Blogroll Update

Added a few more to my site:

New Epistles – Kevin Sam – Very informative, avid blogger, but the best thing about Kevin, he has a gentle spirit. We need more folks like him.

Communal Feast – RTJones – He is just really smart, if you got questions, so does he.

Challies dot com – Tim Challies – Not sure why I added him, he never visits, or contributes, and he is a Calvinist (but I won’t hold that against him). But he does write some cool articles, just published his first book. The good thing is that if I remove him he will never know

Upcoming Lectures – BIOLA

I am planning to attend the following seminars. If you are in So. California and might attend let me know and maybe we can meet up.

Apologetics Events

Evidence for the Reliability of the New Testament

with Craig Blomberg, Ph.D.

Are the biblical accounts of Jesus historically reliable, or are they merely legendary? How can Christians reconcile the many variations and alleged contradictions in the copies of the New Testament? How do we answer tough new challengers, like Bart Ehrman, who have emerged in recent years?

Oh, we have the right Jesus–and this seminar will show you how to make the compelling historical case yourself from a world-renowned expert on the New Testament documents.

March 6th, 7th, & 8th
Thursday and Friday 6-10pm, Saturday 9am-5pm
Biola University
Business Building Lecture Hall
Cost: only $95

Key Philosophical Issues in Apologetics

with William Lane Craig, Ph.D., D.Theol.

What has happened in philosophy recently that has turned the world upside down and catapulted Christians into a leading role? One of the key figures in the revolution will present and explain for the average person the cutting-edge ideas that have captured the minds of a new generation.

Dr. Craig shares from a wealth of knowledge and experience in this can’t-miss seminar dealing with everything from the existence of God and divine foreknowledge, to the Resurrection, and more!

April 24th, 25th, & 26th
Thursday and Friday 6-10pm, Saturday 9am-5pm
Biola University
Business Building Lecture Hall
Cost: only $95

Justice League: The New Frontier

I am a big Comic Book fan, and this should be really awesome! It is out tomorrow.

Open Theism

I have been reading non-stop regarding this subject. Currently I have two books that I have been reading, one is by The Benefits of Providence
by James S. Spiegel, and What Does God Know and When Does He Know It?: The Current Controversy over Divine Foreknowledge by Millard J. Erickson.

I have dropped “The Benefits of Providence” over Erickson’s book, because he seems to address it in a more systematic way, plus he presents the open theist views in an understandable way. I plan to write more on this subject when I am done as I see danger in embracing this particular view of God. Will give a small review of each book.

It was brought to my attention recently, and I was asked the following question, “does God know everything?” I responded with “yes”. “Does he know the future?” they asked. “Of course” I responded. After a few questions it became apparent that they had been talking to someone who has an Open Theist view, and created this sudden questioning of God’s Omniscients. I am always amazed when these sorts of doctrine’s make their way into the church.

The chief proponent of this view seems to be Gregory Boyd. You can read a short bio at Theopedia

I also plan to hold a seminar at my church dealing with the subject “Does God Know All Things”. I am a Traditional Theist, and I have different points of views on this matter, but to deny that God does not know all things is a something that must be challenged, and confronted.  to deny that God does not know all things, I think presents a set of challenges for us, and what are the ramifications of embracing such a doctrinal position?  As C.S. Lewis once said

“Everyone who believes in God at all believes that He knows what you and I are going to do tomorrow.”

You can read Justin Taylor’s introduction on this subject from his book “Beyond the Bounds – Open Theism and the Undermining of Biblical Christianity” Which is another book I plan to read as soon as I am done with the other two.

My question is:

  • have any of you had encounters with this subject?
  • do any of my regular visitors embrace Open Theism?

It must be flu season…

It seems like everyone I know has the flu.  So many people at my church are sick with the flu, I suppose it was inevitable for me to catch it.  It started late Friday afternoon, and just got worse from there.  Good thing we had Monday off as a holiday kept me from calling in sick more than I would have liked.  I finally returned to work today, still don’t feel 100% but well enough to get in.  I doubt that I am contagious at this point.

Bible Meme

Nick, from Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth is asking the following:

Here is my response:

1. What translation of the Bible do you like best?

Holman Christan Standard Bible (CSB) it is for now.

2. Old or New Testament?

New Testament

3. Favorite Book of the Bible?

Romans

4. Favorite Chapter?

Philippians 2

5. Favorite Verse? (feel free to explain yourself if you have to)

Philippians 3:8 “More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ” – CSB

6. Bible character you think you’re most like?

King David – many flaws, like me, loves God

7. One thing from the Bible that confuses you?

Eschatology – I get it. Just confused – it’s all of the Preterist fault 😉

8. Moses or Paul?

Paul – he’s my hero

9. A teaching from the Bible that you struggle with or don’t get?

King David – a man after God’s heart (this was a tough question, as I always found it interesting that David is the only man that the bible says this about.) Why not Joseph he is so good. I can’t even relate to the guy, he is good.

10. Coolest name in the Bible?

Methuselah

Now tag five people:

I tag: John Glass, Zack Williamson, Sam Nunnally, Kevin Sam, ElShaddai Edwards, and James Bradford Pate

What’s your favorite quote – serious or funny I’ll take either

My favorite quote is:

We all want to be like Paul, but we are all just a bunch of Peters

I have no idea who said this, or who I heard it from, it’s been years but it stuck.

Blogroll Update

I have been interacting with Sam from “Purging my soul…one blog at a time” he is a young man that loves the Lord, is dedicated to his family, and is working on his PhD dissertation in historical theology.

Plus he is Charismatic. Not that it matters, but it’s great for me on a personal level. Check out his blog, and I hope he visits here often, as I welcome his insight, and contributions.

Theological Education – is it possible on the Net for free?

I was thinking about this the other day. Is it possible to get a Theological Education for free between the resources on the Internet and through the reading of books that would be equivalent to a B.A in Biblical Studies, or Theology? What about at a Master’s Degree level?

I am constantly looking for new sites that offer serious studies, with outlines, notes, and mp3’s.

Here are the sites that I have found so far that I think can make it happen:

  • Biblical Training
    • Mostly MP3’s
  • The Theology Program
    • Outlines, syllabus and MP3’s
    • Recommended reading assignments
    • You can also enroll and turn in assignments (no college credit)
  • Covenant Worldwide
    • Selected courses from their Seminary
    • Outlines, syllabus & MP3
  • Sonic Light
    • Extensive study notes and MP3’s on every book of the bible.
  • That’s my list tell me what you think. If you know of other great sites that offer at least this level of training feel free to share.

Are you a Charismatic Christian?

I gave my life to the Lord in 1980 at a Pentecostal church. They were all so nice, and I enjoyed the church very much. As a matter of fact I didn’t even know I was in a Pentecostal church. I came from a Catholic background, so I just assumed (young and naive) all Christians churches were like this. As time went on I learned about the gifts of the spirit, and embraced the teaching.

During this time I also develop a deep personal love for God’s word. I began at a very early age to read theology books, commentaries, use Greek study tools, and wondered why some of my peers were not as interested. I began to make new Christian friends outside of my church that had the same passion for God’s word. We would study, talk, and discuss, until the subject of the Charismata came up.

All of a sudden I was the weird person with the odd view. They tried to convince me that the gifts ceased to exists, they tried very hard to force scripture to say something that I just could not see. They weren’t very nice either, they teased me, mocked my views, they were my friends (with friends like these who needs enemies), and still are so I suppose some it was done in fun. I then heard a message by John Macarthur (early 80’s), and he was adamantly opposed to the gifts, I quit listening to him for many years after that. But I held my ground, it forced me to study and lay a solid foundation for why I believed in the gifts of the Spirit, and continue to this day.

I did find some comfort in teachers like Walter Martin who was doing some soul searching, and gave a voice and some sound teaching on the Holy Spirit. Also there was the Calvary Chapel movement, but at the time they were not as prolific as they are today.

Today I find it is no longer an issue with my Evangelical friends, oh how the times have changed.

Recently the Baran Group published the following report: Is American Christianity Turning Charismatic?

Also worth reading is: What is a Reformed Charismatic?

I am not Reformed in the sense that I don’t fully embrace Calvinism.

Well, are you a Charismatic? Take some time and tell us why you are, or why you are not.