Would Jesus be on Facebook if He walked the earth today?

I live in Canada, a country that used to hold the title of "world's heaviest internet user". The average Canadian in 2011 would spend 45 hours online every month. In 2012 that number decreased to 41 hours per month which has led our neighbours to the south taking our title at 43 hours online per month. Canada has a population of 35 million and 26 million of those have the internet. Of the 26 million that have the internet, nearly 100 percent (99.5%) go online at least once a day. The point is … [Read more...]

Your sins are done away with!

Hebrews 9:28 - so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.I'm reading through Hebrews right now and I read this passage last night. There are two things I want to encourage you with today:1. If you are saved, if you are in Christ, your sins are done away with! Your record is clean because of Jesus Christ's life, death and resurrection. This is the good news and it's the … [Read more...]

Drink Your Beer To The Glory Of God!

Recently I asked on the Facebook page if a pastor who has a drink occasionally is above reproach. The answers were varied, with supporting biblical and historical texts for both arguments. This led me to ask myself a question: "Since there is so much controversy surrounding alcohol(and smoking), should Christians bother putting themselves in the midst of this debated issue?" In the Bible it would be pretty hard to say that alcohol and smoking in themselves are sins, since it doesn't explicitly … [Read more...]

Evangelism is like Nike, Just Do It

Editor’s Note: Below is a guest post from a new friend, Steve Swan. Steve is the associate pastor at The King's Fellowship, a church in the heart of Winnipeg, Canada. Steve is married to his best friend, Sarah and they have two daughters, Nora(3) and Lulu(1). You can find his blog at Words of Truth & Reason.In Charles Spurgeon's book The Soul Winner, he writes this about evangelism:“We must not excuse ourselves, but force ourselves to the irksome task till it becomes eas … [Read more...]

A Reformed Survey: Is sanctification monergistic or synergistic?

Thank you to everyone who participated in the voting. To bring everyone up to speed, we are debating the issue of sanctification. Is it monergistic (something God does without the cooperation of the individual) or is it synergistic (something God does in cooperation with the individual)? THE RESULTSMonergistic - 50% Synergistic - 45.45% I don't know - 4.55%Fascinating, huh? I had no idea how close the results were going to be. I think we can all come to an … [Read more...]

Is sanctification monergistic or synergistic?

We Reformed folk all agree that justification is monergistic, but where we sometimes differ is in our view of sanctification. Tell me what you think! I'll gather the results and share them along with another post later this week.  … [Read more...]

Does God HATE the ones whom He will not save?

Many of us would be quick to say that God's love is universal to all mankind. The majority of us grew up singing songs like "Jesus loves me" and "Jesus loves the little children" in which one line in the song states: "Jesus loves all the children of the world".This is something I struggled with recently that was spurred on by a few comments made on my post, Westboro Baptist No More. In the doctrine of election we know that God unconditionally chooses people before the foundation of the world … [Read more...]