October 26, 2015

Pop Culture, Technology & Worship (White Horse Inn, T David Gordon, Michael Horton)

This was a FASCINATING and helpful clarifying discussion about societal trends and using wisdom in choosing what we incorporate into worship.

WHI-1281 | Pop Culture, Technology, & Worship
On this edition of the White Horse Inn, Michael Horton sits down with media ecologist and professor, T. David Gordon. He is the author of Why Johnny Can't Preach and Why Johnny Can't Sing Hymns. In this program we ask the question, how does the medium affect the message? This perennial question brings us back to the church and the mediums used on the Lord’s Day. How might altering the Divine Service affect the gospel itself?
read and listen at http://www.whitehorseinn.org/blog/entry/2015-show-archive/2015/10/25/whi-1281-pop-culture-technology-worship

September 15, 2015

On Amy Spreeman's resignation from Stand Up For The Truth - Amy clarifies

Setting It Straight
Posted on August 31, 2015
I have not made any formal statement on my sudden departure from the radio station position I’ve held since 2010, but I need to now. The details of my resignation are different from what has been reported. That is my fault, and I take full and complete responsibility for not explaining myself to our listeners, allowing – even encouraging – the August 24 explanation to go forward without correction. It was spin, and I am sorry I allowed that to happen.
Read more at https://aspreeman.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/setting-it-straight/

How can men get up there and say such things and think we should just shut up and take them seriously? The more I hear from men like Mike touting the need for us to have civil discourse and speak the truth in love, the more I hear “speak the truth in love but stab people in the back and it’s ok.”

September 10, 2015

Mark Driscoll, Tullian Tchividjian, and Reformed Baptist Polity

"The best of systems must be administered by good men in order to get good results ... In the absence of a righteous polity we get Driscoll, but where righteous polity is administered by unfit men we see instead Tchividjian.."

September 4, 2015

Commendation for Rick Warren

No, I am still not a fan of his but I felt something had to be said about this tweet.  I am stunned that he would say this, pleasantly so.  Not happy that it had to be said, but nevertheless...

He is getting a lot of flack for it on twitter so I figured I better grab a screen shot in case it disappears.

I should also mention that not all RW's critics agree on this. In fact lots of disagreement right now.

September 3, 2015

PCA ruling elder accuses Janet Mefferd of "Jihad," after asking for more 'discretion'

Also demanded she give them private contact before making such accusations.  #hypocrite
And then said he doesn't expect Christians "to act just like the world." #irony
in case that vanishes:

Yes, I bet they bathed it in prayer.  Marinated, soaked even!  Just like every Purpose Driven Pastor does about coercing people who won't go along with the program.

No wonder the PCA (at least the southern FL and central FL presbytery) decided the way they did, with thinkers like that in their midst.

Oh excuse me did I ridicule the Southern Florida Presbytery and the Central Florida Presbytery ?

August 24, 2015

Tullian Tchividjian is a quitter... er... Files for Divorce

Tullian Tchividjian Files for Divorce

Well he gave it a good college try for a full 9 weeks after semi-confessing his sin, that ought to be enough to save any marriage right?  Especially from someone who knows about grace!  What is he, like, 13??  Emotionally he's acting like a juvenile.  I can imagine that's very attractive for a wife.  Every time he opens his mouth, every move he makes, he actually makes his wife look more of the sympathetic character.

Totally disgusted.  What a complete quitter.  Hint, Tullian, if this is how you spiritually led your wife, you should probably spend more time looking in the mirror of God's law, which you so studiously avoid taking seriously.

Yes, I realize he found out about his marriage crisis, as he said, "three months prior" to his stepping down, he said -- putting it at the end of March.  But he couldn't even begin to start working on his marriage until he repented, which theoretically may have begun when he stepped down.  I have no confidence that he really repented at that time however, based on his behavior then and since.

So he says that he can't go and hide because he believes this thing about grace that he's been preaching, and that would show he doesn't really believe it.  So how does filing for divorce show that he believes in this radical grace thing?  Does it only apply "One Way"? i.e. In his direction?

As far as I have read, the only accusations made in public were from his mouth, not hers, so I have sadly all these questions as to the accuracy of those now too.  All she ever did was ask for privacy and say that her story is different than his.  And he refuses to respect that because he must continue to somehow demonstrate.  Is that part of a larger pattern?

Contrast that with the FIRST words we have heard from R W Glenn since he was removed a year ago.

And this quote from the initial story on Tullian's divorce:
Ross Peterson, executive director of Midwest Ministry Development, often works with pastors who face church discipline after an affair or other crisis. Some, he said, want to fast-forward through the restoration process.

“There’s a temptation to say, ‘What I did was wrong, I’m sorry, and there’s forgiveness,’” Peterson told CT. But forgiveness is different than restoration, he said.

Restoration is typically a long process of soul-searching and coming to grips with the harm a pastor caused by having an affair. Trying to maintain a public ministry on social media could undermined that process, said Peterson.
So, anyone want to start a pool on when Tullian will publicly get together with his "inappropriate relationship"?  Or maybe someone else...  Because a guy like him really needs someone to adore him. He can't possibly exist in a relationship vacuum.  When he took over at Coral Ridge, he has explained repeatedly, he had to deal with this shocking fact that some people didn't like him.  (The rest of us live with that as a daily experience.  Can you spell N-A-R-C-I-S-S-I-S-T?)  He explains something along the lines of how God used that to deal with this particular idol in his heart of needing the affirmation from people. It seems pretty clear now that at some point the idol he thought was ousted came back with seven of its friends.