Many of us cannot reach the mission fields on our feet, but we can reach them on our knees. —T.J. Bach
The Doctrine of the Church in a Post-Indiana America
“Last week’s gunslingers’ dual between religious freedom and sexual freedom in Mike Pence’s Indiana left religious liberty with a bullet in the gut, if not in the heart. The question is, do evangelicals realize that it’s past time to pull those by-laws and statements of faith out of the file drawer and re-read the fine print?”
It’s Time For Christians To Tell The Truth About Abortion Politics
“If more people were aware of where the Democratic Party stood on the issue, it might force them to moderate their position. But they are able to maintain their radical view in large part because many Christians, including pastors and religious leaders, refuse to speak freely.”
The Insatiable Quest for Greatness
“Whether it was in their arguing about who was greatest immediately after Jesus predicted His death and resurrection in word and sacrament or in Peter’s statement on the Mount of Transfiguration where Jesus revealed who He was and what He came to do or in their seeking to team up with those who excelled in preaching Christ, the same insatiable desire for greatness clouded their seeing the One who excels all others and whose work is the most excellent of all works.”
The ECO’s Core Values: #1 Jesus Shaped Identity
“How easy is it to not keep the main thing, the main thing? How easy is it to get so caught up in “doing for the Lord” that we forget to “be with the Lord”? How easy is it to get so caught up doing our 9th annual rummage sale at our church, that we don’t even bother to ask the question, “Is this activity actually helping to making disciples of Jesus”?
Living in the House of the Lord
“Since Adam, there had not been a thoroughly righteous man who had walked on planet Earth. Frankly, there had not even been a mostly righteous man. As God reviewed the records of all his creatures, there was not a holy individual to be found, and this included David, the man after God’s own heart. All were sinners. All had fallen short of God’s holy expectations.”
The Secret To a Happy Life
“Scripture does not say the humble person is Mr. Milquetoast, the wishy-washy person, the spineless man who is a doormat for the world; rather, the humble person is one who fears God. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and such fear flows from a heart that is in awe of God and bows to His authority.”
Sometimes Flight Is the Best Fight
“Reasoning with an awakened sinful appetite is like reasoning with a devil. It isn’t interested in or compelled by the truth; it is interested in a pleasure being offered. In fact, that appetite will seek to manipulate our reason in order to get the pleasure it seeks. It will twist every reasonable objection and minimize and muddle it in our minds.”
“Covenant puts boots on theology. It grounds biblical theology in history. It situates gospel hope in real life. It strips doctrine of any romantic gaze, and cloaks it in flesh, in substance, in life-giving truth. What water is to a fish and oxygen is to mammals’ lungs God’s covenant is to our spiritual lives.”
Do you have an arrangement, or commitment?
If you’re trusting yourself today, you might want to read Romans 7. Today Dave Wager is with us to talk about the difference between arrangement, commitment, relationship, and fellowship. Dave is president of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute in northern Wisconsin. Dave is also co-hosts a radio program on our station designed to help young people understand the […]
Are You Weak Enough for God to Use? – “God is so single-minded in his preference for weakness, that when he wants to use us, he often begins by weakening us.”
Vaccinations, the Public Good, and Big Brother
by Bill Muehlenberg
Wow, talk about an ethical hot potato, which raises so many contentious issues on so many levels. I refer to the red hot issue of vaccinations, and the new government proposals concerning them. If the issue was complex and the subject of plenty of heated debates, it is even more so now.
Another New Atheist Attacks Monogamy
I had some fun mocking Dawkins’ logically inconsistent/incoherent defense of adultery in the last post (something I originally posted here about 3 years ago), but there is a dark side to his “argument.” Reconsider one of his claims:
Just as we rise above nature when we spend time writing a book or a symphony rather than devoting our time to sowing our selfish genes and fighting our rivals, so mightn’t we rise above nature when tempted by the vice of sexual jealousy?
The vice of sexual jealousy? Note the game Dawkins is playing. If he was to cheat on his wife, he would not be the one engaged in vice. Oh, no, his wife would be guilty of vice if she became upset about it. According to Dawkins’ Gnu sense of morality, the cheater is the victim and the victim of adultery is the villian. Dawkins, as an atheist, is attacking the whole concept of monogamous fidelity.
Yet, as it turns out, Dawkins is not the only New Atheist to have such views.
Euthanasia, Letting Die, and Pain Relief
by Bill Muehlenberg
The case against legalised euthanasia needs to be spelled out in detail. This is especially urgent since there seems to be so much moral and intellectual fuzziness concerning this debate. At the moment I am working on a book on this topic in which I offer ten major reasons why no civilized society should move in the direction of legalised euthanasia.
There I will spell out in great detail why the pro-death lobby must be resisted fiercely. But as in all these complex social and moral debates, it is imperative that we get clarity on just what it is we are discussing. Care must be taken in the way we define our terms.
A Millennial Conversation: Five Questions I’ve Most Encountered
Conviction and conversation are not mutually exclusive. In fact, the passion we possess for our beliefs should encourage more lucid discussions. That leads to the great need of our time for sustained amicable dialogue and, as with most situations, there are two sides to that conversational coin.
A Word to the Open-minded…
Christianity certainly needs to do a better job of addressing great questions. Perhaps you have questioned the goodness of God, the hypocrisy of the church, the authority of the Bible, the practices and principles of Christians, and the relevance of faith to life. If so, we have a lot in common. Be assured that your questions are legitimate, shared by others, and important in this healthy conversation. Admittedly, my perspective is biased, but so is every perspective; therefore, introspection and thoughtful engagement are essential.
A Word to Well-Meaning Christians…
There is no shortage of explanations as to why people ages 18-30 are leaving churches and Orthodox Christianity in America. The finger-pointing goes back and forth from liberals and conservatives, elder Christians and younger Christians, traditional and contemporary approaches, and countless other factors. However, genuine interaction is needed more than finger pointing. As Tim Keller says, “settled and assured belief—to any of the big questions of life—is a process.” That leads to five great questions…
Marco Rubio’s faith
by Denny Burk
Kudos to Sarah Pulliam Bailey for pulling together a short summary of the faith of Marco Rubio—who by the way announced that he is running for president today. In short, the story goes like this. He went from Mormon to Catholic to Evangelicalish and back to Catholic. In Bailey’s report, he says…
3 Good Reasons To Question What You Believe
by Luke Nix
Introduction Many people like to ask questions, and not just basic questions that get us through day-to-day life, but questions that go beyond our basic routines. Questions that examine who we are, why we are here, from where have we come. Questions that are on all our minds, but many fear to ask. Some are […]
Discipleship is key
My ministry has been moving lately toward more of a discipleship focus. That is not to say that I am moving away from apologetics.
People leave church for the right reasons. People leave church for the wrong reasons. People leave because they don’t like the music. People leave because they want to BE the music.
In his very helpful book, The Bondage and Liberation of the Will, John Calvin stated that there are four expressions regarding the will which differ from one another:
Letter to the Editor: Grateful for Warnings about Rick Warren and Concerned about Barnabas Family Ministries in Canada
Dear Friends at Lighthouse Trails, Thank you so much for your ministry! I could tell you stories that would seem utterly unbelievable to most, but they have happened to me!
As I near the end of an RTS iTunes University course, a few thoughts on the material presented. The later lectures include topics such as Liberation Theology, and the development of post-modernism and several ideas within post-modernism: post-liberal theology, radical orthodoxy, and post-evangelicalism.
Words of Comfort: One chance in a million…
If there was one chance in a million that “Jesus Christ has abolished death and brought light and immortality to life through the gospel,” you owe it to your good sense to at least soften your heart and check it out. Too many have thrown that baby out with the bathwater. If that’s you, try again, and this time do it properly.
See http://www.needGod.com for details.
The Shifting Definition of Religious Freedom
The First Amendment prohibits the establishment of a state religion in America. But is a newly-established religion already in place?
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Does Calvinism Discourage Evangelism?
Seven years ago, a group of fifteen Southern Baptist evangelists met together to bemoan the growth of Calvinism within SBC circles.
When asked about his concerns, Jerry Drace (the evangelist who initiated the meeting) explained that some Baptist pastors are so Calvinistic “that they almost laugh at evangelism. It’s almost to the extent that they believe they don’t have to do it. So [Calvinism] gives them an excuse not to do evangelism.”
An answer to that question could be approached from several different angles.
The Heart of Reformed Theology
The heart of Reformed Theology or Calvinism is the cross of Jesus Christ … that all redemptive blessings flow from Him alone (Eph 1:3). That His Person and work is sufficient. That salvation is all of grace because it is all of Christ. It is a sign of a corrupted doctrine which teaches anything in addition to Christ …i.e. that man must (at least partly) either attain or maintain his own just standing before God. Now you either believe one or the other.. If you believe that Jesus is not sufficient to save you to the uttermost, then you embrace a theology to a greater or lesser degree like Roman Catholicism (Gal 3:3).
One of the main purposes of the five points of Calvinism is to demonstrate that the Scripture would always turn our trust entirely back to Christ: if you reject say, irresistible grace, then you then you reject or downplay the sufficiency of Christ, who provides EVERYTHING we need for salvation, including a new heart to believe (see Deut 29:4, 30:6; Ezek 36:26; John 6:63, 65, 37; 1 Pet 1:3). The same goes for preservation of the saints (which Jesus also teaches ex. John 6:37-40). If one believes they can lose salvation it is like saying that what Jesus did was not really sufficient … THAT WE must (at least partly) maintain our own just standing before God… So the fives points (which are all grounded in Scripture) are simply a way to demonstrate that “salvation is of the Lord” … that it is “because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Cor 1:30-31)
– John Hendryx
No, it isn’t “time for a woman to be president.” It’s time for a competent adult of either gender to be president. – “Hillary Clinton announced her presidential campaign yesterday. I know some of you might not be hugely interested in politics, and I don’t blame you, but you should know a thing or two about this woman.”
New Museum to Present ‘Overwhelming Evidence for Creation’ – “A Christian group in Idaho has unveiled plans for a new creation museum that would display scientific evidence for the Bible’s creation account and expose weaknesses in the evolutionary theory.”
Pizzeria Forced to Close Following Threats Over Biblical Marriage Beliefs Re-Opens to Full House – “A pizzeria in Indiana that was forced to close after it faced arson and death threats by homosexual activists and advocates for expressing their biblical beliefs on marriage re-opened last week to a full house.”
Why We Need the Song of Songs – “Song of Songs, or Song of Solomon if you prefer, must be one of the most controversial books in the whole Bible, and whether it is meant to be literal or allegorical (or both) is one of the great debates of every age. But what we must know and believe is that the book is a good gift of God and relevant for our day and every day. In the opening chapter of his new commentary, James Hamilton has this to say about the book’s contemporary importance.”
Doing the Sensitivity Sham – “An extended discussion broke out in the comments of my ‘deny Him seventy times seven post,’ and it had to do with whether or not my way of expressing myself leaves someone who struggles with same sex attraction feeling quite ‘safe’ around people like me.”
Debunking Greater by Steven Furtick – Burn the Plows
Real Christian Love For Homosexuals
Is Heaven Is For Real for Real?
“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
How Can I Convince Him God Is Real?
Q. I’ve really enjoyed your website over the years and have told many friends about it. I have been trying to financially support your website, as well, so many more can be reached. My question has to do with one of my 11 yr old twin boys. He is not convinced that God is real. How can I direct him to see that it’s true?
Asleep In the Dust Or In Heaven With The Lord?
Q. Daniel 12:2 says, “Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the Earth will awake, some to everlasting life and others to everlasting shame and contempt.” If we are either with Christ in Heaven or in Hades at death before the resurrections, why does it say “those who sleep in the dust of the earth?” Either we are in the ground or with Him or Hades, awaiting the resurrection, which is it? No wonder people are so confused.
The Remnant Church
Q. Who exactly is the remnant church? I always thought this referred to believers during the Tribulation but it these days everyone and their gramma seems to be identifying it as the fringe group they belong to.
Our Time is Short
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Who do you think that I am?
With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.
Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.
Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more
Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!
30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.
New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.
Jesus is the Savior of the world. Discover who Jesus is today in this series.
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