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.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Purgatorio is Back!



It's the best Christmas present in the blog-o-sphere: After a "hiatus" lasting almost a year, Purgatorio returns! (Check it out HERE.)

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Introduction to Christian Ethics

Intro.:
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.

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"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.

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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.

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Sermon on Isaiah 44:6-20, Part 5: Isaiah 44:18-20

[Read parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5]

Last, we see the judgment of God against idolatry:

18 They know not, nor do they discern, for he has shut their eyes, so that they cannot see, and their hearts, so that they cannot understand. 19 No one considers, nor is there knowledge or discernment to say, Half of it I burned in the fire; I also baked bread on its coals; I roasted meat and have eaten. And shall I make the rest of it an abomination? Shall I fall down before a block of wood? 20 He feeds on ashes; a deluded heart has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself or say, Is there not a lie in my right hand? (Isaiah 44:18-20 ESV)

Indulging idolatry dulls discernment, it hardens the heart, and leads to greater errors. But how do we overcome idolatry? Do we simply resolve to do better?

We see this throughout the Old Testament- Israel falls into idolatry despite warnings by the prophets, they are punished, and then they repent, making vows to keep all of God's laws. But just a few chapters later, they are right back into some form of idolatry.

This shows that will-power will not save you from idolatry. Resolutions will not save you from idolatry. The way to salvation is shown in the first verses we read, as we are called to remember who God is, what He has done, and to trust in Him. This way to salvation is made perfectly clear in the New Testament as we see God in Christ. We must remember who Christ is- God who became Man to save us from our sins, including the sin of idolatry. We must remember what He has done- dying on the Cross, becoming an idolater for all the idol-worshipers who would ever believe in Him; He was raised from the dead victorious over idolatry, over all sin, and over death itself- and we must trust in Him, crying out to Jesus in our distress, "Deliver me, for You are my God!" Christ deserves this plea and has promised to hear and answer this plea from all who place their trust in Him. So I urge you, dear reader, cry out to Christ today and receive salvation.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
–Amen.

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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]

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