November 23, 2011

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November 23, 2011

On my bucket list of things to do before I go to meet my Maker, was to get to hear one of our national treasures play and sing—- Paul Simon. The clock has been ticking on this one increasingly loudly because Paul Simon after all is 70…..70!! Which of course is a testimony to how old I am as well. I have already reviewed his fabulous recent album ‘So Beautiful..or So What’ on this blog so you can seek that… Read more

November 23, 2011

Of the making of Bible translations there is no end, and that actually is a good thing for two reasons: 1) we are constantly finding new info on the Greek New Testament in its earliest forms, and 2) English is a moving target, a living and developing language. If only for these two reasons we have a right to expect the continual attempt to communicate the original text in understandable contemporary English. In this particular post I want to focus… Read more

November 22, 2011

There are lots of different kinds of deliveries. There’s regular mail, there’s Fed Ex, there’s UPS… we could go on and on. But when it comes to the delivery of the sermon it’s not just about fast or slow, regular or irregular. There are more effective and less effective ways of communicating with a particular audience. Here, knowing one’s audience is crucial. There is a difference between a word on target, and using the buckshot approach and hoping to hit… Read more

November 21, 2011

There is of course a long history of preaching, inside and outside of the church. It’s called a sermon or revival message inside the church, evangelism outside the church, though it’s only one form of evangelism of course. My concern in this post is to talk about the rather drab and dismal state of preaching in some quarters these days, even in Evangelical churches. While of course it is true that the Holy Spirit is involved in the process of… Read more

November 20, 2011

The following is a devotional from James Howell the pastor of my home church Myers Park UMC in Charlotte N.C. — eMoses – nothing worth doing Nov 3 Let us continue to reflect on Moses’ last day, high up on Mt. Pisgah, surveying the Promised Land. How many heroes through history have not been there for the climax of their own mission? Martin Luther King, Jr., on the night before his assassination, spoke eerily on this very passage in his… Read more

November 19, 2011

Leaning is a means of concentrating. The parishoner leans forward in the pew to listen more intently to what the preacher is saying. The preaching leans forward on the pulpit when he is making a particularly crucial point and wants to have the full attention of the congregation. I like to lean on the arm of the pew and incline my ear and heart to the Word. Some of us are more visual learners (especially the computer generation) some are… Read more

November 18, 2011

Recently a Christian from Indonesia who writes to me with questions about the faith from time to time asked me about the Reformed theology of regeneration. Basically it goes like this— you can’t possibly have faith or respond to the Gospel unless God has already regenerated you so that you could do so, and you are not going to be regenerated unless God has chosen you to be so in the first place. Otherwise, you are a no-hoper. It’s all… Read more

November 17, 2011

On this blog we have previously reviewed the hilarious book by Jacobs about trying to live out literally the commands of the Bible for one year, here we have an interesting sequel in this article. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903596904576514580247803932.html Read more

November 16, 2011

New Hobbit Production Video Blog #4 Released from The Hobbit Set! http://the-hobbitmovie.com/new-hobbit-production-video-blog-4-released-from-the-hobbit-set/ Read more

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