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Another Puritan quote

“Will you trust your five senses above the four Gospels?” – Thomas Adams

This is such a great quote. There are so many folks in the evangelical world who place a high value on experiences. Now the problem arises when those experiences are given a higher priority than scripture or the gospel of Christ. We will all agree that we experience God’s grace and mercy. We experience the joy that can only be provided by God. But these experiences are should never be valued above the gospel or pursued above the gospel. In my opinion, and the opinion among many serious theologians that this is what is wrong with the charismatic movement. The experience is placed in a higher spiritual plane than the basic Gospel of Christ. For we know that our human hearts are wicked and can deceive us. We must weigh everything our senses encounter with the truth of the Gospels. If we trust in the Gospels, and live the answer to the above question with an emphatic no, our path will remain straight, and our theology will remain true.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2008 in Puritan, quotes, Thomas Adams

 

Music Review Tuesday – Foo Fighters

This week I going to review another album by a band I had only heard about but have not actually listened to. Now I love to listen to new bands and new music so why would I not listen to a rock band as popular as the Foo Fighters? Frankly I couldn’t get past their name. I mean what is a Foo and why would you want to fight it? So, again, after hearing one of their new songs on the local college radio station I had to research the origination of their name. The second sentence in Wikipedia for Foo Fighters states that the group is named after the World War II term used to refer to mysterious aerial phenomena. Ok, that sounds pretty cool. I like WWII stuff and phenomena is even better. The genre of their music is listed as alternative, post-grunge, hard rock. The Foo Fighters were formed by Dave Grohl who was the drummer for the Seattle grunge band Nirvana. Now that is not something I knew. Now onto the album.

The new album by the Foo Fighters is called “Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace” is their sixth studio album. It was released September 25th, 2007. The album entered the Billboard 200 album chart at #3, selling over 168,000 copies in it’s first week of release. Dave Grohl noted in an interview that the band was eager to expand on their signature sound:

So the album we’re making sounds like a Foo Fighters album, but it’s definitely moving in a few different directions. It’s cool man, I love it.

The first single released from the new album is called “The Pretender” and starts things off with a very cool song with many different guitar sounds and an exciting rhythm and chorus.

What if I say I’m not like the others?
What if I say I’m not just another one of your plays
You’re the pretender
What if I say I will never surrender?

What if I say I’m not like the others?
What if I say I’m not just another one of your plays
You’re the pretender
What if I say that I’ll never surrender?

The next track “Let It Die” about love lost starts out slow and mellow and builds to a crushing crescendo. Like Grohl said, “cool man”. The next song on the album is called “Erase Replace” it has a very cool drum beat and rhythm. It makes the song sound a little heavier than the previous songs on the album. But in the middle of the song it gets downright pensive and dreamlike. The next track is “Long Road To Ruin” and is the second single released for the album. It is definitely a different song from anything else I have heard from this band. The sound is very familiar but I can’t put my finger on it. The vocals are excellent.

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Olivia’s night out

Let me just be a bragging grandpa for a bit here. Tonight we had the privilege of keeping our granddaughter Olivia while her parents had a night out together. It was our first time keeping her without them. The first couple of hours were touch and go, meaning, one moment she would be crawling around, playing and laughing and then bawling the next. After quite some time she had become a very sleepy girl and was not about to give it up. We fed her a bottle and some cereal. That seemed to do the trick but after we laid her down she’d be right back up again. I’m sure it was pretty exciting for her. New environment without mom and dad, lots of puppy dogs to play with and all. But after some tender care by her Aunt Crysta, and the loving touch of grandma, she finally took the gentle voyage to Dreamland. At the time of this writing she is sound asleep under a pink quilt and on a soft fleece pillow. Please observe the picture for the proof. Sleeping like a real angel.

Photo credit goes to Aunt Crysta.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2008 in grandparents, Olivia, Personal

 

From this week in pictures

Microsoft CEO Bill Gates explains the differences
between conditional and unconditional election to
students at Liberty University. Gates told the
students, “Arminianism is by far the best system
of theology out there. It works just as well and as
smoothly as Vista.”
HT – TBNN
 
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Posted by on January 26, 2008 in Arminianism, Microsoft Vista, TBNN

 

Is this really a church? 2.0

One of the best resources for theology on the Internet is a little site called Monergism.com. The web site contains a wealth of reference materials, sermons, audio files, and book reviews. I usually like to visit the new section to see what is the new thing. Today I found a link to the newest broadcast of White Horse Inn. White Horse Inn is a radio teaching ministry hosted by Michael Horton. It centers around the teachings of reformed theology. He usually hosts the broadcast with a panel of guests to discuss a particular subject. The newest broadcast subject was “Joel Osteen: A Case Study in American Religion”. This is quite a popular topic since Joel Osteen’s “church” is the largest one in the United States.

I would encourage anyone reading to go to the audio broadcast and listen to it. I will link to it at the end of this posting. I will just mention a few of the highlights in the broadcast. One of the most agreeable comments made by the panel was that the noun “church” should be removed from his congregation at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. But one of the most memorable comments in the broadcast was made by the host Michael Horton. He described a time when he was questioned by a 60 Minutes interviewer concerning Osteen. The interviewer asked him if he thought the teaching of Osteen was heresy? Horton reflected that he told him that he did not consider his teachings to have enough content to be considered heresy. Ouch! One of the guests in the broadcast points out that this theology is not just far off the gospel teaching that when we sin, or as Osteen calls it “do wrong”,  we are sinning against a holy God. But it is not even a social gospel that teaches when we sin we are offending our neighbor. The guest says it is a gospel that teaches when we sin it is a sin against our navel or against ourselves. There is much more insight into the bad theology taught in the American church, in particular by Joel Osteen.

 Here is the audio link for the broadcast
 

 

Before Abraham was, I am

 

I am currently reading through the book of John in the bible. Today as I completed chapter eight I came across this verse close to the end, verse 58 to be exact, where Jesus undeniably states that he is God. This takes place right after Jesus had truthfully defended the woman who had been caught in adultry and brought to Him. Throughout this chapter He has been more or less debating with the Jews about who He is. The Jewish leaders seem to believe their “ace in the hole” is the proclamation that their father is Abraham. It is then that Jesus turns up the heat on their pride and sin and proclaims:

Before Abraham was, I am

Now this proclamation not only offended the Jewish leaders but it also flys in the face of a couple of American religions of today. The Mormons claim that Jesus was a man who obtained deity. They believe that He is a created being and the brother of Adam and Lucifer. The Jehovah’s Witness believe much the same way. They also believe that Jesus is a created being and not God. They claim to be declaring the witness of God. But essetially what both of these religions are doing is denying the very witness that God reveals in the New Testament. That Jesus is who He claims to be. In John 10:30 Jesus again states:

I and the Father are one

And again the Jews were incredibly offended as the Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses would be today if you were to point that out to them. The New Testament declares throughout:

He is the brightness of the Father. He is the express image of God. He is literally the replica, the duplicate of the invisible God.

So as I read the scripture this morning, I couldn’t help but marvel at this truth revealed to us. The mystery of the invisible God revealed in Jesus Christ. He is who he claims to be. He is God. 

For further reading about the Incarnation of Jesus Christ I would recommend the text from a sermon by Dr. John MacArthur called “The Inside Story of the Incarnation“. 

Soli Deo Gloria

 

Professing ignorance?

For those who still wrestle with the sovereignty of God and that He chooses who He will save through His son, I found a very articulate response to this seemingly controversial theology. The posting can be found here. Please read it and use the intellect God gave you. If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ none of it will make sense, but maybe the answer to the following question will. What is the penalty for one sin?

Thanks go to John and the guys at Reformation Theology for posting the response.

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