Daily Archives: October 22, 2014

No Wonder it Took Mark Driscoll so Long to Resign, and Why He’ll Be Back…

Zwinglius Redivivus

hereticIt’s got to be hard to give up a pay package of over $800,000 a year…  The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  In Driscoll’s case, the evil of self-aggrandizement and superiority.

With that kind of cabbage on the line I would be willing to maintain that Driscoll will be back after all the hubbub dies down.  I would wager he wished social media didn’t exist because were it not for him being called out publicly for his lies, manipulations, misdeeds, and plagiarism he would still be wearing his tiny microphone and Mickey Mouse tee shirt and spreading his false teaching to all the willfully gullible and ignorant who festoon the ‘sanctuary’ (read, auditorium) of Mars Hill Cult ‘Church’.

Megachurch Pastors do love their prestige.  Bless ’em… (by which of course I mean, may they be anathematized for besmirching the good name of Christ…

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The 5 Points Of Calvinism Explained By Loraine Boettner


I have read a number of articles explaining the 5 points of Calvinism (TULIP) but this e-book The 5 Points Of Calvinism Explained by Loraine Boettner is by far the best I have seen.  Boettner is quite wordy in places because he is so thorough covering all the arguments and objections to each doctrine.  If you are interested in Calvinism and the Biblical basis for its theological position this is a ‘must have’ book.


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Driscoll Goes Word of Faith?

Polemics Report

Mark Driscoll was taken on stage over the weekend by Word-of-Faith and Prosperity Gospel teacher, Robert Morris. Driscoll shared some stories about his family’s struggles that, if true, are heartbreaking. More concerning, Morris clearly has been providing counsel to Driscoll during this time (even regarding his resignation from Mars Hill) and – in our opinion – paving the way for a very, very quick relaunch of Driscoll’s career.

Driscoll is in the photo above, shaking hands with Steven Furtick in smiles and solidarity after Morris mentioned they both had some “bad press” this year. One would think that such bad press (and the pretty solid, factual, validated concerns behind that bad press) would give Morris a cause to reconsider their invitations – but Morris’ Word-of-Faith tradition simply does not care about integrity issues (ask pretty much every Word-of-Faith leader, well, ever).

JD discusses this in today’s program

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STEP – Downloadable

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I’ve mentioned Tyndale House’s fantastically useful STEP (Scripture Tools for Every Person) on previous occasions and I’m thrilled to pass along word of the fact that you can now download the program, free, and use it even if your computer is offline!

If you aren’t familiar with it, do check it out here.  When you do the first thing you’ll notice is that if you hover your mouse over a word, the underlying root (in the original tongue) is revealed.  And all similar words highlighted on the page.

It’s an extremely useful Scripture tool.  For every person.

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Fellowship / Koinōnia

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42 NASB)

Most of the churches I attended in my life had something called “fellowship” and some even had  space dedicated to it called “fellowship hall” or something similar. We had time after “church” that was called “fellowship time” that always seemed to be a relaxed time of visiting together and just being friendly with each other outside of normal “church stuff.” In the New Testament the word that is translated as “fellowship” as in Acts 2:42 (above) is κοινωνια or koinōnia, which Greek scholar Kenneth Wuest has defined as, “joint participation in a common interest or activity.” Instead of simply a friendly time of visiting together or a coming together for relaxation, κοινωνια, then, is a partnership, a sharing of…

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