February 26, 2014

In Defense of Book-Banning

Todd Pruitt:
Urging people away from certain books and insisting that ministry staff not recommend them is an important task of the pastor these days. This is particularly so in an age when theological nonsense is so widely distributed and easily attainable. It is the pastor's duty to protect the purity and unity of the flock he serves as shepherd. He does this in part by pointing those for whom he is responsible away from that which will lead them into error. To insist that he abandon this duty is to call him away from that for which he will give an answer.
Read the rest here.

I'm all for this sort of thing. In fact, I'd love to see some of the major Christian booksellers grow a backbone and start taking some responsibility for the books they sell. Yes, LifeWay, I'm looking at you. After all, what business does a ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention have selling trash by the likes of T. D. Jakes and Benny Hinn?

Woe to Those Who Call Good Evil . . .

The "evangelical" left are trying to convince us to stand by and watch while our religious liberty is taken away from us. Over at Triablogue, Steve Hays responds to the latest foolishness from the pro-gay crowd.

Read it here and here.

February 24, 2014

Piper on Digital Bibles

John Piper offers some clear thinking on the benefits and potential downsides of reading Scripture in digital form:

Bible for Church: Digital or Paper?

Digital or Paper Bible for Devotions?

Do Digital Bible Searches Relativize Memorization?

Young, Restless, and Still Reformed

Kevin DeYoung reviews the latest anti-Calvinist tome:
Most problematically for Fischer’s case is his penchant for dealing in biblical generalities rather than getting into the weeds of the text. For example, he affirms that “the Bible talks about God’s self-glorification a lot” and cites nine passages in an endnote. But then the rest of the book criticizes the black hole of a glory-seeking God. What about those texts Fischer learned when he was Reformed? What do they mean now? You can’t acknowledge that “the Bible talks about God’s self-glorification a lot” and then write a book purporting to debunk the whole notion of a glory-seeking God without looking at any of those glory texts.
Read the rest here.

February 18, 2014

Evangelism: Hollywood Style

Apparently, movies are not an effective form of evangelism. Color me shocked (that was sarcasm in case you couldn't tell).

Tim Challies:
Ten years later it is indisputable that all the talk of The Passion of the Christ being a powerful tool for evangelism was far more hype than reality. The marketing slogans earned Mel Gibson hundreds of millions of dollars, and brought lots of money to marketers and merchandisers. But the claim that it was the best outreach opportunity since Pentecost is downright embarrassing. For all the good the movie did, we may as well have just written checks to Mel Gibson and skipped the movie.
Read the rest here.

February 13, 2014

Therapeutic Forgiveness vs. Biblical Forgiveness

Kevin DeYoung has posted a helpful interview with Chris Brauns, author of Unpacking Forgiveness, on the true nature of biblical forgiveness.

"Therapeutic forgiveness” insists that forgiveness is at its core a feeling. Our culture has picked up on this in a big way. When most people say that they forgive, they mean that it is a private matter in which he or she is not going to feel bitter. . . . Biblical forgiveness is something that happens between two parties. When God forgives us, our relationship with Him is restored. . . . Once people make forgiveness therapeutic, you have all sorts of non-biblical things happening. For instance, some say it is legitimate to forgive God. This is a heretical idea because God has never done anything which requires forgiveness. But, “therapeutic” forgiveness needs to forgive God so bitterness is no longer felt. Therapeutic forgiveness also diminishes the necessity of two parties working out there differences. If forgiveness is simply how I feel, there is no need to worry about the relationship. The tragedy of therapeutic forgiveness is that in making individual feelings the center of everything, I think it ultimately leads to bitterness and the wrong feelings.

Read the rest here.

February 11, 2014

Everything Is Awesome

If you're awesome, or if you like awesome stuff, you should check out the Lego Movie because it's awesome.

Also, read this:  Is The LEGO Movie The Most Subversive Pro-Liberty Film Ever? | The Federalist

February 10, 2014

The Problem with Paedobaptism

A friend recently asked me, "Why do Presbyterians baptize babies?" Here's my answer:

February 06, 2014

What Am I Doing Here?

If you are, like me, both a Calvinist and a member of the Southern Baptist Convention, then you probably have, at some point or another, surveyed the SBC landscape and asked yourself, "What am I doing here? Is this really where I belong?"

If that's you, you should probably give this a read: Answering Questions about the Southern Baptist Convention | Founders Ministries

A Bad Argument Is Worse Than No Argument

Steve Hays on the Ham/Nye Debate:
There's more to Christian faith than arguments. Some Christians don't need arguments. They've experienced God in unmistakable ways. But if you are going to argue for the faith, then your argument should be able to withstand hostile scrutiny. It's pointless to argue for your position in the first place unless you have good arguments. A bad argument is worse than no argument.
Read the rest here.

February 03, 2014

Another Postmodern Apostate

Another one bites the dust. It seems that Donald Miller (of Blue Like Jazz fame) is the latest of the emergent crowd to reject the bride of Christ in the name of following Christ. Is anyone really surprised by this? Whenever I've read Miller's writings on the church he's always come across more like a wolf than one of Christ's sheep.

Denny Burk has this to say:
Gathering with God’s people like this isn’t an optional add-on to following Christ. It is part and parcel of being and disciple. To neglect this is to deny the faith altogether. . . .
In other words, faithfulness to Christ is not defined by personal piety alone. It is defined in part by persevering in and among God’s people in the church. To walk away from the church is to walk away from Christ. [Read the rest here.]
And make no mistake, that is exactly what Miller has done. He has rejected Christ. I pray for Donald Miller's repentance. Wouldn't it be wonderful if Miller truly came to Christ and then repudiated all those terrible books he's written?

Want to Read More?

David Murray offers some helpful advice for increasing your reading.

Here's the link: 8 Ways to Reverse the Decline of the American Book Lover | HeadHeartHand

HT: Justin Taylor 

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