28 October 2011

This 'n' That

Last night I attended a debate between Dr. Albert Mohler and Jim Wallis. The topic? Is Social Justice an Essential Part of the Mission of the Church? Needless to say, it was a fascinating dialogue to watch. As soon as the video is available, I'll link to it here. If you'd like to see a running commentary from those who were watching online, you can visit this Twitter stream. The debate did prove to be a bit maddening, as Wallis grounded his argument in proof-texting and personal anecdotes (with quite a bit of name-dropping). Mohler, unsurprisingly, grounded his position in Scripture, and did so accurately. It was a blessing to watch Dr. Mohler patiently address the issue, and even more wonderful to hear him proclaim the true Gospel over and over. That was perhaps the saddest part of the evening, as it became abundantly clear that Wallis and Mohler each defined the word "gospel" differently, and of course they cannot both be right. It was absolutely tragic to watch Wallis, a man who is considered by some to be one of this country's Christian leaders, absolutely misunderstand the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At the risk of dating myself, a well known quote from an 80s cult classic movie kept coming to mind and I wanted to say to Wallis, "Gospel. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." However, there was certainly ample opportunity to hear the true Gospel last night from Dr. Mohler, so we ought to be praying that Jim Wallis would soon have ears to hear.

On that note, I know I'm quite late with today's post, but "better late than never" certainly applies, so here's your week in review (kind of):
  • The pope is calling for a central world bank. Wait a minute, didn't he do this two years ago? When do you think he's going to realize that he's not the world's go-to financial authority? Seriously, though, are we really surprised that the world is moving in this direction? Depending especially upon your hermeneutic of Revelation, such proposals and potential advances should not be surprising.
  • The Sola Sisters (Christine Pack and Cathy Matthews) were on Stand Up for the Truth earlier this week to share their testimonies.
  • How to awaken a dead and unregenerate church:

5 comments:

  1. I love Steve Lawson! I'll take a look a the clip in a bit. You're a good writer, I really enjoy your blogs!

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  2. PS: My favorite movie is The Princess Bride. Inconceivable! So if by mentioning it, you date yourself, I am dated too :)

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  3. Thanks for the tip on the Debate with Dr. Moehler. It is not available yet but in viewing the past Trinity debates, I found one that was truly wonderful!! It was the Debate on How and When All Israel Will Be Saved. I also gained some new websites from this.
    Thanks so much!
    Pam

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  4. Where can I find the full video of Dr. Steve Lawson? It looks like this may be an excerpt from a Q&A session. I have searched the internet but can't find the context for this video.

    thanks.

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  5. Thanks for the compliment, Elizabeth - all to the glory of God!

    Anonymous #1 - I will definitely post a link to the Mohler/Wallis debate once it's available. Glad to hear you were able to find some new and interesting resources!

    Anonymous #2 - I believe this video is from the Expositor's Conference, which was recently held at Lawson's church. I'm sure you can access the messages by visiting his church website: http://www.cfbcmobile.org/site/default.asp?sec_id=3078

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