Book Review: The Pastor as Public Theologian

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remember getting into a theological discussion with a pastor one time, and at the end of our kerfuffle, he looked at me and asked, “If you had the choice, would you rather pastor a church or teach in a seminary?” I’ll never forget his puzzled look when I responded, “Pastor a church.” Because of my intrigue with theological discourse, he simply assumed that standing in front of a group of budding seminarians would best suit me, and couldn’t fathom why I would want to do the messy, non-glamorous work of pastoral ministry. For many today, the general assumption is that brainy, theologically-minded scholars belong in the academy, while rugged, servant-oriented pastors belong in the churches. However, this distinction is a … Read More

The Daily Discovery (September 29, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) The Church Needs the Bible – “I remember this past summer going to the beach on the Carolina coast. One day the current was particularly strong. Filled with the zeal of a guy who spent the last year in a landlocked state like Nebraska, I ignored the intense tugging and swam around like a Golden Retriever let off his leash. When I got the sense to look back to the shore I noticed I could not see my family. I was out fairly far and was in need of getting to shore.” How an Affair Really Begins – “At some point, we have all witnessed the devastation … Read More

The Daily Discovery (September 19, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Memo to the Washington Post: The Bible Does Reject ‘Transgender’ Behavior – “With the op-ed ‘Where in the Bible does it say you can’t be transgender? Nowhere’ (Aug. 26), the Washington Post apparently feels no embarrassment from publishing such a poorly executed attempt at exegesis of the biblical text (this from 3 weeks ago; it’s hard to keep up with nonsense). I had already responded on Aug. 15 to a badly done New York Times op-ed that claimed that the Bible depicts God as transgendered and affirms gender fluidity. The WashPost op-ed arrives at a similar ideological objective (i.e., claiming that the Bible is not opposed … Read More

The Daily Discovery (August 4, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Southern Baptists and the Quest for Theological Identity – “In 1987 Richard John Neuhaus published The Catholic Moment. Neuhaus’s argument was that the Catholic Church, especially in the United States, was best poised to meet the cultural contest and its challenges. What was clear to me when I first read this book was that if there was a Catholic moment, it had already passed by the time the book was even published. I would suggest, however, that we now have every reason to believe that we may be entering “the Baptist moment.” As cultural Christianity takes its final breaths, Baptists may be ousted from any place … Read More

The Daily Discovery (July 19, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Jesus and Wine Theology and the Reformed Hermeneutic – “At the risk of receiving a severe wedgie from a number of my Reformed acquaintances who run around my game circle, I wanted to respond to a discussion that took place at the ReformCom 2016 with the guys of Apologia radio, N.D. Wilson, and Darren Doane. I specifically want to focus in upon the bizarre ramblings from Doane regarding what I call his ‘Jesus is wine theology.’ Doane’s ‘theology,’ if we can even call it that, perfectly highlights the horrendous abuse the historical Reformed, typological hermeneutic rains down upon the Bible when a person studies it. I’ll begin with … Read More

An Open Letter to My Theologically Inclined Friends

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ey guys and gals, hope this finds you doing well. I want to chop it up with you guys for a minute about an attitude I have found incredibly disturbing in the last few months, especially since I’ve seen it in myself. The attitude is this: I have a view, I don’t much care for yours so I will treat it (and you) however I please. Now no one will put it that bluntly, that’s just plain mean, dude. No, we won’t say that but oh my, we behave like it. Like I said, that was something I saw in myself and it was an unlikely turn of events that exposed that rot. A few years ago, I left my church … Read More

The Daily Discovery (June 30, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Is Donald Trump a Baby Christian? – “Perhaps you’ve heard the rumor that Donald Trump is a Christian now. It happened just recently, according to Dr. Dobson. “I don’t know when it was, but it has not been long,” Dr. Dobson said. ‘I believe he really made a commitment, but he’s a baby Christian.’ Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus On the Family and someone I grew up listening to, is among a list of evangelicals that make up Trump’s evangelical advisory board, or more specifically what’s called his “Faith and Cultural Advisory Committee.” Bad debates over good theology – “Well, we’re at it again. Conservative evangelicals … Read More

Why You Should Read the Puritans

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he great eighteenth-century revivalist, George Whitefield, wrote:   The Puritans [were] burning and shining lights. When cast out by the black Bartholomew Act, and driven from their respective charges to preach in barns and fields, in the highways and hedges, they in a special manner wrote and preached as men having authority. Though dead, by their writings they yet speak: a peculiar unction attends them to this very hour (Works, 4:306-307). Whitefield went on to predict that Puritan writings would continue to be resurrected until the end of time due to their scriptural spirituality. Today, we are living in such a time. Interest in Puritan books has seldom been more intense. In the last fifty years, 150 Puritan authors and … Read More

[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 009 – Are Catholics Saved?

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Show Notes Summary On today’s show Landon discusses the reinstatement of “Pastor” Heath Mooneyham (very briefly) before moving into a discussion regarding a fascinating survey executed by Ligonier ministries.  Then, he begins a multi-part series on Roman Catholicism and how, as Protestants, we do not have any business endorsing or tolerating this theological cult. (Click “Read More” for detailed show notes.)