Posts tagged “Russell Moore

Cognitive expertise and wrestling demons

Posted on February 18th, 2014

It is infinitely better to feel the weight of glory in the Scriptures, to know the contours of the shape of Scripture even if you don’t know your way to the specific chapters and verses, than to have detailed memorization of Scripture as a cognitive category. There are some, I fear, who will be able to diagram in Greek the last words they ever hear voiced: “Depart from me, you worker of iniquity.” Such cognitive expertise is of little use in wrestling demons. Russell D. Moore, Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ (pp. 182-183)

The sin of abstraction

Posted on January 13th, 2014

Great corrective to crusading in the church: You might rattle on about “the family” while neglecting your children. You might fight for “social justice” by “raising consciousness” about “the poor,” while judging your friends by how trendy their clothes are. You might pontificate about “the church” while not knowing the names of the people in the seats around you in your local congregation. Abstraction distances. Russell D. Moore, Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ (p. 179). Good News Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Narcissism is satanism

Posted on October 17th, 2013

The self-exalting ego cannot enter the reign of God, no matter how powerful it seems right now, no matter how normal it seems in the present. Narcissism is satanism. Russell D. Moore, Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ (p. 160)

Church as alternative community

Posted on October 11th, 2013

Russell Moore on the church as a new community: We threaten the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places by our life together, by being the kind of alternative community that demonstrates that the blood of Christ has triumphed, making those who were at odds into one new reality in Christ (Eph. 3:9–12). Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ (p. 159)

The God of a Self-directed Future

Posted on August 22nd, 2013

Russell Moore is spot-on here: This counter satanic humility can be seen, first, in Christians learning to give up the sense of desperation we feel when we lose “control” of our lives, our expectations, our families, our churches, our country. I don’t know what your personal trap is for kingdom building. For me, the satanic temptation was there in the having of children. When my wife and I first married, I was absolutely terrified of her getting pregnant “too early.” I had all kinds of plans for my schooling and for my ministry, and I didn’t think we could “afford” children for a while. The day finally arrived when I was “ready” to be a father. Maria and I made the “decision” and celebrated…

Satanic anxiety

Posted on July 17th, 2013

Russell Moore on worrying: Sometimes the kingdom Satan is killing you with isn’t what you’re basking in but what you’re worrying about. Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ (p. 146)

What is the primal sin?

Posted on May 30th, 2013

Russell Morre on pride: [Pride] is the primal sin because no other sin is possible without believing that some good gift of God is mine and mine alone to use for my purposes, for my own kingdom and glory. Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ (p. 143)

Easter freedom

Posted on April 3rd, 2013

Great thought for Easter Wednesday from Russell Moore: In the long run we’re all dead, and in the longer run we’re all raised from the dead. There’s a freedom that comes from seeing that. -Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ

The temptation to consume

Posted on February 14th, 2013

Jesus’ first temptation “is not just about consuming food; it is about consuming, period. It is about our…appetite for stuff.” -Russell Moore, Tempted and Tried