Musings and ponderings about current events, the economy, politics, and more, from a backslidden Christian that still believes the gospel and that the bible is the word of God. Expect some of my posts to seem hypocritical if you know me and my situation. My beliefs have not changed, and I still have the same concerns and convictions. Please be civil if you comment.
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"Scripture Over System" From Ynottony's Blog
Scripture Over System
"...it is the duty of the theologian to subordinate his theories to the Bible, and teach not what seems to him to be true or reasonable, but simply what the Bible teaches."
I was handed a book a while back written by John R. Rice. Rice was a fundamentalist icon who went to be with the Lord in 1979 or 1980. I became familiar with Rice growing up and knew him as the founding editor of The Sword of the Lord - a fundamentalist periodical which had a lot more influence in Rice's day than it has ever had since. Rice was a zealous evangelist and an innovator in salesmanship personal evangelism. What I mean by 'salesmanship' personal evangelism is the idea that personal evangelism should be approached the way a salesman approaches individuals with whom he is trying to make a sale. I was reared on this type of soul winning.
Besides the fact that I believe this form of 'soul winning' involves a dumbing down and subtle changing of the gospel message and is ultimately destructive to the Church and to individuals, I never had any problem with John Rice or his focus - that of reaching as many souls as possible for …
Interesting article for your information. First 10 responses included. To see the article and all of the responses, go to www.challies.com/archives/000564.php .
The Pill: Is It Abortifacient?
Here's a topic I've been meaning to bring up for a while. Before I start, I should point out that my knowledge of the sciences (other than aspects of computer science) is absolutely shameful. I last studied science in my second year of high school and only passed because during the final exam I sat behind and to the right of the class brain and was able to copy her multiple choice answers (I offer no excuse for my behaviour except to say I was unregenerate at that time). So my knowledge of biology and chemistry are poor at best.
Before I begin, I'd like to point out that I have no aversion to using birth control. My wife and I have had only two children in our six years of marriage, so you could correctly draw the conclusion that we have employed birth control to space out our children. …
This article was referred to me by a brother in Christ, and is no reflection whatsoever of Grace Fellowship and our Deacons. As a matter of fact, most of it doesn't apply, and this type of thing is often the result of giving Deacons in baptist and other churches more authority in the church than the bible gives. This is for the general benefit of those who read, and for the glory of God
What Pastors Wish Deacons Knew
by Derek Gentle
I appreciate you more than you know There is not a greater blessing in a pastor's life than a godly deacon who loves the Lord and loves the Word of God. I feel that I couldn't have a more wonderful relationship with them. I wish every pastor were so blessed. Just looking out in the service and seeing you there is an encouragement. Knowing you are praying for me motivates me. Knowing you share the vision of a growing, evangelistic church and impacting our community challenges me to my best efforts! God bless you godly deacon. You are appreciated!