Para Leer 12-10-13

Fuel For Our Faithfulness – Kevin DeYoung explains why God’s sovereignty should make us want to preach the Gospel instead of being lazy,and just “leaving it to God”.
The Allure of Middle-Earth – Tony Reinke does a cool redeeming comparison between Gospel and the Hobbit
3 Marks of Righteous Anger – Tim Challies helps us recognize the difference between righteous and sinful anger.
The Dark Side of Christian Celebrity – Another Tim Challies Post on the Christian Celebrity and our part in it.

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A great post: How Do You Handle Betrayal?-Housewife Theologian

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The Problem with “Like”,and “Retweet”

I’ve been using social media since the dawn of AOL, and the 1000 Hours free disks. I surfed the web looking at what chat rooms to be part of, and what people to connect with. Then MySpace entered my hard drive, with it’s customizations, and broad audience. MySpace changed the game, because it connected people with others they knew. Then came Facebook, the reigning champ of social media. This site got everyone more intimately connected with profiles revealing birthdays, marriages, and family member section. There’s even a saying I’ve heard “It’s not official, until it’s Facebook official”, which means that an event, such as relationship statuses and such, aren’t worth much until everyone on your Facebook knows about it. Finally there’s Twitter, the 140 character phenomenon. Twitter has almost replaced email, and text messaging. It also gives the public access to celebreties.The darkside of the social media frenzy is that it makes us apathetic, and makes us socially dysfunctional.

Whenever I go on Facebook, I would see a plethora of pictures with 1000+ “Likes”. Some Posts about a friend or family member sick in the Hospital with “Likes”, but no one asking if the family needs anything, or if prayer is needed. This is the attitude we’ve adopted with social media. There are friends I haven’t seen in months, years, yet I “Like” all their posts, and comment on their statues. This is very bothersome, because this same attitude has affected the Church. People put on their masks, and become part of the problem, being apathetic.

As believers apathy should have no room in our hearts.  Social media gives us a scape goat, a distraction, a way not to have to directly deal  with people. Serving and good works should be our response to today’s in light of the Gospel. Let’s make much of Jesus on and off of the social media that keeps us so sinfully entertained.

i believe God’s word is timeless, and has something to say about this as well:

James 2:14-17 Esv  “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

So what are the problems with “Like” and “Retweet”? They can translate into apathy. We “Like” and “Retweet” to show our approval, or to show interest. But, when a statement calls for action, those gestures are as good as bringing sand to the beach. Be encouraged to fight apathy. Respond with service and good works, whenever you are truly able.


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The Calvinist

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Book Deals 12-3-13

Give Them Grace by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick is $2.99
From The Library of Charles Spurgeon is $1.99
Risky Gospel by Owen Stachan is $9.99 (Not a deal,but the book is a good read)

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Love is a Battlefield, It Really Is

Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

I get psyched up, and ready for a for mile long jog (who am I kidding), whenever I hear Pat Benatar’s “Love is a Battlefield”. I mean, I get my mind juices flowing, and I could even picture myself dancing, in a 80’s styled track suit. The beat and the energy of the song, can just get me going, basically. Then I sit back to cool down from my mental adrenaline rush, and begin thinking of how much truth is in the title of the song.

Love is a battlefield, because we don’t always want to love. Even when we do love, we don’t love perfectly, or properly. We go through life loving and caring for those closest to us, but we need to love further. God’s word tells us to love our neighbor as ourself (Mark 12:33). Let’s look at that phrase “love our neighbor as ourself”: Love others, as i love me. I am great at loving and looking out for numero uno.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 helps explain what love is on a relationship level:

  • Love is patient -People fall short of our expectations. The Lord is patient with us, so we should be patient with others
  •  Love is kind – People could be mean, and offensive. We ought to be kind because God is kind to us.
  • Love does not envy or boast – People are in different situations, and they might be better or worse than our own. We were once dead in our sin, and Jesus being God came down to die in our place. We have no place to boast, and we have it all with Jesus, so we have to place to envy
  • Love isn’t arrogant or rude – We are but beggars at the Kings table. We deserve death, and God gave us life in Christ. God was humbled and became a man to save us, we should be humble as well in response.
  • Love isn’t irritable of resentful – God isn’t easily angered by our bone-headed-ness, and is patient with us. We should strive to be patient and not get angry at every whim of unsatisfactory situation. We should also forgive and FORGET<– This one is difficult, but it’s loving.
  •  Love doesn’t insist on its own way – Don’t be selfish.
  • Love doesn’t rejoice in wrongdoing – When people sin, don’t celebrate it. It should grieve us, and lead us to Christ in supplication! We should, instead, rejoice in the truth of the Gospel, and its effect on people.
  • Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things – We have to intentionally be in people’s lives for the long haul, hoping for the best in all situations, and giving the benefit of a doubt.
  • Love never ends – Love lasts forever. When we are encountering our neighbors in the midst of all of life’s situations, love them. Love them because Jesus loves us in the midst of all of life’s situations, and our attitudes toward’s them.

In our everyday journey in between the alarm ringing, and setting the alarm, we should be loving our neighbors. Love is a battlefield, and we lose battles at times, but God’s word tells us that the war is won. When we fail at loving remember that God loved you and sent His son to die for your sins. Remember that love of the Father, which is perfect, and be encouraged to strive in loving your neighbor.

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Baptist Twenty One » Blog Archive » Death Rattle or Life Preserver? An Appeal to the NCFIC Panelists

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Book Deals (Black Friday)

Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung is $1.99

Joseph and the Gospel of Many Colors by Voddie Baucham Jr is $1.99

Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney is $1.99

Everyday Church by Tim Chester & Steve Timmis is $1.99

Preaching: A Biblical Theology by Jason C. Meyer is $4.99

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A heart warming song for this Thanksgiving day

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Does Christianity Need a Chris Rosebrough?

Very Timely

Polemics Report

No. Christianity does not need Chris Rosebrough. God is self-sufficient, Gospel is complete, and Jesus needs nothing and no one. So, please forgive the question. Perhaps a better question would be, “Is there a need in the Christian church for Chris Rosebrough and the work of discernment ministries?”

Chris is best known for his program, Fighting for the Faith [click here], on the radio network he created, Pirate Christian Radio [click here]. Chris also is the curator for the hilarious (and equally sad) Museum of Idolatry [click here]. On top of that, Chris was a speaker at the 2013 Reformation Montana Conference along with myself, James White and Phil Johnson. At RefMT2013, Chris conducted his first ‘live’ sermon review of a message ‘preached’ at Narrate Church in Helena – which if you’ve been reading the Pulpit and Pen for several years, you know I’ve…

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