Dallas Theological Seminary: Great At Teaching Moralism and Calvin Bashing

A friend wrote me this past week and asked me to listen to a recent sermon by her pastor. I typically only go to one place to listen to sermons, SermonAudio.com* because most sermons today are more inspirational chats from a qualified life coach and rarely resemble the preaching of God’s word. (Just the fact that pastors are referred to as life coaches and team members at all, shows us the desperate state of the church).

The reason my friend wanted me to listen is because at about minute 43, the man complained about suffering from making the Bible an idol. I know what he meant, but it really disturbed my friend. There are some times when we revere the Bible so much that we exalt it above the God it exalts. I have no reason to believe that this is a major sin in the church, given that most don’t even open their Bibles. But that is another post.

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The Problem of Pride and Humility

I’m convicted once again by the words of J.C. Ryle as he comments on Christ’s statement:  If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. Jesus is telling the disciples it is one thing to know a truth, it is another to put it into practice, to which Ryle writes:

“The lesson is one which deserves the continual remembrance of all professing Christians. Nothing is more common than to hear people saying of doctrine or duty, — ‘We know it, we know it;’ while they sit still in unbelief and disobedience. They actually seem to flatter themselves that there is something credible and redeeming in knowledge, even when it bears no fruit in heart, character or life. 

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Putting Asunder What God Has Joined

Bill Smith, a fellow teaching elder in the PCA, has put together a great piece on divorce over at his blog The Christian Curmudgeon. The Westminster Confession of Faith has given two reasons for divorce. The first is that of adultery, in which the offending party has had actual physical relations with someone other than their spouse, thereby breaking the one-flesh union of the couple. The other is desertion, in which one spouse leaves the other.

He discusses both positions and shows that the two reasons are biblical. He also gives us a good section on the church’s responsibility in the matter:

What is the responsibility of the church? The church’s responsibility is (1) to train its youth according to the Biblical teaching regarding sexuality and marriage; (2) to do everything possible to strengthen the marriages of its members; (3) to uphold Biblical standards regarding the grounds for divorce; (4) to approach every troubled couple with love, understanding, and help with the goal of restoring the relationship; (5) to support the party who does not cause the divorce*; (6) to minister to the needs of children for whom divorce is almost always destructive; (7) to seek pastorally, with humility and showing grace, to help the erring party to repent and find forgiveness, according to his/her profession; and (8) as a last resort to use the Bible’s disciplinary process (Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; Galatians 6:1) to uphold the honor of Christ, to protect the purity of the church, and to reclaim the person who (it is be hoped) had temporarily gone astray.

Read the rest of the article here.

 

Jesus vs. Muhammad!

Quite humorous, but Steven Crowder should get a body guard. This video points out the difference between Jesus and Muhammed. Not the two religions, but the two men. This video should lead to more ambassador-killing rioters in 3, 2, 1…

“Gay Marriage” Shows Us Why Theology Matters

StraightPrideOver the weekend I came across an article by Dr. Peter Jones who pointed out that the recent shift by supposed “conservative” pastors on the issue of homosexual marriage, is due to the fact that they are theologically illiterate. Jones was commenting on the recent article by Dave Thompson of BlueHead Publishing who rips Genesis 2:18 to shreds when he admits that man should not be alone and concludes that gay people should be able to be with other gay people.

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Cloud Haven

I spent some time up at Cloud Haven Retreat Center in Cloudcroft, NM a few months back. I’m hoping to go up there again soon now that all the snow has melted. When I went, there was so much snow I couldn’t get out and walk around. Hopefully this last freeze didn’t dump a bunch more snow up there.

Cloud Haven is a great place to go, relax and unwind.

CloudHaven 001This second one, I had to work with more to bring out the bear’s face. It didn’t turn out quite like I imagined it.

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