expulsive replacement rejoicing

Heard Tim Keller recently teach from Romans 7-8 on the evil hideousness of the human heart, with its unconquerable desire for an object, which usually is an idol. That’s the way the heart works. We’re all yearning for and/or holding on to something.

So you have to replace that desire with a better desire, the best desire, in Jesus Christ. In the punch line, Keller phrased it as: “Expulsive replacement rejoicing in Jesus in the face of your particular idols.” This was based on Thomas Chalmers’ famous sermon, “Expulsive power of a new affection.” That’s the key to get to the sin beneath the sin.

Having been away on travels for practically 2 weeks, with another 2 trips in the coming week, it’s been a different rhythm this month. Great to meetup with a number of people along the way. 3 meetings to prepare for, including this presentation on revitalizing Asian American churches on Wed 9/26, so blogging may be light.

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  1. joe says:

    hey DJ, i’m sorry i won’t be able to make it out to hear your words of wisdom.. i’m wondering, will your talk be recorded? the topic you’re speaking on is such a needed one.. thank you for giving it!

  2. djchuang says:

    Hello Joe, glad to hear of your interest in the presentation. I would say that I will record it and make it available here, but I don’t want to dissuade those who are thinking of hearing it live and in person. I know you may have a schedule conflict, and perhaps you can rally a group of people at your seminary to host a brown bag lunch for me to share it with you at a future date too. I am planning on having 1/2 of my time slot allocated for Q&A so that it is most meaningful to the audience, and my presentation will be setup as the conversation starter.