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Dr. King in a White South

Taken from Tim Keller’s book, The Reason for God: Belief in the Age of Skepticism.

When Martin Luther King, Jr., confronted racism in the white church in the South, he did not call on Southern churches to become more secular. Read his sermons and “Letter to Birmingham Jail” and see how he argued. He invoked God’s moral law and the Scripture. He called white Christians to be more true to their own beliefs and to realize what the Bible really teaches. He did not say “Truth is relative and everyone is free to determine what is right or wrong for them.” If everything is relative, there would have been no incentive for white people in the South to give up their power. Rather, Dr. King invoked the prophet Amos, who said, “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness as a might stream” (Amos 5:24). The greatest champion in our era knew the antidote to racism was not less Christianity, but a deeper and truer Christianity.

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2011 in Articles

 

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Jesus Unifies Bible into One Story

Here is an excerpt that I came across from Ed Clowney’s (1912-2005) book “The Unfolding Mystery“.

“There are great stories in the Bible…but it is possible to know Bible stories, yet miss the bible story…The Bible has a story line. It traces an unfolding drama. The story follows the history of Israel, but it does not begin there, nor does it contain what you would expect in a nations history…If we forget the story line…we cut the heart out of the Bible. Sunday school stories are then told as tamer versions of the Sunday comics, where Samson substitutes for Superman. David…becomes a Hebrew version of Jack the Giant Killer. No, David is not a brave little boy who isn’t afraid of the big bad giant. He is the Lord’s anointed…God chose David as a king after his own heart in order to prepare the way for David’s great Son, our Deliverer and Champion.”

Tim Keller on Ed Clowney’s remarks, “Jesus shows us that the Bible is not an interesting set of isolated stories, each story telling us something different about ow to live. Rather, Jesus unifies all the chapters into one story.” Tim Keller and Ed Clowney teamed up to teach “Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World” (audio – iTunes) at Reformed Theological Seminary.

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Posted by on May 1, 2010 in Articles

 

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Jesus: the true and better…

I was listening to Tim Keller speak at the Gospel Coalition and was floored by his words on understanding the Old Testament. We tell other Christians to “Be like Daniel”, “”, “Be like Moses”, “Be like Joshua”. Tim Keller brought to me new insight in how I read the Old Testament. We read the Old Testament in light of the New Testament. The greatest commentary that we have on the Old Testament…is the New Testament.

Follow with me through the words from Tim Keller at the Gospel Coalition. This brought me joy this morning. You can find his message at http://www.thegospelcoalition.org. Thanks.

Jesus is the true and better Adam who passed the test in the garden and whose obedience is imputed to us.

Jesus is the true and better Abel who, though innocently slain, has blood now that cries out, not for our condemnation, but for acquittal.

Jesus is the true and better Abraham who answered the call of God to leave all the comfortable and familiar and go out into the void not knowing wither he went to create a new people of God.

Jesus is the true and better Isaac who was not just offered up by his father on the mount but was truly sacrificed for us. And when God said to Abraham, “Now I know you love me because you did not withhold your son, your only son whom you love from me,” now we can look at God taking his son up the mountain and sacrificing him and say, “Now we know that you love us because you did not withhold your son, your only son, whom you love from us.”

Jesus is the true and better Jacob who wrestled and took the blow of justice we deserved, so we, like Jacob, only receive the wounds of grace to wake us up and discipline us.

Jesus is the true and better Joseph who, at the right hand of the king, forgives those who betrayed and sold him and uses his new power to save them.

Jesus is the true and better Moses who stands in the gap between the people and the Lord and who mediates a new covenant.

Jesus is the true and better Rock of Moses who, struck with the rod of God’s justice, now gives us water in the desert.

Jesus is the true and better Job, the truly innocent sufferer, who then intercedes for and saves his stupid friends.

Jesus is the true and better David whose victory becomes his people’s victory, though they never lifted a stone to accomplish it themselves.

Jesus is the true and better Esther who didn’t just risk leaving an earthly palace but lost the ultimate and heavenly one, who didn’t just risk his life, but gave his life to save his people.

Jesus is the true and better Jonah who was cast out into the storm so that we could be brought in.

Jesus is the real Rock of Moses, the real Passover Lamb, innocent, perfect, helpless, slain so the angel of death will pass over us. He’s the true temple, the true prophet, the true priest, the true king, the true sacrifice, the true lamb, the true light, the true bread.

The Bible’s really not about you — it’s about him.

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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