Archive for February, 2007

Benny Hinn makes me angry….

Really angry. You see, it all started when a buddy and I started talknig about Benny Hinn. I told him about my favorite Benny Hinn quote. It goes like this.

“Somebody’s attacking me because of something I’m teaching. Let me tell you something, brother: You watch it! You know, I’ve looked for one verse in the Bible; I just can’t seem to find it. One verse that said ‘If you don’t like them, kill them.’ I really wish I could find it! Sometimes I wish God would give me a Holy Ghost machine gun; I’ll blow your head off!”

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Feminist Vision & Strategy

Someone recently suggested to me that the possible responses of the Church to feminism are threefold. He said,

  1. You could denounce feminism and argue feminists disagree with the Bible. Of course that approach actually supports feminist arguments so it might very well have the opposite effect in terms of convincing people.
  2. You could try and nit pick at the facts feminist arguments are based on. This might work but you don’t have a congregation full of conservatives. Most of them could do the same thing with the Bible, so in that fight feminism probably wins.
  3. You could say that metaphor is a type of fashion and every believer can construct there own metaphorical language. There is no real Tiamet to worship, however it’s possible to relate to the God of the Bible in a female way. Christianity never asserts that God has actual gender. You could use female pronouns for “God the Father.” Jesus represents the dying Corn God. You could start using that sort of language, “he died so that all life could be renewed.” Try and create a syncretic faith and then pull that syncretic faith closer to orthodoxy and thus win the people’s hearts for Christ.

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Hear that? It’s life rushing past.

I long for young men to realize how much they can be accomplishing. They wouldn’t be satisfied with sacrificing hours and hours to build a stupid video game character if they realized Read the rest of this entry »

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The Bondage of the Will, Martin Luther

Reformed theologian Martin Luther. In many ways Luther sparked the Reformation.This is a complete audio version of the Bondage of the Will by the famous reformer and in many ways the father of the Reformation, Martin Luther in mp3 format. It is not read by a human voice, but rather converted to voice with my text to speech software. My vision is poor, so whenever I can I find my books in text format and read them by converting them to mp3 and listening. It’s a lot easier on my eyes. Whenever the book is in the public domain, I try to make my audiobooks available to as many folks as I can. This jewel is an incredible little Puritan book. I hope the audio quality is sufficient and that this little version proves a blessing to many. [Sample]
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The Power of the Foolishness of God

Well, I preached the sermon yesterday. I was much happier with this one than the last. There’s a lot of room for growth. I think I handled the microphone better this time. The passage is one I was totally stoked about. I was really passionate about the passage, but I wasn’t able to express that passion as well as I hoped. I want people to get hold of the understanding of the passage I have in mind, but I also want to communicate to them a passion about the power of God that Paul discusses and about this power in terms of all people, even the ones that are not like us, especially them. If our thoughts are changed but our passions are unaffected, then we haven’t gotten it at all. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mortification of Sin, John Owen

17th Century theologian, John OwenThis is a complete audio version of the Mortification of Sin by John Owen in mp3 format. It is not read by a human voice, but rather converted to voice with my text to speech software. My vision is poor, so whenever I can I find my books in text format and read them by converting them to mp3 and listening. It’s a lot easier on my eyes. Whenever the book is in the public domain, I try to make my audiobooks available to as many folks as I can. This jewel is an incredible little Puritan book. I hope the audio quality is sufficient and that this little version proves a blessing to many. Note that unlike my copy of Luther’s Bondage of the Will, I haven’t had a chance to prepare the text of this book yet for the text reader. As a result, this book will have more mispronunciations and difficult sentences than the Bondage of the Will. If folks do download this and find it difficult to understand compared to the Bondage of the Will, then feel free to leave comments to that effect. I’ll make the time to clean this book up as well if it looks like it will be helpful to some.[Sample]
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The Man House (hand-up house?)

I’m really excited about an internship that we’re putting together at church. It’s sort of a learning by doing thing at this point. A buddy Josh and I are building it by doing it. The idea is for each intern to create a missional ministry. The experience will be an opportunity for us to discover our gifts and talents and what God has called us to do, and then to cultivate the skills and habits necessary to be successful in that calling. The emphasis is on being outwardly focused, ministering intentionally to and for those who are outside the church and not just those who are within it. Read the rest of this entry »

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