That’s Exactly What I’ve Been Trying To Say!

Yet again, Craig has pointed me in the right direction with another link to a great article, this time on the Sydney (Australia) Anglicans website. The article is about how people get “immunized” against the Gospel when they’re given half-truths. Check it out:

This kind of problem can occur when we give people a tiny taste of the gospel without a full exposure to the implications or fruit of the message. If we are not careful, we can lead people to end up hardened against Jesus, not softened to his promises.

The writer to the Hebrews made reference to this very kind of problem when he said that “It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance…” (Hebrews 6:4-6a).

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7 thoughts on “That’s Exactly What I’ve Been Trying To Say!

  1. i am originally from southern indiana….grew up there for 20 years and have now been living in OK for 11 years. So Louisville is like home, and your blog makes me homesick. We are trying to relocate back to Southern Indiana. I have read your blog and am curious on what church you go to, if that is not too much to divuldge to a complete stranger on the internet???

  2. Of course! I go to Sojourn Community Church — the website (don't judge by that; it's about to change) is the first in my list of links to the right. We're located in Germantown, half a mile or so west of Bardstown Rd (near Lynn's Paradise Cafe).

    It's a pretty awesome church, if I do say so myself.

  3. I went to a Christian school, and generaly speaking our whole class was hardened. In was a combination of teachers and parents that did it. This is one of the biggest things I think about. I would send my kids to the same school because things have changed since.

  4. How have things changed, Jonny, compared to before? What do you think is a good way to educate kids in a Christian setting vs. a bad way?

    I'm curious to know your opinion.

  5. Hi Laura!

    Just stopping by from Ree's site to give you that recipe. I promise you, this pecan pie is unlike all the others and everyone I've made it for over the last 11 years requests it over and over again. Hope you enjoy and let me know how it goes if/when you make it.

    Pecan Pie:

    1/2 cup sugar
    1 cup brown sugar–not firmly packed
    1 1/2 tbsp flour
    2 tbsp milk
    1 tsp vanilla
    2 eggs, lightly beaten with a fork

    Mix all the above together with a spoon, NO BEATERS, until just combined.

    Melt one stick of butter minus one inch. Add the butter and 1 1/4 cups pecan halves to mixture and stir until combined; don't overstir.

    Pour into a regular 9-inch pie shell and bake @ 350 for 35 mins or until center is set.

    You can also make this using a deep dish pie shell but you'll need to make 1 1/2 times the recipe.

  6. Alot of the teachers now are ex-students younger than myself at that school. (eg Mike Jolly was a student teacher). They now have more programs where “youth paster” type people (like Mike Jolly) are invited to give talks and hang out with the students.

    In my day, it was thought a Christian picked up their rubbish, did their homework, and believed in a 6 day creation. We all knew we were doomed. We got given the gospel message also which scared us into silence about the topic. Peer pressure and being cool was the winner.

    It's complicated, still working it out…

  7. In my day, it was thought a Christian picked up their rubbish, did their homework, and believed in a 6 day creation. We all knew we were doomed. We got given the gospel message also which scared us into silence about the topic. Peer pressure and being cool was the winner.

    Really interesting take, Jonny. My wife had some similar experiences (alhough not completely similar) with her Christian School in the south of the US.

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