by Chris BraunsTour Dates: April 8 to April 26, 2013
Register By: March 13, 2013About the Book:
We are not just isolated individuals. Instead, our lives are woven together with others. We have solidarity with other people—the choices one person makes affects the lives of others, for good and for bad.
Because much of the pain we endure in life is in the context of relationships, this truth often strikes us as unfair. Why should a child suffer because of the choices of his parents? And on a grander scale, why do we all suffer the curse of Adam’s sin? Why should anyone be judged for someone else’s sin?
In Bound Together, Chris Brauns unpacks the truth that we are bound to one another and to the whole of creation. He calls this, “the principle of the rope.” Grasping this foundational principle sheds new light on marriage, the dynamics of family relationships, and the reason why everyone lives with the consequences of the sins that others commit. Brauns shows how the principle of the rope is both bad news and good news, revealing a depth to the message of the gospel that many of us have never seen before.
About the Author:
Chris Brauns, MDiv, DMin, is the senior pastor at the Congregational Christian Church of Stillman Valley, IL. His other books includeUnpacking Forgiveness and When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search. Chris blogs at www.chrisbrauns.com.
Praise for Bound Together:
“In Bound Together Chris Brauns cleverly unpacks two key theological concepts-union with Christ and original sin-and manages to explain them in a way that readers of any level and experience can understand. Highly recommended.”
-Michael Horton, author of The Christian Faith
“No man is an island. But it takes a bold writer to try to convince our hyperindividualistic age. Chris Brauns sketches out a recovery plan informed by God’s word that will help us rebuild the relations so vital to human flourishing and so often forsaken today.”
-Collin Hansen, editorial director of The Gospel Coalition and author of Young, Restless, Reformed
- Publisher: Zondervan (2013)
- ISBN: 9780310495116
- Page Count: 208
Blog Tour Details:
- Tour Dates: April 8 to April 26, 2013
- Available Formats: Paperback (US and Canada Only)
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The problem of pornography is epidemic. Here is a scientific explanation of its dangers. I have not confirmed the scientific claims of this video.
My friend, Pastor Roy Summers, interacts with an Old Testament text that is often raised as an objection against the Old Testament.
“I can’t believe because of the harsh stories in the Old Testament”
No doubt there are some difficult stories in the Bible, and this one, in 2 Kings 2, is often held up as one of the toughest. Here it is in the NIV translation:
“From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys. And he went on to Mount Carmel and from there returned to Samaria.”
- The offence seems so small – boys mocking a man
- The judgement seems so disproportionate – a mauling for a mockery
- God therefore seems harsh, since the judgement came from him, called down by Elisha (who also appears harsh)
How do we explain such a story?
Read the rest here.
We lived in a blessed time when we have the opportunity to interact with so many great theologians.
Our OR Doctrinal Study Begins Tonight. So, in contrast with the picture of my books on the pastoral epistles, I am working with a number of systematic theologies. The thin blue book is the Heidelberg Catechism. Otherwise, you can see my selection.
I still prefer actual books! Don’t start on me about electronic versions . . .
Of course, this is a very thin slice of my doctrinal books. I feel badly that there is nothing by Murray in the stack. That is only because I keep the 4 volumes of his collected works in my study at home.
For those who like to look at books the old fashioned way, a partial bibliography is below.
Thursday night I will begin a doctrinal study at 7:00 PM at the Red Brick Church. When deciding whether or not to attend, keep in mind that doctrine is not a matter of life and death. Hence, you need to be here!
Occasionally, someone emphasizes the importance of doctrine by saying that knowing the Truth is a matter of life and death. Strictly speaking this is not the case.
Doctrine is not a matter of life and death. It is a matter of life or death. You cannot have both death and life. It is one or the other. And what you truly believe has eternal implications: either eternity with Christ or eternity in Hell. It is that serious.
I know; I know. Some of you will accuse me of playing word-games when I say that doctrine is not a matter of life and death. On one level I am guilty as charged. When people say doctrine is a matter of life and death, they mean to stress the urgency and that is correct.
But I am not posting this just to pick at words. Practically speaking, I wonder if most people in our culture don’t believe that they can have both life and death. They believe that they can walk in the counsel of the wicked and sit in the seat of scoffers (Psalm 1) and still be like a tree planted by streams of water. Not so. It’s one or the other.
- Two ways: a broad way or a narrow way (Matt 7:13)
- Two foundations for life: sand or rock (Matthew 7:24-27)
- Two kinds of trees: those that bear fruit or those that don’t (Matt 7:16-20)
- Two kinds of faith: faith that works or faith that is dead (James 2:14-26)
“Or”, not “And.” There are two ways. You choose between them. There is no third.
So – - if you are reasonably close (say within 500 miles) come to our doctrinal study at the Red Brick Church beginning Thursday, Feb 7, at 7:00 PM.
Literature enlarges our being by admitting us to experiences not our own. They may be beautiful, terrible, awe-inspiring, exhilarating, pathetic, comic, or merely piquant. Literature gives the entree to them all. Those of us who have been true readers all our life seldom realize the enormous extension of our being that we owe to authors. We realize it best when we talk with an unliterary friend. He may be full of goodness and good sense, but he inhabits a tiny word. In it, we should be suffocated. My own eyes are not enough for me. Even the eyes of all humanity are not enough. Very gladly would I learn what face things present to a mouse or bee.
In reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in a Greek poem, I see with a thousand eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.
In the first place, the majority never read anything twice. The sure mark of an unliterary man is that he considers, ‘I’ve read already’ to a conclusive argument against reading a work. We have all known women who remembered a novel so dimly that they had to stand for half an hour in the library skimming through it before they were certain they once read it. But the moment they became certain, they rejected it immediately, like a burn out match, an old railway ticket, or yesterday’s paper; they already used. Those who read great works, on the other hand, will read the same work, ten, twenty or thirty times during the course of their life.