Posts tagged “Tempted and Tried

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.

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…

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)

Refusing to force God’s hand

Posted on January 3rd, 2013

Regarding Satan’s quotation of Psalm 91 in the temptation account: The Devil was right, you know. Jesus refused to heed his offer not because the tempter was wrong but precisely because he was quoting an accurate Scripture. God indeed would rescue his anointed. But the anointed is the one who waits on God and who refuses to force his hand. We must suffer with Christ before we are glorified with him (Rom. 8:17). To seek a “security” apart from Christ, a vindication apart from Christ, is to taunt God by asking, “Is the Lord among us or not?” Russell D. Moore, Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ, pp. 125-126

The lordship of my fallen appetite

Posted on May 3rd, 2012

Reflecting on life near New Orleans and the “testimonies” in church of people describing in intimate detail their past sordid lives of sin, Russell Moore admits to desiring similar sensational experiences: As much as I thought I was superior to both the drunken partiers on the streets and the dour cranks condemning it, I had internalized the hidden hedonism of it all. I was under the lordship of Christ but, if only for that moment, wishing for the lordship of my own fallen appetite. –Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ