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“Is it not wonderful news to believe that salvation lies outside ourselves?” Luther

Either God loves you to death or Jesus has been sending crazy mixed messages. #EnjoyYourDay

The alternative to following is wallowing. Wallowing is *much* harder.

God's prescription for our ills: Take to aspirin' and call Me in the mourning.

In the flesh we are but dust and ashes. By the Spirit-filled King we are crowned with beauty and the oil of gladness (Is61) #EnjoyYourDay

- mum&dad i declare that this house is not mine it's yours...
- thanks son, ur welcome...
- ...i give it all 2u...
- ... you GIVE it 2 us??

If a "prayer of commitment" = the 1st statement by the child, cool. If it's the 2nd, who do we think we are & what do we think we can offer?

Real conversion is not giving your life to God. It's realising you've got nothing But gift.

You haven't got "God on your side", not in the Bob Dylan sense. You've got something better: You are at God's side, hidden in Christ forever.

Today, remember you are loved at your very worst, by the very Best. Rom 5:8 #EnjoyYourDay

"At the root of every caricature of the cross there lies a distorted Christology." John Stott, The Cross of Christ.

[God's Self-Substitution: We must affirm] that the love, holiness & will of the Father are identical to the love, holiness & will of the Son

Unless yr gospel presentation is explicitly trinitarian u cannot present atonement as God's SELF-substitution. IOW u can't preach the cross.

Some see #BruceJenner as a freak, some see #RachelDolezal as a fraud. How about we see them both as frail?

And let's learn from this that personal identity involves more than a solitary will. It involves biological givens and whole communities too

God is yr Creator therefore... How do u finish that sentence? First implication: therefore God is Giver & we are freely loved into existence

We are SEATED with Christ, Eph1-3; WALK by Christ, Eph4-5 & STAND in Christ, Eph6. We Never climb. #OnTopOfTheWorld #EnjoyYourDay

"They say personal evangelism is a dying art. How preposterous! It's a resurrecting art!" Said to me just now.

God works triumph thru deicide. The disasters of today do not catch Him off guard or knock Him off course. Crisis is His MO #EnjoyYourDay

Present suffering is to future glory as birth-pains are to the joy of new life. Horrifically painful. Totally worth it. #EnjoyYourDay

Through His life, death & resurrection, Christ has taken the wheel of this world, turned on the sat nav & pressed “Home” #EnjoyYourDay

Jesus sailed thru a hurricane to get to Legion (Mark5). He was hurled into the Abyss to rescue u. Same predicament, same love. #EnjoyYourDay

BAPTISM: You in Christ, once and for all.
COMMUNION: Christ in you, ongoingly.
BOTH: God's gracious & effective word, coming down from above

I stand by my decision to call it a "meme." A) memes should be *self*replicating and I'm the only one tweeting it. B) It's all about me me.

Christ is yr clothing (baptism), yr food & yr drink (communion). And He’s given while ur naked, famished & guilty as hell #EnjoyYourDay

Preacher’s Reality Check: Scripture’s most beautiful chapter on Christ and His cross begins with the line “Who has believed our message?”

“We live in an age in which everything is permitted and nothing is forgiven.” Rev Alan Jones

Culture Wars: Luke 15 without a father.

The Spirit raised Jesus from a "wicked" grave" (Is53:9). Thus the gospel is life from the dead AND vindication for *sinners* (Rom4:5).

It also means the powers of-the-Spirit/of-the-new-age are wrapped up with justification. The Spirit is abt new covenant reality (Gal3;2Cor3)

SALVATION: by grace alone, bearing fruit in many good works.
MISSION: by proclamation alone, bearing fruit in much social impact.

That worry is too big for you, the Father says ‘Let me take it’. #EnjoyYourDay

That job is too big for you, the Spirit says ‘Let me take it.’ #EnjoyYourDay

Jesus is LORD. This means the One poured out for you in love is God's true expression, the world's true King and your true Master. #GoodNews

Hebrews 11: God saves to the cloud.
Hebrews 12:1: Back up to the cloud then run.

Mission WHY: The Lord; the lost.
Mission WHO: Christ, church.
Mission WHAT: Declaring, discipling.
Mission HOW: Family, food.

Your success at ‘sin management’ does not define u. Christ does: “Holy”, “Without Blemish”, “Free From Accusation” Col1:22 #EnjoyYourDay

Men are like grain. Women like wine. Zechariah 9:17
Bland, raw, morning food versus sweet, refined, evening drink.

Sins cleansed, darkness conquered, creation liberated, bodies raised, tears wiped away and Jesus. Face to face, Forever. #EnjoyYourDay

In evangelism "I'm a staunch atheist" is the new "I'm a Christian." It's often a ready-made label that means little. Don't let it put u off.

Born ever hungry
Hating our need
Despising dependence
Craving a feed.
All or Nothing,
Since Adam & Eve we cannot receive.

At the British Museum see Babylonians, Persians, Greeks&Romans. At yr local church join the Son of Man’s eternal kingdom #Dan7 #EnjoyYourDay

Grace is God's gift of Christ. Faith is our reception of Christ. Jesus is the centre, not some *thing* called "grace" or "faith".

Is the Spirit about Ethics (fruit) or Experience (filling)? Both sides must learn He's more deeply the Spirit of the Evangel & the Eschaton.

Whatever needs forgiving is forgiven. Whatever needs fixing will be fixed. Whatever needs facing, Christ faces with us. #EnjoyYourDay

I just grew the perfect root vegetable. It’s a real turnip for the books.

Gary Kasparov gives no interviews. No-one can answer that old chess nut.

- You said you were available to burp my kids?
- I said I was a wind up merchant.

Her will is strong. As is her won't.

You want a new kind of pasta? Ok, durum roll...

Dad was always watering down my fortified wine. #spoilsport

I'm realising why Facebook has so gripped our species. TAG A CAT GAG is just written into our DNA.

I put our family motto onto a royal blue flag. Pretty standard really.

I refuse to be called "HEAD" teacher. It's the principal.

An A-Team fancy dress party? Not sure I can't face it.

They say a heatwave’s coming. I reckon it’s all a front.

Perhaps my favourite 'moderately loud' pop song is Prince's "Sexy: metzo forte."

As a classical pianist I make sure to read out all #FF tweets extra loud.

Yes, you *could* call me a dynamic punster, thank you.

"A pox on both your houses" was a rash pronouncement.

I just can't fill out my bankruptcy application. I know, it's poor form.


Groaning under the weight of your “sacrifices” 4 the gospel? Don’t think sacrifice, think sound investment (Mark 10:29-30) #EnjoyYourDay

Evangelism is not a bread-crumb-trail leading non-Christians into our clutches. It's offering Bread.

Sin is not so much God's No to our Yes. Far more deeply it's our No to God's Yes.

"The Bible is for the simple. Clever people invent explanations that only the clever are stupid enough to believe." Peter Williams #ELF2015

"My wife says 'I've been for a walk,' I don't reply 'Can you verify that?' We are called to *trust* God in His word not prove Him." #ELF2015

Scripture is written with stumbling blocks in it. Such that, if you think ur smart u need to become simple in order to understand. #ELF2015

None of the reformers had archaeology. The oldest Hebrew manuscript Calvin had was about 11th century. Luther had 12th C Greek mss. #ELF2015

The Reformers had no trouble trusting in God's word. They trusted without the masses of confirmations we've found in archaeology #ELF2015

Scripture is written with stumbling blocks in it. Such that, if you think ur smart u need to become simple in order to understand. #ELF2015

"God may speak in your heart but how are you going to be able to discern that unless you are a student of His word" Peter Williams #ELF2015

‘In the shadow of your wings I take refuge til the storm has passed.’ (Ps57) The storm will pass and the refuge is secure. #EnjoyYourDay

If u think there’s a necessary trade-off between creative, well-made Christian media & gospel faithfulness u probably have an ugly gospel.

Faith is not a muscle you flex it's an empty hand receiving. You know what flexing an empty hand gives you? A clenched fist

Talk about a rapper with a split personality: Nestorious BIG

Yes they’re angry but push beneath & find desperation for control, then fear, then shame. Under it all: a naked sinner crying out 2b covered

Queuing at airport. Notice the guy in front's Twitter feed: BBC NEWS, BBC NEWS, CNN, REUTERS, BBC NEWS. Is that how grownups do it?

UR a member of Christ; 1spirit w Him; purchased by His blood; sharing in His resurrection; a temple of His Holy Spirit #1Cor6 #EnjoyYourDay

Your connection with God is Not up to yr prayers or yr piety. It’s up to yr Priest. And He ever lives to intercede 4u #EnjoyYourDay

Emma: Was that the baby waking?
Glen: Didn't hear.
E: Must be my mummy superpower. You can't hear her?
G: That's my daddy superpower.

Most sermon series on Exodus
Ex1-3: Yahweh's big
4-7: Yahweh's big
8-11: Yahweh's big
13: Yahweh's big

What kind of God is He? The kind that puts everything on hold because a woman in need tugs at His shirt. #Jesus #Mark5 #EnjoyYourDay

God is pulling all things through the cross and out the empty tomb #EnjoyYourDay

Two convictions from #Matthew6 to get us praying:
This is your Father's world;
You are your Father's child.

Receive each word ‘our Light&Momentary Troubles Are Achieving For Us an Eternal Weight of Glory that Far Outweighs them All’ #EnjoyYourDay

So your deliverance ministry leaves people feeling insecure, accused & doubting Christ's Lordship. Tell me more about how Spirit-led you are.

Want to reboot your life? Hold your nose while depressing your belly-button for 5 seconds. Failing that, try Jesus: 2Cor5:17 #EnjoyYourDay

"I had rather plant 1 seed of the life of Christ under the crust of heathen life than cover it over with vestiture of Western civilization." (Robert Speer)

Jesus is your salvation, your clothing, your food, yr shelter, yr reputation. Now those r taken care of, what do u want 2 do? #EnjoyYourDay

Are you a Christian? Luke 15 tells you your standing: weak and welcomed, wretched and robed, stinking and celebrated. #EnjoyYourDay

The most you can ever mean when you sing "I surrender all" is "I surrender me." But - reality check - You ain't all. Christ surrendered ALL

God worked a universe out of nothing, He reworked it out of sin, death and curse. I reckon He can do something with you. #EnjoyYourDay

What was Adam's garden work? Naming the old creation. What's our work as members of the Second Adam? Naming the new creation, i.e. preaching

Faith does not activate the gospel, the gospel activates faith.

Is bad grammar getting you down? Their their.

If telemarketers cold call me I usually throw the phone across the room. Sorry, it's just one of my hangups.

Thanks for your manicuring advice, I'll file it away.

My whole life’s a mistake. Even my blood’s a typo.

Why is 'cooking the books' bad? Cos there's no accounting for taste.

- You said you'd work in my restaurant last night?
- I said I can’t wait!

Découpage selfies? I'm not cut out for them.

To give up thinking is expensive.

That fire needs extinguishing. Just putting it out there.

I don't like leather hats. Got no head for hides.

Those are textbook hems! A real turn-up for the books.

Austerity in the health service means cutting coroners :-/

Britain is so sceptical it defies belief.

It's muggy today. Been robbed twice already.

Ps 30:6. Maybe this morning means more weeping 4u. But one morning every tear will be wiped away & today is another day closer #EnjoyYourDay

You are God’s possession. There Might be a hostile takeover. But only if they can outbid the blood of God- Acts 20:28 #EnjoyYourDay

Arguments against the Christian God are also arguments against hope since only the God of the Bible offers a lasting future for this world.

Rejecting Christianity cannot liberate you, expand your world or put you on the right side of history - the very opposite.

“I will not leave u as orphans, I will come to u.” #John14 The Spirit brings us the presence of Jesus & adoption b4 the Father #EnjoyYourDay

The Spirit brings us into what He has enjoyed eternally - the Son's communion with the Father #HappyPentecostSunday

Christ is God-poured-out (Ps2:6; Phil2:7)
The Spirit is God-poured-in (Joel 2:28; Rom5:5)
#Pentecost confirms #GodisGiver

Again and again we’re told that God’s Face shines on us. (Eg Num6; Ps80) In Jesus, God beams at you. #EnjoyYourDay

We've come through Easter to Pentecost, what's next? Trinity Sunday of course because 'Trinity' means reflecting on the God of the gospel

You can’t undo the past but Jesus has covered it and is now transforming the mess. It really is onwards and upwards #EnjoyYourDay

For the Christian, sin is not so much against the law as against your very being.

"We don't so much want it 2b illegal, we want it 2b unthinkable" <- A Good slogan 4 campaigners in public square. A Great slogan 4 preachers THE great foundation for humanism: God the Human. The Man is the measure of all things. When it comes to humanity, Jesus is the definite article. If there's one thing crazier than trying to get free from God it's trying to slave for Him. #Luke15

I don't think the non-Christian is less human because they're an unbeliever. *They* think they're less human than they really are. Much less

You don’t have to wait to be welcomed into the kingdom. Thru the gospel Christ *has* welcomed u with open arms (Rom15:7) #EnjoyYourDay

Remember: the Trinity** IS the unity of God.
** "Tri-Unity"

"Speaking the truth in love" does not mean "Say hard things with a smile."

What does it reveal about our theology if we think of "the truth" as a harsh reality and "love" as a gloss?

This week we recall that Truth & Love go "all the way down". The Truth is always "in Love" cos the Son is always in the Father by the Spirit

You pride yourself on being a preacher of REPENTANCE right? Ok good. Then practice what you preach.

The world is not a factory with u pulling the levers. Consider the birds. It’s your Father’s house & ur His child. #Matthew6 #EnjoyYourDay

"A preacher's great danger is to think they've unlocked a text when the purpose of a text is to unlock a heart." Steve Levy

You say "Personal relationship with Jesus", the Bible says "Covenant."

Underneath it’s not ‘blind, pitiless indifference’. Underneath are the everlasting arms. Deut 33:27 #EnjoyYourDay

Gospel preaching does not make sin irrelevant nor merely 'illegal'. It makes sin unthinkable

Preaching against sin is not saying "You might but you mustn't." It's saying "You're not so how can you?"

Your Aaron has entered the Holy Place, bearing yr name over his heart as a continuing memorial before the LORD. Exodus 28:29 #EnjoyYourDay

Top tip for #TrinitySunday preachers: preach Jesus.

Being Trinitarian without being Jesus-centred is like writing an ode to love with no-one in mind. Proclaim Him

1John1 Pretend righteousness, unconfessed sin, lonely independence = darkness. The Fellowship, Blood&Family of God = light #EnjoyYourDay

God is Love. Jesus is Lord. The Spirit is Life-giver. #EnjoyYourTrinitySunday

Christians have our flesh from Adam and our Spirit from Christ. In this way we are simultaneously sinners and righteous.

A Christian cannot be surprised at sin and spiritual sloth (we are flesh!) Equally we cannot make our peace with it (we are the Spirit's!)

God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 1John5:11 #EnjoyYourDay

Who by worrying can shave a single minute from their Sat Nav arrival time?

Dictatorships are totallyarian regimes.

Christians shouldn’t be Toffee Crisp, we should be Andrex. Not hard and brittle - soft and strong.

Evangelical preaching is not preaching evangelical shibboleths. It’s preaching the evangel.

The bank robbers impersonated pantomime donkeys in a crime police are calling braysened

Roman numerals: a real i-opener

My business partner wanted to open the pub on Ben Nevis but I told him he's setting the bar too high

- Are you the one giving people electric shocks?
- Guilty as charged

I've come dead last in every kissing competition I've entered. Never mind, my motto's always been: Stiff upper lip.

We met while getting Botox and soon became firm friends.

Are you depressed by continual commands to exercise? Chin up

Don't ask a nihilist to hoover. Nietzsche abhors a vacuum.

It's pretend. Your weed smoking attempts are tokin'.

Stoics want to correct my spelling. They have no affect.

“Death by Sunburn” was never a form of capital punishment in Britain. That's a summery execution.

Why of COURSE you can use my name as the punchline to these ridiculous puns. Said no Juan ever.

A Member of the Human Race is a Member of the Trinity. And you're a Member of Him! #EnjoyAscensionDay

Today reveals the true meaning of the empty tomb. The Man Christ Jesus is not rotting but ruling. #HappyAscensionDay

Testimonies *can* be more theological than preaching. A testimony can speak of "My God". Preaching might only speak of "these ideas"

There is a Mediator with God. He's fully accepted by God and 100% on our side - the Man Christ Jesus. #1Tim2 #EnjoyYourDay

Walking in the light has nothing to do with looking shiny. It's about looking bad in the presence of forgiveness & fellowship #1John1

Walking in the light is the opposite of looking shiny. It's looking bad in the presence of love. #1John1

Those who pretend to be shiny are those most lost in the dark #1John1

Though He disgusted many, Jesus was never disgusted. He’s not ashamed to be your Brother and to bring you to His Father #EnjoyYourDay

In the face of suffering we all want 3 things: Hate, Help & Hope... To Hate the evil of it, Help 4 getting thru & Hope 4 a future beyond it

Only with Jesus do we have the right to Hate the suffering and to Hope for its end. Most crucially He gives unique Help in its midst.

If it was important to say "Yahweh" the NT would have transliterated it. Instead the NT says "Lord" and Lord almost always refers to Christ

The NT never says "Yahweh" and always uses "Lord" to refer to a distinct Person of the Trinity - usually the Son.

God justifies the wicked who, without works, simply trust Jesus. Rom 4:5. Wickedness does not disbar, it qualifies you #EnjoyYourDay

Trying to raise Ruby Christian but gotta say... she's bald, pudgy, jolly & doesn't believe in object permanence. Is my daughter the Buddha?

Safe to say Paul was as pleased with Athenian idolatry (Acts 17) as he was with Lystran idolatry (Acts 14). Which is to say not at all

No-one's ready for a theology of gifts (1 Cor 12-14) till they've learnt a theology of the cross (1 Cor 1-3)

"The Trinity" is another way to say "the God of the Gospel" or "the Jesus-God". To be Trinitarian is to be a gospel person, a Jesus person.

"The only system of thought into which Jesus Christ will fit is the one in which He is the starting point." (after Athanasius)

By parallel, the only "Doctrine of the One God" which can allow for a truly Trinitarian theology is one that begins with Triune relations.

If "the One God" means a mathematical singularity then Jesus must either dissolve into the One God (modalism) or descend beneath (Arianism)

But if we begin with Jesus then the Oneness of God is precisely the Father-Son union in the Spirit.

Preaching=proclamation like communion (1Cor11:26). We don't merely cook, recommend the recipe or teach good nutrition. We feed the sheep

Preaching is not merely stating gospel truths. That's like reading the recipe. It's handing over the Bread of Life with the words "for you"

As Witness He sees yr suffering, as Advocate He sticks up 4u, as Intercessor He prays always, as Friend He sympathises. Job16 #EnjoyYourDay

“No man can give the impression that he himself is clever and that Christ is mighty to save.” James Denney

Creation is gratuitous. Creation is purposeful. It's both because the purpose is Christ. And what could point 2 Christ better than gratuity?

"Man needs to be Saved from his own Wisdom as much as from his own Righteousness, for they produce one and the same corruption." William Law

When Lloyd-Jones said preaching was "logic on fire" he soon replaced the word "logic" with "theology". Theology=Logic

Law-Gospel preaching does not leave hearers mid-way between Mount Gerazim and Mount Ebal. It takes them through Golgotha to Zion.

#Ps146 The LORD reigns. How does He reign? He liberates, restores, lifts, loves & watches over. No other King like Jesus. #EnjoyYourDay

God loves to name it and claim it, what do you think baptism is?

God doesn't so much give gifts as give Himself.
We don't so much possess the gift as be possessed.

Mary chose the better portion: to BE served by Jesus through His word. Luke 10:42 #EnjoyYourDay

'"Holy" refers to life burning with an intense purity that transforms everything it touches into itself." Eugene Peterson

I don’t a know why a they say it’s a magic, I never liked it when I saw a lady in a huff.

Tattoos are to dye for. Eyebrow rings are frowned upon

They never really named the White Cliffs of Dover - it's just a description. I guess nobody wanted to call their bluff

Wait a minute, did seahorses invent water polo?

My baby's clearly new age: no belief in object permanence, constant "out of body experiences" & loves the veil of illusion, AKA "peekaboo".

Apparently Frank Spencer never said “Ooo Betty” so I dare say we’ve all been given a false impression.

Yes our lungs can cover a whole tennis court but I'm not sure it's wise. Such a slick surface would produce incredibly serve-dominant tennis

- Had one too many brews last night.
- Lager?
- Nah, tea. 6 pots of Twinings now I’m feeling ropey

My maths improves when I give up my calculator. I know, it’s counter-intuitive

Unfortunately sauciers are often reduced to stock phrases. Jus saying.

- "...I know this... Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Gummo.... Zeppo!"
- "Full Marx!"

God is Joy – Ps 45:7; John 15:11; 1 Tim 1:11. #EnjoyYourDay

OTOH Outgoing Trinity Originates History
ISTM Initial Sin Topples Man
LOL Lord Offers Life
ICYMI InChrist Youre Made Immortal

Being Trinitarian without being explicitly Christ-focused is like writing an Ode to Love with no-one in mind.

You say "Sold out for Jesus", I say "Purchased in full."

Human nature isn’t atomistic, it’s Adamistic

The pressure’s off: you don’t need to be right. In fact it’s pretty important that you’re wrong. Tell God and #EnjoyYourDay

“Christ has married us, redeemed us from every evil and adorned us with all His goodness.” #Luther #EnjoyYourDay

Our constant fear: if we're known we won't be loved. But John10:14-15, we are seen to the depths & loved to eternity #EnjoyYourDay

The Word became flesh and remains flesh. He has pledged His life, His future, His very being to us forevermore. #EnjoyYourDay

To enter the kingdom you must become like great warriors? Bible experts? Sinless saints? No - little children. Matt18:3 #EnjoyYourDay

#Ps32 All transgressions forgiven&sins covered. Hidden in Christ. Protected from trouble. Surrounded by songs of deliverance #EnjoyYourDay

In the Bible the empty tomb isn't so much about proving God's entrance into human affairs. It's announcing Man's entrance into God's affairs

God’s 7-fold promise to His enslaved people: I will unburden, free, redeem, possess, protect, deliver & lavish you. #Exodus6 #EnjoyYourDay

Don't fear: I'm with u. Dont be dismayed: I'm yr God. I'll strengthen&help u; I'll uphold u with my righteous Right Hand #Is41 #EnjoyYourDay

I know it's popular to say that gospel transformation is "inside-out" but give me an external gospel word any day.

In the Bible, saying "I don't love my wife" is a confession & u should repent of such sin. Today, it's an excuse 4 u2 repent of the marriage

[Marriage Guidance Today]
-But do u love her?
-I don't know anymore

[Marriage Guidance in the Bible]
-I don't know if I love her
-Then do!

“Whoever comes to me I will NEVER cast away.” (John 6:37) #Promise #EnjoyYourDay

Jesus: Self-abasing Slave & Sacrificial Lamb - HE reveals the name and nature of God. #nogodlikeHim #Phil2 #EnjoyYourDay

In #Matthew14, Jesus “begins to” let Peter sink. But “immediately” He responds to his cry. #EnjoyYourDay

Free will lies on the far side of free grace.

Through the cross (Ps 22:1-21), Jesus becomes your Priest (v22-31). First He bears yr sin, then He bears u b4 the Father #EnjoyYourDay

Vote, but remember that our Man is already on the true seat of power. Just, Gentle, Wiser than Solomon, Beyond reproach & ONE OF US! #EnjoyYourDay

Because of resurrection, the worst thing is never the last thing. #EnjoyYourDay

My desire to overcome sins:
70% 'to prop up my view of me / yr view of me';
15% 'to avoid humbling myself';
10% 'to manage w/o God's grace'

This is why repentance has to be a gift. It's not our new life offered to God but His new life offered to us even in all our mixed motives.

'Nature' does not encourage a 'natural' approach to God. Creation is a preacher, heralding words from on high. (Psalm 19:1ff; Romans 10:17f)

"To one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly their faith is credited as righteousness." Rom5:5 #EnjoyYourDay

1Cor1:2 Dear Christian, you are set apart as special by Jesus Christ and called holy in Him. In other words, You're a saint #EnjoyYourDay

"Your people will be my people and your God will be my God" (Ruth 1:16). If that's conversion, what should evangelism look like?

"Come home, all is forgiven. Love, your Dad."
-- 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 paraphrase

Many people seek 'God' but no-one seeks the God of the cross.

The cross upholds God's sovereignty.

I believe in the existence of angels, you believe 'death really aint so bad'. Which is the fairytale belief?

The world's heaven is heaven's hell #Romans1

All you've ever got is Christ's righteousness. All you ever need is Christ's righteousness. #EnjoyYourDay

It's not: 'law=duty / gospel=love'
It's: 'law = your loving duty for the Lord / gospel = the Lord's loving duty for you.'

"It's all about u" - world
"It's not about u, it's about Jesus" - law.
"It's not about u, it's about Jesus FOR YOU" - gospel (ht @IssuesEtc)

#Isaiah25 Salvation = shame removed, death swallowed up, tears wiped away & global feasting with Christ #EnjoyYourDay

If someone's forgiven you a major debt you've gotta be some kind of jerk to insist 'it wasn't so bad really'. #selfjustification

Dear reader, I am that kind of jerk.

#Lev17 Jesus says: "My Life is in the blood and I have given it to you to make atonement." He holds nothing back. #EnjoyYourDay

- Does money make the world go round?
- It certainly torques.

Knuckle sandwiches are fine. Just roll with the punches.

Their father managed. In Ireland that’s Pa for the Corrs.

Lucky S. Cape was a man of phew words.

That was, hands down, the worst hustings ever.

I could tell he went to public school. He had that harrowed look.

I tried playing the *bad* health lottery. Fat lotto good.

If I'm frank, when it comes to karaoke I get stuck in my ways.

Those Weight Watchers reps are real fast talkers.

My last minute selection for the Anaesthetists' World Cup is nice but I can't help thinking I'm only there to make up the numbers.

The Hindu Scriptures are basically untranslatable. What happens in Vedas stays in Vedas.

90% of success is just showing up. Unless you're a projectionist, in which case a variety of films is best.

I like the M6 but Spaghetti Junction's a major turnoff.

I didn't think my chiropractor could fix my posture but I stand corrected

The iCloud’s fine but Dropbox gets my backup

"Ah Bisto!" isn't the greatest slogan. It's just a stock phrase

What's the place of "apologetics"? I debate the issue with Tom Price ()

If by "apologetics" you mean "persuasive, thoughful, contextualised gospel preaching" then Yay Apologetics! But 1Cor1&2 rules out Something

If apologetics = "evangelism in the mode of answering Qs" I am 100% pro-apologetics. If it's separate then it's "evangel +"

-Today gospel preaching isn't working
-U sure it's the gospel that's being preached?
-Oh sure, I'm talking about *evangelical* churches

-Yeah we still believe in preaching but we need more
-Like a prayerful, loving community living it out?
-I was thinking of a new website.

Jesus doesn’t so much make safe passage for us back to heaven. But He has made treacherous passage for Himself down to us. #EnjoyYourDay

In Christ ur members of God's flock, purchased by God's blood, fed by God's word & surrounded by God's grace. Acts20 #EnjoyYourDay

- I fear the church will miss the next big move of God.
- Impossible, the church IS the move of God.

It'll be alright in the End. If it's not alright now, it's not the End. #EnjoyYourDay

Astonishing to think that God remains Giver even in judgement: "He gave them over... He gave them over.. He gave them over..." Rom1:24,26,28

We're all cut from the one cloth (Adam).
We must be clothed with the One cut (Christ).

Want proof of 'the Divine' breaking into this world? Look to the virgin womb. The empty tomb is more abt 'the Human' breaking into the next

#Exodus12 It's not the quality of your life 'in here' that counts. It's the quality of His death 'out there' that saves #EnjoyYourDay

By the Spirit of the Son you have a new spiritual heart-beat: Abba, Father… Abba, Father… Abba, Father… (Gal 4:6) #EnjoyYourDay

In Athens - Paul was not channelling Socrates but Elijah.

He didn’t rescue u so He could delight in u. He delighted in u & so rescued u. Ps 18. U’ve been loved at your worst. #EnjoyYourDay

Naturally the human race casts God as a hard task-master, not because He is one, but because it suits us to quietly despise and dismiss Him.

"The LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in Him." (Psalm 32:10) #EnjoyYourDay

Not just net gainers. Even our greatest suffering redeemed 2 greater glory: More than conquerors thru Him who loved us! #EnjoyYourDay

“You are my Beloved Child, I’m thrilled with you” – the Verdict we all want from the Father we all crave. And it’s ours in Jesus #EnjoyYourDay

Only Sinners love (Luke 7:36-50). Therefore every sin is an opportunity to know yr indebtedness and the forgiveness of Jesus #EnjoyYourDay

“My child, get up” He will say. And u will rise 2 feasting joy, complete astonishment & face-to-face with Jesus (Luke 8:40-56) #EnjoyYourDay

Who qualifies 4 Christ’s Kingdom? The powerless, the wicked, the little children: Lk18:1-17. Don’t reach up, receive where u r #EnjoyYourDay

"Now death is but a Jacob's ladder whose foot is in the dark grave, but its top reaches to glory everlasting." Spurgeon

Exodus: Abraham's seed (God's son) Redeemed from Slavery(1-6), thru Judgement(7-14), into Dependence(15-18,24), Love(19-23) &Worship(25-40)

I find Twitter discussions are often more fruitful than blog discussions since each side engages each point as the dialogue develops.

Blogging debates can easily become two guys shadow-boxing in their own corners. Twitter forces you to engage each point as it arises.

You know the tree of life in the garden of God? That’s not just for religious art. That’s for *you* to eat from (Rev 2:7) #EnjoyYourDay

Your sorrows He carries, your infirmities He takes up, your sins He bears. (Is 53) Your weaknesses only draw Him closer #EnjoyYourDay

He’s the Judge of the world, the Revelation of God and a gentle, lowly Rest-Giver: Matt 11:20-30. #EnjoyYourDay

If you're going to sing to your plants "Deutschland, Deutschland, Uber Alles" is best. It aids germannation.

Gangrene costs an almondy leg.

"Which" magazine have me ranking colas all day long. It's soda grading.

I dunno if it’s high cuisine but asparagers is definitely on the haute-istic spectrum.

Threshers wined me up

An ancient shoe-makers guild? Load of old cobblers.

Wait a minute. Did Jesus wash His own feet? It's hard to picture it. If He didn't then He only got dirtier as He cleansed the rest.

#ThingsJesusNeverSaid "Now that I've washed your feet, you wash mine." #GraceRunsDownhill

Our God is none other than the God of the Cross - the God who has pledged His own being for us with every drop of His blood. #EnjoyYourDay

If you want to know why Jesus died I've got two words for you #1PUN

#TGIGF ‘Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power & wealth & wisdom & strength & honour & glory & praise.’ (Rev 5:12)

Just did the "Which Good Friday character are you?" quiz. Thought I'd definitely be the crowd. Funnily enough I got "Jesus". --Gal 2:20

"He made Himself nothing/He humbled Himself/Even death on a cross. Therefore *HIM* God exalted." The cross is what it looks like to be God.

Today is the real 'compare & contrast' with Islam. For the Muslim, judgement day is a Friday in the future. For the Christian it's all past.

For the Muslim, an unrighteous substitute died for righteous Jesus. For Christians, righteous Jesus died as a substitute for unrighteous us.

Reading the passion narratives is a great reminder that the cross achieved nothing. Jesus dying accomplished everything.

Creation - in Christ under Adam
Incarnation - Christ in creation as Adam
Cross - Christ for creation as Adam

Resurrection - Christ over creation by Spirit
Pentecost - Christ to creation by Spirit
Return - Christ through creation by Spirit

“But we had hoped…” (Luke 24:13-35) What have you hoped in? It will be transformed and more than restored by the risen Jesus #EnjoyYourDay

The 7th day. Rest. Completion. The old order summed up and brought to an end. Tomorrow: a whole new world.

Resurrection does not correct or counter the way of the cross, it forever crowns the way of the cross.

We've seen the future: BBQs on the beach, country walks, heart-warming talks, feasting and face2face with Jesus, #Resurrection #EnjoyYourDay

Yes the resurrection vindicates the atonement of the cross. But so much more: it vindicates The CHRIST of the cross and His Way of the cross

It's not so much a case of "the cross worked" as "The Lamb has conquered - in all His sacrificial Lamb-ness."

Once again - the cross didn't do anything. The Lamb did everything.

John 20: Jesus rose with scars and calls His followers the way of the cross (John 21). #EasterMeans the Lamb reigns

Romans 8: it's our unshakeable resurrection hope that sustains us to suffer 'like sheep to be slaughtered.' #EasterMeans the Lamb reigns

1 Corinthians 15: Resurrection means we can now 'die every day.' #EasterMeans the Lamb reigns.

Phil2: The resurrection vindicates the self-emptying Slave/Sacrifice & now Paul & Tim pour themselves out. #EasterMeans the Lamb reigns

Phil3: "I want to know Christ & the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings." #EasterMeans the Lamb reigns

Rev5: The Lamb stands at the centre of the throne so that all creation sings of His sacrifice. #EasterMeans the Lamb reigns

They didn’t seek 1st the Kingdom, they fled the King. Yet the King pursued the disciples thru death 2 find them & say “Peace” #EnjoyYourDay

The Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you. Rom8:11 #EnjoyYourDay

The question "Does God exist?" doesn't make much sense on a Christian understanding. Everyone's got a god. The Q is Which god is really God?

Isaiah 60: Now that the Light of the world has risen for you, YOU shine with radiant glory. #passiton #EnjoyYourDay

Our Spiritual Doctor has a prescription: "Take to aspirin' and call Me in the mourning."

"There's no team in Ai." (Joshua 7:3)

Customs official at Munich Airport: "Strange, you Australians usually come in Oktober." All I could do was apologise.

I love collecting Hebrew words - can I get an Amen?

Depict Europe’s tallest mountain? I’m drawing a blanc.

Tried ordering from “Pistachios To You”. It’s driving me nuts.

Feeling thirsty? Hungry? Spiritually empty? The sure mercies of Christ are yours: Isaiah 55 #EnjoyYourDay

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet (Rom 16:20). #EnjoyYourDay

Consent is a dumb *foundation* for morality. This guy consented to being set alight

Evangelism is not individuals shoving people through the front door.
It's the whole church family hospitably showing folks round the house.

God has given u His all – His very Heart – on the cross. He gave it while u were His enemy. What will He now withhold from u? #EnjoyYourDay

"Restore to me the joy of your salvation... Then I will teach transgressors your ways & sinners will turn to u" (Psalm 51) Restored to Reach

Pastor: Please feel Very free to wear Whatever u like when u preach. We're VERY relaxed.
Me: Cool, Dog collar it is.
Pastor: Errrr...

Does heaven seem closed to you? No, Jesus has torn it open & brought u Home: Luke 3:21; John 1:51; Heb 4:14; 6:19; Rev 4:1.#EnjoyYourDay

We tend to sneer at the older hymn writers for saying *Heaven* is our home. Maybe we should learn from them. Home is where Jesus is, right?

O surpassing lovingkindness!Christ received nails in His undefiled hands& &feet while on me without pain or toil He freely bestows salvation

Happy St Cyril's Day!

All things are yours – all theology, the whole world, the future – and you are Christ’s and Christ is God’s. 1 Cor 3:21-23 #EnjoyYourDay

God does not treat you as your sins deserve (Ps 103:10). He treats you as Christ’s righteousness deserves. (2 Cor 5:21) #EnjoyYourDay

"The one trying 2b a Christian is trying 2 hold on to something. The one who IS a Christian feels that they're being held by something." MLJ

Spring=just a taste of what's coming: "the desert shall blossom abundantly & rejoice with joy & singing." Is35 #EnjoyYourDay

Jesus is not nice. He’s ferociously good, fiercely protective, jealously loving. His love is bloody. That’s why u can trust it #EnjoyYourDay

It's not "born sick, commanded to be well." (Christopher Hitchens). It's "born perishing, freely offered life."

Everyone knows that's a baby's position *physically* - the Christian says it's spiritually/morally true too

Rejecting original sin means embracing a magical dualism - that our spiritual state is detached from our perishing physical state.

Most objections to original sin assume an Adam&Moses paradigm, not Adam&Christ.

Monday’s not the 1st day of the week. It’s the day after you’ve received a massive Raise and a stunning Promotion. #EnjoyYourWeek

Some preach a consumer Christ; others respond by preaching a compulsory Christ. Better to preach a compelling Christ.

We don't *love* what's compulsory.
We love what's compelling.

“Who He is, we become. Where He is, we dwell. What He has, we inherit. What He’s done, we possess.” #UnionWithChrist #EnjoyYourDay

Don't feel Jesus in your heart? First know that you are on His. (Ex 28:29; Heb 7:25) #EnjoyYourDay

Nothing a resurrection won’t fix. #EnjoyYourDay

Evangelism is "supply-side" communication. The gospel creates its own demand

Put it another way - evangelism is, properly speaking, sowing. Not necessarily reaping.

Since evangelism means giving not getting it's vital that it springs from fullness, not need. In other words, we need Happy evangelists.

On RTing praise- isn't there a clear difference btw a fawning compliment and a tweet-length review of a resource u'd encourage folks to use?

I understand the distaste for broadcasting what ought to be a nice person-to-person moment of appreciation but I don't get the blanket bans

Some preachers of 'sin as idolatry' draw from a deep well of Augustinian affective theology. Others sound like they've read a paperback.

When 'sin as idolatry' is preached by the latter, the solution often comes across as a stoic resolve to engage our hearts Less.

Nothing against paperbacks just an observation that some idolatry-speak springs from deeply affective theology&some seems to say "Love LESS"

He came to a poor teenager, a northern backwater, a ravaged people. He came to diseased, dying, damned sinners. He’s for 4u #EnjoyYourDay

In Heb2:10-18 Christ's death = victory, liberation, propitiation&sympathy. Above all else it's our High Priest taking us thru death to glory

We lose a Lot of bible richness when we think only of propitiation - as though the slaughtered goat is all that's going on at Yom Kippur.

Some atonement debates sound like "Which animal is most important on the Day of Atonement?" when it's the High Priest Himself who is central

My future inheritance = Grandpa’s stamp collection. Oh, and the universe. Oh, and GOD! Yes GOD! (Romans 8:17) #EnjoyYourDay

Our lives are mist, smoke, breath, spilled water, evening shadow, fading flowers, homeless wandering. Any other powerful biblical images?

God prefers IN to THROUGH. We want salvation THROUGH Jesus, God offers it IN Him. We want God to work THROUGH us, He wants to work IN us.

Therefore there's something profoundly Christian about Kant's categorical imperative: to treat people as ends in themselves.

One thing Trinitarian theology does is to say that God has an IN relationship with Jesus before and beyond it being a THROUGH relationship.

Allah & Jehovah (of the JWs) treat Jesus as a means to other ends. No wonder their followers are similarly used not cherished in themselves

And likewise, those followers use their God for other ends. Only the triune God can prize others & be prized without it turning manipulative

Job 19: Not a Replacer, a Redeemer. Not in the clouds, on earth. Not as spirit but in my flesh “I will see Him.” #EnjoyYourDay

Only Jesus saves. When u do some comparative religion u realise that's not a narrow-minded statement of faith but a simple statement of fact

#WhatWouldGoggleboxThink is a pretty good exercise for a preacher. At least for gauging our level of communication with the wider world.

Did the sun come up this morning? Then God’s not going to break His covenant with your Royal Priest (Jer 33:14-22) #EnjoyYourDay

The Spirit is a deposit, guaranteeing your full redemption. And God aint gonna lose His deposit. #EnjoyYourDay

If you want to reach someone's heart - don't be surprised if, first, you get under their skin.

#1Sam16 Bad news: u’ve not been chosen as King. Good news: yr Brother has & He shares His royalty & victory with u #1Sam17 #EnjoyYourDay

At Christmas, preachers are - rightly - reminded that we must hold Christmas and Easter *together*. Three months on, it still holds true.

Easter is to be declared in the power of the Spirit (by word&sacrament).
It's not to be debated in the power of the flesh (by argument).

The difference between flesh and Spirit is not the difference between 'outer' and 'inner'.
Far more it's 'arrow up' versus 'arrow down.'

In this sense, Spiritual is much more about externals - the Word coming to us "extra nos".

"Grace alone by faith alone" applies as much to revelation as it does to salvation - because they are essentially the same thing (John 17:3)

What kind of God is broken apart so the wicked can feast on Him? What kind of God is poured out so you can drink? Your God #EnjoyYourDay

Typical! Today the skies are clear and I can't see the equinox anywhere! Can someone tell me where I'm sposed to be looking??

As the tribute band played Hoppipolla I thought "Close but no Sigur."

- I refuse to give estimates.
- Can I quote you on that?

Judas should have known - you can't Double cross the Son of God.

I asked my Picture Framers to make me some bespoke ones. They asked "How many?" I said "25 this second!" Boy did they get animated!

Phew! Survived Pamplona. Dodged a bullock there.

Off to the hunting world championships in Istanbul. Getting my game fez on.

- What qualifies you as 'a man with a van'?
- I’m an excellent note taker
- How does that help?
- I’m brilliant at so fa removal.

Hear the one about the pygmy baritone? It's a little bass.

She said “You have no sense and no cents.” Her arguments were always add homonym

You may feel besieged by worries. Give them to your Father and know: it’s His peace that garrisons you (Phil 4:6-7)

Jesus promised us peace not ease.

"Jesus is getting on with destroying all rule, authority & power that sets itself up against God (1Cor15) - also known as saving the world."

That "also known as" from @Roryshiner 's "Raised Forever" is so vital to understand when thinking through judgement and salvation.

"We are invited to judge and to rule with Jesus (Dan7:18; Matt19:28; 1Cor6:2; Rev22:5). He's really into sharing." @Roryshiner


Jesus gives strength to the weary, grace to the guilty, worth to the worthless, hope to the hopeless. #EnjoyYourDay

Through the Righteous Branch, God never stops doing u good. In fact He rejoices 2do u good with all His heart&soul (Jer32-33) #EnjoyYourDay 

Your sins call down grace, your sufferings – comfort, your death calls you home. Life’s very worst can only make u better #EnjoyYourDay

I am not in Christ according to the flesh (by nature) but by the Spirit. Therefore I must be told the truth again and again. Hence preaching

You may be in the darkest part of the valley. Even there u r clothed in Christ, filled with His Spirit, adopted by His Father #EnjoyYourDay

Though clouds may hide it, the Light of the world has risen, the darkness is defeated, it’s a completely fresh start #EnjoyYourDay

His might dwarfs yr problems: they’re a drop in the bucket. His meekness draws u near: like a Shepherd gathering lambs. Is40 #EnjoyYourDay

Jesus doesn’t just give u a fresh start. He IS the Beginning (Col 1:18) All things are eternally new in Him. U especially. #EnjoyYourDay

Once I prayed with a guy who kept saying: "We want to run towards You & not let anything get in our way." How different to "Walking IN Christ"

Intimacy with God is not the goal of our worship or discipleship - it's the foundation, freely given in Christ.

That's why I like to sing Matt Redman's song a little differently: "We're welcomed so we praise."

Jesus teaches that we neither know nor have life in ourselves. (John10:10)

We don't need topping up but raising up.

Forever the Spirit anoints the Son. Now He anoints His Bride. Soon He’ll anoint the earth & the deserts will bloom (Isaiah 35) #EnjoyYourDay

Original sin is simply the moral dimension of "death and taxes." It's an inevitability we're caught up in individually and corporately.

“Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” Jesus follows back #EnjoyYourDay

What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. (1 Corinthians 15:36)

We are His children and even Leviathan is His pet (Job41:5). There’s nothing our Father can’t - or won’t! - turn to our good #EnjoyYourDay

If u knew Jesus was praying 4u in the next room, what confidence u’d have! Distance makes no difference. He’s still praying.#EnjoyYourDay

Taste the coming kingdom: A land of wheat, barley, vines, figtrees, pomegranates, oliveoil&honey. U'll lack nothing. Deut 8 #EnjoyYourDay

The Gnostics used to preach 'special knowledge' to the 'spiritual ones.' Today so much preaching = instruction to the pious.

Whatever your weakness today, it’s God’s opportunity to work powerfully. 2 Cor 12:9 #EnjoyYourDay

"We were born sick, I heard them say it." (Hozier)

The Christian just says that this undeniable decay has a moral/spiritual dimension too. It's the holistic approach to our human condition.

He cleanses lepers, drives out demons, blasts the lofty, lifts the lowly, shoulders shame, conquers death & rules the world #EnjoyYourDay

Evangelists note: Jesus did not say "I have come to top up your life." He came to give us life. John 10:10.

Salvation is not a better life, it's life.

The gospel offer is not an improved life, a prosperous life, a pious life, a more fulfilled life. It's life.

"The Spirit blows where He wills" is not about His randomness but His reign. The verse goes on " hear His *Voice*." (John3:8)

Want to feel the wind of the Spirit? Don't grope around aimlessly. The Spirit sovereignly works through His Word.

Even now my Witness & Advocate is on high, my Intercessor is my friend… He pleads with God as a man pleads 4 his friend. #EnjoyYourDay

The fulfilment of the Old Testament is not the New Testament - it's Christ. And He fulfils the New too.

The Bible unites not so much in a plan as in a Person.

There’s a Battle-Scarred God who’s gone to hell & back 4 u. He meets u in Scripture to bring Peace and Awe (Jn 20:24-31) #EnjoyYourDay

Distrust is a deeper definition of sin than disobedience. You can - and many do - obey with a deeply suspicious heart.

As works flow from faith so rebellion flows from mistrust. Suspicion comes 1st. That's why Jesus says the world's sin in unbelief (John16:9)

God is not FatherLY. He’s Father. He’s not Like a Father. He. Is. Your. Father. #EnjoyYourDay

If u say of a church or institution "They're sound theologically just not very loving" u have a funny view of them, of God and of theology.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
The secular world
Has blasphemy too


"Christ" flashes red
"Jesus" is "blue"
If flowers cause sneezes
Say not "God bless you"!


Tolkein would have loved Shaun the Sheep. Perfect example of a ewe-catastrophe

The inventor of manual RTs got the idea when he saw his parents' innards cannibalised by strangers. This almost makes me forgive him.

Next summer two film franchises will combine. It will be a kind of "Left Behind versus Jurassic Park." They're calling it "Raptor Ready."

- Ready for our orthopaedics exam?
- Yes I’ve really boned up. Have u studied the narcotics directory?
- Think I’m up to speed

My father was the humblest of celebrities. He was asked to launch the Christmas lights in Milan & Rome but he didn't bang on about It.

My new road kill cookbook encourages an entrepreneurial spirit within limits. It’s called “Nothing Vultured, Nothing Gamed.”

Is it just me or does the word synaesthesia smell funny?

- I can't stand all you cattle ranchers.
- Why?
- Cowboys, the lot of you.
- Cowboys??
- You herd.

- And that's when we told the Edge to take the silly thing off.
- Hat’s off to U2.

The beliefs of ISIS are deeply pogromatic

Pedantick editors make me sic

"All you can eat" customers can get stuffed

Linear/analytic/detail thinkers are not right in the head

Prisons where the *warden* escapes have a screw loose

Those East End gangsters – theys Kray Kray.

I went to a terrible East End eatery. Just offal.

Remedies for diaphram spasms can shut the hick-up

You say Standby,
I say Hibernate,
Let's call the whole thing Off.

Apparently 50 Shades is common drear about a domineer who commandeers a common dear.

My first job as deputy was to round up the town bums but I couldn't be botherd.

Wearable technology? Not on my watch.

#BenefitsBritain continues with a documentary about scrimpers extracting gravy from Toby Carvery bins. Tune in tonight for "Sponging Off The Steak"

Omelette flip fail! Boy is there egg on my face.

Those who lose their faith go off the depend.

My mate's IQ is very average. He's a simple ton.

I hear your canal boat sank. My gondolances.

I’m working on a basic introduction to Americanisms. It’s called “’Pacifiers’ for ‘Dummies’”

Talking snakes is one thing. Talking slime is really something else. Talking slime making fun of talking snakes is the real head-scratcher.

Christ, by His cross, is not an underwriter for sin. He's an underwriter for God's costly *forgiveness*. To *sin* He's an underTaker

Available, Life-giving, Devoured by the world, Broken for you: Jesus is the Bread of life. #EnjoyYourDay

The paedo-baptist position does rely on 2000 years of church tradition I admit. But those 2000 years were BC #Genesis17

The blood of Jesus turns away wrath, purifies from sin, cleanses yr conscience, brings u near 2 God & speaks in yr defence #EnjoyYourDay

Some sermons address "failing Christians" to improve them through the law.
Real preaching addresses *sinners* to raise them in the gospel.

The gospel does not make us "better Christians", it makes us *alive.*

Titus: Good churches = good leaders proclaiming good news that produces good lives which make the good news look good

Feeling suitably shriven today? God exalted Jesus to His right hand to *give* you repentance (Acts 5:31) #EnjoyYourDay

Through Jesus your sins are covered, carried and cancelled (Psalm 32:1-2). #EnjoyYourDay

Idea: A WordPress plugin that automatically closes blog comments after 2 weeks with the line "I don't know about u guys, I just love Jesus."

“I am among you as one who serves” (Luke 22:27). By His Spirit He is still among us. By His Spirit He still serves. #EnjoyYourDay

If ur not a Christian but looking into it, the question for you is not "Could I see myself as a Christian?" It's "Is Jesus actually Lord?"

"We all love Irenaeus's comment that the glory of God is a human fully alive. What we forget is that for Irenaeus that meant a martyr." Behr

The greatest saint needs the blood of God. The worst sinner can claim the blood of God. We all stand forgiven at the cross #EnjoyYourDay

In our evangelism, do we communicate that Jesus is the icing on our essentially theistic cake? Or is He the flour, eggs and butter?

Life: you never (know what you) have till you lose it.
-- Matt 10:39

Life: don't assume, presume or consume it.
Entomb it.
God will exhume it.

Real life is freely received / freely given.
As it was in the beginning,
Is now,
And shall be forever.

No-one who 'gives their life to God' should feel proud to have sacrificed - only privileged to have shared the life of eternity.

The way of the cross is not the costly price of eternal life, it's the glorious shape of it.

The one who takes up the cross does not hear "Well done for dying" but "Welcome to living!"

To focus on the Christ, the Son of God is to focus on the three Persons. In fact it is the *only* way to be Trinitarian.

Mission: Because God does not keep Himself to Himself.
#trinity #missiodei

You want to turn from Christ to concentrate on the Father? You may as well turn from the sunshine to concentrate on the sun.

Your God has gone to hell & back for you. Do you think He doesn’t love you? Hasn’t forgiven you? Won’t raise you to glory? #EnjoyYourDay

John Behr: According to Mark 8, Satan is whatever gets between Jesus and the cross.
Meaning Satan is the ultimate theologian of glory.

Life does not grind along according 2 impersonal laws. Yr Father plots, yr Brother reigns, His Spirit moves: minute by minute #EnjoyYourDay

Discernment means wisdom in the service of *love* (Phil1:9-11). We want to make better choices, Paul says pray for a bigger heart.

Far and away the most common word to describe Jesus’ feelings in the Gospels = “compassion”. ie gut-wrenching mercy #EnjoyYourDay

"I called on your name, LORD, from the depths of the pit." (Lamentations 3:55)
Or in other words...
"You had me at hell..." (Jerry M'aiah)

No-Pourri: Not to be sniffed at

Haven't heard from Blue Boy since the 90's. I guess when you lose your memory you don't get the gigs.

"I'm only happy when It. reigns." Caesar

If anyone wants some voodoo acupuncture just say, there's a doll

My daughter was born with a rye little smile so we called her Maisie

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