The true test of our worldview is what we find entertaining. —Albert Mohler
First Overtures of the First American Presbytery
These first overtures of this small but soon to be active Presbytery stated clearly that the message of biblical Christianity was to propagated throughout the new world in obedience to the Word of God. At subsequent meetings of the Philadelphia Presbytery, it was noted that these first three overtures were being accomplished.
The Effect of Singing
This can be of particular encouragement when a Christian comes to church after a particularly hard or discouraging week. We might feel so low and downcast that we have nothing to lift up before God and no ability to turn our attention to God with thanksgiving. Yet the singing of others and our own singing with them may serve to remind us of the spiritual realities of what God has done.
You Are Dust, Not Divine
One of my favorite passages in the whole Bible is Psalm 103. I pray it often, and focus on these words: “For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” These words tell us that even while we pray to the all-knowing and all-powerful God, we do so as created beings who were formed out of the dust of the ground. If we learn anything from our dusty origins, we learn that God did not intend for us to be superhuman and he did not intend for us to be God-like. He made us dust, not divine, and this was his good will. He made us weak.
We Ask You To Abstain
Again, we might discuss and debate how “high” the fence is around the table, but it is biblical (see citations above) and wise to clearly tell unbelievers and unrepentant persons that they are not to take the Lord’s Supper. It might not sound politically correct or “nice,” but it is a biblical help in keeping Christ’s church pure, it does keep unbelievers from bringing further judgment upon themselves, and it does guard God’s people from trouble and hardship (cf. 1 Cor. 11).
Looking for a Good Fight
As a pastor you are an under-shepherd of Jesus Christ, but you must actively shepherd. We have to fear God more than sheep; if you live in fear of sheep, you don’t know your mission or calling. Some sheep have more “fleece” than others, as in wealthy tithers and donors. Some people have influence and they know it, and God help you if you make them angry. Loving sheep means you have to lead them through rough places to get them where they need to be, and they might not like it. For the sake of the flock, you have to be willing to lose some people, and you will lose some no matter what you do.
Worship According to the Word
While all Christians affirm the necessity and reality of the experiential dimension of faith, the experience must be grounded in and accountable to the Word of God. This is of central importance to the question of worship, for, left to our own devices, we will be inclined to seek worship that meets our desire for a “meaningful” experience or matches our personal taste as a substitute for authentic worship regulated by Scripture and centered on God, rather than His people.
On Naming Names
by Bill Muehlenberg
Another really unhelpful and even dangerous thing thrown around so often is this: you cannot name names. You cannot rebuke a believer in public. You cannot publicly challenge a fellow Christian. Um, just where in the world did they get this idea?
Do they actually read their Bibles? Or just mindlessly repeat whatever they hear? The truth is, the New Testament is full of examples where those pushing false doctrine or sinful living were publicly challenged and rebuked. As I have stated often before, the biblical principle here is pretty clear: public sin warrants public rebuke, while private sin warrants private rebuke.
The latter is of course spelled out rather clearly in Matthew 18:15-17. But when a very public figure is involved in very public sin, be it false teaching or immoral living, then public reproof is called for. Then we can and should name and shame. Then we must utilise public rebukes.
In the Name of Grace
But the grace promoted today is a grace without backbone, an invertebrate, jellyfish-like grace. It is all warm and squishy, and sounds so Christian. It is touted as loving, embracing, affirming, tolerating. Such grace is accepting without being expecting. It makes no demands. It holds no expectations. It stamps sins “forgiven” and gives the green light for their further pursuit along the highway of life, without fear of being pulled over by the police officer of the Law.
When the Church Refuses To Judge itself
by Bill Muehlenberg
This may be news to some believers, but the church is to be self-critical. It is to actually assess, discern and judge what is happening in its midst and in its name. We Christians are to be constantly tending to the condition of our own camp. Not to do so if to invite trouble.
But far too often we refuses to do this, instead letting the world turn the spotlight on the church’s many problem areas. While we expect the word to turn a critical eye on all that we do and say, regrettably if we had been doing a better job of housecleaning, much of this criticism would be nipped in the bud.
New Obamacare Tax Law May Affect Churches
“The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) points out a viable option for churches affected by the rule, which is to increase employees’ overall taxable compensation without requiring that the additional income be used to purchase health coverage.”
Marriage: The Modern Day Litmus Test For Inerrancy
“In other words, by the time a Church legitimizes “same sex marriage”, it has already ceased to be a Church. The shift on a biblical idea of God and his Word has already happened and the result is a people who have created God in their own image, and whom he has given over to themselves, so that they even approve of what is evil (Romans 1:32).”
Let’s Stop Expecting Islam to be Christian
“There are indeed temperate, moderate followers of Islam. And we should hope their number increases in proportion to the number who are neither temperate nor moderate. But to claim that moderates alone are “real Muslims” is an act of historical and religious revisionism that is fooling no one—except, perhaps, us Westerners.”
7 Celebrities Who Are Destined for Hell When They Die
“I realize that God could work in their lives at some point, bringing them to faith in Jesus Christ and repentance for the wickedness of sin in their lives, but as it stands now, all seven are not bound for the promised land.”
Concerning The True Care Of Souls
“I’m struck by the fact that his definition of pastoral ministry is all about the people to whom we minister. The focus is not on administration (though I’m sure he did some of that), nor on programs (though I’m not against them), nor on meetings (though we all have them), but on the people that need our help.”
What Pastoral Lessons Did I Learn Caring For a 106 Year Old Widow?
“If there is someone in our church that has been walking with the Lord long before we were born, they will probably have a thing or two to teach us about life. It may not be about the atonement, the active and passive obedience of Christ, or a complex breakdown of eschatology. There is, however, much they can teach us about marriage, child-rearing, walking with the Lord through suffering, and many other insights a long life brings.”
7 Things I’ve Learned In 30+ Years Of Pastoral Ministry
“Even if someone’s criticism is completely off, there’s almost always something we can learn. James tells us to be quick to listen and slow to speak. Often when someone brings us negative criticism, our first reaction can be to defend ourselves or write them off. Someone’s critique may not be 100% correct, but I’ve found there’s almost always something I need to see or learn from it.”
Notable Voices: March 28, 2015
In this excerpt from his new book, Art shares the best practices for handling outside income as a minister.
This advice is applicable whether you are involved in ministry or not. While they are all great advice, #20 really stands out.
In this two part series, Peter shares tips for both trained and untrained preachers.
I’ve talked quite a bit about church websites. And while those continue to need improvement, pastor blogs, ministry sites, and other sites need work as well. Rachel shares four major areas that can drive people away form any site.
Before you think this article is slamming church planting, please note that it’s written by a planter. Who better to know the problematic areas than someone who has lived through them.
All the One Another Commands in the New Testament — Jeffrey Kranz
The Consumerist, Market-Orientated Church
by Bill Muehlenberg
Sadly much of Western Christendom has fallen into two related traps: most Christians are just as consumeristic and materialistic as any non-Christian; and much of our church promotion centres on secular marketing methodology and a fixation on entertainment.
We are just as fixated on wealth, riches, goodies and material things as our non-Christian neighbours. And much of the way we do church and seek to bring in non-Christians is little more than mimicry of the boardroom, the marketplace, and Hollywood.
We live for wealth and mammon, we conduct our church business in terms of a modern corporation, and we even market a gospel appealing to greed and promoting get-rich schemes. We differ little from the world in other words.
The prosperity gospel is of course an all-too obvious and blatant example of all this. But the evangelical church as a whole has in many ways drunk deeply of this poisoned chalice as well. The demands of Christ have been replaced with the lust of the flesh and the lusts of the eyes, as aided and abetted by Wall Street and Madison Avenue.
God of the Gaps Atheism
The militant atheist movement is built on the belief that there is no evidence for God. Of course, such atheists are entitled to their opinions on this matter, but because of their militancy, and the way it serves their agenda, they will not acknowledge their opinion is an opinion. Instead, they posture as if they have discovered some objective truth – There is no evidence for the existence of God. We’re all supposed to agree.
Yet if we are supposed to agree with this claim, we’d like to know exactly what it is we are supposed to agree with. So we ask the New Atheists what would actually count as evidence for the existence of God. Typically, the New Atheists will tap dance around that question, insisting there is no evidence without telling us what such evidence would look like. This is their Hide-The-Goalposts tactic.
However, if pressed, some New Atheists will spell it out, especially when they are trying to make themselves look open-minded about the issue. One example is Gnu activist Jerry Coyne who, in a blog post entitled, “What evidence would convince you that a god exists?, writes:
Can Your Congregation Answer the Questions of a Post-Christian Society?
by Trevin Wax
Ever since I was a teenager, I have benefited from the work of thinkers like Chuck Colson and Nancy Pearcey. Their book How Now Shall We Live? forced me to examine assumptions and answer the question of why I believed Christianity to be true. Nancy Pearcey’s Total Truth was also an important book in my spiritual development. It pointed me in the direction of Francis Schaeffer and led me to a deeper consideration of philosophy and worldview analysis.
Nancy Pearcey is a professor and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University, and she has recently released a new book, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes. Today and tomorrow, she joins me on the blog for a conversation about evangelism, apologetics, and worldview training.
Biblical Worldview: What It Is, and What It Is Not
By John Stonestreet
A worldview is the framework of basic beliefs that we hold, whether we realize it or not, that shapes our view of and for the world. Everyone has a worldview. The question is not whether one has a worldview, but which worldview one has.
There has been a recent proliferation of camps, conferences, books, and organizations promoting the idea of Biblical worldview. Whereas the word “worldview” would have in times past elicited a blank stare, many Christians today have at least some familiarity with the concept.
But familiarity can breed contempt. “Biblical worldview” is often thrown around today in a haphazard fashion, and it may no longer be clear what it actually means. Also, Biblical worldview may be in danger of dying the death of the “been there, tried that, and we’ve moved on” mentality that is prevalent in so many contemporary program-driven churches and denominations.
This would be tragic for two reasons. First, a Biblical worldview is not a means, like a curriculum or a program. It’s an end. Seeing God, others, the world, and ourselves as God sees them is a telos of the Christian life. Second, despite all the rhetoric of Biblical worldview, it is not necessarily a reality. According to recent studies produced by the Barna Group, only 20% of those claiming to be born again and less than 1% of young adults in America can answer a basic set of theological questions according to the biblical worldview.
Biblical Worldview: What It’s Not
Before looking at what a biblical worldview is, let’s consider what it is not.
“From the Seminaries” includes news releases of interest from Southern Baptist seminaries.
This Week in Calvinism – March 27, 2015
- The reason Roger Olson believes that “Calvinism makes God morally monstrous” is that if God even passes over certain people when he could save them, “then God is not good in any meaningful sense.” As usual, Olson avoids explaining why his theology isn’t subject to the same criticism by saying he has written on this issue before. However, he does say regarding the reprobate that “[God’s] knowledge corresponds to their free choices.” Olson even quotes C. S. Lewis. And who are we to argue with a guy who can quote C. S. Lewis?
- “Modified” Arminian James Goetz goes a step further. He believes in “restricted free will” and “conditional universalism,” saying “that God never ceases to reach out to humans regardless of death.” And he brings up a good point. If Arminians like Roger Olson believe that God “desires all people to be saved” (1 Timothy 2:4), why should a minor inconvenience like physical death get in the way of that?
- Kyle Dillon has created a “quick and easy” chart on two kingdoms theology and neo-Calvinism. What do you think of his comparisons?
- In reviewing Nancy Pearcey’s book Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes, John Mark N. Reynolds writes, “Anyone who tells you that you do not have free will deserves being ignored.” He later qualifies that by saying, “Pearcey rightly notes that even Calvinism does not deny human free will, just free will in regard to salvation.”
- We now know the reason why a new Calvinist tends to be so aggressive. It’s because when an Arminian comes along and uses the Bible to shoots holes in his theology, the “Calvinist has to choose between the Bible or their new found worldview.” Thankfully, most of us eventually learn to explain and rationalize our way around passages like John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9, and Ezekiel 33:11.
- If there is any “choice” in Calvinism, Rich Davis doesn’t see it.
- Ian Clary responds.
- Four lessons from a Calvinist slave.
This ‘n’ That
- Interesting, but I’d say most Christians today see ‘worship’ as a weekend-only thing, and don’t understand the significance of our entire lives being lived out as worship to our King.
- I hope you stayed off Driscoll’s mailing list.
- Um…I don’t even know what to say. The guy has aspirations, you have to give him that.
- Great deals going on for the entire (finally completed) MacArthur New Testament Commentary set.
- Because I like to give you an occasional dose of Charisma crazy.
- Links to the breakout seminars from the Inerrancy Summit.
- Sigh. John Hagee is setting dates. Can somebody please stop this guy?
- The GTY blog is posting a series on the seven last sayings of Christ.
- I was looking for something, and found this. One hundred and nine sermons on John 1? Only Martyn Lloyd-Jones could do that.
- The purposes of God in our pursuit of godliness:
Some Here, Some There — March 27, 2015
- If you (like me) never wander to First Things, you probably missed Carl Trueman on the 20th anniversary mourning Evangelicals and Catholics Together. It’s informative and thought-provoking and a bit snarky (hel-lo! Trueman!), and has wonderful quotables. Such as:
- “…stadium platform ecumenism is personality heavy and doctrine light. It has placed some very theologically inept people in positions of significant public influence based solely on their ability to pull a crowd. Not all of its senior leaders ultimately seemed particularly clear even on the nature and importance of the doctrine of the Trinity.”
- “…can one really claim to agree on the Gospel of God without first agreeing on the God of the Gospel?”
- “Before we start thanking the Lord that we are not like other men, we should ask ourselves whether our own alternative ecumenism, so often controlled by a few unaccountable powerbrokers and by big money, really possesses more integrity.”
- And this, from the What Could Go Wrong? department:
- The Jolly Scott, Prof. David Murray, has a very helpful note on 1 Timothy 4:10. That’s one of those verses, like 1 John 2:2, that folks with a deficient view of God’s saving work plop down on the table, as if the mere citing of the verse is contraindicative to affirming God’s sovereign grace — blissfully unaware that the verses are at least as problematic for their own view.
- Here’s a review of Logos 6 from Jason Helopoulos. My own is forthcoming.
- This just gives me a chuckle. I’d shared that a poor pastor, given TWTG as a gift, found it “terribly disappointing.” I guess my readers have found his review “terribly disappointing,” as currently 167 have found it unhelpful, to 9 who found it helpful. And I’m not certain what those nine mean, because I know at least two whom the review “helped” decide to buy the book.
- Professed Christians dating non-Christians: compare and contrast this and this.
- Proverbs 22:6 — here’s a post, and here’s a post. Hunh.
- Interesting article on whether armed security is Biblical or not. (SPOLIER ALERT: it is.)
- And I leave you with a useful new word, courtesy of our own Trogdor:
- Here, BTW, is Olson’s article, subtitled Them Calvinists SO ‘TUPID! Olson is helped to his conclusion by failing to allude to, let alone deal with, as much as one verse of Scripture.
- And here, BTW and more helpfully, is Doug Wilson’s first takedown thereof. (To be evenhanded, it is also without Scripture references; it is more of a very effective exercise in Proverbs 26:5.)
- To me, Roger Olson is kind of the Bob Dylan of theology. In that every time I take a sample of actual product, I am baffled at the reputation.
Articles of the Week
Why White People Don’t Want to Talk About Race, Barnabas Piper. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz made an intriguing little splash this week with his Race Together campaign—an attempt to cultivate dialogue by having baristas write #racetogether on their cups. The brief initiative was widely panned from many sides (much of the criticism, in our estimation, correctly aimed). But discussion does matter. So why are white people seemingly allergic to discussing race?
What Is Your Exit Plan? Tim Challies. It used to be that only the most famous children had their lives on public display—the rich, the royal, the Kardashian. But with the prevalence of social media, most of us have begun to create an online portfolio of our children’s identity long before they know it. Challies isn’t asking us to pull the social media plug altogether. But he asks an insightful question: how are you going to make the switch, to stop creating the profile of your kids and allowing them to choose their online persona for themselves?
Should We Pray for the Defeat of ISIS…Or Their Conversion? Russell Moore. “Praying for the salvation of our enemies, even those committing the most horrific of crimes, is not a call to stop praying for justice against them. The cross, after all, is not forgiveness in a contemporary therapeutic sense—in which one is merely absolved of wrongdoing as though it were all a misunderstanding. … The gospel does not say, ‘Don’t worry about it; it’s okay.’ The gospel points us to the cross where sin is absorbed in a substitute.”
Millenials Will Change the Abortion Conversation, Charles C. Camosy, USA Today. We beat up on the millenials last week, implying that they were—broadly speaking—a generation predicated on the faulty principle of self-fulfillment (a.k.a. rampant selfishness). But not everything about these young guns is negative. For one, contrary to conventional wisdom, they tend to be more ardent defenders of the unborn than their parents.
Three Ways to Kill Your Sermon-Based Small Group, Ed Stetzer. Many churches (ours included) try to align their small-groups with weekly sermons. The benefits of alignment are legion: it reinforces church values; it keeps people focused; it can prevent rogue elements of suspect theology. But simply aligning small groups with the weekend sermon won’t make the group a success. It’s actually pretty easy to kill a group with some common mistakes.
Grounding our youth in truth
Mar 27, 2015 08:13 am | Mike
We often cite statistics and studies that show up to 80% of youth who call themselves Christians will probably leave the church once they go off to College. While this is a sad and alarming finding, what is being done about it? Who is trying to help parents and the church keep our Christian youth […]
Steeped in “Tolerance” makes for a strange brew
Mar 26, 2015 11:25 am | A. S.
Did you hear the one about the university dean who said it’s no problem at all if students want to bring in a pro-ISIS speaker to train young people? (Cornell dean says ISIS welcome on campus in undercover video.) It’s one of many news stories we’re covering today as we watch the aftermath of the […]
Cornell dean says ISIS welcome on campus in undercover video
Mar 26, 2015 08:29 am | A. S.
“It would be just like bringing in a coach to train a sports team,” says Joseph Scaffido, Assistant Dean at Cornell University. He is captured on hidden camera advising a Project Veritas investigative journalist on how to start and fund a pro-ISIS club on campus, how to obtain funding to send care packages to ISIS […]
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Watchmen’s full plate
Mar 25, 2015 03:04 pm | A. S.
Then there was the story of the “pastor” who doesn’t believe in God. But if you question his faith, he’ll get very offended and make you feel guilty: Lots of other news today, including, Why we’re seeing “Mantle Madness”, and LifeWay pulls Heaven visitation books. Joining us on today’s program is someone who knows Mormonism […]
What happens when you replace “Movie Title” with the breathed-out Word of God…
Mar 25, 2015 12:07 pm | A. S.
Dumb question: Why does the visible church think that it needs Hollywood movies to draw people to Jesus Christ? Why do so-called anointed pastors feel they need to use sermons designed by Christian mystics who dramatize a very different Jesus and a different gospel? The newest Easter fad is A.D., the Roma Downey/Mark Burnett-produced film […]
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Why we’re seeing “Mantle Madness”
Mar 25, 2015 08:57 am | A. S.
Why are so many preachers now talking about mantles? We hear them figuratively “bestowing a mantle on the next generation,” like Hillsong’s Christine Cain did at Passion 2015, or Saddleback’s Kenny Luck talking about how we have a mantle of leadership. or we see preachers like Chuck Pierce literally give a mantle in the form […]
LifeWay pulls Heaven visitation books
Mar 25, 2015 08:26 am | A. S.
LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all “experiential testimonies about heaven” following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on “the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife.” LifeWay told Baptist Press about its decision to halt sales of heaven visitation resources today (March 24) in response to an inquiry about the book “90 Minutes […]
Mar 24, 2015 08:32 am | A. S.
Have you spent time in the book of Ecclesiastes lately? It not only tells the story of how King Solomon learned the meaninglessness of making himself his own god of sorts, but it leaves us with wise words from someone who threw his own God-given wisdom away. Joining us for today’s discussion is our friend […]
Mar 23, 2015 09:10 am | A. S.
We have a lot of news to cover today. A little later, a Christian campus organization in California has lost recognition from its university and been accused of “religious discrimination” for not allowing non-Christians to hold leadership positions in the group. It’s the kind of new normal we never thought we’d see a decade ago. […]
College Ministry Kicked off Campus – for Requiring Leaders to Be Christian
Mar 23, 2015 08:51 am | A. S.
Via Garrett Haley over at ChristianNewsnet: TURLOCK, Calif. – A Christian campus organization has lost recognition from its university and been accused of “religious discrimination” for not allowing non-Christians to hold leadership positions in the group. Chi Alpha is a national student ministry organization with a presence in over 300 college campuses across the United […]
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J.D. Greear: “Generosity is a peculiar topic. Whenever it comes up, especially in church, things get uncomfortable in a hurry. The question begins to crop up in our minds: ‘Am I giving enough? How do I know I’ve given enough?'”
My friend, Trillia, has a new book coming out about fear and faith. As one who struggled with various fears, I know this topic will minister to me. How about you?
David Murray tackles a topic that the world can’t figure out. Yet, as Christians, we know the secret is unveiled in Christ.
My friend, Lore, recommends several solid books for you to read.
Tim Challies: “About once a year I go through a phase—a deliberate phase—in which I evaluate our family finances to see where we’re doing well and where we aren’t doing so well. I especially look for places we are spending money we don’t need to spend . . .”
Here’s another post from David Murray that will help you sow the truth of God’s Word into your children.
Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (03/20 – 03/27)
• Is atheism a religion?
• From Evidence to Faith
• Top Notch Apologetics Course!
• Credo Courses Has Launched
• A Saturday With Tim McGrew
• Street Epistemologists – On Guard 1
• Apologetics isn’t always what it seems
• Is the Moral Argument Unbelievable?
• Invite Mary Jo Sharp to Speak at Your Event
• Real Science vs. Bill Nye the “Science” Guy
• 5 Reasons Why the Resurrection of Jesus is Important
• An appeal to ex-JW’s who are now atheists or agnostics
• How To Break Free From Skepticism With One Simple Question
• Article: Learning from an Apostle- Christianity in the Marketplace of Ideas by Doug Groothuis
Paul Tripp Ministries
What Makes A Man [Article] – A lot of people have said a lot of things about manhood. Here are 8 of my own observations: Read the Article
Right Here, Right Now [Radio Broadcast] – I finished posting all 70 radio programs that I recorded back in 2006 and 2007: Listen to the Episodes
EASTER [Sermon Series] – The hope of the Christian faith is inextricably tied to the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here are 3 sermons to remind us of that: Listen to the Sermons
ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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The Truth Behind the Religious Freedom Bill – “Gosh dang it you guys. I love Jesus so much, I love people so much, I love my family so much, I love my friends so much, and I love you all so much. I want to focus my time on loving people, but things like this get in the way, and I hate it. Seriously you guys! I’m in my apartment sick with the flu, and I’m going crazy reading all of this stuff on Facebook! This is not a political post, and it’s not a religious post. It’s a post by an annoyed human who is tired of seeing his friends use Facebook as an abnormally large soapbox to share radically uninformed and divisive opinions. My mom saw a church sign the other day that said, “If you jump to conclusions, you may jump over facts.” And it seems to me that many of you are jumping over facts.”
Four Reasons I’m Not Concerned With the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage – “This article is not written as an attempt to justify homosexuality or to forcefully impose my Christian beliefs on non-believers. My purpose here is to give my perspective regarding the topic at hand. If you are deeply offended by my first point, move on to the second point (you’ll like that one a lot) and then read the first one last. My intent is not to offend anyone, but instead to give a fair assessment of two opposing viewpoints and to explain why I think my views are valid.”
Sorry gays, you don’t have the right to be free from discrimination – “I feel like I’m caught in a time warp where every day I wake up and it’s the same day all over again. Kind of like the Bill Murray movie, but with less enchantment, and with no groundhogs in sight, tragically. So this week Indiana passed a religious freedom bill that affirms a private individual’s business owner’s right to decide who they associate with and how they associate with them. This is partly a religious freedom thing, but it’s primarily just a matter of basic private property rights. It’s also terrain that’s already been rather explicitly covered in the First Amendment. It just shows you where we are in this country that states need to go back and write laws that basically say, ‘Hey, remember the First Amendment? Yeah, that’s still a thing.’”
Grounding Our Youth in Truth – “We often cite statistics and studies that show up to 80% of youth who call themselves Christians will probably leave the church once they go off to College. While this is a sad and alarming finding, what is being done about it? Who is trying to help parents and the church keep our Christian youth focused on God as the College life tries to lure our children into the ways of the world?”
Ministers, not Masters – “Second Corinthians is a book about ministry. Many commentators call it the fourth pastoral epistle, adding it to First and Second Timothy and Titus, because it focuses so much on the true character of Christian ministry. And it teaches us the lessons that it does by looking at the life of the Apostle Paul, the archetype of the minister of the Gospel.”
Tim Conway – The Relationship of Love and Prayer
Pastor Emilio talking to Dean at UNT
Mike Gendron with RedGraceMedia
“If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don’t get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism but deception.” – John Piper
In this episode, we continue our discussion from J.C. Ryle’s book, Holiness, on growing in grace. What are some of the marks of growing in grace, as revealed to us in Scripture?
Are Soul Mates Biblical?
Q. I would like to ask you about your opinion on Soul Mates. Is it a purely Romantic notion, or is it a God Ordained one? I know we’re at the brink of the Rapture and the way the world is going you can tell that everything is coming to an end quickly. However I am still very young and wish to find someone I can cleave unto. Should I stop praying for love and focus on the Lord?
Pre Trib or Mid Trib?
Q. In ll Thes. 2:7-8 it’s telling us that the restrainer is not taken out of the way until just before the antichrist is revealed when he stands in the temple and claims himself to be God. This is the middle of the tribulation. Can you shed some light on this? Because I’m really looking forward to getting out of here!
A Question On Joel 2
Q. My question has to do with the book of Joel and chapter two in particular. The more that I study the bible the more I see a vast distinction between Israel and the Church. Chapter two of Joel clearly is about Israel and it appears to me that it is about Israel after the rapture. I have for my entire life been taught and believed that Joel 2:28 is primarily about the church with the Holy Spirit being poured out “on all people.” But verse 28 begins with “and afterward” with the context about the “Day of the Lord.” Verse 29 says “I will pour out my Spirit in those days.” To me these scriptures talks about God pouring out His Spirit on all people during the tribulation days.
Confused About Luke 21
Q. I am confused by Luke 21 and hope you can clarify it for me. Does this chapter concern the Tribulation period? If so, and if we believe the Rapture won’t happen until the ‘times of the Gentiles be fulfilled’ then Luke 21:24 appears to mean the Rapture won’t be experienced until sometime during the Tribulation, and yet that seams to be contradicted in Luke 21:36.
Did Jonah Die?
Q. Recently we were having a bible study on the book of Jonah and as I read the book I believe it to say that Jonah was alive in the belly of the fish that swallowed him. The instructor claimed that Jonah died in the fish & was essentially “buried” for three days, thus being a precursor to Christ. I believe that he was alive for the three days & nights, how else could he have prayed to God out of the fish’s belly?
The Larger Earth Theory
Q. I was at a home Bible study the other night and the topic of the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven came up. The leader of the study said the (new) Earth
will be many times larger than it is now in order to accommodate this vast structure. I had never considered that option and always thought at you do that the city will be more like a satellite in orbit. Later I happened to read an article that suggested the same thing. It seemed strange to have never heard of this and then hear it twice within a week. What are your thoughts on this “larger earth” theory?
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