Monday, 31 October 2011

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Do Miracles “Violate” the “Laws” of Nature?

CARM Blog

I remember reading the work of a popular apologist not too long ago in which radical higher criticism was briefly analyzed in order to expose its anti-supernatural presuppositions. The author did a great job in showing how the claims of radical higher criticism cannot be substantiated without first presupposing that (i.)God does not exist or (ii.)if God exists then He cannot violate the Laws of Nature by performing miracles, but I had a problem with the language he used for (ii.). I found the wording of (ii.) to be problematic in two ways. Firstly, for the Christian, the wording presupposes that particular metaphysical claims espoused by the unbeliever are true and must be accepted as such (i.e. the wording makes an unnecessary concession to the unbeliever’s implied worldview); and secondly, for the unbeliever, asking whether or not God can violate the Laws of Nature involves assuming (a.)a particular worldview that Biblical Christianity does not teach, and it also (b.)is guilty of the fallacy of equivocation.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Waiting for the Right Opportunity

A word from Greg Koukl,

The next three holiday-intensive months will mean face time with family members you may not see regularly, and you may not agree with spiritually.

So here’s my advice for your holiday encounters. First, shoot up a quick prayer for help, then be patient. Listen, a lot. Ask plenty of questions. Wait for the right opportunity before weighing in. Second, take what God gives you, even if it’s less than you hoped for. Don’t swing for the stands. Just try to get on base. Make one good point.

It’s not really that tricky.

Friday, 21 October 2011

"Have An Abundant Life"


Here is the full clip of Todd and Jessa Bentley

How to Attract Abundance
See the world as an abundant, providing, friendly place. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. When you see the world as abundant and friendly, your intentions are genuine possibilities. They will, in fact, become a certainty, because your world will be experienced from the higher frequencies. In this first step, you're receptive to a world that provides rather than restricts. You'll see a world that wants you to be successful and abundant, rather than one that conspires against you.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Believer’s Baptism

GTY.org
September 25, 2011

Last Sunday night I introduced to you the subject of infant Baptism and really the broader subject of Baptism itself. And I made a comment that it is a paradox that the world is full of baptized non-Christians and unbaptized Christians. There is a world of people who have been baptized by the mode if infant Baptism by sprinkling, that has been a dominating form of Baptism in the Christian church historically. And as I said, there are a world of people who have been baptized that way which is not a true baptism, but nonetheless it is identified as a Baptism who have nothing to do with the church and don’t know the Lord genuinely.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Three Christian Gay Lies

Quotes from ChristianGay.com "Pastor" Lisa


Lie #1

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (KJV)

The phrase we want to look at is: nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind. According to Strong's the Greek word translated as effeminate is #3120, malakos (mal-ak-os'); of uncertain affinity; soft, i.e. fine (clothing); figuratively, a catamite. A catamite, according to Webster's is a kept boy. In these days it was very common for young males to prostitute themselves to older, wealthy men in exchange for money, education or a place to live. These were not intended to be love relationships. Many of these men were married to women. These boys were simply kept for sexual purposes as live-in prostitutes. As I stated in the Gay Lifestyle section of this article, I do not defend this type of activity. Unfortunately, today, there is a group of young, male prostitutes that has come about because their parents kicked them out of the house for being gay. These are two different things. Young male prostitutes do not equal homosexuals and homosexuals do not equal young male prostitutes. Prostitution has nothing to do with homosexuality.

Wrong Worship

You Might Be a Pragmatist

1 Corinthians 2:1–5
Proclaiming Christ Crucified 
2 And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.


GTY Blog
Monday, October 17, 2011

I’d imagine most of us on the conservative end of evangelicalism—whether you’re part of the YRR crowd or the OBR (Old, Boring, Reformed) crowd—we understand the wrongheadedness of church growth methodology. It’s easy to see how men like the early pioneers of church growth (Donald McGavran, C. Peter Wagner, Robert Schuller) and their most famous disciples (Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen) got it wrong.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Is Infant Baptism Biblical?

September 18, 2011 GTY.org

One of the strange paradoxes in the church is that the world is full of baptized non-Christians, millions of them all over the planet, baptized non-Christians. While at the same time, the church is full of non-baptized Christians, like some of you. What a strange paradox that is. And it raises the issue of baptism and what it is and why people are so confused about it. We here at Grace Community Church understand baptism biblically. We understand its method, we understand its meaning. We have even through the years put baptisms on the radio, which no other ministry that I know of has ever done. We have, through the years, in the early days of our Shepherds Conference has taken one of the nights of Shepherds Conference to do baptisms. We had a baptism last week at the conclusion of the Truth Matters Conference. And essentially, just about every single Sunday night through the year right here we have testimonies of people being baptized. We understand what believer’s baptism is from Scripture.

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Resource: GTY.org

Adam: The First Superman!


This is just too funny! I had to stop it at 20s and laugh about it with my wife. I wasn't sure if I could continue listening to the rest of it, but I wanted to hear more about Super Adam flying to the moon!

I Held My Tongue and Waited...

Dear Michael,

The next three holiday-intensive months will mean face time with family members you may not see regularly, and you may not agree with spiritually.

Since conversations can get awkward, I have a suggestion that could make your job easier: Get back to basics. First, ask questions and listen, a lot. Second, don’t swing for the fences. Instead, just try to get on base. Try to make one good point stick.

Let me give you an example of how that basic approach worked for me on a 47-minute flight from Los Angeles to San Jose recently. I’d settled in for the short hop expecting to get some work done when a middle-aged gentleman sat down next to me.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Purposeless: The Purpose Driven Lie

Today's society has held to a notion that there is no purpose to life but purposes. One may find millions of purposes for something but have no norm to which to judge how a thing has purposes. What I'm saying is people like to say that you can have no purpose but have purposes to live for. My question is, How can you have purposes without a purpose?

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

By All Means Save Some

by John MacArthur

Paul’s one aim in making himself the slave of all was so that they might be saved. He was not trying to win a popularity contest. He was not seeking to make himself or the gospel appealing to them. His whole purpose was evangelistic. C. H. Spurgeon, preaching on 1 Corinthians 9, said,

I fear there are some who preach with the view of amusing men, and as long as people can be gathered in crowds, and their ears can be tickled, and they can retire pleased with what they have heard, the orator is content, and folds his hands, and goes back self-satisfied. But Paul did not lay himself out to please the public and collect the crowd. If he did not save them he felt that it was of no avail to interest them. Unless the truth had pierced their hearts, affected their lives, and made new men of them, Paul would have gone home crying, “Who hath believed our report, and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?” …

Highlight on XXXChurch

I understand why he gets sarcastic: Christians are not doing anything to reach people with a repentance & believe on Christ alone to save you from hell & give you eternal life gospel. I reach out to strippers I GIVE THEM THE GOSPEL FROM THE KJB! When I was a stripper I wanted the truth but I never had a Christian give it to me, ever! Where's the laborer's? People like Craig Gross need to get saved!
Carlyofyork 4 days ago

XXXChurch is a typical example of what happens when Christians or even "professing" Christians don't understand the big picture. Thanks for you post Carlyofyork!
God Bless you!