Friday, February 29, 2008

OS Guiness reviews Frank Schaeffer's book

It is sometimes difficult to understand how a son that seemed to be such an upstanding and good son can turn out to almost seem evil. Especially when that son turns on his parents and vilifies them in a very public book.

Frank Schaeffer wrote a memoir of his life called Crazy for God, in which he rips into his parents. I wonder how Exo 20:12 and 21:17 shape into his life? A man that can publicly speak of his parents the way that Frank does, must be a man that has lost his way!

Anyhow, Os Guiness wrote an excellent review of Frank Schaeffer's book here. It is well worth reading!

HT: Justin Taylor

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

This is MY belief!

This week's commentary at the White Horse Inn is so true of today's spirituality in the world, and I dare say even in the church.

Here is a short paragraph from it:
"Seekers of the day are apt to peel away the tough theological stuff and pluck out the most dulcet elements of faith, coming up with a soothing sampler of Judeo-Christian imagery, Eastern mediation, self-help lingo, a vaguely conservative craving for virtue, and a loopy new-age pursuit of peace. This happy free-for-all appealing to Baptists and star-gazers alike comes off more like Forrest Gump's ubiquitous box of chocolates than like any real system of belief, 'You never know what you're gonna get.'"
Finish reading here.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Chuck Colson praises PETA

Charles Colson praises PETA for their consistent worldview.

Read about it here.

C.J. Mahaney and a pastor's task of discernment

C.J. Mahaney of Sovereign Grace Ministries has written a blog post on how he approaches the issue of erroneous teaching in the church today. It would be prudent for each pastor to heed Mahaney's careful approach to protect the flock from all the errors that are being taught today. He especially mentions Rob Bell of NOOMA fame infamy. You can read about C.J.'s heart on this matter here.

C.J. makes special mention of Greg Gilbert's review of Rob Bell's NOOMA videos. If you are interested in the emergent perversion of the gospel, you will do well to read Gilbert's review, which comes in three parts.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

What does your level of worship say about you?

Greg Gilbert, at XI Marks Ministries wrote an exceptionally thought provoking blog post on music in the church, and how what you say about other styles of worship in the church, says a lot on your maturity in worshipping God!

The post is called Against Music. Read it and think...

After many comments on his post he followed it up with this post.

Is Natural Revelation Sufficient to Govern Culture?

John Frame says, "no," and gives 13 reasons why not.

Find out here why he says "no."

HT: Justin Taylor

John Piper admired by his own son

"I’m Abraham, number 3 of John Piper’s 5 kids.

"Different people know my dad in different ways.

"Most of you probably know him as a preacher and an author. I know him as a preacher, too. He’s been at Bethlehem since I was 6 months old.

"And I suppose I know him as an author…I’ve read one of his books.

"But it’s not most important to me that he’s a pastor or an author. It’s most important to me that he's my dad."

Also visit John Piper's amazing resource library here.

Disingenuous redefining of evangelicalism

Paul Edwards has written a strong case against the current Evangelical Liberals Left in his article, "Defining Evangelicalism Down."

He wrote:
"The Religious Left is successfully redefining what it means to be a conservative evangelical by misrepresenting what it means to be a conservative evangelical. In a recent conference call hosted by Faith in Public Life, one of the emerging voices of the Religious Left, Dr. Joel Hunter, said:

"There’s also a change in the voices that are defining what is conservative now, and what is evangelical. In the past couple of decades you’ve had some very loud voices on both sides – hard right, hard left – and when those were the only choices, then of course many evangelicals are going to go with the hard right because, well, that’s kind of where we mostly are. Now there are many more voices that are expanding the agenda, and so those people that have always had kind of a holistic approach, rather than just a one or two issue approach, are now feeling permission and given permission to be more nuanced and more sophisticated in their approach, rather than just going in a very bifurcated system. And so, what you’re hearing now is that the old voices that appointed themselves as the definers of what was evangelical or what was conservative are not holding sway with the majority of evangelicals anymore.

"By convincing America that conservative evangelicals are concerned only with two issues, stopping abortion and preserving traditional marriage, these new voices of evangelicalism are effectively making the case that conservative evangelicals ignore poverty, HIV/AIDS, and the environment. The history of evangelicalism tells a different story."

Finish reading the article here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

February Challies DVD giveaway!

Tim Challies is again doing his giveaway drive. This time it is a set of DVDs. Simply click on the banner below to enter the giveaway!

February Giveaway

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Theology Network launched!

A new website has been launched and it seems that it will have articles worth reading and learning from. Articles by men such as Wayne Grudem, Don Carson, J.I. Packer, Vern Poythress, Carl Trueman and more can be found here. Simply click on the graphic below and enjoy the visit!

HT: Tim Challies

Monday, February 04, 2008

Super Bowl XLII and Mahaney

The Super Bowl has come and gone and the Giants beat the Patriots. I wonder what C.J. Mahaney has to say after he predicted "that New England will win easily and decisively?"

Oh, the folly of sports predictions!
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