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Sin Explained

R.C. Sproul offers a simple method for explaining sin to an unbeliever…

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Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Video

 

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Shepherds’ Conference 2015

Once again, Shepherds’ Conference has come and gone. This year was amazing, but 2015 is going to be EPIC. Here is the announcement video…

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2014 in Video

 

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Morning Coffee – 02/27/14

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

  • Whitefield’s Sin Exposing Spotlight
  • He implored them, “You are lost, undone, without Him; and if He is not glorified in your salvation, He will be glorified in your destruction; if He does not come and make His abode in your hearts, you must take up an eternal abode with the devil and his angels.” None who heard Whitefield were put to sleep with a false sense of security.

  • We All Ban (sort of) Books
  • I truly do not have the power to ban books. I can warn people that certain books are filled with error and will lead them into those same errors. I can warn that some books are divisive because of their doctrinal error. But I cannot actually ban books. Although I must say that the power to do so seems rather tempting.

  • Five Truths About the Resurrection of Jesus
  • The resurrection is an already but not-yet reality for the Christian because of our union with Christ. Jesus’s resurrection means that those who have faith in him have been raised from the dead because they are in Christ, and yet we still await the full experience of the resurrection to come (Romans 8:22–23).

  • What Does “Give Us this Day Our Daily Bread” Mean?
  • We have a tendency to pray in general. When we pray in general, the only way we will see the hand of God’s providence is in general. As we enter into prayer, this conversation and communion with God, and put our petitions before Him, pouring out our souls and our needs specifically, we see specific answers to our prayers.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2014 in Links

 

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Morning Coffee

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

  • Don’t Do God’s Will Like an Atheist
  • Doing right for right’s sake is atheistic. Christians should do what’s right for God’s sake; because the Bible teaches us to do everything for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

  • From Hitler’s Wolves to Christ’s Lambs
  • The scandal of Christianity is not that these men went to heaven; it is that God loved them so much that he was willing to die to get them there. Had it been a human decision, many would have thrown these men, guilty of such atrocities, into the flames of hell.

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2013 in Links

 

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Morning Coffee

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

  • 5 Tips for Finding Your Theological Balance
  • Martin Luther described the history of theology as a drunk man getting on his horse only to fall off the other side—and then repeating the process. This problem irks me.

  • Theological Primer: Supralapsarianism and Infralapsarianism
  • I’m not aware of any two words in the theological lexicon quite like supralapsarianism and infralapsarianism. They sound dreadfully esoteric and hopelessly elitist, like they might be concerned with how many angels can dance on the head of a pin if that pin were resting upon a rock which God made so heavy not even he could lift it.

  • Are You Seeking After God?
  • The unbeliever will not seek. The unbeliever will not knock. Seeking is the business of believers. Jonathan Edwards said, “The seeking of the Kingdom of God is the chief business of the Christian life.” Seeking is the result of faith, not the cause of it.

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2013 in Links

 

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Between Hitler and Jesus

R.C. Sproul illustrates the chasm between our sanctification and glorification.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2013 in Video

 

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Abortion: That’s Entertainment?

Abortion: That’s Entertainment?

Good grief, Charlie Brown! What could possibly be worse than an online Left Behind video game? Maybe a game where your character overcomes legislative adversity to legally obtain an abortion in Texas? That’s right, folks… a pro-choice video game is in the works. “Choice: Texas” is scheduled to be released this February.

Don’t believe me? Check it out.


According to an
article from New York Daily News:

Characters in the game include 35-year-old Latrice, who is in a long-term relationship with her boyfriend but “never planned to have children.” Another character is Leah, 19, who is a bartender and is trying to save money for the future.

But there’s more…

There will be five personas in total, including a high school student not ready to be a mother, a woman in a high-risk pregnancy and a married mother in dire financial circumstances.

Personally, I think it’s a waste of time. Why? Here are three brief reasons:

It’s Boring

Whatever happened to Zelda? Or the fat plumber who grew when he ate mushrooms and spat fire when he ingested plants? Those games made zero sense, but were fun diversions from real life. Who wants to play the character of a married mother who wishes she could afford more formula?

Some might go so far as to say this is an “instructional game” …although no skill is being taught. Even so, educational games have always been terrible (with a few exceptions).

It’s Politically Fueled

Most kids will not be enticed by the game’s call to social activism. My middle-class Midwest childhood experience surely differs from some, but most of us cared very little for the political happenings of our youth. Our parents would sometimes break it down for us (“Saddam Hussein is a bad man” or “President Clinton did something naughty with his intern…”) but that’s about all the information most of us cared to sit through. School bus conversations centered upon books, movies, and the Sunday comics… not NAFTA.

Its Conflict is Rooted in Sad Ideology

The debate rages on and will perhaps continue to thrive until Christ returns. When does life begin and what are the implications? Even the Christian community is divided on this issue. We can’t deny its ability to polarize a room. Here is what R.C. Sproul has to say about it:

I’ve written over 70 books. The book that had the shortest shelf life of all of my books was my book on the case against abortion. I talked to pastor after pastor and sought to understand why they weren’t using this material (for which we also made a video series). They told me, “Well, we agree with it but we can’t do it in our church.” And I said, “Why?”  They responded: “It will split the congregation.” And I said, “So be it!” A million and a half unborn babies are slaughtered wantonly in the United States of America every year in the name of women’s rights. If I know anything about the character of God after forty years of study, I know that God hates abortion.

His insightful series on abortion from a biblical perspective can be found here.

But wait a minute! I thought pro-life Christians were religious extremists who haven’t read their Bibles or the teachings of Jesus? Not true. Randy Alcorn recently wrote an excellent short article for Tabletalk Magazine. His first four paragraphs present a concise case for biblical validation. He then appeals to reason with simple statements such as these:

Something nonhuman does not become human or more human by getting older or bigger; whatever is human is human from the beginning, or it can never be human at all. The right to live does not increase with age and size; otherwise, toddlers and adolescents have less right to live than adults.

Despite the divisive nature of the debate, an ideology that promotes a standard of living at the expense of human life is sad indeed… and does not make for good video games. I would rather rescue a princess than legally abort a baby so I can go back to bar-tending my way through school. Hopefully, the next generation of gamers will agree.

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2013 in Article, Video

 

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