[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 012 – Batman Is A Minor Prophet?

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  • On today’s show Landon discusses whether or not corporate worship is for the saved or the lost by discussing a current sermon series poster that was recently made public.  Then he moves into part 4 of the study on Roman Catholicism where the Catholic view on salvation is discussed extensively.

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[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 011 – Rick Warren Unashamedly Blasphemes God

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  • On today’s show Landon discusses the blatant blaspheming of God by Rick Warren and Russell Moore by taking part in the Vatican synod on marriage.  Then, he moves into part 3 (Rome’s claimed authority) of the study on Roman Catholicism and how, as Protestants, we do not have any business endorsing or tolerating this theological cult.

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Breast Cancer is NOT Sexy, It’s Traumatic

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The content of this article is for consumption by a mature audience only.  It would be wise to avoid reading it with children present.  Further, if you are a Christian man who continues to struggle with the sin of lust, I would highly recommend you prayerfully consider reading and/or avoid this article until you have grown to the point where you have been delivered from the stranglehold of that sinful temptation.

Ephesians 5:4 [ESV] “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”

As I was driving into work recently, I noticed a few bumper stickers along the way.  Considering that it’s currently Breast Cancer Awareness Month, fittingly most of these vehicle tags were in reference to that subject.  That sounds great, doesn’t it?  After all, what a worthy cause to support!  In fact, much of the corporate world has embraced the breast cancer awareness campaign, most notably in the sports world where players’ uniforms are adorned with varying degrees of pink accessories during the month of October.

All this is absolutely wonderful!  Cancer, in general, is a devastating disease that terrorizes people of all ages and races, shapes and sizes.  So if everything is hunky-dory what is the purpose of this article, right?  Sex.

In particular, the overly and overtly sexualized world in which we live.  It has reached a point now where sexual idolatry is ingrained in our society; it is absolutely unavoidable and it permeates every area of our culture.  As Genesis 3 recounts, we live in a fallen world and we should thusly expect to encounter debauchery, disease, and depraved minds.  However, in my wildest dreams, I never thought I would see a day where an utterly terrifying, tragic, and debilitating disease could be ripped from that context and placed into the “sexualized” norm of society.

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The Daily Discovery (November 21, 2014)

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No, You Are Not Running Late. You Are Rude and Inconsiderate! – “You are not “running late.” You are rude. You are inconsiderate. You need to change. Greg Savage’s frustration with other people’s tardiness boiled over into an amusing rant that he posted online, and that was subsequently read by hundreds of thousands.”

One Nation Under . . . ? – “At one time in the past, the people of the United States generally knew who ruled over the affairs of men—the Creator God of the Bible. They even put His name on their coins and currency. In just one generation that attitude has changed. What happened?”

6 Hopes From A Beautiful Design – “This past weekend, we wrapped up our fall series on biblical manhood and womanhood, A Beautiful Design. All along, I planned to land the plane in a particular way and spent last week writing and preparing that message. But at the last minute—literally on Saturday—I felt the Spirit compelling me to go a different direction and give a sermon that would be far more pastoral than prophetic.”

Compassion Without Compromise – “Hardly a day goes by when we don’t hear something about homosexuality. It’s all over the news and all over social media. It’s the subject of countless conversations, arguments, diatribes, rants, punditry, and commentary. You can’t help but wonder: Is there really anything left to say?”

Spiritual Depression: The Dark Night of the Soul – “The dark night of the soul. This phenomenon describes a malady that the greatest of Christians have suffered from time to time. It was the malady that provoked David to soak his pillow with tears. It was the malady that earned for Jeremiah the sobriquet, “The Weeping Prophet.” It was the malady that so afflicted Martin Luther that his melancholy threatened to destroy him. This is no ordinary fit of depression, but it is a depression that is linked to a crisis of faith, a crisis that comes when one senses the absence of God or gives rise to a feeling of abandonment by Him.”

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The Daily Discovery (November 20, 2014)

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Pitting Holiness Against Holiness – “As most of you know, I spent most of my childhood reading comic books in the peace and quiet of my room. On one of those days, my youngest brother came in looking for some affection from his older brother who had his head in a comic book, and the lad innocently asked, ‘Frank: Who would win in a fight – the Hulk, or Captain America?'”

Bad Reasons to Adopt Pro-Gay Theology – “If homosexuals are bullied, we need to protect them. If they’re unjustly discriminated against, we need to help them. If they’re treated with contempt, the person hurting them should be stopped. If a family member comes out as gay and then is belittled, harmed, or vilified, then the offending family needs to be corrected. If Christians ridicule people who identify as gay or lesbian, they need to admonished. If a church doesn’t welcome seekers of all stripes (including people who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual), then it needs to change.”

Jerusalem Attack: ‘They Killed Them as They’re Praying’ – “Terror struck Israel’s capital again Tuesday when two Palestinian terrorists brutally murdered four people in a Jerusalem synagogue, including three Americans and one Briton.  Two of the jihadists were killed in the melee and six others were injured.  The attack took place in Har Nof, a religious neighborhood in Jerusalem. An amateur video shows the final shootout with police outside the synagogue.”

Five books to read near Christmas – “Yeah, I know. You probably don’t want to think about that word any more than I do right now. I mean, Christmas has so much baggage surrounding it that it’s hard to have much fun. But it’s coming (just a few weeks away, friends).  Despite how we might feel about travel, awkward conversations, and the risk of really loud toys entering our homes, there is so much for us to be thankful for in the season, particularly as we remember the significance of the birth of Christ.”

“You are cured of MS!” - “Some of you may recall how earlier this year I wrote about Trent Timmer, a young man in my congregation who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in June 2012. Through an amazing series of providences, Trent was admitted to a revolutionary treatment program that recently resulted in him being told by his doctor, ‘You are cured of MS!”’His father, my friend Gary Timmer, wrote the following testimony to our congregation last Sunday and I wanted to share this God-glorifying witness with you.”

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The Daily Discovery (November 19, 2014)

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Homosexual Sues God – “I know: been there, done that. Back in 2001 an Australian comedy starring Billy Connolly was released: The Man Who Sued God. So the idea is not exactly new. But we live in a time when all the elements are present to make such a situation move from film to reality.”

SBC Pastor Says Those Who Want Deeper Doctrine Are ‘Excrement of the Church – “In a sermon seemingly designed to defend their strip-mined ecclesiology and rebuke whatever number of actual disciples who might be left in the audience of 8 thousand people, David Hughes – pastor of the Southern Baptist, Church by the Glades – calls those in his church who desire to be taught doctrine ‘the excrement of the body of Christ.'”

Terminology Tuesday: Syncretism – “Syncretism: The attempt to assimilate differing or opposite doctrines and practices, especially between philosophical and religious systems, resulting in a new system altogether in which the fundamental structure and tenets of each have been changed. Syncretism of the gospel occurs when its essential character is confused with elements from the culture. In syncretism the gospel is lost as the church simply confirms what is already present in the culture.”

Here, let me help you help yourself – “First: We get inquiries all the time like ‘What is an RPB?’ and ‘Have you written on ____?’ I’m here to help you with that.  We know readers don’t expect us to drop everything and do their searching for them, or re-write what we’ve already put out in public. But they lack some skills for finding them easily themselves.  Here’s the easiest, as simple as I can put it. Let’s say you’re asking ‘What’s an RPB?'”

Always Abusing Semper Reformanda – “The Reformation churches have some wonderful slogans that are chock full of important truths. Sometimes, however, these slogans can be misconstrued, misreported, and misunderstood. With the possible exception of sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone), none of these slogans has been mangled more often toward greater mischief than ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda (the church reformed, always reforming). According to historian Michael Bush, much of what we think we know about this slogan is probably wrong.”

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The Daily Discovery (November 18, 2014)

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What is biblical discernment and why is it important? – “In its simplest definition, discernment is nothing more than the ability to decide between truth and error, right and wrong. Discernment is the process of making careful distinctions in our thinking about truth. In other words, the ability to think with discernment is synonymous with an ability to think biblically.  First Thessalonians 5:21-22 teaches that it is the responsibility of every Christian to be discerning: “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” The apostle John issues a similar warning when he says, “Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). According to the New Testament, discernment is not optional for the believer-it is required.”

Away With You Spineless Christian Men – “I have said this before, and I will keep saying it until I see some real changes taking place around here: Where are all the godly, courageous men of faith? Why do they seem to be an endangered species? Why is it that whenever some crisis comes up that demands Christian action and bravery, it is Christian women who lead the charge?”

A Blaze of Incredulity – “Today, a Facebook friend of mine posted an link to an article with the headline, “NBC News: ‘All Americans Will Be Microchipped In Less Than 3 Years.’” The article likens RFID chips to the Mark of the Beast. Such a comparison is representative of the end-times hysteria that has recently gripped popular culture. In my opinion, such a comparison is improper and sensationalistic for reasons I will below elucidate. The particular friend who posted the article is a conservative Christian. Unfortunately, her post was typical of a pervasive pattern that I’ve noticed on social media. Many conservative Christians seem very prone to post any and every conspiracy article that they can find from internet news sources of dubious repute. Often these articles are some sort of unholy religiopolitical hybrid. Christians, being the recipients of the revealed word of God in scripture and the beneficiaries of the inner witness of Holy Spirit, should exhibit far greater discernment than the world and display this great discernment to it.”

Changing “Jesus Calling” – Damage Control for A False Christ – “There has been an interesting – and concerning – development these past few months about the wildly popular Jesus Calling book by Sarah Young: The new 10th Anniversary Edition just published has been stripped and edited to remove or alter those pesky New Age elements, the alarming statements made by the author’s “Jesus.” and the problematic people influencing Sarah Young.”

Movie Review: Saving Christmas - “As the film opens, there is a Christmas party at Kirk’s sister’s house where we see a Santa Claus taking pictures with children, presents everywhere, food, festivities, and a giant nutcracker. This is where the main character is revealed; Kirk’s brother in law who is sitting in another room sulking because he isn’t a fan of all the Christmas cheer going on around him. The audience is then given a brief comic attempt from Deondre by making light of the Charismatic concepts of speaking in tongues, being baptized for the second time, and being “sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost and that with a burning fire.” It’s a cheap attempt at showing how these things mentioned are supposed to be acceptable. “

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The Daily Discovery (November 17, 2014)

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The Hounds of Discernment – “One of Michael Brown’s complaints he levels in his book against cessationists is their meanness and vitriol they express when they go after what they perceive is heresy. That attitude is really witnessed among those cessationists who run online “discernment” ministries. I don’t necessarily disagree with Dr. Brown on that point. So-called discernment ministries can be downright nasty at times.  As I was reviewing one of Lyndon’s chapters yesterday, I came across this wonderful rant he offered in response to Dr. Brown’s complaint. I thought it was well stated and worth bringing out for others to consider.”

Immigration and the Great Commission – “Scripture instructs us to ‘take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5 ESV), viewing all of life through the lens of a biblical worldview. On the issue of immigration, though—polarizing and controversial everywhere, but perhaps nowhere more so than in the border state of Texas, where I live—I worry that too few Christians have ever subjected their opinions to the teachings of the Bible. The stakes are high, because if American Christians fail to think biblically about immigrants, we may largely miss what Albert Mohler calls an unprecedented “Great Commission opportunity.'”

Financial Mistakes We Made and Avoided – “Like so many other people, I have a love-hate relationship with money. I love what money can do and accomplish, and I hate how money is so fleeting. It seems like every dollar is hard-earned and easily-spent. Every dollar can be used in a million different ways and so much of life’s anxiety comes from determining how to use too little money to address too many possibilities.”

The Pope affirms the “Complementarity” of Marriage – “Mark Regnerus and his team have put together a series of six videos to be released in conjunction with the Vatican’s colloquium on complementarity—an event being held now in Rome. I have not yet seen all six, but I have viewed the first one (see above). It is really well done. In fact, I would say that this is a must-watch video. It bears an international, timeless perspective on the fundamental “complementarity” of marriage—that is, that marriage is fundamentally a heterosexual union. It includes testimonials from N. T. Wright, Peter Kreeft, and many others.”

12 Struggles Singles Face – “When we hear the word “single” we usually think of one kind of single – someone maybe 25-50 who has not married. But there are other kinds of singles: widows, single parents, divorcees, those who suffer with same-sex attraction, and even those who are in loveless marriages – perhaps the most painful singleness of all. But for all singles, there are twelve struggles that must be faced at different stages and to different degrees…”

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The Daily Discovery (November 15-16, 2014)

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John Piper and Mark Driscoll: lessons not learned? – “A recent “Ask Pastor John” segment is titled ‘Do You Regret Partnering with Mark Driscoll?’ An answer to that question could have been very helpful. However, once the question is asked, the word ‘partnering’ never recurs. Piper instead poses and answers a question of his own: ‘Do you regret befriending Mark Driscoll?’  I don’t doubt that question was more appealing. Low-hanging fruit always is. However, it is is a question I’ve heard no one ask. I asked my Tweeps if anyone had heard that question asked, and no one had.”

Jonathan Edwards: The Justice Of God In The Damnation Of Sinners (Rom. 3:19) – “The main subject of the doctrinal part of this epistle, is the free grace of God in the salvation of men by Christ Jesus; especially as it appears in the doctrine of justification by faith alone. And the more clearly to evince this doctrine, and show the reason of it, the apostle, in the first place, establishes that point, that no flesh living can be justified by the deeds of the law. And to prove it, he is very large and particular in showing, that all mankind, not only the Gentiles, but Jews, are under sin, and so under the condemnation of the law; which is what he insists upon from the beginning of the epistle to this place.”

The Scientific Romanticism of ‘Interstellar’ – “nterstellar, the new film directed by Christopher Nolan, attempts to say something profound about human relationships and meaning, a goal that by itself is worth celebrating. What the film tries to say is a little more ambiguous.  If Interstellar were a religious text, the dogma it encodes could be called something like “scientific romanticism.” This belief system would hold that science will solve all of our problems one day, even the ones that by definition resist empirical observation and thus exist outside the purview of science (see Sagan’s Contact for another dogmatic specimen). Scientific romanticism works well as a narratival contrivance, but when employed to spice up the lives atheists who otherwise think that they have a clearer-headed view of the universe than those troglodytic believers, it can expose the scarcity of meaning available to those who eschew belief in God.”

Truth-Telling and Homosexuality – “Truth always hurts – especially to those who hate the truth. And one of the main groups which hates truth, distorts truth, and runs from truth, is the militant homosexual lobby. Indeed, the entire homosexualist movement is based on a mountain of lies: I was born that way, change is not possible, my lifestyle will not impact anyone else, etc.”

4 Dangers for Complementarians – “I am not ashamed to be complementarian. It has never been a dirty word for me, because I’ve grown up seeing godly expressions of it in my family, and hearing compelling arguments for it from my ministry heroes. More than anything, C. S. Lewis books like Perelandra have shaped my thinking about gender.”

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The Daily Discovery (November 14, 2014)

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Not That Kind of Homosexuality? – “The Bible has nothing good to say about homosexual practice.  That may sound like a harsh conclusion, but it’s not all that controversial. Even the gay Dutch scholar Pim Pronk has concluded that ‘wherever homosexual intercourse is mentioned in Scripture, it is condemned. With reference to it the New Testament adds no new arguments to those of the Old. Rejection is a foregone conclusion; the assessment of it nowhere constitutes a problem.’  There is simply no positive case to be made from the Bible for homoerotic behavior.”

Let’s Figure Out Which Gift(s) You Have – “Most of the time, this is where you take a test that is comprised of a whole bunch of questions and then the answers are tallied up and you get results: You have the following gifts…  Before we are completed with our study, I’ll give you a link to a very good assessment test, but it isn’t quite that simple. As we’ve been going through the various gifts, I’ve had some comments from y’all in which people have indicated that they think they have this or that gift… and they may well be right. There have been other comments from folks who have been through classes and taken tests in the past indicating this or that gift as well and they are probably correct. I like to add a little bit before reaching any conclusions that many others don’t do, and the reason is that it is sometimes hard to tell the difference at first, between a spiritual gift and a natural talent or inclination, or even training and experience.”

A Missing Piece in North American Worship – “Imagine you’re going to church. The worsip band is on stage. You see on the screen all the normal information: Copyright Vineyard Music, 1998; in the key of B flat, written by Brian Doerkson. The worship band starts up, but you notice something strange, because the song says a lot of things to God that sound rude: Lord, how could you let that happen? Why did you abandon me? I’m one of your own. Why didn’t you protect me? If you had been there, this never would have happened (John 11.21)! And this hurts your cause too, Lord. People are scoffing at you in your absence. Come and visibly intervene for me! But no matter what, I will trust you forever. No matter what, you are my God forever.”

The Truth About Homosexual Population and Health Risks – “And the state-controlled media would have you believe there are more of these people than there are. According to a survey released this year by the National Health Interview Survey, an arm of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the homosexual community in America is far less than what we have been told in the media. Not only that, but they are at severe health risks as many of us have pointed out. Not surprisingly, homosexual leaders are not happy with this survey.”

John Piper on Lessons Learned from the Mark Driscoll Controversy; ECFA, Are You Listening? – “In an audio presentation out today, John Piper doesn’t regret partnering with Mark Driscoll but does see some of the problems identified by Mars Hill’s elders. In this audio, Piper briefly admits that he could have done more to help. He also says that perhaps pulling Driscoll’s book from sale, as Lifeway has done, is a defensible temporary response to the controversy.”

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The Daily Discovery (November 13, 2014)

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Seven books Christian women should read – “I love recommending books (clearly, since I seem to do it a lot). The books we read shape so much of who we are, and so we ought to think carefully about what we read. Recently, I was encouraged to share a list of books every Christian woman should read. I loved the idea… but I also realized pretty quickly that me making recommendations for ladies might not be the best idea. At least, not if I’m doing it alone. In light of that, I’ve called in some help in the form of my friends, Kim Shay and Staci Eastin. So, here are our recommendations…”

Kentucky Baptists Kick out Gay-Friendly Church – “Baptist leaders from around the state gathering in Bowling Green for the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s annual meeting voted overwhelmingly to end their longstanding relationship with Crescent Hill Baptist Church. The church’s pastor, the Rev. Jason Crosby, has said the church is open to performing same-sex marriages and ordaining gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual members.  Greg Faulls, vice chairman of the convention’s Committee on Credentials, said Kentucky Baptist churches consider same-sex relationships a sin. The committee voted last month to recommend the action against Crescent Hill.”

Albert Mohler comments on KBC decision to oust church – “Yesterday, the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) voted to sever ties with the historic Louisville congregation Crescent Hill Baptist Church. The KBC moved to disfellowship because the church has recently announced that it no longer believes homosexuality to be a sin. Albert Mohler commented on the move yesterday to a reporter from our local NBC affiliate.”

Can We Prove the Bible Is True? – “Jesus Christ and His followers were fearless when it came to proclaiming God’s Word. What gave them such boldness and self-assuredness? They knew without a shadow of doubt the eternal power and absolute trustworthiness of each word in scripture. They also knew that the Holy Spirit went before them, impressing hearers with the truth of His Word.”

Is the Holy Spirit Pushing You Toward Preaching? – “Martyn Lloyd-Jones helps to frame one of the most difficult questions facing the soul-stirred potential pastor. Inevitably a call to ministry is a call to preach so one must settle the question of preaching. This excerpt from MLJ’s landmark work Preaching and Preachers helps to get at the question.”

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