Monday, September 10, 2007

Guest Preacher

Yes, I know, I haven’t found time to update this blog for a few days, to continue on with Deuteronomy. (Even though I did somehow find time to post a huge rant…) I’m hoping to get back on track “soon,” because my Bible reading schedule suffers when I don’t keep up with this aspect of it.

We had Thabiti Anyabwile—the man who maintains the Pure Church blog—as a guest preacher on Sunday morning. He is in Toronto for the Sola Scriptura Ministries conference, and my pastor managed to snag him to give a sermon on Sunday morning.) I’ve always been impressed with Pastor Thabiti’s blog, as he seems to take the Word of God seriously, so I was looking forward to his sermon, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The verse he was concentrating on was from the Beatitudes:

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8)

(He also had a complementary verse from the Psalms, but I don’t remember the reference.) His sermon was looking at:
  1. What does it mean to be “pure in heart?”
  2. What does it mean to “see God?”
I won’t bother to try to recap the sermon, but I very much enjoyed it. (When I say that I “enjoyed” a sermon, what I really mean is that he stayed true to the Word, and I felt that I understood things a bit better, when he was done—or that I was reminded of something that I’d previously known, which is also valuable.)

So thanks to Pastor Anyabwile.

And I’ll leave you with a quote—or, at the very least, a paraphrase, since my memory’s not that great—of something Pastor Anyabwile said:

We’re not sinners because we sin, we sin because we’re sinners.

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