14 March 2014

This 'n' That

Every time I step onto the elliptical machine, or step outside for a morning jog, I wonder if this will finally be the day that God talks to me personally and plainly like He allegedly does to Beth Moore during her exercise time. But alas, as I spend my time sweating and listening to an edifying sermon from one of my favorite pastors, my workout comes and goes without a word form the Lord.

Or does it?

Sweatin' to the Old Testament: Truly Uplifting
It has been years since I've listened to actual music during a workout. Why? I don't particularly care for secular music, I despise nearly all forms of "contemporary Christian music" (okay, despise may be a strong word. I dislike most CCM) and when it comes right down to it, traditional hymns just aren't exactly exercise-friendly. So I use this time to keep up with my podcasts. It allows me to begin my day with a true word from the Lord as I hear faithful preachers boldly proclaim the counsel of God as found in the Scriptures. Of course, this is not at the neglect of personal Bible reading and study, which proves to be a truly personal word from God as I read the truth contained in that precious book.

I write all this, not as a means of bragging (Hey! Look at what I do!)—perish the thought! Truth be told, I, like many of you I am certain, feel as though I do not spend nearly enough time in the Word each day. But I write this as a reflection and a means to ponder aloud once again why it is that certain individuals—like Beth Moore as just one example—insist upon embarking on a constant quest for more outside of God's Word. Why do they desire this additional revelation? How can someone claim to be a Christian and yet demonstrate such dissatisfaction with such a gracious gift as the Bible? Why is God's Word not sufficient for them? And why, in their claims to receive extra-biblical revelation, do such people succeed in utterly perverting and distorting the Word that we have been given?

Ah, well, perhaps for the most part I am preaching to the proverbial choir. And as always, we ought not be surprised. Since the days of the early church, the very first fledgling wings of Gnosticism sent people in search of an esoteric "more." One day these people will realize that their search for something more than Christ, and for something beyond what is clearly proclaimed in Scripture, was in vain. We do indeed pray that such a day of truth realized is not one of truth realized too late.

While I hate to end on a somber note, sometimes it cannot be avoided. So let us be about the work of our Master, eager to proclaim the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. And when you have a free moment, take some time to also enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Carl Trueman offers more important thoughts on celebrity pastors.
  • Fred Butler continues his review of chapter six of Authentic Fire.
  • Good grief. As if enough kooky things don't already come out of this ministry, now they've given a hearty endorsement to the 'Son of God' movie.
  • And while we're on the topic of 'Son of God,' Brannon Howse interviewed Justin Peters this week (Part 1 and Part 2) to talk about Peters' opinion of the movie. The best part, perhaps, is hearing Justin Peters recall how he proclaimed the gospel to everyone in the theater once the film had ended. 
  • Mars Hill Church spent big bucks to get Mark Driscoll's Real Marriage on the bestseller list. After the firestorm of coverage, Mars Hill responded, and Dr. James Duncan responded to their response.
  • Speaking of big bucks, someone stole $600,000 from Joel Osteen's church. It's more than a little ironic that someone finally stole from Osteen, who himself is a thief for taking that much money from people while feeding them nothing but soul-condemning slop. Of course, 600k is just pocket change for Lakewood Church.
  • At The Cripplegate, Nate Busenitz continues his series on the gift of tongues.
  • Here's more worthwhile reading from James Duncan regarding how celebrity pastors are "selling their pulpits for commercial gain."
  • I love the book of James. In my second year of grad school one of my term papers was titled, "The Voice of Jesus in James" and examined the allusions to the Sermon on the Mount that are found in this epistle. It is such a rich, challenging, convicting book. Dr. Michael Kruger tells us why we need this book in the New Testament canon.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable. (Thanks, Amy!)
  • This kind of sounds like a scene out of Pet Semetary (for those of you who never read Stephen King, it's supposed to be spelled like that), except the cat is still alive.
  • Redeemed by a relative:

photo credit: Edson Hong via photopin cc 


  1. Oh that the "Christian" publishing industries would be abolished!

  2. Mars Hill "Church" is only consistent in its shenanigans with its leader... What a shame. Leavenjellycalism on full display. No difference between greedy and manipulating corporation and this body that does dare to call itself a part of Jesus Christ. What a raking shame...



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