“Tell me, Professor Stange, have you ever actually read, with any depth and care, the works of John Calvin, or representative samples thereof? Could you actually define the bogeyman “Calvinism” in an accurate way that we Calvinists who know our beliefs would recognize?”
The experience has been like finding an oasis in a desert. It has been like discovering a GPS after meandering blindly through an unknown country.
“Most “evangelicals” today can’t tell you the evangel and there’s no consensus on what the Christian life looks like. Asking evangelicals to do evangelism and discipleship is like asking a hospice patient to lift weights. It’s not only fruitless it’s cruel.” ~ R. Scott Clark
Read the Minority Report, then tell us what you think: Should Reformed churches recognize Roman Catholic baptisms?
the New Testament knows nothing of multi-site congregations, but only of congregations in the fullest sense (led by pastors, elders, and deacons). These congregations are not independent, but they are also not hierarchically governed even by one pastor on-site, but by pastors and elders together. And each of these local churches is accountable not hierarchically to the pastor-bishop of another church, but mutually and covenantally to each other.
We find churches where women exercise authority over men as small group leaders, Sunday school teachers, seminar leaders, Bible teachers, and theology teachers; women lead the worship liturgy, administer the Lord’s Supperâ€”women do everything except serve on the session and preach Sunday morning.
In Mark 7:2-5, the Pharisees are said to practice ceremonial washing of the hands before eating, and “many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing (baptismos) of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.” Immersing dining couches?
The Conference on Theology in Manila featuring Dr. Michael Horton enlightened many Filipino believers on what exactly are these Reformed “doctrines of grace,” and how these are different from evangelicalism’s doctrine of salvation.
Dr. Scott Clark has good advice for many of those whom I have recently spoken to regarding the sorry state of their churches or denominations.
For those into a New Year’s resolution of reading through the Bible in 2010, here’s a useful article comparing different plans available online. UPDATE: You can download the podcast and listen while stuck in rush hour traffic. The daily reading is only about as long as 4-5 songs on your iPod.
Are you tired of singing mindless repetitive ditties? Do you want to fill your minds and hearts with the beauty of the Psalms and other Scriptures? Learn how to sing the Psalter by singing along with the lyrics and tunes.
“It is incredible…that there were any people who spoke, [even] by the influence of the Spirit, in a language they did not know themselves! For the gift of tongues was not bestowed merely for the purpose of making a noise, but rather for the purpose of communication, of course!” – Calvin