Dec 3 2010

Take off the blinders

A New Law

Don’t teach me about politics and Government
Just tell me who to vote for
Don’t teach me about truth and beauty
Just label my music

Don’t teach me how to live like a free man
Just give me a new law

I don’t wanna know if the answers aren’t easy
So just bring it down from the mountain to me

I want a new law
I want a new law
Gimme that new law

Don’t teach me about moderation and liberty
I prefer a shot of grape juice

Don’t teach me about loving my enemies

Don’t teach me how to listen to the Spirit
Just give me a new law

I don’t wanna know if the answers aren’t easy
So just bring it down from the mountain to me

I want a new law
I want a new law
Gimme that new law

What’s the use in trading a law you can never keep
For one you can that cannot get you anything

Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid

© Derek Webb Music


Oct 15 2010

“I had no idea the gospel was this wonderful…”

As some of you know, I was raised Lutheran. Although I haven’t attended a Lutheran church in 30 years other than to visit (for a number of reasons I won’t go into here), I am still a big fan of Martin Luther, and read a few good Lutheran blogs (along with a mix of Orthodox and Evangelical blogs).  Today, Paul McCain reprints a letter from a Southern Baptist woman who has also been reading his blog. She writes,

I have to say that when I read your posts, I am often convicted of my sinful state, yet I also hear that Christ died for all of that. Being a southern Baptist all my life, I had no idea that the gospel really was this wonderful.

Wow. Who would have thought? Now, I don’t know much about Southern Baptists and I don’t mean to single them out. All I know is that this woman was raised in the evangelical church, and “had no idea that the gospel really was this wonderful.”

That is the reason I worked so hard on The Gospel Uncensored, which should be available in a week or 2. It’s good stuff, because the Gospel really is this wonderful.


Oct 14 2010

The Geek Gospel

Today over at one of my favorite Lutheran blogs, Pastoral Meanderings, Pastor Peters presents the Gospel as told by one of the youth in his church (the image is his, too):

You see it’s like your computer.  Everything works fine at first.  Then a virus hits you and nothing works right.  It’s slow.  You get error messages.  So you  kill it with an anti-virus and it is fixed but it is not like it was.  It won’t be perfect until you reformat the hard drive.  God made everything and it worked.  Then the Satan virus infected us.  It was our fault because we clicked “yes” when the pop-up appeared.  But we could not fix it.  Jesus is the anti-virus who God sent to clean it up.  But we won’t be perfect until we are reformated in the resurrection…

This is actually one of the best analogies I think I have heard.  Of course, you Mac people will claim you can’t relate, being geek Pelagians


Oct 2 2010

New at The Gospel Uncensored

Gospel Certainty

I’ve had the following quotation by Martin Luther open on my desktop for the past couple of weeks, thanks to my friend Steve:

“Let us thank God, therefore, that we have been delivered from this monster of uncertainty and that now we can believe for a certainty that the Holy Spirit is crying and issuing that sigh too deep for words in our hearts.

And this is our foundation:

The gospel commands us to look, not at our own good deeds or perfection, but at God as he promises, and at Christ himself, the Mediator…

Read more here.