[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 025 – Real Christian Love For Homosexuals

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  • On today’s show Landon discusses accepting an invitation to be a contributor to Pulpit & Pen, Protestant Christian’s fascination with Lent, a creepy article about Jesus wanting to spend time with us, and what real Christian love for homosexuals looks like.

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Post Debate Thoughts

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This article was originally published at Pulpit & Pen.


Pastor Hall reached out and asked that I thank everyone that prayed for the debate and prayed that we might obtain the audio of said debate released in full.  He’s very appreciative of all of you.  He also wanted me to say one thing very clearly, and that is grace and peace and goodwill to everyone involved.

As Pastor Hall said previously, he will release his post-debate thoughts, after taking time to be with his family and is in the midst of a few weeks vacation, beginning with the 2015 Shepherd’s Conference. As of the moment, he, his wife and four small children are on an epic road-trip on the way to LA.

That said, I’d like to comment on some observations I’ve made the past few days.

I’d like to begin by saying I pray, as Christian men and women, we would continue to pray for a spirit of charity and brotherly love – even among those on different sides of certain doctrinal aisles. As Paul wrote to the Galatians, “…those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.  Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”

Are we doing that, brothers?

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The Daily Discovery (February 28-March 1, 2015)

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Political Bullying and Intimidation Over Evolution – “The topic of evolution, especially regarding how politicians have responded when asked if they believe in evolution or not, has been in the news lately. The very liberal Huffington Post published an article on the topic stating the following…”

Beware the “Gospel In A Bottle” – “It is beautiful.  It is captivating.  It boasts an inspiring, powerful message presented in the most stirring of words  – language more than capable of making eyes weep and chins quiver with emotion.”

Conditional Faithfulness – “The Bible continually discusses God’s faithfulness and the need for us to have complete faith in Him. But what exactly does the Bible say about the faith we are to have in God? And what about God’s faithfulness? Does His faithfulness extend to all people? All believers unconditionally? Or is God’s faithfulness conditional at times based on our behaviors?”

Announcement: We’ll be Blogging through Shepherd’s Conference 2015 Inerrancy Summit Next Week! – “We’re trying to wrap our blog series on the Christian worldview, film and Comics soon because next week all three bloggers from Veritas Domain would reunite at The Shepherd’s Conference. This year’s theme is on Inerrancy and is the biggest ever. They have called it The Inerrancy Summit and have brought many different speakers that normally don’t come out but they are for this occasion such as Kevin DeYoung and Carl Trueman.”

The Word-less “Church” – “Many American churches are in a mess. Theologically they are indifferent, confused, or dangerously wrong. Liturgically they are the captives of superficial fads. Morally they live lives indistinguishable from the world. They often have a lot of people, money, and activities. But are they really churches, or have they degenerated into peculiar clubs?”

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The Daily Discovery (February 27, 2015)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Getting Specific With Sarah Young and Ann Voskamp – “It dawned on me this past week while listening to a sermon by Alistair Begg on the Second Commandment that both Sarah Young and Ann Voskamp trample on the Second Commandment in their books, Jesus Calling and One Thousand Gifts. Both books have been widely popular among women and the men of the church have been dreadfully absent in offering any correction or critique.”

Is the apostate church in our time the scarlet woman? – “When my dad died in 2010 I inherited my grandfather’s Bible. My grandfather was a remarkable man. He was born in 1877 and became a preacher of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in the 1890’s in Indian Territory, which is now Oklahoma. My grandfather preached from this Bible well into the 1950’s. It is full of notes and his own cross-references. However, there is one thing in the bible that no one, apparently, knew was there. It is a letter written to him from one of his sisters, Lucy. It had to have been written to him either in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s since she died around that time. Below is a quote from it that I found especially fitting in light of the present condition of the visible church.”

Moore vs. Moore – “Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, of Ten Commandments fame, is back in the news this month after a US District Court Judge declared Alabama’s ban on Same Sex Marriage unconstitutional. Judge Moore believes the district court has no bearing on Alabama law and ordered the lower courts to not comply with the ruling.”

A Critique of Dr. Peter Enns’ Book The Bible Tells Me So – “What we know of Jesus Christ’s love and grace comes to us through the reliable testimony of God’s Word. That simple and beautiful biblical truth, summed up in the familiar phrase ‘The Bible tells me so’ from the hymn ‘Jesus Loves Me,’ introduces many children to the love of Jesus. This sweet refrain also reminds adults that God’s revelation to us in His Word is the foundation for faith and the ultimate source of truth. A new book capitalizing on the familiar song—The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It by Dr. Peter Enns—is a collection of compromises, written for the layman.”

Contending and Defending – “How do you, and how do we, share the truth about what’s been happening in the modern church in a way that glorifies God? It’s a fine line we all need to walk every day. Today we’re going to talk about the discernment landscape out there, and share our philosophy about why we contend for the faith, and why anyone would want to call themselves a watchman on the wall these days.”

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The Daily Discovery (February 26, 2015)

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Two Father Babies Could Become A Reality – “Researchers from Cambridge University and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science say they have shown for the first time that human egg and sperm cells can be made from stem cells in the skin of two adults. It raises the possibility a baby could be ‘manufactured’ in a dish, The Sunday Times reported.”

VWR Launches Free iOS App! – “Pulpit & Pen is pleased to announce the Voice in the Wilderness Radio iOS application is now available in the App Store.  Similar to the Android application and live streaming on the web, the iOS application brings 24/7 streaming of solid expository preaching from faithful preachers in unassuming locations.”

Believe and You’ll Be Saved – “Paul and Silas went to Philippi to preach the gospel. Luke, the author of Acts (and also of the gospel of the same name), was among the missionary brethren that accompanied them. One of the first persons they converted was a woman named Lydia who was then baptized along with her whole household. Some scholars believe it was in Lydia’s home that the Philippian church began. When Paul wrote Philippians, that letter would have been read aloud to the gathering of believers meeting in Lydia’s house.”

Preparing Your Heart for Worship – “It is very important that we take time to prepare our hearts to worship God before we set foot in the sanctuary on Sunday morning. God made this clear amid the awesome circumstances of the giving of the law in Exodus 19. God called the people to prepare to come into His presence, or near His presence, but not actually onto the mountain where He would speak to Moses. ‘Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes.'”

When I Glory in My Shame – “There is nothing my dog won’t do for food. There is no command she won’t obey when we are looking, and no rule she won’t break when we are looking away, if only she can get a bit of food in her belly. I guess it is hard to fault her since, as a Lab, every gene in her body drives her to gorge herself. It’s like Paul was writing about her and her breed when he said,’ Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things’ (Philippians 3:19). Food is her idol, her god, the thing that will motivate her to do anything or everything.”

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The Daily Discovery (February 25, 2015)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Homosexuality and the Great Falling Away – “Is this the time of a great falling away as warned about so long ago? Christians will know what I am referring to here. The word apostasy has to do with falling away, and the New Testament often warns us about this. And it also speaks about some hard core rebellion and apostasy occurring before the Lord comes again.”

Joint Statement of Unity and Forgiveness: Joel McDurmon and Jordan D. Hall – “With thankfulness we announce that we have spoken as brethren dwelling together in unity and have reached a mutual accord regarding our current dispute. We regret that the spirit and tone of the current discord we have caused has been unworthy of the body of Christ. We seek above all to restore His glory in our relations and to demonstrate the purity and peace of His church.”

Situational Hitting: A Personal Perspective on Apologetic Method – “If I didn’t believe that the gospel was true, I would have no incentive whatsoever to make a defense of it. Since I do believe that the gospel is true, I do have an incentive, upon which I act, to defend it. Thus, whenever I engage in apologetic activity, I do so presupposing that the gospel is true. I would not say, however, that this makes me a presuppositional apologist. In fact, I would not say that my apologetic activity is grounded in any specifically identified apologetic method; it is grounded in scripture.”

The Marketing and Branding of the Post-Modern Church – “Why do so many evangelicals appear to be chasing hollow and deceptive philosophies, practically begging to be taken captive? Have they fallen prey to slick marketing campaigns, packaged, big-box sermonettes and feel-good pep-talks that have replaced timeless, eternal, doctrinal truths? Thankfully no; there is still a remnant hanging on tight to the Word of God as sufficient inerrant and authoritative.”

God’s Will and the Christian Genocide – “Today on Stand Up For The Truth we are asking for your thoughts and Scripture verses as we look at a topic many Christians struggle with: How does one discern God’s will, and then follow it? We’re going to share Part 1 and Part 2 of an excellent series by one of our authors, Marsha West, titled, ‘Finding God’s Will is No Deep Dark Secret.'”

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The Daily Discovery (February 24, 2015)

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Busyness Is Not GODliness – “Are you so busy that you wear yourself to exhaustion? I mean literal exhaustion. Are you so tired it takes massive amounts of caffeine just to make it through the morning? Perhaps you are so worn out that trudging through the day takes all you have. Have you spread yourself so thin with your commitments that by the time you tuck the kids in you pass out on top of them?”

Sufficient Fire conference audio and video are available – “In case you missed the announcement Friday, Copperfield Bible Church, and the volunteers who worked on the conference, have now made available the audio and video from the Sufficient Fire conference sessions, both the talks and the panels.”

Instructions to the Dying – “Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109) is most famous for (1) his ontological argument for the existence of God and (2) the satisfaction theory of the atonement.  But today, I’d like to share my favorite quote from Anselm. It is found in his “Exhortation to a Dying Man,” in which he consoles those who are about to face death by asking them a series of questions.”

Facts > Feelings = Positive Faith – “As part of my passion to communicate the ideas in The Happy Christian, I asked the designer, Eric Chimenti, to produce some graphics that would encapsulate the message of the whole book (see yesterday’s post), and the essence of each chapter. I loved what he produced and also his explanation of the thinking process behind each image.”

How Memorization Feeds Your Imagination – “While I’ve never found myself in solitary confinement, I have experienced a close substitute. While waiting to leave for Marine Corps boot camp, I spent a summer working in a factory in Moberly, Missouri making parking brakes. For eight hours a day my sole duty was to sit in front of a metal grinder and smooth the rough edges off the parts to be assembled. The mindless task freed me to be alone with my thoughts for about 2,400 minutes a week. But it took only about 24 minutes before I realized the material in my head was as dull and dreary as the factory around me.”

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Andy Stanley: Even if you don’t believe that Jesus is the Son of God, you will have a better life by following his teachings

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Remember the old days where churches had steeples and stained glass windows? Remember when there were pews and a choir that sang edifying hymns to our Lord? Remember those days when people wore suits and ties and ladies wore dresses and heels trying to present their best to our God? Remember those days when children used to go to Sunday School classes and learn the Bible and families went to service and the pastor preached a sermon? “Well,” says Andy Stanley, “the greatest thing about all of this, is we don’t have to do that anymore,” he proclaims in his latest sermon series, “Brand New.”

Hot on the heels of seemingly preparing to endorse homosexual sin, Stanley is making it abundantly clear that he has no qualms about changes that are being made in today’s churches, and he’s proud of it.

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Five Reasons to Not Observe Lent

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“The truly wise man is he who always believes the Bible against the opinion of any man.”  – R.A. Torrey

No more than 24 hours into the 2015 Lenten season and a plethora of Evangelical #lent posts began appearing in the social media world.  The Lenten season and Evangelical’s strange desire to participate, is as confounding as it is misguided.  This strange situation is undoubtedly the unholy fruit of rapidly increasing Biblical and confessional illiteracy within the overall Protestant church and its many denominations.

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The Daily Discovery (February 23, 2015)

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A Philosophical Analysis of “How to Murder Children: Bible Style” – “The list pictured above is an anti-Christian meme making its way around the internet. It is one that is typical of the evangelistic new atheism movement. The list is credited to the ‘We F**king Love Atheism’ Facebook page. The lists’ authors seek to discredit the biblical text with numerous specious assertions that paint The Bible in a barbaric light. A philosophical analysis of ‘murder’ on an atheistic worldview and a hermetically faithful examination of the texts presented show that this list is rather a weak one that exhibits either a remarkable ignorance of the biblical text or an egregious intentional misrepresentations of what Christians believe.”

Do You Have A “Personal Relationship” With Jesus Like This? – “This is what happens when people take their personal experiences and IHOP’s false Bridal Paradigm too far. This is Brandon Barthrop from Red Letter Ministries (RLM) who holds his church services in a former crackhouse in Minnesota. (You can hear his wife Penny in the background.)”

Poor Exchanges – “You are a teetotaler; I am very glad to hear it: you will not allow the sin of drunkenness to have dominion over you. But are you selfish and ungenerous? Have you developed habits of strict economy in regard to religious donations, so that you always give a penny where you ought to give a pound? What have you done? You have only changed your idols.”

Altar Calls – A Personal Story From a Southern Baptist Minister – “As a boy, I (Vince) vividly remember responding to an altar call when I was 5 years old. I remember getting up from my seat in church, walking down the side of the sanctuary, and kneeling down at the altar in front. I have no recollection of what happened once I knelt down. I must have been falsely assured that day, because I do remember that for the next 23 years I thought I was a Christian, even though my life did not match up to the pattern of life laid out in 1 John for Christians.”

Chris Rosebrough and Nadia Bolz Webber: Would You Take A Picture With A Heretic? - “In September of 2010, Chris Rosebrough attended an Emergent Church conference called Christianity 21 put on by Doug Pagitt and Tony Jones to do primary source research . As a vocal critic of the movement and having specifically called out and condemned the aberrant theology of several of the speakers, the fact that he was there cause no small uproar. Several people wanted him gone from the conference, specifically Jay Bakker. In an attempt to calm things down, Tony Jones suggested they take a breather and go outside and take a picture with Chris in front of his PT Cruiser, along with Nadia Bolz Webber.”

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