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This week: twin pregnancy reductions, Christianity and the Crusades, spiritual entropy and big oil.

my twin girls

As a dad of 2 sets of twin girls, none of whom I could imagine my life without, it’s discouraging that this is where we’re at now:

The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy (by Ruth Padawer, NY Times)

What is it about terminating half a twin pregnancy that seems more controversial than reducing triplets to twins or aborting a single fetus? After all, the math’s the same either way: one fewer fetus. Perhaps it’s because twin reduction (unlike abortion) involves selecting one fetus over another, when either one is equally wanted.

Was Christianity responsible for the crusades? (by David Murray)

It is very easy to fingerpoint at Christians of another generation. If the crusading Christians could see how self-serving, worldly, inconsiderate, gender-confused, lazy, and demanding the Christians of today are, I certainly hope that they would not think that our "Christianity" is responsible for that!

Spiritual Entropy, or: The Second Law of Thermodynamics and the Fallacy of Self-Help Christianity
(by Mockingbird)

Trying to ‘will’ ourselves to spirituality by adhering to some form of law will always fail–we will tend to either stay the same or get worse, but certainly no better. Willpower is insufficient to overcome the natural decay of life. If we are left to our own devices, we tend to degenerate.

On Feeling Sorry for Exxon (by Doug Wilson)

For every gallon of gas that is sold in the United States, on average, the local, state and federal taxes come out to 48 cents. The average profit taken away from every gallon of gas by Exxon is –brace yourselves for unsavory news about the oil buccaneers — 2 cents.

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The Bible in One Sentence

There were a couple of different articles that I ran into this past week that I felt I had to call attention to because of how much they help with this question. The first is post by Dane Ortlund which phrases this question in another way: What’s the message of the Bible in One Sentence? He gets responses from over 25 different respected scholars and pastors, but here are my favorites:

God is in the process of recreating the universe which has been corrupted by sin and has made it possible for all those and only those who follow Jesus to be a part of the magnificent, eternal community that will result. – Craig Blomberg

Scripture tells us the story of how a Garden is transformed into a Garden City, but only after a dragon had turned that Garden into a howling wilderness, a haunt of owls and jackals, which lasted until an appointed warrior came to slay the dragon, giving up his life in the process, but with his blood effecting the transformation of the wilderness into the Garden City. – Doug Wilson

I love the range of responses by each of the men but I love Craig’s because he does not leave out the reality of sin. I appreciate the poetry of Wilson’s response and the inclusion of the dragon, our enemy, aka Satan, as well as painting Jesus as He is: a warrior sent to rescue us. God’s created ones, us, rejected Him and chose our way,

How would I sum up the Bible in one sentence? God sent His one and only Son to suffer and die to rescue His created ones who rejected Him and He’s coming again to make all things new.

One sentence is tough! That’s why I appreciated the four part series just completed by Dr. Al Mohler. In it, he walks through God and creation, sin and our separation from God, redemption and the cross, and how it all ends. I was really refreshed and encouraged reading it. Christianity is a worldview but ultimately it is the story of who God is and how he has related to us and this crazy universe we live in.

Even as the postmodern age has rejected the metanarrative, most postmodern thinkers accept the fact that human existence is essentially narrative in terms of our consciousness. This is an important insight, for it is impossible to give an account of our individual lives without using the structure of a story. The postmodern resistance to a master narrative is the fear that such a story would be inherently repressive. But the Christian gospel is the most liberating narrative ever heard, and the Bible presents the story, not merely as one account of reality to be put alongside others, but as the one definitive account of God’s purposes.

The Christian Worldview as Master Narrative Series by Dr. Al Mohler:


Sin and its Consequences

Redemption Accomplished

The End that is a Beginning

So What is Christianity?

God is there and He is not silent. He made this world and us by a spoken word. We rejected Him, chose to believe we could make ourselves happy without Him and we became enslaved to sin and to the evil angel, Satan. But God did not desert us. He claimed a people, the Israelites, as His own to someday bless the entire creation. Through that nation, God showed how we could not redeem ourselves but we needed a savior. God sent that savior in the form of His only Son, who became one of us, not as a wealthy prince but born of a virgin in a stinky manger, becoming a blue-collar carpenter, the only sinless man. He would then be betrayed, beaten, whipped, and nailed to a cross to die in maybe the most painful ways ever devised to execute someone. Jesus, the perfect man, died a criminal, taking on the sins of the world, being cut off from His Father, to free us from our sin and Satan and bring us back into His family. He would rise again, showing us He was the truth and that we can live and rise again with Him, and that He defeated the final enemy, death. Now, He is patiently waiting for and drawing people back to Himself, preparing a new heavens and earth for us for when He will come back, making all things new and ultimately freeing those who know Him to live forever with Him, fully satisfied with no more tears, no more pain, no more fatigue, no more sickness, and no more separation from the God who loves us.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:16-17 ESV)

What do you guys think? How would you sum up the Bible in a sentence? In a paragraph?

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