Author: Dave Jenkins

Revival, the Gospel and Glenn Beck

Recently there was a rally called “Restoring Honor” held in Washington D.C. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. During the course of the rally one of the speakers called America to return to God. Much discussion is occurring about this rally throughout the blogosphere. It is not my intention in this blog post to enter into the fry and opine on politics or on the legitimacy of the rally but to point out that honor and integrity are not possibly character attributes apart from being explicitly tied to and grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Apart from the framework of the Gospel- calls for “honor and integrity” are calls for a gospel of moralism that already pervades today’s culture. Just to be clear- calls for people to be honorable and act with integrity are important. The part of the rally that was unhelpful was the calling for ecumenical cooperation. This rally gathered religious leaders from several faith traditions on the stage to unite and work together for the common good of our country. The emphasis of this rally was on honor. There were many evangelical Pastors who stood on the stage at the Lincoln Memorial promising to unite with other members from other religions. Earlier I mentioned that this was unhelpful so allow me to qualify and quantify my statement. One of my main concerns with evangelical...

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Contemporary Thought Regarding Penal Substitution as It Relates To Isaiah 53

Isaiah 53 teaches us that Christ would live a sinless life, bear the guilt of mankind on His shoulders, and die as a substitute for sinners in their place. The doctrine of penal substitution states that God gave himself in the person of his Son to suffer instead of us the death, punishment and curse due to fallen humanity as the penalty for sin.[1] Steve Chalke a member of the Evangelical Alliance popularized the view that penal substitution is a form of “cosmic child abuse”[2] Mr. Chalke is increasingly popular in the Emergent Church discussion and was promoted by Emergent Village leader Mr. McLaren in The Story We Find Ourselves In, where he takes Mr. Chalke’s view and puts it in narrative form.[3] Mr. Kunkle said of McLaren’s book, “Taken alone, this is worrisome. Coupled with McLaren’s endorsement of Steve Chalke’s book, The Lost Message of Jesus, this is cause for concern. But add to these the following account from McLaren’s book, More Ready Than You Realize, and his views on the cross are a serious concern.”[4] The conversation the Emergent Village is having relates to how to make disciples. When a conversation with good intentions turns south toward opinion that conversation as it relates to making disciples is no longer relevant. In Listening to the Beliefs of the Emerging Church: Five Perspectives, Pastor Mark Driscoll, of Mars Hill...

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Miserable Comforters

http://media.blubrry.com/equipping_you_in_grace/p/www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/servantsofgrace.org/mediafolder/MiserableComforters.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe iTunes | Android | Email | Google Play | Stitcher | RSSThis is sermon #13 in the Job series. In this sermon on Job chapters 16-17, Dave will discuss: The connection between Job and Jesus, the nature of suffering and trials, union with Christ, and the nature of the Christian...

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Book Review Paralyzed by Fear or Empowered by Hope

Paralyzed by fear or Empowered by Hope: A Fresh look at Psalm 23 is written by Dr. Mac Brunson, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. The purpose of this work is to give a verse by verse study of Psalm 23 with historical context, engagement with Psalm 23, and practical insight. This book promises that it is a verse by verse treatment of Psalm 23 but the author spends most of his time not engaging in explanation of the text, but in giving stories, and application. This is not to say that the book is unhelpful but it promises to be a verse by verse study and ends up being a devotional rather than solid verse by verse treatment of Psalm 23. This book should be classified along the lines of a devotional because that is exactly what it is. As a devotional it has many stories, and much application. As a verse by verse treatment of this book, I cannot recommend it. If one wants to read a devotional filled with stories, application and a few verses sprinkled in but with very little explanation of Psalm 23 then by pick up this book. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have...

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Announcement

Greetings in Christ, Over the course of the next month or so, I will be uploading all of the sermons onto our new servers. As I finish uploading each sermon series, I will then make them available so everyone can view them. I will also be posting written material everyday here and or links for you to check out. Finally, I want to encourage each one of you to subscribe to our feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/servantsofgrace/eJdM If you have any questions, comments, questions or need prayer you can now contact me privately through the contact form at http://servantsofgrace.org/contact/ May the Lord richly bless you. In Christ Alone,...

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