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Another passage from David Clotfelter's excellent book "Sinners in the Hands of a Good God": "We have attended conferences and learned to market our churches. We have imitated the cell-church movement. We have spoken in tongues, listened to self-proclaimed prophets, and pursued signs and wonders...
Justin Taylor links to a moving article by Richard Philips about the experience of losing a baby ( Losing a Baby ). I encourage you to read pastor Philip's article and pass it along to those you know who have experienced a similar loss.
Tom Ascol at Founders has linked to article on the upcoming nomination of Dr. Al Mohler for SBC President ( Jeffress to nominate Mohler for SBC President ). Imagine - a theologian as president of the SBC!
On January 1, 1937 J. Gresham Machen died. “Born in 1881, J. Gresham Machen grew up in an educated, well-to-do Presbyterian family in Baltimore. He majored in classics at Johns Hopkins University and graduated first in his class in 1901. He then entered the graduate program but after one year...
Justin Taylor has provided a link to the latest 9Marks Ministry Newsletter on corporate prayer. ( 9Marks Newsletter on Corporate Prayer ). Please enjoy and benefit from these articles.
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In his outstanding book, Sinners in the Hands of a Good God , David Clotfelter carefully distinguishes between the god of sentimental western moralism and the holy God who reveals Himself in Scripture. The author presents George MacDonald, the great 19th century writer as representative of the...
From heaven above to earth I come To bear good news to every home; Glad tidings of great joy I bring, Whereof I now will say and sing: To you this night is born a child Of Mary, chosen virgin mild; This little child, of lowly birth, Shall be the joy of all the earth. This is the Christ, our God and...
Denny Burk has posted a link to the Fox News Sunday interview with Joel Osteen ( http://www.dennyburk.com/?p=1035#more-1035 ).
Joel Osteen appeard on Fox News Sunday this week with Chris Wallace. Consistent with Osteen's many other TV appearances, the results were sad. Here is part of the exchange: WALLACE: And what about Mitt Romney? And I've got to ask you the question, because it is a question whether it should be or...
Tom Ascol at Founders has written a very thoughtful response to a 60 Minutes interview of New England Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady ( Tom Brady, your questions have answers ). It is a model of faithful evangelism.
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Russel Moore of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has posted a very disturbing look into the heart of Planned Parenthood ( http://www.henryinstitute.org/commentary_read.php?cid=426 ). When a people become accustomed to killing the weakest among them then their collective conscience becomes...
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This was posted by Marc over at Purgatorio ( http://purgatorio1.com/?p=584 ). I love this!
Thabiti Anywabile has written a very thought-provoking post on whether or not Christians should include Santa Claus in their Christmas observance ( Down with Santa Claus! ).
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Over the past two years I have thought, read, prayed, and talked a lot about the nature of the Gospel – its content and implications for life and ministry. This was a central component to the work of the Strategic Ministry Planning Team. If you read “By His Grace and For His Glory,” the report from...
http://youtube.com/v/CxvHa-m6yPI More from "Behold The Lamb of God" by Andrew Peterson and friends.
Tom Ascol of Founders has posted a link to an Interview with Kevin Larson: an axed Missouri Baptist church planter .
This is letter pastor Chris Elrod of Compass Point Community Church wrote to his congregation ( http://chriselrod.typepad.com/chris_elrod_dot_com/2007/11/no-friend-of-em.html ). I applaud his courage in doing the right thing. I hope many more will follow his lead.
Wade Bureleson weighs in on the Missouri Baptist Convention and the abstinence debate ( The Danger of Casually Dismissing Scripture When Defining 'True' Christianity ).
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Dr. Mark Divine has written a very helpful article on the key differences between the Acts 29 church planting ministry and the emerging church movement ( http://www.theologyprof.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/mbc-9.pdf ). Divine submitted his report to the Missouri Baptist Convention Executive...
This is an excellent collection of essays on Regeneration or The New Birth ( http://www.mountzion.org/FGB's/nbirfg.pdf ).
Use music to teach your children theology ( http://www.monergismbooks.com/Childrens-Music-Bundle-p-17578.html ).
Good stuff from "The World From Our Window" on the expectations that many of us carry with us to the corporate gatherings of God's people ( Kent Hughes on Performance Enhanced Worship ).
Between Two Worlds has a link to a great sale on ESV Bibles ( WTS Books: All ESVs 45% Off ).
http://youtube.com/v/IYv6RdQ1VmU Andrew Peterson's "Behold the Lamb of God" is a truly great Christmas album. It serves as a kind of primer on biblical history. The songs point to God's good hand of providence moving from the first inklings of Messiah in the Old Testament to the birth narratives to...
I have often heard it said that God never violates man's free will. I'm not sure how that statement is squared with Scripture. These words from Jonathan Edwards help to shed light on that idea ( http://www.desiringgod.org/Blog/970_does_heaven_destroy_liberty/ ).
Paul Martin has posted a review of Rick Phillips excellent book "Jesus the Evangelist" ( Jesus the Evangelist by Rick Phillips ). Phillips is one of my favorite preachers. This book, like all of his books, is a great example of sound theology and motivating application.
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary has posted some outstanding messages. Follow this link ( http://www.sebts.edu/chapel/chapelMessages.cfm ) and you will find the messages from the Building Bridges Conference which are worth the hearing. It includes Al Mohler's message which was thought to...
I have a few rules for devotional books: 1. They must be biblical. A good devotional book will be guided by God's Word. It is not simply a thought for the day from someone who happens to be a Christian. 2. They must drive the reader further into the Scriptures. A good devotional book needs to be a...
This is a helpful post from Pure Church ( How to Spend a Day with God ). Check it out.
Justin Taylor has posted links to a few "best books" lists ( Best Books of 2007? ).
Tom Ascol over at Founders links to an article ( Missouri Baptists axe Acts 29 ) about a recent decision by the Missouri Baptist Convention to refuse support to any Southern Baptist church plants that are connected to the Acts 29 Network. Acts 29 is a church planting ministry originating from Mars...
“There is a kind of faith that comes from seeing miraculous signs, but true faith comes through the words of Scripture and the words of Jesus… ‘Now while He was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs He was doing and believed in His name. But Jesus would not...
Here is a link to a message from the Building Bridges conference delivered by Jeff Noblit ( "More Liberal Than Ever Before" ). When you get a chance I would encourage you to listen. It is powerful stuff.
http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzZ14Sk9u9Y Any thoughts?
I have added links to a few new sites. In the "blogs" section are links to Mark Moore and Tim Chester. Both are worth reading. In the "ministries" section is a link to "Crowded House" which is a church in the UK. They are a fascinating bunch. I am taken by their twin commitments to doctrinal...
Al Mohler has written a very helpful article on "The Golden Compass" ( http://www.albertmohler.com/blog_read.php?id=1065 ).
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Phil Johnson has written a good post on the emergent church's strange affection for uncertainty ( A Certain Uncertainty ).
D.A. Carson is one of the most important evangelical scholars in the world. He is a prolific writer and a co-founder (with Tim Keller) of the Gospel Coalition. Carson writes widely from scholarly commentaries to social criticism to pastoral ministry and evangelism. Justin Taylor has posted a series...
With all the publicity that Mormonism is getting these days both in politics and as a result of certain evangelicals inexplicably wanting to build bridges with Mormons I thought this article posted at Baptist Press was quite helpful. Christian, Mormon doctrinal differences By Tal Davis Dec 6, 2007...
Tom Ascol at Founders has posted an interesting article on the diminishing readership of state Baptist papers ( Decline of State Baptist Papers ). Okay, so it is not a subject that is interesting to a wide range of people. However, if you have ever read the paper for the Kansas Nebraska Convention...
What Is needed to-day is a Scriptural setting forth of the character of God-His absolute sovereignty, His ineffable holiness, His Inflexible justice, His unchanging veracity. What Is needed to-day Is a Scriptural setting forth of the condition of the natural man-his total depravity, his spiritual...
http://youtube.com/v/nVP_qJf6_ow This is a tidbit from Newspring Church in Anderson, South Carolina. Newspring is part of the new breed of mega-church which entices people to come with all the trappings of entertainment. Perry Noble, the pastor of Newspring was in a series called "American Idol"...
Justin Taylor has linked to a special offer from Ligonier Ministries ( Tabletalk Trial Subscription ). I have subscribed to Tabletalk for a few years. It is an outstanding magazine. Each issue is dedicated to a particular biblical or theological theme. In addition to the excellent articles,...
Triablogue has a link to the excellent paper on election and calling presented at the Building Bridges Conference by Dr. Greg Welty ( Election & Calling ).