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“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

– Jesus | John 14:27

Heavenly Father, our hearts are troubled and we are afraid.  Please grant peace to Boston and to us all.  We turn to you in the name of your Son, who was killed and rose again.  Amen.  

The Rise of the Papacy

March 25, 2013

With the resignation of Pope Benedict and the installation of Pope Francis, the question of how the papacy began is a good one to ask.  Catholics believe that Jesus himself laid the foundation for papal succession when he announced that the church would be built on Peter (Matthew 16:18-19).  Peter, therefore, acting as bishop of Rome, passed down his apostolic authority to his successor.  That successor passed Peter’s authority to the next, and so on down to the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio two weeks ago.  Bergoglio, taking the name Francis, is the 266th Pope.

“The problem with this explanation,” writes David Wells, “is that there is no evidence to sustain it.”

Well’s brief article is an informative and interesting look at the reality behind the rise of the papacy.  You can read the article here.

(HT: Justin Taylor)

Mark Richt is the head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs.  The reason this Tennessee boy loves him isn’t hard to figure out.  In yesterday’s press conference, Richt answered a  question about how he handled the now-waning criticism he has received over the last couple of seasons:

I know you never know what tomorrow is going to bring, so it’s not like we’ve arrived or anything like that.  But we have played well lately, and we’ve won lately, so that’s a big deal.  Quite frankly, I love the game of football.  I love my job.  I love Georgia.  But what I do is not who I am.  I’ve said that before.  I think sometimes if we become what we do, and then things aren’t going just right, then all of a sudden our entire world falls apart.  I’ve got a faith in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and I know that God loves me and is going to take care of me.  I just truly believe that.  When all the games are done and all the life is lived, I know where I’ll be for eternity.  Not to say I don’t care about what happens in this world, because that’s not true.  Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily as unto the Lord,” so that’s what I was doing on a daily basis.  I was doing my job as best I could and trying to do it for his glory, and try not to worry about anything else.  That’s kind of how I navigated that time, and there will be more tough times I’m sure.  That’s the way life is.

Is Richt saying that nothing is more important than trusting Jesus for eternal life?  That our justification isn’t found in being successful?  That we should work hard as unto the Lord and leave the results to him?  That’s exactly what he’s saying.  And it’s enough to make me say, “Go, Dawgs!”

Like many of you I’m confronted with mixed emotions at the news that Osama bin Laden was killed yesterday by U.S. Special Forces. I have to confess that I am thankful for justice, grateful that a murderous tyrant is no longer alive to orchestrate, inspire and conduct global acts of mass terrorism against humanity. But I am sorrowful as well, knowing that it is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God apart from Jesus Christ. Osama bin Laden deserved and received justice when his life ended yesterday, and now he awaits final judgment before a holy and righteous God. This is a sobering reality, and a poignant reminder that many souls today who rejoice at his death will spend an eternity with him in Hell if they do not repent of their sins and trust in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ on the cross for sin. There remain many fields to plow for the sake of the Gospel among peoples both at home and abroad. Our neighbors and the nations need the Gospel.

Denny Burk offers some more helpful thoughts about we should respond to bin Laden’s death.

Very helpful, biblical post about the dark cloud that has settled over Japan.

When love has wept and worked, it must have something to say about God. It doesn’t need to have all the answers. Only God does. But it has the Bible, and the Bible is not silent on this matter.