Mar 252015
 

Whenever this guy starts to speak, I keep expecting him to yell for Norton…

I digress…

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Prasch begins this dissertation with a long bloviation about prophets and how he really isn’t one but the implication is that he really is.

It’s an old trick, but it works well on this audience.

He “prophesied” that there would be problems in Calvary Chapel after Chuck Smith died.

I once prophesied that it would rain in Oregon.

It’s a gift I suppose…

He states that these problems would have not happened if a man “everyone respects” like Joe Focht of Philadelphia had been Smith’s successor.

There is a problem with this.

Many in the movement think Focht is a legalistic fossil who is a few fries short of a Happy Meal.

He is one of the leaders of the old guard along with Dandy Don McClure who is paid to administer the CCA… two days a week.

A man has to make a living…

He then moves on to the family lawsuit as proof of these problems.

The lawsuit filed by a family member who is now having the lawsuit re-written so it’s not hooted out of court.

Make your own application….

He then goes on to claim that many in the movement are now “seeker sensitive” and others are following after Mark Driscoll.

It is also alleged that the progressives in the movement pull the toilet paper from the top, rather than the bottom…a sure sign of apostasy.

That was actually a funny I added, but the rest of his speech is a joke as well.

The only thing Flintstone Prasch got right is that the show is over.

Costa Mesa is going to do what it wants and so is everyone else.

If Prasch was a prophet he would have spoken out against the moral and ethical charges we and others have been bringing for years.

That would have cut into those lecture fees though…just as this nonsense will guarantee some.

and awaaaay we go…

Mar 252015
 

angry-godIt seems like the most popular current complaint about God is that at times He’s not always acted “lovingly” in the redemptive history.

How could a “God of love ” (fill in the blank with some OT atrocity)?

The answer is simple but wildly unpopular.

Love isn’t the only attribute of God.

It’s debatable if it’s even the primary attribute as a God who is complete in all virtues cannot be said to be primarily any one thing.

The attribute He most often self identifies with Himself is “holy”.

“When Scripture calls God, or individual persons of the Godhead, “holy” (as it often does: Lev. 11:44- 45; Josh. 24:19; Isa. 2:2; Ps. 99:9; Isa. 1:4; 6:3; 41:14, 16, 20; 57:15; Ezek. 39:7; Amos 4:2; John 17:11; Acts 5:3-4, 32; Rev. 15:4), the word signifies everything about God that sets him apart from us and makes him an object of awe, adoration, and dread to us. It covers all aspects of his transcendent greatness and moral perfection and thus is an attribute of all his attributes, pointing to the “Godness” of God at every point. Every facet of God’s nature and every aspect of his character may properly be spoken of as holy, just because it is his. The core of the concept, however, is God’s purity, which cannot tolerate any form of sin (Hab. 1:13) and thus calls sinners to constant self-abasement in his presence (Isa. 6:5).”

Packer, J. I. (2001-02-01). Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs (p. 43). Tyndale House Pub. Kindle Edition.

Holiness has no current cultural traction and a God who is holy and demands holiness can’t get any good press.

We want to recreate God in our own image…just nicer.

The problem is that God hates sin and we are sinners and sinners for the most part enjoy sin.

God is set apart…completely pure and utterly holy.

Therefore, all these anthropomorphic idols collapse and burn at the place of holiness.

The problem is that unless you understand the holiness of God and His utter hatred of sin, you simply cannot understand why only Jesus could atone for our sins and the incredible sacrifice and grace He has given.

Why did He wipe out the Canaanites?

“Justice, which means doing in all circumstances things that are right, is one expression of God’s holiness. God displays his justice as legislator and judge, and also as promise-keeper and pardoner of sin. His moral law, requiring behavior that matches his own, is “holy, righteous and good” (Rom. 7:12). He judges justly, according to actual desert (Gen. 18:25; Pss. 7:11; 96:13; Acts 17:31). His “wrath,” that is, his active judicial hostility to sin, is wholly just in its manifestations (Rom. 2:5-16), and his particular “judgments” (retributive punishments) are glorious and praiseworthy (Rev. 16:5, 7; 19:1-4). Whenever God fulfills his covenant commitment by acting to save his people, it is a gesture of “righteousness,” that is, justice (Isa. 51:5-6; 56:1; 63:1; 1 John 1:9). When God justifies sinners through faith in Christ, he does so on the basis of justice done, that is, the punishment of our sins in the person of Christ our substitute; thus the form taken by his justifying mercy shows him to be utterly and totally just (Rom. 3:25-26), and our justification itself is shown to be judicially justified.” Packer, J. I.

They deserved it, that’s why.

So do we…so thank God for Jesus.

 

 

Mar 252015
 

1426163_10152538970789156_1955504315_aToday, like every Wednesday, we will remember Saeed Abedini.

We do more than just remember, however…we stand with him by using our social media to advocate for his release.

We ask that you change your Facebook profile picture to his and that you “like”  the “Free Saeed” Facebook page and participate in some of the activities that promote his cause.

We ask…that you remember him and his family in prayer…and that you refuse to give up on efforts to secure his release.

Mar 242015
 

timthumb.phpNine traits of mean churches…

Some of Luther’s best insults…

Benny Hinn has heart problems…

The path of the Cross…

No squishy love…

Liberals among the Lutherans…

Why I quit the praise band…

Wenatchee the Hatchet still on top of the Hill…

Cheap pops in church…

The most disturbing trend happening in your church…

The end of Sunday school?

Embracing faith, accepting ambiguity…

What is transhumanism?

Are we becoming a police state?

WW on an abusive girls home…

Chuck Pierce “mantles” Glenn Beck…

BJU’s response to the G.R.A.C.E. report…

How to protect false teachers…

Matt Redmonds 61 theses…

Cruz counting on evangelicals…

The failure of masculine Christianity…

Why I became depressed as a “progressive” Christian…

Thanks to EricL for the link help…

Mar 232015
 

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Mar 232015
 

Calvin's Corner headerPastor Michael Newnham and Phil Naessens discuss Michael’s Fantasy Baseball Draft, Phil thinks he finally found a church home and the guys discuss statements made by Franklin Graham in regards to obeying authority.

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Mar 232015
 

thinking_man_ape_wood_3d_sculpture_thinker_think-480x3251. I think climate change is a fact…I just don’t know if it’s part of a natural cycle or if man has an effect on it as well. What I don’t understand is why this has become a divisive political issue…

2. I think the next great people migration may be people in the American Southwest heading for the American Northwest in search of water. Groundwater is a resource you can exhaust…

3. My, my…have I gotten a lot of backlash over declaring that Romans 13 means what it says. This, from the very same people who would say that Romans 1 and other passages mean what they say about homosexuality…

4. If you think Romans 13 is irrational, by all means avoid the Sermon on the Mount…

5. I’ve had a theory for quite some time, that being that children are a favored target of the enemy. All this bullspit about gender identity issues is simply another attack on the most vulnerable. It’s creating confusion in children that would not otherwise exist and the results will be hellish.

6. I’ve recently discovered that I’m “cisgendered”. That means I am not transsexual and identify with the sex I was assigned at birth. The other word for “cisgendered” is “normal”.

7. The point I’m making is this…the kingdom of God does not function according to rational means, but supernatural ones. If we want God to “bless America” (or our own lives) we have to live according to the theology of the cross, not the theology of glory.

8. Unanswered theological questions will either make you worship or walk…

9. Despite all our differences there is “one faith, one Lord, and one baptism”. Naturally, we won’t agree on what that means either…

10. This wasn’t worth waiting for…my apologies.

Mar 222015
 

Christianity  tourism destinations“For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”

(Ephesians 1:15–23 ESV)

Paul  has this way of bursting into prayer and really long sentences….

I think the reason for this is that Paul loved the people he was writing to so very much that his desire to tell them how much God loved them overwhelmed any concerns about grammar and brevity.

He couldn’t get out more enough, fast enough…

That’s how a pastor should feel about his people and if he does he will pray for them with this kind of enthusiasm and zeal…giving thanks for those he is serving.

Please note what he thinks of when he thinks of this church… their faith and their love.

He prays that the Ephesians will receive a supernatural, God given knowledge of God that isn’t simply head knowledge, but a result of having “the eyes of your heart enlightened”.

Let’s talk…

We believe all this wonderful news to be true…and we don’t.

We believe it because the Bible says it and that settles it, but when it comes to owning it in our hearts, for ourselves, we struggle.

We need this prayer of Paul’s prayed for us and we need to pray it for each other.

We believe, Lord…help our unbelief.

Once we believe with our hearts we will see the three things that Paul says are ours.

1. “The hope to which He has called us.” You were called for a purpose, to something for something. You are in Christ, part of the advance team of the kingdom and you will fulfill that which you are called to.  You have hope, a sure hope that this is true and when His purpose is fulfilled here you have eternity with Him.

2. “The riches of His inheritance in the saints” Preachers argue whether this is referring to the fact that we are Christ’s inheritance or the fact that as adopted children of the King all the richest blessings of heaven are ours. Quit arguing and take both…

3. “the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe”. The greatest display of power in the history of the world was when God raised Christ from the dead…and that same power is at work in you and through you today.

We believe, Lord, help our unbelief…

The last thing Paul wants you to know is that your King reigns now.. He is” far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.”   

The church is the Kings body bringing His rule and reign now in anticipation of His final return.

If only we acted like it…and were known for our faith and love.

Next week…Ephesians 2

Mar 212015
 

thumbnail.aspxWe confess, when we ponder your large governance, that our “chief end” is to glorify you and enjoy you forever.

We confess that the purpose of our life, purposes twinned, are your glory and our joy.

That is our true end!

But when we come to the end of our work together, and the end of our text together, It strikes us that we know less about “ends” than we imagine.

 

We sing our explanatory doxologies,

We reiterate our concluding slogan that “thine is the kingdom and the glory and the power.”

We add our confident, loud “Amen” to our best petitions.

But-truth to tell-We cannot see the end; when we do see the end, we do not know its meaning … whether termination or transition.

And so, like our many fathers and mothers always,

We trust where we cannot see,

eating what we are fed,

taking what of recognition we can muster,

restless and present under a myriad of surveillances,

but finally ceding our end to you,

in our simple, final prayer: Come Lord Jesus.

Come among us,

Come to your church in bewilderment,

Come to our state in its vexation,

Come to our world in its insomnia.

Grant us peace with justice, peace with joy, peace at the last, peace on earth … and glory to you in the highest.

Amen.
Walter Brueggemann. Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: The Prayers of Walter Brueggemann (p. 130). Kindle Edition.

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