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Archive for May, 2007

Remember!

Take some time today and remember those men and women who have given their lives for our nation. Their sacrifices allow us to live in freedom, to speak and write freely, and to worship and serve God. Don’t forget to thank the Lord for them, too.

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I heartily recommend the online debate between Douglas Wilson and Christopher Hitchens over on Christianity Today‘s website. As of today, there are at least five installments. Hitchens has recently wrote an atheistic broadside against Christianity (another in recent spate) called God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. Wilson, pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, is the author of Letter from a Christian Citizen which is a repsonse to another atheist tract by Sam Harris. The exchange is interesting and thought-provoking.

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Luther’s List

Here are Martin Luther’s necessary qualities of good preachers:

1. They should be able to teach in a right in orderly way.
2. They should have a good head.
3. They should be able to speak well.
4. They should have a good voice.
5. They should have a good memory.
6. They should know when to stop.
7. They should be sure of their material and be diligent.
8. They should stake body and life, goods and honor on it.
9. They should suffer themselves to be vexed and played by everyone.

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Jerry Falwell (1933-2007)

Reverend Falwell founded Thomas Road Baptist Church, Liberty University, and the Moral Majority. He was a leader of fundamentalists and evangelicals in the last several decades. He boldly stood for the Lord Jesus Christ, taking unpopular stands (as far as the world is concerned), taking the point, and taking the heat for it. But I’m absolutely certain that what he valued in life was the fact that he was a husband, father, and pastor. What he valued most, however, was His Lord ands Savior Jesus Christ.

He influenced many of us (myself included), even if some don’t want to admit it. May he hear “Well done, good and faithful servant,” from our good and faithful Lord.

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Basics 2007 – a pastor’s conference sponsored by Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio (whose pastor is Alistair Begg) – happened last week. Audio and vidoe are availble here.

It’s a conference for pastors and most of the sessions are designed that way, but anyone could benefit from what’s preached and taught (I know I certainly did, especially the challenge to be faithful in preaching God’s Word). If you’re not a pastor and have always wondered what actually goes on at such conferences, here’s your chance to find out.

Alistair gives an update on his health in the introduction – please don’t skip it!

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I need to get this off my chest: I don’t believe in Brian Sapient (founder of The Blasphemy Project). Why? Let me count the ways.

1. There is no scientific evidence that he exists.

2. I’ve never met him.

3. He’s never done anything for me.

4. The existence of evil disproves his existence.

5. There’s so much suffering in the world. How could he exist?

6. Some of Brian’s followers are jerks and have done bad things.

7. People who say Brian exists are hypocrites.

8. People think Brian exists because they need a crutch to get them through life.

9. Brian hasn’t revealed himself to me even though I’ve asked him to do so.

Well, there it is.

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Regis Nicoll has written an excellent article on the relationship between orthodoxy (right belief) and orthopraxy (right behavior). His point is spot on: orthopraxy begins with orthodoxy.

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