May 19, 2009
A lot of blogs have already posted this. I’m just doing my part in helping the spread. This is a sermon clip from John Piper.
And in case you’ve forgotten, our mainline churches still use money from tithes in order to fund the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), a major lobbying group in Washington. And don’t miss the irony that these are the self-styled prophets of the Church.
May 16, 2009
May 13, 2009
Alistair Begg is now offering his mp3 library of sermons for free. Here are a couple good series to start with:
Bio from his website:
Alistair Begg has been in pastoral ministry for 32 years. Following graduation from The London School of Theology he served eight years in Scotland at both Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh and Hamilton Baptist Church. Since 1983, he has been the senior pastor at Parkside Church near Cleveland, Ohio. He has written several books and is heard daily and weekly on the radio program, Truth For Life. The teaching on Truth For Life stems from the week by week Bible teaching at Parkside Church. He and his wife, Susan, have been married 32 years and they have three grown children.
Keith and Kristyn Getty, noted contemporary worship artists (see In Christ Alone), are members of Parkside.
May 9, 2009
So what happens when a Christian music artist writes a song about Britney Spears?
A good song, with a good message.
“Britney” by Bebo Norman
This has been getting a lot of airplay on CCM radio. I’m interested to see if it will get picked-up on Top 40 radio. By the way, it’s not her “official comeback song,” as the Brit fan who made this video designates it, which proves that a lot of people won’t get the real message.
I have the utmost respect for Catholic theology. But, there is a world of difference between, on the one hand, Möhler, Rahner, and Ratzinger, and, on the other hand, the staff of Catholic Answers and all the e-pologists, who shall remain nameless. Many of us would like to extend the list at Pugio Fidei, but this is a good start. I don’t have a lot of confidence in the moral acumen of most current Catholic apologists, but maybe the next generation will start caring more about truth and basic facts, instead of just winning as many converts as possible and keeping financially afloat.
May 1, 2009
Teresa has a nice realist take on prayer. Perfection, or a high motivation thereto, is not a prerequisite for prayer. The love of God is not even a prerequisite for prayer. Prayer can achieve these ends, but prayer is first and foremost undertaken as an ignorant sinner.
And anyone who has not begun to pray, I beg, for love of the Lord, not to miss so great a blessing. There is no place here for fear, but only for desire. For, even if a person fails to make progress, or to strive after perfection, so that he may merit the consolations and favours given to the perfect by God, yet he will gradually gain [through prayer] a knowledge of the road to Heaven. And if he perseveres, I hope in the mercy of God, Whom no one has ever taken for a Friend without being rewarded; and mental prayer, in my view, is nothing but friendly intercourse, and frequent solitary converse, with Him Who we know loves us. If love is to be true and friendship lasting, certain conditions are necessary: on the Lord’s side we know these cannot fail, but our nature is vicious, sensual and ungrateful. You cannot therefore succeed in loving Him as much as He loves you, because it is not in your nature to do so. If, then, you do not yet love Him, you will realize [through prayer] how much it means to you to have His friendship and how much He loves you, and you will gladly endure the troubles which arise from being so much with One Who is so different from you.
St Teresa of Avila, The Life of the Holy Mother Teresa of Jesus, The Complete Works, vol. 1 (Burns & Oates, 2002), trans. E. Allison Peers, p. 50.