Russell Moore on "When Someone You Admire Abandons the Faith"

Moore’s article is excellent. Here are a few highlights. You can read the entire article here.

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"I have to remind myself to be compassionate. In almost every case like this I’ve seen, the person is usually going through an enormous amount of pain. In some cases, that pain is a personal crisis that led them to a ‘dark night of the soul,’ from which he or she can’t seem to find the way back. In some of the cases I’ve seen it’s someone who was shredded by religious people or institutions. Maybe it’s someone who has seen, as many of us have, those who can expound on theology at length but seem to be filled with hatred or rivalry or envy or those things the Bible calls “the works of the flesh.” Sometimes I’ve seen situations where people are devastated by the hiddenness of God in some pain or suffering they or someone they love is enduring and they don’t know how to cope.”

“The cliché ‘There but for the grace of God go I’ can sometimes mean the modern Christian equivalent of ‘Thank you Lord that I am not like this publican’ (Lk. 18:9-14). But the wording is literally true. If you find yourself reassuring yourself by recounting your strengths, compared to someone who is leaving the church, you’re not understanding the very mystery by which God keeps you—not by your power but by your weakness. These stories ought to prompt us to cry out, ‘Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it; prone to leave the God I love; Here’s my heart, Lord, take and seal it, seal it for thy court’s above.’”

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Resistance is (not) Futile

“Prepare to be assimilated. …Resistance is futile.” 

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Recognize that line?

You’ll be tested this weekend in the sermon. Don't worry, it will be a multiple choice test.

Resistance to assimilation into the larger society is a major theme in the Bible.

But resistance is tricky, difficult, and often costly because God doesn’t call his people to stick to themselves and forget about everyone else.

In the Old Testament, Daniel is the archetype of resistance while living in exile, far from the Promised Land.

But Esther is another story. She is living in exile in Persia and has clearly adopted Persian standards. She is , practically speaking, assimilated. But God uses her to save his people and she is changed in the process.

The story of Esther is the story of how we find their way back to God in spite of all the ways we compromise our faith in ways we should not compromise.

Join us this weekend as we launch our new Esther series. Invite a friend or family member.