Category: What We Write About

Around the Blogosphere 1/5/2011

The Pastor as Wider Theologian, or What’s Wrong With Theology Today by Gerald Hiestand- http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2011/01/the-pastor-as-wider-theologian-or-whatrsquos-wrong-with-theology-today Doritos, Pepsi Max and the Loss of the Sacred  by Shane Rosenthal- http://www.whitehorseinn.org/blog/2011/01/04/doritos-pepsi-max-the-loss-of-the-sacred/ Ask Dr. R.C. Sproul- http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2011/01/05/ask-r-c-sproul/ Are you in Bible College or Seminary? Here’s a good scholarship from Logos Bible Software- http://www.seminaryscholarship.com The Deadly Logic of Anti-Blasphemy Laws by Dr. Mohler- http://www.albertmohler.com/2011/01/05/the-deadly-logic-of-anti-blasphemy-laws/ No Buzzing little fly why the Creation debate is so important by Dr. Mohler- http://www.albertmohler.com/2011/01/05/no-buzzing-little-fly-why-the-creation-evolution-debate-is-so-important/ Martyn Lloyd-Jones the Soul Physician by Adrian Warnock- http://theresurgence.com/2011/01/05/martyn-lloyd-jones-the-soul-physician Quote of the Day: “An increase of love to Jesus, and a more perfect apprehension of his love to us, is one of the best tests of growth in grace.”...

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Around the Blogosphere 1/4/2011

Greetings in Christ, I am going to try to post blogs I find interesting every day that I think you should check out. Dr. Mohler Martyrs in a modern world:  http://www.albertmohler.com/2011/01/04/martyrs-in-a-modern-world/ Dr. Piper: Don’t make Jesus more of a Mediator than He is:   http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/dont-make-jesus-more-of-a-mediator-than-he-is Dane Ortlund Remember Regeneration http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2011/01/04/remember-regeneration/ Trevin Wax http://trevinwax.com/2011/01/04/should-you-read-100-books-in-2011/ Quote of the Day: “Repentance is a grace of God’s Spirit whereby a sinner is inwardly humbled and visibly reformed.” – Thomas...

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The State of Discipleship in the Evangelical world

Discipleship is under attack by those who dismiss doctrine as unimportant, and by those who believe that it ends with a certain level of progress in the Christian life. Is discipleship unimportant today? Does one ever outgrow the need for discipleship? These questions are relevant because people believe that discipleship seemingly ends when one reaches a certain level of maturity in Christ. If discipleship ends when one progresses to a certain level of maturity then there is no more need to learn because one has become God. It is precisely this attitude that saps the Church of Jesus Christ from any form of credibility outside the Church today. The other concern related to discipleship is the expressed desire of some to have a conversation about how to redesign the Church at the expense of doctrine. How one defines knowledge demonstrates their view of what discipleship is. The popular approach to knowledge among evangelicals suggests that one never has anything to learn “after” believers “arrive” at a certain place in he/she walk with Christ. Proverbs 1:7 says, “The beginning of knowledge is the fear of the Lord and fools despise wisdom and correction.” No one ever achieves perfect knowledge as every believer even the most “mature” believer only knows in part not in whole. Ultimately only God knows everything, because He knows every hair on every head of every person...

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The Difference Grace Makes

Paul in chapter 1 of Ephesians opens with an introduction and blessing (vv.1-14) where he expresses the main themes of the letter: Christ has reconciled all of creation and has united the Church to Himself. In Ephesians 1:15-23, Paul gives his prayer of thanksgiving. Paul prays here that the church will gain deep insight into the Lord’s powerful working and rich gifts in Christ. The overarching theme in Ephesians 2:1-10 is that God lavishes his grace on Christians through his saving initiative. Ephesians two opens with a brief sub-section of three verses which describe man’s hopelessness and helplessness without Christ. The world often thinks that God helps those who help themselves; however Paul in this section makes the opposite point- God helps those who are helpless. Paul describes the human condition in verse one of Ephesians 2. He teaches that “you were dead” which reflects the fact that human beings as sons and daughters of Adam enter the world spiritually dead. Men and women have no inclination or responsiveness towards God and no ability to please Him. Paul furthers this argument when he mentions trespasses and sins. Transgressions are violations of divine commandments while sins are offenses against God in thought, word and deed. The words prince and spirit in Ephesians 2:2 refer to Satan as he dominates his human subjects called sons of disobedience. Sons of disobedience refer...

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The Gospel and Culture

  Introduction The Gospel is good news for a world that rejects Truth, knowledge and ethics. The Gospel is good news for the single mother with two kids. The Gospel is good news to the abused women living on the street. The Gospel is good news for the man addicted to pornography. The Gospel continues to move forward to the glory of God and for the advancement of the Kingdom of God; as people turn from spiritual blindness by meeting King Jesus who truly cares for them, and wants to change their live from the inside out. The Jesus of the Bible is far more radical and compassionate to the hurting, abused and sick than He is portrayed in society today. On the Cross Jesus took upon Himself the sins of all mankind, and when He said, “It is finished” the veil separating man from God was torn in two; forever doing away with man-centered religion that bases itself on what man can do instead of what Jesus has done in dying and rising again. The death Christ disarmed Satan and the forces of darkness because man can be forgiven of sin no longer held in bondage to sin but freed to live and enjoy God’s presence. When someone believes in Christ he/she is no longer the object of God’s wrath because Christ’s death satisfied God’s wrath forever so...

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