Michael

Aug 042015
 

TEMA_201412This story is being widely and frequently accessed via the archives, so I’m reposting it with an update.

 

 

 

From 2003-2008 one of the stories that dominated this blog was that of the controversies surrounding what was then known as the Calvary Satellite Network.

The massive radio network had been a joint venture between Chuck Smith’s son Jeff and the pastor of Calvary Chapel Twin Falls, Mike Kestler, a venture funded by Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.

Kestler’s career had almost been short circuited by accusations of immoral behavior from one of his congregants, but Chuck intervened with his board to save him.

He came to regret having done so, as more accusations surfaced and came to a head with a lawsuit filed against Kestler by an employee who claimed she was fired for turning down Kestler’s advances.

Smith bankrolled that suit for a while and it was later settled out of court.

After a series of lawsuits the empire was divided, the name “Calvary” was removed from the church and the radio network, but both survived and remained under the control of Mike Kestler.

Today, the radio side is the “Christian Satellite Network“, the church “River Christian Fellowship”.

Oddly enough, the network still flies the dove in their logo.

Kestler, who had hosted the networks call in show ‘To Every Man An Answer”, left the airwaves a few years ago amidst all the scandals.

He’s back…

He returned to the air Monday after being divorced from his wife and having remarried someone 38 years his junior.

The couple has a child that sources say was conceived before the divorce proceedings were final.

His return has resulted in the resignation of one board member of the network and at least one of the former hosts of the program.

The only remaining questions are how many others associated with the network will have the moral integrity to resign as well, and how many broadcasters will continue to run their programs on the network.

For now, Kestler will be answering your bible questions live every day at 3:00 P.M. Pacific.

You should probably ask another pastor about family and marriage issues…

Update: Most of the co-hosts have resigned with the notable exception of Leo Giovinetti.

We’ve been asked about former co-host Steve Matheson.

Matheson was also involved in an adulterous affair and was removed from his pastorate and is now divorced from the wife of his youth.

Aug 042015
 

timthumb.phpWarren Throckmorton keeps the heat on Gospel For Asia…

The 5th PP video…”intact, aborted babies make the best specimens”.

A clear statement from the pro abortion side…

Christian Archie Bunkers…

An abuse survivor speaks to the church…

Matt Redmonds Random Thoughts…

Roger Olson on ecumenicism…

Queen Esther wasn’t a slut…

Charisma magazine is a bad joke and so are the so called prophets it promotes…

The film maker exposing Planned Parenthood…

John Piper says that Driscolls fall was a Satanic tragedyWenatchee says not so much

Integrating local churches…with each other.

How do I know I’m a Christian?

Luther on the Christian life…

The freakishness of Christianity…

Did God betray you?

The state of the Gospel in India…

Heresy and orthodoxy in the early church…

Childish or child like…that’s the real choice.

When things aren’t what you hoped…

How diverse is your church?

A theological look at abortion…

A critique of creationism and intelligent design…

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Aug 032015
 

thinking_man_ape_wood_3d_sculpture_thinker_think-480x3251. I think that most of time when I’m being “led by the Spirit” I’m unaware of it and know not where I’m going or why…

2. Do you really believe that mocking what someone cares about assists them in understanding what you care about? Really?

 

3. The reason the Bible says we are to speak the truth in love is because in doing so, we reflect the image of God who is all truth and perfect love. It also greatly increases your chances of being heard…

4. Call me old fashioned, but I have a hard time watching women pummel each other for sport…

5. Now that untold numbers of women are convicted of the sin of abortion, is anyone going to offer them the Gospel and the grace of God…or are we content with simply winning the moral argument?

6. Whoever said that God never gives you more than you can handle has never met God…who always gives you more than you can handle in order to prove Himself your God…

7. Why should heathens expect that we will be more gracious in person or in our churches than we are on social media?

8. Restating a portion of the law over and over again is not preaching the Gospel. It’s akin to getting a diagnosis from the doctor without getting a prescription to cure it…

9. Jesus didn’t die for the culture. He died for sinners that would be plucked from it as brands from the burning…

10. When I am angrier at a heathens behavior than I am heartbroken over the state of their soul, I have missed the point of the Gospel…perhaps even denied it entirely. He who has been forgiven much loves much and I find it far to easy to forget all I’ve been forgiven for…

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Aug 012015
 

Christianity  tourism destinationsHebrews 1:6-14

The continuing comparison of Jesus to the angels

6 And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”

  • Alludes to Psalm 89:27 – “And I will make him the firstborn,the highest of the kings of the earth.”
  • Firstborn is not an order, but it is a title.
  • If they were familiar with their Greek OT they would see what the author is doing.
  • Deut 32:43 (LXX) “Rejoice, ye heavens, with him, and let all the angels of God worship him; rejoice ye Gentiles, with his people…”
  • Angels worship God – so by extension, worship Jesus.

7 Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.”

  • Direct quote of Psalm 104:4 – angels winds = spirits
  • The role of angels = servants – messengers – they have an important role
  • But they are created beings – Jesus created all things visible and invisible.

8 But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.

  • Psalm 45:6-7
  • Again we are back to the throne.
  • The scepter is owned by the one who sits on the throne.
  • Scepter = A staff held by a sovereign as an emblem of authority.
  • Angels have no such authority – they are created beings.

9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”

  • What is the “oil of gladness”?- The Holy Spirit

10 And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; 11 they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment,

  • Quote from Psalm 102:25-27 – to bring out Jesus’ eternality.
  • God / Jesus is the creator and is eternal – supremacy over creation
  • Created things, including angels will perish.
  • Wear out like garments = hey, these people didn’t own much more.
  • We would say like your car, microwave, computer etc.

12 like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.”

  • Psalmist is talking about God – which is now being applied to Jesus.
  • Everything that can be said about God is said and applies to Jesus.
  • Jesus is the God of the OT
  • Verse 10 is “In the beginning”
  • Verses 11-12 is “In Eternity”

13 And to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?

  • Psalm 110:1
  • This psalm is the most quoted in the NT – 8 times.
  • So, to which of the angels did God say this? NONE – this is the required answer.
  • Where is Jesus today? At the right hand, in his word, in your baptism and in the bread and the wine.
  • Mark 12:35-37 “And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? 36 David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared,
  • “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet.”’

                  37 David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” And the great throng         heard him gladly.

14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?

  • Ministering spirits – guardian angels? Is one assigned each time a new Christian is converted?
  • The difference between sit and stand.
  • Angels are servants – they stand in the presence of God
  • Rev 8:2 – “Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.”
  • Luke 1:19 – “And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.”
  • Standing as ready to serve – ready to go
  • Not standing as in an honored position
  • The comparison – Jesus sits in a stately royal position – the angels are described as no more than servants.

So what can we take away from this passage?

  • The quotes from the OT allow the author to prove from the OT that Jesus is vastly superior to the angels.
  • To show that the Old Covenant era of redemptive history is over and a new period of redemptive history “these last days” is here through Jesus Christ.
  • Who created the angels and directs their actions?
  • Jesus is vastly superior to all character in the OT – whether it is angels, or Moses or Israel’s prophets – even Abraham.
  • It just shows that the prophets of old, all pointed to Jesus and “these last days.”
  • It’s all about inheritance – what Jesus has inherited from the father is ours in that we are in Christ.
Aug 012015
 

thumbnail.aspxO Sovereign and Almighty Lord, bless all Thy people, and all Thy flock. Give Thy peace, Thy help, Thy love unto us Thy servants, the sheep of Thy fold, that we may be united in the bond of peace and love, one body and one spirit, in one hope of our calling, in Thy divine and boundless love. Amen.

Liturgy of St. Mark, 3rd century

Jul 312015
 

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Jul 312015
 

IMG_0027Last night I woke up to shrieking sound of a cat fight at the end of the driveway.

I didn’t even bother to get up.

The cat across the street had attempted to walk up my driveway and partake of the food we leave out for strays.

 

This cat is not a stray, he is fat and pompous…and Miss Kitty whacked him severely about the whiskers and shoulders until he left.

This happens about once a week.

Miss Kitty is the gatekeeper.

This is her place and she only allows those who she deigns acceptable to enter…but they always must enter knowing who owns the place.

The sweet spirited yellow coon cat comes every day.

Miss Kitty allows him to pass, sometimes offering a perfunctory swat on his backside.

Some days she allows him to eat in peace, other days she stands about a foot away as if to remind him of her authority.

Occasionally, she will walk to his dish with him…and greedily eat his meal in front of him.

She will then come in the house and announce that she’s starving.

Now and then I will go out and pet him and she observes and takes notes…he will pay for this attention later.

The other strays are treated more or less the same, depending on the gatekeepers mood.

The one rule they must always be mindful of…they may eat outside, but they may never enter the inside of the home.

The inside, where the food comes from and where the master dwells…is hers alone.

Attempts to enter in are dealt with swiftly and fiercely.

Miss Kitty the gatekeeper doesn’t remember that once she was a stray herself.

She no longer acknowledges that all she has, she’s been given.

She wasn’t born into the family, she was adopted.

She doesn’t recognize that it’s my house and my food and I share with who I will.

She has forgotten grace.

The gatekeepers always do.

The other night I was awakened by the sound of Miss Kitty crunching away on her middle of the night meal.

The door to the outside was open and she strolled in for a snack before bed.

Then, I noted that Miss Kitty the gatekeeper was sound asleep next to me…and the crunching continued.

The truly hungry will always find a way around the gatekeepers…

Make your own application…

Jul 302015
 

CCDoveLogoTo finish up on yesterdays article about Calvary Chapel and the Calvary Chapel Association a few more points need to be made clear.

Despite what some believe, there is no longer any person or persons with central authority over the movement.

There is no one person that all the affiliates would follow and the “Leadership Council” is as fractured as the movement as a whole.

Thus, there is no monolithic “Calvary Chapel”, no one leader who speaks for anyone but themselves, and no one leader who can be held accountable for anything other than what happens in their particular church.

There will be no policy changes, no doctrinal changes, no changes at all that require movement wide submission to a central authority.

They are (finally) completely independent of each other.

The only “penalty” the CCA can give is removal from the “church finder” database.

The only recourse in situations where there is spiritual abuse or corruption is to leave the fellowship or in cases grievous enough to merit it, hope that a blogger will take up the case to inform the public and shame the perpetrator.

That requires a lot of facts, proper documentation, and puts the blogger at risk.

There should be a better way…but the bloggers did a pretty good job with Mark Driscoll…

In other news…K.P. Yohannon was caught in another lie.

Warren Throckmorton has the goods on this, as usual.

Tullian speaks again…

Tullian Tchividjian showed up on Facebook yesterday with an interesting take on his situation.

Until we hear from his wife and kids, I’m not real interested in what he has to say…

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