Now that Lecrae has become the first artist to top both the Gospel Album chart and the Billboard 200, I’ve been going back through some of his better stuff. The Fever (feat. Andy Mineo & Papa San) has got to be near the top.

"Boy sick? I got medicine / We found the light; Edison / Do God exist? We the evidence / We the children of the Light, you know what I mean? / That’s why I’m hating on the darkness like Paula Deen."

The Bible does not tell us what we already know. For instance, not once does it argue for God’s existence. We already know that by reason or experience or history or science or logic or common sense. Only “the fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” (Ps. 14:1). But it does tell us what we do not already know: the nature of God. We do not know that “God is love” by reason or experience or history or science or logic or common sense. That is a shock.

We think we have absorbed that shock, since it hit earth 2,000 years ago. But we have not. The shock waves have not diminished. They are still hitting us, but we are not feeling them.

Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

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How a 17th Century Bible is Helping to Revive a Native-American Language

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In other words, the Christian alternative to the post-religious spirituality outlined earlier is not simply ‘religion’ as some sort of intellectual and moral system but the corporately experienced reality of the Kingdom, the space that has been cleared in human imagination and self-understanding by the revealing events of Jesus’ life. Standing in this place, I am made aware of what is fundamental and indestructible about my human identity: that I am the object of divine intention and commitment, a being freely created and never abandoned. Standing in this place, I am also challenged to examine every action or policy in my life in the light of what I am; and I am, through the common life of the ‘Assembly’, made able to change and to be healed, to feed and be fed in relations with others in the human city. Faced with the claims of non-dogmatic spirituality, the believer should not be insisting anxiously on the need for compliance with a set of definite propositions; he or she should be asking whether what happens when the Assembly meets to adore God and lay itself open to his action looks at all like a new and transforming environment, in which human beings are radically changed.
The Spiritual and the Religious: Is the Territory Changing? - Rowan Williams. I can’t imagine a more important paragraph for today’s Christians to meditate on. Seriously, this whole address is absolutely vital. (via ayjay)
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He has made everything beautiful in its timeEcclesiastes 3:11

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He has made everything beautiful in its time
Ecclesiastes 3:11

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For I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, ‘He who through faith is righteous shall live.’

Romans 1:16-17 (RSV)

The thesis statement of Paul’s Epistle to the Roman Church.

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In his ministry of reconciliation, therefore, Paul develops two paramount themes, and interweaves them beautifully. The first is the justification of guilty sinners by God’s grace alone in Christ alone through faith alone, irrespective of either status or works. This is the most humbling and leveling of all Christian truths and experiences, and so is the fundamental basis of Christian unity…

Paul’s second theme is the consequent redefinition of the people of God, no longer according to descent, circumcision or culture, but according to faith in Jesus, so that all believers are the true children of Abraham, regardless of their ethnic origin or religious practice. So ‘there is no difference’ now between Jews and Gentiles, either in the fact of their sin and guilt or in Christ’s offer and gift of salvation. Indeed, ‘the single most important theme of Romans is the equality of Jews and Gentiles’.

John R.W. Stott, The Message of Romans, pages 35-6.