Monthly Archives: September 2013

A Charismatic Primer Part 10 – The Outreach Top 50 (#41-45)

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Time for the tenth installment in this series.  So far, we’ve looked at the New Apostolic Reformation, the Outreach Top 50 #1-5, the Outreach Top 50 #6-10, the Outreach Top 50 #11-15, the Outreach Top 50 #16-20, the Outreach Top 50 #21-25, the the Outreach Top 50 #26-30, the Outreach Top 50 #31-35, and the Outreach Top 50 #36-40. We’ll now look at the Outreach Top 50 #41-45, which includes several churches of interest.

41.  Southland Christian Church of Nicholasville, Kentucky – Pastored by Jon Weece.  Judging from their doctrinal statement and their FAQ page, these guys look like they’re practical cessationists.  They sound like they believe in modern prophecy, but appear to hold to Wayne Grudem’s dichotomy between office and gift of prophesy (which makes them practical cessationists).  Beyond that, here’s a sermon on spiritual gifts that further…

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CARM: What are the communicable and incommunicable attributes of God?

The incommunicable attributes of God are those that belong to God alone  (omniscience, transcendence, etc.) where the communicable attributes of God are those that  we can also possess (knowledge, love, mercy, etc.).  However, we have to realize that all of our discussions about God’s attributes are going to  ultimately be inadequate. God is, after all, infinite in his perfections.  Though we can understand the concept of omnipresence, we cannot experience it. We can  understand the concept of transcendence, but we cannot experience it. Therefore, our understanding of God and his  attributes is woefully insufficient. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t know things about.  Still, we are seeking to  fathom the depths of the knowability of God and this can obviously be problematic.  He is infinite; we are finite.  Furthermore, many theologians have disagreed on what is and is not proper categorizations of the attributes of God and  whether or not such categorizations make sense in the first place.  The debates on this will continue. Nevertheless, let’s take a look at some of the standard attributes  of God that have been categorized as communicable and incommunicable.

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FactChecker: Does College Cause Young Adults to Lose Their Faith?

Dedicated Christian parents work hard and pray diligently that their children will develop a strong and growing faith in their years at home. It’s one of the most rewarding parts of parenting to watch this happen, and we want to make sure that faith continues to flourish as they leave our homes and go out into the world. That is why one of our greatest fears is that the secular university and its aggressively atheistic professors will lead our kids like away from the faith. Many Christian parents avoid secular schools for this very concern.

But do the years and experiences of college actually contribute to our young people losing or walking away from their faith? The answer – and the reasons for it – might surprise you.

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Wisdom in challenging times

There are some obvious and serious situations out there that must be addressed firmly:

  • A growing government that advances political correctness at the expense of truth
  • A secular society that is trying to not only discredit biblical Christianity but marginalize and silence it.
  • A radical homosexual movement in society and even within the church that seeks to normalize homosexuality as a perfectly acceptable lifestyle—in spite of what the Bible says about it.
  • The rise of radical Islam that is murdering thousands of Christians around the world on a daily basis.
  • A blatant move toward religious syncretism through the New Age and Chrislam movements that seek to put Christianity on an “equal plane” with every other religion.
  • A subtle undermining by some who call themselves Christians, discounting the Word of God as absolute truth.

But with all this, there is something more subtle going on:

As Christians we are confused on how to best share the gospel with the world around us.

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Stephen Altrogge: Are You a Stumbling Block to Others?

You really shouldn’t watch that movie. You really shouldn’t listen to that music. You really shouldn’t read that book. You really shouldn’t drive a car that expensive. You really shouldn’t wear a purse like that. You really shouldn’t allow your kids to read Harry Potter. You really shouldn’t go to that bar to eat wings.

Oh, I didn’t realize. How come?

Because other people think it’s wrong. You might be a stumbling block to them.

This kind of exchange happens pretty often between Christians. We tell other Christians not to do certain things because they might become a stumbling block to someone else. Or we refrain from doing certain things because we are afraid we might become a stumbling block. The only problem is most of us aren’t exactly sure what it means to be a stumbling block.

So what exactly does scripture mean when it talks about causing someone else to stumble?

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Jihad Watch: How Al-Shabaab creates monsters

I recently wrote the article Psychology: Why Islam creates monsters. In it, I explain how Muslim terrorists are created by combining mind-numbing recitations of the Quran, including its many orders to kill and maim non-Muslims, with psychological traumatising.

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Aaron Armstrong: “Is he humble?”

I was speaking with one of our pastors Sunday morning and a church in the Toronto area came up in our discussion. The first question my pastor asked hit me like a ton of bricks:

“Is the senior pastor humble?”

Not “is he a good preacher,” or “how many people attend the church,” or any other metric oriented question you could imagine.

Just, “Is he humble?”

It’s tempting to be a bit taken aback by the idea, but it makes total sense, doesn’t it?

What is the New Testament most concerned with when it comes to leaders in the church? Paul describes elders as being men who need to be able to teach and handle the Word rightly, without a doubt. But that’s not all he’s concerned with. More than anything else, he’s concerned about character:

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Transformation: God’s Work

In quiet and ordinary ways followers of Jesus are being transformed. Sometimes the transformation is a sudden burst where the changes are dramatic. Most of the time, though, the transformation is that slow process some theologians calls “progressive sanctification.”  What should not be questioned is that God is in the business of transformation. What should also not be questioned is that it can happen — suddenly or slowly. Yet there’s one more theme: confidence. The apostle Paul said “we are more than conquerors.” The apostle John in Revelation speaks a number of times of Christians conquering. Biblical faith is confidence in God’s power to transform us.

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