Acts 15 and Salvation by Grace Alone

It was so good to be back at my own little church today to sing, to pray and to study with my church family. It is always so sweet to return after time away from them.

My pastor was continuing our study through the book of Acts and today we were going through Acts 15:6-12 (saving the rest of this section for next week). It’s a historical passage but with pertinent information about the issue of salvation. This post stemmed from the message my pastor preached this morning. Continue reading

Don’t Miss List for April 12, 2016

Victoria Osteen Puts Words in Jesus’ Mouth

VOsteenThe Museum of Idolatry has this 44-second gem on display, providing further proof that neither Joel Osteen or his wife Victoria, have any idea what the Bible actually says or means.

One of my favorite Shepherd’s Conference Messages

I intended to post this sooner, but life and surgery got in the way. But I think this session from ShepCon 2016 by Nathan Busenitz is a must listen. Titled “Evangelicalism’s Quest for Popular Acceptance,” Busenitz delves into the risks of choosing intellectualism, political influence or even the noble goal of trying to reach more people over biblical fidelity. These are all tempting alternatives to biblical faithfulness that must be rejected.

Berean Research on the Azusa “Revival”

The Azusa event took place over the weekend and Berean Research has a post about it.

Iran’s Underground Church Continues to Grow

I wrote this article for WORLD recently about the growth of Christianity under severe persecution in Iran.

Entreating Favor on the Psalms

I really loved this Psalms edition of EF’s “Best Book of the Bible” series from Nate Pickowicz. I love the Psalms, for this is helpful place to start if you’re not quite sure what this huge book of poetry is doing in the middle of your Bible.

A Quote From Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“One of the greatest exponents of the Christian faith that the world has ever known was the mighty apostle Paul, and he tells us that we are as we are because of the sin of Adam and that we all sinned with him and we all fell with him. And Paul says that over against Adam is the Lord Jesus Christ: ‘For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive’ (1 Corinthians 15:22).”

– Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Gospel in Genesis: From Fig Leaves to Faith

The Word: 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

1 Corinthians 3:10-15 ESV

Atheist church?

This is a story from The New York Times that left me scratching my head: “In the Bible Belt, Offering Atheists a Spiritual Home.”  It just seems very odd to me that atheists would want to gather for church-like services to sing together and hear a message. I mean, why not just go to a local lecture, or have some fellow atheists over for dinner, or go to a concert together? Continue reading

Andy Stanley’s Troubling Logic

I’ve already shared this on twitter, but it warrants blogging. Chris Rosebrough captured this video and Sola Sisters blogged about it on June 1. Andy Stanley of Northpoint Community Church in Georgia was being interviewed and said, “The foundation of our faith is not the Scripture. The foundation of our faith is not the infallibility of the Bible. The foundation of our faith is something that happened in history. And the issue is always, who is Jesus? That’s always the issue. The Scripture is simply a collection of ancient documents that tells us that story.” Actually the Bible declares itself to be more than that, it says it is the inspired word of God and that men “spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:21) Continue reading