Friday, 31 October 2008

Thoughts on Voting and Politics

John Piper recorded a video about the upcoming US election.

Condensed version - "The Most Important Issues In This Election" (4 min)

Full version - "John Piper's Heart In This Election" (7 min)

  1. Womanhood
  2. Race
  3. Abortion
  4. Prophetic perspective
  5. Sovereignty of God
  6. Gospel

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Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Partners versus Members of the church

pjtibayan just completed a 3-part entry on the discussion of whether the term "member" or "partner" should be used in the context of church membership and biblical accountability in the local church.

Read the 3 parts here.
Part 1 (13 Oct 2008)
Part 2 (16 Oct 2008)
Part 3 (28 Oct 2008)

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Saturday, 25 October 2008

Song - I will boast by Paul Baloche

1. Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom
Or the strong man boast in his strength
Let not the rich man boast in his riches
But let the humble come and give thanks
To the One who made us, the One who saved us

I will boast in the Lord my God
I will boast in the One who's worthy
I will boast in the Lord my God
I will boast in the One who's worthy, He's worthy

I will make my boast in Christ alone
I will make my boast in Christ alone

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Friday, 24 October 2008

Attachment Disorder Churches

Christianity Today published an article on churches that exhibit issues similar to children with Attachment Disorder (or AD): hostility, inability to form close relationships, and distrust of people, particularly authority figures.

Read the full article here.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2008

An Unbelievable Challenge -- A Look at Atheist Public Relations

Albert Mohler writes an entry on the challenge we face with Richard Dawkins, perhaps "the world's most famous living atheist," who is hoping to raise funds to put advertisements for atheism on London city buses.

Read his comments here.

The Times (London) reported on Dawkins here.

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Saturday, 18 October 2008

Song - Hosanna by Paul Baloche

1. Praise is rising, eyes are turning to You, we turn to You
Hope is stirring, hearts are yearning for You, we long for You
'Cause when we see You, we find strength to face the day
In Your presence all our fears are washed away, washed away

Hosanna, hosanna
You are the God who saves us, worthy of all our praises
Hosanna, hosanna
Come have Your way among us
We welcome You here, Lord Jesus

2. Hear the sound of hearts returning to You, we turn to You
In Your kingdom broken lives are made new, You make us new
'Cause when we see You, we find strength to face the day
In Your presence all our fears are washed away, washed away

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Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Most Protestants fall short of spiritual maturity

n a recent survey of 2,500 American Protestants who attend church regularly - at least once a month - Brad Waggoner, vice-president of B&H Publishing Group and author of The Shape of Faith to Come: Spiritual Formation and the Future of Discipleship, found that most Protestant churchgoers are not where they should be in their spiritual formation. Only 17% demonstrated a "decent" level of discipleship or spiritual maturity.

Key areas of Christian discipleship measured:
  • Bible reading (16% read daily, 20% few times a week)
  • Conviction & repentance (23% agreed strongly)
  • Sincere worship during service (25% agree, 47% going through the motions)
  • Evangelism in past 6 months (29% shared twice or more, 14% once, 57% not at all)
  • Significant level of spiritual growth (3.5%)
For this survey, Waggoner defined disciple as being "a learner and a follower of Jesus Christ" and evaluated seven domains of spiritual formation among respondents, including: learning truth, obeying God and denying self, serving God and others, sharing Christ, exercising faith, seeking God, and building relationships.

Read full article here.

Related articles
Reveal: Churches Aim for Disciples, Not Casual Christians
Conference to Address 'Critical' Need to Reclaim Biblical View of Discipleship
Are Small Groups Enough for Disciple-Making?
How to Keep People from Quitting Church

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Saturday, 11 October 2008

Song - Through it all by Hillsong

You are forever in my life
You see me through the seasons
Cover me with Your hand
And lead me in Your righteousness
And I look to You
And I wait on You

I will sing to You, Lord
A hymn of love
For Your faithfulness to me
I'm carried in everlasting arms
You never let me go
Through it all

Hallelujah, hallelujah

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Thursday, 9 October 2008

Do relations of authority and submission exist eternally among the persons of the Godhead?

The Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding of TEDS organised a four-man debate on 9 Oct 2008 over the motion: "Do relations of authority and submission exist eternally among the persons of the Godhead?" On the proposition was former TEDS systematic theology (ST) professors Wayne Grudem and Bruce Ware. On the opposition was current ST professor @ TEDS Tom McCall and philosophy professor @ University of Wisconsin-Madison Keith Yandell.

Collin Hansen wrote an article on the debate in the October issue of CT magazine (web-only).
Anathemas All Around (CT, Oct 2008)
Charges of heresy underscore stakes of debate over Trinity.

The Henry Centre posted the opening statements on their website.
Opening Statements for the Trinity Debate

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Monday, 6 October 2008

Interview with Ps Joseph Prince

Straits Times published an interview with Ps Joseph Prince, senior pastor of New Creation Church last Sunday. 5 Oct 2008. Thanks to Malcolm Loh who provided the newspaper scans and transcript on his blog.

Blogpastor wrote an interesting reflection on the interview. Read it here.

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Saturday, 4 October 2008

"Senior" or "Lead" Pastor?

  • Senior Undershepherd
  • Lead Undershepherd
  • Senior Assistant Pastor
  • Lead Assistant Pastor
Have a good read.

Read Mark Driscoll's original post.

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