Neither Sparrows Nor Bicycle Riders

Tom Schreiner received news that his wife Diane was involved in a severe bicycle accident, leaving her unconscious with several broken bones and fractures and — of most urgent concern — bruising to her brain. 

On that August day, the Schreiner family knew few details about the accident, and they knew even less about its effect on Diane’s future. 

In the days that followed, Schreiner, a New Testament professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., kept an online CaringBridge journal to update friends and family about his wife’s condition. The journal became a window into the spiritual and emotional state of Schreiner and his family. 

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Diane attending chapel at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary just two months after her accident.

The Danger of Calling ‘Biblical’ Behavior Dangerous

Rachel Held Evans seems to be the newest pop star for the Christian crowd that wants to define the faith with an eye focused on contemporary culture more than on historic teaching. She is on the media circuit to promote her book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, and offered up an editorial on CNN’s website last week. The article is titled, My Take: The danger of calling behavior ‘biblical’.

Please understand that I am not advocating an ignorance of our culture. That is the audience to whom we speak. Since this is the case, we need to be wise in order to clearly communicate that which God has commanded us. The problem is when we let culture define the faith.

My King Has Died for Me

This morning during worship with our church family, we sang the Chris Tomlin song You Are My King. I was struck by the truth in the lyrics,

Amazing love, how can it be

That you, my king, would die for me?

In cultures throughout history, we find subjects who give their lives for their king. Even in our nation without a king, we have Secret Service personnel who will throw their bodies into the path of a bullet aimed at the president. We honor their service. Should the news of the day report that one of these agents gave his life for the president, we would honor him. When our soldiers are killed on the battlefield defending our nation and our way of life, we honor their sacrifice.

But how much more worthy of praise is the King of Kings who has given his life for his subjects. And these subjects have been treasonous citizens. Yet he has made a way for those who were enemies of God to be sons of God. How amazing is that?

Onward Christian Wrestlers: Praise Before Piledrivers

I was speaking to Dave Tristani, the man who has introduced the idea of “Christian wrestling” to Florida.

“I call it professional wrestling with a message,” he said.

Trying to sell the validity of Christianity between bouts of fake fighting might seem like a stretch.But not to Tristani, a 55-year-old Pentecostal minister from St. Petersburg who arrived at the pulpit after a career of wrestling in black leather pants under the name of Devin Nash.

Now he runs something he calls The Christian Wrestling Federation and stages wrestling extravaganzas at his Tree of Life Church, which must be the only church in Florida that has its own 16-foot professional wresting ring.