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Preparing for the Christian Ministry Seminars at Emmaus Bible College Feb. 6-7, 2017

Friends:

I’ve been invited to speak at Emmaus Bible College’s “Christian Ministry Seminars” this next month.  Past speakers have challenged the college students to give themselves to camping ministries, justice organizations, etc.screen-shot-2017-01-08-at-5-34-42-am  Perhaps because I’ve been in academia for over thirty years, I’ve been encouraged to give a series on a teaching/educational ministry.  The theme that immediately came to my mind was “Anti-Intellectualism Isn’t Spirituality.”  Here’s what I hope to accomplish in my four messages to the Emmaus student body:

Message #1- Message Thesis: “Our own history & the mood of the moment mitigate against the Christian’s use of the mind to love the Lord.”  I want to define anti-intellectualism and spirituality, as well as reflect a bit on both our Brethren history which discourages theological training and our present culture which assumes the Bible and Jesus-followers are opposed to the life of the mind.

Message #2- Message Thesis: “The Lord Jesus Christ, as our divine/human model, extolled and modeled the use of one’s mind in loving God in this world.”  I will survey how Jesus challenged us to love God with our minds and examine some of His use of both offensive and defensive logic in His earthly life.

Message #3-  Message Thesis: “The Apostle Paul in screen-shot-2017-01-08-at-5-38-50-amActs 17 models for us an engagement with his culture which uses his mind, connects him with his audience, and advances the gospel.” I look forward to going through Paul’s sermon on Mars Hill and seeing how God uses his intellect in reaching a diverse group of thinkers.  Not only was Paul not wrong in his approach, but he provides principles for us in reaching our post-Christian and anti-Christian world.

Message #4- Message Thesis: “There are specific, practical implications of a mind devoted to loving God in our world.”
Here I want to challenge all of us to take steps to connect with our lost world, to develop relationships with our lost friends, and to advance in our commitment to the godly use of our minds.  Some of the practical steps will include:  getting serious about friendships, surrendering our academic aspirations to the Lord, courageously critiquing our culture’s rejection of God (including reading what I call “Boiling Books” and doing good research), and some of us pursuing positions of influence in higher educational institutions.

Would a few of you commit to praying for me as I prepare these messages?  Let me know in the comment section below if you will lift me up before the Lord for this opportunity to influence these young people.

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2017 in the mind

 

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Time for a Great Quote: John Piper on the Passion of the Preacher!

Preachers must have a passion to produce people whose satisfaction in God is so solid, so deep, and so unshakable that suffering and death – losing everything this world can give – will not make people murmur or curse God, but rest in the promise, “In His presence is fullness of joy, at His right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psm. 16:11).

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2016 in preaching

 

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The Power of Preaching: The Most Dangerous Person of All

“We have somehow got hold of the idea that error is Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 7.50.17 AMonly that which is outrageously wrong; and we do not seem to understand that the most dangerous person of all is the one who does not emphasize the right things.”
-Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Sermon on the Mount, 2:244

 

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Posted by on June 2, 2016 in preaching

 

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My Upcoming Preaching Engagements!

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Posted by on September 8, 2015 in preaching engagements

 

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FOUR DON’T’S FOR THE SERIOUS DISCIPLE (a sermon)

I preached this sermon last Sunday, friends, at our church.Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 12.03.19 PM  I began with the great quote from G.K. Chesterton who said, “”The more I considered Christianity, the more I found that while it had established a rule and order, the chief aim of that order was to give room for good things to run wild.”  We who follow Jesus certainly need to focus on the good things God has given us.  But there are some negatives which we need to practice!

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2015 in COLOSSIANS 2

 

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My Vision: “Theology Matters” Conferences

Friends:
I believe the Lord has given me a vision! (Someone say “Hallelujah!”FirefoxScreenSnapz638 Just kidding).  Okay.  I don’t know what the graphic on the right is supposed to represent.  Is it the hand of God?  Is He wearing a Brooks Brothers suit?  Why is He taking the “O” out of VISION?  I don’t know.

Anyway.  I have a vision for local church, weekend conferences on, are you sitting down, the doctrines of the Christian faith!  I’ve even created my own logo.  Here it is (see below).

I firmly bMicrosoft PowerPointScreenSnapz007elieve that we Christians don’t talk enough about our “faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3).  Here’s my idea:

My Proposal:  I would like to propose that you and your church might consider hosting a “Theology Matters” Conference!  It could take the following form:

1.  A local church or assembly hosts a weekend conference, inviting other local Evangelical churches/assemblies to participate.
2.  A particular theme could be chosen for the weekend.  Recently I’ve done FirefoxScreenSnapz361conferences on the topics of “When Temptation Strikes” and “Doctrine Matters.”  A couple of weeks ago I spoke at Emmaus Bible College’s “Iron Sharpens Iron” conference and the theme was “Revolutionary Orthodoxy.”
3.  The costs to attend such a conference can be kept low, although people often appreciate what they pay a bit for.  It is my opinion that we need to provide solid teaching for serious Christians, rather than always try to appeal to all.
4.  A book table would be an important source for such serious Christians to continue their pursuit of the things of God.

My Passion:  Having grown up in the Assemblies, I have been privileged to preach His Word and teach the practical doctrines of biblical faith for over 40 years.  Educationally, I have my BA from Northeastern Bible College, my M.Div. from Biblical Seminary (where I studied under Mr. Tom Taylor), and my Ph.D. from Drew FirefoxScreenSnapz679University (my dissertation was on John Darby’s doctrine of the Holy Spirit).  By God’s grace, I have written several books:  DocTALK (a survey of all ten areas of Christian faith); DocWALK (how do we apply these truths to everyday life?); The Other Side of the Good News: Confronting Contemporary Challenges to Jesus’ Teaching on Hell; Heaven: Thinking Now about Forever; When Temptation Strikes: Gaining Victory Over Sin; Whatever Happened to Heresy?; Farewell, Rob Bell; and Saved: Rescued from God, by God, and for God (forthcoming).  A wide range of doctrinal topics is available for consideration.

My Vision:  Such a weekend conference could take the following form:FirefoxScreenSnapz680
Friday night full session, Saturday morning full session, Saturday lunch for those who have read ____ (a key book could be chosen to discuss over lunch), Saturday evening full session, Sunday Sunday School full session, Family Bible Hour full session. Total of five full sessions.

Interested?  I’d love to talk with you about the possibility of hosting a “Theology Matters” conference in your church.  Call me at: 803-201-9745.

 

 

A QUICK ADDITION TO TODAY:

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This is from Ann Voskamp’s aholyexperience.com post today.  You must read it.  It is entitled “How to Focus in an Age of Distraction.”

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2014 in theology

 

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When Temptation Strikes — at Lafayette Bible Chapel!

What a great weekend!   My friends at Lafayette Bible Chapel in Lafayette, Louisiana,WTS cover invited me to speak on the topic of my book When Temptation Strikes this past weekend.

How good it was to get to know this group of Jesus followers!  We had FirefoxScreenSnapz532some great discussion — and we helped to decimate the crawfish population!  Here’s a picture of me eating crawfish for the first time in my life!  What a feast!

I will post my last sermon of the weekend below.  You might find it helpful.  For some reason, the sermon doesn’t start until 1 minute and 4 seconds into the file, so please be patient.

Again, a great time with the believers in Lafayette!

Here’s the sermon: 

 

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2014 in preaching

 

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