The Most Offensive Verse in the Bible

Dan Phillips of Pyromaniac fame has an outstanding post today on how to answer some of those “what about” issues that people seem to bring up, issues like gay marriage, abortion, and homosexuality, to name a few of the current hot topics.  How do you respond to someone when they ask.  I suggest that you head on over to the Pyromaniacs website and read an interesting way of dealing with this.

Daily Roundup

10 Questions a Pro-Choice Candidate is Never Asked by the MSM – I read through this list and all I could say is that I am amazed that pro-choice candidates get such a pass on this issue.  It is a sign of how the MSM’s views are shaping the way they question candidates.  Whatever happened to the truth?

The Great Story and the Single Verse – Without the “whole” the meaning of the “part” would not be clear.  John Piper takes a look at Isaiah 41:10.

Counterfeit Sanctification – Sanctification isn’t easy—it takes faithfulness, hard work, and self-discipline. And even then, it’s not purely a function of your will, but the work of the Holy Spirit in you. It’s not manufactured overnight.

Seeing Yourself as a Disciple, and the Difference it Makes – The Greek word disciple means “student, pupil, learner.”

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The testimony of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of believers is found not to be a new revelation or communication of unknown truths. It is essentially distinct from prophecy and inspiration; it only causes us to understand the truth that exists outside and independently of us as truth and therefore confirms and seals it in the human consciousness. – Herman Bavinck

Daily Roundup

Phillips’ Axioms – Dan Phillips gives some axioms to live by.

The Psalms of Jesus – R W Glenn starts a new preaching series.  In Luke 44:45 says that Jesus opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.  If He opened their minds, what does that imply about their understanding to this point?  Great resource site!

Safe Sex? – I think this says it all!  One Man, One Woman.

4 Disturbing Trends in the Contemporary Church – According to several studies, American evangelicals generally do not know what they believe and why they believe it.  Michael Horton lays out 4 reasons, out of many more, of why this is so.

Legalism or Obedience? – You are playing a game of Monopoly, and your opponent throws a ten with the dice. Then he picks up his player marker and begins counting his steps. Immediately you realize he will land on the corner — “Go to Jail!” Well, he doesn’t want to land there, so he stops just one step short, on New York Avenue. Immediately you cry foul. But he responds indignantly, “I only stopped one step short. What’s the difference? Don’t be such a legalist!”

Combating an Ancient Heresy – Are we gods?  How Scripture is twisted by groups to say we are.

Self-Promotion or Self-Denial

Last night I downloaded and watched a sermon entitled The Greatness of Being a Slave by John MacArthur.  What brought my watching this sermon about was several discussions I saw on twitter yesterday about Pastor MacArthurs’ book entitled Slave. It may have also had to do with something I read in John Owen’s The Death of Death in the Death of Christ where Owen made a reference to Christ being equipped for the office he was appointed to and the scriptural reference was Philippians 2:7 which reads as follows:

“but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”

The Greek word for servant is δοῦλος (doulos), which can be translated as “someone who belongs to another, the property of another; a bond-slave, without any ownership rights of their own.”  That made me wonder if Christ actually became a slave, which has much lower connotations in our present world, Continue reading