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The Catch 22 of Keeping Your Christian Faith Private

In various debates on social and political issues, Christians are often told to keep their faith out of the public forum. And that faith has no place in the public decision making process. Not only is it impossible for Christians to put away their faith as if it is something carried around in a portable first-aide kit, but it puts them in a catch 22 if they ignore their faith. One one hand, when Christians are public about their faith by expressing that the foundation of their decisions are faith-based, they may be scoffed at. They are told by opponents …keep reading »

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Election Thoughts: Christians Live Among Evil Choices

During this 2012 Presidential election cycle many Christians feel they are left with only two voting choices: a liberal, professing Christian and a non-Christian, Mormon. Therefore, many Christians feel they are left with a choice to vote for the lesser of two evils. Other Christians will not vote at all or choose a third party candidate effectively giving their vote to one party or the other. The overlooked issue? Christians often daily choose between the lesser of evils. Even though Christians often choose between the lesser of evils it seems that this dilemma only matters during Presidential election time. Two …keep reading »

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Sunday School Class on Galatians

First, I want to tell you about our teacher Ben. After I told him that I am a Reformed Baptist, he told me he grew up baptist and graduated from a baptist seminary not long ago. He did not grow up with the 1689 though. He then came to embrace reformed theology and joined the PCA. I asked him if he planned on using any particular commentary throughout the lesson. He informed me that he will use and has used many, but no particular one for the class. He even knew about the New Perspective on Paul. Ben is a …keep reading »

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Sovereign Grace Fellowship Relief Fund

There are many charities and organizations one can give to for the recent hurricane disasters. The one in the link above is for some personal friends and their church. You can read more about them here. If you are able to help out these brothers and sisters monetarily please do. Most importantly please pray that God be gracious to them that they may be resilient in their faith during this time of need. I bid everyone as my brother Frank has done to do something. Read Frank’s post (even his whole blog) it has some good links in it. Thanks, …keep reading »

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Pat Robertson: Turn the other cheek until nightfall

I just had to post about Robertson since I always question where these “moderate Muslims” are speaking out against these “radical Muslims” who engage in terrorism. No, I am not saying Robertson is engaging in terrorism, but he is seen internationally as a Christian leader and a political voice. And I, as simply a Christian that some may even call a fundementalist, would like to distance myself from Robertson and say that he does not speak for Christianity. Robertson has a wide reach. I imagine his main influence is through the 700 Club TV show that he hosts. The audience …keep reading »

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BFM2K has room for an admitted Arminian?

Recently, a local SBC church committee elected an admitted 5-point Arminian to the pastorate. The main reason is that the guy is nice, conservative & charasmatic. Not charasmatic as in pentecostal, but as in his personality. What’s wrong with having this man as their new pastor? Nothing except it’s against the BFM2K (Baptist Faith & Message 2000) which is the official statement of faith adhered to by this SBC church. Quoting the BFM2K we read: V. God’s Purpose of Grace Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent …keep reading »

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Not my own

A friend made a very touching blog entry which reminded me of something we recited as a response on Sunday morning. It is from the Heidelberg Catechism. Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death? A. That I am not my own, But belong – Body and soul, In life and in death – To my faithful Savior Jesus Christ. Because I belong to Him, Christ, by His Holy Spirit, Assures me of eternal life And make me wholeheartedly willing and ready From now on to live for Him. I don’t know what more needs to be …keep reading »

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Homeschooled but free?

I was in channel tonight and in the chats I learned something interesting. At Patrick Henry College two of the required reading texts are Norman Geisler’s Chosen But Free and Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology. That’s quite the combination. Geisler’s book is a biased book written in opposition to Calvinism and even misrepresents the theology. He calls plain ole Calvinism “extreme Calvinism” and his version “moderate Calvinism”. While Grudem is a Calvinist and his book is actually a text book on systematic theology. I don’t really see how these two books go together. It would seem that since Geisler’s book is …keep reading »

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Responding justly (I hope)

I want to answer my good friend and brother, Russ, from a comment he made with questions to me. I figured I would make a new post to try a put forth a better understanding of where I stand. I am not 100% sure where I stand exactly on all the issues concerning political activism in the church. I do think that the JS (Justice Sunday) events have employed a wrong method, but that Tom Ascol had made some great points in that direction. My post I made was really more of a rant than a thorough critique as I …keep reading »

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Gospel Everyday: God Help Us Honor You Publicly

This isn’t a post directly about Justice Sunday, but some various thoughts spurred from some of the recent political activism. We’ve had two JS’ so far that are to work through the church to get the word out to get the right moral judges appointed. This has been done inside the church buildings with those who don’t have the gospel. I believe this causes confusion to the outsiders looking in as well as those who are doctrinally weak sitting in the pews. My focus isn’t soley on this particular subject at the moment though. We publically, nationally promote getting the …keep reading »

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My Wedding, Honeymoon & Theology

So my buddy centuri0n calls me at the office today. I filled him in on the wonderful wedding and honeymoon and told him about the church we attended the day after the wedding. I was reminded of how slack I’ve been in updating my blog. Thanks, buddy! I also see that centuri0n may get to have lunch with The Pyromaniac, Phil Johnson soon which I am sure will be a treat for both men. I’ve had the opportunity to meet both men though I’ve actually known cent for several years now online. I met Phil on the AOMin Cruise in …keep reading »

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The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship removes Jesus from its constitution.

The original article. Article II. Purpose The purpose of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (hereinafter, “the Fellowship”) is to bring together Baptists who desire to call out God’s gifts in each person in order that the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be spread throughout the world in glad obedience to the Great Commission. The Fellowship is committed to the preservation and propagation of individual and historic Baptist freedoms and distinctives, including the priesthood of all believers, the acceptance of the authority of the Bible without the aid of creeds, the autonomy of each church, and the separation of church and state …keep reading »

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Flat Earth?

Remember growing up and being repeatedly told that “the church” up to and through the time of Christopher Columbus thought that the Earth was flat? Yea, I do to. Here is very brief article showing that this is a myth propagated years ago to make Christians look unscientific and out of touch with reality. Old tricks die hard.

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Quotes by…

This is the suggestion of the present hour:If the world will not come to Jesus….Shall not the church go down to the world? Instead of bidding men to be converted, and come out from among sinners, and be separate from them, let us join with the ungodly world, enter into union with it, and so pervade it with our influence by allowing it to influence us. Let us have a Christian world…Certain ministers are treacherously betraying our holy religion under pretense of adapting it to this present age. The new plan is to assimilate the church to the world by …keep reading »

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Jesus and The Hooters Girls

Click on the link above and check out Russell Moore’s latest commentary. I think my favorite quote is this one: What would it mean if our churches stopped encouraging our own teenage and preteen daughters to dress like Hooters Girls? What would it mean if we insisted that our young girls insist on being treated with the dignity with which they were created? What if fathers and brothers and uncles took seriously the command to guard such dignity, even to the point of turning away from buying someone else’s daughter as a “product” on the cover of a sports magazine …keep reading »

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Benedict XVI obstructing justice?

I understand that there are going to be people who see the new Pope as a religious conservative and will be dragging things up about him. Not sure why they think he cares or should care so much about the US political scene though. Even though the papacy is an unbiblical office I am glad he is morally conservative….I think. Anyways, in the link above there is a story that should not be hidden. I get so tired of hearing the Roman Catholic argument that they are the one true church, etc. The article alleges that this new so called …keep reading »

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Visit to Southern Seminary

My wife and I just spent a wonderful few days up in Louisville, KY and I wanted to share some of it with you all. We attended the Spring Preview conference of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. This is a time when prospective students can come to the school, stay on campus, go to classes, tour the campus, speak to professors, and hear from the admissions office, housing office, employment office, etc. Not to mention hear seminary president Al Mohler speak and Dean of the School of Theology Russell Moore speak and preach. Also a high point was to go …keep reading »

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The Law (Continued)

Institutes of The Christian Religion. Book II. Chapter 8. 2. It is now easy to understand the doctrine of the law—viz. that God, as our Creator, is entitled to be regarded by us as a Father and Master, and should, accordingly, receive from us fear, love, reverence, and glory; nay, that we are not our own, to follow whatever course passion dictates, but are bound to obey him implicitly, and to acquiesce entirely in his good pleasure. Again, the Law teaches, that justice and rectitude are a delight, injustice an abomination to him, and, therefore, as we would not with …keep reading »

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The Law

At my church we have been studying the “Way of the Master” Evangelization video series and I have been reading the corresponding book, “The Way of the Master”, by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. So far it has been very good. I might try to do a review when I am done reading it, although I have never done a review and don’t know how that would turn out, but we’ll see. The short story is Ray and Kirk focus on sharing God’s Law with the sinner in order to bring them to a knowledge of their sinfullness and transgression …keep reading »

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Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen reviewed

Daryl Wingerd over at Christian Communicators Worldwide (CCW) has a review of Osteen’s new book. CCW is a ministry of Jim Elliff who I met last year at a FIRE conference and chatted with at one of the book tables. Great guy and great material from this ministry. I recommend getting their periodic emails about the new material as it comes available. Below is the first paragraph from the article linked in the title line above. It may seem foolish to disagree theologically with the man who pastors the largest congregation in America. Thirty-thousand adults attend Joel Osteen’s church every …keep reading »

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Ligonier Conference

Well, this is probably one of the lamest blogs around. I really haven’t had anything interesting to write about lately, and no time either. But I think I will let everyone know what a great trip I had last week at the Ligonier Conference in Orlando, Fl. A group from my church annually attends the conference, and this year it was stellar as usual. Speakers included R.C. Sproul Sr. and Jr., Ligon Duncan, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS, and the Education Pastor at the same church Derek Thomas, fan favorite John MacArthur, and lastly a first …keep reading »

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Romans 9:16 and the negation idiom

I just want to make a quick (not necessarily in depth) attempt to explain why I don’t agree that Romans 9:16 is a negation idiom. Reading Romans 9:16 as a negation idiom does not make sense given the context. If I understand correctly, a negation idiom does not exclude what is denied. In other words, “not only….but also”. An example may be: “the child did not cross the road, it was the mother who crossed” we could understand this to mean “the child did not only cross the road, but also the mother crossed”. In whatever given context it may …keep reading »

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All Sufficiency and Every (Part 1)

Sufficient. What does that mean? Here are some definitions: 1. Being as much as is needed. 2. Archaic. Competent; qualified. 3. Enough to meet the needs under the law of a situation or a proposed end. 4. Of a quantity that can fulfill a need or requirement but without being abundant. All Scripture Is Breathed Out by God You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all …keep reading »

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Responding to unbelievers and taking communion

My words will be in regular text formating while the words from the article will be in blockquote and intalicized. Dear J. R., Thank you for your letter and insightful questions. I will attempt to answer your first question in this weeks ATP, and the other two over the next week (or two). The first question from the link is: Pastor Sofia, I have been attending GCCC for 8 months now. I have a few questions that I would like you to clarify for me. 1) I have noticed that before communion is distributed, it is not stipulated that this …keep reading »

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