Archive for July, 2008

See what Matt Chandler had to say on the subject, as well as sports, plastic surgery, and cash while speaking at the 2008 Resurgence conference. 

courtesy of awaketoreality

READ THE WHOLE THING!!!  From Luther’s Commentary on Galatians ch. 3 vs. 13:  “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.”
what did Christ take on?

what did Christ take on?


Paul does not say that Christ was made a curse for Himself. The accent is on the two words “for us.” Christ is personally innocent. Personally, He did not deserve to be hanged for any crime of His own doing. But because Christ took the place of others who were sinners, He was hanged like any other transgressor. The Law of Moses leaves no loopholes. It says that a transgressor should be hanged. Who are the other sinners? We are. The sentence of death and everlasting damnation had long been pronounced over us. But Christ took all our sins and died for them on the Cross. “He was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (more…)

“It is clear that in Paul’s own mind the case of Abraham (receiving righteousness through faith) provides an obvious parallel to that of the Galatians (receiving the Spirit through hearing and believing the gospel and not by keeping the law). In other words, Paul takes it for granted that Abraham’s being justified by faith proves that the Galatians must have received the Spirit by faith also; and this argument from Scripture falls to the ground unless the reception of the Spirit is in some sense equated with justification.  For if this were not so, it could be objected that even though Abraham was indeed justified by faith, it does not necessarily follow that reception of the Spirit also has to be dependent on faith; conceivably while justification is by faith the gift of the Spirit could be conditioned on works.  We may take it, then, that Paul conceives of receiving the Spirit in such close connection with justification that the two can be regarded in some sense as synonymous, so that in the Galatians’ receiving the Spirit their justification was also involved. (more…)

A proper spiritual attitude

Posted: July 31, 2008 by limabean03 in Uncategorized

“The spiritual attitude of a man, who is conscious that in himself he has no strength, and no hope of a future, and who nevertheless casts himself upon, and lives by, the word of God which assures him of a future, is the necessarily and eternally right attitude of all souls to God. He whose attitude it is, is at bottom right with God.”

-James Denny

Here are a collection of sermons preached by Pastor John Piper, of Bethlehem Baptist Church (home of one of our visiting Campus Outreach groups).  Click the title of the passage you are interested in.  If you only have time for a few, I would recommend the first, third and fourth (in that order). 

Gal 3.1-5: Can you begin in the Spirit and be completed by the flesh?  (great message)

Gal 3.6-9: The children of faith are the sons of Abraham

Gal 3.10-14: Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law

Gal 3.15-18: The Law does not annul the promise

Gal 3.19-22: Why then the Law?

Gal 3.22-29: If you are Christ’s you are heirs of the promise

check it out here



“But, sir, what can I do? I am nothing but a father at home; I am so full of business, I can only see my children a little.” But in your business, do you ever have any servants? “No; I am a servant myself.” You have fellow-servants? “No; I work alone.” Do you work alone, then, and live alone, like a monk in a cell? I don’t believe that. But you have fellow-servants at work; cannot you say a word to their conscience? “I don’t like to intrude religion into business.” Quite right, too; so say I; when I am at business, let it be business; when you are at religion, let it be religion. But do you never have an opportunity? Why, you cannot go into an omnibus, or a railway carriage, but what you can say something for Jesus Christ. I have found it so, and I don’t believe I am different from other people. Cannot do anything? Cannot you put a tract in your hat, and drop it where you go? Cannot you speak a word to a child? Where does this man come from, that cannot do anything? (more…)

Are you in there Jesus?
Are you in there Jesus?




“The critical question for our generation- and for every generation- is this:  If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there?” The question, posed by John Piper (God is the Gospel pg 15), is both insightful and poignant.  It is insightful because it probes the motivations of “spiritual” people in their pursuit of spirituality.  It is poignant, because in posing the question it forces us to come to terms with an answer that we may find quite disturbing.  Could you be satisfied in heaven if Christ were not there?  Quite possibly, I believe many people worshipping in Christian churches today would say “yes.” (more…)

listen to it all here

courtesy of The Theology Network

I’m very excited to invite you to a special weekend at Trinity Church Myrtle Beach. On Aug 8-9, Trinity will be hosting a missionary to the Muslim world of eight years to lead us in four seminars on Islam and the Gospel. These seminars will be team led by a dear friend who is a Muslim convert to Christianity. The seminars and their times are as follows:

Life in the MIddle East, a Missionary’s Reflections (Aug 8, 7:30 p.m. )

Islam and Christianity (Aug 9, 9:00 a.m.)

The Arab Identity (Aug 9, 10:15 a.m.)

Reaching the Muslim Heart (Aug 9, 11:30 a.m.-Noon )

Registration is $25. This includes a Middle-Eastern coffee and appetizer on Friday night, a bagel breakfast and sandwich lunch. If you are only able to attend half of the weekend, registration will only be $10. Please have your registration in ASAP so that we can plan our meals.

For more details please feel free to contact the church office at 843-448-8426

even some Christians dont believe in God

even some Christians don't believe in God

Several years ago, a mainline theologian told me of his experience at an evangelical megachurch. He was visiting his children and grandchildren during spring break and then Easter Sunday arrived. Nothing visibly suggested that it was a Christian service, but this distinguished theologian tried to reign in his judgments. There was no greeting from God or sense that this was God’s gathering. The songs were almost exclusively about us, our feelings, and our intentions to worship, obey, and love; but it was not clear whom they were talking about or why. He concluded, “Well, evangelicals don’t really have a liturgy. They put all of the content into the sermon, so I’ll wait.”

His patience, however, was not rewarded. Although it was Easter, the message (with no clear text) was on how Jesus gives us the strength to overcome our obstacles. Lacking even a benediction, this theologian left discouraged. He had come to an evangelical church at Easter and instead of meeting God and the announcement of a real victory over sin and death by Jesus Christ, he encountered other Christians who were being given fellowship and instructions for making their own “Easter” come true in their life.

Pressed with leading questions by his son-in-law as to his reaction to the service (like, “Did it touch your heart?”), the theologian broke his silence: “I assume you’re trying to ‘evangelize’ me right now,” he said. “But there was no ‘gospel’ anywhere in that service that might convert me if I were unconverted.” He concluded, “Not even in the most liberal churches I’ve been in was the service so devoid of Christ and the gospel. It’s like ‘God who?'” (more…)

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Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams

This blog is primarily a means of introducing the people of Trinity church to solid, grace filled theology of depth and Biblical studies, as well as keeping them up to date on events and addressing their questions and concerns.  One such question came up recently about the once a decade gathering of Bishops from across the Anglican communion.  The question is: “What the heck is indaba?” (more…)

In painful contrast with the Christianity of the Bible and of the church, there is a kind of religion, very prevalent and very influential, calling itself Christianity, which may be properly designated Christianity without Christ. It might be all that it is, though Christ had never appeared, or, at least, although our relation to him were entirely different from what it really is.

The lowest form of this kind of religion is that which assumes Christ to be a mere man, or, at most, merely a creature. Then, of course, He cannot be an object of adoration, of supreme love, of trust, and of devotion. The difference is absolute between the inward religious state of those who regard Christ as a creature, and that of those who regard him as God. If the one be true religion, the other is impiety.

The second form of this religion admits of higher views of the person of Christ, but it reduces Christianity to benevolence. And by benevolence is often meant nothing more than philanthropy. The gospel is made to consist in the inculcation of the command, Love your neighbor as yourself. All who approximately do this are called Christians. Hence it is mid, that if all records concerning Christ should be blotted out of existence, his religion could be evolved out of our own nature. (more…)

I dont get it....
I don’t get it….

In between readings of “Your Best Life Now,” I occasionally like to look back, dust off the cover of some old, stuffy theologian and see what he might have to say that was important enough to endure 1800 years of Christian thought.  To this end we turn to the early church father, Irenaeus. For those of you caught unawares, Irenaeus lived from 120-202 A.D., studied as pupil under Polycarp and later became the Bishop of Lyon (178).  He devoted much of his life to combating heresy, specifically the many heresies that fall under the big tent of Gnosticism.  His most famous work, adversus haereses, is a celebrated Christian classic.  While he is principally known for his defense of orthodox Christianity, Irenaeus is also known for his thoughts on recapitulation, which actually speak in some quite important ways to major life changes (such as our title infers) that introduce no small degree of difficulty in our lives and leads us into no small measure of sin.