Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Lance Kinzer is a member of Redeemer. He is a representative in the Kansas House and a man of deep conviction concerning the issue of life and protecting the unborn. He sent many of his legislative colleaugues the above referenced video with this statement: "it is a powerful reminder of the inherent dignity of every human life. I hope that it will inspire you as it has me to redouble our commitment to using the influence God has entrusted to each of us to stand up for the unborn".
Watching this video will be 6 minutes very well spent.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
(Foxnews) Thursday , January 24, 2008
HONOLULU — Two former golf club employees have been charged with theft and cruelty to animals in the death of a pet dog the owners say was cooked and eaten. An Oahu grand jury indicted Saturnino Palting, 58, and Nelson Domingo, 43, both of Kalihi, after the Moanalua Golf Club fired them as maintenance workers. They are charged with stealing a dog owned by Frank Manuma and his wife, Debbie Weil-Manuma. The 8-month-old German shepherd-Labrador mix named Caddy had been tied up near a maintenance shed on Dec. 16 while Frank Manuma played a round of golf. Manuma says police told him the two men butchered and ate his pet. The charges are both felonies punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. "We're delighted that it's moving forward," Manuma said when told of the grand jury indictments.
He said the club had given him permission to bring the dog to the club. Witnesses told golf club officials they saw the workers load the dog into a car and drive away at the end of their shift on Dec. 16. Both were fired after the incident. Manuma said he and his wife considered the dog like a child they never had. When the arrest was first reported, they received expressions of sympathy and offers of new dogs from as far away as Colorado.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
In future posts I will unpack the larger "evangelical" Emerging Church movement, but for now I will leave the liberal, Emergent Church movement with this video clip.
This past Spring I attended the Annual Ligonier Conference in Orlando, Florida. The clip posted here is from that conference. RC Sproul, Al Mohler, and Ravi Zacharias discuss the Emergent Church in a helpful way.
In summary, the Emergent Church as represented by McLaren, Pagitt, Jones, and others, Make truth so elusive and dogma so disdained that it will go the way of all liberal theology eventually- it will die, but not before leading quite a few astray. Like many religious or social movements, the Emergent Church is largely personality driven. Gifted, intelligent, people like Brian McLaren attract large followings. There is something edgy about Doug Pagitt and what he is willing to say publicly, so there are many who will follow him.
Emergent adherents are old school theological liberals wearing hip, postmodern garb (literally) and speaking socially progressive language. There seems to be no such thing as propositional truth to the Emergent crowd. No matter how explicit a biblical concept might be (hell, judgment for sin, etc.), they are able to explain it in some metaphorical, non-literal way.
I recommend D.A. Carson’s book “Becoming Conversant With the Emergent Church” for a more thorough analysis of the movement. There is also a very helpful summary on the Nine Marks Website I recommend everyone read.
This is an interview with one of the leading Emergent Church spokesmen today, Doug Pagitt. It will give you a feel for Emergent Church thinking. This is the first part of a longer interview, however it is enough to see what is important to the Emergent Church- and it isn't biblical truth.
I've been reading quite a bit from McLaren, Jones, and Pagitt over the last couple of days and am pretty comfortable labeling them theological liberals. They are a younger brand than the mainline liberalism which has been marked by declining churches for a few decades now, but their basic belief in a social gospel (salvation is freedom from various human oppressions) and a denial of the Bible's clear authority and application outs them as liberals. The Emergent Church is fond of quoting the bible when it helps their social cause or their criticism of the evangelical church, but having them nail down a specific meaning intended by God for people of all time is next to impossible for them to articulate. Listen to Pagitt's lack of an answer regarding the afterlife.
I want to be careful not to paint the "Emergent Church" with one broad stroke of a brush, however, this interview with Doug Pagitt is definitely typical of others in this new movement of theological liberalism.
My next post will provide a basic overview and summary of the "Emergent Church", part of the Emerging Church movement.
Monday, January 21, 2008
O.K., now I'm going to focus on the "Emergent Church" strand of the overall Emerging Church.
The two men speaking in this video are Tony Jones and Doug Pagit. Along with Brian McLaren, they are key figures in this movement.
What you will hear is essentially a social gospel.
It is very difficult to find any agreed upon tenets of the Emergent Church. The belief system is purposely nebulous. I have found a few reocurring themes:
Emergent churches emphasize highly creative approaches to worship and spiritual reflection. This can involve everything from the use of contemporary music and films through to a sort of liturgy or other more ancient customs (although usually redefined for modern use).
Emergent churches champion A flexible approach to theology whereby individual differences in belief and morality are generally accepted. This is where it gets very hairy. I will post an example of this in a upcoming post where Doug Pagit (from this video, pastor of "Solomon's Porch" basically refuses to answer what the fate of a Budhist is).
Emergent churches speak of a more holistic approach to the role of the church in society. This can mean anything from greater emphasis on fellowship in the structure of the group to a higher degree of emphasis on social action, community building or Christian outreach. This is where it is difficult to discern the place of social activism in the Emergent Church, it seems to be the main purpose- more than the acknowledgement of sin and the need of a Savior.
Most troubling to me, Emergent churches foster the desire to reanalyse the Bible against the context into which it was written. Again, this will be illustrated in my next post about the Emergent Church.
So far, my analysis reveals the Emergent Church to be old school liberalism re-packaged for the post-modern world. Mark Driscoll's assessment in my prior post seems to be right on concerning the "Emergent" strain of the "Emerging Church".
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Sorry about my mixing of terms, I'm still figuring this out myself. In this clip Mark Driscoll gives helpful explanation of the terms. An "Emergent Church" (as represented by the previous clips with Brian McLaren) is not the same as an "Emerging Church" (represented by Mark Driscoll here, though he subdivides this group three ways).
In future posts I will focus first on the "Emergent"McLaren strain, then separately focus on the "Emerging" strain.
Sorry for interchanging terms. They do not mean the same thing.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Research has led to the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.
Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2- 6 years; it does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium's mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes. This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Here is Brian McLaren, the key representative of the "Emerging Church" movement. He has two books published- "A Generous Orthodoxy" and the book he speaks of in this video clip, "Everything Must Change". I will try to show the basic tenets of the Emerging Church in future posts, something difficult to do as the movement is purposefully elusive.
I am showing this so that you might begin to grasp the "feel" of the Emergent Church movement. I'll live critical analysis to you for now.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Yesterday several of us PCA pastors met for prayer at one of the other PCA churches in the KC area. We got to talking about the "Emerging" or "Emergent" Church phenomena that is currently happening.
I recommend D.A. Carson's book, Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church, for a solid understanding of what is happening in this movement that predominantly attracts twenty-somethings right now.
Over the next couple of weeks I will provide various posts that give explanation of this movement, of course, with commentary.
This first video is an introduction for you to get a feel for what an "Emergent Church" is.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
There are several English words that I find intriguing . I always enjoy seeing how, when, and why they are used. Here are a few of those:
Sunday, January 13, 2008
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Wednesday, January 9, 2008
With all slanted focus on the Yanks in the recent Mitchell report and all the hatin' focused upon my Bombers, it's good to see the Goose get his due being elected to the Hall of Fame.
I was around 7 years old when I started watching the Yanks. It just so happened to be the year they beat a certain evil team in the 1978 World Series. The man who got the final out? Rich "Goose" Gossage. I think Mariano Rivera will rightly go down as the greatest Yankee closer ever, if not the greatest in all of MLB history, however, the Goose was the most intimidating and electrifying. He was one of the best pure closers ever, and not just one inning to close, try 2 or 3 some times. Also, he sported a sweet moustache!
Congrats to Goose on this day when he has been elected to MLB's highest honor.
Anyone know how many votes McGwire got? Oh yeah...23.5% ouch!
1. There is no distinction between “elders” and “bishops” (Titus 1:5-7; Acts 20:17,28); these represent the same office and order.
2. Each congregation and center of leadership is to have a plurality of elders (Acts 14:23; 20:17; Phil. 1:1), not one-man rule.
3. These elders have oversight of the church (Acts 20:28; I Pet. 5:2-3) and are thus responsible to rule the congregation (I Tim. 3:5; 5:17; I Thes. 5:12; Heb. 13:7, 17, 24).
5. The elders are assisted in their ministry by “deacons” who give attention to the ministry of mercy (Phil. 1:1; Acts 6:1-6; cf. I Tim. 3:8-13).
6. The office-bearers in the church are nominated and elected by the members of the congregation (e.g. Acts 6:5-6), but must also be examined, confirmed and ordained by the present board of elders (Acts 6:6; 13: 1-3; I Tim. 4: 14).
7. Members of the church have the right to appeal disputed matters in the congregation to their elders for resolution, and if the dispute is with those local elders, to appeal to the regional governing body (the presbytery) or, beyond that, to the whole general assembly (Acts 15). The decisions of the wider governing bodies are authoritative in all the local congregations (Acts 15:22-23, 28, 30; 16:1-5).
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
One such memory is a rap group named "Brimestone" Nathan and I were part of in our last year of high school and first couple of years of college. Thankfully none of us kept any recordings of our concerts and thus nothing can be held against us....until now.
Our first year at Moody Bible Institute the president of the Moody Student Mission Fellowship (called SMF), Jeff Samuelson, was on our floor and he heard us rap. He was also in charge of leading an all-school chapel every month, known as "SMF Chapel". He asked us if we'd be willing to do a missions rap for chapel, but we'd have to tone it down a bit as Moody was pretty conservative back then. We were a bit hesitant and concerned school administration wouldn't be too keen on us rapping in the sacred Torrey-Gray Auditorium. What would all the stuffy, fundy, donors think if they heard some guys from NY were rapping in the school that D.L. Moody founded? For most chapel services musical numbers had to be approved by the music department. Student-led chapel services, like SMF Chapel, had a bit more leeway as the final approval was done by the student president of SMF. This is how we got away with rapping at Moody chapel in 1990.
I had to hurry and write a "missions" rap to music we knew. I finished the words with Handel-like speed (but none of the profundity) in a week or less, we ran it by Jeff, then began practicing how we would do it in chapel. I am confident that Moody chapel had never seen anything like we had done previously. I know in more recent years they have the worship band thing going, but "back in the day" there was no such animal as drums, beat box, electric guitars in chapel. Definitely no dancing prior to this event. I won't kid you, we were nervous about what kind of reception we'd get, but Jeff kept urging us on.
The morning came, it was Spring of 1990. Keep in mind, we were 18 years old. The group was made up of myself as the lead rapper and three fellow pastoral majors as the back up dancers, this included Nathan Currey (our associate pastor at Redeemer), Troy Gentz (currently lead pastor of Freshwater Community Church in Michigan), and Scott Friesen (currently senior pastor of Berean Bible Church in Nebraska). Instead of wearing our rap garb, we took the stage dressed in jackets and ties (picture above is from the actual event in 1990), acting as though we would do a gospel quartet song- something pretty common for a Moody Chapel. Scott Friesen was to introduce us as the "Culby 17 Quartet" (Culby is for Culbertson Hall, our dorm, the 17th floor) and tell the audience we would sing a song for them. I'll let you listen to the track to hear how it went for yourself. Unfortunately, you can't see the stellar dance moves of Nathan, Scott, and Troy, but you can tell they are regular M.C. Hammer's based on the elated audience response. Remember, this was a first for Moody Chapel, no one saw it coming.
At 18 I was still a developing Calvinist and the lyrics are not profound, but I can assure you our passion for world missions was real and has only grown. I post this now for two reasons: First, Redeemer's second annual World Missions conference is at the end of this month, this ought to prime the pump for our people. Second, Brian Hough now has a copy of this track and it's only a matter of time before he releases it to the world. I wanted to release it on my own terms rather than be held hostage by our youth pastor!
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Roger gave me the heads up on this recent interview with Joel Osteen. It goes hand in hand with my previous post.
One has only to do a quick web search to find out what Mormonism teaches- apparently Osteen didn't want to get "hung up" with such an effort to know what might attack his flock (apparently the biggest in the country).
In a nutshell, The reason Mormonism is not Christian is because it denies one or more of the essential doctrines of biblical Christianity. Of the generally agreed upon "essential" doctrines (that there is only one God, Jesus is God in flesh, salvation is by grace through faith, and Jesus died, was buried, and rose from the dead physically), Mormonism denies three of these: how many gods there are, the person of Jesus, and His work of salvation.
We pastors can't be up on every aberrant teaching floating around, but not knowing the difference between Mormonism and Christianity just isn't acceptable. The sheep for whom Christ died deserve better from their pastors.
Keeping children safe from such a horrendous thing is a sober subject. No less sobering in our need to “see to it that no one take you captive by philosophy and empty deceit” as the Apostle warns in one of my favorite portions of the New Testament, which I preached not to long ago:
Just as children are kidnapped every day in this country, so also many followers of Jesus Christ are kidnapped by philosophy and empty deceit, steered away from Christ as it were, because they were not realistic and cautious about all the ideas, beliefs, and values circulating out there- especially on the television. I'm no prude, as you all know, but I'm struggling to find much redeeming on daytime television and life is too short and valuable to waste on the elemental spirits of the world. Since I can never get back that 60 minutes, I'm thankful I at least had a good workout.