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2008-12-31
Fred ButlerMacArthur's Millennial Manifesto

MacArthur's Millennial Manifesto - A Friendly Response
. . . And a boot to the head.

MacArthur's Millennial Manifesto - Rejoinder #1
Replacement theology, or what is also termed supersessionism, is the view that the Christian Church has replaced, or transcends, the nation of Israel in God's redemptive purposes so that the Church has become Abraham's spiritual seed and fulfills the covenant promises God made to Israel.

MacArthur's Millennial Manifesto - Rejoinder #2
. . . Sam is annoyed he can't place John into his pre-fabricated box which reads on the side, "What dispensationalists believe."

MacArthur's Millennial Manifesto - Rejoinder #3
Like all faithful Covenant Theological, Reformed Baptists, a good part of [Waldron's] agenda is to make sure when his readers finish his book they go away knowing Sam believes the NT Church is simply the "New" Israel.

MacArthur's Millennial Manifesto - Rejoinder #4
Romans 9:6 states, But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect, For they are not all Israel who are of Israel.

MacArthur's Millennial Manifesto - Rejoinder #5
As much as I commend Sam's efforts in an attempt to present his view on the NT Church being a New Israel here from Ephesians 2, I don't believe it holds up under examination.

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Hank Balch
Birth Control: The Idol of Pleasure
To pursue a God-given blessing of sex (pleasure) rather than it’s God-given purpose, is nothing short of worship of Self.

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Steve Weaver
“Running the Race in 2009″ Hebrews 12:1-2
Pastor Steve Weaver exhorts Farmdale Baptist Church to run the race of the Christian life with endurance in 2009.

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2008-12-30
The Social Costs of Pornography
. . . just in case you thought their weren’t any.

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2008-12-29
Tim Challies
The Right Measure and The Best Measure
Am I seeking to grow in humility? I need to look to Christ! Am I wondering if I've been growing in my love for my brothers and sisters in Christ? I must look to Christ! Do I seek to grow in my ability to lead my family? I must follow the example of Christ!

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Dan Phillips
If Melissa Etheridge is to be believed . . .
. . . Melissa Etheridge is yet another performer who sees herself as heroic for having yielded herself to degrading passions . . .

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2008-12-28
Eric "Gunny" Hartman
Heck, I'm not even mad, that's amazing!
I thought about the multitude of things we teach our kids at home and at church, particularly of a spiritual nature, the fullness of which they may not realize for years to come.

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Matthew Parris
As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God
. . . Christianity changes people's hearts. It brings a spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real. The change is good. (HT)

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Russell D. Moore
How Hellish Is “Time Out”?
If “time out” in your house is a tool to prompt thinking, while the child waits for swift discipline and restoration, then have at it. If “time out” is a means of punishing the child by removing him from the fellowship of his family, then you’re removing him from the very means of discipleship he (and we) so desperately needs.

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Steve Weaver
“What’s So Special About the Birth of Jesus?” Matthew 1:18-25
Jesus’ birth is special because of the manner of his birth, nature of his person, and purpose of his mission.

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The Dan Phillips Christmas album!
OK, not really.

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Christopher Booker
2008 was the year man-made global warming was disproved
Or, as one commenter here said, “a nice day is a nice day again.”

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2008-12-27
Yukon Rebecca
Getting Your Theology on Track
It is important to get your theology on track before disaster strikes. It won’t spare you heartache. But it will spare you gratuitous heartache, and it will hasten the healing process.

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2008-12-23
Little Green Footballs
Saddleback Church Deletes Page on Creationism and Homosexuality?
Rick Warren, the Saddleback Church pastor chosen by Barack Obama to deliver the invocation at the presidential inauguration, has been getting a lot of media attention because he’s a very vocal opponent of gay marriage. . . . Oddly enough, the FAQ page at the Saddleback Church that contained their policy statements on dinosaurs, evolution, and homosexuality (among other subjects) has suddenly been wiped clean . . . (HT: Fred Butler. Read his comments here)

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Albert Mohler
Can a Christian Deny the Virgin Birth?
Can a true Christian deny the virgin birth? The answer to that question must be a decisive No. Those who deny the virgin birth reject the authority of Scripture, deny the supernatural birth of the Savior, undermine the very foundations of the Gospel, and have no way of explaining the deity of Christ.

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2008-12-22
John Rush
A Pastor’s Response to “The Religious Case for Gay Marriage”
”What the Bible says about marriage is unacceptable, but we can distill ‘universal truths’ from Scripture. And it is amazing that those ‘universal truths’ just happen to be the same as our liberal, radical political philosophy.”

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Tim Challies
We Shall be Changed
It will not be long now before the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. And, oh, don’t we look forward to that day.

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2008-12-21
Penn Jillette on Evangelism
An atheist asks "How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?"

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2008-12-20
Dan Phillips
"Sins" and "mistakes"
More DJP on sin, repentance, and forgiveness.

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You think you're patient? Oy!
You’ve got to see this to believe it.

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2008-12-19
Blog announcement:
The Thirsty Theologian is available on Kindle. Do try to contain your excitement.

2008-12-18
Matt Waymeyer
Infant Baptism and Romans 4:11
. . . paedobaptists appeal to Romans 4:11 to support their position.

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Rod Dreher
The Elvis-Beatles Relativity Fallacy
"But our parents (or grandparents) thought that Elvis and the Beatles were risqué!" Ironically, there’s some moral relativity in this article decrying moral relativity. Regardless, it makes a good point; try not to miss it. (HT)

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Dan Phillips
Unpacking forgiveness in real life
Dan eschews the EC (Evangelically Correct) position and thinks, of all things, biblically.

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Albert Mohler
Many Paths to Heaven?
. . . a good number of those who attend evangelical churches either misunderstand or repudiate the Gospel.

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2008-12-17
Chip Bayer
Congressional hubris: Exhibit A
A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation where older investors are paid with the money of newer investors. But the whole thing is bound for failure at some point because nothing is produced.

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Phil Johnson
"All" Always Means ALL. Right?
The estimable Mr Johnson handily accomplishes what I lamely attempted here.

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MacArthur on TBN
This isn’t TBN . . . is it? No, can’t be.

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Timmy BristerMissional Prayer
Missional Prayer:
Until you know that life is war, you cannot know what prayer is for.

Jesus
Early Church
Paul
Concluding houghts
Compilation and PDF

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Blog Note: I apologize for the lack of links in this column lately. Regular posting on the main blog, as well as other complications of life, has limited my time. I intend to continue posting links here, but it will necessarily be less. Thanks for your understanding. For that matter, thanks for coming at all!

Libbie Muffin
On focusing on the little picture.
Many things presage the passing of the Christian era. I find myself unable to believe that whether or not a secular company produces religious-themed stationery every other year is among them.

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Steve Weaver
“Giving, Missions, and the Glory of Christ” 2 Corinthians 8 & 9
Pastor Steve preaches a message on Christmas giving from 2 Corinthians 8 & 9 where the apostle Paul uses the profound theological truth of the incarnation as a motivation for giving.

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2008-12-15
Daniel van de Laar
Walking By/Being Filled With... the Holy Spirit
There is no mystery about walking in the Spirit - it is just a metaphor for obeying God, and we are commanded to do so.

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2008-12-13
J.D. Hatfield
Still the Small Voice?
. . . the still small voice wasn’t inside of Elijah, it was outside the cave.

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9Marks
Observing Evangelicalism with Don Carson
Mark Dever asks Carson about the highs and lows of the evangelical landscape.

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New Recording: “God Himself Is With Us” by Scott & Becky Aniol
The goal of this album two-fold: (1) To proclaim the gospel through hymns rich doctrinally and musically; (2) To promote, and in some cases introduce, great congregational hymnody that rightly stirs the mind and the affections.

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Phil Johnson
The Devil Made me Do It
We ourselves are to blame when inordinate worldly affections crowd out what should be a pure love for God and the things of God. Neither the world nor the devil could ever take advantage of us if our own flesh did not cooperate.

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Phil Johnson on The New Age

What's New with the New Age?
Why Christians need to remain on guard against the threat of New Age spirituality

The Background of the New Age
New Age spirituality is Anti-Christian

Typical Beliefs and Practices of New Age Spirituality
The Inherent selfishness of New Age Spirituality

The Rise and Decline of New Ageism
New Age spirituality is Anti-Christian

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2008-12-12
Thabiti Anyabwile
Are Protestants Still Protesting?
Ten Differences Between the Reformation and Rome

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2008-12-10
Hannity & Colmes
Give Jesus a 60-Day Trial!
Give him a trial. See if he'll change your life. I dare you to try trusting Jesus for 60 days. Or your money guaranteed back.
Isn’t it past time for everyone to stop pretending that Rick Warren really understands the gospel? Seriously. If you disagree, I’d love to hear why — after you’ve read the full article.

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Erik Raymond
So, is President Bush an Evangelical?
This is Moralanity not Christianity. My opinion: according to what I see as modern (not true, historical) evangelicalism, the President is an evangelical; but he is definitely not a Christian. How sad that one can be the former without being the latter.

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2008-12-09
Fred Butler
The Eugenics Deniers
. . . the hostile reaction to Darwinianism influencing Nazi eugenics policies is baffling, because critics are reacting negatively to historical fact.

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One Way To Heaven
Is one way enough?

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Bob Hayton
Melchizedek’s Supper: Bread, Wine and a Blessing from the Prefigured Christ
This coming Sunday we’ll partake of the Lord’s Supper at my church, and I am eager to receive a blessing from the hand of Christ my Melchizedek.

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Rob Bowman
Fallacies of Same-Sex Marriage Polemics
[Tony] Jones manages to commit three logical fallacies in one sentence (one of which is repeated twice in the following sentence). (HT)

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Fred Sanders
The Trinity in Romans
The whole structure of the book has been Trinitarian, because the Trinity has been lurking in this inspired book. We didn’t need to be saying the T word every week to be immersed in the reality of the Triune God.

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Jim Hamilton
G. K. Beale on Biblical Inerrancy
. . . Inerrancy is not a scholastic theological deduction made by interpreters of the Bible, but rather that it is an exegetical observation of a theological deduction that at least one biblical author has already made within the text of the Bible itself.

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2008-12-05
Travis Carden
Total Depravity Verse List
The doctrine of total depravity (or total inability) says that all men, as a consequence of the Fall, are born morally corrupt, enslaved to sin, at enmity with God, and unable to please Him or even of themselves to turn to Christ for salvation. (Thus the necessity of a gracious, unconditional election.) Here is a sweeping survey of the biblical support for the doctrine.

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2008-12-03
Timmy Brister
Putting Things in Perspective
. . . consider our brothers and sisters in Orissa, India. They don’t wake up to find what the next comment or blogpost has to say; they wake up to discover who lost their lives for the sake of Christ.

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Tim Challies
Doubt as Virtue, Assurance as Arrogance
The faith we are to pursue is one that has absolute certainty about God’s revelation.

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2008-12-02
Discerning Reader
Blogging through Future Grace by John Piper
"Faith" and "Grace" - two weighty, theological words that often seem to get thrown around at church as if on the level of "milk" and "hug." In a sense they are that basic; they are fundamental to the Christian life. So fundamental that being born again cannot occur without them: "By grace you have been saved through faith" (Eph. 2:8). Yet the fact remains that many Christians cannot define the two terms, let alone live them out in daily life.

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2008-12-01
Tim Challies
A Great Servant; An Evil Master
If we are to be thinking people, people who think deeply and deliberately about spiritual matters, we simply cannot allow our lives to be overshadowed by the noise of technology.

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Yukon Rebecca
In The Fullness of Time
In eternity past, prior to his first creative command, God had a plan for the history of his creation.

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J.D. Hatfield
God’s Greenhouse
The well ordered church, one that truly has a right view of God, as all in all, this is the place of blessing. The Vinedresser is tending His fruit and pruning His crop in His greenhouse, and if you are not there, you are not planted in the right soil.

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