Blog and Video Posts

Jesus Died for Us…Not for God by Brian Zahnd

How Christ Fulfilled and Ended the Old Testament Regime by John Piper

The Greatest Thing You Can Do Today by Francis Chan

♥ You Cannot Serve Both God and Theology by Marshall Segal

Stop Worshiping & Idolizing Celebrity Preachers by Paul Washer (YouTube)

Is Morality the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil? by Morgan Guyton

 Speak God’s Language: How Scripture can Add Power to Your Prayers by Joni Tada

Do I Pray The Bible? By John Piper

♥ What Do You Mean by Eternal Life? by D. James Kinnaird

♥ 3 Biggest Regrets of Billy Graham’s Life by Aaron Earls

12 Principles for Disagreeing with Other Christians by Andrew David Naselli and J. D. Crowley

Why Christians Need to Stop Fighting by Jefferson Betheke (YouTube)

How to Disagree by Matt Chandler, Tim Keller, Michael Horton (YouTube)

ReGrace: The Shocking Beliefs of the Great Theologians by Frank Viola

An incredible series that helps us to understand the need of “grace, civility, and tolerance among Christians when they disagree with one another over doctrinal issues”, as said by Frank.

Read This Before You Drop the H-Bomb (“Heretic”) on a Fellow Christian by Frank Viola and Greg Boyd

Everyone’s a Heretic: The Overuse of “Heresy” by J.S. Park

Heresy And A Call For Humility by Justin Holcomb

♥ The Problem with Modern-Day Preaching by David D. Flowers

Why Charismatics and Calvinists Need Each Other by Adam Mabry

Rick Warren’s Horrific Tragedy & The Sickening Response of Some “Christians” by Frank Viola

♥ The Kingdom, The Church, and The Culture by Frank Viola

♥ Will the Emerging Church Fully Emerge? by Frank Viola

♥ How (Not) To Leave A Church by Frank Viola

♥ 20 Reasons Why the Christian Right & the Christian Left Won’t Adopt Me by Frank Viola

♥ What Love Wins Tells Us About Christians by Scot McKnight

♥ How to Really Survive a Heart Attack by Ann Voskamp

♥ In Which I Ask Ann Voskamp’s Forgiveness… by Tim Challies

A beautiful pattern we can all follow.

♥ How Jefferson Bethke Showed I was a Jerk by J.S. Park

♥ Why Anonymous “Discernment” Ministries Have No Credibility by Michael Brown

♥ Not All Cessationists are of MacArthur’s Spirit by Sam Storms

♥ 5 Things I Learned From N.T. Wright by Mark Jeong

♥ Thoughts on the Neo-Reformed by Trevin Wax

Do I Delight in God or in Others Being Impressed by My Discovery About God? by John Piper

Finding our enjoyment in “the intellectual process of making the discovery and in the impulse” and in “recognition and approval from an audience for what I have seen” rather then the Lord Himself, is nothing but a destruction.

♥ How Much do You Read your Bible? by R.T. Kendall

♥ Who Gave Paul His Thorn? by Sam Storms

♥ Rethinking Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh by Frank Viola

♥ An Alternative to Biblical Inerrancy by Greg Boyd

♥ Election Reflections – Bridging Gap by Philip Yancey

♥ The China Syndrome by Philip Yancey

♥ On Homosexuality by Phillip Yancey

♥ Understanding a Mystery by Richard Matchman

♥ Calvin and Calvinism by R.T. Kendall

♥ The Execution of Michael Servetus & My Primary Deal-Breaker with Calvinism by Ben Corey

♥ 4 Dangers for Complementarians by Gavin Ortlund

♥ My Wedding Toast | How Marriage is Just a Shadow by Jefferson Betheke

John Piper: What Cautions Do You Have For The New Reformation Movement?

I love this interview so much that I almost want to post the whole script here.

Sam Crabtree said to me once, “The danger of the contemporary worship awakening is that we love loving God more than we love God.” That was very profound. You might love thinking about God more than you love God. Or arguing for God more than you love God. Or defending God more than you love God. Or writing about God more than you love God. Or preaching more than you love God. Or evangelizing more than you love God. Reformed people tend to be thoughtful. That is, they come to the Bible and they want to use their minds to make sense of it. The best of them want to make sense of all of the Bible and do not pick and choose saying, “I don’t like that verse. That sounds like an Arminian verse, so we will set it aside.” No! Fix your brain, don’t fix the Bible.

The kind of person that is prone to systematize and fit things together, like me, is wired dangerously to begin to idolize the system. I don’t want to go here too much, because I think the whiplash starts to swing the other direction, and we minimize the system, thinking, and doctrine to the degree that we start to lose a foothold in the Bible. But that would be a big caution. We should be intellectually and emotionally more engaged with the person of Christ, the person of God—the Trinity—than we are with thinking about him. Thinking about God and engaging with him are inextricably woven together. But the reason you are reading the Bible, and the reason you are framing thoughts about God from the Bible, is to make your way through those thoughts to the real person. The danger on the other side is to say, “All that intellectual stuff, no, no, no. Doctrine, no. Intellect, no. Study, no. Experience, yes!” People who do this wind up worshipping a God of their own imagination. It feels so right, so free, and so humble because they are not getting involved in all those debates. But it isn’t. It is losing a grip on reality. So we are compelled to think hard about God and the Bible.

Hanging on with the danger I am speaking of is pride—a certain species of pride. There are many species of pride, and this is just one of them. You can call it intellectualism. There is also emotionalism, but that isn’t the danger we are talking about right now. Intellectualism is a species of pride, because we begin to prize our abilities to interpret the Bible over the God of the Bible or the Bible itself. When I asked Rick Warren, “What is your doctrine of the Bible?” He said, “Inerrant and authoritative. But I don’t mean all my interpretations of it are inerrant and authoritative.” And that is of course right. We should talk that way. So that would be my flag, the danger of intellectualism. And maybe the danger of certain aspects of it becoming so argumentative or defensive that it becomes unnecessarily narrow. That is funny for me to say because I think I am a really narrow guy, and a lot of other people think so too.

Spirituality for All the Wrong Reasons: Eugene Peterson Talks About Lies and Illusions That Destroy The Church by Mark Galli

♥ Eugene Peterson: In Between The Man and The Message (YouTube)

♥ John Stott Interview (YouTube)

♥ Brother Andrew on Megachurches, Persecuted Christians, and Middle East Challenges  by Michelle Vu