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Good Friend

My friend Ford is here from Germany and we were able to spend the afternoon and evening together. BBQ Chicken, Ice Cream Sandwiches, Good Iced Tea and nice Nuevo sunset. Thank God for friends.

Ford oversees a bookstore for a seminary in Germany and is a wealth of information. We met at Westmont College as freshman in 1977. Our conversation ranged from reminiscing, to NT Wright, to Wayne Grudem, Calvinism, Paradigm shifts, Church growth and life, to Christian Booksellers and the Evangelical Theological Society and how they handled Robert Gundry and Open Theists.

I don’t think I have ever met a more kind and considerate human being than Ford. Ford reminds me that I need to be a good human.

Auf Wiedersehen

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July 31, 2008 Posted by | Personal | 6 Comments

John Crowder: Extremely Emerging Post-modern Post-Pentecostal

Every pastor has a bad sermon. I have had a few. Now I have something new to watch to help me get over my bad sermon blah’s…John Crowder. One look at this guys sermons and I can always say…”not as bad as that guy”, or I can just send a copy to the elders every week so they say, “At least Steve is better than that!”

Unbelievable. The following are some of John’s followers…

Drinking the Word. I really don’t know if this is just a huge spoof…The guy’s name is John Crowder, but he looks a lot like David Crowder…

Well, you can check out their explanation if you want below (John Crowder and Ben Dunn, Ben is John’s “Robin”), and check out their response to another blogger at zoecarnate.

They seem to be a cross between post Pentecostals and Emerging extremists. If you read the blog at zoecarnate you will see a guy who thinks he is smarter than you are, condescending to broadly criticize the whole of the church based on his straw man construction of the church. He consistently makes the mistake of bifurcation: The Holy Spirit is either mystical (in his opinion “right” and undefined) or intellectual (wrong and reflective of the traditional church). He also thinks that the culture determines the conduit of the message: In a post-modern context the only way to communicate is to be post-modern. I think the videos speak for themselves.

John Crowder & Ben Dunn on Drugs

ht: Scotteriology

July 30, 2008 Posted by | Christianity, Church, Culture - Values, Emerging Church, Silly Stuff, Stupid Stuff | , , , | 36 Comments

Prayer Meetings for Gas???

Prayer services to be held at St. Louis gas stations to thank God for lower prices

July 28, 2008

ST. LOUIS – Two prayer services will be held at St. Louis gas stations to thank God for lower fuel prices and to ask that they continue to drop. Darrell Alexander, Midwest co-chair of the Pray at the Pump movement, says prayer gatherings will be held Monday afternoon and evening at a Mobil station west of downtown St. Louis.

Participants say they plan to buy gas, pray and then sing “We Shall Overcome” with a new verse, “We’ll have lower gas prices.”

An activist from the Washington D.C. area, Rocky Twyman, started the effort, saying if politicians couldn’t lower gas prices, it was time to ask God to intervene.

The group thinks the prayer is helping, saying prices are starting to fall below $4 a gallon.

July 29, 2008 Posted by | Christianity, Stupid Stuff | , , | 6 Comments

The Shack

I haven’t read the The Shack by William P. Young, but it is making quite a splash. Here is Ben Witherington’s review of The Shack (pretty sharp guy).

July 28, 2008 Posted by | Books, Christianity | , , , | 5 Comments

It is Well – Horatio Spafford

If you have never heard the story behind this marvelous hymn it is well worth the time and a tear or two shed. Horatio Spafford had a series of “Job” like experiences which form the inspiration for this hymn. It also has a marvelous recording of the hymn (recorded here at our church in Nuevo…the guys in the video are lip-syncing that’s my voiced dubbed in), the video is narrated by none other than Bill Gaither. Enjoy. Cry, you need to. Be inspired and go to church tomorrow and worship like you mean it.

ht: cliffordthedawg

July 26, 2008 Posted by | Christianity, Devotional, Worship | 4 Comments

Greg Koukl on Free Will

Greg Koukl at Stand to Reason answered a question about Free Will and does a good job explaining the issue, listen to the first 20 minutes of his July 6 broadcast. I like Greg, he is the epitome of kindness and patience and he works hard at thinking clearly…check him out. You can hear Greg live on the radio on Sundays from 3-5pm on AM740 KBRT in Southern California.

July 26, 2008 Posted by | Christianity, Theological | Leave a comment

The Trinity

The Trinity is a foundational Christian doctrine, much neglected and mostly misunderstood. In this post I will direct you to a debate (two videos) between a Trinitarian (James White) and a oneness Pentecostal (Robert Sabin). I watched the first and have yet to see the second. There is a third that is not available but can be found at Alpha and Omega’s website as an MP3.

I also highly recommend a book entitled Experiencing the Trinity by Darrel Johnson. A nice job of making the doctrine accessible without compromising the weight in his expression of God as one being in three persons.

I have also always been impressed with John Calvin’s treatment of the Trinity in the Institutes. You can find the Institutes and many other Christian Classics online and free at Christian Classics Ethereal Library – I highly recommend that you spend some time there.

There you have it.

July 25, 2008 Posted by | Christianity, Theological | Leave a comment

New Blog

Everybody I recruit to blogging has a more popular site than me….boo hoo

Visit my wife’s blog, Substantive Education (she is giving me advice right now)(she says I need it)…

July 24, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Todd Bentley Heals by Kicking??

Painful to watch, I am sure not as painful for the poor guy who made the mistake of thinking Todd Bentley cared an iota for his well being…

When will we learn about these kinds of hoaxsters? I don’t even know how to categorize this, it is so far from a normative Christian experience and even further from a Biblical context yet it is seen by many as what “evangelicals” do at church. This is frightening, infuriating, disturbing, ignorant and humorous at the same time. Amazing.

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July 23, 2008 Posted by | Silly Stuff, Stupid Stuff | 3 Comments

Gun Prank is Today’s BIG Thing – JUL 22, 2008

Don’t try this at home

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July 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments