Today's Devotions

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Showcase: The Gospel

  • Talking About the Gospel +

    A discussion from 2008 with Tim Keller, John Piper, and D.A. Carson. Read More
  • Gospel-Centered Ministry by Tim Keller +

    Excerpts From A Sermon Gospel-Centered Ministry; 1 Peter 1:1-12 and 1:22-2:12; By Tim Keller I am here to talk to Read More
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Boston bombsYesterday afternoon two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Dozens were injured and at least three people were killed—including an eight-year-old boy.

When we learned of the event at work, we were shocked. Two of my co-workers were in Boston just a few days prior to this event. One co-worker had a family member running in the Boston Marathon that day.

For a moment there was silence.

Sometimes that's the best response to tragedy.

When the silence ends, it's tempting to start asking questions:

Who did this? How do we respond? What should we do now?

As of this writing, no one has claimed responsibility for the bombing. Someone may eventually claim responsibility. Some may try to use the event as an opportunity to push a particular agenda.

That includes Christians who like to say things like "This is God's judgment on America's sin."

If there's any "agenda" for Christians to put forward, maybe it's this:

There will be a day when eight-year-olds won't die in explosions. There will be a day when people won't set off bombs in America or any nation in the world.

There will be a day when we don't have to wonder "why"—and a day when all our tears will be wiped away.

But today's not that day.

Today we still live in a world where evil exists; where sin runs rampant and people die.

Christian, don't offer answers right now. Weep with those who weep. Mourn with those who mourn.

But don't forget the promise of the one who wipes away every tear from every eye and has promised, "Surely, I am coming soon!"

And whenever we are confronted with evil like the events in Boston, our prayer should be the same as the Apostle John's:

Come, Lord Jesus.

http://www.bloggingtheologically.com/2013/04/16/on-bombs-and-boston/

 

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • The Cleansing of the Temple by RC Sproul +

    http://www.ligonier.org/account/dashboard/sermon/151/download/ In this incident of Jesus cleansing the temple, Dr. Sproul points out that the activities being performed were legitimate, Read More
  • The Prodigals by Kevin DeYoung +

    During the Gospel Coalition conference in 2013, Kevin DeYoung gave a thoughtful, spirit-led sermon on Luke 15. He was able Read More
  • Centered on one or the other by Ray Ortlund +

    ". . . a friend of tax collectors and sinners!" Luke 7:34 What does it mean for a church to be gospel-centered? That's Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Book of God, Walter Wangerin +

    I was in a leadership turbogroup during the spring of 2007. At Randy's suggestion, I listened to Walter Wangerin's audio Read More
  • Martin Luther’s Quiet Time, Walter Trobisch +

    Martin Luther had a barber named Peter Beskendorf who asked his world-famous customer and doctor of theology, "Dr. Luther, how Read More
  • Clay Enoch Devotional Sculpture +

    Clay Enoch, a sculptor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, creates powerful bronze sculptures with Biblical themes: Creation, Praise, Contrition, Still Water, Read More
  • Without Faith...Can I Survive? +

    Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ Read More
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