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Not Jesus “the Great”

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Pluralism affirms that every “ism” has its own independent validity and an equal right to our respect. 

It therefore rejects Christian claims to finality and uniqueness, and condemns as sheer arrogance the attempt to convert anybody (let alone everybody) to what it sees as merely our opinions.

How should we respond to the spirit of pluralism? With great humility, I hope, and with no hint of personal superiority. But we must continue to affirm the uniqueness and finality of Jesus Christ. For He is unique in His incarnation (the one and only God-man), unique in His atonement (only He has died for the sins of the world), and unique in His resurrection (only He has conquered death). And since in no other person but Jesus of Nazareth did God first become human (in His birth), then bear our sins (in His death), and then triumph over death (in His resurrection), He is uniquely competent to save sinners. Nobody else possesses His qualifications.

So we may talk about Alexander the Great, Charles the Great and Napoleon the Great, but not Jesus the Great. He is not the Great—He is the only. There is nobody like Him. He has no rival and no successor.

-John Stott, The Radical Disciple 

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Five Words I Never Planned to Say

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I’m going to South Asia.

(Since I’m is a compound word does that mean the title of this blog should be “Six words I never planned to say”? Asking for a friend.)

God seared the nations on my heart in 2010 at a Passion conference in Atlanta when I was exposed to the reality of unreached people groups for the first time. Since then He has opened the door for several cross-cultural missions opportunities, including the privilege of working full time for RTM MagazineHowever, I never expected He would send me to Asia.

(P.S. we leave in six weeks. S-I-X. This trip came up pretty quickly but here we are and we’re rolling [flying?] with it.)

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Monday Morning Munch No. 110 – “You were the very reason I have not been interested in the Gospel…”

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From Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S. Whitney:

I heard the story of a man who became a Christian during an evangelistic emphasis in a city in the Pacific Northwest. When he told his boss about it, his employer responded with, “That’s great! I am a Christian and have been praying for you for years!”

But the new believer was crestfallen. “Why didn’t you ever tell me you were a Christian? You were the very reason I have not been interested in the Gospel all these years.”

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