29 June 2012

This 'n' That

Does Sunday morning church just, well, get in the way? Would you much rather stay home, sleep in and share a big breakfast with the family before heading over to the pool to catch some rays? If so, your troubles are over! It seems that advertisement for Elevation Church's recently concluded sermon series, How to Hug a Vampire, was both extensive and creative. A friend sent me the following pictures of an Elevation door hanger that was making the neighborhood rounds a few weeks back. I expected that it might say, "Do Not Disturb...Church Service in Progress." Then one could simply hang it on the door, turn on Elevation Network, and never attend church again.

Beyond simply advertising the sermon series, this door hanger alerts recipients to Elevation's Sunday evening service. Now you can "experience the same engaging music and powerful preaching" that is offered on Sunday mornings "without missing any of the things you love about Sundays!" Of course, there is nothing inherently wrong with attending church on Sunday evening. It is unfortunate, however, that this was advertised such that it seemed to imply that what a Christian should "love about Sunday" is not first and foremost worship of the Lord and fellowship with the brethren. Let's face it, we all have Sundays when we're not all that excited about going to church. If we are in a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching, Gospel-proclaiming church, however, let's hope that's not the norm.

The good news is that your weekly This 'n' That doesn't have to get in the way of your previously scheduled activities. So please hang up your "Do Not Disturb My This 'n' That" door hanger, sit back and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Personally, I'm not a fan of Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Now we find that she recently recommended the work of mystic Richard Foster.
  • C'mon, did you really think Phillips would say it all in one post? Here's part two.
  • I'm glad the Muslim Brotherhood isn't anti-Semitic. Oh, wait...
  • All sessions from Resolved 2012 are now available online. This one from Steve Lawson has been popular online this week, and is definitely worth a listen.
  • Personally, I'm partial to this message that was preached by John MacArthur at the first session of Resolved. I recently heard him preach it elsewhere, but he seemed to have an extra infusion of zeal when he preached it last week:

16 comments:

  1. Weird about Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I always thought she was conservative. Up until this, why have you not been a fan?

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    1. I would also be interested in hearing that answer. =)

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    2. Sorry, Anonymous, I posted your comment and completely forgot to come back and respond! Thank you for reminding me, Anonymous #2. :-)

      Honestly, for the most part it's a matter of taste and preference. I just really don't enjoy most women Bible teachers and their writings. I can't really resonate with their style, I suppose. I'd rather skip the frills and get right to the meat! I realize DeMoss has been viewed as one of the better ones, but I'd rather pick up Spurgeon, Ryle, Luther, etc., than a book about 'Lies Women Believe.' And I'd rather turn on a sermon by MacArthur or Lawson than spend time 'reviving my heart'. Like I said, just personal preference!

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    3. Nancy is not fluff despite the titles you listed. God has ministered to me through her books and show in the past but I have not listened to her recently. I will keep my distance because time and time again we see it starts with trickles of falsities here and there. I pray God will open her eyes so she is not swept away by deceit

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    4. You'll notice I never said she was "fluff," only that I didn't care for her style. I have no problem with women Bible teachers so long as they are sound. Those I know who like DeMoss would definitely place her in that category. I think that's great, because there obviously is an audience that enjoys her style of teaching. Even with this Richard Foster development, we need not throw her and her ministry under the bus, but simply proceed with a bit more caution. The fact that Priscilla Shirer is speaking at her upcoming 'True Woman' conference is another reason for caution.

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  2. Considering the fact that vampires are not real it seems as though Furtick is trying to articulate that we should be hugging "demons." After watching only 30 seconds of his message it is clear that he speaks for shock value and to appease the world. So sad! He needs the real Jesus Christ.

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    1. Very demonic and it's targeted at youth and young women in particular. Only in the last days could witches, vampires and werewolves be romanticized and idealized. Back in the day there was no sugarcoating of the "otherworldly" almost noone wiuld fall for it. We live in the age of deep deep deceit where people are also so blind and so asleep. Just a mess but God's plan is still underway and He is in control.

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  3. When did MacArthur start using Rock Music?

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    1. Fredco,

      This video is from the Resolved Conference, which was held in Palm Springs and was for college students. They usually have music by the band Enfield, who play hymns, but set them to contemporary music. It's not my personal taste (I think college kids should learn to love the organ!), but trust me, there's no 'Highway to Hell' being played there.

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    2. Hi ebenz. Yes I see Enfield all over Youtube now. Full band, drums (syncopated back beat), and fancy lighting. I personally can’t see much difference between what is called “Contemporary” and what is known as “Rock”. Looks to me like just a re-naming process.

      Further now, in doing some research on Resolved, I ran across Camp Regeneration. That is a MacArthur ministry for high schoolers and featured Lecrae – a Rap music and Hip Hop artist.

      http://regenblog.com/2010/07/29/wednesday-photo-preview/#comment-2

      How far do we go? I remember MacArthur in the past saying that our music should be different than the world’s. I’m not attacking, I’m crying. The more I look at Christendom today, the sadder I get.

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    3. How far do we go? I remember MacArthur in the past saying that our music should be different than the world’s. I’m not attacking, I’m crying. The more I look at Christendom today, the sadder I get.

      I echo much of this, Fredco. In MacArthur's personal defense (not that he needs it), he is not in charge of planning, scheduling or designing these events. He's in his seventies. He shows up and preaches, and these details are left to others in charge. It would be interesting to ask his opinion on the contemporary music happening at these events.

      I'm not a fan of contemporary Christian music, (obviously, if you've read much of this blog!), although when it's redone hymns, I have a bit more grace, simply because the lyrics are still didactic and sound. I think it's a fine line and, personally, I wouldn't separate over it. As for the Christian hip-hop, again, I am not a fan at all. On the other hand, there's more meat and doctrine in one Shai Linne song than is probably sung in an entire year in the 7-11 praise choruses at a seeker-driven church. So again, where's the line? I think, to a point anyway, it comes down to preference.

      At least, that's what I think tonight. Tomorrow that could change. :)

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  4. Ebenz,
    I am trying to find a blog piece that I believe you posted on a This 'n' That. I have searched your blog but cannot find it. It was something to the effect of "why you are not being transformed" and had to do with only reading disconnected Bible verses out of context.

    Can you help me find that piece? I regret that I did not save it at the time it was posted. It was really good.

    Thanks for all you do!

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    1. Hi Anonymous,

      Hm...I believe you may have me stumped! Nothing is coming to my mind immediately, but I will do a bit of searching. If you can help with any other 'clues,' please send them my way! :-)

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    2. It was in one of the 2012 This 'n' That posts and was a link to another woman's blog. The jist of the article was that we need to read verses in context, not just take isolated verses here and there that speak to our particular issues. I wish I could remember more but that is about all I can recall other than it was very well written and an article I wanted to share with my small group but then forgot to go back and save it.

      Thanks for looking. If you can't find it maybe one of your readers will recall it and lend me a hand.

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    3. That's it! Thank you so much for taking the time to track this down for me. So appreciated!

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