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This and That 12-31-11

December 31, 2011 1 comment

Does Anyone in the Media Read the Bible? - “[George] welcomed visitors with large-print messages on the walls. ‘Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise,’ was one, quoting Yeats.”  Yeats!? Did you catch that? I choked on my toast. Did the Times actually just say that “Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise” was from Yeats? Unless I had fallen down a rabbit hole, that quote was from the Bible. It’s from Hebrews 13:2 and it’s quite famous. If you didn’t catch it, don’t feel too badly, because you are probably not The New York Times. You are probably not America’s “paper of record”, proud owner of 106 Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism — more than any other newspaper. You probably don’t have squadrons of fact-checkers on your payroll.  I still couldn’t believe what I’d just read, so I kept reading, looking for some explanation. There was none. I then shook the paper to make sure I was reading an actual newspaper, and not, say, an email forward from an aged friend. Nope. This really was the New York Times, the Old Grey Lady, whose motto was “All the News that’s Fit to Print.” And let’s face it, if W.B. Yeats was the real author of the Bible’s “Book of Hebrews,” that really would be big news! – Eric Metaxas

Bible Reading Plans for 2012 – There are lots of ways to read the Bible in a year, and I won’t try to capture all of them. But here are numerous options, in no particular order. You may want to look through it and see what you think would work best for you. – Justin Taylor

Social Media, the Reformation, and the Power of Blogging - Similarly, in our day, the last five to ten years has seen the internet, and blogging in particular, unite those discontented with the problems of Christian fundamentalism. No longer can pastors mold and shape their congregation’s opinion about anything without fear of having their facts checked by a quick Google search. The internet brings us closer to the world of ideas, and closer to other Christian communities too. No longer is John MacArthur some distant radio personality that our pastor warns us about — we can download his messages online and realize that his ministry isn’t as dangerous as our fundamentalist pastor has warned. – Bob Hayton

Since When Is Dick Morris Our Standard for a Patriot? - Dick Morris is the man who gave us Bill Clinton… Then, when Bill Clinton was in his first term as a President, and when the prospect of losing the re-election was real, Dick Morris was appointed to lead the campaign. (Remember Clinton-Gore’96?) While in the campaign, Dick Morris was having an affair with a prostitute, possibly also inviting her to his conversations with the President to impress her. Then, after the scandal was publicized, Morris turned against his own friend, and spent the rest of his political career throwing mud on the Clintons. The “man who has Clinton’s ear” was also described by BBC as the “most ruthless political consultant in the US.” …  He said that no true patriot would vote for Ron Paul. - Bojidar Marinov

Ask RC:  What Now? - A commitment to God’s goodness in calling Denise home, a commitment to God’s goodness in taking her from us, does not put mourning out of bounds. Jesus Himself wept just moments before He knew He would call Lazarus out of that tomb. I am not in the least ashamed of my tears. We mourn, but not as those who are without hope (I Thessalonians 4:13).  We do not fail in our work because we are mourning. We do not fail in our mourning as we work. We beautify each with the other. We will do both in accordance with our convictions. We mourn and we work with hope, knowing that all that we do for the kingdom will withstand that great conflagration of wood, hay and stubble. – R.C. Sproul, Jr

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KevCast 04 – Growth in the Ministry with Pastor Greg Locke

December 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Listen to the streaming audio here or download the complete mp3 recording here.

Pastors know everything, right?  That’s why they are pastors afterall…  Sometimes, that’s exactly how we think.  Yet, the truth is, pastors, teachers and other such Christian workers must constantly be growing and maturing as they too walk with the Lord.  So, how does someone in vocational Christian ministry grow in their knowledge while leading others at the same time?  How can a church leader change their position or ministry philosophy without either compromising or losing the trust of their people?  These are just some of the topics we’ll be discussing on this KevCast.

Listen in as we chat with Pastor Greg Locke of the Global Vision Bible Church of Mt. Juliet, TN.  Pastor Locke started off as a troubled teen trying to make in the rap world to a born again evangelist trying to make it in a fundamentalist world rife with legalism and peer pressure.  Yet, liberty shown through as the Lord delivered him through all of this into a ministry focused on the exegetical, in-depth preaching of God’s Word.  This also resulted in planting a church committed to reaching sinful people by proclaiming the grace of the gospel.

You will not want to miss this broadcast!

Books mentioned by Pastor Look during the broadcast:

                  

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Scott Walker on Morning Joe

December 29, 2011 Leave a comment

I thought this was a good discussion of the recall and the surrounding issues.  Governor Walker does a great job of explaining how he is fighting for the middle class.  Here’s the msnbc description:

 A recall process is currently under way in Wisconsin to unseat the state’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Walker joins Morning Joe to discuss the recall effort, which he has called “unusual,” job creation in the state, and how income inequality dominated conversation in 2011.

Unfortunately, wordpress does not like most embedded html code so here’s the link:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640

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Free Books from Monergism

December 27, 2011 Leave a comment

The Necessity of Reforming

the Church
by John Calvin

Available in ePub and Kindle .Mobi formats.

Seriously to Undertake The Task Of Restoring The Church. Presented In The Name Of All Those Who Wish Christ To Reign. First, I must briefly enumerate the evils which compelled us to seek for remedies. Secondly, I must show that the particular remedies which our Reformers employed were apt and salutary. Thirdly, I must make it plain that we were not at liberty any longer to delay putting forth our hand, in as much as the matter demanded instant amendment.

What the Bible Says About the DOCTRINES OF GRACE
by Nathan Pitchford

Available in both Kindle .mobi and ePub formats

A simple categorized scripture list – the entire paper is a list of scriptures, with the exception of a few brief explanatory notes, underscores the truth that this is God’s own word and teaching; and the fact that it would be categorized would facilitate the ready comparison of scripture with scripture so as to lead one to a full-orbed understanding of the biblical teaching. Although I found a few good scripture lists of that nature available online, none of them was laid out in quite the progression that I was looking for, and so I developed my own. I’m posting it here with just the scripture references. The study is also available in print from Monergism Books.

Christianity and Liberalism
by J. Gresham Machen

Available in Kindle .mobi and ePub formats

Machen’s classic defense of orthodox Christianity established the importance of scriptural doctrine and contrasts the teachings of liberalism and orthodoxy on God and man, the Bible, Christ, salvation, and the church. Though originally published nearly seventy years ago, the book maintains its relevance today.  Marked up by Lance Marshall

Summary of Christian Doctrine

by Louis Berkhof

Available in Kindle .mobi and ePub formats

The author’s Systematic Theology presented in briefer form.We admire this book for its clarity and for its fresh presentation of familiar material. The lessons are short and to the point. We know of no book on doctrine we would rather recommend to those who want a volume to which they can turn for a brief but sufficiently complete statement of the Bible’s teachings. Louis Berkhof presents a clear, concise summary of Reformed Christian doctrine suitable for scholastic theological classes, or home study.

The Old Testament Doctrine of Salvation
or, How Men were Saved in Old Testament Times
by William Deas Kerswill

Available in Kindle .mobi and ePub formats

COMPARATIVELY few Christians have more than a vague idea of how men were saved in Old Testament times. Their attitude is not hostile, but only agnostic. It may, or may not, affect seriously their own faith. But to be thus indifferent as to what may be the teaching of the Old Testamen t is at least to open the way for neglect of the New. Few would be prepared to deny that religious distinctions of some nature existed among men of old: few would hazard, either that all were lost, or that all were saved. But few have taken the thought to determine for themselves exactly the line of division. Our Lord placed high value upon the Old Testament Scriptures when he said of them: “But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled “; “One jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled “; ” They have Moses and the prophets.” He honored the Old Testament Scriptures in his rebuke, “Have ye not read? ” “Hath not the scripture said?” “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures.”


See more here - http://www.icontact-archive.com/ax046v6l6BLbuUFMJ7GKG2q6Z5p5-S_Q?w=1.

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Christmas Grace

December 25, 2011 Leave a comment

I kept meaning to post this last week, but I failed.  My apologies.  This is my latest article for the column (Gleanings in Grace) I write for my school newspaper.

Christmas time is coming! Everybody loves Christmas. Why? I can sum it up in one word – presents.

Christmas is a birthday; why not celebrate by giving gifts? However, we often wonder if this makes us lose sight of the real “reason for the season.” To solve this problem, some have suggested that we need to give gifts to Jesus. What have you done for Jesus on His birthday?

However, if we recall our theme of grace – Christ giving to us what we do not deserve and doing for us what we could never do for ourselves – we must ask if this is the right idea. I think it would be best not to focus on what we can do for Jesus but rather on what He has done for us.

Acts 17:25 tells us that God is not in need of anything, yet need him. Our faith focuses not on what we do, but what God has done. John 3:16 reminds us about God’s gift – redemption in Jesus. Let’s make it a point to focus on Jesus this Christmas and praise Him for all He has done. And by the way, this gift to you was meant to be shared.

The bad thing about only having a 200 word limit is that I don’t always get to fully develop my thoughts.  After all, at heart I’m still a Baptist preacher.  I can hardly clear my throat in 200 words…  So, I did want to mention here that I do understand what people mean when they talk about giving gifts to Jesus.  I don’t necessarily think that is bad concept. In fact, it is a great idea.  As Christmas has become an excuse for materialism, it is wonderful to shift the focus on something as noble as praising the Lord.  Please don’t get the idea that I am against parents, families and churches who wish to do something for the Lord during this season.

However, reflecting on this theme of grace, I think it is better to talk about sharing Christ’s gift with others rather than giving our gifts to Him as if Jesus were the little orphan child with nothing in his Christmas stocking.  We serve a sovereign God who is worthy of our praise, attention and effort.  It is entirely appropriate for Christians to make a special effort during this holiday season to make Him known to others and praise His glorious name through acts of mercy and worship.

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This and That – 12-24-11

December 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Stop Ignoring Joseph – …we need to be careful that we don’t reduce Joseph simply to a truthful first-century Bill Clinton: “He did not have sexual relations with that woman.” There’s much more to be said. Joseph is not Jesus’ biological father, but he is his real father. In his adoption of Jesus, Joseph is rightly identified by the Spirit speak­ing through the Scriptures as Jesus’ father (Luke 2:4148). – Russell Moore

Denise Sproul Memorial Message –  A little bit over a week ago I got a phone call from my son. Denise was beside him.R.C. Jr. said to me, “Dad, we have a tough decision to make. The doctors here at the hospital have recommended that we put Denise in hospice. She may have a few days left of consciousness and peace that she can spend with her husband, family and kids. And yet on the other hand, they have one last experimental, intense chemotherapy they can try. The medical odds of success were astronomical against it. What should we do?” I said, “Son, if it were me on that bed, I would choose hospice. I wouldn’t want any more medication or any more suffering there. However, if I were a mother and there was one chance in a thousand that I could survive for the sake of my children, I’d take that chance.” … Like Paul, she was torn between two alternatives. One—to depart and be with Christ. Two—to endure more affliction for the sake of her children. And that’s the decision she made. I said to R.C., “Whatever she decides, we’ll have to stand behind that decision, especially you.” And he did. She made the decision, but the physicians were not able to get her platelets high enough to even have this final medical solution that she was willing to undertake… And so she came home. She got to see her children one more time—her parents, her sister, her siblings—and then she died. And the second alternative came to pass in the providence of God, which the apostle Paul assigned a value to. You heard what he said to the Philippians: “I have a desire to depart and be with Christ, parenthetically, which is far better.”  - R.C. Sproul

Can We have A Truce on the “War on Christmas?” - Here’s the real deal… we’ve already destroyed much, if not most, of the religious signficance of Christmas.  Seriously, celebrating the birth of the Christ child is a side-bar at best in a month filled with gross materialism and consumerism, gluttony,indebtedness, insane busyness and for many too much booze.  Sure, the 3x per year church attenders get their fix of religiousity at the annual Christmas Eve Communion Service in which millions of people participate in a sacred church ordinance unworthily.  Sure, many of us set a nativity set on top of the TV or the bar.  Yep, we drop a buck in the red kettle or send a shoebox to an Ethiopian child.  But when it comes right down to it, I don’t think Jesus feels honored by the way we celebrate the alleged (and probably inaccurate) date of His birth.  He probably feels sad… Whether or not there is a “War on Christmas” we know that there is a spiritual warfare that happens every day of the year.  It began in heaven, took root in Eden and will not be settled until the end of this age.  Everyday the genuine believer should face spiritual opposition if they are seeking to live Biblically and authentically.  Scripture tells us that the Gospel will be a constant offense to the non-believer.  It has the stench of damnation for those who the condemned.  It is a Sword and not a dove to those who reject the Bible, repentance, Jesus and grace.  That’s the real “war” we face.  - Dan Burrell

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A Moving Confession From James R. White

December 22, 2011 Leave a comment

I cannot tell you how much I appreciated these words from Dr. White.  I know as a Current Events teacher so often I am guilty of a lack of outrage at sins that have become so common place in our society.  Yet, Dr. White reminds us that not only must we need to be outraged at such perversions such as homosexual marriage, but that rage should be matched with tears – the same tears that fell from the eyes of Jeremiah weeping over the sins of his people.

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Ron Paul: The Consistent Pro-Life Candidate

December 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Among the Republican candidates for President, you see many trying to contend for the title of “most pro-life” while Governor Romney is still trying to convince people is at least pro-life.  But the question is, how do you determine which of these candidates is the most pro-life?  Really, about the only thing we use to judge this is voting records and legislation proposed and adopted.  However, there is only one candidate who can do more to prove his pro-life credentials and commitment to life – Dr. Ron Paul.

Before serving in Congress, Ron Paul served his community as an OBGYN and delivered thousands of newborns into the world.  Talk about a commitment to life!  By the way, from the very beginning of his medical practice, Dr. Paul has taken a firm stance against any kind of abortion and has never performed one or allowed one to be performed in his office.

If you are looking for a pro-life candidate, it doesn’t get any better than Dr. Ron Paul.

This and That 12-17-12

December 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Do You Believe in a Santa Christ? – In Sinclair Ferguson’s book, In Christ Alone, he shares the sad reality that many Christians have a Christology that is more informed by Santa Claus than Scripture. For many, the message of the incarnation has been so twisted or diluted that they have in fact created for themselves a savior who is nothing more than aSanta Christ.  As you prayerfully read Ferguson’s words, ask yourself the following question this Christmas season: “Do I believe in a Santa Christ?”…    1. A Pelagian Jesus is a Santa Christ… 2. A Semi-Pelagian Jesus is a Santa Christ… 3. A Mystical Jesus is a Santa Christ… - Nathan W. Bingham

Union elections require a photo ID to vote – As you’ll note in the photo below the union requires its own members to produce a photo ID in order to vote. The photo shows a union worker voting earlier today on whether to sanction a new four-year contract with Boeing, clearly the union understands the need for a picture ID in order to help guarantee a clean election… In America, one needs an ID to vote in a union election, buy liquor, drive a car, board an airplane, use a credit card and a slew of other things in our society. Yet, the Democratic party refuses to back the idea of requiring an ID to vote in state and federal elections under any circumstances. A sensible voter ID law that respects the rights of the poor, elderly, and minorities is a great idea. What are Democrats afraid of? You connect the dots. – Election Law Center

Michael Savage offers Gingrich $1 million to drop out of race - Talk-radio host Michael Savage says America can’t survive another four years of Barack Obama, and he’s putting his money where his mouth is, offering Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich $1 million to drop out of the race within 72 hours. – World Net Daily

Doing Great Things – When we first learned that my little girl Shannon would always be a little girl, when we discovered about her first birthday that she was profoundly disabled, my father, a deeply compassionate man asked how I was handling the news. I told him that I had been preparing for this moment all my life. If anyone should be able to rest in the sovereignty of God it is me. The sovereignty of God is the cornerstone of Reformed theology, which theology I have been schooled in from my youth by one of its greatest living proponents. – R.C. Sproul, Jr.

Why Then Must We Still Do Good – Clearly, the Bible is not indifferent to good works.  Christians who live in habitual, unrepentant sin show themselves not to be true Christians.  Of course, we all stumble (James 3:21 John 1:8).  But there’s a difference between falling into sin and jumping in with both feet.  It doesn’t matter the sin—pride, slander, robbery, covetousness, or sexual immorality—if we give ourselves to it and live in it with joyful abandon, we will not inherit the kingdom of God.  Simply put, people walking day after day in the same sin without a fight or repentance go to hell (1 Cor. 6:9-10Gal. 5:19-211 John 3:14). And on the flip side, people walking day after day in the light of the gospel and in view of their union with Christ, will–imperfectly, but truly–learn to do good, be good, and get better. – Kevin Deyoung

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Who Won Tonight’s Fox News Iowa Debate?

December 15, 2011 4 comments

Well, I must admit, after a long debate, my eye lids were getting heavy as this debate reached two hours.  But, to keep my blog readers happy, let me share with you my thoughts on who the winners and losers were.

The winner – undecided.  I don’t think there was a clear-cut winner.  If I had to nail down just one candidate, it would be Newt.  As always, Newt did very well tonight.  He has the uncanny ability to take a hit, defend himself, and come out sounding reasonable and intelligent doing it.  He clearly has an in-depth understanding of the issues at hand.

If there were a runner up – Ron Paul.  Though he was raked over the coals over his answer on Iran, but he had me rethinking my stance.  I think he’s getting his message out and people are starting to warm up to it.  His biggest problem is he is written off so quickly by the talking heads that no one listens to him too closely.  However, I think that could be changing.  His answers on judges was his best answer of the night.  Dick Morris called him “anti-american” but let’s face it, Dick Morris can’t be trusted.  He has changed his allegiance more times that Mitt Romney has changed core values…

Which leads to Mitt Romney.  I think he was beat up pretty well and deservedly so.    He was finally confronted with two flip-flops that the main stream media has failed to mention.  First, he did not nominate conservative judges while governor in Massachusetts.  He nominated liberals, even liberals with a clear left wing social agenda.  Why should we expect him to nominate conservatives to the federal bench?  Second, Rick Santorum brought up the fact that Massachusetts has homosexual marriage because of the executive actions of Mitt Romney.  While claims to support traditional marriage, he was the one who ordered the state of Massachusetts to issue the marriage licences to homosexual couples.  Learn more about this issue by listening to our last KevCast – The Mitt Romney Deception.

Jon Huntsman sounded reasonable and intelligent.  I’m still not quite sure why he is polling so low.  I think its time that we all gave him a second look.  The guy is not as moderate as people say.  Check out his website here - http://jon2012.com/welcome/home.html.

Rick Perry seemed ok tonight.  He’s getting comfortable in these debates.  Too bad it happened way too late.  He did try to compare himself with Tim Tebow, an obvious pandering to the evangelicals in Iowa.

As for the other candidates, nothing new…

So, as usual, here are my live tweets from the debate.  Start from the bottom and work your way up.

@RonPaul supporter tries to get in a question on the federal reserve. #iowadebate

@TeamBachmann – its not a good sign if you have to remind everyone that you are a serious candidate. #iowadebate

@MittRomney – I lived in MA I dont concede that you did whatever possible to stop the unconstitutional act of the court blogtalkradio.com/kevcast/2011/1…

Thank you @RickSantorum for bringing to light @MittRomney ‘s real record on gay marriage – he made it law in MA! blogtalkradio.com/kevcast/2011/1…

I’m getting tired, but will try to watch the end of the debate. #iowadebate

Another frozen stream, fox news!

“I’m very concerned about to appearing to be zany.” – @Newt2012HQ after having edited his comments… #iowadebate

Does anyone remember when George W Bush apologized to China for spying on them after they captured 1 of our planes? #iowadebate

“An over-fly zone”? is @TeamRickPerry slipping again? #iowadebate

@Newt2012HQ said he would not take us out of the UN, nor would @JonHuntsman

@DickMorrisTweet Ron Paul is just anti American. Appeasement. Sanctions are critical vis a vis Iran/ Really Irresponsible comment, Apologize

Ok, so I need to take a bathroom break. Candidates, please don’t say anything interesting for a few minutes. #iowadebate

Ok, so @RonPaul is starting to convince me about Iran. Is that dangerous? #iowadebate

I’m glad @MittRomney ‘s record of nominating horrible judges in MA. Learn more at blogtalkradio.com/kevcast/2011/1…

@RonPaul refuses to name a favorite Supreme Court saying they are all good and they are all bad. #iowadebate

@TeamRickPerry want to abolish life-time appointments to the Supreme Court. #iowadebate

8:56pm: The reply from Rick Santorum was a #DODGE live.foxnews.com

Thanks, @RonPaul for bringing back some sanity to the debate. Subpoena judges? Abolish a whole circuit court (even if it leftist)? No.

@Newt2012HQ just said that if a supreme court justice believes that “IN God We Trust” or “Under God” is wrong, he shouldn’t be on the court.

Fox stream just froze on me again. #iowadebate

@MittRomney thinks manufacturing jobs will be coming back. I don’t see that happening. #iowadebate

I’m still not sure what to think of @TeamRickPerry and his idea of a part-time congress. #iowadebate

@RonPaul doesn’t want 2 be powerful executive, doesn’t want 2 run anything as president. This is why people need to consider him 4 the job!

@RonPaul has never voted for an earmark or an unbalanced budget. #iowadebate

@Newt2012HQ takes attacks from all sides, but always does well in defending himself. #iowadebate

@TeamBachmann accuses @Newt2012HQ of helping to keep the scam (freddie mac) going and taking money to do it. #iowadebate

@RonPaul is right when it comes to government sponsored agencies! #iowadebate

@MittRomney “This president doesn’t know how the economy works.” #iowadebate

I think @Jon2012HQ has been looking good thus far…

@Jon2012HQ – “We’re getting screwed as Americans.” Vows not to sign pledges or debate with @realDonaldTrump #iowadebate

Did @TeamRickPerry really just call himself the @TimTebow of the Iowa Caucus? Really? #iowadebate

Ouch – Neil Cavuto just told @TeamRickPerry that he wins the nomination many actually fear he would get the chance to debate Obama.

My @foxnews stream just froze up on me. Reload, reload! #iowadebate

@RonPaul – road to victory to freedom and the Constitution. Amen! But dodges the question about supporting the GOP nominee if its not him.

@Newt2012HQ gives a great defense of his conservatism. He has the record – that just can’t be denied. #iowadebate

Wow, for the record, I got that last tweet out before @Newt2012HQ said the same thing! #iowadebate

Remind me again, how many people thought Ronald Reagan was “electable” back in 1979/1980? Exactly… #iowadebate

Can Chris Wallace be objective after what he said about @RonPaul earlier today? #iowadebate

I didn’t realize this was the final debate before Iowa votes, did newsmax officially cancel? #iowadebate

Glad to see @reformedcast joining me for some debate analysis once again tonight!

I think @BuddyRoemer should appear on my podcast tonight with a post-debate wrap up and answer the questions he has the right to answer!

Fox News debate starts in 30 minutes. Get ready for the flurry of tweets and updates that are most certainly to come…

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