Pete Seeger, the man considered to be one of the pioneers of contemporary folk music who inspired legions of activist singer-songwriters, died Monday. He was 94. Seeger’s best known songs include “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)” and “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song).” But his influence extended far beyond individual hits. His grandson Kitama Cahill Jackson told CNN that the singer died of natural causes at New York Presbyterian Hospital on Monday evening.
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Welcome back to another season of the Gospel Points podcast! As we jump into season two, we look back at the controversy stirred up by John MacArthur’s Strange Fire conference. The conference took aim at the Charismatic movement and their distortions of the true message of Christianity replacing it with a prosperity gospel punctuated with silliness and sacrilegious lunacy. But, is this a fair characterization of the movement as a whole? Some have suggested the false teachers mentioned at this conference are not typical of Charismatics in general.
This week we will ask the question, is the Charismatic my brother? Are the preachers in this movement all false teachers or do we serve Christ together in full gospel unity? To discuss this topic I invited my friend, Pastor Michael Carl. Mike is the pastor of the Christ the King Charismatic Episcopal Church in Wakefield, MA.
In this first installment of our interview, Pastor Carl defines just what the gospel is all about and following that I’ll ask him that in his view is there any sort of “second blessing” or some additional post-salvation gift (i.e. speaking in tongues, baptism of the Holy Spirit) needed to confirm one’s salvation or lift the convert into some higher relationship with God.
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Recently my friend Shaun Tabatt over at Bible Geek Gone Wild recently interviewed the author of this book. It sounds pretty interesting. Listen to the interview here. I’m hoping you never need this book, but its a free download today.
When your husband’s addiction to pornography leaves you shattered, betrayed, and alone, where do you turn? Who do you turn to? Vicki Tiede, writing from personal experience, gently guides women toward God and away from despair. Through daily readings and questions on six important topics: hope, surrender, trust, identity, brokenness, and forgiveness, you will grow in healing and hope.
Allowing God to meet your greatest needs is a long and learned process, but he promises to help you every step of the way. Questions and daily readings are suitable for both individuals and small groups.
–Vicki Tiede, MEd, MMin, is a Bible teacher; conference speaker; author of Plug Me In and Let Me Charge Overnight(2009); and a contributing author for five other books. Her passion is to share God’s grace and faithfulness with women through the Scriptures. Vicki transparently relates life experiences that resonate and draw others into a lifelong pursuit of knowing God. Living in Rochester, Minnesota, Vicki is also a wife, homeschooling mom, and women’s ministries coordinator at her local church. Harvest USA brings the truth and mercy of Jesus Christ to help men, women, and families affected by sexual struggles and sin and equip churches to minister to sexually broken people. Go to http://www.harvestusa.org for more information.
How to Make Accountability Work - Yet I believe the Bible promotes and even demands accountability relationships for Christians who want to battle hard against a dogged sin. Paul writes, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:1-2). Accountability is a specific—and if done right, helpful—form of bearing one another’s burdens. – Tim Challies
Today President Obama released the following statement:
Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health. We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom. And we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children. Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.
I can think of no better response than the one John Piper gave back in 2009 to statement released back then.
In honor of Martin Luther King today christianaudio.com is offering their audio version of King’s famous Letter from Birmingham Jail. What a great way to reflect on not only the life and ministry of Dr. King but on our continuing struggles with race today. This free offer is only good today, so don’t wait!
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April 16th. The year is 1963. Birmingham, Alabama has had a spring of non-violent protests known as the Birmingham Campaign, seeking to draw attention to the segregation against blacks by the city government and downtown retailers. The organizers longed to create a non-violent tension so severe that the powers that be would be forced to address the rampant racism head on. Recently arrested was Martin Luther King, Jr.. It is there in that jail cell that he writes this letter; on the margins of a newspaper he pens this defense of non-violence against segregation. His accusers, though many, in this case were not the white racist leaders or retailers he protested against, but 8 black men who saw him as “other” and as too extreme. To them and to the world he defended the notion that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”.
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The Evil in Nigeria - I hope there are Christians in Nigeria who have the courage to hide gay men and women when the police come for them. I wouldn’t presume to speak for Islam, of course (Nigeria has a large Muslim population, in case you didn’t know), but to fellow Christians in Nigeria: Is this really how you witness to orthodox Christian truth? Really? - Rod Dreher
Possible Reasons Why Churches Don’t Pursue Being Crosscultural – I often tell white pastors that black folks in this country were forced to create a unique cultural kind of worship service since they were shut out of white churches. Without going into a commentary on ethnomusicology let me just say that most black folks who come from the traditional or even contemporary black church find most white churches to be utterly boring. Most black folks don’t like stilted or even Celtic music styles, they don’t get into lectures that pose as sermons, they don’t appreciate a worship that seems to stifle emotions and is almost martial in approach. While many black believers have been blessed by coming into a deeper ministry of the Word, when they come from congregations that neglected Biblical teaching and pursued simple emotionalism or prosperity preaching, there is no doubt that black religious experience in America has been rich with depth and feeling; and often relevant to their social condition. - A. Randy Nabors
8 Signs You are a Victim of Spiritual Abuse - Sole allegiance and loyalty is expected to your particular ministry. Other ministries are constantly criticized, regardless of whether or not they are biblical, in order to keep that sole allegiance alive and well. – Jeremy Wallace
I Hope We Never Become a ‘Christian Nation’ Again - Want to hear something completely astounding: What if instead of a post-Christian nation, we’re actually a pre-Christian one? Let’s put hope in that we’ve yet to see how God can use American believers to positively affect our world in a way that radically follows Christ’s example. We’ve made many mistakes in the past, but maybe God can help redeem our future. - Stephen Mattson
In Praise of Fat Pastors - So no, I am not advocating gluttony here, just a Christward self-disregard, a godly un-self-consciousness. I am praying for an increase in the tribe of self-forgetful pastors — if not all-out dorky ones — with platforms thrust upon them genuinely “aw shucks”-wise, men who will love not their images even unto death. Men who at least are not obsessed with the camera catching their good sides. Give me a fat guy in the pulpit so long as he preaches not himself and not the law but the glorious gospel. - Jared C. Wilson