2/15 update: Greg Austen, who’s a teaching elder in our presbytery, and his family are members of our church, has a helpful excerpt by anglican pastor and theologian JC Ryle on the “unforgivable sin” which I’ve added to this post as an attachment. I hope that what Greg has sent along to me proves to be helpful to you.
Thank you for sharing that, Betty. I was a crisis pregnancy counselor for several years B.K (before kids!), and I am always amazed and thankful for the strength and faith of the families who choose life.
Ha, my kids are starting to memorize it, too. They would enjoy that =)!
Thanks for this article, Phil. However you missed something:
The word, “evangelical.”
Let’s rename our fellowship:
Mercy Hill Evangelical Reformed Bible-Believing Gospel-and-Mission-Minded Presbyterian Church
Steven Covey’s quote has huge implications for mercy and mercy ministry. Are we evaluating others, and even ourselves, justly?
Jay Adams’ quote is a decent spin on Jesus’ command regarding judgment of others by pulling the log out of our eye before we point out the speck in our brother’s eye. Again, huge implications for showing mercy.
The “unknown” author’s quote is helpful as it regards mercy, also. It gets to the root of our judgment. Is our measuring stick for others’ – even our own – acceptability, based on some subjective construct we’ve developed in our minds, or is our measuring stick the plumb line of the perfect, objective Gospel of Jesus?
On another note, the church planter’s idea is a really solid one. There’s something about hearing someone else’s story that draws us in, and if we can relate that to an event or “thing” that we’re doing/promoting, that makes for a powerful tool to help folks want to be part of/experience what’s going on. We should implement some form of this for our own announcements.