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Acts 15 and the Gospel Coalition-James Macdonald Dust Up

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I just caught this story earlier today regarding the resignation of Harvest Chapel and Walk in the Word pastor James Macdonald from the Gospel Coalition. I will only say that those who allegedly pressured Macdonald should read Acts 15. There we see the apostles and other church leaders addressing theological differences.

How much harm is done by having a platform where you do can just that?

Or is the Gospel Coalition more comfortable throwing stones at perceived heretics instead clinching tight those fists until they hear what a person actually believes?

Just sayin….

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January 26, 2012 at 3:15 am

Haiti, Suffering, and the Sovereignty of God

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Whenever a catastrophic tragedy occurs anywhere in the world, I can always count on two things: first, the body of Christ knows how to pray and mobilize for the good of the suffering in need and second, Pat Robertson will say something stupid that the media will magnify.

I won’t do their dirty work.

Many a book and dissertation have been written about the mystery of God’s sovereignty and how one explains suffering fits into the theological assertion that God is good and just. But in times like this, arguments over the issue won’t really address the immediate needs of the Haitian people.

What they need is us helping, serving, rescuing, comforting, and loving them. Theological grandstanding is a poor stand-in for the incarnational presence of the Lord Jesus Christ through His Church.

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January 16, 2010 at 1:45 am

Christianity According to Shmuley Boteach

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According to pop rabbi Shmuley Boteach in his latest book about the late Michael Jackson:

I talked to him about one of the things that most distinguishes Judaism from Christianity. It is not the belief in Jesus as God or deity. Rather it’s the belief in the perfection of Jesus. When Christians ask, “What would Jesus do?,” they are using a model of perfection to guide their actions. And I think that makes a lot of people feel that they can never attain that high station of perfect action. I think in America we don’t like ourselves. We harbor a high degree of self-loathing because we are not realistic about, and we dismiss, our humanity.

Later, he adds:

In Judaism there are no perfect figures in the Bible. They are all flawed. The greatest of prophets, Moses, can’t get into the Promised Land because of sin. We all struggle to do the right thing amid a prediliction to do otherwise. Christians define righteousness as perfection; Jews define righteousness as struggle. We wrestle with our nature; we try to do better always. We acknowledge from the very outset the tendencies within us that are altruistic, that are greedy, that are giving, that are self-absorbed, and that are selfless.

I would only say that there is a difference between celebrating the struggle of humanity and idolizing human effort. The Hebrew Scriptures certainly acknowledge the struggle of human beings to love God and their neighbors as they keep the covenant with Almighty God. That we struggle is no shock. Of course we do; we are sinners. There is no one who does good, not one (Psalm 14:3). The power is not in the struggle but rather in the recognition of our limitation and weakness. Did not the Apostle Paul remind us in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10: “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Christianity, on the other hand—biblical Christianity, does not revel in the reality of human frailty and depravity so much as it glories in the perfection of the Lamb of God. Remember: the sacrificial system was a shadow of Christ’s work on the Cross for humanity. Did anyone quibble about the requirements for sacrificial lambs and other offerings? I doubt it. In addition, the bedrock of Christian theology celebrates the uniqueness of Jesus as Lord, Savior and yes, Yeshua ha Maschiach.

We who are Christ-followers and lovers look to Jesus because He and He alone did what no human being could do in his or her own strength: fulfill the Law, something no “good Jew” or well-meaning Gentile could do—then or now.

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September 27, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Who Am I…Theologically?

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According to this survey, I am…

(100%) 1: Pentecostal/Charismatic/Assemblies of God
(96%) 2: Baptist (non-Calvinistic)/Plymouth Brethren/Fundamentalist
(84%) 3: Anabaptist (Mennonite/Quaker etc.)
(79%) 4: Baptist (Reformed/Particular/Calvinistic)
(75%) 5: Eastern Orthodox
(75%) 6: Methodist/Wesleyan/Nazarene
(68%) 7: Presbyterian/Reformed
(68%) 8: Seventh-Day Adventist
(65%) 9: Anglican/Episcopal/Church of England
(64%) 10: Lutheran
(59%) 11: Congregational/United Church of Christ
(54%) 12: Roman Catholic
(45%) 13: Church of Christ/Campbellite

Note that I am both Calvinist and non-Calvinist Baptist, lol. I currently worship with a Reformed Congregation despite my continuationist leanings.

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August 19, 2009 at 8:25 pm

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Arthur Miller’s The Crucible & the Church

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I’m currently teaching The Crucible. Although I strongly suspect that Miller had his own axe to grind with fundamentalists of his day (i.e. McCarthyites who still swear to this day that a Commie was under every bush—especially in Hollywood), there are important themes that are emerging as our class finishes up the first two acts. I won’t share any until we’re done with the book but there is one question that I asked my class to expound upon and I’ll leave it to you.

There is a scene where Rev. Hale asks John Proctor to recite the Ten Commandments to prove the authenticity of his faith. This “test” comes up elsewhere in the story. My question is simple:

Does right theology equal godliness? Is determining whether someone has memorized a particular passage of Scripture the ultimate litmus test for a professing Christian?

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February 28, 2009 at 4:40 am

A Question for Arminians

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How does a person lose (in this case, salvation) what they could not earn in the first place?

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February 18, 2009 at 7:06 pm

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