Daily Archives: March 7, 2014

Which Noah? An interview with Ray Comfort


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NoahNoahDVD_3DToday we are talking with Ray Comfort, of Living Waters Ray’s new movie, “Noah—And the Last Days”, is very different from the Hollywood version starring actor Russel Crowe, who clearly does not have a biblical understanding of who Noah was or why God chose him out of an increasingly-darkened world to survive and start over.
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More Light on the Bill Gothard Scandal: He Got Away With His Perversions For 40 Years

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An organization the Duggar family belonged to is under fire after the ministry’s founder was placed on administrative leave after allegations of sexual harassment against women who worked with him went unreported, RadarOnline.com is reporting.

It’s hard to fathom how Gothard was allowed to get away with what he got away with for so very long, his actions harming so many women and girls, with nothing ever being done.  The Catholics don’t, by any means, have a corner on the perversity market.

Bill Gothard founded the Institutes for Basic Life Principles — a ministry which Jim Bob Duggar, wife Michelle, and their children had gathered on several occasions — but after a letter written by a young lady named Lizzie was published in 2012 online detailing what she described as “unwanted and unwarranted emotional and physical attention from a man in a position of authority to young women…

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Quick Thought: the reason I write about the charismatic movement

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Thinking-Man I’m currently in my office, working away, listening to Jesus Culture (it’s white noise that helps me study and refrain from getting distracted), and preparing for a talk I’ll be giving in 25 hours.  I’m going to be at a church in the Vancouver area giving a presentation on what the Bible says about false prophets/false teachers.  I’ll post my notes on the web once I’ve turned them into a post (or series), and there’s some rather interesting and frightening stuff I’ve learned as a result of this most recent study project.  I’ve basically been speed-reading through the whole scripture for a few days and making extended notes, and as I was in 2 Peter I had to stop and soak in a passage:

For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. They…

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Even in Crises, the Church Must be Involved


In the event that a person or couple needs more skilled help and intensive intervention from resources outside of the local church, they will still need the supporting and nurturing involvement of wise brothers and sisters in Christ to walk with them on a daily basis.

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Video: The A, B, Cs . . . Ds Es of Defending the Gospels – Dr. Mike Licona

In this talk New Testament scholar Mike Licona addresses the 5 major objections to the historical reliability of the Gospels: Authorship, Bias, Contradictions, Dating, and Eyewitness Testimony.
For more of Licona’s work, see here.

2 Million Scientists Identify as Evangelical

2 Million Scientists Identify as Evangelical
“The media often portrays scientists and Christians as incapable of peaceful coexistence. But results from a recent survey suggest the two are not as incompatible as one might think. In fact, 2 million out of nearly 12 million scientists are evangelical Christians.”

10 Signs You Might be a Legalist

In previous posts I have written that Legalism is the biggest threat to church unity, and that you are better off being a sinner than a legalist.


So since legalism is so serious, it is important to know whether or not you are a legalist.

Here are 10 Signs you Might be a Legalist

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“Osteen is telling you that you can be your own Savior. Like the little engine that could, you can do it.”

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9 Marks reviews “Break Out!” by Joel Osteen

“Break Out! is a collection of twenty-five chapters (presumably sermons) organized into five sections. I could not discern much difference between the first four sections: (1) Believe Bigger; (2) Consider God, Not Circumstances; (3) Pray God-sized Prayers; 4) Keep the Right Perspective. The chapters basically follow the formula of stating the principle, supporting it with a story, inserting a vague reference to the Bible, and closing with a few more stories and exhortations.”


Would Jesus bake a rainbow cake?

gays-in-churchNo, He would not. He would tell the couple to repent and sin no more. Baking the cake for them would condone their sin. But this pastor thinks otherwise. If you haven’t been following the doctrinal decline of mega-pastor Andy Stanley, this article has some good links:

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On paying to be on the NY Times Best Seller List

real-marriageWe have been following a brewing story in the continuing saga of Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll.

First, there was the plagiarism of several of his books, which has been well documented. Now it appears that he and his church have paid a handsome sum to have his latest book listed among the best-sellers on the prestigious list.

Is this type of manipulation found in the role of a pastor?  Was this what the Mars Hill tithes and offerings were intended for?
Here is the story:

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Do Not Be Surprised…This ‘n’ That (07 March 2014)

  • So, apparently the power went out temporarily at the Shepherd’s Conference. It didn’t stop John MacArthur, though—he just kept preaching!
  • If you’d like to tune in to the last day of the Shepherd’s Conference, you can watch the sessions live online. Access the schedule here. If you’re like me and are waiting for all of the sessions to be posted online, I anticipate that they’ll be at this link within a week or two.
  • Wait a minute . . . that Oscar selfie was preplanned? I’m shocked.
  • James White has collated the Ergun Caner evidence and put it all in one place.
  • Here’s why Julia at Steak and a Bible won’t be watching ‘Son of God’.
  • This is an extremely thorough review of the movie ‘Son of God’. For those of you fielding questions by friends wondering what’s wrong with the movie, this article is a good resource.
  • Few things are cuter than a cat with a love for theology and sound doctrine. With that, here is your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I’m excited about the new Dragon Dictate for Mac. I see a lot of potential uses for it for this website and other projects. It’s definitely going on my wish list, purchase date TBD. Does anyone else have a similar software that they use and like? If so, let me know in the comments!
  • Please tell me how any true Christian can watch this speech and applaud? This was terrible and Matt McConaughey should be ashamed. He obviously has no concept of the God of the Bible or of His holy and righteous nature. He’d be better off “looking up to” his dog than his false god.
  • Speaking of wolves, here’s one in Kenya. I was grieved by this disgusting story. I also was saddened to hear some Christians admit that it caused them to chuckle a bit. I fail to see what’s amusing here.
  • This article giving seven mistakes commonly made in women’s Bible studies was helpful. Of course, the first problem is the complete lack of doctrinally sound women’s Bible studies.
  • Apparently the UK has figured out how to regulate the creation of babies from three parents.
  • So the conclusion is: Legos are the best toy ever.
  • Wednesday marked the beginning of the Lenten season for some. Confused about Lent and why some observe it? Wondering why your evangelical church is starting to observe Lent? You may find these two articles helpful: Why I Don’t Observe Lent and Playing with Lenten Fire.
  • World magazine has discovered that Mark Driscoll hired a firm to buy a spot for his book, Real Marriage, on the bestseller list.
  • The pope wants to give women a ‘greater role’ within the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Philippians 4:8–9 tells us to dwell on those things that are pure, lovely, honorable and worthy of praise. Does this characterize your life? Are these the type of things that you allow to fill your mind each day? Steve Lawson delivers an excellent sermon about the Battle for the Mind:



Bill Gothard Resigns From Institute of Basic Life Principles (IBLP) Ministry Amid Abuse Allegations

Bill Gothard has recently resigned from an institute he founded, the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP). IBLP is a Christian ministry that advocates for homeschooling and some extrabiblical rules, such as strictly supervised courtship dating and a ban on secular music. Gothard’s resignation comes on the heels of recent abuse allegations.

Should you go see Darren Aronofsky’s movie “Noah”?


Here’s a review of the draft screenplay from Christian screenwriter Brian Godawa.


As a screenwriter of films like To End All Wars and Alleged which deal with faith, and as the author of a novel called Noah Primeval about what led up to the Great Flood, I am especially conscious of issues relating to the intersection of Hollywood and the Bible and I’ve been keeping tabs on a film that lives at that intersection, a film called Noah, written by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel. I’ve also watched with great anticipation as a post-Passion of The Christ Hollywood tries to come to grips with how to reach the massive faith-friendly audience and I’m concerned about the phenomenon that I see, which is films being developed for that audience by people who don’t understand it and are thus destined to fail. Then when they do fail, as expected, smug Hollywood executives declare…

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This Is What’s Going To Crater The Stock Market, Gazprom Threat Sends European Stocks Reeling, and A Bond Default “Moment Of Reckoning For The Chinese Government”

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SCROLL DOWN FOR NEWS LINKS AND VIDEO: Is china heading for a Bear Stern momet. Should we be concern about the bond default that has happen there or is it just a hiccup in the Chinese Economy? Is there something big brewing in the bond market about what the Feds is doing that will have a direct impact on the US Economy? The moment of truth will eventually be revealed as many factors will come into play that will expose the shaky Economy of America. Thank you for visting These Christian Times and God Bless you.

KING World News:  On the heels of more erratic action in global markets as the world awaits to see what happens in Ukraine, today Bill Fleckenstein spoke with King World News about what is going to “crater” the stock market.  Below is what Bill Fleckenstein, who is President of Fleckenstein Capital, had to…

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15 Pointers for Preachers

  1. Preach doctrinally. Don’t only teach Bible doctrines such as justification and sanctification in your Sunday school. Preach these doctrines also during your worship service.  preach-the-word

  2. Preach discriminatorily. Address both believers and unbelievers in your preaching. Don’t assume that everyone in your congregation is saved. But don’t think either that no one is saved.

  3. Preach applicatorily. Apply your text to your listeners. With the use of practical illustrations, help them apply your message to their daily life. Remember a sermon without an application is like a lecture. You are preaching, not lecturing.

  4. Preach clearly. Organize your thoughts. Avoid high-sounding words. Consider the children in your congregation. If you have to employ a big word (e.g. justification), explain it using simple words.

  5. Preach evangelistically. Yes, preach against sin, but don’t stop there. Preach about salvation too. If you preach the Law without the gospel, you will make…

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Massive Dinosaur Soft Tissue Discovery In China – Includes Skin And Feathers!

A fossil bed in China that is being called “Jurassic Park” has yielded perhaps the greatest dinosaur soft tissue discovery of all time. According to media reports, “nearly-complete skeletons” have been discovered that even include skin and feathers. But of course if these dinosaurs are really “160 million years old”, that should be absolutely impossible. Needless to say, this shocking discovery is once again going to have paleontologists scrambling to find a way to prop up the popular myths that they have been promoting. What they have been telling us simply does not fit the facts. The truth is that this latest find is even more evidence that dinosaurs are far, far younger than we have traditionally been taught.

Once upon a time, scientists believed that it would be impossible to find anything other than the hardened fossilized remains of extinct dinosaurs. (Read More…)

Obama And Putin Are Trapped In A Macho Game Of “Chicken” And The Whole World Could Pay The Price

The U.S. government and the Russian government have both been forced into positions where neither one of them can afford to back down. If Barack Obama backs down, he will be greatly criticized for being “weak” and for having been beaten by Vladimir Putin once again. If Putin backs down, he will be greatly criticized for being “weak” and for abandoning the Russians that live in Crimea. In essence, Obama and Putin find themselves trapped in a macho game of “chicken” and critics on both sides stand ready to pounce on the one who backs down. But this is not just an innocent game of “chicken” from a fifties movie. This is the real deal, and if nobody backs down the entire world will pay the price. (Read More....)

The wages of weakness – Krauthammer

Vladimir Putin is a lucky man. And he’s got three more years of luck to come.

He takes Crimea, and President Obama says it’s not in Russia’s interest, not even strategically clever. Indeed, it’s a sign of weakness.

Really? Crimea belonged to Moscow for 200 years. Russia annexed it 20 years before Jeffersonacquired Louisiana. Lost it in the humiliation of the 1990s. Putin got it back in about three days without firing a shot.

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Why moms are protesting Common Core

Only the English and math Common Core standards have so far been released. The math standards are based on an unproven theory called Constructivism, which means the kids are not drilled in basic arithmetic (addition, subtraction and multiplication) but instead are taught to “construct” their own way of figuring out the answers.

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