Showing posts from February, 2009

Penal Substitution

The audio from the Faculty Lecture Series I mentioned is now available. I can't link to each file individually, but you can find the following (in reverse order) here.

by Dr. Richard Mayhue

"Substitution in the OT"
by Dr. William Barrick

"Substitution in the NT"
by Paul Felix

"Substitution in Church History"
by Michael Vlach

"Substitution in Worship"
by Dr. Andrew Snider Enjoy!

New LoTR Film: The Hunt for Gollum

And get this: the budget was only $3,000.  Chris Bouchard and his fellow Tolkien enthusiasts took it upon themselves to create this prequel to the Trilogy.  For an independent venture, the results look excellent.  Here are the two trailer-teasers:

Teaser 1:
---see direct link for HD---

Teaser 2:
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The 45 minute film will premier on May 3, free of charge, at a high-speed internet connection near you. Check for more information.

Memorizing Verses, Plagiarizing Sermons

Bittersweetness is so... bittersweet. I have two treats for you, one to inspire and one to make you groan.

The first is a SermonJam of John Piper speaking on the importance of memorizing Scripture:

The second video is courtesy of Wretched Radio/TV: Plagiarism Squared."

I found some information on the plagiarism over at Reformata.

Banners at the Shepherds' Conference

Here are some things around campus. I painted this on a wall at home in celebration. :) "Oh how I love
your law!
It is my meditation
all the day."
---Ps 119:97 "The more we enjoy of God, the more we are ravished with delight"
---Thomas Watson "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path"
"It is a sin and a shame not to know our own book or to understand the speech and words of our God."
---Martin Luther

Anxiously waiting. God bless!

Getting Ready for the Shepherds' Conference!!!!

Please see for a full listing of Shepherds' Conference audio and corresponding speaker notes, as well as information on how to download the MP3's for free or to purchase the audio in other formats.

Next Wednesday kicks things off, and I'm just sitting here in anticipation, watching them set up. This is going to be exciting. Here is the lineup: Dr. John MacArthurDr. John MacArthur has been the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church for 40 years. His pulpit ministry provides the material for the Grace to You radio ministry. John is the author of more than 70 books, including The Gospel according to Jesus, Hard to Believe, and The MacArthur Study Bible. He is also a conference speaker and president of The Master’s College and Seminary. He and his wife, Patricia, have four children and 13 grandchildren. Dr. R. Albert MohlerDr. R. Albert Mohler…

Down Yonder (2/26/09)

Hey, y'all! Pull up a chair, grab yourself some fried chicken and coleslaw while I get the hot sauce and sweet tea. Then, we can enjoy these links gathered from down yonder.

Down on our knees
HT to JT for John Piper’s insightful comments. Is prayer dutiful legalism?
It’s a duty the way it’s the duty of a scuba diver to put on his air tank before he goes underwater.
It’s a duty the way pilots listen to air traffic controllers.
It’s a duty the way soldiers in combat clean their rifles and load their guns.
It’s a duty the way hungry people eat food.
It’s a duty the way thirsty people drink water.
It’s a duty the way a deaf man puts in his hearing aid.
It’s a duty the way a diabetic takes his insulin.
It’s a duty the way Pooh Bear looks for honey.
It’s a duty the way pirates look for gold.Down in Years
Mark Driscoll reminds us of some famous young guns serving in ministry.

Down at the schoolyard: a life saved
This is an update on the story of 12-year-old Lia who delivered a speech on abortion at…

'NEXT' Promo

If you are in the Baltimore area (or within a 1,000 or so miles), you may want to consider attending this conference:

D. A. CarsonKevin DeyoungSinclair FergusonJoshua HarrisC. J. Mahaney
More information:

(HT: The Rebelution)

Defining KJV-Only and What Sites to Watch Out For

(last updated Nov 24, 2012)
I'm doing a little bit of side-study on the "King James Version Only" issue (hereafter, KJVO). I was a KJVO during the early years of my Christian life, as I had been saved while attending a Fundamentalist, Independent Baptist church. So, the issue is a tender one to me.

What is KJVO?
There are several types of people who fall into the KJVO camp, most of whom are brothers and sisters in Christ.  Some simply like the sound and flow of the KJV.  We should feel free to walk with these folks in gospel fellowship.

Others believe the Greek and Hebrew manuscript tradition underlying the KJV to be the best representation of Apostolic writing.  As all Bible translations postdating the KJV use more abundant source material, these folks, who are really TR or Textus Receptus Onlyists, find themselves KJVO by default.  These are simply well-meaning but mis-educated fellow believers.

Then there are the hardcores.  This flavor of KJVO believes that the KJV…

12-Year-Old Girl Speaks Her Mind re:Abortion

And she's very articulate for her age:

(HT: James White)

As an aside, it's sad that people on YouTube cannot disagree with some class. It is one thing if you differ in opinion, it is quite another to lambaste a young girl utilizing inappropriate language. The person who posted the video had to shut down comments as a result.

Down Yonder (2/16/09)

Pull up a chair! Grab a slice of pecan pie and a tall glass of sweet tea, and then we can enjoy these links gathered from down yonder.

Down on the floor
A clever music video pieced together on YouTube featuring Benny Hinn:Let the bodies hit the floor.

Down on families
Nathan Williams pointed out that Arie Hoekman of the United Nations Population Fund declared the breakdown of the traditional family is a triumph of human rights.

Downright gross
You can thank Hip and Thigh for noting the sick practice of the speed cooking of, and eating of, live snakes and fish.

Down deep
Your week is not set without a conspiracy theory. This one is a doozy—the Chinese fooled us all into believing they had a successful space program. Instead, they filmed the whole thing underwater, as evidenced by bubbles, free-flapping ropes and flags, a halo-less, colorless Earth, and a few other items of interest.

Down by the movie house
Coram Deo has released a behind-the-scenes of the movie they want to be the next “Firep…

Kids Have Sex

If you, as a parent, have wondered when it is time to have "the talk" with your child, don't be tempted to delay.

If you, as a young person, have wondered about sex, check this out: "Baby-faced boy is father at 13."

Four-feet tall Alfie, a youngster whose voice is yet to break, had one night of unprotected sex when he was 12. Though it was his first time, nine months later his daughter was born.

As a parent, I get that out of this story that the sex talk needs to come much sooner, no matter how young the child may still seem.

Note the dad's comment: "I will talk to him again and it will be the birds and the bees talk." In other words, they hadn't gotten around to talking about the biggest temptation facing boys and girls. That's something for us to think about.

I hope that young people get something else out of this story.

For instance, in those days not-so-long-ago when I was a teen, I would like to have said that a desire to honor God kept …

Update to last post

Just writing to let you know that I made a huge update to the last post:
Did Jesus Affirm Moses? or, What's Jesus' Take on 'Gay' Marriage?

Maybe I should have made it its own post, but oh well. :)

Did Jesus Affirm Moses? or, What's Jesus' Take on 'Gay' Marriage?

This is a response to a comment at Myspace Pisteuo from the question of whether Jesus would support gay marriage. In part, here was my comment:
[It is true that] Jesus didn't say anything about gay marriage ... What Jesus did was affirm God's design for marriage, "from the beginning" between a man and a woman. Jesus also affirmed what Moses had to say time and time again, so there's no doubt as to whether He would approve of marriages between sodomites. ...The part I emboldened above is the line I am asked to defend in this comment:
"time and time again"
oh my, I think that's over stating the frequency. It is hardly mentioned in scripture. Add up the lines, compare it to the whole and you come up with a small matter over stated by leaders with an agenda.So, the question is whether Jesus cited Moses in an affirming way "time and time again," or if I am overstating the fact.

First, as to the request to "add up the lines:" I thought I …

Down Yonder (2/9/09)

Okay, here are a round (no, not a roundup) of random links.

Why call ‘em “Down Yonder?” Well, I’m from the South (yes, I consider Northern Florida the South), and I was just thinking about my mom’s favorite means of giving people directions. Then I wondered how many word plays I could make on “down.” They might not all work, but who cares?

So, while I’m being nostalgic, pull up a chair, grab some grilled oysters and start shucking. Let me get out the crackers, Tabasco sauce, and sweet tea, and then we can enjoy these links gathered from down yonder.

Downright ornery
Homeschool Freedom Under Fire in New Hampshire:
The proposed law would require all homeschoolers to take both a test, and to submit to a portfolio evaluation by a "credentialed educator." It then places subjective authority in the hands of a superintendent or non-public school principle to terminate a family's homeschool program.Down on our knees
The 2009 Persecution List. Don’t be shocked… Muslim-dominat…

My Suggestions for New Bus Slogans

By now, you've probably heard of the atheistic slogans appearing on various buses. Here is one example:

"There's probably no God.
Now stop worrying

and enjoy your life."
What you may not have heard is that there is a nifty little bus slogan generator so you can create your own. Since I am intrigued by the logic of the atheist bus, I decided to offer some pithy suggestions. Pick a new motto from my buses bellow:

"There's probably no danger.
Now reduce your carbon —
don't cook meat"

That one is environmentally friendly and a means of population control. Very PC. Oh, wait, it still advocates the murder of animals...

"You probably won't get caught.
So enjoy your money

lie on your taxes."
Just in time for tax season.

"There's probably no cop. Speeding:
Getting there faster while having fun."

Over the top? Maybe too close to home.

Feel free to make your own!

Faculty Lectures: Homosexuals and Penal Substitution

What a title mishmash!

Well, let me start here. Currently, The Master's Seminary is running the annual Faculty Lecture Series during the chapel services. These lectures serve as precursors to the Fall edition of the The Master's Seminary Journal.

For example, the lecture series last year was on the topic of homosexuality:


2/14/08 Biblical Response to HomosexualityDownloadAlex Montoya Selected Scriptures The Truth About Homosexuality2/12/08 Parenting and HomosexualityDownloadDr. Rick Holland Selected Scriptures The Truth About Homosexuality2/7/08 Marriage and HomosexualityDownloadDr. Irv Busenitz Selected Scriptures The Truth About Homosexuality2/5/08 Cultural and Medical Myths about HomosexualityDownloadDr. Michael Grisanti Selected Scriptures The Truth About Homosexuality1/29/08 The Bible on Sexuality and HomosexualityDownloadDr. John MacArthur Selected Scriptures The Truth About Homosexuality
That series was followed up by the Fall 2008 journal topic, "The Truth About Homo…