Call To Die

Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Follower of Christ, husband of Abby, member of Kosmosdale Baptist Church, and tutor/staff member at Sayers Classical Academy.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Introduction to Christian Ethics

In my next few posts, I will present notes taken during my Christian Ethics class that I took last week from Dr. Russell D. Moore.

Only those notes in quotation marks are direct quotes from Dr. Moore- the rest are often re-stated in my own words. Anything the reader considers insightful or profound should be attributed to Dr. Moore's teaching, anything the reader considers confusing or erroneous should be attributed to my poor note-taking.

"The call to ethical discipleship is paramount... it has everything to do with faith... you will have people that will literally have their lives saved or lost [based on your consideration of Christian Ethics]."

Ethics = Decision making

Every person has a code of ethics.

An understanding of ethics is the basis of human law.


Monday, December 17, 2007

Mike Huckabee on the Death Penalty

An excellent answer from Mike Huckabee concerning the death penalty; Huckabee shows that, at least in this area, he has experience crucial in qualifying him to lead the executive branch of our national government. I am thankful that Huckabee also directly answered the frequent objection that being pro-life and supporting the death penalty are somehow inconsistent.


Monday, December 10, 2007

Mike Huckabee responds to evolution question

Now, I think the case can (and should) be made that the "six days" in Genesis were (at least roughly) 24-hour periods of time, but we must admit that godly, Bible-believing Christians have often left the possibility open that the "days" in Genesis 1 may refer to 'ages.' Even James P. Boyce, founder of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, offered arguments on behalf of the 'day-age' theory [see James P. Boyce, Abstract of Systematic Theology, Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press, 2006. 171-172].

All this to say- I think that Huckabee's answer was, overall, an excellent response from a Christian perspective.


Saturday, December 08, 2007

Bible translation: Galatians 6

1 Brothers, if someone is overtaken by any transgression, y’all– the spiritual ones– must restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, watching yourself lest you too are tempted. 2 Carry one another’s burdens, and thus y’all will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone considers himself to be something even though he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have glorying in himself alone, and not in others. 5 For each one shall carry his own load. 6 But the one being taught the Word must share all good things with the teacher. 7 Y’all don’t be deceived; God is not mocked. For what a man sows, that he also reaps. 8 Because the one who sows to his own flesh will reap ruin from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 But we should not grow weary in doing good. For in the proper time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up. 10 So, then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, especially to the household of the Faith.

See what large letters I write to y’all with my own hand! 12 Those who want to make a good show in the flesh try to compel y’all to be circumcised only so that they might not be persecuted for the Cross of Christ. 13 For the circumcised ones themselves don’t keep law, but they want y’all to be circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh. 14 But may I never boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world. 15 For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; all that matters is a new creation. 16 So peace and mercy on those who will keep this rule, even on the Israel of God.

Finally, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear in my body the brand-marks of Jesus.

18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with y'all's spirit, brothers.


Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Republican Presidential Candidates on the question: "Do you believe every word of the Bible?"

[HT:: Tray Earnhart, pastor of Kosmosdale Baptist Church, also Said at Southern Seminary blog]