>Good stuff from Ray Ortlund:

“For am I now seeking the approval of man or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10

Paul had lived for human approval. That’s what his uppity legalism had really been about. It’s why the word “still” is in there: “If I were still trying to please man . . . .” Paul gave it up, in order to please God.

It is so freeing to stop caring so much about what people think. It is so freeing to lift your eyes to Christ, whose approval is all that finally matters. What does he want from you? Not that people would think you’re wonderful, but that your gospel would be pure and honoring to him. You can’t control how people respond. That is their own responsibility before God. And if your gospel is pure, some will inevitably disapprove (2 Cor 2:15-16) and will blame you for it. Why? The impenitent are incapable of self-awareness. Don’t be discouraged. Just keep your gospel clear. And keep your heart close to the Lord.

Here is his word to you: “Approved.”

>Happy Birthday, Snoopy and Gang

>Fifty-nine years ago the first “Peanuts” comic was published. Here it is:

I think there is some great “theology” portrayed in many of the strips. In fact a somewhat controversial book titled “The Gospel According to Snoopy” was floating around decades ago.

One of my favorite cartoons was Linus and Charlie arguing about the Great Pumpkin. Charlie asks Linus how he can believe in such a thing; Linus retorts that when Charlies stops believing in Santa Claus, Linus will give up on the Great Pumpkin. Charlie closes the strip by saying, “We are obviously separated by denominational differences.”