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Outside the Camp by David B. Garner

Come Back!

The recipients of the letter to the Hebrews faced uncompromising pressure to compromise. Ridiculed for abandoning their own religious heritage and for extracting themselves from their very own people, these early followers of Christ anguished under tremendous pressures to return to their former life.

After all, were they not first Jews before they heard the gospel of Christ? Did Jesus really come to rob them of their Jewishness? Did the crucified Christ really intend for them to alienate themselves from their family and friends? How could the love of Jesus really require them to abandon these self-defining roots and these mutually meaningful relationships?

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Our own Dr. David Garner will be speaking with Pastor Kevin Boling on Knowing the Truth Radio program regarding What is the "Insider Movement"? Listen live on Thursday (July 3rd) from 11:05am - 11:30am ET.

"Knowing The Truth" with Pastor Kevin Boling is a live, call-in radio program providing Doctrinal Dialog, Cultural Commentary and Insightful Interviews with some of today's foremost Christian authors and leaders.

In a recent article posted on "Place for Truth - A Voice of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals", Dr. David Garner addresses the Insider Movement and calls upon the church to respond.

During the program, Dr. Garner will help define the Insider Movement; tell us why it is so dangerous to the mission of the church, and what the church should do about it.

The Insider Movement Rage originally posted on Place for Truth web site.

Missions is not what it used to be, because the study of missions and missions theories, called missiology, has taken a life of its own.

In recent years, the attention of the international Church has been turned to controversial approaches in missions birthed in the missiological think tanks. One of these paradigms, that rages with both interest and resistance, is called Insider Movements or Jesus Movements.[1] Fellow writer on, David Hall, has already introduced Insider Movement thinking and offered a biblical response. Continue reading...

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Theology regularly gets a bad rap. "Don't give me doctrine. I want something practical." "I like sermons that touch my heart, not those that fill my head." Or, "Come on. I'm not interested in all this theology. I just want to love Jesus."

Stated or assumed, such ideas have stormed the Church like ants at a picnic. But they also devastate the Church like the ants' destructive cousins. Theology bashers are termites, who eat away at the Church's very pillars¬≠¬≠--the apostles' teaching. And theological antipathy has no fans in heaven. Scripture rebukes those who have little time for theological substance: "For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil."  (Hebrews 5:12-14)

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Sympathy Made Perfect by David B. Garner on Place for Truth

In our last column, we surveyed the importance of Jesus' life as signaled in Luke 2:52: "Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man." More needs be said. So we return to this theme of Jesus' life, with an eye to appreciating further Jesus' biography of personal growth and maturity, as the means toward his real redemptive sympathy for us.

Most of us can handle Jesus' growth in stature (years). After all, the birth accounts consume one out twelve months of the preaching experiences in our Western churches. Each December we sing the mysteries, celebrate the humility, and soak in the sweet sentiments of God becoming flesh.

We know the crude and compelling story from the Inn-side out. With no place for the newborn King, Jesus was laid in a feed trough. Vulnerable, dependent, and weak, he nursed at his mother's breast and lurched along on the arduous night journey toward Egypt.  The earliest harsh realities faced by the Son of God born of a woman and born under the curse of the law (Gal 4:4) drip with a pathos that rightly disarms us. At the same time, the humble beginnings of baby Jesus fill us with joy inexplicable, as we relish the breath-stealing grace associated with God becoming man.

Stunning as this reality is, we must not get caught up in these particular sorrows or sentiments. The birth narratives tell of the incarnation, but the incarnation is not in itself the gospel. The good news is not only born; it must also be made. Born of the virgin mother, Jesus had to engage our lives, our world, and our suffering. He had to live, to suffer, and to work.

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