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The Parable of the True Unbeliever

The Parable of the True (Un)Believer

August 19, 2016 | Ty Gibson

The kingdom of heaven is like unto two men, one who believed in God and one who did not.

The first man engaged in prejudice and hatred and various other forms of ugliness contrary to love, all the while saying to the world, “I believe in God! God is with me! God is on my side!”

The other man looked at all the injustice and abuse done in the name of God, and he said to himself, “I don’t believe in God,” and spent his life relieving the poor and defending the oppressed.

In due time, both men died, and on the day of final judgment, both men were resurrected and stood before God. Gesturing with His right hand, God said, “Come, my son, enter into the eternal bliss prepared for you.”

And the Lord said to him, “I think you’ve mistaken Me for some other god…”

The man who believed in God smiled and stepped forward, but God raised His left hand and said, “No, not you,” and gestured …
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Something to Say at Princeton University by Ty Gibson

Something to Say at Princeton University

June 3, 2016 | Ty Gibson

Ministry needs to happen everywhere—even among the educated elite. Evangelists recognize that the highly educated are the most difficult class to reach with the gospel, generally speaking. Recently, feeling the weight of this fact, I delivered six lectures at Princeton University.

Knowledge, like wealth, is a two-edged sword: the more I have, the less needy I may appear in my own eyes. “Education” itself is a tricky concept. Who is educated and who is not?

According to the apostle Paul, “If anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him” (1 Corinthians 8:2-3). Theoretical knowledge can create the illusion that one knows more than one actually does. Of course, this is not an argument in favor of ignorance, but rather in favor of humility, and in favor of a different kind of knowing. Paul does not recommend stupidity, but he does recommend that our knowledge be grounded in God’s love.

The most educated …
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The Theological Identity of the Remnant by Ty Gibson

The Theological Identity of the Remnant

May 27, 2016 | Ty Gibson

When the “remnant” is brought to view in Revelation, our attention is directed to God’s intent that the movement be defined by a specific theological construct:

“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17, KJV).

“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12, KJV).

The “and” here describes not so much a balancing act between faith and obedience, but rather a powerful relational dynamic between the two. The point of the gospel is not faith and works, but rather faith that works. The good news is not that God will save you if you obey His law, but rather that the free gift of salvation is itself so transformative that it creates in the believer a returning current of love to God, and that love manifests itself in obedience. …
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What If the Good News Is Better Than You Think?  by Ty Gibson

What If the Good News Is Better Than You Think? 

April 1, 2016 | Ty Gibson

After explaining that Christ is “the Word” and “the Light” to every person in the world (John 1:1-9), John makes an enormous, encompassing, extravagant claim:

“Of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace” (John 1:16).

The word “fullness” (pleroma) means completeness or totality. The “all” in this text is clearly the entire human race. So the gospel proclaims an unreserved, unconditional giving of Christ to every person.

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).

Incredible!

. . . before there was any believing on the part of any person, there was a complete giving on God’s part.

Christ is the one gift in which all God’s gifts are given. In giving Jesus, God gave all He could possibly give. And to whom? To “us,” Paul says. To every man, woman and child!

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes …
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Three Reasons to be a Relational Risk Taker in 2016 by Ty Gibson

Three Reasons to be a Relational Risk Taker in 2016

January 5, 2016 | Ty Gibson

There are definitely moments in which you ought to be careful, calculated, and cautious. And there are moments in which you ought to cast caution to the wind and be a big-time risk taker.

Yeah, be cautious as a driver. Relax—please. Being late is better than being dead.

Be ever so careful when you cast your vote for a politician in this year’s circus-like political elections. Seriously, it’s out of control with ridiculousness.

And definitely be calculated if you are an investor in today’s market. Turns out, as we all now know, that in many cases criminals are running the financial systems of our world.

Ah, but when it comes to love, be a risk taker.

People are certainly unpredictable. But it’s people that really matter, nonetheless.

People are naturally self-serving and often take advantage of the good guy.

Put yourself out there. Be willing to be embarrassed by rejection. Then pick yourself up and try again.

No doubt about it: people are naturally self-serving and often take advantage of …
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The Latter Rain in Practical Terms by Ty Gibson

The Latter Rain in Practical Terms

January 4, 2016 | Ty Gibson

The Bible is filled with agricultural symbolism as a means of depicting God’s grand and glorious purpose for humanity (Matthew 13). God is in the business of growing things—a new crop of humans, to be exact (1 Corinthians 3:6-8).

Human beings, like a farmer’s crop, move through a growth process that culminates in a harvest of ripe produce. In agriculture there are a few specific stages involved in producing a good final harvest: the planting, the germination of the seed by the early rains, the maturation period, and finally the ripening period brought on by the last rains of the season, called “the latter rain.”

The “latter rain” is a biblical symbol for the final outpouring of the Holy Spirit, by which the corporate spiritual experience of God’s church will be brought to ripeness for the harvest (Joel 2:23-29). Rain is the stimulus and medium by which the nutrients in the soil are drawn up though the root system. In the realm of spiritual growth, the Holy Spirit is the …
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The Apocalypse of Human Sexuality by Ty Gibson

The Apocalypse of Human Sexuality

December 22, 2015 | Ty Gibson

Sex is in the news.

Big time!

Bruce Jenner’s transgender process has prompted nearly everyone on the planet to ponder the nature of human sexuality. To the delight of some and to the horror of others, Caitlyn, formerly Bruce, was named “Woman of the Year” by Glamour Magazine in October.

Prior to Jenner’s transition, Harry Styles, one of the singers in the wildly popular boy band One Direction made big news regarding his sexuality. While being interviewed with fellow One Direction member, Liam Payne, the two were asked what traits they preferred in a romantic relationship. Payne answered, “Female, it’s a good trait.” Styles responded, “Not that important”—for the person to be female, that is.

About the same time, the news media informed us that Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, the 8-year-old daughter of Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, has decided she wants to be called John and will only wear boy’s clothing. The parents have decided to honor the decision and refrain from interfering with the child’s gender selection. “Gender …
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