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Lecrae Moore. Unashamed.  Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, May 3rd 2016.  256 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

I do not know much about Reformed and Christian rap but I do like Lecrae’s one song titled “Background” which also featured Andy Mineo.  This book is an autobiography of Lecrae’s life.  I was quite encouraged reading this.

Lecrae opening chapter was on “Red Carpet Treatment,” in which he tells us of his first attendance at the Grammy Awards which he was nominated for.  Lecrae’s account of the red carpet reminds us that Christians are different and in some sense still an outsider even if we are “at the top of our game.”  I don’t know why but I found that Lecrae was quite transparent here and I appreciated it.  He tells the readers of how he would walk down the red carpet only to be stopped by security for other bigger name nominees to go first.  By the time he walked the red carpet people stopped taking pictures in which Lecrae noted the contrast.  Lecrae also talked about how awkward the after party was.  In this one chapter I thought one can learn a lot about how true Christians will never truly please the world; and also we should not play the same game the world plays.  This first chapter already had me hooked!

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hipster pastor

The Reality TV show, Preachers of LA, is suppose to air tonight (October 9th) in the U.S.  This is a show that promote the personality of Word of Faith, Prosperity Gospel preachers.

I’ve blogged about my concern for this already in the past but last night I was moved to write this when I saw someone’s comment about this TV show:

We need BIBLICAL Preachers of L.A,
not phony charade,
But the real thing,
who loves people more than bling,
holy, not looking for a fling,
not self-promoting, jet-flying, diamond ring flaunting, (un?)Reality TV kind of thing,
but instead a God’ loving,
self-denying,
Gospel-Bringing,
Word of God preaching
…Man,
who’s OXYGEN is to be proclaiming of the forgiver of sin, to those who know it’s sting, can be saved by trusting in the King of King,
For Him we shall rap for and sing.

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This guy has visited Seminary and sat in a class next to me

It’s the greatest story ever told.
A God pursues foes whose hearts turned cold.
The greatest story ever told.
Restoring all that the enemy stole.
The greatest story ever told.
The glory of Christ is the goal, behold.
The greatest story ever told.
It’s the greatest.

Alright check it: let’s go back in time, brethren. Divine lessons always keep your mind guessing. The glory of the Triune God is what I’m stressing. The origin of humankind was fine. Blessings were plenteous. God is amazingly generous. Crazy benefits in a state of innocence. God told the man what he could taste was limited. Not long after came our nemesis in Genesis. He scammed well, man fell, damned to hell. The whole human race—he represented it. Fooled by the serpent, man through his work, woman through birth—even the earth ruled by the curses. But instead of a wake immediately. God said her Seed would be the One to crush the head of the snake. Yo, wait what is this? Whoa, a gracious gift! In Jehovah’s faithfulness He clothed their nakedness. This was so they would know their Savior’s kiss and bliss. But first, many growing pains exist suffering in the worst form, ugly deeds. Eve’s firstborn seed made his brother bleed. Indeed things got progressively worse. Every section of the earth is been affected by the curse. And though God’s judgments against sin were gory, praise the Lord! It’s not the end of the story.

Next scene: man’s sin was extreme. God gets steamed, man gets creamed. The Lord is so Holy that He drowned them in the water. Fire in the valley of slaughter – Sodom and Gomorrah. But at the same time, He’s so gracious and patient that from one man He created a whole nation. Eventually enslaved by the mentally depraved, they cried out to the only One with the strength that He could save. He brought them out with signs and wonders – satisfied their hunger. Then He appeared on Mount Sinai in thunder. Where He laid down the law for God-ruled government. Commonly referred to as the Mosaic covenant. Sin was imputed. So for man to know he’s unrighteous, God instituted animal sacrifices. This was to show our constant need for atonement. And when it came to sin, the Lord would never condone it. And when His people disobeyed and went astray, He raised up prophets and kings to lead them in the way. But they would get foul with their idolatry—wet and wild prophecy—send them into exile. To take their punishment like a grown man. Then with His own hand He placed them back in their homeland. And while in their forefather’s land they dwelt, they awaited the arrival of Emmanuel.

After 400 silent years filled with sighs and tears. In Bethlehem the Messiah appears. God in the flesh—Second Person of the Trinity. At thirty begins His earthly ministry. Baffling cats with accurate, exact facts and back-to-back miraculous acts. A stumbling block to the self righteous. But the humbled—His flock, said “There’s no one else like this.” He came from heaven to awake the numb. Demonstrated His power over nature, son. A foretaste of the Kingdom and the age to come. But the reason He came was to pay the sum for the depths of our wickedness, our wretched sinfulness. Bless His magnificence! He is perfect and innocent. Yet He was wrecked and His death. He predicted it. Next He was stretched, paid a debt that was infinite. He said that He finished it. Resurrected so the elect would be the recipients of its benefits. Through faith and penitence we get to be intimate. His grace is heaven sent, it never diminishes. Now the Holy Spirit indwelling is the evidence for heaven’s future residents who truly represent Jesus, the Author, Producer, Director, and Star of a story that will never, ever end!

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