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28 March, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Worldliness  

World, Christians Have Same Behavior Patterns   James Boice

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world." This sentence in Romans 12:2 has two key words: "world," which is actually "age" (aion, meaning, "this present age" in contrast to "the age to come"); and "do not conform," which is a compound having at its root the word "scheme." So the verse means, "Do not let the age in which you live force you into its scheme of thinking and behaving." The idea is that the world has its ways of thinking and doing things and is exerting pressure on Christians to conform to it. But instead of being conformed to the world, Christians are to be changed from within to be increasingly like Jesus Christ. The chief problem with the evangelical church is that we have been increasingly conformed to this world's patterns and that, if we are to see a new reformation, we will have to break away from these patterns and seek to recover the authentic biblical gospel, learning again to think and act in God's way. ... [Read More!]

27 March, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Synergism  

There's More To Christian Music Than The STYLE

There are those who would flee the excesses of the contemporary Christian music scene thinking it safer to take refuge in a church that sings hymns instead. But not all conservative music is the same; some of it is downright horrible, containing erroneous theology. Some hymns (especially some of the newer ones from the last century) have their own set of problems, and it has to do with the lyrics themselves. ... [Read More!]

27 March, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Worldliness  

Error Lures The Heart Away From Christ   William Gurnall

Why do so-called Christians forsake the pure wine of Gospel joy for the adulterated poison which the whore of the world smilingly holds out to them in her golden chalice? Is it because the message of the Gospel, which once sparkled in the preached Word, and furnished comfort to mourners, has now gone stale? Or has that stream of spiritual joy which has run through the lives of saints for so many generations, without mingling with the world's polluted pleasures, at last fallen into them and lost its divine nature? No, the Gospel stays the same... [Read More!]

26 March, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

There's More To Christian Music Than The LYRICS

I've been receiving a lot of emails lately asking me to check out 'Christian' songs and musical performances related to various new cultural styles. The appeal is always the same: "the lyrics are great and are really biblical", but the tune (the music) itself is another story. So the question that we'll look at in this post will be: "are the lyrics the only thing that matters" in Christian music, or even more importantly - in worship music? ... [Read More!]

24 March, 2007   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

Tyndale Willing to Suffer and Die For The Truth   John Piper

They took away all of William Tyndale's belongings and he was imprisoned for 18 months until he was put to death. "The charge was heresy, with not agreeing with the holy Roman Emperor - in a nutshell, being Lutheran". A four-man Catholic commission was authorized to prove that Tyndale was a heretic. One of them named Latomus filled three books with his interactions with Tyndale and said that Tyndale himself wrote a 'book' in prison to defend his chief doctrinal standard: Faith Alone Justifies Before God. This was the key issue in the end. The evil of translating the Bible came down to this: are we justified by faith alone? These months in prison were not easy. They were a long dying leading to death. We get one glimpse into the prison to see Tyndale's condition and his passion. ... [Read More!]

23 March, 2007   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

A Huguenot's Story - Part 9 - Conclusion

After spending a month at Grenoble France, we started for Geneva, and arrived there in four days, in February, 1688. I was received with marvelous kindness, many persons coming to comfort me in my afflictions, and cheer my heart with their love. May the Lord reward them!  I shall pray for them all my life, that God may preserve them and enrich them with his favor and blessing until He takes them to their heavenly home.   In the month of May I arose from my bed, and with the help of a crutch I walked to the church of St. Gervais. The pastor, Monsieur Turretin, whom I look upon as a true ambassador of God, preached from a text so suitable to my state that it seemed as though he had chosen it expressly for my consolation. ... [Read More!]

21 March, 2007   comments: (0) Purpose Drivenism  

Mailbag 2: "You're Saying God is Selfish"

This is the second email sent to me by one Purpose Driven Life fan. In this conversation, he attempts to make the case that God is man-centered (not God-centered) and that's why Christ came to die for us. In this conversation the idea of God doing all things for His own glory is rejected because it is thought that this would mean that He is selfish. ... [Read More!]

20 March, 2007   comments: (0) Purpose Drivenism  

Mailbag 1: "You're Judging, Want Hell Preaching"

I had a couple of emails sent to me this week from one Purpose Driven Life fan; this email concluded by saying "Jim, I ask you to talk to God and ask him if you are being caught up in criticism and judgment. Would it hurt to do that? None of us is complete. What we write is not complete. We are not perfect. Even John points out that the Bible is not complete, because it does not record all the things Jesus said and did. So why criticize Rick Warren for being incomplete? God is our father. Is a father's job to put the 'fear of hell' or the 'fear of God' in his children? Or did Jesus come to say by his life, God loves you!" ... [Read More!]

20 March, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

Evangelism, Then and Now   Joel Beeke

Puritans and modern evangelists both use persuasive argument in evangelism, but the content of those arguments differs. Modern evangelists do not believe that the necessity of holiness is a suitable subject for the unconverted, so they do not present the gospel as a divine remedy for corrupt and impotent sinners. Puritans, by contrast, believed that the best news in the world for sinners who are truly convicted of sin is that deliverance from the power of sin is possible through faith in Christ. Such sinners need more than forgiveness or pardon; they want sin to be put to death in themselves forever. They want to live for the glory of God. They want to be holy as God is holy. They want to be conformed to the character of the Father, the image of the Son, and the mind of the Spirit. ... [Read More!]

19 March, 2007   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

Do Your Feelings Have Veto-Power Over Scripture?

There is no shortage of people today who refuse to believe something in the bible because it goes against their feelings or against some tradition that they were brought up with. We could nickname this error of Subjective Interpretation "if it feels good - interpret it". Those who succumb to it are sometimes heard to say "my God would never do that!" as they skip-over or explain-away passages that they don't personally prefer. And when we think of "small-groups", especially in those large churches that downplay (or even mock) theology, doctrine, and deep sermons, this is what often takes place; it's a pooling of ignorance in which everybody takes their best guess at what the bible is saying. ... [Read More!]

14 March, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Explicit Ads Draw Crowds To Morality Messages Minus The Gospel

I won't let my own kids read this post, you shouldn't allow yours to read it either. I'd prefer not to even go down this path, except that it's a significant part of what's popular in church "evangelism" these days. I'm talking about the explicit bait and switch advertising campaigns that churches and ministries are using to draw crowds, and when they have those crowds baited and present, they use those opportunities to preach the Gospel. Don't they? ... [Read More!]

13 March, 2007   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

Goofy Eschatology That Sproul Wants Left Behind    Listen

The unfolding of end times events is the most difficult area of biblical interpretation. How do you know what's symbolic and what's figurative? Are the rapture and the 2nd coming one event or two? In this Q&A audio clip, RC Sproul lists the various views of eschatology, and concludes that out of all of them, there is only one of them that he would say is impossible because it's . . . well - it's downright goofy (his word not mine). Sproul's remarks are an interesting contrast to what we've been hearing from the Shepherd's Conference this past week. ... [Play/Download MP3]

12 March, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Synergism  

Can People Promise What The Holy Spirit Will Do?

Some never bother to ask that question in today's evangelism; they just go ahead and do it. They make promises that is; and they pledge what a sovereign God will or will not do. Here's another example of that in action; it is one of the many ministry-spam emails sent to me in recent weeks. This time around, the advertising promises a certain number of souls will be saved, if certain donations are made. ... [Read More!]

12 March, 2007   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

Bible Commentaries: Don't Be a Lone Ranger

My collision with an Emerging Church blogger last week provides a suitable backdrop for a discussion on the value of bible commentaries. This is always a controversial topic with some folks, and I do admit that there are deep ditches that we can fall into on both sides of this road. On the one hand, the risks of over-using commentaries are all too obvious, but if you don't use them at all, you might just end up making the same kind of mistake that we recently encountered. ... [Read More!]



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