I have given it to you to make atonement.” He holds nothing back. #EnjoyYourDay

#Ps116 “Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.” Count the ways and #Enjoyyourday

Creation is not an archaeological dig with the intrepid piecing together the clues. It’s a preacher, unmistakably heralding God’s Glory.

“The heavens drop hints about the power of a creator. The skies give clues of his intelligence. Day after day they display evidence” <- nope

Older Christians viewed creation as the theatre of God’s Glory. We see it as an abandoned museum (the clever can piece together some clues)

“All authority in heaven&earth” does not lie with fate, chance or distant powers. It lies in the nail-scarred hands of Jesus #EnjoyYourDay

“The LORD will go before u [into the new year]. The God of Israel is your rear guard [having dealt with the past]” (Is52:12) #EnjoyYourYear

If the Psalmist compares himself, it’s to the LORD or the wicked. Many Christians spend their time comparing themselves to other Christians

No need for you to make a beginning. Christ is “the Beginning” (Col 1:18). In Him all things are forever new. #EnjoyYourYear

A friend just quipped “See u next year”. I said “YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU WILL DO *TOMORROW*. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE? YOU ARE A MIST!” #biblical

U may want to go over old ground & do it right but the 2nd Adam did that already. Now the God of Hope moves us ever forwards. #Enjoy2015

Jokes about pregnant women with fat babies are inadvisable. I’d give them a wide birth

Gordon Ramsay is proof that you can judge a cook by his bover

My dentist says no boiled sweets for Christmas. Bar humbug

Mary and Joseph should have tried France, there are ready mangers everywhere

I know tasseography and oceanography sound like fun but you’ve got to read the teas and seas

Denominations? Let it go

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I was just sent this via email. I’ve tried to track down the source but with no joy so far. Comment if you know…

UPDATE: It’s by Paul Kerry. Great going Paul!

Here’s the Frozen song “Let it go” as a summary of the various strands of the church…

Don’t let them in, don’t let them see. Brethren

Be the good girl you always have to be. Catholic

Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know. Conservative

I don’t care what they’re going to say. Independent

It’s time to see what I can do, to test the limits and break through. Charismatic

No right, no wrong, no rules for me. Liberal

Here I’ll stand, and here I’ll stay. Lutheran

My power flurries through the air into the ground. Pentecostal

I’m never going back, the past is in the past. Progressive

The cold never bothered me anyway. Anglican

Top Ten Posts 2014

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You Last

Girl praying in orphanage. New York, 1947

This is my 2669th post at Christ the Truth. Admittedly I used to blog a lot more (pretty much daily for the first 5 years). But I reckon I did enough in 2014 to rustle up this “best of”.

 

1. I choose not to be straight – The most popular post of this year and the one I most hope Christians will take to heart.

It prompted these follow-ups. Again, I think these are issues we need to be crystal clear on if we’re going to speak about sexuality.

Why I go after straight Christians

Focus on the Family?

Being heterosexual is WEIRD

 

2. You last – A response to some atheists complaining about the image above.

Some more engagement with atheists:

Twitter discussion with atheist pro-choicer which totally went fine!

Gullible Sceptics

Who has the burden of proof

The nature of nature

Faith, good and evil

Why the world exists

The People’s Republic of #1PUN

 

3. HeForShe and the Spectre of Spectrums – Comment on Emma Watson’s popular speech.

 

4. Grace aint a carrot, sanctification aint a stick – Some thoughts as Tullian Tchividjian was ousted from The Gospel Coalition.

We do NOT balance license and legalism

 

5. Thimgamy Jiggery Pokery – Here’s what’s killing your Christian life: thingification.

 

6. How to handle questions in evangelism.

And some more on evangelism:

Evangelism is not in our hands

Is that the Luke book?

Apologetics according to Peter

On preaching and not getting in the way

 

7. Corporate Prayer Performs Poorly Claims New Study – A parody. This is a PARODY. It’s actually about preaching.

 

8. Church is heavenly. Church is where it’s at.

So then, is there a place for other professionals in pastoral care…?

Counselling and the Church

 

9. Everyone knows, it’s the cross or hell – That’s not just a maxim of conservative theologians, it’s just a fact of life

 

10. Videos

 

Comfort, Comfort My People

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Isaiah40Our comforts never work.

In fact those with the greatest “creature comforts” often have anxiety, stress, depression and dissatisfaction through the roof.

What gives true and lasting comfort?

Isaiah takes us to the depths, then raises us to the heights. In Chapter 40:1-8, God gives three messages to be proclaimed by a human voice. And here’s the essence of these messages: Take heart… Judgement is coming… You’re all perishing.

That’s a shocking way to comfort a people but if we follow Isaiah down, he’ll raise us up to true and everlasting comfort…

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O Christmas Tree

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They look fresh, bright and lively, surrounded by family, fun and festivities – Christmas trees are a great picture of our human condition. We too may dress ourselves up in achievements and surround ourselves with great experiences, but we’re perishing – cut off from our true Life-source in God. Thankfully, Christmas gives us the answer. Real life has been born into our world. In connection with Jesus we “may not perish but have eternal life.”

Please share the video and offer true hope this Christmas.

See our previous Christmas videos here.

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“And, like, Jesus fully committed to radical cruciformity and non-coercive relationality while investing in life-sharing mutuality. Man”

Feel you don’t have it in you to be a Christian? You don’t. But don’t worry, it’s all in Jesus (1Cor1:30) – and so are you #EnjoyYourDay

I get that some explanations of “law and gospel” can sound contrived. But if it’s a restatement of “Adam and Christ”, who can object?

The LORD’s unfailing love&cleansing are not 4 the Ideal You. They’re 4 the you that’s been a sinner from birth (Psalm 51:1-9) #EnjoyYourDay

A Decent Shepherd mends fences. What kind of Shepherd DIES 4 sheep? Jesus. And He rises 2 know you & give you life 2 the full #EnjoyYourDay

Temptation is not a siren song. It’s the cry of your “old man” drowning (Romans 6:1-14)

If you think you need to “preach the text” on one hand *and* “get to Christ” *on the other* – you have a Nestorian doctrine of Scripture.

Our sorrows are not senseless. They are seeds. (Ps126:5) A jubilant harvest is coming, far exceeding the tears that we sow. #EnjoyYourDay

There are no hidden catches, no secret levels. God is completely given 2u in Jesus (John3:35f). If u have Jesus u have it all #EnjoyYourDay

To those worried about making The Right Decision…. Remember, even if you choose perfectly, you’re still forgiven. #EnjoyYourDay

No need to atone for the past. Nothing to prove in the future. #EnjoyYourDay

He is completely open to you (Jn15:15). He is completely given to you (Jn15:13). What a Friend we have in Jesus. #EnjoyYourDay

How patronising to sing “Do they know it’s Christmas” to Africans when 20% of UK kids think Jesus is a footballer

God is not hidden behind Jesus. In Jesus – with arms outstretched to the world – He is revealed in radiant glory. #EnjoyYourDay

O ye of little faith (Matt16-17) – Be ye like little children (Matt18).
It’s not so much that our faith has to increase. WE must decrease

Hilarious blindness from #BBCNews on what caused the truce on CHRISTMAS DAY. Maybe it was the power of football ON CHRISTMAS DAY. Who knows?

Crossword clue: “Spring-like (6)”. Simultaneously Emma and I answered with utter certainty. She said “vernal”, I said “bouncy”.

As lost as ur in Adam is as saved as ur in Christ. The wretchedness u feel is more than matched by the righteousness He gives #EnjoyYourDay

In Christ, ur not just loved with the love that belongs to Him. Ur also liked with the like that He deserves #EnjoyYourDay

When a fool is chosen for a role it’s explained as “a political appointment.” This explains little about the choice but much about politics.

Your home is where His heart is. #Ex28 #Heb7 #EnjoyYourDay

“The law says, “do this” and it is never done. Grace says “believe in this” and everything is already done.” Luther, Heidelberg Disputation

“God is committed to His name” = “The Father is committed to His Son” = “The triune God is determined to be the Gospel God of Exodus 34:6-7″

For the outcast & weak the LORD upholds, feeds, frees, gives sight, lifts, loves, watches over & sustains #Ps146 #EnjoyYourDay

- I’ve been demoted from donkey in this year’s nativity play. Now I’m just one of the wise men’s gifts
– You must be fuming.
– Incensed!

There are still spaces between the hub and the rim if you want to join our tailor made human wheel. DM me for our be spoke service

If you’re just after a staple diet I recommend a fastener food restaurant.

Contract killing is pre-mediated murder

- “You are charged with breaking, entering then eating Ms Owen’s food. How do you plead?”
– “I’m her secret Santa”

- Those Japanese poems are genius.
– Meh, I’d call them High IQ.

Carlos won’t say hello till Pedro shakes hands but he’s shy after Fernando blanked him. I guess that’s the problem of Mexicans standoff-ish

Every time I ask my wife for specifics she says “Wocka, Wocka, Wocka.” She’s fozzie on the details

Ton or tonne? I could go either weigh