But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013 01:00

Why Confront the Charismatic Movement? Featured

The sons of Aaron . . . offered strange fire before the Lord . . . and fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them (Leviticus 10:1–2).

Like the sons of Aaron, many in the church today have put themselves in the path of God’s judgment and wrath through careless,...

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Monday, 11 February 2013 04:29

He Gave Them New Clothes (Genesis 2:4–3:24 Sermon Audio)

I was recently asked to preach at relatively short notice, so what to do? I dusted off my He Gave Them New Clothes post and added an introduction to turn it into a sermon proper. This is the result:

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Monday, 24 September 2012 06:45

He Gave Them New Clothes

A narrative meditation upon the imputation of Christ’s active and passive obedience, from Gen. 2:8–3:24. Audio from a sermon based on this post is available.

They were both naked, the man and his wife, and they were not ashamed.

They are in the midst of a garden paradise, recipients of...

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Monday, 10 September 2012 15:19

Law, Gospel, and a Good Hymn

What makes a good hymn?

We’d like it to be skilfully crafted. And it must be set to a fitting tune – preferably one we can sing.

But I suggest that the primary requirement of a good hymn is that it should clearly articulate biblical truth.

We remember what we sing.

A poor hymn can confuse...

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Written by doulos
Monday, 10 September 2012 13:37

A Second Opinion on that ‘Justification by Tithing’ Sermon

This is the final post in a series responding to a sermon given by a local Purpose Driven pastor. The first examined the astonishing claim that ‘Faith is giving when I don’t have it’. The second corrected a gross misinterpretation of Hebrews 11:4 that taught works righteousness...

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Written by doulos
Monday, 10 September 2012 08:16

Cain and Abel, Law and Gospel

This is the third post in a series responding to a sermon given by a local Purpose Driven pastor. The first examined the astonishing claim that ‘Faith is giving when I don’t have it’. The second corrected a gross misinterpretation of Hebrews 11:4 that taught works righteousness...

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Friday, 07 September 2012 03:14

Christ, Our Exceedingly Great Reward

This is the second post in a series responding to a sermon by a local Purpose Driven pastor. The first part, Justified by Faith, Apart from Works, may be of interest to readers for establishing context.

It is not, I think, entirely unreasonable to be alarmed by a sermon that teaches justification by...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2012 12:48

Justified by Faith, Apart from Works

I recently listened to a train wreck of a sermon by a local Purpose Driven pastor. In his 44 minutes on the subject of faith, he achieved the remarkable feat of avoiding any mention of the proper object of Christian faith: Christ, and His life, death and resurrection for sinners.

The pastor defined...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2012 00:06

Forgiveness

Sound words on forgiveness from Kevin DeYoung and Chris Brauns. View article →

Better still is the realization that, not only is our having been forgiven a gracious gift from God, but so too is our repentance (cf. Acts 11:18; 2 Tim. 2:25).

Our love for one another arises from the Gospel –...

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Friday, 31 August 2012 10:31

LCMS Theology Commission: Avoid NIV 2011

The Cyberbrethren blog reports that the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Commission on Theology and Church Relation’s executive staff has warned against the 2011 version of the New International Version translation of the Bible. The NIV 2011 replaces the previous and widely used...

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Written by doulos
Friday, 31 August 2012 10:08

No Compromise Ever, Episode 1

I’m rather late with this one but, if you haven’t already seen it, Episode 1 of No Compromise Ever is available and well worth watching. Mike Abendroth, Dr. James White, Dr. Carl Trueman and Phil Johnson discuss the fallout from Elephant Room 2.

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Thursday, 07 June 2012 06:37

The Beauty of Concealed Scholarship

Wise words from Jeremy Walker of the Reformation21 blog. View article →

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Tuesday, 05 June 2012 10:12

‘No Compromise: Ever’ Trailer

Mike Abendroth, Phil Johnson, James White and Carl Trueman don’t seem to be fans of James MacDonald’s Elephant Room 2…

Source: http://nocoever.com/

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Friday, 01 June 2012 15:19

Carl Trueman on Outsourced Sermon Preparation

In the light of a new research service endorsed by the likes of Mark Driscoll and Craig Groeschel, Carl Trueman wonders whether it is acceptable for preachers to outsource an integral part of their sermon preparation. View article →

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Thursday, 24 May 2012 01:42

Gay Christianity Refuted: James White’s Full Response to Matthew Vines

On 8 March 2012, 21 year old Matthew Vines gave an emotionally charged presentation entitled The Bible and Homosexuality. He attempted to argue the case that ‘loving’ homosexual relationships were compatible with biblical Christianity. Many found it persuasive.

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Written by doulos
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:06

Using the ChronoBridge in a Togo Village

TOGO--WEST AFRICA—Yesterday, I used the Chronological Bridge to Life (ChronoBridge), from the Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship resources, to share the Gospel in a group setting. We were in a village in the bush here in Togo called Tagbolo-Kopé, an animist village where our small...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012 12:58

The New Perspective on Paul: Calvin and N.T. Wright

What exactly is the nature of the New Perspectives on Paul? So asks Dr. J.V. Fesko, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Historical Theology at Westminster Seminary, California. He presents a lengthy – but very worthwhile – survey of N.T. Wright’s New...

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Written by doulos
Saturday, 14 April 2012 02:59

Learning from Liberals

Nathan Busenitz, Instructor of Theology at The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles, outlines seven lessons we can learn from the German liberal theologians and higher critics:

1. The way to reach skeptics with the gospel is not by watering down the gospel. Many of the liberal theologians thought...

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Friday, 06 April 2012 03:30

Expiation and Propitiation

R.C. Sproul explains two words vital to understanding the Gospel. View article →

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Thursday, 05 April 2012 08:01

The Historical Figure of Pontius Pilate

Issues, Etc. explores the historical figure of Pontius Pilate in a fascinating hour-long audio interview with historian Dr. Paul Maier. Maier is the author of the superb historical novel, Pontius Pilate, and an undoubted authority on Pilate. View article →

Authors: doulos...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2012 03:43

Forsaken – Jesus Became A Curse

R.C. Sproul ponders the cry of Jesus on the cross, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ View article →

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Saturday, 31 March 2012 02:48

Can the Roman Catholic Gospel Save?

In a recent blog post, C. Michael Patton of Credo House Ministries asked, ‘Are Roman Catholics Saved?’ He argued that the most important question was the one Jesus asked of His disciples, ‘Who do you say that I am?’, and that the Church of Rome answers this correctly.

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Written by doulos
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 15:01

They Wept When They Heard the Big Story

ASIA--PAPUA NEW GUINEA—Charlie Tumbiago used The Story of Hope teaching visuals in an evangelistic ministry in a local market in their Southern Highlands province.

Authors: Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012 08:08

False Doctrine Destroys Christian Unity

Jesus prayed for the unity of all believers:

I do not pray for these [my disciples] alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me....

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Written by doulos
Thursday, 22 March 2012 04:12

An Inside Perspective on the Islamic-Friendly Bible

The practice of tailoring Bible translations to Muslim sensibilities by replacing phrases such as ‘the Son of God’ and ‘God the Father’ has been the source of much controversy. In a comment posted on the blog of Dr. Gene Veith (Provost at Patrick Henry College and Director...

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Written by doulos
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:59

Momentum Gathers as Third Harvest Bible Fellowship Church Dissociates Over ER2

The Elder Board of Harvest Bible Chapel New Lenox has announced its decision to dissociate from Elephant Room 2 organizer James MacDonald’s Harvest Bible Fellowship. In a forthright and Biblically rooted statement, the elders explained that their decision was based upon MacDonald’s...

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Written by doulos
Monday, 05 March 2012 05:24

John Newton on Controversy

A minister, about to write an article criticizing a fellow minister for his lack of orthodoxy, wrote to John Newton, author of the hymn Amazing Grace, of his intention. The Ligonier blog presents Newton’s wise counsel. View article →

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Friday, 02 March 2012 03:06

James White Reviews Ergun Caner Sermon on Calvinism

This is from 2006, but nevertheless well worth watching. Caner doesn’t like Calvinism. At all. (The video gets going around the 3 minute mark.)

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Thursday, 01 March 2012 01:22

Second Harvest Bible Fellowship Church Dissociates Over ER2

The elders of Harvest Bible Chapel of Prescott have published a gracious and thoroughly Biblical explanation of why their congregation has dissociated from Elephant Room 2 organizer James MacDonald’s Harvest Bible Fellowship Chicago.

HBC Prescott’s dissociation echoes that of Harvest...

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Written by doulos
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 10:23

Journal of Medical Ethics Publishes Article Advocating After-Birth Abortion

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The Journal of Medical Ethics (JME), which describes itself as ‘an international peer-reviewed journal for health professionals and researchers in medical ethics’, has published an article which takes pro-choice arguments to their logical conclusion and advocates...

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Written by doulos
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 02:44

An Overview of Spiritual Formation, Contemplative Spirituality and Spiritual Disciplines

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Dr. Gary E. Gilley, pastor of Southern View Chapel, IL, has produced a helpful introductory overview of the Spiritual Formation Movement. Gilley writes:

In this lead article I intend to offer a definition of spiritual formation, trace its origins, mention a few of its practices,...

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Written by doulos
Sunday, 26 February 2012 06:35

Hard-hitting Rap Video Tackles False Prosperity Gospel

IV His Son has posted the official video for his song, What Am I to Do, from his latest album The Justice System. Tackling the false prosperity gospel, naming names, and citing relevant Scripture, the video is well worth watching – and, more importantly, hearing – even if rap is not...

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Written by doulos
Tuesday, 07 February 2012 06:03

The human cost of T.D. Jakes’ false prosperity gospel

It’s easy to forget the human cost of false gospels. Not only in eternity – though even one lost soul is immeasurably tragic – but also in this life. Thabiti Anyabwile, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, has posted the first-hand account of Sean, a man whose...

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Written by doulos
Friday, 03 February 2012 02:57

Voddie Baucham accuses ER2 defenders of cult-like ‘Ethnic Gnosticism’

As the fallout from The Elephant Room 2 (ER2) continues to spread, Dr. James White, director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, has interviewed Dr. Voddie Baucham on White’s The Dividing Line programme. Baucham is a black pastor of Southern Baptist Grace Family Baptist Church in the Houston area...

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Written by doulos
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 02:08

Elephant Room 2: playing the race card, again

When an ideologue has run out of real arguments, his final desperate resort is to underhand tactics. James MacDonald, lead Elephant Room 2 agitator, has posted this video, in which the race card is again played:

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Erin Benziger of Do Not Be Surprised… gives an excellent overview:

James...

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Written by doulos
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 07:13

Orthodoxy, heresy and aberrancy

This article is adapted from a longer piece, Thinking about orthodoxy: defining terms and asking questions.

If we are to understand one another and avoid talking at cross purposes, it is necessary to define our terminology. Unless we do this, we risk erroneously assuming that we have understood what...

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Written by doulos
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 06:39

James White on the discernment gap

James White, director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, author of over 20 books, professor, accomplished debater and apologist, has posted another pertinent article, this time addressing how the defenders of the Elephant Room fiasco are ‘showing a lack of passion for God’s honor and...

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Written by doulos
Monday, 30 January 2012 12:03

Elephant Room 2 claims first Acts 29 casualty

Chad Vegas, lead pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Bakersfield, has spoken out about why he left Acts 29, a church-planting network founded by Mark Driscoll:

I knew Mark was the primary voice for Acts 29 and that I was not comfortable with how some of his comments represented the network. I also...

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Written by doulos
Monday, 30 January 2012 11:19

Pachydermism

‘The Elephant Room débutantes’ ball has seen the public emergence of pachydermism, the belief that clearly defined and defended sound doctrine is harmful to Christian unity. This lethal disease contrasts sharply with the Biblical doctrine that true unity of faith arises from a...

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Written by doulos
Monday, 30 January 2012 08:48

Voddie Baucham names the elephant in the room

Voddie Baucham, pastor of Grace Family Baptist Church, has explained why he declined to participate in the Elephant Room 2, and why he did not speak as expected at James MacDonald’s Harvest Men’s Conference.

Buacham offers a thoughtful and intelligent analysis of the problem with T.D....

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Written by doulos