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Where is the Gospel in the NT?

We have here every instance of “gospel” in the New Testament; that is, below is each verse containing εὐαγγέλιον (euangelion—noun) and εὐαγγελίζω (euangelizo—verb)—in Technicolor!

Matt 4:23—And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.Matt 9:35—And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.Matt 11:5—the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.Matt 24:14—And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.Matt 26:13—Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also …

PSA: Scams on Craigslist

I'm a big believer in online buying; as a student, I've saved several hundred dollars in books going through internet sells.

Well, we're looking to buy another car right now, so the wifey and I were browsing the wasteland.  On Craigslist, we came across a couple of ads that seemed to be too good to be true (first red flag).  These folks replied to my inquiries with a level of detail that an average person would likely  exclude (second red flag).  The vehicles were each out-of-state, and the sellers offered to pay for shipping (third red flag).

Craigslist posts:
How to recognize a vehicle scam attempt on CL:


Shipping a vehicle to you is suggested by seller

eBay Motorsor another intermediary is specified by seller

Payment byWestern Unionor a money wire is requested

Price is unusually low(fraction of blue book value)


If you see these tell-tale signs, flag ad as "prohibited" and avoid
Offers to ship a vehicle are virtually 100% fraudulenteBay has no involvment in craigslis…

FF: It's a trap!

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Francis Schaeffer Lecture Collection

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Apologetics 315 found a series of lectures by one of my heroes:


Wheaton College has an online archive of resources - which includes a large collection of lectures by the lateFrancis Schaeffer. The list can befound here (orbroader index here), but here are a few that may be of apologetic interest:
Christian Apologetics
Christianity & Science
• Intellectual Proof & Faith
• Modern Man & Epistemology
• On the Problem of Evil & the God of Love part 1|2
• The Inspiration of Scripture
• The Question of Apologetics
• Basic Philosophical Questions
and lots more here...

Vlach and the NT Use of the Old

One of the most confusing areas for students of God's Word is how the NT writers read and apply OT citations.  Some have even wondered if the Holy Spirit moved them to reinterpret certain passages, a sort of divine act of eminent domain.

Dr. Micheal Vlach has entered into the blogosphere, kicking things off with discussion on this very topic.  Go ahead and subscribe to his feed to find out more on this subject as well as many others coming in the future that have made his  TheologicalStudies.org such a good resource for all of these years.

Definition of Insanity

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Why, whatever do you mean?



(HT: Dan Phillips)

What is the Gospel according to the Bible?

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The name of this blog is "Pisteuo," a Greek word that simply translates "I believe."  Well then, what should we believe?  Michael Horton explains:



(HT: CRN)

2011 Shepherds' Conference Schedule and Seminars

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It's that time of year again, and here is what next month's pastors' conference will have for you:
(Schedule | Register)

General Session Speakers:
Nathan BusenitzRick HollandPhil JohnsonSteve LawJohn MacArthurAl MohlerTom PenningtonSeminar Topics and Speakers:
Seminar Session #1
The Forgotten Field—Evangelizing the Community
Alex Montoya—Worship Center

Counseling with Care—Ministering to the Fainthearted
John Street—J360

Preparation and the Powerful Pulpit—Consecrating your heart before you preach
Jerry Wragg—J270

Youth Forum—Questions and Answers on Youth Ministry
Kelly Wright, Austin Duncan, Rick Holland—J70

The Marks of Godly leadership—Effective Leadership Lessons from I Corinthians
Carey Hardy—J370

Home Field Advantage—Training Men for Ministry in Your Local Church
Chris Mueller—Gym

Radical?—The Mystique of the Modern Day Monk
Jon Rourke—ChapelSeminar Session #2
The Mandate for Godly Leadership—Leading the Saints
Richard Mayhue—J360

Grace Advance—Providing leadership for developin…

FF: It's all about the right balance

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(HT: Graph Jam)

False prophet Todd Bentley is back in the limelight

On the Oprah Winfrey Network or "OWN," as in, whoever falls for it has been pwned.

To see previous Pisteuo posts on Todd Bentley and his antics, click his label below.

Converted by his own sermon!

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From http://www.williamhaslam.org/:
The Rev William Haslam was an English country parson whose story is told in two autobiographical volumes - 'From Death into Life' and 'Yet not I'.


One Sunday in 1851 following a period of deep conviction of sin, Haslam ascended into the pulpit of Baldhu church near Truro with the intention of telling his congregation that he would not preach again to them until he was saved and to ask them to pray for his conversion.


However, when he began to preach on the text 'What think ye of Christ' he saw himself as a Pharisee who did not recognise that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God. At that moment, the Holy Spirit breathed new life into him and the effect was so obvious and marked that a local preacher who was present stood up and shouted 'the Parson is converted' and the people rejoiced 'in Cornish style'.


Others were also converted on that day, including members of his own household, others fled from the church in f…

How does the gospel conquer the sin of pornography?

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What Is Expository Preaching?

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We have God's Word in our hands, so it is paramount that we approach it as His message to us.  Yet, it's tempting to use it as a means to prove a point, even when we have the best intentions at heart.  Instead, when we teach it, we must be slaves to what the Spirit has for us in the text.




(HT: Christian Research Net)

For my wife:

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Three cards, cause I love you *this* much:


For the rest of you, many of whom are not as cheap as I am and will actually buy their spouses the print editions, go ahead.  Some of us don't need paper to express our feelings.  We have chocolate.
(HT: TheDailyWhat

FF: If it had only been that easy

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(HT: Ray Fowler)

A History of Social Communication

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Just in case you are still wowed by email or still think "LOL" is funny:

(Click for larger image, lol)
(HT: Digitizd)

Your State Is Bad and You Should Feel Bad

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(HT: Graph Jam)

Is Your Inferiority Complex a Form of Pride

Check out this short post from Justin Taylor:
Tim Keller, writing in his new bookKing’s Cross(on the Gospel of Mark), looks at how saying “I’m unworthy” can sometimes function not as a plea for deliverance but as a form of pride:There are two ways to fail to let Jesus be your Savior.One is by being too proud, having a superiority complex—not to accepted his challenge.But the other is through an inferiority complex—being so self-absorbed that you say, “I’m just so awful that God can’t love me.” That is, not to accept his offer.Keller goes on to quote from John Newton’s letter to a very depressed correspondent:You say you feel overwhelmed with guilt and a sense of unworthiness.Well, you cannot be too aware of the inward and inbred evils you complain of, but you may be (indeed you are) improperly controlled and affected by them.You say it is hard to understand how a holy God could accept such an awful person as yourself.You, then, not only express a low opinion of yourself (which is right…

Oh, I thought you liked hummus!

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I know this video is a few months old, but besides the shock value, I think it is one of the best arguments for churches to loving reach out to college students with gospel of the living and true God.



This young, Jew-hating advocate has a sin problem that she must repent of, just like the rest of us.  Just like David Horowitz, before we cheer too loudly for him. Let us not forget that the answer here is not a better politic, but a Truer Word.

(HT: DefCon)

Did Christianity Steal from Mystery Religions?

Between Dan Brown, Zeitgeist, and the similar barrage from the "new atheists," some Christians are still wondering whether the Christian message was indeed unique.  Is the gospel simply the product of the popular religious sentimentalism of its day?

HT Apologetics 315:

In this four-part audio series, apologistLenny EspositoofCome Reason Ministriesunpacks the question: Did Christianity Steal from Mystery Religions? Lenny responds to the charge that "There were many resurrected messiahs in ancient religions," "Christianity ripped off other faiths," and the like.
Did Christianity Steal from Mystery Religions?Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 Audio (link bundle here)
Check out the Come Reason podcast here.
Enjoy.

Personal Holiness in Light of the Gospel

Here's the sermon I preached this morning from Leviticus 20:7-8.  We examined two truths from the passage about Israel’s call to be holy in order to understand how it applies to us in light of the Gospel:

Holiness is Separation Unto God (v. 7)Holiness is Life in Light of God (v. 8)

"Be Unto Your Name"

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Credit to where credit is due

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Joel Osteen not only used the word "sin," he seemed to model biblical authority and even state the taboo truth: homosexuality is sin.

He didn't do so in a mean way (which didn't keep activist groups from their over-the-top comments), but he said it in no uncertain terms.

That's (the model of biblical authority) what we are looking for in him, and for that, we say, bravo.

Oprah's / Rick Warren's Doctor Oz to lead mass hypnosis through TV

Anyone who has seen me watch TV claims I'm hypnotized, but this one is a little bit stranger (specifically, 1:46 in):


Dr. Oz Talks About Cancer Myths: MyFoxLA.com

(HT: Christian Research Net)

Lacking the Noble Truth of the Gospel

(A caution: one naughty word used at the beginning... yes, by the pastor.)



Mike Porter over at A&OMin posted a good response to the video about the starvation of Christ's sheep and Perry Noble's general attitude.  I agree with it, and recommend that short read to you.

On the one hand, I appreciate what Noble might be getting at in this vid, because I have been often tempted (especially in my earlier ministry) to want the "deeper" stuff with little regard for application.  Similarly, I've met folks who have heads full of religious knowledge but have no clue about what they would call "the basic stuff."  So, I'd like to give him the benefit of the doubt there.

On the other hand, he claims to say this to everyone.  I hope that is not true.  Porter is right; honest Christians desire more, growing thirstier the more they drink.  With the current famine sweeping American churches dry of the Word, I weep to imagine a hurting lamb being turned away as a…

FF: How do you expose a false prophet?

While I don't condone this method, you've got to admit that it's super effective:




(HT: Failblog)

Finding the Right Time to Buy

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Lifehacker posted this chart to help you with your financial decisions (HT: Digitizd)

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Pastors and Bible Teachers: Preach the Word!

This admonition from MacArthur was delivered at a TMS chapel service, but it is worth a listen for all of God's leaders:

Audio only, MP3 (right-click to save and download, left-click to stream)

Is the New Testament Evil?

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The teaser:





The video description: A short snippet of footage of the debate between Christian Apologist James White of Alpha & Omega Ministries and Atheist David Silverman who is now president of American Atheist's founded by Madelyn Murray O'Hair. This debate was GREAT and was recorded in HD with audio taken directly from the sound board so it doesn't sound hollow.

The check-it-out-and-buy-link.

Kirk Cameron interviews the two young men doing hard things

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A couple of years ago, I posted an interview between Todd Friel and the then-18-year-old Harris brothers on the release of their book.  It's great to see them still writing and "conference-ing," encouraging teens to raise society's expectation-bar: