Archive for September, 2009

Mark Talbot’s talk from the Calvin Conference, sponsored by DesiringGod.  Read the whole thing here.

How can God be tempering all things for good when there is such sin and suffering in the world?

Picturing our world as having a broken stage is illuminating. Seeing everything from Adam to the end is understood as happening on a broken stage. We can’t ever be sure that the floorboards or the speakers or the curtains will always work right.

John Piper wanted my talk to cover some of Calvin’s imperfections. He didn’t want this conference to be a whitewash of this man.

So not only is the stage broken, but we are broken. Not only is the stage treacherous, but we are treacherous. All of us are untrustworthy, even if we are regenerate.

We are bad actors. Not only because we mess up. We mean to act badly.

Combined with all these things, our way through the world is doubly treacherous—we are broken actors on a broken stage.

Yet, Calvin assures us, God governs nature and “all [individual] natures,” including human nature and our individual human natures. Consequently nothing in the natural or human worlds falls out of God’s providential hands.

Absolutely nothing in this world comes about—not even single drop of rain—without God’s having willed it.

“Nothing is more absurd than that anything should happen without God’s ordaining it… Nothing will take place that the Lord has not previously foreseen,” and that he has not, “adapted to make good and agreeable to his perfect plans.”

This is easy enough to agree with until we bump up against things that are so evil, like the Holocaust or 9-11, etc

Found this over at Kendall’s blog.  If he isn’t a regular on your daily diet of blogging you really should put him on your list.  Not only is he a remarkable Christian man who  I admire, but his blog is equally fantastic.  Go check it out here. I’ve highlighted below some particularly impressive statistics.  Don’t let the Episcopal statistics get you down!  The Diocese of South Carolina grew last year.  And perhaps more important for my Trinity folks, Trinity Church, Myrtle Beach grew at a rate of 12% over last year.  Add to that the tremendous gift God gave us at Awakenings last week and I’m confident of better things for us and the Dio of S.C.  God has indeed blessed our efforts at Trinity!  To Him be great honor and glory!!

–Anglican Church in Ghana, from 100,000 in 1970 to 236,000 in 2000!

–Anglican Church of Kenya from 582,600 in 1970 to 3.1 million in 2000

Anglican Church in Nigeria from 2.914 million in 1970 to 18 million in 2000

–Anglican Church in Rwanda from 161,899 in 1970 to 700,000 in 2000

Anglican Church in the Sudan from 300,000 in 1970 to 2.2 million in 2000

Anglican Church in Uganda from 1.281 million in 1970 to 8.580 million in 2000

The American Episcopal church from 3.196 million in 1970 to 2.325 million in 2000

–The Anglican Church in Britain from 27.659 million in 1970 to 23.983 million in 2000

–The Anglican Church of Canada from 1.176 million in 1970 to 784,000 in 2000

–The Scottish Episcopal Church from 86,351 in 1970 to 48,300 in 2000

Happy Birthday Steph!!!

Posted: September 25, 2009 by limabean03 in Uncategorized

47b9d826b3127cce9854a64df9fb00000045102AaNGjJq0cMXMy amazing, lovely, and beautiful wife celebrates her birthday today!  Happy birthday Steph.  Love you!

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Our good and faithful friends down at St. Andrews, Mt. Pleasant have put together this great resource page to get acquainted with the crisis in the Anglican Communion.  I’ve posted their links below.  Be sure to pay them a visit by clicking here.  You can check out their resource page by clicking here

The Rt. Rev’d Mark Lawrence’s Address to the Clergy of the Diocese of South Carolina

In this address Bishop Lawrence very helpfully identifies the “deconstruction” of the historic faith.  His critique is wide-ranging and very helpful.

The Episcopal Church: Tearing the Fabric of the Communion to Shreds
A MUST READ DOCUMENT!  This substantial and well-documented report catalogues the scope and magnitude of the nationally and internationally destructive actions of The Episcopal Church.  Noted are issues such as: “a catalog of heresies, canonical abuses, The Episcopal Church’s non-compliance with the requests of the international church, a documenting of legal actions initiated by The Episcopal Church (over 50 lawsuits filed against churches and dioceses) and a listing of clergy, bishops and parishes that have departed The Episcopal Church.

The American Anglican Council’s (the “AAC”) 2009 General Convention Reports
The AAC has for years been a significant voice for the biblical faith within The Episcopal Church.  Their site serves as a wonderful resource for laity, clergy, parishes and dioceses as they seek to become informed of their faith and the threats posed by the damaging actions of The Episcopal Church.

Can’t We All Just Get Along?
The Rev’d John Yates, Rector of The Falls Church in Falls Church, VA, helps to set the stage about recent events in The Episcopal Church in the USA and why The questions facing biblical, orthodox congregations are not that simple any more.

Sex: Should We Change The Rules?
Bishop John Howe of Central Florida has written this straightforward, biblically based analysis of the issue of sexuality, giving answers to tough questions that are compassionate, biblical and consistent with the teaching of Jesus.

Original 40 Days of Discernment Website
This original site was created by several churches in the Diocese of Virginia in 2006 and has served as a local and national resource.

check out Owen’s utterly convicting definition of “atheism” in the quote below

They (ministers) must preach the whole counsel of God with constant prayer (Acts 6.4).  That ministry of the Word not backed by prayer for its success is not likely to have any blessing on it.  Paul is the supreme example of a man of prayer (Rom 1.9, 10).  It is useless to take up the whole armour of God if we do not back it up with prayer (Eph 6.18, 19).  A minister who preaches the Word of God without constant prayer is likely to be harbouring secret atheism in his heart and very unlikely to work holiness in the lives of others.

John Owen, Apostasy from the Gospel (Carlisle: Banner of Truth Trust 1992)  pg 120

Great time at our first Awakenings meeting!  We had a good turnout, with about 130 people attending and we are expecting many more next week.  It’s definitely not too late to invite a friend.  Below is a list of the remaining sessions.  Pray that God will work and move in people’s hearts and that he will draw even more people to explore these deep and important issues with us next Wednesday at 5:45 at Trinity Church, 3000 North Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach S.C.

5:45 Dinner

6:15 Talk

6:50 Small Group Discussion

Session II (9-30-09): Can I discover God on my own?

Session III (10-07-09): What is a Savior and why do I need one?

Session IV (10-14-09): Who is Jesus?

Session V (10-21-09): Could Jesus really change my life?

Session VI (10-28-09): Why do people go to church?

Session VII (11-04-09): How can I grow spiritually?

Session VIII (11-11-09): How can my life be meaningful?

truckstopA great story from CNN. I saw one of these trucker chapels on my way to Alabama a few weeks ago. Now I know what it was!

JACKSON, Georgia (CNN) — “I gave up smoking, women and drinkin’ last night,” the singer shouts, “and it was the worst 15 minutes of mah life!”

The music blaring from the radio tonight is country. The dessert special is peach cobbler. And the customers are wide-bodied truck drivers, lumbering into a Georgia truck stop at suppertime.

But another group of truckers nearby is singing a new song. They amble into a truck stop trailer adorned with pictures of Jesus and sing the hymn “O Happy Day” in wobbly bass voices.

“I’ve been back and forth between God and Satan over the years,” trucker Harold “Jumper” McBride says as he stands to share his story. “It was a rough life, but I finally found that saving grace to make life a whole lot better.”

It’s the Wednesday night service at “Chaplain Joe’s” truck stop chapel service. The chaplain himself, a lanky, bearded man with tan cowboy boots, sits in the back of his narrow chapel, saying the loudest amens.

For 28 years, the Rev. Joe Hunter has been a chaplain to the truckers. Though most ministers preach to people in the pews, he takes God to people on the go. He reaches out to truckers at fuel stops, in parking lots, on the CB and through a radio show called “Heaven’s Road.”

He hears all sorts of stories: tales of loneliness, thoughts of suicide, struggles with guilt. A Vietnam veteran, he’s even lived a little of what he’s heard.

Yet Hunter says most truckers reaffirm his faith in human nature.

“Every snowflake is different, and God created us that way to be unique,” he says. “I’ve learned to appreciate the goodness of people. I believe there’s some good in everybody, and I love to try to find it.”

read the whole thing here