Preaching – Part 2: Transformative preaching

Another form of preaching is called "Transformative Preaching." In this kind of preaching the focus is on Changing the hearts of the listeners. Ed Carey sets out "Seven Principles" to achieve the transformation in the heart of a hearer.I have paraphrased them below for you... What do you think?Transformative Preaching must...1) Transform the the pulpit before it can transform the pew2) Begin with soaking in prayer so the Word of God leads the communicator not vise versa3) Communicate effectively … [Read more...]

Jim Pouillon, a pro-life activist killed

Jim Pouillon, a pro-life activist was killed today in Owosso, Michigan. He was shot this morning while protesting in front on the High School while students an parrents were coming into school. I'm not sure how to respond to this. My first reaction was shock, they anger, now I'm just very sad. Killing is wrong always, but killing someone who is fighting to save lives breaks my heart in 12 directions. I know many of you are not Pro-Life, but this is wrong no matter where you stand.This incident … [Read more...]

Obama Health Care Speech: Full Video

I don't care what you think about it. You should watch the speech Obama gave on health care.Brian McLaren Weighs in: McKnight has some things to say: for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy … [Read more...]

Eight Noun Rules for Biblical Greek – Billy Kangas

I wrote a song this week for my Greek class. It deals with the Eight Noun Rules in William D. Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar What do you think? Here are the lyrics!The first rule of nouns deals with stuff that connectsWith the Alpha or Eta you’re in the First SetAn omicron’s second and the thirds consonants. The First RuleThe second rule deals with the neuter ending placeIt’s the same in the nominative and accusative caseIf the cases are plural it’ll probably be an alpha because that’s … [Read more...]

Preaching: invitational preaching

One form of preaching that has captivated the American Religious Landscape for the entire history of this country is what some might call “invitational preaching.” In this school of preaching the speaker’s aim is to convert the listener. Conversion in this form of preaching is not always aimed at Non-Christians, but can also be catalyst to conform a believer’s life and heart more to the message or The Gospel. It can be seen in the preaching of John Wesley, George Whitefield, and Charles Finney to … [Read more...]

Christ and Columbine – A story of redemption

The story is as old as time. From Cane and Able, to the Sicarii and the Zelots in Ancient Israel. It’s a story that has been told and retold through the lives of such men as John Brown, Michael Collins, and Che Guevara. On April 20th 1999 Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold entered their high school near Littleton, Colorado and started shooting. The incident left fifteen dead including the shooters.The Columbine shooting was in a very real sense my baptism into the question of violence. As a h … [Read more...]

Only Begotten?

μονογενηες - (Monogenes)The Greek word μονογενηες has long been part of what is often called the “Golden Text” of scripture among evangelicals – John 3:16. If your familiarity with the verse is limited to its frequency in crowd shots at sports games allow me to inform you of its content. The verse in the King James Version reads “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” μονογενηες comes into pla … [Read more...]

Learn The Greek Alphabet in no time!

Last week at North Park I learned the Greek Alphabet as part of my greek course. I thought it might be a good thing for you all to learn.I learned it using a song located at I just put the thing on loop for a few hours while I was doing other stuff and it worked like magic.However their pronunciation is a little off.If you want a video check out the one below. This guy is a little dull, but does a good Job. Listen to his song at about the 9 minute … [Read more...]

Church makes promise to adopt so you don’t abort

"Peachtree Presbyterian Church will care for any newborn baby you bring to this church." Vic Pentz, pastor of PPC in Atlanta, said this summer durring a sermon. He's serious. Acording to an article by a local NBC station the congregation is partering with Bethany Christian Services to figure out how it will all work out.I really support the move. Abortion is somthing none of us want to see happen to any child. I hope the congragation can navigate the emense complications that come with this kind … [Read more...]