Daily Archives: July 12, 2013

Do Not Be Surprised… This ‘n’ That (12 July 2013)

  • Let’s start with what’s really important: Twinkies are back.
  • Wow, Charles Wesley really had to hate Calvinism to write 15 stanzas about it.
  • I admit, I’m kind of shocked that the book Jesus Calling is still going so strong. But then, I guess people never tire of looking for “more” outside of the Bible. I wrote about this book two years ago (here and here), but Julia over at Steak and a Bible has good article addressing it.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • This was a close contender for this week’s dose of adorable.
  • Please pray for this family.
  • Okay, tell me how this is news: A woman gets dumped. She orders carry-out, asks the restaurant to write something nice on the container because she was dumped, and then gets all self-esteem-y  and misty-eyed when some restaurant employee—who has never even met her—writes with a Sharpie on Styrofoam, “You’re worth it!” Really? I can’t comment any further because I’m bound to say something mean.
  • Can we “lift up” God’s name?
  • Here it comes, folks. A baker in Colorado could face up to a year in jail for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding.
  • Evolutionists are mad because Ball State University hired another professor who believes in Creationism (bringing it to a grand total of two?).
  • “The trouble with all false evangelism is that it does not start with doctrine . . .”
  • Phil Johnson on what true, biblical manliness looks like.
  • The Cripplegate concludes its ‘Why Seminary?’ series.
  • Don’t miss this Kindle deal!
  • The devotional impact of limited atonement.
  • “The Bible’s teaching is that sin is indeed a breaking of relationship with God, but that broken relationship consists in a rejection of his kingly majesty.”
  • Dr. Daniel Wong is a professor at The Master’s College. He and his family experienced firsthand persecution at the hands of the Communist party. Listen to his story and ponder what will happen when (not if) such persecution comes to America:


Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (07/05 – 07/12)

Here are this week’s recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.


DOMA and the Rock

In 1996, when Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), I grieved with my people. I was an atheist then, and lived in a monogamous lesbian relationship, working as a tenure-track professor specializing in English literature and Queer Theory.

Now, some 17 years later, in the summer of 2013, the Supreme Court has delivered its historic DOMA decision. I am now a Christian, married to a man who serves God as a pastor, and I homeschool in the Classical Christian tradition the two youngest of my four children. And again, I grieve with my people.

Read More: http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/doma-and-the-rock

Where can a Christian go to have his generational curses broken?

A Twisted Crown of Thorns ®

Some people have crept in to Evangelical churches and are stealthily spreading a teaching which has become quite lucrative with its draw strings. They claim that Christians remain cursed until those curses are broken and to have yours broken, you have to part with a hefty sum called “seed money” deposited at the foot of a particular “anointed man”. Furthermore, notes Kato Mivule[ a Ugandan pastor]….


Usually, those who are deemed cursed are the poor, weak, destitute, unemployed, sick, and those facing various challenges of life.

One of the remedies for “breaking” the curse is to give “seed” money to preachers so as to “break” the curse. The teaching has become very popular given the current global economic malaise, that poor Christians will take the little savings they have and “sow the seed” into the ministries of these predatory preachers.

The popularity of these “breaking the curse” teachings caught…

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Top Ten Reasons Not To Join A Reformed Baptist Church.

A Twisted Crown of Thorns ®

If you are church shopping [this article was first published in OCTOBER 2011] or looking for a local Christian fellowship a Reformed Baptist Church may not be your cup of tea 🙂

Well you see, Dr. James White has (honestly) noted that in a Reformed Baptist Church…

  1. You don’t get to leave after every sermon feeling good about yourself. You may even desire repentance.
  2. You don’t get to hear the sermons in the same way you may be used to. It’s frequently verse by verse, maybe not even relevant to your current situation.
  3. You don’t get to be entertained. We don’t want to entertain you.

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Why Pastors Should Blog

Much of what Christians contribute online, even from pastors, is little more than an ungodly attempt at self-deification in the pseudo-society of social media. I do hope that’s not why I blog – and if it is, the extent of my readership is a fitting parable to the futility of seeking deification in God’s world. Notwithstanding these ever-present pitfalls, I think pastors should blog today to fulfill that ancient function of pastoral ministry, writing.

Read More: http://thecripplegate.com/why-pastors-blog/

What Biblical manliness looks like

Biblical manliness is about authentic character. It’s not about bravado, and it’s not about boyishness. Going out into the woods with a bunch of other men, putting on war paint, making animal noises, telling scary stories around a campfire, and then working up a good cry might be good, visceral fun and all, but that has nothing to do with the biblical idea of manliness.

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The Twin Temptations of Pragmatism and Authoritarianism

By Jonathan Leeman | 7.12.2013 Print

It is easy for church leaders to look only to their left or only to their right in seeking to avoid the errors of others. Something I have learned from watching Tim Keller is the importance of looking in both directions. Hence, the man always seems to have a “third way” on offer.

When the topic turns to philosophy of ministry or church practice, it has been the tendency of 9Marks writers like myself to look leftward toward the squishy tendencies of mainstream evangelicalism. This is a response to the evangelicalism of my youth that was constantly anxious to avoid slipping too far rightward toward some type of authoritarian fundamentalism.

Many things in life are binary, and there is no third way. But I do believe there are errors both to the right and to the left of a biblical philosophy of ministry. On the left are the errors of pragmatism, and on the right are the errors of authoritarianism. What’s most striking to me is what they share in common.

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Ministry Means War: 10 Lessons Seminary Never Taught Me

During the unholy morning hours of June 6, 1944, U.S. Army paratroopers jumped from their airplanes into the occupied countryside of northern France, miles inland from the beaches at Normandy. My father was one of those soldiers. As a member of the rough and ready 101st Airborne, my dad had the best combat training available in the free world. He had studied in vivid detail the topographical features of the French countryside. Training had coached him on the deadly perils of anti-aircraft fire; the shock of jumping out of an airplane into the yawning darkness; the proper way to land, roll to avoid injury, gather, and engage the enemy; and how to handle hundreds of other battlefield eventualities. Dad had undergone enough drills on weapons and tactics that he could repeat the steps in his sleep for decades to come.

But June 6 was not a drill; it was war. He was not quite prepared for the relentless ferocity of the German machine guns, the exploding mortar shells, or the omnipresent and deadly Bouncing Betty mines. Basic training had given him wonderful training, but it could not have simulated the sights, sounds, smells, and overall horrors of war. Only one thing could acclimate him to the battlefield: war itself.

Ministry, likewise, is war. And only war can prepare you for the heat of battle. Will you fight, or will you run in the face of the menacing realities of ministry? Only the front lines of Christian ministry called the local church will answer that question for you.

My father’s son attended one of the finest theological seminaries in the world, the theological-ministerial equivalent of Army Ranger or Navy Seals school. They taught his boy great theology. By God’s grace, they lashed his heart and ministry to an inspired, inerrant Bible and centered his eyes on the story of redemption that beats intensely at the Bible’s heart. It was rigorous and wonderful preparation for war. But it was not war.

Two years ago, I left that great theological training camp. In the months since, it has been my privilege to serve as pastor of a wonderful, patient group of godly people in Birmingham, Alabama. Together we are learning the difference between life and ministry in theory and life and ministry in reality. I have learned much, and I have much more to learn. Here are 10 things no theological seminary, no matter how faithful and competent, could have prepared me for in real-world ministry:

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The Christian’s Triumph in Christ

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.  (Romans 6:17-18 NASB)

I have a nephew, Travis,  who has been battling brain cancer for last several years. He and my daughter are about the same age and used to play together when they were little. They were close. He is married and has two young boys. He is a believer as is his wife, Jennifer. I got an email today from my brother-in-law, Travis’ dad, which stated that the doctors at M.D. Anderson had basically reached the end of what they could do medically for him. What they could do would not prolong his life by much, but most certainly would add a great deal to his suffering…

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