Category: Andrew Wilson

Gratefulness or Bitterness

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If you think what you have is greater than what you deserve that’s where thankfulness comes from. If you think what you deserve is greater than what you gave, that’s where bitterness comes from.

Andrew Wilson

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Finally God the judge implements

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Finally God the judge implements the results of his own sentence. This is not simply a question of heaven and hell, although it is that, but also of rewards (and punishments) that corrsepond with the way we have lived: a crown, treasures in heaven, rest, inheritance, rewards, promises, a rich welcome, responsibility in the age to come and so on.

For those of us who have lived in the light of eternity, Judgment Day will be a day of celebration, not terror. The plaintiff on the verge of being awarded massive damages does not dread Judgment Day they can’t sleep for excitement, wondering what might be in store.

Andrew Wilson

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I think the most

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I think the most helpful way of thinking about evangelism, in response to God’s sovereignty, is the way Paul was told to in Acts 18: stay in this city (Corinth) and keep preaching, because I have many of my people in this city. When you know God is going to save people through you, it stops excessive pressure on you or ranting at others – but it also encourages you to preach, because you know you will be effective. If I knew at half-time that I was going to score the winning goal, I would run for every single ball in the penalty area, because I’d know one of them would be successful. I get the sense Paul was like that in evangelism, and I want to be, too.

Andrew Wilson

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Website: http://newgroundchurches.org/blog/article/qa-with-andrew-wilson-if-god-predestines-do-i-need-to-tell-people-about-jes

Divisiveness is what you do

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Divisiveness is what you do when you separate yourself from what Christians have always believed and taught, not what you do when you point out that someone else has. As Sam Allberry put it the other day, there’s a difference between objecting to apple pie because it’s not like your mum makes it, and objecting to apple pie because it doesn’t have any apples in it.

Andrew Wilson

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Website: http://thinktheology.co.uk/blog/article/in_defence_of_the_ea

So, despite much popular practice,

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So, despite much popular practice, saying “you’re a Pharisee!” does not mean that the person you’re talking to actually is a Pharisee. More often than not, it means something closer to, “I don’t know who the Pharisees were, what they believed, or why Jesus rebuked them, but I know lots of people hate wearing that label, so I’ll throw it at you.”

Andrew Wilson

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Website: http://thinktheology.co.uk/blog/article/in_defence_of_the_ea

If I come into work

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If I come into work with a black eye and people ask how I got it, it is perfectly reasonable to give a purely physical explanation, and say, ‘because the blood vessels in my ocular area are working overtime to repair damaged tissue.’ But they might feel a bit short-changed with that reply, because physical explanations don’t remove the need for personal explanations. They will probably find a different type of answer (‘because I stared too long at this guy’s girlfriend in the pub last night’) rather more satisfying. And they certainly won’t think that the former removes the possibility of the latter.

Andrew Wilson

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Website: whatyouthinkmatters.org/blog/article/a-grand-design