How Women Who Aborted Feel about the Local Church
Two in three evangelicals were attending monthly or more at the time of their first abortion.
Abortion, women’s views of church focus of study
Many women with unplanned pregnancies go silently from the church pew to the abortion clinic, convinced the church would gossip rather than help, a study released today (Nov. 23) by LifeWay Research shows.
Tullian Tchividjian Breaks Lengthy Social Media Silence after Divorce to Reveal He Is Receiving ‘Help And Healing’ He Needs
Tullian Tchividjian, a grandson of prominent evangelist Billy Graham who resigned as senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida in June after confessing to an “inappropriate” relationship, has broken his months-long silence on social media to reveal he is receiving the “help and healing” he needs.
Bigotry? Hatred? Christians say they’re tired of being made into the bad guys
INDIANAPOLIS — It’s bigotry! It’s hatred! It’s discrimination! That’s the tenor of the talk these days as powerful advocates try to write protections into law for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Those advocates, battling against conservative Christians who are staunch in their beliefs of right and wrong, wonder why anyone would deny others their […]
A snapshot of Christian witness in the world (as it appeared in our December issue).
When God Hits Below the Belt
Sometimes he pulls us into the ring—but he always gives us grace to endure.
The Divine Rise of Multilevel Marketing
Behind the $34 billion industry making its way to your church.
Happy Thanksgiving? Terror, Not Turkey, Top Concern
Cities across the U.S. are on high alert this Thanksgiving week amid concerns of a potential holiday terror attack.
Thanksgiving’s Greatest Enemy
Thanksgiving’s greatest enemy isn’t simply ingratitude. It starts much sooner than that.
Are There Really Demons That Rule over Nations?
According to the Bible, every nation has one or more demons assigned to wreak havoc on the people in that nation.
2 Words That Will Change Your Life: Thank You
Our thankfulness is never to be based on a set of circumstances. It’s based on a Person.
“Get ’Em Young”: Evolutionists Praise New Book Teaching Children About Their “Grandmother Fish”
According to Christian News Network:
An evolution-promoting author has released an illustrated children’s book, titled “Grandmother Fish,” that uses whimsical text and drawings to convince preschoolers that they are the products of evolution and the descendants of animals.
“Grandmother Fish: a child’s first book of Evolution” is a 40-page children’s book written by Jonathan Tweet. The book begins by introducing its readers to a fish from whom all humans supposedly descended.
Albert Mohler “America’s Evangelical Founding Father: A Conversation about George Whitefield with Historian Thomas Kidd”
In this interview, Dr Mohler interviews Professor Thomas Kidd
Thomas Kidd is professor of history at Baylor University, and is Associate Director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion. He has authored many books including God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution, The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America, and most recently co-wrote Baptists in America: A History, with co-author Barry Hankins. Another of his recent publications, the topic of our discussion, is George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father
ISIS murderers continue their rampage in Iraq and Syria and boast that they will infiltrate the U.S. through the flood of refugees we are now considering accepting. President Obama and most progressives are all for opening our arms and helping by allowing 10,000 of these refugees into our nation. Conservatives think this is tantamount to […]
TRIGGER WARNING: Hurtful and offensive video ahead.
Those of you who watched the video, did you survive? Or was it too traumatic for you?
If so, I’m sorry. Instead, why don’t you watch something much less hurtful and offensive – like, say, 50 Shades of Gray or Reservoir Dogs, or The Life of Brian, or The Last Temptation of Christ?
What am I talking about? Read the full story here, but in summary, the biggest cinema chains in England (representing 80% of all cinemas) have decided to ban a one-minute video showing different people each reciting a line in the Lord’s Prayer because it “could cause offense to those of differing political persuasions, as well as to those of differing faiths and indeed of no faith.” This, despite the advert being passed uncut by the British Board of Film Classification and given a “safe for children” certificate, as well as receiving clearance from the Cinema Advertising Authority.
Even new atheist, Richard Dawkins, says it should be shown, saying, “I strongly object to suppressing the ads on the grounds that they might ‘offend’ people. If anybody is ‘offended’ by something so trivial as a prayer, they deserve to be offended.”
And, wait for it, the assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, said he was “flabbergasted that anyone would find this prayer offensive to anybody, including people of no particular religious belief.”
When was the last time Christians, Muslims, and Richard Dawkins agreed on something? Eh, maybe time for some second thoughts?
Ironically, the advert was scheduled to be screened before the new Star Wars film – a film which has spawned its own religion with 177,000 claiming Jedi to be their religion in the 2011 British census! Apparently, the Jedi religion is fit for the cinema, but the Christian one is not. As Giles Fraser said:
They say that people might be offended by the Lord’s Prayer. But for years now we have been told by secularists that religious people have to stop being so easily offended when their faith is challenged. And I agree. But secularists have to stop being so easily offended too. “Don’t impose your religion on us,” they shout. Well, it’s no more of an imposition than all the other advertisements we have to put up with.
This is a revealing and worrying insight into the anti-Christian prejudices of those who control much of the media in the UK. For too long, the advocates of multi-culturalism and political correctness on both sides of the Atlantic have used their power to silence the Christian voice in the public square. Let’s hope and pray that, as is happening in America, events like these begin to expose the cowardly and bigoted agenda of secular humanism and that Christians will be emboldened to speak out and speak up again.
One thing’s for sure, in God’s good providence, far more people have already the seen the Lord’s Prayer video than ever would have, had the hyper-sensitive censors not intervened. In other words, despite the devil’s rage, God’s kingdom is coming, and God’s will is being done on earth as it is in heaven. “For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”
Five Mistakes Pastors Make On Social Media | The Exchange: Marty Duren
This goes too far, but still worth hearing the challenge: “A pastor who is not on social media could be compared to a pastor not using the telephone, computers, or microphones when they preach. Social media gives each pastor the equivalent of their own TV station, radio station, and printing press. This is one area of our culture pastors cannot afford to sit-out. The potential reach of social media is far more than the average pastor will person ally minister to personally in their lifetimes.”
Five Ways to Dramatically Improve Personal Productivity
“Have you ever sat down at the end of a long day and thought, ”Man, I did a lot of stuff but I didn’t get anything done.” Days like that are no good. But weeks like that are even worse. There’s a big difference between getting things done and getting the right things done.”
The Need for Illustrations in Preaching by R.C. Sproul | Ligonier Ministries Blog
“That which makes the deepest and most lasting impression on people is the concrete illustration. For Luther, the three most important principles of public communication were illustrate, illustrate, and illustrate. He encouraged preachers to use concrete images and narratives. He advised that, when preaching on abstract doctrine, the pastor find a narrative in Scripture that communicates that truth so as to communicate the abstract through the concrete.”
Paul’s Seminary Epistles | Acts 29
“Sometime over the last few years, I started referring to Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus as the Seminary Epistles. I knew that this short three-book series is, of course, usually called the Pastoral Epistles, but I also noticed that, while Paul’s tone and content are clearly “pastoral” in the broad sense of that word, he is nevertheless dealing with the work of training and equipping young pastors to serve congregations. Sounds like seminary to me.”
Borrowing Too Much For A Worthless Degree | The Federalist
“Students who attend for-profit college default on their student loans at four times the rate of community college-goers.”
Planned Parenthood Social Media Gimmick Backfires
“Planned Parenthood asked people on Twitter to describe the billion-dollar abortion provider in one word, and the response it got was not at all what it expected.”
Recapturing the Voice of God: Shaping Sermons Like Scripture by Steven Smith $4.99.
Know the Creeds and Councils by Justin Holcomb $3.99
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey $6.99. New York Times bestseller which has been read by millions around the world. A book to read every year or two.
The Foolishness of Stephen Colbert | Mere Orthodoxy — Christianity, Politics, and Culture
Have a look at the video and then read this thought-provoking commentary. Remember, Colbert is a Roman Catholic, and therefore unlikely to have grasped the Gospel of grace — but the basic point of the article still stands.
“Are Colbert and Maher opposites? In some ways. Yet, they’re also of a similar, rare ilk. In an age dominated by relativism, they are two men with the gumption and conviction to try and convert one another. The exchange should be studied by a church which finds herself in a similarly awkward, tense cultural moment. Now, more than ever, we need to be reminded that the motivation of our faith is still love, and the content of our faith is still “foolishness to the Greeks.” May we not resolve the cultural tension by changing the subject in the name of peace. Rather, may we invite all those who scorn and laugh at us into Christ’s banquet hall. In other words, may we learn from Stephen Colbert how to be better, more loving fools.”
Crossway has several Christmas-themed books on sale for Kindle including: The Dawning of Indestructible Joy and The Innkeeper by John Piper ($3.99 each); Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus by Nancy Guthrie ($2.99); The Three Wise Women by Christin Ditchfield ($1.99); The Invention of Lefse by Larry Woiwode ($1.99). Also consider The Dating Manifesto by Lisa Anderson ($2.99); Wisdom & Wonder ($0.99) and Rooted & Grounded ($1.99) by Abraham Kuyper; Setting Our Affections upon Glory by Martyn Lloyd-Jones ($2.99). Not surprisingly, Amazon is offering Kindle devices for sale as part of their Black Friday week event.
I enjoyed this extensive review and comparison of various Bible apps. It’s fun to see how far apps have come over the past few years.
If you’re in the mood for a long read, you’ll enjoy reading about one eccentric who decided to travel to North Korea in order to leave a Bible behind. It didn’t go very well.
The terrible events in Paris did not unfold without some heroics. “At center stage in this show of courage and compassion were men and women who risked their lives to save others.”
Alan Wilson shares a series of questions which characterise each decade of life.
This Day in 101. According to tradition, Clement of Rome, “the first apostolic father,” died 1,914 years ago today. *
Even while people consider how to help Syrian refugees, it is important that we do not lose sight of who many of them actually are. “Photojournalist Magnus Wennman traveled around Europe and the Middle East, capturing these children of war as they tried to find some rest in a frightening, uncertain world.”
The new emphasis on gospel-centered preaching is a good thing. “As with any philosophy, it is often easier to believe in theory than it is to implement in practice. In this blog we will look at three common ways that those committed to gospel-centered preaching unintentionally forget to preach the gospel.”
“You don’t have to look hard to notice aspects of nature that clearly don’t fit the Euclidean framework. Rivers, mountains, coastlines, lightning, our circulatory system: Where’s the symmetry and structure? Where’s the order? The answer, as mathematicians are discovering more and more often, involves fractals: geometric figures that occur in nature, even in seemingly chaotic systems.”
We’re heading into the most terrifying time of the year—Black Friday. I’ll be keeping track of the deals that come onto my radar and doing a big round-up (likely with frequent updates) on Friday and throughout Cyber Monday. For now, here are some advent-related Kindle deals:
- The Invention of Lefse by Larry Woiwode—$1.99
- The Three Wise Women by Christin Ditchfield—$1.99
- Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus by Nancy Guthrie—$2.99
- The Innkeeper by John Piper—$3.99
- The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper—$3.99
Brothers, let’s not go about our weekly sermon preparation and personal discipleship in sackcloth and ashes. Let’s get into the vineyard of God’s word, get some holy sweat worked up, whistling while we work, lifting our hearts in worship. Let’s get into the kitchen of study and prep and start putting together the banquet. And come Sunday let’s spread the feast out rich and sumptuous, beckoning our people to taste and see that the Lord is good. They don’t need our doomsdaying or dimbulbing. Still less do they need our shallow pick-me-ups and spitpolished legalism. Like our brother Wesley, let us set ourselves on fire with gospel truth that our church families might come watch us burn.
It’s clear that neither Maher nor Colbert are likely to pick up a “coexist” sticker for their laptop. Both comedians understand the comprehensive claim being made by various faiths. All can’t be true; all can’t be equal. Each worldview—including Maher’s atheism—makes a claim that is exclusive. This clarifies the subtext in the aforementioned interview. It explains the downright awkward feel of the whole thing. Bill can’t say “you do you!” to Stephen any more than Stephen can say “to each his own!” to Bill. Both men are drawing up borders which leaves the other on the “outside.” Both are representatives of kingdoms making the exact same claim on the exact same sphere. For either to capitulate with a “if that works for you…” sentiment would be paramount to treason.
You don’t have to look hard to notice aspects of nature that clearly don’t fit the Euclidean framework. Rivers, mountains, coastlines, lightning, our circulatory system: Where’s the symmetry and structure? Where’s the order?
The answer, as mathematicians are discovering more and more often, involves fractals: geometric figures that occur in nature, even in seemingly chaotic systems.
What if someone told your preaching was missing one critical ingredient that could undermine the effectiveness of your entire ministry?
That is unfortunately the state of much evangelical preaching today—preaching that aims to be biblical, but is dangerously close to presenting a distorted, anemic view of God—or at worst an unbiblical view that can only be described as something other than true biblical Christianity.
This missing ingredient for many evangelical preachers today is the judgment of God.
Marty Duren writes an open letter to Whoopi Goldberg in response to her comment, “There have been a lot of monster Christians. Hitler was a Christian.” It’s pretty terrific.
Our Time is Short
What is The Gospel?
God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.
The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.
God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.
But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.
This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.
God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.
God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.
Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.
There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.
The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.
The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.
If you picked up a hitchhiker (not that I recommend doing that) and he saw a Bible on your car seat and said, “I’ve heard about this thing called the Gospel – can you explain it to me before you drop me off in one minute up the street?” What would you say?
Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?
Here’s one way I have found helpful. The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:
1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension
Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:
1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.
2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.
3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.
4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).
5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.
That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.
That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.
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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.
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