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28 May, 2007   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

Don't Make The Church Mars Hill, Go There Instead    Listen

Not only did the Apostle Paul preach the Gospel in Jewish synagogues, but he also showed his flexibility to preach amongst the gentiles up on Mars Hill. Wherever he found an appropriate forum for public debate he went out and made his case for the Gospel. And so, the bible tells us how he was willing to become many things for the sake of the Gospel. Unfortunately today, a category error is being made in the interpretation of this flagship verse of the Seeker movement. What is being done today under the banner of relevance, is to bring Mars Hill into the church. ... [Play/Download MP3]


25 May, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

"Trust Your Heart and Good Intentions", Right?   William Gurnall

If the message of a man's own good works compares favorably to everyone else's-- i.e., if they are not noticeably meaner or viler than his neighbor's--he thinks he can pass God's inspection. Before the Holy Spirit can convict such a person of his need of Christ, he must agree with God that all his righteousness is but filthy rags. It may help him understand his own wickedness if he sees how utterly polluted the spring is that incessantly feeds it. Can you somehow get a mental picture of the monstrous intensity of Satan's wickedness? Then you have an idea of every man's potential for evil. ... [Read More!]


23 May, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Methods  

Women Active in Evangelism, Not The Pulpit   John Murray

A disquieting departure from the New Testament at the present time is the opening of the office of the ministry to women. In this there is failure to recognize and maintain the line of distinction between the general office of believers and the special office of the ministry of the Word. There is not only ample scope, but an indispensable place for the activity of women in witness to the faith. It is here that women properly and necessarily perform the most effective service in the propagation of the Gospel. ... [Read More!]


22 May, 2007   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

A Warning Against Mixing Faith and Superstition   Ichabod Spencer

I was sent for by a woman who was in great distress in respect to her preparation for death. She was fully convinced that she should not live long, though now able to ride out daily, and seldom confined to her bed by her infirmity. She was a member of a neighboring church; but she said, "I have no peace at mind, and no witness that God has given me a new heart." ... [Read More!]


22 May, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Methods  

Pulpit Ghost Stories, Bug Eating, Repent & Believe

Here's a grab bag of stories too small for their own post and too big for the news ticker. Meet the seeker church that testified of a ghost encounter with a dead civil war chaplain. Is error in doctrine always sin? What is required for salvation, and a reader's email asking what to say when evangelizing. Also a book recommendation and a look at the fearless eating escapades of one popular blogger. ... [Read More!]


21 May, 2007   comments: (0) Resource Spotlight  

How a Kid Proved That Lacking Logic is 'Noble'

A popular megachurch pastor recently had this to say:
"Some people don't even want their church to get any bigger. After all, if it gets too big you won't be able to know everyone. You really have two choices - you can have a church where everyone knows everyone or you can have a church where everyone knows Jesus. Which is it going to be?". The fact that a 13 year old was able to diagnose a logical fallacy in that - is saying a lot about either, the kid, or the pastor. Here's the explanation. ... [Read More!]


17 May, 2007   Wonderful Plan?  

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James White's Aomin blog is reporting that Christians in a town in Pakistan have been warned that if they do not convert to Islam within ten days they will face "dire consequences and bomb explosions". Anyone want to take the American "God has a wonderful plan for your life" message over there and let everyone know of the unique purpose God has for them? I didn't think so. Maybe we should pray for our brothers and sisters there instead, as today is the cut-off day for them. But as Emperor Charlemagne showed us, if the way to determine whether a church growth strategy is good or not - is based entirely on the resulting 'numbers', then violence can not be ruled-out, so long as violence "works" (makes a church grow), right? ... [Read Link]


17 May, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Methods  

Where Have All The Good Books Gone?   Joseph M. Bianchi

A walk through your local Christian book store will reveal a vast array of titles whose themes range from self-help to identifying which demon you are afflicted by. In this sorry state of affairs, one has to ask: "Where have all the sound, doctrinal books gone?". ... [Read More!]


16 May, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

God's Worship Style is Not Entertaining & Casual   Hart & Muether

Much of today's worship is oriented, consciously or not, around the idea of entertainment. Pastors and elders fall under tremendous pressure to conduct services that are lively, practical, and relevant in order to keep the people in the pews interested in what is happening. The constant fear is that members will leave a boring style of worship for the church across town with better music, a bigger and younger congregation, and with better lighting and sound systems. ... [Read More!]


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

Numerical Growth Can Be Deceptive   Nathan Busenitz

Numerical growth can take place for wrong reasons. For example, during Jesus' ministry, much of the crowd that followed him was more interested in his miracles than in his message (John 6:26). In fact, the wrong measure of success can be outright deadly - lulling churches into thinking that they are doing well when in fact they are not. ... [Read More!]


13 May, 2007   comments: (0) Unity At What Cost?  

"Truth and Doctrine Are Not That Important"

Thanks to Tom Pique for creating this cartoon as a response to the one from Dan Kimball's website, which is reposted in these comments.

Tom's cartoon makes a suitable backdrop for a comment that was recently posted here, calling for everyone to "Love and accept one another" under these terms:

"I am always saddened when 'Truth' and 'Doctrine' are held to be so important. Were this so, I doubt that many of us would be Christians, for Jesus chose to save us while we were sinners." [read more]

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11 May, 2007   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

Study The Whole Word and Be Wary of Things New   William Gurnall

Christian, if you can once and for all break your engagement to the flesh and become a free man in Christ, truth will be your steadfast friend. Study God's word faithfully as well. Satan has a habit of stopping the ears from hearing sound doctrine before he opens them to listen to corrupt. He will, as often as he can, pull a saint away from God's Word and talk him into rejecting some point of truth. But he who rejects the truth of one doctrine, loses the blessing of them all. Paul predicted how this would happen "They shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Do not pretend you want to be lead into truth if you will not bother to study the whole Word of God. ... [Read More!]


10 May, 2007   comments: (0) Unity At What Cost?  

Unity Starts With Defining True Doctrine, Pt 2   Martyn Lloyd-Jones

We are told that the Christian faith cannot be stated in propositions, that it is something mystical that cannot be analyzed or put down in a series of definitions stating what is right and what is wrong. By saying that, they are not only running counter to the practice of the church in the earlier centuries when she drew up her creeds and confessions of faith; They are also denying the teachings of the new Testament itself which maintains that the truth can be so defined that you can say that a man has departed from it. For how can you say that a man has departed from something if you do not know what the thing is? The whole presupposition is that it can be defined and described accurately. ... [Read More!]


9 May, 2007   comments: (0) Unity At What Cost?  

Unity Starts With Defining True Doctrine, Pt 1   Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The majority-view today holds that the way to produce unity is not to discuss and consider doctrine, but rather to work together and pray together. The slogans include 'doctrine divides'. This becomes serious when applied to the question of evangelism. The most common argument used is that evangelism is impossible apart from this unity, that a divided church is an offense to the world, and that while we are divided the world will not listen to us. During an evangelistic campaign in London, a Christian newspaper carried the headline: "Let us have a theological truce during the Campaign". ... [Read More!]


 

 

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