Archive for July, 2007

“A Little Leaven” Reports: “Me-centered Church”

Chris Rosebrough reports that a certain “pastor” says something like this in regards to finding a new church: “If the service is longer than 71 minutes, you probably should find another church.”

Who’s focusing on the superficial and peripheral now? Certainly not those rigid fundamentalists…

This is a must read!

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P.S. Velvet Elvis (movement 3)

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Rob writes,

It is possible for music to be labeled Christian and be terrible music.

When I first read that phrase, I agreed — that is, until I read what came next.

He continues,

It could lack creativity and inspiration. The lyrics could be recycled cliches. That “Christian” band could actually be giving Jesus a bad name because they aren’t a great band. Read the rest of this entry »

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Critique: Rob Bell…Velvet Elvis (movement 3)

Rob warns the readers,

“Do that to this book. Don’t swallow it uncritically. Think about it. Wrestle with it. Just because I’m a Christian and I’m trying to articulate a Christian worldview, doesn’t mean I’ve got it nailed.”

However, I think Rob really did nail the following:

“Just because it is a Christian book by a Christian author and it was purchased in a Christian bookstore doesn’t mean it’s all true or good or beautiful.”

Ironically, I couldn’t agree more! However, in Rob’s eyes it would be just as probable for me to find a good Christian book in a Hindu bookstore than in a Christian one — to Rob, being a Christian is all about embracing truth wherever we find it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rob Bell and Hell, ooze interview

The Dialogue…

You recently preached a sermon called “God wants to save Christians from hell.” I was discussing the message with a guy who after hearing this message was a bit disturbed and somehow came to the conclusion that you didn’t believe in a literal hell. Let me ask you, do you believe in a literal hell that is defined simply as eternal separation from God?

Rob: Well, there are people now who are seriously separated from God. So I would assume that God will leave room for people to say “no I don’t want any part of this.” My question would be, does grace win or is the human heart stronger than God’s love or grace. Who wins, does darkness and sin and hardness of heart win or does God’s love and grace win? Read the rest of this entry »

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A Look at John 3: Regeneration and the Kingdom

Jesus tells Nicodemus (3:3),

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. Read the rest of this entry »

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courage…

What is godly courage? Whatever it is, we know from reading Scripture that we need it — we need courage to live out gospel truths. Let’s face it, we are Americans and we tend to embrace a really shallow understanding of courage. We often view courage like this:

Courage means that I can follow and obey God because He would never allow anything bad to happen to me.

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Courage means that I can follow and obey God because life will be easier for me.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Dr. MacArthur on McLaren…

Pastor Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries brings this story which includes an audio interview of Dr. John MacArthur.

Brian McLaren continues to attack the body of Christ by infusing toxic venom into her bloodstream. After being asked a simple question concerning eternal destinations, McLaren responds,

“I have a problem with people asking me this question, because it assumes that the primary reason of Jesus coming and the primary message of Jesus was a message of how to get to heaven.

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