When a Man Says This, He is a Child of God Forever

March 22, 2015 Leave a comment


Courtesy of Jared Wilson’s Gospel-Driven Church blog


a quote from J. Gresham Machen:


“Acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ, as He is offered to us in the gospel of His redeeming work, is saving faith. Despairing of any salvation to be obtained by our own efforts, we simply trust in Him to save us; we say no longer, as we contemplate the Cross, merely ‘He saved others’ or ‘He saved the world’ or ‘He saved the Church’; but we say, every one of us, by the strange individualizing power of faith, ‘He loved me and gave Himself for me.’


“When a man once says that, in his heart and not merely with his lips, then no matter what his guilt may be, no matter how far he is beyond any human pale, not matter how little opportunity he has for making good the evil that he has done, he is a ransomed soul, a child of God forever.”


Christianity and Liberalism, is a must read. It was written 92 years ago, and yet it’s still fresh and recent. It can be had from Amazon.

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The Fullness of Time

December 25, 2014 1 comment



But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5 ESV)



Merry Christmas

The Messiah

October 7, 2014 Leave a comment



From Blake White’s Blog (http://ablakew.blogspot.com/), a new video from a group running The Bible Project (http://www.youtube.com/user/jointhebibleproject). Besides their YouTube Channel, they also have a Website: http://www.jointhebibleproject.com/
Well worth watching.



http://ablakew.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-messiah.html

“Christianity” Just Earth Worship?

Until I saw this story early this week, I wasn’t familiar with the Wild Goose Festival, “a four-day musical and spiritual festival marketed towards Progressive Christians.”

I must admit that I start groaning whenever I hear the term “Progressive Christian” or “Liberal Christian”, as it seems that those that adhere to that view are much more interested in the “Progressive” or “Liberal” than they are in the “Christian”. As I read further, I saw that usual suspects such as Jim Wallis from Sojourners (every leftist’s favorite idea of a Christian) and Frankie Schaeffer, Francis Schaeffer’s disaffected heretic son, were involved, I figured my worst suspicions were confirmed.

As I read this article, however, it’s much, much worse than I anticipated. Much as it’s impossible to satirize the modern government education system, this account of the Wild Goose Festival
http://thefederalist.com/2014/07/09/the-festival-where-christianity-is-just-earth-worship/ reads like parody.
However, I feel it’s fact, not parody. Rather than Christian, progressive or not, it’s more like paganism, neo-Wiccan,
Environmentalism as a religion, wrapped up in leftist politics and silliness.

Read this piece, and as you do, keep in mind that there are people claiming to be Christian involved in this.

Read the whole thing:
http://thefederalist.com/2014/07/09/the-festival-where-christianity-is-just-earth-worship/

Your thoughts?

“Preach the gospel. Call people to obedient faith. It still works”- A Hobby Lobby Reaction



Larry Rogier, a Michigan Pastor whose insightful blog at , has a couple of smart posts at his place on a Christian’s reaction to the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision. Here’s the first



Rogier characterizes the decision as ” a small, minor, and likely short-lived victory for freedom.”



This is my assessment, not Rogier’s, but I wonder if he wouldn’t agree with me that far too often Christians confuse the two kingdoms.



Here’s another quote:

For those whose Christian hope is in America, they will be found sorely disappointed. This holiday weekend is a good time to remember that America is not the church, and the church and the gospel doesn’t depend on America.

HL being free from providing all forms of birth control isn’t going to bring revival. I doubt your church attendance will be higher this weekend because of this. In fact, I doubt many people in your church will know much about this case. So I encourage you not to change that.

Preach the gospel. Call people to obedient faith. It still works.



Read the whole thing, and make it a habit to check in on his blog: http://stuffoutloud.blogspot.com/2014/07/some-thoughts-on-hobby-lobby-and-aca.html

He Has Risen; He is Not Here

April 20, 2014 Leave a comment



1 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” 4 And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back–it was very large. 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. 6 And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” 8 And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.


Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene


9 [[Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11 But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.
Jesus Appears to Two Disciples
12 After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. 13 And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.



Mark 16:1-12 (ESV)

Peggy Noonan: America and the Aggressive Left

March 15, 2014 Leave a comment



Check out Peggy Noonan’s post on the Wall Street Journal’s Website: She captures the mood and the sentiment of many ordinary Americans, who are wearying over the increasing intrusiveness of government at all levels.
It’s looking less and less like America each day, or at least what America was. For the leftists and statists, that’s a good thing. For everyone else, however, particularly those not at the intersection of government and the education establishment, it’s a true loss.


Worth your time.
http://www.peggynoonan.com/america-and-the-aggressive-left/