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KevCast 08 – Big Truths for Young Hearts with Dr. Bruce Ware

How do we pass on our faith to the next generation?  In many churches today, the core doctrines of Christianity are diffused among flannel graphs and Veggie Tales leaving our children to chew on mere morality fables.  However, this does not have to be the faith we pass along.  In years past churches have used such tools as the catechism to instill the great doctrines of the faith to children who would be one day contending for them.  Can children learn Bible doctrine?  Distinguished theologian Dr. Bruce Ware (professor of Christian theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and former president of the Evangelical Theological Society) says yes.  In his book, Big Truths for Young Hearts, Dr. Ware helps parents take complex, hard-to-understand doctrines and explain them in such a way that even a child can begin to grasp them.

About a year ago I had the chance to interview Dr. Ware about his book and thought it was about time to allow it to see the light of day once again.  Since that time I have been honored to meet the good doctor face-to-face while attending a preview weekend at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  I found him to be outgoing, down-to-earth and completely enthralled with Jesus!  So, join us this week on the KevCast as we talk to Dr. Bruce Ware  about how to pass on our faith to the next generation.

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Categories: KevCast, Podcast, Theology

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.

Categories: homosexuality, Theology, Video

RCCS Chapel Message – A Journey Through Redemptive History

December 14, 2011 Leave a comment

This was the last chapel before Christmas break so I decided to take a look at just why Jesus had to be born.  However, we also looked at the broader themes of redemption, reconciliation and the whole idea of a “recreation” through the Second Adam from above.  We began in Genesis and Job and worked our way through Revelation pausing at seven stops along the way…

God Ruined My Rage-Filled Sermon Devoid of Grace

September 29, 2011 2 comments

This week we saw thousands of Christian young people gather around the pole.  “See you at the pole” is a chance for Christian students to gather for prayer around the flag pole at their local public school.  It is a brave chance to show the world just how much we treasure Christ.  It takes courage to do. 

At Rock County Christian School, we too took part in the event.  However, at our school, it was a required event – no courage needed.  The event falls on Wednesday, our chapel day.  As I prepared my chapel message, I felt the need to make mention of this fact.  Where is our courage?  Where is our willingness to stand up for God and let our testimony shine?   I was amped up!

Soon after I began writing I started to feel a bit uneasy.  The sermon was coming along great.  I was going to let these neither-hot-nor-cold, apathetic kids have it!  I was going to challenge them to take a stand and do great things for the Lord!  I was on a roll, but this uneasy feeling seemed to grow.  I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but I knew there some just wasn’t right.

All of a sudden conviction hit me like a truck.  It dawned on me, there was no sense of grace in my message.  My message was more a product of anger than it was Biblical study and prayer.  I knew what these kids were lacking and I was going to beat them over head with it.  Memories of leaving church feeling discouraged and “verbally abused” came flooding back to my mind.  Not only that, but I had basically reverted back to my old fundamentalist days which focused merely on “preaching for decisions.”  I was looking to merely produce external morality that would make our student body look good.  No grace, no understanding, and no God.

The Lord brought Romans 15:1 to mind, “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.”  In my rage, I failed to consider if my sermon would actually encourage anyone to deepen their relationship with the Lord.  In fact, had they really listened to this message, they would have taken away the idea they themselves had to summon up the courage and produced their own righteousness to display to the outside world.  What a horrible message to send!  While seeking to make our Christian school look better, I was actually denying the very gospel that makes us Christian in the first place!

Starting over from square one, I would then proceed to write out a new message.  While I still launched an attack against an all too comfortable, easy-believism faith that results in nothing, I challenged students to cling to grace and run toward Christ.  True, saving faith that results in the works we desire to see is only the product of Christ working within us.  This ought to be a great encouragement to renounce our sin and embrace the gospel grace that changes the hearts and lives of such sinful people.  The men and women of Hebrews 11 are not merely heroes to emulate, but sinners whose faith was counted as righteousness.  They accomplished great works for God, but this was despite their sin and many failures.  Their strength was not merely an inward resolve to serve, but the product of a faith that had its anchor in Jesus. 

I am truly humbled that God will be gracious enough to ruin my message.  May He do so again and again.  I will need it!  I have a lot to learn…

Categories: Preaching, Sermon, Theology

Understanding Our Times: What Makes A Healthy Church Member with Thabiti Anyabwile

September 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Oftentimes we focus on the proper role and function of the church.  While there is much discussion over what type of church one should look for, there doesn’t seem to be much discussion over which type of members churches should be looking for.  For many Americans, simply sitting in a pew each Sunday is an accomplishment in and of itself.  However, is this all there is to being a good church member?  This will be our topic as speak with Pastor Thabiti  Anyabwile, author of the book What Makes A Healthy Church Member.

Broadcast – Understanding Our Times

Website - http://www.blogtalkradio.com/understandingourtimes

Time – Saturday, September 18, at 6:00 pm EST/5:00pm CST

Length – 30 Minutes  

Call-in Number - (347) 945-7171

You can join us live Saturday evening at 6:00 pm EST, or download the broadcast in mp3 format at a time more convenient for you.

“Understanding Our Times” is an interactive, live Internet talk-radio show that focuses on current events from a distinctly Biblical worldview. Host Kevin Thompson offers listeners timely discussion of meaningful issues with a variety of different guests each week. Callers are encouraged to call (347) 945-7171 to listen or ask questions. The stream and archives are available at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/understandingourtimes. The show is live every Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. Eastern/ 3:00 p.m. PT. The show is hosted on BlogTalkRadio.

Understanding Our Times – Evangelicalism, Fundamentalism and the Emerging Middle with Phil Johnson

Recent years have the growth of a conservative group within Christianity that has been growing discontent as they witness the extremes of both Evangelical and Fundamentalist circles.  They have a commitment to the gospel and no movement to call their own.  Join us this week as we talk about this “Emerging Middle” with Phil Johnson, executive director of the “Grace to You” with John MacArthur.  Phil also writes for the Pyromaniac blog.

Broadcast – Understanding Our Times

Website - http://www.blogtalkradio.com/understandingourtimes

Time – Saturday, July 31, at 6:00 pm EST/5:00pm CST

Length – 30 Minutes  

Call-in Number - (347) 945-7171

You can join us live Saturday evening at 6:00 pm EST, or download the broadcast in mp3 format at a time more convenient for you.

“Understanding Our Times” is an interactive, live Internet talk-radio show that focuses on current events from a distinctly Biblical worldview. Host Kevin Thompson offers listeners timely discussion of meaningful issues with a variety of different guests each week. Callers are encouraged to call (347) 945-7171 to listen or ask questions. The stream and archives are available http://www.blogtalkradio.com/understandingourtimes. The show is live every Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. Eastern/ 3:00 p.m. PT. The show is hosted on BlogTalkRadio.

Understanding Our Times – More Than a Conqueror

What does it mean to be more than a conqueror? Does it mean that, as Christians, we have the power to overcome every obstacle and solve every problem? Tune in this week as we explore Romans 8:37 through a sermon preached by our host, Kevin Thompson. This message was delivered in Costa Rica during a recent missions trip. This broadcast will also feature Spanish interpretation.

Broadcast – Understanding Our Times

Website - http://www.blogtalkradio.com/understandingourtimes

Time – Saturday, July 24, at 6:00 pm EST/5:00pm CST

Length – 45 Minutes  

Call-in Number - (347) 945-7171

You can join us live Saturday evening at 6:00 pm EST, or download the broadcast in mp3 format at a time more convenient for you.

“Understanding Our Times” is an interactive, live Internet talk-radio show that focuses on current events from a distinctly Biblical worldview. Host Kevin Thompson offers listeners timely discussion of meaningful issues with a variety of different guests each week. Callers are encouraged to call (347) 945-7171 to listen or ask questions. The stream and archives are available at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/understandingourtimes. The show is live every Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. Eastern/ 3:00 p.m. PT. The show is hosted on BlogTalkRadio.

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