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26 January, 2007   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

Help! My Church Has Gone Postmodern    Listen

Here's a 10 minute audio clip from STR's radio show, in which a caller expresses his concern about his church's doctrinal statement which says: "Acceptance or rejection of any doctrine should be strictly up to the individual. Since genuine and ultimate conviction of bible truths is the work of the Holy Spirit, no individual should be criticized or looked upon with suspicion because he does not see some doctrine or prophecy as others do. Oneness in Christ should be the aim of all". Could it be that this self-refuting belief statement is a train wreck waiting to happen? Listen-in and find out. ... [Play/Download MP3]


24 January, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Churching an Entertainment Culture - Part 4

Gary Lamb is a pastor-friend of Perry Noble's who likewise relies upon entertainment-based church services. On his blog last week "God has called us to do whatever it takes to reach this community and we will stop at nothing to see that accomplished". He shares this testimony of one of his churchgoers: "Gary cracked me up, my kids loved it and the band was OFF THE HOOK" and "Anyone who likes and plays 80's [metal music] in a service is number one in my book!". With things like humor and rock music being cited, it leaves us wondering about the reasons why some churches are rejected in favor of other more entertaining churches. What value, if any, is being placed on correct biblical teaching, sound doctrine, and a pursuit of God based on who He really is? In this post, our look at entertainment driven church growth continues. ... [Read More!]


23 January, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Churching an Entertainment Culture - Part 3

In the previous installments we analyzed the scriptural and historical basis for Perry Noble's claims of the prerogative to use entertainment in a church service and we found them wanting. In this installment we will examine the statistical numbers he cites, some of his succeeding questions and the answers he provides in the light of Scripture and the minds God has endowed us with. We will pay particular attention to his own analysis of the numerical trends within American Christianity. Perry operates from a worldview or viewpoint that entertainment is necessary to maintain church attendance and we can see this is the filter that he uses to evaluate the numerical data. ... [Read More!]


22 January, 2007   comments: (0) Postmodernism  

Truth is The Most Glorious Thing!   Thomas Watson

[The violence meant in Matthew 11:12 is a holy violence].
We must be violent for the truth. Here Pilate's question will be cited, "What is truth?" Truth is either the blessed Word of God which is called the Word of truth, or those doctrines which are deduced from the Word, and agree with it, just as the dial with the Sun or the transcript with the original. These include the doctrine of the trinity, the doctrine of creation, the doctrine of free grace, justification by the blood of Christ, [the resurrection] of the dead, and the life of glory. These truths we must be violent for, which is either by being advocates for them or martyrs. ... [Read More!]


19 January, 2007   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

A Huguenot's Story - Part 2

In September 1685, guards returned after an absence and were stationed at the gates to our town to take note of all who went in or out. I urged my father and mother to escape while there was yet time, for we heard that very many had yielded. But my mother was anxious to sell some of her furniture and make arrangements for the house. I said to her "Mother, those who put their hand to the plow and look back are not fit for the kingdom". But she was unwilling to leave at that time; so I went alone to a little farm in the country which belonged to us, and left her to finish her business. At the farmhouse I spent the nights in tears and prayers to God beseeching Him to have mercy upon us and give us his grace to stay steadfast. ... [Read More!]


18 January, 2007   Today's Worship  

   Link

This phrase has often been pirated and made to advocate all kinds of church worship music. I suppose there are some who would go so far as to say that if it has lyrics that speak about God, well then it qualifies as a "spiritual song", even if it's from a 'Christian' group like ZombieGutz. With that link alone, I ought to be able to rest my case, but I'll take it a step further with this explanation of what the Apostle Paul was teaching in this important bible verse. This is part of Tom Chantry's excellent series of posts on Reformed Worship. ... [Read Link]


17 January, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Churching an Entertainment Culture - Part 2

Are we living in a unique time in church history, in which the culture is so immersed in entertainment that we are all but forced to adapt our church services to include entertainment in order to reach the masses? Is it true that Jesus was committed to creating memorable experiences for His followers such as walking on water, turning water to wine, the Transfiguration, and Pentecost? If so, should the church today likewise strive to create "wow" experiences that generate buzz and keep people from getting bored? Here's a look back at church history and scripture, to see if those claims hold true. ... [Read More!]


16 January, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Churching an Entertainment Culture - Part 1

There are few seeker centered pastors that keep posting their own writings that illustrate the folly of the Church Growth Movement (CGM) than Perry Noble. He is a pastor of a church in South Carolina and one of the recent Athenian Spirit Award winners here at Old Truth. Perry has an infectious speaking and writing style that can catch up a reader and listener with his obvious sincere enthusiasm. But we have seen time and again throughout church and biblical history that enthusiasm without solid doctrinal and theological underpinnings can lead many astray and even to their deaths. ... [Read More!]


15 January, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

5 Puritan Evangelism Lessons For Todays Churches   Joel Beeke

The Word of God is preached too often today in a way that will not transform listeners because it fails to discriminate and fails to apply. Such preaching is reduced to a lecture, a demonstration, a catering to what people want to hear, or the kind of subjectivism that is divorced from the foundation of scripture . . . Reformed and Puritan preachers applied their sermons to every part of life, all of Scripture to the entire man. They were unashamedly doctrinal. We can learn much from them on how to evangelize, such as: ... [Read More!]


11 January, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Real Relevance: Only By The Whole Counsel of God   John Murray

A great deal is being said nowadays about the necessity of relevance, and in certain circles it is being asserted that the scripture as it was understood by Christians in the first century is not relevant to modern man; that, conditioned as he is to the scientific worldview, it is impossible to accept the framework in which the New Testament is cast. It is not to be denied that the gospel proclaimed must be relevant, that it must be presented to men where they are, and meet their needs in the situations in which they find themselves. But one thing must be said. It is only by the proclamation of the whole counsel of God, particularly regarding sin, misery, and the judgment of God, that men will discover where they are and begin to assess their need. ... [Read More!]


10 January, 2007   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

A Huguenot's Story - Part 1

In February 1683, the persecutions began in Dauphiny France. The town of St. Paul, where we lived, was the first to suffer. The Catholic bishop sent for six companies of soldiers of the regiment of Vendome, and billeted them in the homes of those of the Reformed religion. The most cruel among the troops were chosen out, and sent first to our pastor, Monsieur Piffard, and afterwards to my father's house. I must say I have never seen worse men. They committed a thousand ravages by day, and kept up a continual revelry all night - frying large gammons of bacon on the fire, and drinking in proportion. One person was kept constantly busy supplying them with drink. The soldiers used to say, "You may easily free yourselves from all this expense. If you will recant, money will be given you, and we shall be taken away". ... [Read More!]


9 January, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Synergism  

Appeals, Altar Calls, & Spurious Self-Conversions   Martyn Lloyd-Jones

I remember being in an evangelistic meeting in which I, and others, felt that on that occasion the Gospel had not really been preached. It had been mentioned, but it certainly had not been conveyed, it had not been preached. And yet to my amazement a large number of people went forward in response to the appeal at the end. The question that arose immediately was, what accounted for this? I was discussing this question the following day with a friend. He said, "There is no difficulty about that, these results have nothing to do with the preaching". So I asked, "Well, what is it, what was happening?"... [Read More!]


 

 

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