Just wanted to wish everyone well on this 490th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation began by Martin Luther in 1517. I am so pleased that the Reformation is still ongoing. I agree with John Calvin that we are reformed and always reforming. We, the people of God, haven’t yet attained perfect knowledge and complete wisdom. But that’s Ok, God’s grace sustains us. It is a work of God that constantly pushes us forward through the muck of false teachings toward the glory of divine truth. The reformers began a noble work – the recovery of truth. May we faithfully pass on to the generations to come the theology formed in the blood and flames of medieval Europe. Today, piles of doctrinal dung are often flung upon the monuments of God’s truth. Let us never tire of polishing those monuments as we continue to grow in the knowledge of the truth.
The just shall live by faith! (Rom 1:17b)
Soli Deo Gloria!
I’ve observed a trend over my 12 years as a member of Christ’s body that has increasingly raised my ire. Worship leaders have been exercising their freedom to change hymn and praise & worship song lyrics that they don’t care for. For example, I recently heard of one such worship leader who didn’t like a particular verse in the popular song ‘The Heart of Worship.’ Here is the offending verse:
King of endless worth, no one could express
How much You deserve
Though I’m weak and poor, all I have is Yours
Every single breath
The worship leader bristled at the thought that people are weak and poor, so he desired to alter the lyrics a bit to reflect a more positive, self-affirming view of fallen man. He wanted to change the line to: Continue reading
When there is a much better alternative holiday to observe on October 31st!
‘What other holiday?’ you may wonder.
Well, let me enlighten you! The day we most commonly refer to as Halloween is also known as…
On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk, nailed his 95 theses on the castle church door in Wittenburg, protesting the sale of indulgences by the Roman Catholic church. Luther eventually went to trial for heresy at the Diet of Worms where he was asked to repent of his teachings upon penalty of excommunication. His teachings opposed many accepted doctrines and practices of the church. He also challenged the authority and infallibility of the Pope. Luther refused to recant, famously stating: Continue reading
I apologize for the lack of posting recently. The strange thing is, I have no shortage of topics to write about. In fact I have over 20 drafts awaiting my attention! However, I can’t seem to string two coherent sentences together. I hear this is a common malady for writers and bloggers, but that doesn’t make me feel any better about it. I may know the root cause of it all – and will share that with you if it does in fact prove to be the case -but until then be patient and don’t abandon me. I will be back – for better or worse for all of blogdem. Please pray that this too shall pass.
Dan Phillips of Pyromaniacs has posted an excellent article on how every good scripture-driven sermon produces what he has coined as the ‘responsibility-index’. Here is an excerpt:
Perhaps I’ll develop this further another time, but the faithful sermon we hear changes our status before God. Of course, I’m not talking about justification, but about accountability. The pan-Biblical principle is: greater privilege = greater responsibility. In this particular connection, we certainly see it in Jesus’ words: “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin” (John 15:22).
So let’s say you are in a church that teaches the Word of God — which you should be. As you listen to the Word faithfully preached, something is happening to you. This is true whether you feel it or not, whether your behavior changes or not. Something is happening. What is happening?
What is happening is this: your responsibility-index is rising.
Click HERE to read the rest of the article. Continue reading
Ok, I promise this is the last theme I will play around with – for now.
I’ll let my readers be the final judge on this. Which theme should I keep?
A.) Original theme with Bunyan pic and contrasting black, white and red.
B.) The clean and elegant (but Bunyan-less) blue-gray theme I have used for the past three days
C.) The current theme
Vote now in the comment section.
Here is a clip from a CrossTV series investigating the modern evangelical tactic of moving people to ‘make a decision for Christ.’