Happy 1st Birthday Ruby. That means it's one year since this epic piece of atheist evangelism... https://t.co/vNn9GZSWlo
— Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) January 2, 2016
DAY 1 BiOY:
The Man our Tree of Life(Ps1)
The 1st Adam planted in the garden(Gen2) yet cursed
The 2nd Adam planted in our humanity(Matt1) to bless #BiOY
DAY 2 BiOY:
"Be wise u rulers" (Ps2). Adam was not (Gen3) but the truly wise came to the "child born King" (Matt2), God's global & eternal Refuge #BioY
DAY 3 BiOY:
Death&judgement swallow us all (Gen5&6) but the LORD comes thru the waters(Matt3) &arises to wake us from death & lift our heads (Ps3) #BiOY
DAY 4 BiOY:
Having come thru the waters/40day judgement (Gen7-9 / Matt4), Christ brings His blessed kingdom as the Wisdom-filled Royal Son (Prov1) #BiOY
DAY 5 BiOY:
Babel’s way: self-exaltation=>scattered (Gen11).
Jesus’ way: meekness=>inheritance (Matt5).
Jesus’ is the way of joy, even now (Ps5:7) #BiOY
DAY 6 BiOY:
Ps5: Curses on the wicked But Matt5: Blessings. How? In Abe’s Seed “all nations will be blessed” (Gen12) cos He was cursed (Gal3:13f) #BiOY
DAY 7 BiOY:
Christ=Priest of God; Word of God; & Messenger of God who comes in grace to the successful; the suffering; & the sinful (Gen14;15;16) #BiOY
DAY 8 BiOY:
Don’t worry (Matt6). Wickedness won’t prosper (Matt7;Prov1). The Judge will do right (Gen18) and more, He’ll righteousify u (Gen15/17) #BiOY
DAY 9 BiOY:
God rains down His stormy judgements (Ps7; Gen19; Matt7) but He remembers His covenant & extends it to the filthy & far off (Matt8) #BiOY
DAY 10 BiOY:
As Suffering Servant, Jesus gives us His life 4our death; His peace 4our chaos; His sanity 4our madness; His mercy 4our mess (Matt8-9) #BiOY
DAY 11 BiOY:
As Jesus forgives, heals&raises (Matt9) He's not giving a divine proof so much as a demonstration of Man's true authority (v8) -> Ps8 #BiOY
DAY 12 BiOY:
Proverbs does not say Live wisely & u’ll be wise. It says UR foolish so come to Wisdom, receive the Spirit & u’ll start to live wisely #BiOY
The law reversed (Gen25:23) while the man of faith, Abe, has ‘obeyed’ laws that don’t exist, ch26:5! The Offspring makes sense of it #BiOY
“I was born reddy.” (Esau, Genesis 25:25 ) #BiOY
DAY 13 BiOY:
A good for nothing schemer is clothed in the firstborn son & blessed beyond measure (Gen27). “I will be glad and rejoice IN YOU” (Ps9) #BiOY
DAY 14 BiOY:
The proud resist. The oppressed take refuge in the Son (Ps9) as little children b4 His Father. This=God’s eternal life&rest (Matt11) #BiOY
— Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) January 9, 2016
— Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) January 9, 2016
If your desire 4 "holiness" is not precisely & without remainder a desire to love God & neighbour, what u really want is 2b holier than thou
If new birth was about all about conversion moments, Nicodemus would be a bad poster-boy. (John 3; 7; 19)
On Twitter celebs can mask how insecure they are. On podcasts it becomes painfully obvious.
One implication for pastoral care: Let people talk. When words flow the heart is revealed. One of our biggest problems in church life is we only have Twitter length chats.
If you want to get to the heart you have to go long form.
When the Son defers to the Father we are not seeing a denial of the Trinity but an expression of it.
When we see the Father-Son dynamic their equality of being is not denied but described. The Spiritual Father-Son relationship IS God's Being
God doesn't really ask you to love the world. He does that. You love your neighbour.
God's cure for a despairing heart: Take to aspirin' and call Me in the mourning.
Every time we ask God to prolong our lives we're asking Him to defer our true healing.
The surest way to kill your ministry is to seek your life in it.
These days Christians love to "find their identity in Jesus." Trouble is Jesus told us to do the exact opposite. pic.twitter.com/IPz1o3Sr9m
— Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) January 3, 2016
"I really feel like in 2016 I need to lose my identity in Jesus."
A good Muslim is a slave of Allah. A good Buddhists is one with the universe. Even the worst Christian is one with Jesus
Materialist: a slave 2 impersonal laws
Buddhist: one with an impersonal cosmos
Theist: slave of a personal God
Xian: one with a personal God
I feel like social media is making us all more moral. Hopelessly, horribly, wearyingly moral.
To the right we face Islam. To the left secularism. Both are historical deviations from orthodox Christianity: of the 7th and 17th centuries
Islam tries to deal with an unmediated God. The Enlightenment tries to deal with an unmediated world. Both need Christ.
"There are two books, the book of God and the book of the world"
The name of God acc. to Numbers6
The LORD the Fountainhead of blessing
The LORD the radiant Face
The LORD the personalising Peacemaker
Low churches don't get rid of liturgy they spread it across the week. Less structured on Sunday often means Very structured 4everything else
"He who loves his wife, loves himself." Eph5:28. This statement is not reversible. You can't just love yourself and claim ur loving yr wife.
In this way God can be said to love Himself, but He does so by loving us. His other-love is so vast it draws us in Christ into His very self
And even as we come in on God's own life to be loved - that life is other-centred. The Spirit unites us to Christ to be loved by the Father.
— Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) January 4, 2016
A 2 minute devotional thought recorded for Premier Radio: "The Light shines in the darkness" https://t.co/jcknYRrWDd
— Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) January 5, 2016
"Perishing" - a 2 minute 'Thought for the Day' recorded for Premier Radio: https://t.co/XyWClzt6HW
— Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) January 6, 2016
Nominal Atheism: a 2 minute 'Thought for the Day' recorded for Premier Radio: https://t.co/bqcw8M8GnU
— Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) January 7, 2016
Derren Brown says the Hero Story's more interesting than the God Story. But what if the Hero Story IS the God Story? https://t.co/DJZ5bCnqQy
— Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) January 8, 2016