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  1. Michael says:

    I made some changes on the backend of the blog…should be considerably quicker now…

  2. I’m back in California to pastor a graveside service and memorial service for an 89 year old former pastor who fulfilled his calling with grace, wisdom and humility. His life made it easy to write the funeral meditation. May his tribe increase.

  3. Josh says:

    I followed a link on here from 5 years ago and found where several of us answerd 7 questions. I wanted to see how my answers had changed since then:

    These are the answers from 5 years ago:
    “1.)What bible translation to you read? HCSB is my favorite. I’ve fallen in love with it. KJV is #2. Most are pretty good.

    2.) What eschatology to you believe? Pre-mill.

    3.) What sins does God really hate? I have been struck in my recent study that idolatry seems to hold a special place in the spectrum of sin.

    4.) What is your position on gender roles? “soft” complementarian.

    5.) Are you ecumenical? That’s a word that needs more defining. I don’t really cooperate with Roman Catholics on things like missions, so I guess, no.

    6.) What Christian authors do you read? John Phillips is my favorite, and thanks to my church, I now have everything he ever wrote.

    7.) Are you Calvinistic or Arminian? No. Funny thing is Calvinists always call me an Arminian, and Arminians always call me Calvinist. There is a traditional Baptist Soteriology that seems to lie outside of those two categories.”

    This was from 2014. I started Luther Rice in 2015 (walk the stage next Friday 🙂 ) A couple of answers have evolved.

    1. After studying the languages, some things in every translation drive me a little nuts. I mostly use the NASB now, and as far as Greek goes, I think it is the best. None of them really get a good feel fro the Hebrew, I don’t think. That’s not to say they aren’t all good, accurate translations, just that there is a certain rhythm to Hebrew that English doesn’t really carry.

    2. Still Premill.

    3. I think God hates most the sin that I cherish most.

    4. SBC is officially complimentarian. If my daughter felt called to ministry, I would encourage her. And I would help her find a good home outside SBC. I guess that makes me complimentarian by position, but egalitarian in theory. Don’t tell on me 🙂

    5. Yes, I’m not afraid of different Christian traditions any longer.

    6. I have read SO much in 4 years. Still love Phillips. Too many others to even begin.

    7. Still not Calvinist or Arminian, and I am happy to say that debate has died down around me. I rarely even think along those lines.

  4. Michael says:

    1.)What bible translation to you read? ESV. in honor of Packer.

    2.) What eschatology do you believe? I believe He’s coming back.

    3.) What sins does God really hate? I think we all lean to idolatry.

    4.) What is your position on gender roles? egalitarian

    5.) Are you ecumenical? Very

    6.) What Christian authors do you read? Lots of old Anglicans and Eugene Peterson

    7.) Are you Calvinistic or Arminian? There are more categories,but God doesn’t fit snugly in any of them…

  5. Josh says:

    For # 6 – I’ll give my 5 books I tell all Christians to read. 1.) Experiencing God – Henry Blackaby, 2.) Grasping God’s Word – Hays and Duvall, 3.) The Hiding Place – Corrie Ten Boom, 5.) The Ragamuffin Gospel – Manning.

    It’s really tough to keep it at 5.

  6. Michael says:

    I know I’ve changed on the “5 book” thing.
    I wouldn’t recommend any book until someone reads a reputable church history text…Gonzales is good.
    Without that background it’s just about joining one of our christian clubs…

  7. Kevin H says:

    Josh, you’re #4 book is quite meager, even vacant.

  8. Duane Arnold says:

    1. KJV or RSV

    2. Realized Eschatology

    3. National Idolatry

    4. Semi-Complementarian

    5. Yes, within Trinitarian borders

    6. Michael Ramsey, Rowan Williams, Jaroslav Pelikan, Henri Nouwen

    7. Neither… I’m Anglican

    Five Books – Augustine by Peter Brown; On the Incarnation by Athanasius; From Nicaea to Chalcedon by Frances Young; The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis; The Gospel and the Catholic Church by Michael Ramsey

  9. Josh says:

    Kevin #4 is the best one! So deep!

    Haha – It was supposed to be Mere Christianity .

  10. filbertz says:

    Josh’s #4 hasn’t been written yet. 😉

    …which is sad for #5

  11. Jtk says:

    I was invited to an early morning Bible study/apologetics discussion at the local Calvary. It was good.

    The testimony of the recently saved blue collar guy I met was awesome.

    I regularly run into folks who go to Calvary and their loyalty to Calvary is unmatched. I’ve only ever seen one group like that: older people who are Roman Catholic.

    Calvary is the Protestant Catholic Church. Right or wrong?

    In both groups, they love that “flavor” and leaving is unthinkable. This need not be a terrible thing, but I’ve only attended Calvary a few times ever. A good experience, a not good experience and a mixed bag.

    Could some of you with broader experiences and knowledge their expound on the things I think I’m observing.

  12. Michael says:

    CC has one similarity to the RCC.
    They convince their people that they are the one ,true, church and no one else is teaching the whole Word rightly.
    When there is a star preacher in place they believe that the numbers justify that assumption.
    It can and does become cult like.
    The church you are speaking of will go through a transition soon that will strain their fantasies…

  13. bob1 says:

    Here’s one that I I remember from my CC days —

    Seems like the ones most convinced that CC was the only real deal were those who were converted at one. But sadly, they often swallowed the CC baloney — like calling seminary “cemetery.” and scoffing at the notion that anything other than God’s Word was effacacious for mental health issues. Sadly, I saw folks who REALLY could’ve used a good counselor/therapist suffer unnecessarily under the CC system.

  14. Jerod says:

    I remember there was, seemingly, that flavor amongst the sheep at my old CC – Here is where the Spirit dwelt. Before we parted ways, the pastor was not preaching that. If I’m not mistaken, even going so far as to say that one could offer prayers to a member of another faith and accept their prayers to their god in return. I think that was a point another famous CC pastor made previously.

    Something mire interesting to me is that I’ve been reading Machiavelli’s little book, The Prince, for my first time. I realize it’s deceptive, but is it useful? For instance, does the war in Iraq/Afghanistan and now the latest push by Bolton to attack Iran fit Mac.’s definition of virtue?

  15. Em says:

    Heard the late Adrian Rogers declare this a.m. that as a group, mothers are the most influential people on the planet
    But it doesn’t seem right to devote Sunday service to moms
    Thank God for us and move on. .?

    If you were forgotten tiday, however, God sees

  16. Em says:

    Heard the late Adrian Rogers declare this a.m. that as a group, mothers are the most influential people on the planet
    But it doesn’t seem right to devote Sunday service to moms
    Thank God for us and move on. .?

    If you were forgotten today, however, God sees

  17. Jtk says:

    “The church you are speaking of will go through a transition soon that will strain their fantasies…“

    The local one here?!

    They changed their name and dropped “Chapel” recently, I think.

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