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28 February, 2007   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

A Huguenot's Story - Part 6

On the 29th or 30th of May 1687, La Rapine stationed himself at the door of the chapel as usual, with a stick in his hand. As the Huguenots passed in slowly and unwillingly, he said to one of them, "Dog! I will make you go faster than that!" and he gave him a blow with his stick which knocked him down. La Rapine decried: "These dogs would rather go to execution than to church. But it is commanded that all inmates of the hospital shall attend daily mass. I must follow those orders and I have stationed myself here to see that they sprinkle themselves with holy water and make the sign of the cross. If they dare omit this, I will put them on the rack." We were persecuted in every imaginable way but our greatest sorrow was being compelled to go twice a day to the idolatrous temple. ... [Read More!]

27 February, 2007   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

Infallibility in The Bible, But Not in Your Pastor   JC Ryle

I do not doubt that the one volume known as The Pilgrim's Progress, written by a man who knew hardly any book but his Bible, and was ignorant of Greek and Latin, will prove in the last day to have done more for the benefit of the world, than all the works of the schoolmen put together. Learning is a gift that ought not to be despised. It is an evil day when books are not valued by the Church. But it is amazing to observe how vast a man's intellectual attainments may be, and yet how little he may know of the grace of God. I have no doubt the Authorities of Oxford in the [18th] century, knew more of Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, than Wesley or Whitefield. But they knew little of the Gospel of Christ. Infallibility is not to be found among learned men, but in the Bible. For another thing, let us take care that we do not place implicit confidence on our own minister's opinion, however godly he may be. ... [Read More!]

26 February, 2007   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

Escape That Local Church with Poor Teaching    Listen

The only way to leave a church faster than some American evangelicals, would be to attend one that is equipped with an "ejection pew"; as soon as the pastor offends you, just reach under the seat and pull the lever for a fast escape. But the truth is, there are churches that you should leave, churches that you must leave; you are obligated to leave them. In this post we'll touch on the subject of "how to know - when to go". ... [Play/Download MP3]

25 February, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Pragmatism Potty In The Press

Recently John MacArthur's online Shepherd's Magazine linked to the photos of the seeker sensitive men's room that a reader sent us. Now that restroom is being featured in the secular news. You'll find the article entitled "Come for the Bathroom, Stay for the Service" in the Hastings Star Gazette on Feb. 22nd. ... [Read More!]

23 February, 2007   comments: (0) Church History  

How They Measured a Soul 'Awakening' - Part 2   Walter Chantry

Unusual outward manifestations attended the revivals of
[The Great Awakening of the 18th century]. At times there were audible sighs and sobs throughout assemblies under the preached Word. Sometimes convicted sinners cried out, 'What must I do to be saved?', as scripture was brought home to their consciences. In a few instances men fell prostrate on the floor, even becoming physically rigid for a time. What was the attitude of the pastors to these unusual happenings? ... [Read More!]

22 February, 2007   comments: (0) Church History  

How They Measured a Soul 'Awakening' - Part 1   Walter Chantry

There have been outstanding periods in the history of the church when the intensified activity of the Holy Spirit has amazed her. Such times are known as revivals. True revivals do not result from some special work of the Spirit of God different from his normal gracious influences! Rather they are the effect of an increased measure of precisely the same power and grace which operate at every time and in every place that the church has been found since Pentecost. In revival times the Spirit's work remains what it ever has been since Pentecost, namely the work of inwardly convincing the unconverted by the Word, inwardly regenerating sinners by the Word, inwardly teaching and sanctifying saints by the Word, and inwardly prompting worship of Father and Son by the Word. [What then are we to make of outward manifestations that many assume to be obvious signs of conversion? And what about personal revelations that seem to occur in some revivals?] ... [Read More!]

21 February, 2007   Classic Family  


Here's a test that hardly anyone will agree to the same set of answers on. It demonstrates the complex world that our kids are growing up in. Which of the following actions are sinful? a. telling a lie, b. shooting an intruder in your home, c. performing an abortion of convenience, d. showing disrespect to your neighbor's gay lifestyle, e. driving an SUV, f. smoking a cigarette, g. spending Sunday afternoon and evening at the ballpark, h. cheating on your taxes. - In this post, Tom Chantry explains the value of a centuries old method of helping kids know right from wrong. This kicks off a series of Chantry posts; tomorrow Walter Chantry (Tom's father) will show us how an 'awakening' was measured in times of revival, from his book - Signs of The Apostles. ... [Read Link]

20 February, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Worldliness  

Church Media Aims For Excellence, Hits Lameness

One of the responses to the video that I posted in the Megachurch Jumbotron Challenge, said:
"Many [megachurches] believe that God demands excellence in everything we do, not just slapping up a video that looks like it was made 5 years ago". But the question that I have is, "excellence" by who's standards? Could it be that a lot of these churches are a little too optimistic about the world's opinion of what is being shown on their big screens? ... [Read More!]

16 February, 2007   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

A Huguenot's Story - Part 5

On the twenty-third of May 1687, we entered the hospital at Valence, presided over by La Rapine. After the soldiers had delivered us into his custody, they placed in his hands a packet of letters from the parliament of Grenoble. When he had read them, he made us all stand before him in a row, and said, "Here are the letters ordering the liberation of 22 prisoners who were sent to me not long ago. They have done their duty, and if you do the same you will soon get out." Then he loaded us with promises and threats, but seeing that they had no effect, he sent one of us to the dungeon, saying "You shall have 100 blows, you beggar". ... [Read More!]

15 February, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Sermons of Self-Esteem, Self-Help, & 'Stories'   Douglas Webster

In the past . . . biblical preaching was God-centered, sin-exposing, self-convicting and life-challenging; the direct opposite of today's light, informal sermons that Christianize self-help and entertain better than they convict. There are so many illustrations in today's market-sensitive sermons that the hearer forgets the biblical truth that is being illustrated; so many personal anecdotes that the hearer knows the pastor better than she knows Christ; so many human-interest stories that listening to the sermon is easier than reading the Sunday paper; so practical that there is hardly anything to practice. ... [Read More!]

14 February, 2007   comments: (0) Church History  

Medieval Mistakes: Is Darkness Coming?   Sinclair Ferguson

We face the alarming possibility that there may already be a medieval darkness encroaching upon evangelicalism. Can we not detect, at least as a tendency, dynamics within evangelicalism which bear resemblances to the life of the medieval church? The possibility of a new Babylonian or (more accurately, following Luther) the Pagan Captivity of the Church looms nearer than we may be able to believe. Consider the following five features of medieval Christianity which are evident to varying degrees in contemporary evangelicalism. ... [Read More!]

13 February, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Mailbag: Deviant Disney Church - Part 2

Updated With Photos! - [Our minister] believes that too many people have come from churches that were stodgy and boring, and that church "should be fun". As a result, we have more often than not, a carnival atmosphere. His administrative assistant (who happens to be his son-in-law) and he - will banter back and forth at the beginning of the service. This will be during the "announcement" portion of the service. It's all part of the notion that church shouldn't be boring, but fun. But, the irony of this whole approach, is that when this becomes the routine, the new approach quickly loses its shine, and what is deemed to be "fun" now becomes boring. So, more clever methods have to be dreamnt up to keep the interest high. ... [Read More!]

13 February, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Mailbag: Yet Another Deviant Disney Church

Hi Jim, I've been reading your blog for quite some time. I found it from Ingrid's (original) Slice. This may be a bit long winded, but I wanted to share it. It goes right down the same road as your post on the Jumbotron. I attend a church that has slowly, progressively succumbed to the church growth methods promoted by Warren, Hybels, etc. Our "pastor" (I use this term loosely, since he has established the hierarchy of a typical "top-down" business approach to things) has been using business/marketing methods to "grow" the church. Since he's seen people come into the building, he deems this a "healthy" church environment, which further puts the stamp of approval on the methods. ... [Read More!]

12 February, 2007   comments: (0) Changed Message  

Take The Megachurch Jumbotron Challenge

We've all seen those sports stadium jumbotron screens migrate inside of megachurch buildings where they are usually described as being not merely entertainment devices, but vital evangelistic tools. On them, you will often see Sunday morning clips from the hottest sitcoms, movies, comedy, and concerts; whatever is popular in the culture. Such churches are adamant in their claims that they are presenting the same old truths of the bible, but in a way that's attractive to a new generation, and are doing so without watering-down the message. But do these mega-claims really hold water? In this post, we'll look beyond the question of whether they are legitimate church tools, and instead we'll attempt to use these jumbo-devices as diagnostic indicators of the spiritual health of some of our largest churches. ... [Read More!]



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