Are we commanded to pray for the salvation of the lost? Mathew 9:37, 38 – Pray for laborers Acts 4:29–31 – Pray for boldness Colossians 4:2–4 – Pray for opportunity to speak and that your message will be clear Ephesians 6:19, 20 – Pray for boldness and the right words to speak 2 Thessalonians 3:1 – [...]
By Daniel Hartwig Are you dealing with someone who insists that the King James Bible is the only valid Bible translation for churches to use today? One of the most powerful arguments I have come across is the statements of the original translators of the KJV found in the original preface to the KJV Bible. These [...]
The IARBC meeting has come to a close, but during the meeting there was a Q&A with Kevin Bauder and Paul Hartog. Most of the questions dealt with lessons from history and perspective on history. But someone asked a question about how they viewed Rick Warren’s invitation by John Piper. Kevin Bauder had an excellent response
Several months ago John Piper invited Rick Warren to be a part of the national Desiring God conference coming up this fall. This news has been out for a while, but people are starting to absorb the announcement and question and criticize Piper. Anticipating that reaction, John Piper put together a quick video addressing the reasons for his [...]
“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matt. 12:40).
Andy and Jennifer Naselli recently reviewed theology books for younger children. Their reviews can be found
It’s interesting how certain things intersect. Mark Driscoll on the Resurgence blog has an eight-minute video about “fundamentalists” and their problems:
Like I said, it’s funny how some things intersect. After viewing Mark Driscoll’s video and reading Faith Pulpit, you have to read Kevin Bauder’s latest
Many of you have heard the term “missional” before. It is a buzzword among churches that are seeking to be relevant in their communities in bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. Missional churches see themselves as missionaries and seek to live out this reality everywhere they go. A lot has been said [...]
We’ve had a lot of discussion on the
All right, getting back to looking at “already/not yet.” I have been thinking through the best way to break this down, and I’m going to start with a simple look at the language of the Epistles in regards to use of the term “already” or “not yet.” I realize that this won’t cover all the foundations on [...]
There still continues to be plenty of discussion about the In-Credible Christianity
Have you ever been discussing theology or reading a book and heard the speaker say something like, “Well, this is a case of the already/not yet. We have something inaugurated in fulfillment, yet it’s not fully accomplished.” Have you wondered how to respond? I’m going to be looking at this paradigm of interpretation (because that’s what [...]
Like many of you, I subscribe to various and sundry blogs in order to keep up on what’s out there in theology, church ministry, and Christianity at large. Which blogs do you follow? Mine are listed below.
An understanding of how the new covenant (Jer. 31:31ff.) integrates into dispensational theology is a much discussed point of theology. Questions like, “How does the new covenant relate to the church?” and “How does the law relate to the Christian?” are related to this discussion. here.
A final passage and then Dr. Myron concludes: (6) 2 Corinthians 4:3–6. In these verses there is both a problem and a solution. (a) The problem is that the gospel is hidden to those who are perishing (v. 3). No doubt Paul has in mind the Judaizers against whom he writes in chapter 3. (“Hidden” [...]
Dr. Myron Houghton works through more Biblical evidence as he looks at another passage of Scripture. (5) 1 Corinthians 2:1-16. Introduction. In the first chapter, Paul tries to restore unity and godliness to the Corinthian church by contrasting salvation with baptism, signs, reason and worldly qualifications. Here in chapter 2, he focuses on the message of salvation as [...]
This week we look at a single passage in 1 Corinthians as Dr. Myron Houghton continues to examine the Biblical evidence: (4) 1 Corinthians 1:17-31. Introduction. In this passage Paul is writing to a church that he established that is now badly divided and marked by carnality. In an effort to remedy this situation, Paul [...]
Biblical information In this section of the paper, I want to examine six passages in the New Testament that will help us to develop a proper methodology for defending the Christian faith. (1) Acts 13:4–52. Saul, “who is also called Paul” (v. 9) and Barnabas were sent out both by the Holy Spirit (v. 4) [...]
Here we get a summary of the evidentialist and presuppositionalist approaches to methodology. Next week will be the Biblical evidence. A METHODOLOGY FOR APOLOGETICS Evidential methodology In 1950, Edward John Carnell wrote a three-part series for Moody Monthly entitled, “How Every Christian Can Defend His Faith.” In dealing with a person who sincerely doubts the [...]
We have the privilege of having a paper on apologetic methodology by Dr. Myron Houghton at Faith Baptist Theological Seminary that I’m dividing up into several parts. A TRULY BIBLICAL APOLOGETIC METHODOLOGY Before we can discuss a truly Biblical apologetic methodology, a definition of apologetics must be given. Someone once wrote, “apologetics usually consists of [...]
here. The analogy of the church and a picture by your four-year-old is worth the 15 minutes it takes to get to that point too.
Al Mohler spoke about the future of the Southern Baptist Convention. While obviously specific to SBC issues, there is much that someone trying to reach this generation should think through. He likens the SBC to both General Motors and the large mall. Quotes: “Controversy produces the necessity of becoming clear.” —in regards to theology “If you find [...]