Showing posts from November, 2008

Giving Thanks

Psalm 30:2-5:
2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.

3O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.4Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
and give thanks to his holy name.
5For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.Good Southern Cuisine:

Sweet tea, rolls, turkey gravy, mashed taters, green bean casserole, 18lb bird minus stuffing (soggy bread... yuck!), cucumbers and onions and vinegar, deviled eggs, sweet potato casserole (with marshmellons and pecans), cranberry sauce, and corn on the cob. Not Pictured: Pumpkin and Cherry Pies, and 3 happy and full kids.

The comfort of cooking and eating at home:

Yessir, a good day.

Idol Fail


A Thanksgiving Story

Mycah's 2006 Thanksgiving Feast - Class Photo(The content of this blog is a repost, but the pictures are from our daughters' Thanksgiving Feasts at their schools, 2006 and 2008.)

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, the time is right to discuss how the group we know as the Puritans came into being. They were among the first to come to this great land, enduring months upon the rocking sea under the blistering sun and howls of the hurricane. They braved the East's harsh winter with its fringed sting of death. They withstood brutal attacks from unfriendly neighbors. They did these things because they had conviction: conviction to worship God freely, and conviction to establish a city upon a hill that would be a lighthouse to the nations. This post will revisit how they came into existence.
To begin, we must first reflect upon the world of the Reformation. Martin Luther, the one who we commonly consider the catalyst of the Protestant Reformation, was born in a world ri…

Caffeinated Calvinist


John 1:35–51: The Balance of Salvation (from Sunday, 11/23/08)

(Every Monday, I post my notes from our youth group’s Sunday School lessons. This is primarily for both the youth and their parents, but everyone is invited to join in.By clicking “youth studies,” you can catch up or review.We are currently going through The Gospel of John.New people: Keep in mind you can easily subscribe to this blog, including the youth study posts, via email or feed reader in the upper side of the right column.

Also, please keep in mind there are no youth meetings on the first Sunday of each month; thus, no corresponding post.)

e are picking up the day after the events we studied last week.This is also the day John the Baptist fades from the scene.His task is over.He sees Jesus walking by, points to Him and says, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” (v. 35–36).The two disciples sitting with John get up and follow Jesus.John disappears from the narrative, leaving us only with a memory of an outstretched finger pointing toward Jesus Christ.(Ultimately, therein is the task of any…

Bibliography for the Gospel of John Studies, 2008--2009

Here are the materials I'm consulting for our youth studies for the remaining months. I'm putting them here on their own post not only to give due credit, but also to keep from having to list them at the bottom of each blog post.

Hopefully, none of my professors sees this post, as I've probably not formatted this properly.

Bernard, J. H.. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Gospel According to St. John Volume 1. International Critical Commentary Series. Edinburgh, Scotland: T. & T. Clark Publishers, 1967.Burge, Gary M.. John: The NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2000.Calvin, Jean. Calvin's Commentaries (22 Volume Set). Volume XVII. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1979.Carson, Donald A.. The Gospel According to John: An Introduction and Commentary. Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1991.Gundry, Robert L. and Stanley N. Thomas. A Harmony of the Gospels

Bill O'Reilly & Kirk Cameron On Gay Protesters

Gay Marriage

Considering the continuing violent and aggressivebehavior by Prop 8 protesters, I thought it prudent to repost this debate I posted back in April.

James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries posted a five part debate between himself and sociologist professor Michael Schutz on the topic of gay marriage. Schutz, taking the "pro" side of the debate, claims to be a Christian himself, though it is interesting to see what he appeals to as his authority.

If anything, the debate is worth watching just for James White's opening remarks on the value of marriage. Enjoy!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

A Little Preacher on Why We Should be Thankful

From i am chief:

A Name Change for WOTM Radio?!?

Way of the Master Radio is changing? What? It's becoming Wretched Radio? No, I don't mean "wretched" adjectivally (though this may open some jokes for atheists)... the name is actually changing to "Wretched Radio."

The name change comes as a result of FamilyNet adopting the radio program (the same folks that host Todd Friel's television program, "Wretched TV.")

I heard the news on the November 18th podcast, where Todd Friel announced the big news before the show.

According to a letter from Ray Comfort posted here, the transition will be official December 1, 2008. It appears that the radio program will continue mainly in its current format, even continuing Comfort's and Kirk Cameron's frequent visits.

More news to follow.

Grading the Path (from Sunday, 11/15/08)

(For those just joining us, every we I post the notes from our Sunday School lessons with the youth group. Click “youth studies” to view past entries or to catch up with the current series.

Keep in mind there are no youth studies on the first Sunday of each month.)

ere we see explosive ministry of John the Baptist. The odds are Jesus and John are now 29 or 30 years of age, based on the evidence of all the Gospel accounts. This makes sense, for Jewish tradition required a man to be at least 30 to begin ministry. Thus, while we don’t know how long John is baptizing and preaching before Jesus comes on the scene, it probably wasn’t long.

John the Baptist and Jesus were cousins. Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist were related (Luke 1:36), probably cousins themselves. John the Baptist is roughly six months older than Jesus, as Elizabeth was already in her sixth month of pregnancy before Mary conceived (Luke 1:26). You may remember hearing about a visi…

Books, and more books!

I added a couple of permanent links to the side of the blog that I hope will be a good use to some. I may add nifty pictures to the links with all the mad skills Frank Turk has taught me, but, for now, I've got too much homework. Here they are:
50 BOOKS FOR EVERY CHRISTIAN850 Books for Bible Teachers and Pastors
No, I don't personally have all of them, but I trust the people who made these lists to have sound judgment.

On a related note, allow me highlight some works that are not all on these two lists.  These books have been written by those who are associated with and have graduated from The Master's Seminary. This is from Richard Mayhue, Sr. V.P. and Dean at TMS.
Here are books recently released by TMS alumni, followed by other works that our men have authored over the last two decades.

Nathan Busenitz’s (M.Div. 02; Th.M. 05) Reasons We Believe, answers the question, "What reasons does the Bible give in its own defense to c…

How about more 'Glory'?

Greg Harris' The Darkness and the Glory (which I've mentionedtwice) is available in two more places, and in two forms:

Pre-order the book from Grace Books International for a 33% savings!Pre-order both Glory books—the "Greg Harris Collection"—through Logos for $18.95!
Remember, you can also download the Forward and first three chapters of the book for free to see the book for yourself.

—Greg Harris is the pastor of Lake Hills Community Church in Castaic, CA, and professor at The Master's Seminary.


A question came up in our historical theology class concerning Zwingli's inclusivistic views. It reminded me of a blog post I put up over at MySpace Pisteuo (that no, has nothing to do with Zwingli).

Hopefully, this is a decent post that helps distinguish inclusivism from pluralism, as well as seeing divergences within inclusivistic notions.

Originally posted here November 26, 2006, this blog is based on a paper submitted during my college days.
Is God really just? This question drills to the heart of the debate concerning the plight of the unevangelized. It's what people wonder when some say that the Gospel excludes any other means of salvation outside of Christ. Thus, it's a valid question if the Gospel is exclusive, for many have and never will hear the Gospel's message.Is God just in sending people to Hell who have never heard the Gospel? We will look briefly at two alternatives to an exclusivistic view[…