Sep 122017

God vs. gang…

Death-enemy or friend?

A ragamuffins prayer…

Civility, consensus, constructivism…

Religion journalists singing country and blues in Nashville…

John Piper says God could have caused a miscarriage because dad looked at porn…

Questioning why God questions…

Faith groups provide bulk of disaster recovery…

Creeds: an imperative…

Biblical counseling vs. Christian psychology…

Ten alternatives to Operation Christmas Child…

Can we stop making statements on sexual ethics?

Internet Monk schools Piper on compassion…

Leading from the shadow; lessons from Moses and Aaron…

Luther on good works…

What’s your immigration status?

Calvin’s life: the Servetus affair…

Houston churches sue FEMA for discrimination…

Nashville and Sodom…

First impressions matter…especially at church.

Christians need to quit labeling everyone…

More Americans are spiritual,not religious…

Spiritual anorexia…

The church needs to rethink the Proverbs 31 woman…

Why pray the hours?

Huge thanks as always to EricL for the link help…support him at top right.

  14 Responses to “Linkathon!”

  1. The “What’s Your Immigration Status?” article may strike a nerve for some folks but it is a well thought out article. thx for posting.

  2. every Christian should read the raggamuffins’ (my mother used that term to describe me a lot 🙂 ) prayer… even if it doesn’t apply to them and then try to do better nonetheless

  3. Biblical counseling as practiced by a church I attended did nothing to help me come back from the brink. I had severe depression, insomnia, drug, and alcohol issues. the “Biblical counselor” could very well have pushed me right over the edge into insanity, or suicide. Fortunately, I had people around me who pushed me to go to a real psychologist who was trained in dealing with acute mental and emotional issues.

    The so called Biblical counselor’s questions were – “Do you pray?” “Do you read your Bible?” “Do you attend church regularly?” “Do you attend a small group?” Since I didn’t answer all the questions in the affirmative I was told I should do all of those things, and I would be “right with God, and things would get better.” After all I was merely backslidden, and apostate.

    When a went through the “emergency” psychological treatment, I finally got the help I needed. Four years later, I’m well on the road to recovery. We discovered that because of a torturous work environment I had PTSD. Day by day. I find myself thinking more deliberately about life. I analyze situations before reacting, which keeps me straight. My own motto is “don’t react, reflect.” I was in survival mode, reacting to situations instead of acting within the situations.

    Rant over.

    On a personal note, I can’t stand John Piper. Oh, and I can’t stand John McArthur, either.

  4. I like the article on the creeds. I think every church should lead the congregation through stating the creeds every week.
    1.) One reason is that you are confessing them to your church.
    2.) At the same time you are confessing them to yourself.
    3.) You are confessing them to each other – you are hearing others confess the common faith.
    4.) You might learn them and figure out what they mean.

  5. #4 – may i add an amen to your viewpoint, MLD?

  6. I will add another reason to MLD’s list, which is a Lutheran distinctive:

    4.) If anything in the sermon contradicts the creed, confront the preacher. The creed, as a true and faithful exposition of Scripture in summary form, should norm all doctrine taught anywhere in the church.

  7. Does Prosperity “Gospel” contradict the Creeds? What about Word-Faith? NAR?

    I don’t know anything about the Lutheran heretics (do you guys classify them thusly?). What about them?

    I’m not trying to start an argument, but just asking if this is enough?

  8. #7- don’t know the answer, but here’s one of the creeds… maybe you can find the answer in it? (think it’s copied correctly)

    The Athanasian Creed
    “Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
    And the catholic faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is all one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Ghost uncreated. The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible. The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal. And yet they are not three Eternals, but one Eternal. As there are not three Uncreated nor three Incomprehensibles, but one Uncreated and one Incomprehensible. So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Ghost almighty. And yet they are not three Almighties, but one Almighty. So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not three Gods, but one God. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord. And yet not three Lords, but one Lord. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by Himself to be God and Lord, So are we forbidden by the catholic religion to say, There be three Gods, or three Lords.
    The Father is made of none: neither created nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created, but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son: neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts. And in this Trinity none is before or after other; none is greater or less than another; But the whole three Persons are coeternal together, and coequal: so that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshiped. He, therefore, that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.
    Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe faithfully the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the right faith is, that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man; God of the Substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and Man of the substance of His mother, born in the world; Perfect God and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting. Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead, and inferior to the Father as touching His manhood; Who, although He be God and Man, yet He is not two, but one Christ: One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking the manhood into God; One altogether; not by confusion of Substance, but by unity of Person. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ; Who suffered for our salvation; descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead; He ascended into heaven; He sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty; from whence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies, and shall give an account of their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire.
    This is the catholic faith; which except a man believe faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved”

    doesn’t seem to have much to say about prosperity, does it? 🙂

  9. The New Victor,
    “I don’t know anything about the Lutheran heretics (do you guys classify them thusly?).”

    I don’t know about others but I would rather stick to just calling them apostate. You can have great theology and believe all the right things — until you don’t, and you just go apostate with going heretic first.

  10. MLD is no heretic, nor is he apostate….he is a fellow believer, a smart one at that!.

  11. In regard to sexual ethics and public statements the reality is that the intimidation about public speaking on the matter is rising. What is happening is that the free exercise of religion and the freedom of speech are being assaulted through the back door by those who are claiming that our religion and speech both constitute hate. A new freedom from this so-called hate is being fashioned as a superior and prior right.

    Those slipper slopes that folk used to deny look different from the bottom.

  12. Brandon Andress doesn’t bother to actually parse what “in Christ” means. He is using it like many others as a ‘label’ that simply universalizes. Relevant is often insightful this article is intentionally incite-ful. But his attempt at a one brand solution to stop the labeling is noted.

  13. we seem to be at an interesting juncture right now with regard to sexual ethics… i think people who consider themselves liberal and tolerant are beginning to feel just a bit uneasy at what they see unfolding (perhaps, they’re noticing the slide?)… Seattle’s gay mayor just resigned as his pedophilia past seems to have caught up with him…

  14. David H (3)…so glad you found the help you needed! It is indeed REALLY sad that so many of our fellow believers have to down the “read your Bible more/pray more” road when someone reaches out for help. Geez, in fact it makes me angry that people do this. Really does.

    Also, I am not a fan of Piper or McArthur either. I don’t have anything personal against either man, except that they say some things that I find weird. What really irks me is how some people follow them to extremes, and hang on their every word.

    Lastly, from a previous column, like your arsenal of guitars! I also have a PRS, but mine is an Al Di Meola Rainbow Prism electric guitar. Also own an American Standard Olympic White Fender Strat, and blue Gibson Les Paul Studio electric, my aforementioned Steve Vai Jem Ibanez, and an old Ibanez Roadstar 2. My wish list:

    Gibson Black Beauty Custom
    Gibson SG
    Some kind of classical guitar
    Reasonator guitar

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