I adapted this back in 2007 from (then-called) Way of the Master Radio and from a Worldview class I took. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
T USED TO BE that animals did not clot when they were cut. So, any time one would walk by a bush and cut itself, it would bleed to death and die. This was serious. So, the animals got together and held a meeting as to the best course of action. A primitive canine suggested going to a vet in the event of a cut, but given that humans had not yet evolved, let alone invented medicine, this would not work. An ancient hamster suggested laying down on the cut, but this would not work for all cuts and besides, who wants to spend the rest of his life laying down on his side?
Finally, a wise owl flapped his wings with an idea. Well, actually, it flapped its scaly arms, since it had not evolved wings or feathers yet. The animals laughed as the green, scale-covered owl fall from the tree, having forgotten it still was not capable of flight. It quickly …
We had the pleasure of gleaning from John MacArthur's insights on preaching this morning with a Q&A. While he was talking about the importance of expository preaching (preaching that draws out the meaning of a text and its implications on a modern audience), I decided to jot down some of his points in question form just to make it a bit more personal. I hope you can also find it useful.
Will I establish the authority of God over the mind and soul of the hearer?Am I the authority?Whose words will I speak?If it is the words of the true Head of the church that I truly what to preach, am I being faithful to that aim?Can I walk the line of being the central personality in the pulpit without giving the impression that I am in charge?Who will I model as the sovereign head of the church?What is the most important impression I want to establish when entering a church for the first time?Will I facilitate the work of the Holy Spirit through expository preaching?What is the primary tool…
This is a post I've been siting on for a while in bittersweet contemplation. I had thought about using it as an illustration in a message, and I still might, but then I thought that those who haven't seen the list yet need a peek.
Jared Wilson posted it on his blog, Gospel-Driven Church. His book, Gospel Wakefulness, is coming out through Crossway and expected to hit the shelves this Reformation Day. If the following excerpt is any indication, it will be a humdinger.
I hope it provokes the same contemplation for you as it did for me. Read it when you have opportunity to go off by yourself and spend time with Father. Dear Christian, don't make assumptions or excuses, and don't let yourself be distracted. God bless.
Signs You Are Not Wakened to the Gospel: The gospel doesn’t interest you—or it does, but not as much other religious subjects.You take nearly everything personally.You frequently worry about what other people think.You treat inconveniences like minor (o…
The individual who compiled this vid did not do well on the transitions. As such, it cuts to other clips in a couple of unexpected places. If you can forgive that, though, this is an excellent introductory presentation on these issues. Kudos, testskriftene!
Dr. William Lane Craig is not someone I agree 100% with in regards to his theology and apologetics (that would be the disclaimer for all of the mean-spirited), but I respect him, his philosophical musings, and apologetic work.
And here's something I'm sure you'll really love: he tackles Sam Harris, one of the "New Atheists" and author of "The End of Faith" and other kindling to keep you warm on those still-chilly April nights.
For those who are still unaware of the repackaged universalism that has hit the shelves, this video is a parody of heretic (not using the word lightly) Rob Bell's new book trailer:
I love one of the comments on the parody page. Cindy Telisak wrote: God so loved the world, that he didn't leave us scratching our heads or gazing at our navels forever, wandering in circles until we fell down unconscious, while we collected royalty checks.As a closing note, check out the Irish Calvinist's comment on the one good point in Rob Bell's video. In part: In this post my beef is not with Bell’s hell but the guy who found it necessary to drop a note on the art and let everyone know that Gandhi is in hell. Here’s my issue: what does a note like that accomplish? What is the objective of dropping that on the…
Generally, I'm not all too good at math, but the KJV was first published in 1611, making its age easy to figure at 300 400 years old. A number of events are celebrating the rich history of this translation of God's Word, and here are a few links of note.
The good law prof of Washington Law School affirms that "there are limits to tolerance."
It's interesting. I don't know many who are threatened by opposing view points, but the language is becoming clearer that the real threat are Christians who evaluate the naturalistic worldview of the state system and conclude, "Not only is that not a sufficient explanation of the universe, I still believe the Bible to be the Word of God."
This is not just a concern for homeschool families.
You may never have considered this question, but James comes under a lot of fire for not mentioning Jesus frequently. Some have taken up the idea that the epistle was a Jewish document that was later "Christianized." Whatever its origin, they just don't see it meshing well with Christian doctrine.
Yet, if it is, as we believe, a product of the Holy Spirit, then there is cause for us to mine the text. There is sufficient cause for us to be challenged in our sin and provoked to worship!
Will Varner, who published a concise commentary on James for the body of Christ, tackles this question in a recent blog post. Based on the following information, he argues that the Epistle of James is the most "Jesus-saturated book in the New Testament, following of course the Gospels." Jas 1:2 - Mt. 5:11-12 — joy in tribulation Jas. 1:5 - Mt. 7:7; Lk. 11:9 — ask and you will receive Jas. 1:6 - Mt. 21:21 — faith and doubting Jas. 1:12 - Mt. 5:11-12; Lk. 6:22-23 — blessing on th…
For those who do not know, McCraney hosts (used to host?) the program "The Heart of the Matter," exposing what he believed to be errors, inconsistencies, and downright heresies in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many simply branded him Anti-Mormon, and others point out that his apostasy from the LDS church was due to sin, not theological convictions.
Well, he announced the end of "The Heart of the Matter" with a pledge to renounce Christianity to once again embrace Mormonism. Hear him explain in his own words: