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Psalm 2

1 Why do the nations rage

and the peoples plot in vain?

2 The kings of the earth set themselves,

and the rulers take counsel together,

against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,

3 “Let us burst their bonds apart

and cast away their cords from us.”

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;

the Lord holds them in derision.

5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath,

and terrify them in his fury, saying,

6 “As for me, I have set my King

on Zion, my holy hill.”

7 I will tell of the decree:

The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;

today I have begotten you.

8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,

and the ends of the earth your possession.

9 You shall break them with a rod of iron

and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;

be warned, O rulers of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear,

and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son,

lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,

for his wrath is quickly kindled.

Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
–Psalms 2:1-12

I enjoyed this iTunes podcast from R.C. Sproul about this Psalm and the Davidic Covenant. Very good listening and reading for a Sunday.

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Preaching repentance for judgment

The Lost Art of Listening, Luke 8:4-15 (Here’s the iTunes link)

Here’s an Oklahoma boy preaching the gospel at Southern Seminary. Listen to the whole thing but at about 18 minutes, the Disciples get taken down a notch or two. A great discussion of God’s sovereignty and why Christians understand the Bible. Perspicuity folks–its a gift. Sometimes we preach repentance to justify judgment. Check it.

What shall we say then?

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.–Romans 6:1-4

Between my bouts of finding podcasts and listening to them today I was reading Centuri0n’s blog. I can’t even link to it because I don’t think he wants people to–its not that sort of post. But its on top right now…don’t go read it unless you just really can’t help it. And his warning is for real. The link leads to a post thats bar room/locker room raw.

I’m still trying to figure out if the claims made by this fellow about the Bible are any different than the ones we make about it. I don’t think they are in that they’re based more on our experiences that upon what the Bible says. I lost a child so election can’t be right, I know a drunk so drinking must be evil, “Come on Joe les go blow up an abortion clinic”, etc. Whatever evil we want to hang on the Bible as our reason for doing it–it isn’t any different that what those people who beat up his Dad were thinking is it?

In the end its not the sin of the beaten or the blown up, its our own that causes this sort of thing. We WANT to beat the crap out of that person and insert your rationale here. If I was a good Baptist I’d suggest that perhaps ‘they weren’t saved’ but I think we’ve already established that I’m not that good a Baptist because I think thats a cop out. I think it goes deeper than that. I think its the same reason that the SBC was so opposed to Emancipation to begin with and why now we feel like we have to have someone to fight against ALL THE TIME. I think its the same reason as why we have to have fifty different discipleship programs all based on a some different formula of verses guaranteed to grow your church.

We’re not dead. Not yet. We’re still clinging, as a Convention to our life. We are not satisfied with the risen Christ and the Holy Word of God so we have to make more stuff up to go along with it.

Think about that one. Don’t blow it off, think.

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One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches. –Galatians 6:6

Why do we act like this is a suggestion? Why do we treat our pastors like hirelings? Why do we continually strive against the authority of the Word of God?

Yeah deacons, gossips, busybodies, I’m talking to you. Next time you feel like griping about the pastor’s sermon, take time to talk to him about it. When you find out what all he did that week besides prepare the sermon, offer to help out. When you see that he doesn’t have access to that many pastoral resources, ask him what he needs and find a way to get it for him.

I suppose its easier to just play ‘blame the pastor’. I mean, its the Southern Baptist way right? And I admit, I’ve met some folks who were sloppy in the pulpit BUT, and here the thing we need to hear, I’ve also looked at their congregations and said, “No wonder.”

“But the Word of God is not bound!” Are you?

Psalm 130

Psalms 130
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
2 O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
that you may be feared.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is plentiful redemption.
8 And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

May the Lord bless you as you go to worship him this day.

The Sacred Cow Grill

OK. So the issue I was discussing yesterday has already bobbed to the surface in my comments. The dreaded phrase sufficiency of scripture. And don’t get me wrong, because scripture is sufficient. But I think we—and that’s the SBC we—are not really getting the point.

You see, I didn’t even know there was a conservative resurgence taking place in the SBC until it was, technically, over. From what I read in blogola that means that they have officially shot all the wounded, buried them in unmarked graves and stampeded a herd of scapegoats over the burial site to cover their tracks. I read about it for the first time on Tom Ascol’s blog over at Founders—which of course immediately marks me by association for some folks—and I was shocked. Well, I mean I laughed out loud because my first thought was “Wow, if this is what the church looked like after the resurgence it must have been a disaster before.” And my second was “I just can’t really say that with a straight face.”

It’s not that I’m not grateful for those who have gone before because I truly am. I recall my own conversion and it’s almost laughable. I’ll have to write about it sometime. But the main fellow involved was most definitely a revivalist and what that means to me is that he preached an evangelistic message with an emotional invitation and mood music to get people to respond. I can’t really complain too very much about that because I heard the gospel and believed it and was changed. Can’t explain it other than God can and does use anything for his glory.

You see, the problem with that sort of mindset, that sort of revivalist mentality is really evasive. It compartmentalizes our Christian lives into “Sunday, Wednesday, and Special Events”. The idea of scheduling a revival falls into that last category. The deadly part is that when the Falls Creek church camp effect wears off, you have people who just don’t feel saved anymore. This is our wide open back door folks. This is our problem as a church and as a convention. Our salvation is based on our decision.

What scares me the most is my own mind. I know when I make a decision, it’s a fairly dynamic event. What that means is I can leave the house wanting a chili dog but by the time I get to Sonic I’m dying for a cheeseburger. See what I mean?
We’ll talk about why this is a problem tomorrow.

It’s like a bad hangover…

…it just doesn’t know when to go away.

I wrote most of this comment over at Centuri0n’s blog and it sounded more like a position piece so I deleted most of it. But I thought I’d post it up here because, hey, why waste the bits? If you’re one of my non-SBC readers allow me to apologize in advance while I air this bit of dirty laundry.

What I don’t understand is that if alcohol is inherently evil, which is the ground that the prohibitionists seem to be standing on, why isn’t the Bible more clear about the issue? Jesus has no problem talking about lying or cheating on your spouse or anything like that. Why isn’t in the top ten? “Thou shalt not drink” isn’t even anywhere in the Bible. It says bad things about alcohol ABUSE but frankly both sides have got to dig to even say anything about alcohol from a biblical perspective.

I’ve asked a question in the meta over there twice and haven’t yet received an answer so I’ll ask it here for your perusal and here’s the reason: this applies to anything we do. Whatever our cause, this applies to it. Here’s the question with a little bit of commentary and some editing. It’s not an exact quote, in other words.

I’ve read Dagg’s biography and he does lean toward the moralistic prohibition side of things. But his position, I think, was due to the fact that his brother or his son–don’t know off hand–drank himself to death. Is it right, then, to change our position from biblical to ‘activist’ just because of the ‘someone we know died’ argument? Kinda takes the focus off the gospel doesn’t it?”

How about E.Y. Mullins? To me, his rewrite our our confession of faith was what pushed us down this whole moral agenda road to begin with. His son died thereabouts, I believe. Did that drive him away from ‘election’ as it was written in his source material? Looks like it from here. So again, let me ask you, can you stand on that sort of authority with regard to setting limits on Christian freedom? Does experience trump scriptural authority?

The problem I have with all of these arguments about alcohol is something that bugs me about a lot of SBC things. We take our idea we want to drive whether it’s Lottie Moon or boycotting Disney and we say “OK this is what we want to support. NOW lets go to the Bible and find a verse for the promotional literature. The Bible should drive what we do. Period. This whole alcohol resolution thing is on shaky ground from that perspective.

I think most of our troubles in the SBC come from a source very close to this issue. Stay tuned.