Well, Encountering the Glory Together is over, but the Grace Network of Churches is a generous bunch and made the audio from this excellent conference entirely for FREE. Be encouraged to check them out HERE. Blessings!
October 30, 2007 • 11:06 am 1
October 29, 2007 • 11:47 am 1
Isn’t it strange that most Christians, especially churches, forgive fellow ‘believers’ and will often go to almost any end to cover their sin, especially when it involves breaking the law, and at the same time spend great energy condemning non-believers who are behaving exactly as their morality and conscience allow. It’s especially sad that God tells us to do exactly the opposite Read the rest of this entry »
October 29, 2007 • 11:40 am 1
originally delivered at Worldwide Discipleship Association’s University of Georgia campus ministry in 2002
“Most Westerners live in a tragically mindless environment. Life is too fast, and our contact with other persons too impersonal for any real thought or reflection. Even in the church we are far more often encouraged to join this committee, back this project, or serve on this board than we are counseled to examine our relationship to God and His Son Jesus Christ. So long as we are performing for the church, few question whether our profession is genuine or spurious. But sermons should suggest that members of a church may not actually be saved, although they are members. Teachers should stress that a personal, self-denying, costly, and persistent following of Christ is necessary if a person is to be acknowledged by Jesus at the final day. In the absence of this teaching millions drift on, assuming that because they have made verbal acknowledgement of Christ ten, twenty, or even thirty years ago and have done nothing terribly bad since, they are Christians, when actually they may be far from Christ, devoid of grace, and in danger of perishing forever.” – James Montgomery Boice Read the rest of this entry »
October 29, 2007 • 11:33 am 1
I was recently emailed an excellent essay by Duke theology student, and my old friend, Julie Dotterweich. So many aspects of what she had written struck me as so absolutely true – and rarely heard – that I felt it necessary to quote her. Please be encouraged and challenged by her words of wisdom… Read the rest of this entry »
October 29, 2007 • 11:27 am 3
Preparing for this sermon was monumental in my life and led me down a path that eventually shaped my beliefs as a ‘Reformed Charismatic’. I pray it challenges you as it did me in preparing it…
originally delivered on November 25, 2001@ University Church in Athens, GA
Dan, the teaching elder here at University Church, and I share a favorite book of the Bible. Though I have never translated the book of Philippians from the Greek as Dan has, God has continually drawn me back to it to encourage and challenge me in my faith. Today we’re going to look at a passage that I’ve been using in my personal devotions fairly regularly for at least the past two years. Read the rest of this entry »
October 29, 2007 • 10:00 am 0
John Piper recently preached an incredibly thought-provoking sermon on the will of God from Romans.
October 25, 2007 • 2:55 pm 23
This discussion originally arose very shortly after starting this blog when I posted “What is a Reformed Charismatic?”, which sparked not only a number of responses, but also a friendly email dialogue which I have referred to often since.
In that original post I stated “Most Reformed Charismatic churches – but not all – are wary of the excesses of so-called ‘revivals’ like what took place in Toronto and Brownsville, and see true revival not as an event that results in wild shows of spiritual gifts – or laughter and such – but as a move of God, where-in the lost come to Christ, and the Church shows much deeper signs of God’s Holy Spirit: His FRUIT.” Read the rest of this entry »
October 25, 2007 • 12:57 pm 3
October 24, 2007 • 9:50 am 0
Not long ago someone asked me about the ‘details’ of my faith – a doctrinal statement of sorts – and it made me think about those who have inspired and influenced me in my understanding of the Scriptures. Read the rest of this entry »
October 23, 2007 • 9:50 am 2
October 21, 2007 • 4:42 pm 12
Before this post is misconstrued and twisted out of context let me make a few things very clear:
1.) Underage drinking is against the law, and for good reason. During one’s teenage years we tend to FEEL mature, and responsible, when in-fact we are not. Unless you are given an alcoholic beverage to drink by your parents, and even then in moderation, do not drink alcohol. 21 will come soon enough, and trust me – you really aren’t missing much.
2.) Alcoholism is terrible, sad, and destructive. Please, if you are of drinking age, and choose to do so, don’t do it in front of people you suspect may struggle with alcoholism.
3.) Please don’t suggest that “the weaker brother” (who is, according to the Bible, the one who thinks God ordains abstinence from such things) go against his/her conscience on this issue. Read the rest of this entry »
October 20, 2007 • 11:48 am 1
Since the readership of this blog has increased significantly in the past few months, I wanted to direct the newer readers towards some of the most important posts here Read the rest of this entry »
October 19, 2007 • 4:57 pm 2
Elders. For some, that word brings to mind a group of grumpy old men gathered together to either advise, or give orders to, a church’s pastor. And Biblically, they may be elders, but they aren’t the only ‘elders’ at your church. Read the rest of this entry »
October 18, 2007 • 12:13 pm 0
October 15, 2007 • 9:46 pm 0
I hate to enter directly into blatant criticism of an individual and his beliefs, but thankfully in this case I don’t have to because so many I respect and admire have done such a good job of it themselves. Read the rest of this entry »
October 13, 2007 • 11:01 pm 0
October 5, 2007 • 6:09 pm 2
I always worry when bringing up such a controversial topic, especially given that I was at one-time (during my neo-orthodox phase about 10 years ago) a theological – and even political – feminist myself. However, after much study I grew convinced that though many Evangelical churches do not empower women nearly enough in ministry, even more frequently, especially among the more broadly popular charismatic churches, women are given equal authority to that of their husbands (sometimes ABOVE their husbands) from the pulpit. This I find VERY troubling, not because I haven’t known women with incredible ministry gifts, but because the best reading of the relevant texts seems to lead away from those extremes. Read the rest of this entry »
October 5, 2007 • 2:23 pm 0
Some years ago I missed this excellent essay by Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk. This essay is a significant read, especially for the more pentecostal/charismatic leaning of us.
I think I agree with him. Do you?
October 1, 2007 • 9:47 am 0
A few very solid newer sermons on the Holy Spirit & Spiritual gifts that have challenged and encouraged me as of late. Read the rest of this entry »