Wednesday, May 06, 2015

A Helpful Video on Hermeneutics

In this day and age of relativistic, pluralistic consumerism, one may be tempted to interpret Scripture according to whatever and however they may see fit.  Do I read the Scripture allegorically, morally, literally, historically-theologically or even historical-redemptively?  I would argue for the last as this seems to be what the Lord also implies at the end of Luke's gospel (though both the last two seem to fit well within what might be considered "historical-redemptive").

Dr. Bryan Chapell gives a great explanation for the implications of the hermeneutic of Biblical theology in one's own study of Scripture and homiletics.  This is the Desiring God link with a short blurb on the subject.

The Preacher’s Game-Changer from Desiring God on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Insightful Introductory Words from Rev. A.R. Bernard for Dr. Ben Carson

In his introductory remarks before Dr. Ben Carson took the stage at the Rev. Al Sharpton-led National Action Network's annual convention in New York City, Rev. A.R. Bernard shared the following words:

"After 36 years of pastoring in New York City, I discovered there are four things God wants from a man: maturity, decisiveness, consistency and strength. After 43 years of marriage, I've discovered there are four things women want from a man: maturity, decisiveness, consistency and strength. I also discovered that the four things that men struggle with in life are: maturity, decisiveness, consistency and strength . . . But what I really discovered is that these are the qualities that people look for in a leader. Dr. Carson is one of those leaders."

(A.R. Bernard, pastor and founder of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, NY ~ incidentally an M.Div. graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary and also recipient of a Doctor of Divinity from ATS).

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Eddie Bravo explains the Rubber Guard to Rickson Gracie

The Master is always learning, always growing and always absorbing whatever is useful. 

"Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless like water if you put water in the cup it becomes the cup and water can flow or it can crash" ( ~ Bruce Lee).

The Jewish Voices on Campus

". . . being against Israel is the cool thing to do . . ."

The liberal western worldview and its increasing reality of anti-Semitism that seems to parallel - to a lesser degree - its other growing hatred and animosity towards Christianity. 

". . . being against Christianity is also another cool thing to do . . ."

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

"5 Common Myths About the Great Commission"

This is a great article posted over at Verge written by JS Shaw.  Some great quotables include:

  • "Living your life with others is a part of making disciples, but without intentional proclamation and demonstration of the Gospel, just doing life with others will not alone lead to making and multiplying disciples."
  • "The difference between convert making and disciple making is crucial. Converts change religions. Disciples change masters. Converts follow a system. Disciples follow a Person. Converts build Christendom. Disciples build the Kingdom of God. Converts embrace rituals. Disciples embrace a way of life. Converts love the command to “baptize them” in the Great Commission, but that is all. Disciples baptize others but only in context of “teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.” Converts love conversion. Disciples love transformation."
  • "Cultural Christians love to sing the praises of disciple makers while simultaneously avoiding, through the most crafty cop-outs, personal obedience to the Great Commission. In other words, when it comes down to it, many view the Great Commission as merely great advice."
May we faithfully and obey the call to "go into all nations to make disciples of Christ."

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Unconventional Wisdom

The Ministry of the Unnoticed

"Blessed are the poor in spirit . . ." (Matthew 5.3)

"In the Christian life, godly influence is never conscious of itself. If we are conscious of our influence, it ceases to have the genuine loveliness which is characteristic of the touch of Jesus. We always know when Jesus is at work because He produces in the commonplace something that is inspiring."

~ Oswald Chambers