NOTE: For starters, this probably isn’t going to be a daily thing. That would be awesome, but we’ll have to see how it goes. This is called “Morning Press” for three reasons: one, I’m condensing (read: pressing) some notable things I’ve read on the blogosphere in the past 24 hours into one blog post; two, I’m writing on my word WordPress account (obvs.); three, I’m drinking coffee from my morning French Press.
Haiti. I’m sure you’ve heard about the suffering in Haiti after a 7.0 earthquake left the poverty-stricken country pleading for international help. The global response has been quick and encouraging, as countries from the United Kingdom to Taiwan have sent emergency teams to the Carribean country.
If you’re looking for ministries to give to, below are some options:
- Compassion International
- Feed My Starving Children
- Food for the Hungry
- World Vision
- World Relief
- Samaritan’s Purse
- Love a Child
- Northwest Haiti Christian Mission
- Compassion Weavers
- Mennonite Central Committee
- Water Missions International
John Piper composed a poem about Jesus in Haiti. Though obviously a strong expository preacher, Piper majored in literature at Wheaton College and is also a talented poet. Read the whole piece here. A brief, powerful excerpt, written as if spoken by Christ:
O, I am struck! And crushed. Buried, I wince,
And dying, pray,
A sympathetic Priest in Port-au-Prince,
Implications of Grace. Tim Challies is currently working through John Murray’s classic Redemption Accomplished and Applied over at his blog. Challies points out that, yes, we have received a measure of grace for forgiveness and redemption from sin, but we sometimes forget about the implications of that grace.
Have you ever stopped to consider what a gift this is? Do you understand that you are now able to defeat sin? The same power that saved you is now available for you to put sin to death, not just suppressing it or hiding it or masking it, but rooting it out, destroying it, killing it. What an amazing thing God has done. I am no longer a slave to sin but am now a slave to Christ.
Read the whole post here.
Through his propitiatory sacrifice and resurrection, Jesus Christ defeated the power of Satan at its very source. Satan’s only foothold is sin, and that’s precisely what Jesus destroyed. Consider Colossians 2:15. How does God disarm the rulers and authorities? By triumphing over them in Christ–or in particular, the cross.
I’m not sure if you’ve seen the movie Avatar, but it’s as if God the Father attacked Satan and his demons at their home tree. He hit ’em where it hurts the most, so to speak. Satan no longer has the power he once did, because Christ has disarmed him of his best weapon: sin. We can have victory, because Jesus had victory.
Social Justice. Finally, some great thoughts from Kevin DeYoung about being careful how we use the term “social justice.” It reminds me that we often use euphemistic words (like “pro-choice” or even “collateral damage”) that imply only the good of a particular view. It’s almost like these words try to guilt us into agreeing with the people who employ them. Read the post.