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More good stuff from John Ensor in “The Great Work of the Gospel”: “Both the Pharisees and Jesus use the word “sinner,” but in slightly different ways. The use in either case is jarring to the modern ear, so highly trained are we never to think negatively of ourselves. Hopefully we are past that...
I found this video posted over at "Between Two Worlds" ( 99 Balloons ). Take my word for it - watch this.
http://youtube.com/v/bfV03VjGVas I wonder why the church has become so cosumer driven? Could pastors have anything to do with it?
Timmy Brister has posted a great list of Gospel-centered resources ( Resources for Gospel-Centered Living ). Check it out.
http://youtube.com/v/n4QFKS4LzS4 This would be funny if it weren't so true. To be honest, this is not much of an exageration at all. I have had some of these very same things said to me.
http://youtube.com/v/eXl9oiCa-dE I found this posted at Fide-O. Enjoy!
Theologian Michael Horton will appear on the October 14th edition of "60 Minutes" to discuss the teachings and influence of Joel Osteen. Check out this link at "Between Two Worlds" ( Osteen ).
“If I say I will put Him out of my mind, I will not speak in His name any more, then it is like a burning fire in my heart, imprisoned within my body. I weary myself from holding on to it, and I cannot do so.” - Jeremiah 20:9 In his book God’s Prophet, God’s Servant John Goldingay, one of the world...
Between Two Worlds: Life of David Brainerd: Free Audio
After identifying some of the external replacements that we often use to fill the place that the Gospel ought to occupy Timothy Lane and Paul Tripp point out “Five Gospel Perspectives” that give shape to the rest of their book How People Change . 1. The Extent and Gravity of our Sin “It has been...
There is a link to a great review of Richard Dawkins' book "The God Delusion" ( Dawkins ) posted on One-Way Road . Many of you have friends that have read the book. Sadly, skeptics and believers alike have been influenced by his spurious reasoning. Arm yourself with the truth.
Good observations on Mark Driscoll posted on Paleoevangelical( Funnier ). Be sure to check out the article from "Christianity Today."
One of the books I’ve been reading lately is “How People Change” by Paul Tripp and Timothy Lane. Tripp and Lane are faculty members at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation in Glenside, PA. There is a link to the CCEF website on this blog. They are also both lecturers in practical...
The following is from an article by Fred Zaspel on the invitation system. While almost unheard of before the 19th century, the "altar call" has become a fixture in Baptist, Weslayan, Pentecostal, and Nazarene traditions. In fact, many feel as if they have not been to church unless there was an...
I have a new link in the "Bible and Theology" section of this blog. It is called "Gospel Pedlar" and is worth checking out. It links to a host of excellent articles on all manner of theological topics. Enjoy.
http://youtube.com/v/7UU6NYxwjP8
http://youtube.com/v/jmusDcfipRA This is a pretty good example of spiritual abuse from the pastor of one of the nations newest mega-churches. Ironically, this "what have you done for Jesus lately" preaching simply replaces one type of Pharisee with another. It is a gospel-less message.
http://youtube.com/v/XVfwlzf-DAE
In September I began preaching a series of messages called “The Gospel-Driven Church.” It is part of an emphasis that I hope will be refreshing and challenging for Metro East. Much of it is the fruit of what the Lord was doing in my heart during the strategic ministry planning process. Along with...
Brian McLaren, the elder statesman of the emergent church movement, has written in this book “A Generous Orthodoxy” that God as judge was perhaps a useful metaphor in some long past generation but today men and women need to construct more helpful and relevant metaphors for God. There is so much...
I have little patience with many of the leadership conferences and seminars offered by big, huge, really cool, awesome churches and other Christian ministries. Most of them sound something like, “How to be a super-duper impressively awesome leader.” The largest such event that is hosted by Willow...
http://youtube.com/v/E8aZXeFRSBA Driscoll can be a bit irreverant at times but for a church that is losing its MEN, this is an incredibly important message.
http://youtube.com/v/q7EYbFYmxcw This is why I like Mark Driscoll...
http://youtube.com/v/MfwYU2pmWYQ Joel Osteen gets nervous.
http://youtube.com/v/lGmLFSPkyhs The God of Joel Osteen and T.D. Jakes
In his most recent article for Modern Reformation Michael Horton asks the question, “Does Justification Still Matter?” He observes and laments the fact that the contemporary church, even many of those with roots in the Protestant Reformation, have either neglected or denied the central doctrine of...
As I was re-reading chapter nine in Ensor’s book this morning I was quite convicted. How good and kind are the providences of God! “Jesus was betrayed by a disciple, falsely accused by those he came to serve, denied justice in the courts, abandoned by his friends, humiliated, beaten, and hammered...
I don’t much like testing. I suppose none of us do. But since I am the worst sinner that I know I am especially frail when it comes to the testing of my faith. Things that would have been considered mere flesh wounds to my faithful forebears threaten to derail me. I, like so many in my generation,...
http://youtube.com/v/c8wRIcv6esY Jason over at FideO posted this yesterday. I thought it was pretty funny.
The call to minister is a call to suffer. If you minister full-time then suffering will be your daily companion. I don’t expect everyone to fully understand this. I suspect that some will think I am being pessimistic. But in my life as a pastor, pain never goes away. Even when it is not acute it is...
http://youtube.com/v/xJfaGrpZVTA This is an interesting exchange between John MacArthur and Doug Pagitt, a leader in the emerging church, on the subject of Yoga. Not only does Pagitt take Scripture WAY out of context but his ideas on what makes Christians "whole" are quite troubling.
If you do not attend Metro East Baptist I would encourage you to read John Ensor’s book The Great Work of the Gospel with us. If you are reading along I trust that you have made your way to the second chapter. Our joy in the Gospel is directly proportional to our understanding of sin. In other...
Worthy thoughts from the venerable 19th century Anglican - J.C. Ryle. “I find no balm for a sore conscience, and a troubled heart, like the sight of Jesus dying for me on the accursed tree. There I see that a full payment has been made for all my enormous debts. The curse of that law which I have...
This is a great article by Mark Lauterbach ( Gospel must be central ).
I find that in the contemporary church the Gospel is often assumed. That is, in the church today there tends to be a bit of a “ho-hum” attitude toward the most important message in the universe. It is a mentality that says, “Well of course we believe the Gospel. Can’t we get on to more pressing...
Justin Taylor at "Between Two Worlds" posted an excellent article ( Spiritual Warfare 101 ) on spiritual warfare. Since I recently preached on Jesus' encounter with the Gerasene demoniac (Luke 8:26-39) I thought it would be helpful to pass this along.
As a part of the new sermon series, The Gospel-Driven Church, and in harmony with the report from the Strategic Ministry Planning Team we will be reading John Ensor’s book “The Great Work of the Gospel.” I am happy that so many of you who are a part of the Metro East family will be participating in...
I was so blessed by our combined worship services on Sunday! It was great to see the saints from all three morning worship services together in one gathering. Many thanks to the office staff, the hospitality team, the ushers, the musicians, and all the others who worked hard to ensure that our time...
The evangelical world lost a giant last week. He will be missed by all those who were touched by his thoughtful, tireless, and courageous commitment to the truth. Check out this memorial site ( Dr. James Kennedy Memorial ).
Tom Ascol over at Founders has written an article worth reading ( theodicy ). It deals with the recent comments of Roger Olsen of Truett Seminary which I posted on last week.
Read this article ( Desiring God ) and be encouraged by God's commitment to His glory and the salvation of sinners.
Roger Olson is a professor of theology at the Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas. He is a good writer and I am sure a good and decent man. But his article “Calvinist view of bridge collapse distorts God’s character” that ran in the Baylor Lariat ( The Lariat Online ) that ran in the Baylor...
“The gospel is hated and rejected as foolishness until the direct power of the Spirit changes the governing disposition of the heart.” - R.G. Lee The very first Southern Baptist confession of faith was the Abstract of Principles of 1859. It served, and still serves, as the foundational doctrinal...
I hope you will read this article ( Articles ) by D.A. Caron on the Gospel. It is edifying. It is also a reminder that Christians MUST get the Gospel right. It is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe. It is the Church's essential message. It is THE Good News. It is the matter of...
Contemporary Westerners have a difficult time understanding the deep significance of the table fellowship described in the Bible. Indeed, Western people have a hard time understanding much of anything from ancient Palestine connected with food. We have food in abundance; those in the ancient East...
Here are some interesting thoughts on tattoos and body piercing from John Piper ( Desiring God ).
http://youtube.com/v/2BZ-N4pruFo
John Piper on the Holy Spirit's role in regeneration ( TheResurgence ). Salvation belongs to the Lord!
Great words from the Puritan Jeremiah Burroughs from his classic "Gospel Worship." "The reason men worship God in a casual way is because they do not see God in His Glory. If a man has ever had Isaiah's vision of the Holiness of God, he would be changed in an instant. But until men have seen God as...
Justin Taylor has posted this stunning observation from Sally Morgenthaler( Megachurches ).