Don’t Miss List: Self-Evident Truths, Wisdom, PDC updates

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Happy Independence Day, to my fellow Americans. Here’s a quick, Don’t Miss List for you.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – Kevin DeYoung (via TGC)

DeYoung remains one of my favorite writers. This timely piece about the “self-evident” truths which the U.S. was founded upon, and the declaration that rights are endowed by God, not government is no exception. Continue reading

Six Terrible Tweets from PDChurch 2016

Today was the first day of Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren’s latest “Purpose Driven Church” conference. It’s been a few years since, he’s held one, but as far as I can tell from the tweets (#PDChurch) it’s all just more of the same he’s peddling.

Here’s the video teaser they made for the conference. I’m grateful to The Berean Examiner for the heads up on this conference. They also took Warren to task for unbiblical statements he made promoting the conference.

Since I had to work and was unwilling to pay the hefty price tag to livestream the event anyway, I had to get by just watching the live tweets today.

Here are just some of the worst and most ironic tweets from the #PDChurch conference I’ve seen today with a few of my thoughts:

https://twitter.com/JustinEmanuelNY/status/747891120206544896

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Can the gospel be made attractive? Should it be attempted? A biblical response.

There is a rampant problem among the Christian church at large today that some might call the “attractional” model of church. More people are probably more familiar with the term “seeker-sensitive.” This is also a philosophical tenet of the Church Growth Movement which you can learn more about in my post from a couple days ago.

Too many churches and church leaders think if they make church more appealing to non-Christians they’ll attend and eventually be converted.

This is s driving philosophy of nationally known pastors like Rick Warren, Bill Hybels and Andy Stanley and their respective mega-churches. Stanley’s writings and interviews have made it clear he thinks the church should be for the “unchurched.” He’s even claimed pastors are no longer supposed to be shepherds of their congregations.  And Warren speaks freely about the fact that he set out to build a church for “Saddleback Sam,” actually polling people to find out what they wanted in a church. Continue reading

Don’t Miss List: Meditation, Reformation and More

How to Discern Between Biblical Meditation and the Unbiblical Kind

As new age meditation becomes commonplace in our culture it is imperative that we Christians understand the difference between what the Bible means when it says to meditate on God’s word and eastern and dangerous religious practices that are so popular today. Marsha West tackles meditation and what is biblical at Stand Up for the Truth. Continue reading