26 November 2007

Abouts:
Hope everyone had a good thanksgiving

I apologize in advance for the small post, but my hard drive crashed on me and I lost basically everything, including my draft, so I do not have much to write

Played some football over break and ended up breaking my finger, so for a few weeks we will have shorter posts because I’m typing with one hand right now,  nut I will still try to post

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19 November 2007

Abouts:
Don’t you hate it when you write this beautiful life changing thought and then the program shuts down on you, and you forget what you wrote…

Although I am not highlighting any articles from Prodigal Jon, I would still encourage you to hop over to his site, what I described it as still stands, a sincere guy just going through life with Christ

Articles:
When did friends get so ugly, I mean, when did experiencing friends mean going on facebook and writing on their wall, see where they went by looking at their pictures, seeing what they did by reading their xanga posts (notice I am not hating on wordpress)? This is ugly, looking at your friends through the mirror of the internet. When did it become acceptable “interaction” to look at your friends emotions only through colons and parenthesis’? I am not condemning those things, but when it starts to replace real interaction, when an option, that is when it becomes ugly. Real People, Not Just Facebook Friends: The Importance of Being There in the New Media Age

On Grudem’s Advice on Inerpreting the Word, he targets his book towards seminarians and pastors but I think it can hugely apply to any layperson. Although he only gives the points from the chapter I think if we can extract a lot from it with a little thought

Insightful look in the a preacher’s thoughts on preaching, by far my favorite line, “If such a thing as a ‘salvation gun’ existed, I would have shot them [unbelievers] between the eyes!”

John Piper comments on the recent emergence of the “adultolescence” and how the church should help those in this limbo

The “Ideal Christian Women,” by Wendy Alsup, Deacon in charge of Women’s Theology and Training at Mar’s Hill Church (Mark Driscoll): Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, if you want to know a little more about Wendy, here is an interview Adrian Warnock conducted with her

Audios:
John Piper asking Albert Mohler about the changes that happened with the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, it is only a 15 minute excerpt of the end of Mohler’s message which he gave at the 2000 Conference for Pastor’s titled “Courage in Christian Ministry

Randoms:
Attention Davis/Sacramento people again, if you do not go to the “Precious Blood: Christ’s Atoning Work” conference by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, I will be disappointed

Videos:
In no way am I specifically supporting/opposing this candidate, just thought it was funny

 

Verses:
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

So for bible study at Berean we recently went through the first half of Matthew 24 and at the end of the study we did a study on eschatology (study of the last days), which got people thinking. People were presented the three major views and then given the two sub views of premillennialism, afterwards people were excited about the information presented and were ready to converse about their own thoughts and views. During an informal discussion someone said that they would happy to just die right now and be in Heaven communing with God, because there is nothing in this world to live for. First, one might be a little shocked a Christian would say that, but then once things settle down in their mind one could convince themselves that Christians are not of this world and while on Earth they do focus on Christ and the future, so feeling that way is warranted. But, I think we should go one step further and not accept that reasoning. I must admit I have thought that before, I probably have wrote it into one of my blogs before too, also one of my favorite books of the bible is Ecclesiastes, so I do not want to point fingers, but even to try to support the case by bringing up Ecclesiastes would be contradictory even ironic. I think that to want to be with God now, could be considered selfish, God has placed us into this world, if He wanted us to be in heaven worshiping Him now, he would have that, so why put us into this world? (Ecc 8:14-17) We are meant to glorify the Lord, we are not the ones that choose how and when He should be glorified. We should not undermine His mighty plans that we do not understand, we are on this Earth for a reason, a reason that we are too human to truly fully grasp, but I urge that we should not only look towards Christ, but to look at what Christ is pointing at, God’s glory in everything. May we “fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man,” until the Day of the Lord, but until then let us worship God for all He is on this Earth.

More to come on this topic with a study on Ecclesiastes in the future (nothing planned yet)

(This was a real situation and I want to say to the person that said the above quote to please not think I was attacking you in anyway, or trying to offend, or trying to get a rise out of you, if you think so please tell me and I will take the necessary actions in that case)


12 November 2007

Abouts:
If you didn’t know or didn’t realize I only update once a week and it is usually every Monday, so you don’t need to check any other day for updates

Messages:
The video of Paul Washer I have down there is only an excerpt from a sermon he gave which can be streamed from a link given on this page, the excerpt is taken from about the 45 minute mark from the whole sermon, if you have time listen to the whole thing. Although many if not all his sermons are basically the same thing, I would be quick to stop someone from saying he is a “resounding gong,” he brings in the love of the Father and the glory that is received through true believers worshiping God, and reminds me of the cross and my life carrying it

Articles:
Finding Reliable Men: Well Thought of by Outsiders

I love it when Pastor’s and Theologians from every which way come and share their insight on the same topic/question, here we have Thabiti Anyabwile, John Frame, Michael Horton, David Jackman, Jonathan Leeman, Aaron Menikoff, Philip Ryken, Tony Payne, and Stephen Um answering the question: “Does Scripture call the local church to the work of cultural transformation? For example, is a failing school system the responsibility of the local church?

When I was reading “Explaining the Gospel to a Child,” I was just reminded of, either in a pastor’s sermon heard or article I read, how one cannot possibly think of becoming a pastor or be in any leadership position if they cannot explain the gospel to a child (not saying all leaders should first become youth leaders). I find that so true and so encompassing of many other aspects of Christianity, and I dare say that if one cannot explain the Gospel to a child I would question their salvation. How can someone say they believe in something they do not know? I feel that explaining the gospel to a child we must bring the most stripped down bare essential message to that child for him to understand. I can take the child out of the equation and it would still be the same, could one explain the gospel? While evangelizing I get to see people admitting that they know the gospel, but then saying that they cannot explain it. They say they have faith, they say they are Christians, but I have to ask what saves that person, his “faith?” We were all once children in understanding with hard hearts and dead to our sins, what saved us, who gave us understanding? We were dead, lost, blind; dead people can’t understand anything, lost people don’t know where they are going, blind people don’t see their next step; these seem obvious in a worldly sense but if we apply it to us and our relationship to the God somehow we are allowed we can blur the lines. “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17) If the gospel cannot be explained to a “child” I fear for the future. “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15)

Readings:

We were incensed, and rightfully so, when a major denomination ordained a practicing homosexual as a bishop. Why do we not also mourn over our selfishness, out critical spirit, out impatience, and out anger? It’s easy to let ourselves off the hook by saying, these sins are not as bad as the flagrant ones of society. But God has not given us the authority to establish values for different sins. Instead, He says through James, “Whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for [is guilty of] all of it” (2:10). That Scripture is difficult for us to understand because we think in terms of individual laws and their respective penalties. But God’s law is seamless. The Bible speaks not of God’s laws, as if many of them, but of God’s law as a single whole. When a person commits murder, he breaks God’s law. When a Christian lets corrupting speech (that is, speech which tends to tear down another person) come out of his mouth (see Ephesians 4:29), he breaks God’s law.

– Jerry Bridges, Respectable Sins, 20

I just found this interesting on Reformation Theology, although I personally won’t take the “class.” Here is the introduction:

No Time for Seminary? Here is some sound advice for studying theology at home. Due to the compromising theological climate at many modern seminaries, we believe that if you take the time to carefully read the following materials you will get a better theological education than 90% of seminary graduates. Click on the following links if you are interested in learning more or want to purchase any of these books. 

Videos:

Verses:
Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

What do you think about when words like “living” and “active” are used as a description? Now how do you describe the words of God?


5 November 2007

Articles:
I was wondering how I would introduce this site, Prodigal Jon, but all I really have to say it is a very sincere guy who talks about how his faith and personal experiences interact, just read his introduction and biography to get the idea; some post highlights would go to: this is what $3 gets you, Joel Osteen and Macaroni & Cheese, Friends help friends throw up, and Girls in underwear, killing deer and somehow God. Also I like the nice clean simple design of his site

Finding Reliable Men: Mature and Humble, Leaders at Home

Audios:
Here is a little sermon excerpt on how to listen to sermons (Piper)

Readings:
Remember the sale at Ligonier Ministries with the $15.17 Bible sale, well I go to class at 8:00am that day and I get out of class and go to the computer lab at 9:00am and check some email and then I go over to Between Two Worlds, if you look in the comments and the time he sent it was 8:15am, I wasn’t going to buy one, but man crazy, but they did extend the sale to the rest of the day, the only down-side, you will get your Bible February of 2008

More about the Literary Study Bible (ESV), seems that the ESV blog has posted almost every single blogger’s post about the Bible, from reviews to general comments

Randoms:
ESV blog has just introduced me to the wonderful world of bible pens, actually they are fine tip markers, which actually I’ve used before on my Gundam Models a hobby I had, but that is besides the point, the blog points to another article on using archival-quality pens to write in your Bible

Videos:

 

Verses:
Psalm 94:18
When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up.

From Of First Importance:

“I perceived my danger, and cried out in horror, and then, at the very moment of my extremity, came the needed help, “thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.” Often enough is this the case, we feel our weakness, and see our danger, and in fear and trembling we cry out. At such times nothing can help us but mercy; we can make no appeal to any fancied merit, for we feel that it is our inbred sin which makes our feet so ready to fail us; our joy is that mercy endureth for ever, and is always at hand to pluck us out of the danger, and hold us up, where else we should fall to our destruction.

Ten thousand times has this verse been true in relation to some of us, and especially to the writer of this comment. The danger was imminent, it was upon us, we were going; the peril was apparent, we saw it, and were aghast at the sight; our own heart was failing, and we concluded that it was all over with us; but then came the almighty interposition: we did not fall, we were help up by an unseen hand, the devices of the enemy were frustrated, and we sang for joy.”

– Charles Spurgeon, The Treasury of David (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers), 146.