As one who has to fight against self-aggrandizing temptations to be an internet troll, I find this post from Denny Burk convicting:
But what’s the point of confronting error? I think we have to be careful here. One of the character requirements of the pastor is that he not be pugnacious—that he not be the kind of guy who walks around with a theological chip on his shoulder just waiting for someone to knock it off (1 Tim. 3:3). A pastor can’t be the kind of guy who can’t accept an apology or recognize repentance when he sees it. If he is that kind of guy, then there’s a real question about his fitness for ministry.
24 And the Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, 25 with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth… (2 Timothy 2:24-25)
So pastor, what are your motives in refuting those who contradict? Is it to aggrandize yourself, to gin up the base, or to draw attention to your “bravery” and “boldness”? Or is it a humble desire to protect God’s people from error and to see false teachers turn from their ways? How you answer those questions will determine your fitness for the ministry. Test yourselves here. How are you doing?
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In A Reformed Approach to Science and Scripture, Dr. Keith Mathison tackles a topic that has long been a subject of debate, aiming to enable believers to approach questions pertaining to science and Scripture with grace, humility, and patience.
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Podcast #30 – Voddie Baucham – Joseph & The Gospel of Many Colors - On episode 30 of our podcast, we interview Pastor Voddie Baucham Jr. about his newest book “Joseph and the Gospel of Many Colors: Reading an Old Story in a New Way”. We get into Gospel-centered preaching, Redemptive-Historical Preaching, Christ in the Old Testament, preaching, hermeneutics and more. – Confessing Baptist
10 Things Evangelicals Can be Thankful for This Year - Ligonier Ministries: Another ministry that’s producing high quality, reliable, attractive resources year on year. It’s so encouraging to see how well the leadership transition is going under Chris Larson’s visionary guidance, with high quality teaching fellows and faculty supplementing the R.C. Sproul teaching archive. And perhaps the highlight of the past year has been R.C. Sproul Jr’s writing about his painful yet grace-filled journey through the valley of the shadow. It’s a Christian classic in the making. – David Murray
When to Stop Reading the Bible – Do not expect always to get an emotional charge or a feeling of quiet peace when you read the Bible. By the grace of God you may expect that to be a frequent experience, but often you will get no emotional response at all. Let the Word break over your heart and mind again and again as the years go by, and imperceptibly there will come great changes in your attitude and outlook and conduct. You will probably be the last to recognize these… - Geoffrey Thomas
Creation, Culture, Redemption, and Hip Hop: A Response to the NCFIC Panel - What follows is what you might imagine would follow if you asked six old white guys to comment about Hip Hop. Their answers are a mix of religious language, old scare culture, and cultural racism. Note that I said cultural racism; this distinction is important. Cultural racism is defined by a sense of cultural superiority, wherein a group assumes the moral, aesthetic, or intellectual superiority of their traditions and language over that of others. - Mike Cosper
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On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” – Luke 17:11-19
As I reflect on this passage this Thanksgiving Day, one truth jumps out at me. I am one of the nine. I know, I’m probably supposed to look at this passage and resolve to be like the one leper who comes back praising Jesus in the spirit of thanksgiving for all that Jesus has done for him. I could even focus on gift of faith this one leper was granted and examine the real, complete healing he received at the end. But, that’s not who I can relate with in this account.
Today, I look at the other nine lepers. In fact, I think I can conclude that I am one of them. Yes, I am one of the nine. I don’t give thanks as I ought. Though I acknowledge God as the author of all things and affirm his sovereign control of my life, I am sinfully ungracious and constantly fail to recognize the all the grace I have been so lavishly given.
That’s exactly where these nine lepers were. They recognized Jesus’ authority. When he comes by, they call out to Him as “Master.” They ask for His mercy. They know who Jesus is, at least to some extent. These are not mere pagans selfishly demanding all they can get out this rube that’s being taken advantage of. These are humble men who failed to focus on the Lord who rescued them from their terrible lot. Just like me…
But, here’s what I find incredibly remarkable – Jesus still healed them. He knew they would be ungrateful. He knew they would not turn back. He knew they would be more interested in receiving a confirmation from the priest than giving thanks to God for their healing. Yet, He healed them anyway. God healed ungrateful men. Not only was God willing to converse with these vile men ravaged with a disgusted disease, He was willing to converse with men He knew would not immediately appreciate all He would do for them. This is the God Kevin Thompson so desperately needs.
I would like to think that at some point these other lepers came back to Jesus. I would like to think that at some point, perhaps after meeting with the priest, that these men were convicted their lack of gratitude and became overwhelmed at all that God had done for them. I do know that the same God who healed them would also be more than willing to forgive them. That’s the God I serve and love.
Thank you, Lord, for dealing with people like me.
I don’t know how many times I’ve heard President Obama labeled as a dictator who cares nothing about the Constitution. After watching a clip the one above, I don’t think the President understands that as a dictator he’s not supposed to care about the rule of law – he is the law. But no, like the horrible dictator he is, he keeps insisting bills be passed by Congress. Seriously, I’m beginning to think this guy doesn’t know the first thing about what it means to be the dictatorial tyrant he so obviously is.
- His Life and Faith
- His Thought and Teaching
- His Family and Friends
- His Influences
Including Chapters by C.S. Lewis Scholars:
Dr. Lyle W. Dorsett - Billy Graham Chair of Evangelism at Beeson Divinity School
Dr. James M. Houston - Founder of Regent College, Co-founder of C.S. Lewis Institute
Dr. Art Lindsley - Vice President of Theological Initiatives at Institute for Faith, Work and Economics
Marjorie Lamp Mead - Associate Director of the Wade Center at Wheaton College
Dr. Christopher W. Mitchell - Professor of Christian Thought, Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University
Dr. Earl F. Palmer - Founder of Earl Palmer Ministries
Dr. Philip G. Ryken - President of Wheaton College
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