Monday, November 30, 2009

A Question for Dispensationalists

Will the unborn children of non-believing mothers be included in the Rapture?

I'm not being facetious. It's just that I've never heard this addressed before, and, as excruciatingly detailed as they are, no dispensational End Times chart mentions it.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Am I Growing in Love?

I often ask myself this question: Do I take more pleasure in seeing the guilty get what they deserve than in knowing that I am getting what I don't deserve? I confess that sometimes the answer scares me.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Putting Sermons into Proper Perspective

Whenever you hear someone preach, ask yourself this question: Why did Christ need to suffer and die on a cross in order for this sermon to make sense? And pastors, it wouldn't hurt for you to ask yourselves the same question.

(As heard on the White Horse Inn, 11/22/09.)

Monday, November 23, 2009

No Women in Heaven?

I can understand why some might think that after reading Revelation 8:1.

Friday, November 20, 2009

This Week in Calvinism - November 20, 2009

  • David writes, "In the end, Calvinism is really about hope: the belief that God knows what he's doing. It means that even evil itself is subject to his authority, that our groanings are the language of our yearnings for a place beyond, that such things are but shadows of a brighter land in which the object of our hope and affection, the author and perfecter of our faith, waits with absolute certainty and power."

  • Pray like a Calvinist...and work like one too!

  • Bill O'Reilly on Calvinism.

  • John Piper offers some advice for those times when you don't want to do what you ought to do.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

No Hell?

Just because you don't believe in something doesn't mean it isn't true. What we see in this video is akin to someone committing a murder, being convicted in court, standing before a judge, and believing no sentence will be passed down because the judge happens to be a kind man.

Note especially what is said at 3:53. Those of us who believe in Hell are "believing in a place that no one would rationally think of in this day and time." Translation: Forget what scripture says, because going by the world's concept of rational is how we should live.

This is what happens when words like "holy," "just," "sin," "punishment," and "atonement" cease to have any meaning.

Monday, November 16, 2009

How to Rid the Church of Goats

Today's Grace Gem is from D. J. Ward:
    The best way to purify the church and keep it pure is to get rid of all the goats! And the best way to run the goats out of the church is to feed them sheep food. God's sheep will grow in grace under the preaching of grace, but goats will go hungry because they choke on sheep food. They will soon leave and go somewhere else. Preach sovereign grace!

Friday, November 13, 2009

This Week in Calvinism - November 13, 2009

  • The Wittenberg Door addresses the issue of whether or not God's love is a "forced love" (part 1, part 2).

  • Steve's a Calvinist who believes that our assurance must rest on the concept of a universal atonement.

  • The Regulative Principle of Worship in historical perspective.

  • Triablogue's Steve Hays introduces us to yet another anti-Christian book from a bunch of "hack village atheists."

  • Calvinistic Cartoons turned one year old yesterday. Happy birthday, Eddie!

Friday, November 06, 2009

This Week in Calvinism - November 6, 2009

  • Dan Borvan shares a few of the things he has unlearned over the years.

  • This past weekend we remembered the Reformation leaders.

  • Here's a blogger trying to understand Calvinism. Two points down, only three to go!

  • When Calvinists speak of God saving those who die in infancy, is it just a matter of wanting to have our cake and eat it too? Calvinists maintain that all fallen, sinful human beings, even those with the capacity to understand, reject God. That's the concept of total depravity in a nutshell. Wouldn't it be reasonable to assume that the salvation of infants merely reinforces the fact that salvation is all of God?

  • Les Lanphere attempts to prove Calvinism without Paul.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Green VBS

You know your church has simply run out of ideas when it chooses to substitute gospel-centered teaching with green-centered teaching:
The theme for this VBS package? Mark 4:1-9, the parable of the sower, of course! Seeds. Planting. Growing. See how nicely that ties in to environmentalism? Here's a sample of the study plan:
And you thought the parable had something to do with the preaching of the gospel and the responses of those who hear it. No, the real lesson we're supposed to learn is that God's love can help us overcome life's challenges, enabling us to better care for the planet.

Man, Spurgeon was way over-thinking this parable.
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