This and That 08-13-16

The Spiritual Warfare of Boring Preaching – For some, dull sermons are themselves a sign of godliness. After all, doesn’t the Apostle warn us against “lofty speech or wisdom” (1 Cor 2:1)? But the kind of rhetoric Paul is railing against here isn’t exciting—it’s typical in an era in which Greek rhetoric is everywhere. Paul doesn’t contrast engaging speech with dull speech, but the demonstration of human craft with the “demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Cor 2:5). – Russell Moore

Hey, Joe! – Biden and his ilk need to be excluded. Period. If you are advocating abortion or presiding at a same-sex wedding, then your behavior places you outside the bounds of the Christian faith and should be treated accordingly—for your own good, for the reputation of the church, and for the reputation of Christ. That might seem hard and unloving in our emotivist world, but I see nothing loving in not stating the obvious in such situations. In word and deed, Catholics like Biden demean the teachings of their Church. Why should they be offended when someone points that out and then acts accordingly? – Carl Trueman

Free E-Book Alert – Spirit-Led Preaching: The Holy Spirit’s Role in Sermon Preparation and Delivery

In the words of author Greg Heisler, “Spirit-Led Preaching is a call issued to preachers, pastors, and teachers of homiletics to recover the Holy Spirit for expository preaching in the same way we have recovered the biblical text. . . . My plan for doing this is to recover the doctrine of pneumatology (the study of spiritual beings/phenomena) for our theology of preaching, resulting in a renewed emphasis on the powerful combination of Word and Spirit working together as the catalyst for powerful expository preaching.”

Heisler thoroughly examines how the Holy Spirit illuminates and empowers the preacher, opens the hearts of the hearers, and applies the message to their lives. Indeed, to ignore the Holy Spirit’s role in sermon preparation and delivery would be a considerable oversight.

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Gosepl Points – The #neverTrump Debate and Two Kingdom Theology

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It’s the battle of the podcasters! No, not really. But, this week we welcome to the podcast, Scott Oakland, the co-host of the LutheranCast. I greatly appreciate Scott’s love of the gospel but we seem to be worlds apart concerning this election season. While I am a staunch #neverTrump guy, Scott was actually an early supporter the Trump campaign. So listen in as we hash out some of our differences and even dip into a little bit of theology, briefly touching on the Lutheran view of the Two Kingdoms doctrine.

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My Endorsements in the Wisconsin Primary – Ryan and Rashkin

If you live in Wisconsin, don’t forget to head out to the polls and vote in the upcoming primary on Tuesday, August 9.  Primaries like this are often overlooked which makes your vote all the more powerful and important. While much focus is on the presidential election, these local elections often have more of an impact on your daily life.

In the state-line area, here are two candidates I want to endorse.

Republican

We absolutely must send Paul Ryan back to Congress! Sometimes I think Ryan is the last 422269_10151324378508082_1468331399_nsane Republican left in the party. By far he is the best champion and spokesperson for conservative values on the national stage. The election of the next president will make whoever sits in the Speaker’s chair all the more important. If it is Hillary, we need someone to be the champion conservatives rally around to oppose her huge tax increases and progressive agenda. If it is Trump, someone will have to reign him in and defend the Constitution against the whims of this tyrannical egomaniac. Either way, Ryan has a bold, conservative agenda he can quarterback through Congress.

Ryan’s opponent is a shameless opportunist who specializes in taking potshots, ad hominem attacks and generally embodies the trust one would have of a bad, used car salesman. He’s a Trump supporter who plays to the extremist wing of the party.

America needs Paul Ryan!

Check out – Paul Ryan for Congress

Democrat

YuriRashkinIt’s not often that I publicly endorse Democrats. Quite frankly, I’m not even sure how much sway anything I would say would have among progressives (especially after my endorsement of Paul Ryan). However, I do feel like there is a candidate I want you all to know about. Yuri Rashkin is running for Rock County Treasurer. It’s been my pleasure to get to know Yuri within the past year or two. Though we disagree on quite a bit, he’s someone who is willing to listen and find common ground when possible. He’s even been a guest in my classroom (something Paul Ryan has yet to do despite my constant pleadings…). What makes Yuri stand out is his dedication to public service. I truly believe he is someone who wants to serve his fellow man and make his community a better place. He’s a people person who genuinely cares about the plight of others.

Democrats, you would do well to have this man represent you. Rock County, you would do well to elect this man to public office.

Check out – Rashkin for Treasurer

[UPDATE – It has been brought to my attention that some of my blog readers may not be aware of the fact that you cannot vote for both Ryan and Rashkin in this primary election.  Because this is a partisan primary you must choose either a Republican or Democrat ballot.  Ryan is a Republican and Rashkin a Democrat.  So, if you want Ryan, you must choose a Republican ballot which Rashkin would not be on, and vice versa.  In other words, they will not appear on the same ballot.  You can only vote once, unless you live in Chicago…]

Gospel Points – Darrell Castle Answers Your Questions

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This week we are again joined by Constitution Party Presidential nominee Darrell Castle. This Week Mr. Castle answers questions that you, our listeners, sent in ahead of time. So listen in to the hear where he stands on Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, mandatory vaccinations, a possible Constitutional Convention, how Christian values can be enforced on non-believers and many other questions. If you are a #neverTrump voter like me, you won’t want to miss this episode!

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Free Audio Book Alert – Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield

Rosaria, by the standards of many, was living a very good life. She had a tenured position at a large university in a field for which she cared deeply. She owned two homes with her partner, in which they provided hospitality to students and activists that were looking to make a difference in the world. In the community, Rosaria was involved in volunteer work. At the university, she was a respected advisor of students and her department’s curriculum.

Then, in her late 30’s, Rosaria encountered something that turned her world upside down–the idea that Christianity, a religion she had regarded as problematic and sometimes downright damaging, might be right about who God was. That idea seemed to fly in the face of the people and causes that she most loved. What follows is a story of what she describes as a train wreck at the hand of the supernatural. These are her secret thoughts about those events, written as only a reflective English professor could.

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