Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Life as a Vapour

Paul Washer scares me. Somewhere in my recollection, I'm sure even Phil Johnson has said something similar. Washer may come across as extreme to some people, but I wish I was more like him. I post this here mainly for myself. It relates to certain personal matters and prayers this morning, and it is providential that I should come across this article almost immediately afterwards.
It has been a little over one year since my heart attack (March 21, 2017). Without warning, I fell to the kitchen floor unconscious. I remember nothing that happened thereafter until five days later when I found myself in a hospital room. I asked what happened, and someone said, ‘You died three times.’ My heart had stopped and had been resuscitated on three separate occasions...keep reading

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Rachel Held Evans Inspired - Reviews

Blogger, author and progressive Christian has come out with a new book titled "Inspired - Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, And Loving the Bible Again." The book isn't about loving the Bible as the inerrant Word of God - RHE has something else in mind. Her position is that readers can still derive benefit from the Bible despite its many flaws and "fishy stories."

To get an idea of where Evans is coming from see this article. See also this tweet.

I'm reading "Inspired" at the moment and intend to review it. For various reasons this likely won't happen for some time yet. I tend to dwell on a book - especially one where I find strong disagreement - before I review it.

In the interim, Jim from The Domain of Truth is reading RHE's book and has kick started the review process with an astute first installment. Read it HERE. Jim has also written on Peter Enns who RHE refers to as her mentor.

Allen Nelson IV has also begun to review "Inspired" HERE.

Both men are critical thinkers who avoid attacking the person. I appreciate their efforts. People like Evans need prayer as much as their views need to be addressed. I was once there but for God's grace.

Finally, keep track of Paul Henebury's series The Primacy of Revelation. The following is germane and responds to RHEs position on the Bible:
The doctrine of revelation does not promote autonomy but dependence on God; dependence on God not just for our everyday needs, but also for our everyday thinking.  This outlook is inextricably bound to the Bible and our faith in it. ~ The Primacy of Revelation (1)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Whatever happened to Evangelism?

From The Master's Seminary Blog:
The other day I was speaking with a friend who lives on the other side of the country. We were talking about his experience witnessing to co-workers. He was excited—still coming off the high of participating in the privilege of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ and wondering aloud why we Christians don’t do this all the time. Suddenly his jubilation ceased, and his voice took on a serious tone. He asked me, “What ever happened to evangelism?” Without him needing to explain, I knew exactly what he meant. Churches do not emphasize evangelism like they once did.
Together we reminisced about how in our youth our churches frequently called us to “share our faith,” witness to our neighbors, and be about the work of the Great Commission. But today that kind of talk has fallen out of favor in many churches. The single-pointed, Great Commission focus of evangelicalism, in most quarters of the movement, seems to have surreptitiously forked into a grab-bag of various causes...keep reading
PS This ought to be read too. Don Green on Biblical Justice vs. "Social Justice" 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Could God have been any clearer on Israel?

Thought this was good. Have wondered the same thing. Personally, I believe these Palestinian Activists are well aware of what the Bible clearly teaches. They simply reject it!

From Eschatos Ministries:

‘How could God have explained [the land promises] any more clearly?’