Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Got the idea from a friend, Tim Brown of the Reformed Gadfly blog. Here is the task:

1. Who is the author?
2. Title of the writing?
3. The year date of the author's birth and death?
4. In the writing the author ask a question, "What was the attitude of the apostolic Church to the world?" What answer did he give?

The first person to reply correctly will receive a copy of John MacArthur's book titled "Twelve Ordinary Men".

Here are portions from the writing:

"The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them...providing amusement for the people is nowhere spoken of in the Scriptures as a function of the church...the need is for Biblical doctrine, so understood and felt that it sets men aflame."

This could have been written yesterday. It tragically describes what is found in so many churches today.

Blessings all,


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Why Preach the Word? by John MacArthur

For many reasons, faithful and full proclamation of the Word is the only right way to preach.
First of all, such preaching lets God speak rather than man, because it declares God’s own Word. And it is an incredibly thrilling privilege to give voice to God!

Second, preaching the Word is the only right way to preach because it brings the preacher into direct contact with the mind of the Holy Spirit, the author of Scripture. It is for that reason that the preacher of the Word finds the process of study and discovery to be even more rewarding than the preaching that results from it, gratifying as that can be.

It is tragic and puzzling that so many preachers who recognize Scripture to be God’s own Word spend more time investigating and interacting with the limited and imperfect minds of other men than delving into the infinite and holy mind of God. Part of the reason, of course, is that many hearers do not really want to delve into the depths of God’s righteousness and truth, because it exposes their own shallowness and sin. In his second letter to Timothy, Paul warned his son in the faith about the danger of those who hold “to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power” (2 Tim. 3:5). Later in that same epistle he would warn again that “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;. . . and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths” (2 Tim. 4:3–4; cf. Acts 20:29–30).

Third, preaching the Word is the only right way to preach because it forces the preacher to proclaim all of God’s revelation, including those truths that even many believers find hard to learn or accept.

Fourth, preaching the Word is the only right way to preach because it promotes biblical literacy in a congregation, not only through what is learned from the sermon itself but also through the increased desire to study Scripture more carefully and consistently on their own. The faithful pastor, and all other faithful believers, love to learn God’s Word because they love the God of the Word.

Fifth, preaching the Word is the only right way to preach because it carries ultimate authority. It is the complete and perfect self-revelation of God Himself and of His divine will for mankind, which He has created in His own image.

Sixth, preaching the Word is the only right way to preach because only that kind of preaching can transform both the preacher and the congregation.

Seventh, the final and most compelling reason that preaching the Word is the only right way to preach is simply that it is His own Word, and only His own Word, that the Lord calls and commissions His preachers to proclaim.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Paul Washer - The Loss of the Gospel in American Churches

Watch this clip about the loss of the true Gospel from American Churches. The true Gospel desires to make no truce whatsoever with the world. The American gospel has adulterated with the world to gain its acceptance.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Alistair Begg - The Gospel in Contemporary Culture

In this 10 minute audio clip from a 1998 Desiring God Pastor's Conference, Alistair Begg speaks on what he saw at the time to be a problem among young pastors in their preaching. This was a timely message that foresaw the boom of the seeker sensitive and church marketing strategies that we've witnessed over the past 10 years. Alistair states that the flaw is not in the psychology, but in the theology.

You can listen to it here.

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Building Healthy Churches - Interview with Dr. Mark Dever

Joining me in the studio today is Brian Farichild, pastor of Colonial Bible Church in Midland, Texas and Dr. Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC. Dr. Dever is also the Executive Director of 9 Marks Ministries.

You can listen to the interview here.

"Building Healthy Churches" Conference will be held at First Baptist Church, Lubbock, Texas, February 1-2, 2008.