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26 November, 2007         ***Re-Post***       Today's Worldliness  

  

You see them on the shelves at the store; they're made to look like those ubiquitous fashion magazine on the racks at every check-out counter. But what's different about this magazine is that it contains a full New Testament, that's interspersed with hormone-charged sidebars designed to "meet teenagers where they are at". There's a different version for various demographic groups, but since I have two daughters nearing their teenage years, I decided to take a closer look at Revolve 2 which is aimed at teenage girls. ... [Read More!]


23 November, 2007   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

Tune-Out God's Holiness, Then Goes Sin and Grace   David Wells

The loss of the traditional vision of God as holy is now manifested everywhere in the evangelical world. It is the key to understanding why sin and grace have become such empty terms. What depth or meaning, P.T. Forsyth asked, can these terms have except in relation to the holiness of God? Divorced from the holiness of God, sin is merely self-defeating behavior or a breach in etiquette. Divorced from the holiness of God, grace is merely empty rhetoric, pious window dressing for the modern technique by which sinners work out their own salvation. Divorced from the holiness of God, our gospel becomes indistinguishable from any of a host of alternative self-help doctrines. Divorced from the holiness of God, our public morality is reduced to little more than an accumulation of trade-offs between competing private interests. Divorced from the holiness of God, our worship becomes mere entertainment. ... [Read More!]


22 November, 2007   Church History  

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For most Americans, the Thanksgiving holiday will be spent doing something other than pondering history. Even I will be watching the Packers beat play the Lions in an artificial war waged by men far more durable than I. Later in the day however, I will spend time talking with my family about the courageous group of Pilgrims that landed in a region which has largely forgotten God in our day. They were Puritans you say? Well yes and no. They had the same beliefs and origins, and because of that we sometimes inaccurately called them Puritans. But they were actually another group of people categorized as Separatists; the ones who came here we also call The Pilgrims. The Puritans soon after lived in the colony right next door. One thing is for sure, the Boston and Plymouth colonies were both filled with durable people, and they had so very much in common. But one group being Puritans and the other being Separatists, they also had their differences. This page on aPuritansMind.com has an excellent morsel of church history for you to feast on. It's a five minute overview of the differences and similarities between the Puritans and Pilgrims, taking you all the way back to their Reformation roots. Enjoy the read, and enjoy the day, being thankful for what the Lord has accomplished through them, to the glory of the almighty God. ... [Read Link]


21 November, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Sheep Feeding: How Your Church Should Feed You   Philip Ryken

The disciple's transformation starts with the development of a thoroughly Christian mind. As the Scripture says, "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2a). Mind renewal is the work of God's Holy Spirit, who accomplishes this transforming work as we read, study, and meditate on God's holy Word. We are living in a mindless age, in which people are unwilling and unable to think reflectively about very much of anything, let alone how to really live. Sociologists call this "the dumbing down of America". ... [Read More!]


20 November, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Sheep Feeding: 'That Church Did Not Feed Me'

How often do you hear that from people who left a particular church? There are at least two ways of explaining what's going on when that happens. It could be that the teaching at their church was so watered-down that it really was impossible for someone who has been a Christian for more than six months to get anything out of it. Hence, they have outgrown their church. We often see the comments of former megachurch attendees who say "there's only so many sermons on careers, relationships, and money management that I can benefit from". But if you ask the pastors of such churches about these complaints, in an irritated way they will almost always cast the blame on the sheep instead, implying that they are lazy and refuse to feed themselves. So who's right, and what responsibility does a church have to feed it's flock with solid spiritual food? ... [Read More!]


19 November, 2007   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

Why Does God Permit False Prophets?   AW Pink

This is a very solemn question, and we must restrict ourselves to what the Scriptures say by way of reply.
"You shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul". (Deuteronomy 13:3).
From those words it is clear that God allows teachers of error for the same reason as He does persecutors of His people: to test their love, to try their fidelity, to show that their loyalty to him is such that they will not give ear unto His enemies. Error has always been more popular than the Truth, for it lets down the bars and fosters fleshly indulgence, but for that very reason it is obnoxious to the godly. ... [Read More!]


15 November, 2007 - by Chad   comments: (0) Resource Spotlight  

J.C. Ryle on Church Attendance and the Means of Grace Part 2.

Last time we looked at the first part of a three part series From J.C. Ryle's tract entitled; Thoughts for Young Men. There Ryle began to expound on the great necessity of church attendance and attending to the ordinary means of grace. Here we shall look at another of those means of grace and see that the preaching of the gospel is so important for people to hear. Not only for the saving of their souls but also for the restraining of wickedness. It is important to remember that this is the second part of a thesis that Ryle begins by saying; "Be regular in going to the house of God, whenever it is open for prayer and preaching, and it is in your power to attend. " Church attendance is vital to all the means of grace, especially the preaching of the gospel. ... [Read More!]


15 November, 2007   Church History  

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A few weeks ago I linked to the blog of my friend Nathan White for some interesting 18th century perspectives on sin. You nowadays to see that even sin has been increasingly redefined as a "legalistic" imagination. That's just one example of why we should be willing to hear the opinions from past generations of Christians. Nathan has just finished reading 1200 pages on the life of George Whitefield who preached to a surprisingly high percentage of the people who lived in the early American colonies. There's a lot to be learned from his old school evangelism, and in this post, Nathan will share with you some more facts about the man and his ministry. Afterwards, you'll have a better idea of what Whitefield might have thought about things like Altar Calls, prayer and fasting for souls, the role of doctrine in evangelism, and salvation being fully the work of God. After you read Nathan's post, be sure to stop back here and click on to the second part in his series on George Whitefield. Also take note of Nathan's excellent book recommendations in this post. ... [Read Link]


15 November, 2007 - by Chad   comments: (0) Resource Spotlight  

J.c. Ryle, on Church Attendance and the Means of Grace Part 1.

J.C. Ryle wrote a tract, a 62 page tract titled; Thoughts for Young Men. Within it's pages there is much good advice for the youth but often what is good for the young is good for the fully grown. I find that when I read this tract it speaks to people of every age and often has good advice for those who are both new in the Lord and those who have walked with the Lord for many years. Ryle may have intended his message for young men but it is indeed good for all. We shall take a look at an excerpt from the tract. Here J.C. Ryle gives us some very good reason why church attendance and observance of the ordinances of the church are so important. Because this section is so long and because I think the information in the whole thing is so important I am going to break it up into 3 parts. That way we can keep the discussion on each string more focused. ... [Read More!]


15 November, 2007 - by Chad   comments: (0) Resource Spotlight  

J.C. Ryle on Church Attendance and the Means of Grace Part 3.

In this last post in the series we come to the thing that Christians seem to have more aversion to than anything else in this day. Ryle is going to discuss the necessity of Sabbath keeping. The fourth commandment still stands and will until heaven and earth pass. In my opinion the last paragraph is of particular importance. ... [Read More!]


14 November, 2007   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

Private Interpretation Not Blind Interpretation   RC Sproul

The right of private interpretation is a special privilege we have today that we may easily take for granted, forgetting that the privilege was won through the blood of our ancestors, many of whom paid for it through their lives, even as those who dared to translate the Bible into the common language of the people. And we ought to be encouraged by this privilege, to be diligent in our own personal study of Scripture. But although the interpretation of the Scriptures may be something you do independently, and do so in private, I hope you don't do it privately in the sense that you never bother to see how others who perhaps are more experienced and who are more learned in the things of God than you are, have dealt with the text. ... [Read More!]


12 November, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Methods  

'Self-Deceit' Sermons & Heart vs Head Knowledge   Joel Beeke

Self-esteem messages that do not center upon a triune God would have been viewed by the Puritans as "self-deceit" messages. We have nothing to esteem in ourselves apart from God, the Puritans said. Apart from His grace, we are fallen, wretched, unworthy, and hell-bound. The Puritans were very aware of the deceitfulness of the human heart. Consequently, Puritan evangelists took great pains to identify the marks of grace that distinguish the church from the world, true believers from imposters and merely professing believers, and saving faith from temporary faith. This kind of discriminatory preaching is extremely rare today. ... [Read More!]


7 November, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Trading Good Ethics For Bad Church Marketing

A few weeks ago I posted on the willingness of seeker-driven churches to be evangelistically offensive, whenever it helps them to achieve their pragmatic aims. Recently a city newspaper published a protest about another church that we are familiar with, and who was willing to put aside advertising ethics in order to "get results". It's a set of billboards designed to bait people into attending a series of parenting sermons, but once again - the church's advertising methods don't seem to be very well thought-out. In fact, the author of the newspaper article referred to the billboards as offensive. As we've seen before however, this is not the biblical "offense of the cross" that the Apostle Paul talked about, it's just the offense of another bad marketing campaign. ... [Read More!]


6 November, 2007   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

Audio Archive: How God Converts The Human Soul    Listen

More error in the church today centers around this one question than anything else I can think of:
"How does God convert the human soul?". It's not a heady theological question that strays beyond the boundaries of God's hidden knowledge, rather it's something that the bible tells us a lot about, and our thinking on this topic has tremendous impact on our evangelism. Think about it; if salvation is entirely a matter of our evangelistic efforts, then we are not that far off from being something like used car salesmen. On the other hand, if salvation is something that God does, then the parable of the sower has more to tell us about the God-prepared soils than the skill of the seed-planters. In this post we'll take a look at a free set of audio downloads that will bring this matter into better focus. ... [Play/Download MP3]


 

 

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