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23 December, 2005   comments: (0) Changed Message  

Pulpits Pirated by Pop-Psychology

Michael Horton believes that the greatest problem with the preaching we hear today is that "there is such a demand to be practical - that is - to have clever principles for daily living.
But the danger, of course, is that what one hears on Sunday morning is not the Word of God. To be sure, the Scriptures were read (maybe) and there was a sermon (perhaps),
but the message had more in common with a talk at the
Lion's Club, a pop-psychology seminar, prophecy conference
or political convention than with proclamation of
heavenly truth 'from above'." ... [Read More!]

21 December, 2005   Church History  


"We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas. First, because we do not believe in the mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be sung in Latin or in English; and secondly, because we find no Scriptural warrant whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Savior; and consequently, its observance is a superstition, because not of divine authority. Superstition has fixed most positively the day of our Savior's birth, although there is no possibility of discovering when it occurred." In this article, Tom Ascol explores how Spurgeon's 19th century church regarded Christmas, in terms of doctrine and evangelism.... [Read Link]

19 December, 2005   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

Did The Apostles Use 'God Loves You' Evangelism?

What was the emphasis in the evangelistic preaching of the Apostles as recorded in the book of Acts? Does the record of Acts support the notion that the central focus of Christianity is one's love-relationship with God and personal life enhancement? Or did these disciples of Christ focus on something else?... [Read More!]

17 December, 2005   comments: (0) Resource Spotlight  

Can Biography Help You Overcome Mediocrity?

John Piper says that Christian biographies have served as much as any other human force in his life to overcome the inertia of mediocrity. They are living theology, the stories of flawed and encouraging saints, stories of grace and deep inspiration.
Now Piper has made available some of the most uplifting biographical audio summaries; best of all - they are free of charge and ready for download right here. ... [Read More!]

14 December, 2005   Today's Worldliness  


Iain Murray defined "worldliness" as a departing from God; a man-centered way of thinking; it proposes objectives which demand no radical breach with man's fallen nature; it judges the importance of things by the present and material results; it weighs success by numbers; it covets human esteem and wants no unpopularity; it knows no truth for which it is worth suffering; it declines to be "a fool for Christ's sake". Worldliness is the mindset of the unregenerate. It adopts idols and is at war with God. Phil Johnson recently said "many evangelicals these days don't even seem to be aware that worldliness is still a sin". Read more on Phil's PyroManiac blog ... [Read Link]

11 December, 2005   Classic Devotion  


James Durham (1622-1658) was a Glasgow minister renowned as a preacher and writer during his short life. In this excerpt from his writings, he encourages us to be amazed at the infiniteness of the grace of God, and at the heart-affecting and soul-ravishing love of the Lord Jesus Christ! Be in awe at the grace of God, that spared the debtor, and required payment from the Son of His love! From the Edwards and Friends blog... [Read Link]

9 December, 2005   comments: (0) Today's Worldliness  

Inside The Biblezines: A Look At Revolve - Part 1

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!]

7 December, 2005   Today's Methods  


'Authoritarianism' has risen among some pastors such that whole churches seem to be little more than idol worshippers of 'the great man' and the 'omnicompetent elders'. Christians can find themselves confusing conformity to their church's 'status quo' and the 'traditions of the elders' with conformity to the Word of God and the image of Christ. As a result, Jesus Christ is dishonored, the doctrines of the gospel come into discredit, and many sheep are deeply hurt in the process. Here is some sound advice for authoritarian shepherds as well as their idol-worshipping sheep. ... [Read Link]

5 December, 2005   comments: (0) Changed Message  

The Message HAS Changed (Not Just The Methods)

You often hear it from the leaders of the seeker-sensitive movement: "We haven't changed the message, we've only repackaged it in a relevant way for today's culture".
But an in depth examination of the sermons preached at the most innovative mega-churches puts that claim to rest once and for all. ... [Read More!]

2 December, 2005   Today's Methods  


Today's pastors are spending more time in leadership classes than in prayer and study of the Word. One must be fully immersed in books on leadership but not so fully immersed in God's insistence that a leader love and serve God's people. While leadership study can be important, too often it leads to thoughts of power rather than thoughts of function. Questions arise such as, "How do I change the direction of the church with the least resistance?" Or, "How do I handle damage control when the people are not ready to follow?" Utilitarian in nature, it looks too often at manipulating people rather than serving people. Pastors are not intended to be CEOs, no matter how they attempt to make their setting appear as such with the addition of more and more staff. CEO pastors are really telling the Lord to move aside and to let the more capable leader handle the situation. This thinking says in practice that Christ is an incapable Head of the Church. ... [Read Link]

1 December, 2005   comments: (0) Purpose Drivenism  

Another 40 Days of Destruction and Division

Here's another sad email from someone with a testimony similar to my own. The last line of the email sums it up:
"Our church has been destroyed by the Purpose Driven Life program, and the pastor just doesn't care!".
... [Read More!]



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