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27 January, 2006   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

Do They 'Really' Need The Gospel? - Part 2

A friend of mine is in leadership at a mega-church in Texas. Twenty years ago, we were likeminded and attending the same church, but have since gone in different doctrinal directions.
He surprised me a year ago, during a conversation that we had about whether people in the remote areas of the world can be saved if the Gospel is not available. His answer to this was:
"God might save them in the same way that He saved Abraham". But doesn't that fly in the face of scripture, which says that we must preach the Gospel so others might believe?... [Read More!]


25 January, 2006   Today's Evangelism  

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In an interview with Robert Schuller, Billy Graham declared: "I think that everybody that loves or knows Christ, whether they are conscious of it or not, they are members of the body of Christ. . . . [God] is calling people out of the world for his name, whether they come from the Muslim world, or the Buddhist world or the non-believing world, they are members of the Body of Christ because they have been called by God. They may not know the name of Jesus but they know in their hearts that they need something they do not have, and they turn to the only light they have, and I think that they are saved and they are going to be with us in heaven."... [Read Link]


23 January, 2006   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

Should We Judge The Salvation of Others?

Recently several blogs were discussing the pit falls of labeling professing Christians as unbelievers. I've been on the receiving end of this kind of abuse myself, as some in the seeker-driven camp have emailed to inform me of my eternal destiny. But some pastors and church historians say that we may be doing more harm than good if we create a moratorium on all such judgments. One leader even said "THE biggest problem in the church is its inability and unwillingness to distinguish true Christians from false. It's literally killing the church". ... [Read More!]


23 January, 2006   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

Should We Judge The Salvation of Others?    Listen

Recently several blogs were discussing the pit falls of labeling professing Christians as unbelievers. I've been on the receiving end of this kind of abuse myself, as some in the seeker-driven camp have emailed to inform me of my eternal destiny. But in this 3 minute audio clip, John MacArthur explains why the inability and unwillingness to distinguish true Christians from false is literally killing the church. ... [Play/Download MP3]


21 January, 2006   Today's Worldliness  

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Saddleback is transforming their worship center.
And what is the purpose that's driving this? It's a
"Hollywood Glitz and Glam" night. For $20-$30, singles might dress as their favorite TV or movie personality. Prizes for 'best-dressed' will put a premium on glamor, rather than reinforcing the biblical emphasis of inner beauty and modest apparel. No 'date' is required,
but a good pair of dancing shoes might come in handy. ... [Read Link]


20 January, 2006   Sound Doctrine  

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Handy sayings are sometimes used to convey a certain truth in a simple way; but too often the slogan ends up being so simple that it actually conveys a falsehood. One of these is "God hates the sin, but loves the sinner." I understand the truth of grace that is the attempt here, but it is actually not what the Bible says. Stand To Reason takes a look at this issue from scripture... [Read Link]


19 January, 2006   comments: (0) Today's Worldliness  

Inside The Biblezines: A Look At Revolve - Part 2

Al Mohler is right, this is not your grandmother's New Testament, it's a response to the teen girls who say that regular bibles are just too "freaky looking". The problem with Revolve is not heresy or a denial of the Gospel.
But it is one of those issues that requires the church to use its critical judgment about what makes evangelistic methods (or formats for the Bible) appropriate or inappropriate. ... [Read More!]


15 January, 2006   comments: (0) Today's Synergism  

'Decisions For Christ' - The Measure of Success?

Trophies for "decisions" are imaginative to say the least, but they would be iconic of the popular mindset in evangelism. Churches and ministries today are doing outreach differently than in the past, and they are looking for validation of their new techniques. Decision-counts have become the standard unit of measure for quantifying God's blessing on: evangelism techniques, leadership methods, and sermon content. In this posting, we'll explore the claims, concept, and counting of "decisions for Christ". ... [Read More!]


14 January, 2006   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

How Much Do You Love Christ? (Take The Test)    Listen

One early-church leader expressed his love for Christ in this way: "If my father were weeping on his knees before me, my mother hanging on my neck behind me, my brethren, sisters, and kinsfolk - howling on every side to retain me in a sinful course, I would fling my mother to the ground, run over my father, despise all of my kindred and tread them under my feet, that I might run unto Christ". This 31 minute audio clip based on the Puritan Thomas Vincent's book The True Christian's Love to The Unseen Christ could be considered a "questionnaire", useful for testing your own love for Christ. ... [Play/Download MP3]


14 January, 2006   comments: (0) General  

Slice II - Now Online: This Just in From Ingrid   Ingrid

I never intended to completely dump Slice, but rather retool it so as to be a better steward of my time as wife, mother, and homeschooler. The new site is now up and it is a team effort. I am being backed up by some Christian men who have banded together to really take the load off me and I am grateful for the fact that the work of providing needed information for the church can go foward without me trying to carry the load. We also permanently ditched comments. My one great error in judgement was to open comments at all. I saw that readership dropped when we closed them and became guilty of letting site meter dictate policy. Lesson learned and from now on, we are putting forth info and letting the chips fall without opening ourselves up to the obscenities of Christ's enemies and the armchair theologian bickering that went on. It became the number one source of my discouragement. ... [Read More!]


13 January, 2006   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Do You Go To a 'Me Church'?

It's true, you are unique, and there really is nobody quite like you. Let's face it, the old way of doing church just didn't seem very relevant; in fact - you found it boring. But now we live in a time when churches recognize that you are special, and want to meet you right where you are at. Here's a short video that might help you determine how far your church is willing to go in meeting your felt-needs. ... [Read More!]


7 January, 2006   Classic Devotion  

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Even in the 19th century, JC Ryle expressed concerns that would certainly be amplified in our time: I have had a deep conviction for many years that practical holiness and entire self-consecration to God are not sufficiently attended to by modern Christians in this country. Politics, or controversy, or party-spirit, or worldliness, have eaten out the heart of lively piety in too many of us. The subject of personal godliness has fallen sadly into the background. The standard of [Christian] living has become painfully low in many quarters. The immense importance of 'adorning the doctrine of God our Saviour' (Titus 2:10), and making it lovely and beautiful by our daily habits and tempers, has been far too much overlooked... [Read Link]


5 January, 2006   comments: (0) Purpose Drivenism  

The Crash of Saddleback's Doctrinal Balancing Act

Rick Warren's "Frequently Asked Questions" webpage offers a large quantity of answers for seekers at his church.
It's problematic however, when we find answers that contradict each other. Perhaps the contradictions get lost in the sea of other answers, and therefore nobody ends up noticing. One example is in FAQ #11 where he warns:
"If you lean too far towards man's free will, you come down on the side of humanism: we are in control of our fate". This is contradicted in FAQ #60, which says your choice is important because "it determines where I am going to spend eternity". Well which is it? ... [Read More!]


3 January, 2006   comments: (0) Church History  

Why We Need The Puritans Today - Part 2

J.I. Packer speaks of a popular segment of today's Christianity who's outlook is one of casual haphazardness and fretful impatience, of grasping after novelties, entertainments, and 'highs', and of valuing strong feelings above deep thoughts. They have little taste for solid study, humble self-examination, disciplined meditation, and unspectacular hard work in their callings and their prayers. They conceive the Christian life as one of exciting extraordinary experiences rather than of resolute rational righteousness.
They dwell on the themes of joy, peace, happiness, satisfaction and rest of souls with no balancing reference to the divine discontent of Romans 7, the fight of faith of Psalm 73, or the 'lows' of Psalms 42, 88, and 102.
It's another reason why we need the Puritans today. ... [Read More!]


 

 

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