Gospel Points : Developing A Christian Worldview, Part 3 – External Reality

Title - Developing A Christian Worldview, Part 3 – External Reality

Guest - Pastor Ray Jewell

Description - We continue our series on developing a Christian worldview this week by discussing James Sire’s second question concerning external reality or how we perceive the world around us.  Our guest, once again, is Ray Jewell, pastor of the Hilltop Community Church  in Albany, WI and professor at Judson University.

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Gospel Points : Developing A Christian Worldview, Part 2 – Ultimate Reality

Title - Developing A Christian Worldview, Part 2 – Ultimate Reality

Guest - Pastor Ray Jewell

Description - This podcast features part two of our series on Developing A Christian Worldview. In this conversation we begin discussing the eight questions raised in James Sire’s book the Universe Next Door. Once again we are joined by Ray Jewell, pastor of the Hilltop Community Church  in Albany, WI and professor at Judson University.

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Theonomy Debate

I thought this was a helpful debate.  I’ve flirted with the post-mil position before and therefore have several friends in the theonomist camp.  Personally, I just can’t get there and don’t really want to.  My main takeaway, however, is that I do not ever want to debate Joel McDurmon!  That guy is beast in debate-mode.

Categories: Theology, Video

This and That 03-14-15

4 Sermon Types to Avoid – The “I want to tell you what is on my heart” sermon.  It may begin with the text, but the text functions as a mere peg on which to hang the preacher’s “concerns.” Its hermeneutic is inadequate. It fails to look at the intention of God in the passage. What emerges is often full of passion but devoid of precision, earnest but effervescent, relevant but unrelated. – Derek Thomas

Three Christian Misconceptions About Muslims – Women are often the most ardent defenders of Islam. Ironic but true: despite Islam’s history of oppression, women will often be Islam’s most ardent supporters. Many Islamic women, especially in the Western world, call for reform in how women are treated in Islamic culture, but rarely for an end to Islam itself. – JD Greear

God Doesn’t Want Matt Chandler to be Your Pastor – Your pastor knows you (at least he should). He knows about your struggles with worry. He knows about your eating disorder. He knows about your battle with greed. He knows about your ongoing chronic illness. Both God and your pastor are shaping the sermon with you, as well as other members of the church, in mind. For your encouragement. For your conviction. For your refreshment. And God intends to use your pastor’s sermon to help sustain your faith. – Stephen Altrogge

9 Marks of an Unhealthy Church – 9. There are issues everyone knows about but no one talks about openly. Unhealthy churches often have one major unwritten rule: the person who mentions our problems is the one with the problem. This could be a pastor who can’t preach, an organist who never sticks around for the sermon, an elder who is rumored to be in a compromised relationship, a youth director who doesn’t know how to talk to kids, a staff member who can’t get along with anyone, a leader who leads by fiat and intimidation. To be sure, many matters should be dealt with privately and quietly, but this is no excuse for turning a blind eye to what everyone can plainly see. Naming what everyone knows is often the first step in robbing the problem of its crippling power. – Kevin DeYoung

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Free E-Book Alert – Bonhoeffer on the Christian Life by Stephen J. Nichols

Dietrich Bonhoeffer died a martyr’s death at the age of 39 but remains one of the most influential and challenging theologians of our time. His writings teach us the value of cross-centered theology, and his courageous actions against the Nazi regime compel us to consider the cost of discipleship. From Bonhoeffer we learn that the Christian life is lived both alone and together, and that there is a stark difference between cheap and costly grace. With insight, clarity, and wisdom, Stephen Nichols guides us through the words and deeds of this humble yet heroic pastor, whose example shows us that the Christian’s life flows from the cross, for the world.

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Gospel Points – Developing A Christian Worldview, Part 1

Title - Developing A Christian Worldview, Part 1575467_663838106964785_1960867059_n

Guest - Pastor Ray Jewell

Description - This week we begin a nine-episode series on developing a Christian Worldview. our guest is Pastor Ray Jewell who pastors the Hilltop Community Church in Albany, WI and teaches on worldviews at Judson University. Throughout this series we will be looking at the questions posed by James Sire in his book the Universe Next Door. In this edition we introduce the concept of having a worldview.

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This and That 03-07-15

The Moral People Will Be in Hell – In other words, pastorally, dish out JMac’s “Hard to Believe” along with Tchividjian’s “One Way Love” and the average Christian in the pew is probably going to get a lot more Gospel. – Bob Bixby

Should We Pray for the Destruction of ISIS or Their Conversion? – The cross, after all, is not forgiveness in a contemporary therapeutic sense—in which one is merely absolved of wrongdoing as though it were all a misunderstanding. No, that’s precisely the Apostle Paul’s point in the Book of Romans. – Russell Moore

Why the Reality of the Resurrection Means You Don’t Need a “Bucket List” – For the Christian, death is not the end of adventure, but our exit from a world where dreams and adventures shrink, and entrance into a world where dreams and adventures forever expand. – Randy Alcorn

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