Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Click Below and Vote!

ok a 2 minute break from exam crunch...

God is using my good friend Daniel Doss' music in a great way...he's had a few songs that are on the verge of being launched out across the US and in 7 months or so might be being sung by every youth group around. Anyways, many of you are familar with his music and some of you just trust my judgement enough to vote...but you can click this link or the one below and then put in your votes. His category is down at the bottom.

more blogging after this thursday....


Monday, November 14, 2005

End of the Semester Crunch...and a Survey for Us All!

Hey gang, sorry about the lack of posting. The end of the semester crunch has arrived and will bleed into Thanksgiving break. Exams will be over December 2nd for me...and then I'll be back up and blogging. I do hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and who knows maybe I'll be desperate for a blogging break round midnight sometime in the next couple of weeks. Till then I'll give us a fun survey to participate in, so if you are reading...please leave your vote!

What is your favorite Christmas Movie? and...Why is that one your favorite?

Friday, November 04, 2005

Watch where you sit!

Check this out!

So we must watch where we sit. Okay folks...my guess is that is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to that man. What about you? What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? Please share.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Priceless for Ages to Come

I am excited about the reported debate (see links from previous post) on the doctrines of grace between Dr. Albert Mohler, President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Dr. Paige Patterson, President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary . This will be a great debate for lots of reasons, four of which I will share. You can see I have been in preaching class too long by the alliteration below.

1) Entertainment - These guys are great friends. Both are strong personalities. Patterson is a huge jokester. They will both likely have a great time. It will be entertaining.

2) Education - The masses are grossly ignorant of many things these men will discuss in their debate. This ignorance is fruit of our churches' persistent slide into Biblically illiteracy. I am often ashamed yet motivated by my own lack of intimate familiarity with the Bible. The debate will surely draw a crowd and thus educate those who are there with a desire to learn. Often times in discussing the doctrines of grace (or Calvinism), people (and pastors of some well known Southern Baptist Churches) ignorantly (or intentionally), misrepresent what an opposing position on the doctrines are. Thus so many people, only have a misinformed caricature of what the doctrines of grace are. The debate will clarify this for many people. It will likely spur people on to further study for themselves on the topic resulting in continuing education. The debate will be educational for me as well. These men are brilliant and I am sure that the depth of my understanding of the doctrines of grace will grow after listening to them.

3) Elimination of Fear - The education that will take place will result in the elimination of fear in many people's hearts. For so many, the unknown is fearful. Many people have unfortunately heard Calvinsm described as something like a disease. As a result, they get no where close to it, and become fearful of studying anything associated with it. The debate will likely receive massive attention. It will likely be taped will probably be put on-line. Many people of all ages and flavors will have their fears of the doctrines of grace/Calvinism relieved, as two trusted men publicly and lovingly engage in debate about them.

4) Exhortation for Unity - It is difficult to overestimate the positive long term effects this debate will have. While good theology should always result in devotion and worship it doesn't always. As an old saying goes "discipleship is more caught than taught." My hope and prayer is that as these theologians lovingly debate these issues, an exhortation for unity more profound than most doctoral dissertations will resound in people's hearts as they observe. It would be even greater if all were persuaded of Dr. Mohler's position and at the end of the day we were united in theological persuasion across the board. Fat Chance. Nevertheless, the profit for Southern Baptist unity of heart as we live and minister together...will likely be priceless for ages to come.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Great News! Mohler and Patterson to Debate Doctrines of Grace

Justin Taylor just posted the news about a debate concerning the doctrines of grace between Dr. Albert Mohler and Dr. Paige Patterson. The debate is planned to take place at the Pastor's Conference in Greensboro, NC, in conjuction with the 2006 Southern Baptist Convention. This is great news for many reasons...a few of which I hope to post soon. Taylor linked to his source Eric Schumacher who also linked to his source Tom Ascol.

Some of you may have been wondering where in the world I've been. Well...I've been enjoying the video from my last post. Check below if you have not yet seen it. I still laugh everytime I see it.