May 27, 2011

Piper Warren Interview now posted at Desiring God

Desiring God has posted the warren interview.

John Piper Interviews Rick Warren on the Purpose Driven Life (Desiring God)

My comment on the Gospel Coalition posting about this:

My question is, isn’t Warren admitting his critics are right about the book? And that brings up another question. What minister of the gospel “throws in” a little bit about salvation? What on earth kind of attitude is that about the gospel!? It’s like 1. he doesn’t care about the couple unsaved people he thinks might read it – they may or may not get saved because he threw in just a smattering of allusion to the gospel — and 2. he doesn’t think believers need to hear it too! and 3. it’s the same smattering of ‘throwing something in about salvation’ that he does when he KNOWS he is talking to an unbeliever. I have NEVER heard the gospel clearly preached from him in 6 years of following his appearances and having listened to many Warren sermons online.

May 26, 2011

John Rutter: Requiem

I had not heard of this piece before last night. My daughter's choir (yes, public school) sang movement 2, "Out Of The Deep."

Out of the deep

Out of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
O let thine ears consider well:
    the voice of my complaint.
If thou, Lord, wilt be extreme to mark what is done
    amiss: O Lord, who may abide it?
For there is mercy with thee:
    therefore shalt thou be feared.
I look for the Lord; my soul doth wait for him:
    in his word is my trust.
My soil fleeth unto the Lord:
before the morning watch,
I say, before the morning watch.
O Israel, trust in the Lord,
    for with the Lord there is mercy:
and with him is plenteous redemption.
And he shall redeem Israel: from all his sins.

here are rest of the lyrics

I may have to pick up a good recording of this.

May 22, 2011

Maturity Challenge wasn't enough, Rick Warren now issuing Bible Knowledge challenge

[WARREN:] Most people don't know that Saddleback has a 72-week systematic theology course that is required for every small group member and every staff member. And I've had over 15,000 people go through this 72-week systematic study. I would take doctrinal knowledge of any 500 Saddleback members and compare it to any 500 members of any other church and we'd beat them.

[PIPER]: I've heard you say that. (source)
No, John, you haven't heard him say that unless he's said it privately.  What he did say publicly was

Rick Warren on what photos can say

"When I accepted the invitation to do the president's inauguration, who I clearly don't agree with, just like I would accept an invitation to Larry King or whatever, it's because I knew every--on that inauguration--every national leader, every king and prince around the world was watching that show, okay. And I thought if I have a team that's in a country and they get in trouble, they can hold up a picture, This is the president of the United States and this is my pastor. It may be able to get them out. So it really had nothing to do with national consumption. My motivation is really all about mission." (source)

So, you can point to a picture as evidence of your 'connections' -- to imply or say you have the backing of the guy(s) in the picture.  Nice.  Huh.

May 21, 2011

John Piper's Interview of Rick Warren disappears

Well folks now that the interview John Piper conducted with Rick Warren has disappeared  I KNOW someone out there has captured the audio from it.  I would be greatly interested in listening to the interview, if you want to drop me a line.  I just can't wade through the transcript, I am getting ready for wrapping up the school year, graduation parties and whatnot.  So please if you have the audio, send me a link.  THANK YOU so much.

May 10, 2011

A decent review of Ann Voskamp

Ann Voskamp seems to be one of the up and comers with Christian moms....CONSERVATIVE Christian moms.... these days. Here is a great review by Bob DeWaay on his daughter's blog.
Voskamp would likely recoil from the notion that she is promoting pagan nature religion or mysticism. But she does put Christians on the same footing as the pagans by taking them on a journey with her to find God in nature and art. The concepts about God that are distinctively Christian in her book are borrowed from special revelation (the Bible) and brought with her on her journey of discovery. But she never makes a distinction between general revelation and special revelation and by integrating the two so seamlessly, elevates nature to the status of saving revelation. Since God is supposedly in everything, then God can be found in everything.

A great message on Modesty by C J Mahaney

I remember finding this message a while ago, and thought it was the best treatment of this subject from the pulpit that I have heard in a long time.  It is not browbeating, but a vulnerable appeal for compassion, from the men, to the women in the church.

It's about the gospel.

Part 1

Part 2

The original sermon is here:
C J Mahaney "The Soul of Modesty"