A collection of assorted postings and pages I picked up while aimlessly wandering around the net this past week.
- We start out with something truly bizarre. This Roman Catholic news story actually hit the wires on June 19th, but I only came across it this past week. The Pope is offering an indulgence for anyone who will re-tweet his Twitter posts! That’s right, you can be just a couple of mouse clicks away from trimming time off your expected stay in purgatory. What a deal! If there were ANY Scriptural support for such a place as purgatory, that is. AND if any part of our salvation were in any way merited by our works, that is. AND if it weren’t for the fact, as Martin Luther pointed out, that popes “cannot remit guilt, but only declare and confirm that it has been remitted by God”. Sorry, three strikes … you’re out. (Maybe we now need a 96th thesis dealing with indulgences and social media?)
- On a far more edifying note, Thabiti Anyabwile wrote with disarming candor this week about a spiritual dry patch he’s been passing through which, he adds, is of his own making. I don’t think I’ll be the only one who’s able to draw great encouragement from his words.
- Okay, back to the depressing stories again: On Wednesday, MSNBC Anchor Thomas Roberts coined a new sanitized name for abortion clinics: He called them “Choice Providers”. (You can’t make this stuff up, can you.) Watch the interview for yourself.
- Many of us love the modern hymn “In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend. A powerful anthem with theologically astute lyrics. This beloved song will NOT make the cut to be included in a forthcoming hymnal for Presbyterian churches, however, because the selection committee took umbridge with the line, “Till on that cross as Jesus died/the wrath of God was satisfied”. They wanted to replace the reference to the doctrine of penal substitution, but the songwriters said “No”. Good call, guys.
- And then, finally, a good news story to finish with. ChristianAudio.com are offering the audiobook of “Basic Christianity” by John Stott for FREE download all this month. It’s a classic book … Just wish they’d found someone with a British accent to read it. Nevertheless … enjoy!