Notable Quotable: “Christ’s Supreme Achievement on the Cross Is That He Placated the Wrath of God” – R.C. Sproul

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“Therefore, Christ’s supreme achievement on the cross is that He placated the wrath of God, which would burn against us were we not covered by the sacrifice of Christ. So if somebody argues against placation or the idea of Christ satisfying the wrath of God, be alert, because the gospel is at stake. This is about the essence of salvation—that as people who are covered by the atonement, we are redeemed from the supreme danger to which any person is exposed. It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of a holy God Who’s wrathful. But there is no wrath for those whose sins have been paid. That is what salvation is all about.”

(R.C. Sproul, “Expiation and Propitiation: Two Important Words This Good Friday” , Ligonier Ministries)

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News of Note: Remembering the Cross and the Resurrection

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Remembering Good Friday and Anticipating Resurrection Sunday

“The Christian faith is not a mere collection of doctrines — a bag of truths. Christianity is a comprehensive truth claim that encompasses every aspect of revealed doctrine, but is centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ. And, as the apostolic preaching makes clear, the gospel is the priority.” – Al Mohler

“Of First Importance: The Cross and Resurrection at the Center” – Al Mohler on why the cross and the resurrection are central to Christian doctrine. (AlbertMohler.com)

“Expiation and Propitiation: Two Important Words This Good Friday” – R.C. Sproul explains two important aspects of the atonement; expiation and propitiation. (Ligonier Ministries)

“Why the Resurrection Changes Everything” – Why the resurrection of Christ matters. (The Gospel Coalition)

“Rise Indeed” – Michael Horton’s article on the historicity of the resurrection of Christ. (Out of the Horse’s Mouth)

“Powlison on Whether Sanctification Is Only by Remembering Justification” – David Powlinson on justification and sanctification. (The Gospel Coalition)

News of Note: “Release of Joni Eareckson Tada and Ken Tada’s New Book on Marriage”

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1. “Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story – Joni Eareckson Tada & Ken Tada” – YouTube interview with Joni Eareckson Tada & Ken Tada about their marriage and new book, “Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story”. The book will be released on April 2.

2. “John Wesley’s Failed Marriage” – Nathan Buesnitz on John Wesley’s failed marriage. (The Cripplegate)

3. “Family Groups Warn of ‘Explosive’ Consequences if High Court Affirms Homosexual ‘Marriage’” – Family groups warn of consequences if the Supreme Court affirms homosexual marriage. (Christian News)

‘”This would be a devastating setback for our country,” Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality told Christian News Network. “This would be the Roe v. Wade of the homosexual issue. … This could really create a crisis for our country.” “The ramifications for all of society would be absolutely explosive,” agreed attorney Stephen Crampton of the Christian legal group Liberty Counsel. “I think we have not taken adequate stock of what we’re playing with here. This is a radioactive kind of issue.” The men explained that most Christians do not realize that the consequences would reach much farther than just than the issue of marriage, and would essentially affect every area of society. “If they have the mantle of marriage, regardless of how fraudulent that is, they will use that as a hammer to push their radical agenda throughout the culture, because it doesn’t end with marriage,” LaBarbera said. “This just fuels gay activists to push even harder.” “They will leave no stone unturned into trying to turn society into a monolith that is supporting, and in effect, worshipping at the altar of homosexuality,” Crampton concurred.’ – Heather Clark

4. “Lust & Chastity” – Thabiti Anyabwile contrasts lust and chastity. (Ligonier Ministries)

5. “The Divine Institution of Marriage” – IV Conerly’s 2012 video “The Divine Institution of Marriage”.

Notable Quotable: “How the Idolatry of Christian Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Takes Two General Forms” – Joe Carter

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“The idolatry of Christian same-sex marriage advocates takes two general forms. The first group still recognizes the authority of God’s work, or at least still believes in the general concept of “sin.” They will freely admit that, like other types of fornication, same-gender sex is forbidden in the Bible, and even excluded by Jesus’ clear and concise definition of marriage. Yet despite this understanding they still choose to embrace same-sex marriage because they have made an idol of American libertarian freedom. They have replaced Jesus’ commandment—”You shall love your neighbor as yourself”—with the guiding motto of the neopagan religion of Wicca, “Do what you will, so long as it harms none.”

“In endorsing laws based solely on the secular liberal-libertarian conception of freedom (at least those that produce no obvious self-harm), they are doing the very opposite of what Jesus called them to do: They are hating their neighbors, including their gay and lesbian neighbors. You do not love your neighbor by encouraging them to engage in actions that invoke God’s wrath (Psalm 5:4-5; Romans 1:18). As Christians we may be required to tolerate ungodly behavior, but the moment we begin to endorse the same then we too have become suppressers of the truth. You cannot love your neighbor and want to see them excluded from the kingdom of Christ (Eph. 5:5).

“The second group has completely rejected the authority of Scripture and embraced the idol of open theism, a god who changes his mind over time. Not surprisingly, this god seems to change his mind in ways that comport exactly with the secular morality of twenty-first century America. A prime example of this embrace of a progressive, open deity is found in a comment by former evangelical pastor Rob Bell. . . .”

(Joe Carter, “When Did Idolatry Become Compatible with Christianity?” , The Gospel Coalition)

News of Note: “More on the Supreme Court Deliberations”

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1. More on the Supreme Court Deliberations over the Gay Marriage Issue

“Corner Rights for Tapioca” – Doug Wilson uses an illustration to show why gay marriage and Biblical marriage don’t fit. (Blog and Mablog)

“How not to have a debate about gay marriage” – Denny Burk on the Piers Morgan, Suze Orman v. Ryan Anderson debate over gay marriage. (DennyBurk.com)

“When Did Idolatry Become Compatible with Christianity?” – Joe Carter on the Supreme Court deliberations, gay marriage, and idolatry. (The Gospel Coalition)

“Christ & Sexual Sin” – John Freeman on how we can evangelize and counsel homosexuals in a Christ-like manner. (Ligonier Ministries)

“A Few Months From Hell” – Matt Moore on struggling with the temptations of homosexuality (Matt Moore)

2. “Minnesota lawmakers fiddle with meaning of ‘parent'” – A child can have up to six biological parents according to two new proposed Minnesota bills. (StateTribune via The Pearcey Report)

News of Note: “Supreme Court Deliberations over Gay Marriage Issue”

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1. Coverage on the Supreme Court’s Deliberation on the Gay Marriage Issue

“Marriage in the Dock—The Supreme Court Considers Same-Sex Marriage” – Al Mohler on the Supreme Court deliberating on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 cases. (AlbertMohler.com)

“The Supreme Court shows its on hand on gay marriage” – Has the Supreme Court showed its hand on the upcoming gay marriage ruling? Denny Burk explains. (DennyBurk.com)

“Homosexual Marriage: Following in the Footsteps of Roman Emperor Nero” – Gary DeMar on the consequences of homosexual marriage in ancient Greece and Rome. Is Amercia far behind? (Godfather Politics)

2. “Christ or Coffee? Ex-Homosexual Turned Evangelist Dumps Daily Dose of Starbucks After CEO Remarks” – Ex-homosexual turned evangelist boycotts Starbuck’s coffee after Howard Schultz’s remarks. (Christian News)

3. “North Dakota Governor Signs Bill Banning Most Abortions” – North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple signs three new abortion bills. (Christian News)

4. “After Steubenville: 25 Things Our Sons need to know about Manhood” – Ann Voskamp’s letter to her son after two teenage boys were convicted for raping a 16 year old girl in Steubenville, Ohio. (A Holy Experience)

5. “The Agonizing Prayer” – Jerry Bridges on Jesus’ prayer and God’s wrath. (Ligonier Ministries)

Notable Quotable: “It Will Be the Church’s Responsibility to Honor Marriage, No Matter What the Supreme Court May Decide” – Al Mohler

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“For Christians, the issue of marriage is not merely a legal or constitutional issue. The Bible reveals marriage to be the sacred union of a man and a woman for a lifetime. The goods of marriage are revealed to be intimacy, union, companionship, friendship, procreation, children, and a host of related gifts. Christians must see marriage as essential for human flourishing and not open for human negotiation.

“The very fact that the march for same-sex marriage has reached this point is telling. It reveals a fundamental confusion at the very heart of our society. The ideological support for same-sex marriage is deeply embedded in a host of ideas that are driving our society to the point of moral breakdown.

“The U.S. Supreme Court may well decide the future of marriage as a legal institution, but the church must hold to marriage as far more, but not less than, a legal reality. Marriage is one of God’s most gracious gifts to humanity. It will be the Church’s responsibility to honor marriage, no matter what the Court may decide.”

(Al Mohler, “Marriage in the Dock—The Supreme Court Considers Same-Sex Marriage”, AlbertMohler.com)

News of Note: “How to Get Beyond Sacred Cows in the Church”

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1. “Five Steps to Get Beyond Sacred Cows in the Church” – Thorn Ranier gives five steps to get beyond sacred cows in church as they relate to ministry. (ThornRanier.com)

2. “The Unitarian controversy over polyamory” – Gene Edward Veith comments on the Washington Post article about Unitartian Universalists desiring that polyamorist activists within their ranks remain silent. (Patheos.com).

3. “Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Slaps Down Anti-Gay Marriage Activist At Shareholder Meeting” – Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz reiterates stance on support of gay marriage during shareholders meeting. (Business Insider)

4. “A Christian Man’s Travel Plan” – Garrett Kell gives some wise counsel for how Christian leaders can stay accountable when traveling alone. (GarrettKell.com)

5. “Why some people refuse to judge false teachers” – Todd Friel on why some people excuse false teachers. (Wretched)

News of Note: “Jack Hyle’s Daughter’s Open Letter to First Hammond Church About Her Father’s Ministry and Jack Schaap Ouster”

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1. Jack Hyles’ daughter, Linda Murphey, writes open letter to her father’s church and comments about her father and recently convicted former pastor of First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana Jack Schapp:

“Open Letter to First Baptist Church, Hammond, Indiana” – Linda Murphey’s open letter to First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana.

“Let Us Prey: Big Trouble at First Baptist Church” – Chicago Magazine’s expose of First Baptist Church of Hammond Indiana. Numerous pastors accused of assaults and sexual crimes have been affiliated with Jack Hyles/Jack Schaap’s church. (Chicago Magazine)

2. “A gay man comes out against same-sex marriage” – Denny Burk reviews Doug Mainwaring’s article on coming out against gay marriage, “I’m Gay and I Oppose Same-Sex Marriage” (DennyBurk.com)

3. “North Dakota passes first state personhood amendment in US history” – North Dakota house of representatives passes first state personhood amendment in US history. (PR Newswire)

4. “Sye Ten Bruggencate and Ryan”. Sye Ten Bruggencate answers questions and objections from the Chair of University of Georgia Atheists Ryan Howington: