Central Streaming: Our Need for Grace

Paul’s Letter to the RomansMartin Luther King 1929-1968

[S]o many … dedicated people, having no one but themselves to save themselves, end up disillusioned … They are disillusioned because they started out with a great illusion. For them there is no sinner or no sin …      

– Martin Luther King, Jr (1929-1968)

Rom 1.18-3.20.pdf

Rom 1.18-3.20.mp3

Central Streaming: Man of Sorrows

Logo 1

God is going to reveal his strength – his strong arm – in an unbelievable way.  What does the powerful arm of God look like? It looks like Jesus – humiliated, rejected and beaten, and then dying on a cross.

Isaiah 53.pdf                Isaiah 53.mp3

The Prophet Isaiah

Palmer St. Podcast: Repentance

 

HyssopDavid realizes that he needs God to cleanse him if he is ever going to be clean.

Psalm 51.mp3

Psalm 51.pdf

Psalm 51.pptx

Palmer St. Podcast: Forgiven

 

Augustine of Hippo 354-430

Augustine described things as follows:  In his original state Adam was “able not to sin and not to die.”  In his actual state (after The Fall), Adam was “not able not to sin and die.”  That is where we find ourselves today.  In Psalm 32, David expresses his experience of being forgiven.  It is a joyful psalm, because forgiveness is a joyful thing.

Psalm 32.mp3

Psalm 32.pdf

Psalm 32.pptx

Honest Q & A: Bible (2) – Holiness, Righteousness and Justice

 

Question: What is the connection between holiness, righteousness and justice?

Good question, as the three are sort of related, but not the same thing. We’ll take them in reverse order, beginning with

Justice: Put most simply, this is giving someone what they rightly deserve. It can be either reward or punishment, including punishment for sin. It can be giving someone that which is their right, including helping orphans, widows or the poor, who may easily be subject to unfair treatment. Governments are to treat people justly, meaning they have to play fair and not play favorites. As pertaining to God, his justice would of course be perfect, as he sees every infraction but also perfectly understands every genuine mitigating or moderating factor.

Righteousness: This term is based on a concept something like “straightness,” leading to the thought of actions conforming to the norms or standards of right behavior. It is important, however, to view righteousness in light of relationship. We behave righteously toward one another when do what is required of us and promote the community’s peace and well-being. In Romans, Paul contrasts the righteousness obtained by the law (imperfect, for we will never behave perfectly in our relationship to God), and the righteousness obtained by faith (perfect, for divinely given). Thus, by faith we obtain a righteous status before God, something we cannot earn. He then equips us to live righteously before others and in his sight.

Holiness: Fundamentally, to be holy is to be “set apart.” It is an otherness in contrast with that which is common or profane. In the Old Testament, objects were set apart for use in the Temple worship, and were not used for anything else. There was a ritual purity attached to them that made them different. In the New Testament our word saints literally means “holy ones.” In other words, God has set certain people apart, namely, those who have received eternal life by faith. They are now holy because they have been cleansed from their sin and set apart for God’s special purposes. God’s holiness can be thought of as his ultimate and all-encompassing attribute. He is totally other and totally pure without any blemish or defect whatsoever. Thus, his holiness would include both justice and righteousness.

(In answering this, I consulted The Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms, by Grenz, Guretzki and Nordling, 1999; and New Bible Dictionary, Second Edition, Tyndale, 1982)

 

Palmer St. Podcast: Gideon – 12 Lessons

Gideon can be a positive – or a negative – example for us.  There are at least 12 lessons we can take from his life.

Judges 6-8.mp3

Judges 6-8.pdf

Judges 6-8.pptx