“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” I Thess. 5.18.
On the slim chance that you have pushed away from the table — the turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, etc. — and venture onto the blog today or tomorrow, please list three of God’s blessings for which you are thankful. However, there is a catch: your list must be alliterative, like mine.
I’m thankful for my Savior, salvation and spouse.
Dr. Bob Rogers is pastor of First Baptist Church, Rincon, Ga. He earned a B.A. from Mississippi College, and an M.Div. and Th.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
When I went to high school, two things were always done before a football game: prayer and the National Anthem. Even the two or three atheists at our school looked forward to hearing the prayer because, unlike the National Anthem, the prayers were unpredictable and hard to control (kind of like God). Sometimes the prayer would be sweet and sentimental, thanking the Almighty for the nice weather and all the families represented and for apple pie and the American way. Sometimes they would be creative, such as a prayer I heard that said, “Lord, you know that life can be as tough as nails.” Most often, they would ask for safety for the players and for good sportsmanship in the stands and on the fields. There was one unwritten rule: nobody ever prayed for their team to win. That is, until I went to homecoming at Mississippi College.
By Dr. Eric Hankins, pastor
First Baptist Church, Oxford, Miss.
As I said in my previous post, I appreciate greatly Jon’s desire to make a friendly reply to my blog post that also deals honestly with the places where we differ. In this post and the next, I will address the content of his critique. Let me begin by saying that I am absolutely in favor of Christ-centered homiletics when it is done with a desire to preserve authorial intent. There are places in Jon’s critique where it seems that he thinks I believe that the interpretation of OT texts shouldn’t take into account their relationship to the grand redemptive story of the gospel:
However, while I appreciate him raising the discussion, I would differ with his conclusions. Eric states that Christ-centered exposition is all the “rage” among reformed preachers. Actually, it should be the rage among all Christian preachers. After all, Paul said that it is “Him we proclaim” (Col 1:28).