Round Up

Kill Your Jesus Talisman – When I was a kid I had a poster of Philippians 4:13 — “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” — with a photo of a guy dunking a basketball. You can bet I thought long and hard about how Jesus was gonna help me dunk on some fools.

The False Teachers: Arius – Tim Challies is setting out on a series of articles about false teachers down through the history of the Church.

The False Teachers: Pelagius – Tim Challies second article on false teachers in church history.

Engineered Revivals – Revelations regarding the “Spontaneous Baptisms How-To Guide.”  (If you need a “How-To Guide” it ain’t a true revival.)

When Silence is Sinful – This article is aimed at the Charismatic Movement, but could easily apply to the SBC also.

Quote:

Every son of man is born in sin (Psalm 51:5).  So when the prince of this world first approaches a young soul with this or that wicked proposal, he finds the soul unarmed and in its natural state already familiar with his policies.  Yielding to Satan’s control will therefore not cause much of a stir in the naturally sinful heart.  But when Christ campaigns for a soul, He proposes sweeping changes.  And the selfish soul, which generally likes things as they are, answers Him with the same scorn as the rebellious citizens int he parable:  “We will not have this man to reign over us!” (Luke 19:14).  The vote is unanimous:  All the lusts cast their ballots against Christ, and rise up like the Philistines against Samson, whom they called the destroyer of their country (Judges 16:23-24).  If God’s grace did not step in and override the veto, the whole world would be held in Satan’s sway. – William Gurnall, The Christian in Complete Armour

The Elephant is in Our Room: Athanasius Shakes Hands with Arius in the Southern Baptist Convention

Polemics Report

Is the doctrine of the Trinity something worth standing resolute on anymore in the Southern Baptist Convention? The question, seemingly obvious among the people who turned back the liberal tide and fought for the inerrancy of Scripture 35 years ago, must be asked in the early days of 2014 when one looks at the schedule for the 2014 Empower Conference, an evangelism conference put on by the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC).

Go ahead. Take a minute to look and then come back.

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Pulpit and Pen Program

If you have never heard of Jordan Hall, well, you can’t blame me for that after this post.  He is a breath of fresh air in this crazy world of false doctrine, plain old heresy, and lackluster, watered down preaching.  Here is his first, of hopefully many more, internet radio shows.  I hope you enjoy.

Military Blocks Access to SBC Website

us-military-sealsThe U.S. Military has blocked access to the Southern Baptist Convention’s website on an unknown number of military bases because it contains “hostile content” — just weeks after an Army briefing labeled Evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics as examples of religious extremism, Fox News has learned.

The Southern Baptist Convention is the nation’s largest Protestant denomination known for its support of the pro-life movement and its strong belief in traditional marriage.

Southern Baptist chaplains reported that SBC.net had been blocked at military installations around the nation. The censorship was made public after an Army officer tried to log onto the denomination’s website and instead — received a warning message.

“The site you have requested has been blocked by Team CONUS (C-TNOSC/RCERT-CONUS) due to hostile content,” the message read.

Read the rest here.

Satire

Q: What does the Reformed Presbyterian pastor see? A: A blind man with a helping dog.

Q: What does the Evangelical Free Church pastor see? A: A blind man with a helping dog.

Q: What does the Southern Baptist pastor see?  A: Two visitors to be counted for attendance, and if we can get them to raise their hands, two new members!

Daily Roundup

Staying in His Lane – Al Mohler takes a look at a recent interview that Joel Osteen did this past week.

The Many Motivators For Personal Holiness – A 4 minute video interview with Kevin DeYoung on his book, The Hole in Our Holiness.

Introduction to the New Testament – Louis Berkhof’s Introduction to the New Testament in 3 formats.

Conduct Worthy of the Gospel in Corporate Worship – If there is gospel etiquette for the gathered church, it starts with evaluating my heart.

What Does Sola Scriptura Mean – Just in case you ever wondered.

When Study isn’t Study – What is proper Bible study.

Quote:

We can no longer assume that just because a church is Southern Baptist it therefore genuinely understands the gospel and knows how it works to save sinners. – Tom Ascol

Daily Roundup

Defining Religious Liberty Down – An Op-Ed Piece by Ross Douthat that talks about some of the recent controversy regarding religious views of private citizens/groups.

The Gospel:  Simple Yet Not Simplistic – The gospel of Jesus Christ is simple; yet, it is not simplistic. In other words, although it is fundamentally simple and easily understood, Jesus Christ is the “Lamb slain” from before the beginning of the world.

Is the SBC Divided? Yes and No – An article that talks about some divisions within the SBC, but more importantly, it talks about what unifies the SBC.

But God… – Have you ever noticed how brutal the Bible can be?  Ephesians 2 starts out incredibly brutal towards mankind.

The Father’s Love in the Cross – God does not love us because Christ died for us; Christ died for us because God loved us.

Doctrines of Grace: A Categorized Scripture List – Nathan Pitchford has put together an outstanding list of scriptures dealing with the doctrines of Grace

Daily Roundup

School Wants to Oust Church Over Anti-Gay Sermons – A sign of the times!  SBC Church faces eviction because the pastor has the courage to preach what the Bible says about the homosexual lifestyle.

10 Books (and One Letter) Every New Calvinist Needs To Read – Keith Mathison lists some reads he thinks those who hold to the Doctrines of Grace should read.

Not Baby Talk – Frank Turk writes about how asking God for help could be like being the Tin Man and asking Oz the Great and Powerful for help.

What Happens to Infants Who Die? – Not sure I agree with everything said here, but Jesse Johnson opened a door that I need to look at and study more!

When Should I Correct and When Should I Let It Go – Justin Taylor lays out a chart and words of wisdom on the fruitfulness of conflict among us.

Some Basic Thoughts on Manhood: Worship – Thabiti Anywbwile continues with part 2 of his thoughts on manhood.

A Quote from J. C. Ryle:

Would we know, for another thing, the strength of a true Christian’s foundation for hope? Let us often read these first five verses of John’s Gospel. Let us mark that the Savior in whom the believer is bid to trust is nothing less than the Eternal God, One able to save to the uttermost all that come to the Father by Him. He that was “with God,” and “was God,” is also “Emmanuel, God with us.” Let us thank God that our help is laid on One that is mighty. (Psalm 89:19.) In ourselves we are great sinners. But in Jesus Christ we have a great Savior. He is a strong foundation-stone, able to bear the weight of a world’s sin. He that believes on Him shall not be confounded. (1 Peter 2:6.)