The following comment is from a reader in Bavaria.
“I really saw that your site IS completely Christ-centered. Hats off! Such a thing is rarely to find.
“Every sermon should ultimately be about Jesus.” Tim Keller
This is absolutely true. I appreciate Tim Keller as well and I’d like to say that the Gospel Coalition “triumvirate” ;) – often represented by Tim Keller, Don Carson, AND John Piper – consists of three Christ-centered preachers and teachers. They are all different, yet they complement each other perfectly.
Indeed, I loved reading this post. The only thing that makes me somehow sad is the fact that I do not know with whom I am talking here [OK OK, from your “About” I know that you are a man :) ]. I abstained from saying, “Hello Christ Centered Teaching” since it sounds a bit strange in my ears. Do you not agree?
Just flipping through Scripture, reading for example the introduction of Romans, a man introduces himself by writing,
“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God.” Rom 1:1)
You, too, are a faithful (!) servant of Him who has called you by your name, didn’t He? He chose you and you are precious in His eyes. God, your Father in Heaven, knew your name before you were born and He loves like His only son Jesus.
Just imagine all the prophets of the Old Testament had not been given any names or we could only read gospel 1, gospel 2, gospel 3, gospel 4, and anonymous letters.
“You, too, my dear brother, have a prophetic voice which must be heard!”
I assume you may wonder why I insist on it that much. Who am I to do so?
Honestly, the Lord urged me…
Also, it grieved me a lot to read about your painful loss when you were only eleven years old. In fact, it was the same for my hubby Paul who was born in Chicago/Illinois. When he was about 9 years old [“about” because he can’t remember it], he was forced to return to Germany with his mother and his younger brother because their father had died in the 1970’s. Just in case they would have stayed in the USA, their mother as a German – unlike their American sons – would have had difficulties with retaining custody.
Well, that’s it for now, my brother in Christ.
Every blessing to you,
Susanne from Bavaria :)“
I appreciate each and every comment I recieve.
But this comment really has me thinking.
Some of you already know that I occasionally post expanded views of the works of Tim Keller, Viktor Frankl, Ravi Zacharias, and others.
Tim Keller did a sermon series titled,”Public Faith”, in which he states that we live in a culture that encourages us to be open about everything except our religious beliefs.
We are told that it is good to say what we believe about sexual preferences and everything else, but we are told to keep our views about religion, particularly Christian religious views, to ourselves.
And Viktor Frankl, the Austrian Phyciastrist who survived Auschwitz, who wrote one of the New York Times top ten most influential books of all time, “Man’s Search for Meaning”, would have published it anonymously if not for the urging of a close friend.
Frankl later realized that many more opportunities arose for him to help others because he published his book with his real name.
Then I think of Ravi Zacharias. A man so gifted and anointed by God, so outspoken yet gracious. Ravi has said things that others wouldn’t dare say and to people and in public places where most wouldn’t dare to make such statements with such conviction and humility.
In contrast, I risk very little by being anonymous and my humility is not pumped up so much as to make me tempted to forget my first love, namely Jesus Christ.
I consider these men to be a few of my most admired and most Christ Centered Teachers.
So what do you think?
Would my name help the cause of Christ, or only serve to hurt it ?
Please prayerfully consider these things with me and share your thoughts in this forum with me.
Because He first loved us,