A Symbol for my Life: A Dance around the Cross

Someone recently asked me, “Tim, if you were to choose a symbol for your life, what would it be and why?”

This is the symbol I would use.  Christ has taken residence at the center of my life.  The grace of God, through the gospel, is what empowers my life.  This grace is leading me to a maturing dependence on Christ as my Lord and Savior.  The ultimate aim that Christ has for my life is not personal perfection or external compliance or communal belonging.  The aim is Christ dependence.  This Christ dependence is expressed through repentance and faith.   Repentance and faith (continually coming back to the Gospel) produces a Christ-likeness that is matured in my affections, my understanding, and my obedience.  My life is being tailored by the Spirit of God to be a dance around the cross.  The Spirit will continue this work of grace until at last I behold my Savior face to face.

The Jesus Storybook Bible

I love books that are gospel-centered.  Love them.  As a Presbyterian minister, I am constantly looking for curriculum that emphasizes the gospel rather than moralizing God’s Word.  You may think that would be easy.  Afterall, there are tons of Christian material out there.  It should be easy to find stuff that elevates the gospel.  Right?  Wrong.  Not so.  There is indeed a lot of “Christian” material, yet so much of it  comes from a What-Would-Jesus-Do, how should we behave, let’s all follow Christ’s example, moralistic mindset.  So, when I come across a book that is committed to exalting Christ and elevating the Gospel, I jump all over it.

A couple of weeks ago our Children’s Director at Surfside Presbyterian (Jennifer Cronk, who is awesome by the way) put a very special children’s book on my desk.  The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones.  The Storybook Bible is a magnificent little book that does a fantastic job of capturing the overarching Gospel message of Scripture.  In the book, Jesus is always front and center.  Every story moves toward Jesus as the central figure, the hero, the Savior, and the shepherd; the Son of God and the Messiah who was coming to save God’s children from sin and death.  So, if you have a child, or grandchild, or think like a child, or read like a child, and you love the gospel of Christ, then you should order this book.  Not only will it help your children get the gospel, it will help you get it too.

I have included some links to learn more about this great book.

1 – A web-site introducing the Jesus Storybook Bible, 2 – An  interview with Sally Lloyd-Jones by Dan Cruver found on Eucatastrophe, 3 – The Storybook Bible from Amazon.com, 4 – The Storybook Bible is also available on DVD.  I’ve included a video excerpt below.

Click here to go to Storybook Bible Website

Click here to read interview with Sally Lloyd-Jones

Click here to order The Storybook Bible from Amazon!

Tim Keller Resources – by Reformissionary

Sometimes I have found it difficult to find resources from one of my favorite pastors and theologians, Tim Keller. Keller is Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan New York. In my opinion, Keller is one of the most balanced Gospel believing Pastor/Leader/Prophets of our day. He has done excellent work in church growth and church reproduction, with a very unique perspective in how to reach and speak the language of 20-30 somethings, and secular intellectuals. However, Keller is not widely published, so it is difficult to find suitable resources for some of us guys who could really benefit from his knowledge. Well, a few months ago I stumbled onto a blog called “Reformissionary” – written by Steve McCoy. McCoy’s blog has a wonderful section dedicated to Tim Keller. Really great stuff.

Check it out by clicking here.