The wait itself is a gift of grace. You see, waiting is not only about what you will receive at the end of the wait. Waiting is about what you will become as you wait…Waiting means surrendering your glory. Waiting means submitting to his glory. Waiting means understanding that you were given life and breath for the glory of another. Waiting gives you opportunity to forsake the delusion of your own glory and rest in the God of awesome glory. Only when you do that will you find what you seek, and what you were meant to have: lasting identity, meaning, purpose, and peace in Christ. In this way waiting is is much more than a burden for you to bear; it is a precious gift for you to receive with joy.
The phrase “Semper Reformanda” in its original context:
“The church is reformed and always being reformed according to the Word of God.” (Ecclesia reformata semper reformanda secundum verbum Dei) Thus, the church is not “always reforming” but “always BEING reformed” by the Holy Spirit in accordance with God’s Word. If a church uses “semper reformanda” to move beyond the Word, they’re not reforming to the Word but deforming themselves against the Word.
- Burk Parsons
Listen to a sermon a day. So far so good.
Here are some solid preachers I recommend:
- John Piper
- Matt Chandler
- Francis Chan
- David Platt
- Paul Washer
- Mark Driscoll
- C.J. Mahaney
- John MacArthur
- James MacDonald
- Al Mohler
- Rick Holland
- Steve Lawson
- Joshua Harris
- Tim Keller
Also some links:
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Young Calvinist jokes.
Oh my goodness. I seriously found the funniest blog ever about young Calvinists. Being a YC myself, I thought this was hilarious.
Mars Hill. ESV. Piper. Lecrae. Five Solas. Reformed. Love it ahaha :) I wrote my own comments at the end of each one in bold.
Some of them are:
The ESV translation: Young Calvinists (YCs) love the ESV. In certain circles its use is mandatory. The translation can easily be identified by the prominent circle on the front and/or on the binder. Since every YC uses the ESV, the “circle” has the nice side benefit of allowing them to easily identify each other when in unfamiliar environments.
The easiest way to explain why the ESV is preferred is by pointing out out the problems with all other Bible translations. The KJV is archaic. The NKJV is too much like the KJV. No one uses the NASB. The NIV and NLT are thought for thought translations (bad). The Living and The Message are paraphrases (really bad). The NRSV and TNIV use gender neutral language (really really bad). Special note: people who prefer the NRSV are invariably liberal (keep in mind that “liberal” and “Arminian” are synonymous term in the Calvinist mind). When in the presence of YCs it is wise to avoid all reference to the NRSV for reasons of safety.
The ESV is generally the only permitted translation for Calvinists; however, there is one notable exception: The NASB is considered acceptable if one is buying a MacArthur study Bible. In all other cases the NASB should be avoided in order to maintain conformity. It is a matter of great consternation among YCs that there is currently no ESV MacArthur study Bible.
I always use my ESV to identify other YC’s lol.
Mars Hill Church: YCs like Mars Hill because it is contemporary, hip, and Reformed. The first rule when discussing Mars Hill is to be aware that there are actually two of them. One is very cool. One is evil. To mix them up is a sign of terrible ignorance and is considered almost as bad as reading the NRSV. The cool Mars Hill is pastored by Mark Driscoll, and is located in Seattle. The evil Mars Hill is located near Grand Rapids. It is pastored by Rob Bell (The Emergent who produces the NOOMA series). It is excessively irritating to YCs that there is a successful Emergent mega-church in Mecca (Grand Rapids).