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27 October, 2006   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

18th Century Tips For Benefitting From Sermons   George Whitefield

Jesus said, 'Therefore consider carefully how you listen' (Luke 8:18). Here are some cautions and directions, in order to help you hear sermons with profit and advantage:
1. Come to hear them, not out of curiosity, but from a sincere desire to know and do your duty. To enter His house merely to have our ears entertained, and not our hearts reformed, must certainly be highly displeasing to the Most High God, as well as unprofitable to ourselves. ... [Read More!]


26 October, 2006   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

False-Conversions Worse Than Less Conversions   James White

The thing that people should biblically fear more than a lack of conversions is the existence of false-conversions, because there is nothing more difficult to deal with than a religious hypocrite.
... [Read More!]


26 October, 2006   Sound Doctrine  

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A belief statement about the purpose for evil said:
"God has allowed evil to provide us with a choice. God can bring good even out of evil, and God promises victory over evil to those who choose Him". This statement contains one truth, one half-truth, and one outright falsehood. In this blog article, Tom Chantry demonstrates what happens when men try to produce doctrine out of their own reasoning; they produce conclusions that are both unbiblical and unreasonable. The only rational theology is that which proceeds from the mind of God. ... [Read Link]


24 October, 2006   comments: (0) Today's Worldliness  

Marketing Churches Based on World-Appeal   James Boice

Not long ago I came across a newspaper story about a church that is trying to attract worshipers by imitating radio news programs that promise: "Give us twenty-two minutes, and we'll give you the world." Their 9:00 a.m. Sunday service is called "Express Worship," and the hook is that church-goers can come in and be out in twenty-two minutes. In one service described by the newspaper, the pastor began with a greeting and a short prayer, followed by a reading from Luke 7:1-10. He then asked the worshipers to write down their thoughts on what constitutes authority in their lives. Finally, they sang "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and went out. The pastor described it as "a restructuring of the way we think of the service". Not one person delivering the truth to you, but a shared experience. ... [Read More!]


23 October, 2006   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

Who Has Worship Music Myopia? (Old Versus New)

You may have seen the comment controversy under my post of a couple of weeks ago which highlighted a few of the biblical topics spanned by old worship music but neglected by today's tunes. One pastor went so far as to say that my post was attacking the very Church of Jesus Christ! Expressing sadness towards the "myopic view" that I presented of old church music, he sang the praises of that which is contemporary. Could it be though, that his proposed modern formula has myopic problems of it's own?... [Read More!]


22 October, 2006   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

'Chipper Churches' Distort Reality of Christian Life    Listen

John Piper had this to say in his bio of John Bunyan:
One of the main reasons that the Puritans are still being read today is that the fragrance of heaven and the fragrance of hell are on them. Because, they were written in a century (from 1560 to 1660) which was permeated by persecution and suffering, and life was simply hard in the the 17th century even when life was good. Whereas in America, and in the west today we are 'chipper'. Church is chipper, TV is chipper, books are chipper; we're a chipper people. ... [Play/Download MP3]


20 October, 2006   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

What Are You Doing With Your Saturday Evenings?   John Henderson

When the Lord's Day arrives many if not all persons find it very difficult to discard all thought concerning secular affairs. To do this requires a mental discipline of which few possess, and in the experience of most Christians, the day is perhaps half gone before the mind becomes properly composed, to the exclusive consideration of such subjects as are proper to the Lord's Day. Hence the value of previous preparation. Hence the propriety of disposing of all business and business cares at as early an hour on the previous day as possible, so that when the Lord's Day arrives there may be no secular excitement to intrude into its sacred precincts. This view is recognized in Scripture. ... [Read More!]


19 October, 2006   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

No Theology? A Mind is a Terrible Thing To Waste   Bruce Shelley

Many modern Christians would rather not discuss the central teachings of Christianity. They are not sure that ideas about religion--or theology--are all that important. "I love flowers," a minister once said, "but I hate botany; I love religion, but I hate theology". This widespread attitude often springs from good reasons. Theology can be dull, or much worse, it can be ruthless. In Christianity, however, the answer to bad theology can never be no theology. It must be good theology. God gave us minds, and he surely expects us to use them in thinking about his truth. ... [Read More!]


18 October, 2006   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

The Relevancy of Doctrine - Part 3

Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains how the great concern of the New Testament Epistles is not about the size of the Church, it is about the purity of the Church. The Apostles never said to the first Christians, "You are antagonizing people by emphasizing doctrine. Say more about the love of God and less about the wrath of God. They do not even like the Cross, and they cannot abide the story of the resurrection! Drop that talk about the wrath of God!" Not so do the Apostles speak! ... [Read More!]


17 October, 2006   comments: (0) Today's Methods  

The Contemporary Church's Toll on Today's Youth   a parent's letter

My husband grew up a Catholic and I, a Lutheran. Before we married we each came to salvation in different evangelical churches in the early 1980's. After many years of bringing our children up in these types of churches, my husband and I began to question various practices. I wasn't comfortable with my children in the youth groups being "taught [exclusively] by others" and where there was a tendency to focus more on "fun", than on the Bible. I also didn't understand why the basic biblical truths I learned as a child were not being taught. So, eventually, I began to teach these things to my younger children at home during our homeschool time. But, all the while, my husband and I struggled with the fact that there was no real doctrine or theology being taught in these churches, only a lot of hype and emotion. ... [Read More!]


16 October, 2006   comments: (0) Today's Synergism  

Picturing The Absurd: "Worse Than Muslims"?

Last week, a convert from Islam, now serving as the seminary President at Jerry Falwell's college, identified a group that he labeled as "worse than Muslims". Who are they? You might be surprised to find out that the Puritans were among them, so was the evangelist George Whitefield, and so was the hymn writer of Amazing Grace. Remember Matthew Henry whose bible commentaries are on most pastor's bookshelves? He's one of them too, as are numerous missionaries and martyrs in church history. If I were Jerry Falwell right about now, I'd be thinking that I have a loose cannon onboard the SS Liberty. This post takes a not-so-politically-correct look at the 'Jihad' that one man brought upon himself with his outrageous behavior. ... [Read More!]


13 October, 2006   Church History  

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It's strangely amusing to consider some of the things that were once true, but now are not. There was the truth of that really big rodent actually being "a fish", so that people wouldn't go hungry on religious days. Galileo found out the hard way about the truth of the sun revolving around the earth, even though he knew better. That brings us to this latest truth, believed by many thousands of people. Just recently however, it stopped being true once and for all. The hat tip goes out to Mark S. for giving me this link and a way to get some additional mileage out of my limbo graphic! Perhaps we'll live to see a day when purgatory will likewise cease being true. ... [Read Link]


12 October, 2006   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

The Truth Was Worth Nearly an Hour in The Flames   John Foxe

About eight o'clock, on February 9, 1555, John Hooper was led forth, and many thousand persons were collected, as it was market-day. All the way, being straitly charged not to speak, and beholding the people, who mourned bitterly for him, he would sometimes lift up his eyes towards heaven, and look very cheerfully upon such as he knew: and he was never known, during the time of his being among them, to look with so cheerful and ruddy a countenance as he did at that time. When he came to the place appointed where he should die, he smilingly beheld the stake and preparation made for him. . . Now, after he had entered into prayer, a box was brought and laid before him upon a stool, with his pardon from the queen, if he would turn. At the sight whereof he cried, "If you love my soul, away with it!"
... [Read More!]


11 October, 2006   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

Ten Hymns the CCM Crowd Couldn't Even Dream Of

If you've ever received one of those flyers in the mail inviting you to the new cookie-cutter-church in your neighborhood, you probably remember some slick marketing that went something like this: "We're not your grandmother's church. We have relevant talks, cappuccino, fun kids activities, and music from this century!". It's in vogue these days to slam old music, and yet old music is often a carrier of old truth. In fact, when it comes to some of the biblical ground covered by the old hymns, contemporary Christian music won't dare go there. If you've jumped onboard the "newer is better" bandwagon, here are ten examples to remind you why music is often in a category with aged cheese and vintage bordeaux. ... [Read More!]


 

 

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