Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Education (Part 1)





Lord willing, I will be conducting several posts
on the subject of education,
particularly primary education.
For now though I want to share one quote
I came across...



“Non-Christian education puts the child in a vacuum…. The result is that child dies. Christian education alone really nurtures personality because it alone gives the child air and food…. Modern educational philosophy gruesomely insults our God and our Christ. How, then, do you expect to build anything positively Christian or theistic upon a foundation which is the negation of Christianity and theism?…. No teaching of any sort is possible except in Christian schools.”

Cornelius Van Til,
“Foundations of Christian Education"
(Presbyterian & Reformed, 1990)



John Calvin, commenting on Ephesians 6:4, says:

“It is not the will of God that parents shall … corrupt their children. Let their conduct towards their children be … to guide them in the fear of the Lord, and correct them also when they go astray.”

This presupposes that parents are living out the command in Deuteronomy 6. It's a choice we have to make either we submit our lives to the Word of God, or we lay our children at the alter of the state.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Carelessness

"the Christian who is careless in Bible reading will be careless in Christian living."
- Max Reich (1867-1945)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Intergenerational Youth Ministry


I was reading this pastors blog and stumble across an article in which Marshall Shelley and Brandon O'Brien, interviewed the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary and a former youth pastor, Dr. Kara Powell. The article was written under the title Is the Era of Age Segregation Over?

I'm glad to see that people are beginning to see a problem with the way we do church, especially the way we view and organize "youth ministry." However there is a difference of presupposition that Shelley, O'Brien, and Powell are missing. Voddie Baucham points out something really interesting in his blog post titled Fuller Youth Institute: Right Questions... Wrong Presuppositions .
He says this...

Missing this question actually points to the larger
presuppositional differencebetween a study like
this and the reformation God's Spirit is working
in churches around the nation. Instead of a concern
for a biblical pattern of ministry, the basis of the study
seems to have grown from a sociological and
psychological concern. This certainly seems to be
the case for many churches as well.
In so many ways, our church culture believes
it has more relevant messages and methods than Scripture.
Friends, we couldn't be more wrong.
Our enslavement to novelty is nothing short of idolatry.

We cannot pattern out ministry after sociological and psychological concerns. Is that the pattern our church was built on. I think we all should take a closer look at what Scripture is telling us how to do church. It is important as pastors, elders, deacons, teachers, and church attenders to understand the Biblical approach in how we are to not only worship God but how to disciple and evangelize to this generation and those to come.



*picture courtesy of Google images

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Toward Inclusion: Lesbians sue doctor

I just read this article on a case of fertility treatment for lesbians. There was a particular lesbian couple who wanted to have babies. They went to a fertility doctor, who was a Christian, and he told them that their lifestyle couldn't allow them to have babies. However he did offer them fertility medication and also recommended some other doctors who didn't have any moral standards to go by. So you would think that this couple would be thankful for the doctors advice. That was not the case. They sued the doctor, his medical establishment, and won! Here is a quote from the article written by one news now website.

The statement issued by North Coast was encouraging, said Jennifer Pizer, Benitez's attorney. "It shows a journey that our whole society is taking together, away from intolerance and towards inclusion," she said.

"Toward inclusion!!!" So what about the rapist, pedophiles, polygamist,child abusers, or murderers? Shouldn't they be included too? Does this not strike a nerve? Can we not see the double standard that is being presented? These people say they are being inclusive, yet at the same time they are excluding the Christian worldview. Is it because we have become a nation described in Romans 2. That God has given us over to our own selves. That we have allowed our hearts to be hardened that we no longer rely on God's truth but seek man's truth. I think we need to return to what the apostles were teaching in Acts. To stop our idolatry (relying on our own ways), turn to God (look to Christ, God in flesh), and repent (in the turning process to God, we don't by God's grace turn back to those idolatrous things, but continuously run toward the cross).


Sunday, September 27, 2009

How to Wake Men Up!!!

I just read this article that got me thinking about our future generations. The article really doesn't mention anything about succeeding generations, rather it deals with a recent survey done in 2008 that showed an increase in a claim to "no religion." The article is really short take a look at it for yourself here.

This article stated that a majority of these individuals are young, politically independent minded males. This really rubs me the wrong way, because I start thinking about how all these young men are going to be our next generation. They will replace us. My biggest concern is How will I set an example to Wake Men up from this slothful pit they have so easily slipped themselves into??? My answer to that would be to point them toward Christ. Because it is only by Him that their eyes can be opened and His truth can change their hearts. So I must shout it from the top of my lungs....

WAKE UP MEN, TURN AWAY FROM YOUR SKEPTICISM AND HUMANISTIC THINKING, REPENT, AND TURN TOWARD CHRIST!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Books for $18.00

These are some books I purchased a while back from Canon Press. They were having a $1,$2, and $3 sale.

Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to read all of these exciting books yet. I do however hope to read them within the following year (God willing). I also hope to post up some new updates so keep checking for new updates.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Deliverance From Debt (It's FREE)

The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is servant to the lender

Proverbs 22:7

My wife and I found this new website that is 100% free. If you are tired of being in debt, I highly recommend trying this 12 week course out. My wife and I are going to try it even though we seem to have our finances somewhat under control. I think its a good thing to always be teachable. Yet both of us are, in the words of Dave Ramsey, "getting mad" at it and are taking charge of our finances. Life is horrible living under the tent of a lender. So break free by becoming debt free!!! My wife and I are excited about this. Check out the website by clicking here.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Taken out of context

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
John 8:31-32

I've heard this verse numerous times, but only part of the verse has been emphasized. The part I'm referring to here is "you will know the truth and the truth will set you free." It sounds great and even can make someone feel good, yet it is so far from what Jesus is getting at. It is interesting to note that Jesus is giving an "if, then" statement. If you do "x," then "x" will occur. It's a simple statement yet we ignore the first half of Jesus statement to hold to his teaching. I wonder why?

Are there any sayings you thought the Bible said something, yet when you read them into context with the Scriptures it was something totally different? Let me know, I'd love to hear them. God Bless

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Should the church be involved in "social issues?"


It is not the judgments of the courts, but rather the moral judgments of the masses of men and women which constitute the chief defense of life and property. It is public opinion that moulds our laws and institutions; and one of the greatest forces for moulding this opinion has been the church with its Bible. In fact, Christianity is today the most deep-seated and powerful influence in its formation. Thus it is that Christian principles, by slow degrees, are helping toward divine justice as the fundamental basis of all human law.

P. Marion Simms, The Bible in America:
Versions that Have Played Their Parts
in the Making of the Republic

(New York: Wilson-Crickson, 1936), 294-295.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I pity the fool...

The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
there is none who does good.
Psalms 14:1



Monday, May 11, 2009

Pineforest Pictures



My incredibly smart brother, Andrew, wrote, shot, and produced this short film. I just wanted to share it with the world. Great job Andrew. Hope you all enjoy.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Historical Facts

"'Back of every appeal to historical fact lies a philosophy of face.' But only the philosophy of fact of Christian theism can account for the facts. Without the God of Scripture, we have only brute factuality, raw, uninterpreted, meaningless and isolated facts, each one a realm to itself."

- Gary North, Foundations of Christian Scholarship, (Vallecito, CA:
Ross House Books, 2001), p. 33

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Growth

Thank God for new growth

Friday, May 8, 2009

New Mind

For several weeks our youth group has been looking at how we can love God with our heart, mind, and soul. This past week we looked at the mind. Philippians chapter 2 speaks of putting on the mind of Christ.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

By setting his mind on God, Christ humble himself and became obedient to death. Having that kind of mind is what I want to strive for. But it takes a daily renewal...

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

...its something to think about.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Watered Down Theology

This quote I found online really challenged me and my perspective on the church and its purpose of teaching theology.

"The churches of our time seem to believe that God exists to save man and keep him happy. Theology is therefore only studied as an adjunct to the doctrine of salvation."

Theology is a scary word to say in most churches today. I know there are many reasons as to why this is the case, however, I'd rather focus more on ways to reform this type of thinking. My purpose isn't to shove some theological perspective down ones throat, but rather to strive to be as God honoring as possible, by His grace. I don't want to settle for some 3 ways to make me a better Christian. We can't just stop at salvation, because there is more to it than just salvation. What happens after salvation? What about sanctification? Uh oh I'm using terminology that the average joe doesn't understand....what's a minister of the gospel to do? I encourage anyone who is reading this to take a look at this post: Kingdom-Centered Theology

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Biblical Financial Advice



Tough times call for tough measures. The buzz words right now are "bailout," or "economic crisis" and in light of their popularity it is imperative as Christians to be able to give an account of the hope with us. The advice given in this three part series speaks volumes to the way we handle our finances. I hope if you have spare time you will take a look at these. Watch Life, Money, Hope.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Snake Find

The other day I was doing some intense yard work. Our home that we purchased a little over a year ago apparently had owners who didn't take good care of the land. For some reason or another they planted random plants, trees, and flowers in odd spots all around the yard, so I was trying to fix this crazy confusion. In the process of destroying...I mean up rooting a pompous grass I found a little creature....

that's right our first snake....

well what was left of him.

I was digging up dirt around the pompous grass and several times during the process I came across several earth worms. I immediately scooped them up and place them in my garden for good plant growth. However, this little guy wasn't what I expected to find. For all you animal right activist and snake lovers out there, this was an accident I was digging and chopped the poor guy in half. Personally I'm glad he is gone cause I don't want these little creature around my girls. Hope everyone is having a great day

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wise Heart

Proverbs 23:15
"My son, if your heat is wise, my heart too will be glad."

We find in Proverbs a father talking to a son. He encourages his son to have a "wise" heart, and in doing so the father will be glad. I was thinking about how this verse applies to our relationship with God, our Father. When our hearts are turned toward His wisdom he is glad. Let us strive today to have wise hearts that "seek first the kingdom of God."

Friday, April 17, 2009

Eating with my spoon!!!

I did the normal routine this morning of waking my daughter up and getting her ready for the day. We fixed breakfast and as we began to eat I noticed she didn’t want me to feed her but she wanted to feed herself. I don’t look at this as most people would as a step of independence, well maybe you could say that, but I look at is as a sign of maturity and growth. I hope you enjoy these pics. Daddy loves you Abigail!






Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Simple Things

My wife and I were talking last night about some friends of ours that are going through difficult times. I know we all have problems and issues in our lives, however despite these circumstances I have come to enjoy the simple things that God has brought into my life.

First I am thankful for my wife. She is the greatest woman in the world. My dearest friend, treasured helper, and wonderful companion. I love her so much and have learned so much from her that has truly impacted my life. Love you Sarah!







Second, I am thankful for my 3 beautiful girls that God has entrusted me with. Although they are under 17 months old, God has taught me many things through my children. Daddy loves you girls!











Finally, I am thankful for my books. This is our growing library at our home. Although I've only read less than one third of the books on the shelf, I am thankful that I have such a strong arsenal of reading material available.



Maybe this can encourage you to enjoy the simple blessings that God has given to you. Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Worldview Super Conference III

July 22-25, 2009 at Midway Presbyterian Church in Powder Springs, Georgia

CLEAR YOUR CALENDER!!!

American Vision is hosting their 3rd worldview conference. Any Christian who is looking for a conference to attend this year this is the one I recommend. The speakers at this conference are without a doubt some of the best in our time. The theme of the conference is The Great Reversal: How Christians Will Change the Future.

"This unique event will equip you in gaining a biblical understanding
of media,
economics, politics, education, and science. More
importantly, it will show you how
Christians can use new media
(Internet, Print-on-Demand, Forums, In-Home
Broadcasting,
Pod-casting, etc.) to make an “end-run” around the liberal

stronghold to advance the Gospel and a Christian Worldview."


If you have the spare money please attend this conference it will do you a world of good. For more information relating to this conference click here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Blessing for keeping God's Law

"Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he." Proverbs 29:18

I came across this verse in one of the most difficult chapters I've ever read. In Foundations of Christian Scholarship, Gary North writes about Max Weber and his influence in Sociology.

Just as I was thinking that I would not gain anything from this chapter, this verse shone as a beacon of light. I do not believe it was the author's intent to focus this chapter on this particular passage, however this verse caught my attention. I've heard it said many times that "Where there is no vision, the people perish" Unfortunately, the latter part of this verse is left out. The more I read Scripture the more I am convinced and convicted that God's Law Word is the only standard to live by. Government won't save me, free health care won't satisfy me, nor will the crumbling public schools educate me. Only God's Law will make me happy. That's something worth considering.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

30 Hour Famine

On March 6th and 7th students at New Covenant Church starved for 30 hours to save lives around the world. It was a long and rigorous weekend, however it gave us a better appreciation of our easy access to food. We now have a better understanding of what it feels like to be desperately hungry. Here are a few pictures of our adventurous weekend...


14,000 kids die each day from hunger


We slept outside in cardboard boxes




For more information about the 30 Hour Famine click here.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Beatitudes

Matthew 5-7, the Sermon on the Mount, is probably my most favorite part of the Bible. I was reading an article out of a magazine which discussed the first 12 verses of this section. Matthew 5:1-12 is most commonly know as the Beatitudes. I have never truly understood nor do I currently understand all the implications about this passage. However, in reading this article written by R. J. Rushdoony, I have a little more insight as to what Christ was saying about "meekness, mercy, and being pure in heart." Everyone out there should take 5 minutes to read this article.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Fasting


Coming March 6th and 7th the students from New Covenant in Greenwood, SC will be going without food for 30 hours. They are "starving for food" as a means to get a glimpse of what it is like to truly be hungry. Fasting will take you on amazing journeys. God in is awesome wisdom, stretches you and challenges you to grow more in Him. For more information about the 30 Hour Famine visit their website at www.30hourfamine.org