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Understanding the Doctor

Dr. Iain Murray visited our campus last week and left us with two biographical chapel messages. The first introduced many of us to Archibald Brown. The second concerned his former boss and mentor, Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones. Here is that message.

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Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Video

 

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Happy Monday: Step Out of the Boat

Too big and aggressive for retail stores…

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2014 in Video

 

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Morning Coffee

Here are the stories I put in my coffee this morning.

  • Celebrating Reformation Day
  • The Word of God has the power to change history and transform continents. It has the power to change hearts, including yours and mine. The best way to celebrate Reformation Day is to remember that truth.

  • What Christians Should Know About Halloween
  • Sin indeed corrupts, but the sin is not so much “out there in the world” as is in the heart of every person. The reject position falsely assumes sin is mostly what we do rather than who we are.

  • Christianity and the Dark Side—What about Halloween?
  • Visually, the subject is unparalleled, if only considered in terms of costume design and art direction. Dramatically, Halloween’s ancient roots evoke dark and melodramatic themes, ripe for transformation into film’s language of shadow and light.

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2013 in Links

 

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Mob Mentality

Mob Mentality

“There is nothing more foolish, nothing more given to outrage than a useless mob.” – Herodotus

“There can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permitted to a mob.” – Ayn Rand (Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal)

Saint Mary’s University of Halifax has been making news as more than 80 student leaders are scheduled to undergo sensitivity training following a pro-rape chant that occurred during ‘frosh week.’ Here is a short news-clip of the story:


According to an
article from CTV (Canada’s largest private broadcaster),

The president of the Saint Mary’s Students Association says allowing a chant about sexual assault to be performed at a frosh event is the “biggest mistake” he’s ever made.
. . .
He added that the same chant has been part of frosh events since at least 2009 when he was a frosh, with the lyrics being passed down on paper to orientation leaders.

However, he couldn’t explain why no one had raised concerns about it previously.

According to another article, the same student said,

“A lot of them showed a ton of remorse for their actions,” Perry said. “Many of them ended up crying, speechless, jaw drops, and they’re very disappointed by their actions. It’s one of those things that you don’t realize until after the fact.”

Psychologists have tried to explain this phenomena with terms like “group mind” or “mob mentality” since the 1800s. My least favorite term is “herd mentality” which more than insinuates an animalistic and evolutionary debasement of man. Nevertheless, there still exists in all of us a tendency to go with the flow. Some guys make rebellion look easy, but I would bet cash that even this vagrant struggles with conformist desires from time to time…

Few men possess the conviction and fortitude to stand their ground and push against a mounting wall of social adversity. One of those guys was the Apostle Paul. He had his fair share of fears when it came to the mob (Acts 18:9, 27:24), but he also possessed a self-abandoned sense of boldness that makes the most self-righteous punk kid’s credibility look like a Mickey Mouse Club beach party. Acts 14:19-20 says,

But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having won over the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. But while the disciples stood around him, he got up and entered the city. (NASB)

How awesome is that? Paul is wrapping up his first missionary journey before retracing his steps on the way home. He heals a man in Lystra where the masses mistakenly think he and Barnabas are Hermes and Zeus. A few bad apples make it into the barrel. The crowd suddenly turns into a mob, stones Paul, and leaves him for dead. But how does he react? He gets up and walks back into the city.

Ultimately, Paul was more afraid of God than he was of men. He had seen the glorified Christ on the road to Damascus and joined the Apostles as “one untimely born” (1 Corinthians 15:8). No throng could overcome this man’s resolve. The root of his faith ran deep; deeper than the threat of death. His desire to share the Gospel with the perishing populous was stronger than his desire to win their affections. Certainly, his love for the Truth was greater than the stony attacks of a mental mob… whose members would likely cry in speechless shock… given the opportunity to see themselves on national TV.

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2013 in Article, Video

 

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Morning Coffee

Here are the stories I put in my coffee this morning.

  • The Class of 2017
  • As far back as they can remember, Michael Tait has been the lead singer of Newsboys, and DC Talk is…who again? DC Talk has not released a new studio album in their lifetime.

  • Bearded Gospel History: Saint Augustine
  • In an age where many have rejected Christianity for intellectual reasons, Augustine reminds us to seek hard after Truth, to study and understand its depths, and never to settle for undeveloped answers.

  • 4 Principles for the Exercise of Christian Liberty
  • Where the gospel is at stake, liberty needs to be exercised; where the stability of a weak Christian is at stake, we need to restrain it.

  • Lessons from the 2013 VMAs
  • We need to remember that God is in control, that God is providentially working out His plan, that there is nothing new under the sun, that sin is sin no matter what shape it takes, that I’m the chief among sinners, and that we need to be like the Men of Issachar. . . “who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” (I Chronicles 12:32).

  • When the Popular Youth Pastor Gets Arrested Again
  • Our teenagers do not need someone who can put on a great show so much as they need people to love them, teach them, and model the Christian life for them. Such faithfulness would do more to grab the hearts of our teenagers than a large, loud event ever could.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2013 in Links

 

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Fast Acts

The book of Acts in three minutes…

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2013 in Video

 

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Stay Theological, My Friends

Click on the image to admire The Most Interesting Theologians in the World.

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2013 in Image, Links

 

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