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Today I preached my final sermon as pastor of Metro East Baptist Church. I struggled with what to preach. Ultimately, however, I did not have to look far. Paul's farewell to the Ephesian elders recorded by Luke in Acts 20:17-38 seemed to be the most appropriate text. It is a moving scene. Clearly,...
Lisa Miller has posted some insightful comments on Victoria Osteen's new book "Love Your Life." Miller writes: Prosperity preachers are neither new nor unique in America, but the Osteens' version seems especially self-serving. Victoria's book betrays her interest in the kind of small gratifications...
I have heard it said many times, even on this blog that it doesn't matter if pro-life politicians win public office because there is little to nothing they can do about abortion. The evidence, however, tells another story. Michael New, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of...
Michael Card & Phil Keaggy
I've been in Philly since Monday afternoon. I attended an elder's meeting last evening and was encouraged by what I observed. Specifically, I appreciated the heart-felt prayers that were offered up for the people of COS. These are men who care about the people they are charged to shepherd. I am...
Victor Davis Hanson is one of our most outstanding historians. His books on Greek history and military strategy are among some of the finest available. I found THIS lecture delivered by Dr. Hanson at Biola University posted over at Scriptorium Daily . Here is an explanation: Following the news day...
Check out this important review of "The Shack"
Randy Alcorn pretty much hits the proverbial nail on the head. A year and a half ago, when I first heard about Barack Obama, I got excited. I really wanted to support him. An evangelical Christian told me Obama was prolife. I didn’t care that Obama was a Democrat. I wanted a pro-life, pro-...
With my recent posts on abortion there may be some of you that are thinking I have changed my opinion on the role of politics in the church. This is far from true. Again, abortion is not a political issue. It is a moral issue and the church has a responsibility to speak the truth to those who shape...
Check out this important post over at Between Two Worlds .
I hope you will take the time to listen to a powerful message by Dr. Russel Moore delivered at Southern Seminary's chapel. Dr. Moore dismantles the idea that abortion is simply one issue among many others. “There are churches, and there are pastors, and there are young evangelical leaders who are...
Gene Veith is one of evangelicalisms best thinkers. Dr. Veith is the Provost and Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College and the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary. He also contributes regularly to World Magazine and Tabletalk . In a recent blog post Dr...
The Manga Bible
Once again Al Mohler has trained his thoughts toward the issue of abortion. In his latest post he writes: The shadow of abortion looms large over the American conscience. Over thirty years after Roe v. Wade, the abortion controversy has not gone away. If the U.S. Supreme Court majority really...
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I have two more Sundays to preach at Metro East Baptist Church. The thought makes me sad. I am confident however in God's good providence not only in leading me to Church of the Savior but in providing a faithful shepherd for Metro East. Please pray for both churches during these days of transition...
Dr. David Wells was recently on the White Horse Inn discussing some of the ideas in his outstanding book The Courage to be Protestant . If you truly desire to understand how the church ought to interact with postmodern culture then read Wells not MacLaren. You can listen to the program featuring Dr...
"What shall I say: A holy and good God has covered us with a dark cloud. O that we may kiss the rod, and lay our hands on our mouths! The Lord has done it. He has made me adore his goodness that we had him so long. But my God lives; and he has my heart. O what a legacy my husband, and your father,...
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I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What...
Steve Winwood from his Spencer Davis Group days. How does a white kid from England sing and play the blues this well?
The ESV Study Bible is finally here and I'm pumped! The folks at Crossway have outdone themselves. This is, I am sure, the finest study Bible available. A good study Bible includes notes and articles that help you read and better understand your Bible. The supplemental materials in the ESV are...
D.A. Carson recently spoke at Omaha Bible Church on the topic of "Making Sense of Suffering." Making Sense of Suffering - Session 1 Listen - Download (18MB) --> Making Sense of Suffering - Session 2 Listen - Download (14MB) --> Making Sense of Suffering - Session 3 Listen - Download (16MB...
I wonder if you would know how to answer Bill Maher. Is there a difference between faith and reason? Is it rational to believe in the God of the Bible? How would you defend the rationality of faith in Christ? How would you explain the appropriateness of God's jealousy? I have to admit that I am...
I am in no way a Roman Catholic. I am a conscientious Protestant. The differences between evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics are significant. But one issue upon which many in both camps are united is the protection of the unborn. Thanks to our Roman Catholic neighbors for this well done...
Michael Medved has written a helpful review of Bill Maher's anti-religion flick "Religulous." Medved writes: Maher scrupulously avoids any honest examination of his own spiritual state or pursuit of happiness. At one point, he interacts with his mother and derisively recalls his Catholic upbringing...
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Al Mohler has written a fascinating post on abortion and the continuing decline of Russia. Dr. Mohler writes: Reports out of Russia indicate that the recent military clash with Georgia may have represented something more like desperation than opportunism. Murray Feshbach of The Washington Post...
I found an interesting article over at Time.com that links some of the financial disasters related to the current subprime crisis to the prosperity "gospel". Readers of this blog know what I think about the dangerous teaching of people like Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyer, etc. Sloppy...
An interesting article by Scott McKnight ran in the latest issue of Christianity Today . Dr. McKnight has been a friend to the emergent church movement. He is a bright man who, no doubt, loves the Lord. McKnight gives the emergent folks much more credit than do I. That is what made his article in...
I announced to my church family today that I have accepted a call to be the Senior Teaching Pastor of Church of the Savior in Wayne, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia metro area). It is a process that began at the first of June and was not finalized until a week ago. Through much prayer, conversation, and...
The Alliance Defense Fund made news recently by encouraging pastors to endorse a presidential candidate from the pulpit. Last Sunday, 31 pastors in 22 states did just that. The ADF characterized this as an act of civil disobedience. The pastors in question have risked their church's tax exempt...
I am preaching from Luke 10:38-42 this Sunday. It is the account of Jesus at the home of Lazarus with Martha and Mary. Often times it is allegorized, making Mary an example of quietism and Martha an example of activism. In this way, the story has been used as a means to justify a mystical approach...
“It is a strange thing that when men talk about the love of God, they show by every word that they utter that they have no conception at all of the depths of God’s love. "If you want to find an instance of true gratitude for the infinite grace of God, do not go to those who think of God’s love as...
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord, or what man shows him his counsel? Whom did he consult...
There is a very helpful post at Christian Thinker proving once again that Richard Dawkins may be a good scientist but he is a dismal philosopher. Here is Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion: If you were born in Arkansas and you think Christianity is true and Islam is false, knowing full well that...
Engaging God's World is a wonderful book by Cornelius Plantinga. Dr. Plantinga, one of the foremost philosphers in the country is also President of Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the preface, Plantiga provides a wonderful connection between our learning and how we love...
When you get a chance read Lost in the Middle by Paul Tripp.
In the parable of The Good Samaritan Jesus is offering a kind of quiet polemic against the prevailing notion of the day that your neighbor, those who were the proper objects of your charity were those who were within your own sphere of culture, ethnicity, and religion. As Jesus tells the parable he...
Don Carson has a good article in the latest edition of Themelios . In many parts of the evangelical world, one hears a new debate—or, more precisely, new chapters in an old debate—regarding the precise place that "deeds of mercy" ought to have in Christian witness. I am not talking about the...
At the Desiring God National Conference Sinclair Ferguson presented a stiring and God-exalting challenge. It came in the form of resolutions drawn directly from the book of James. Read it. Love it. Live it. James 1:5 To ask God for wisdom to speak and with a single mind James 1:9-10 To boast only...
Take advantage of this great resource . One of the blessings of the internet is that it provides Christians with access to wonderful teaching that once was limited to seminary students. Michael Horton is a wonderful gift to the church. His books range from the academic to the pastoral. I believe...
A new book by Washington Times reporter Julia Duin examines the reasons behind why so many professing Christians are choosing to leave the church. The book Quiting Church promises to be an interesting and perhaps sobering study. Duin writes: There are paradoxes in this story, too. In recent decades...
Check out this issue of The Spurgeon Fellowship Journal . Good Stuff! One article by Arturo Azurdia entitled "Is Methodology Neutral?" is particularly interesting (even important). He writes: Consider the nature of your calling, my brothers. The preacher brings to a fallen humanity the testimony of...
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The Call was one of the best bands of 80's and early 90's. This song is from Reconciled .
“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” The day before he died, J. Gresham Machen, founder of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia sent a telegram to his friend and colleague John Murray that read simply, “So thankful for the active obedience of Christ;...
Take time to listen to this round table discussion on The White Horse Inn concerning Christianity and politics.