Finding Christian Bookstores can be relatively difficult but finding a bookstore that sells great resources and that is run by a couple of faithful Christians who value the Word of God and desire to proclaim Christ to others, well, that’s very rare. We are very fortunate that we have such a bookstore in the Greater Moncton Area. David Ford and Mike Steeves provide our city with some much needed light and we here at this blog truly appreciate their ministry.
Faithful Servant Books has a large amount of used books that they have available onsite. These books range in the categories of theology, bible references, prophecy, Christian living and much more. The selection is not the only great thing. The price on these items is fantastic starting at $3.00 and up. If you are in the Trites Road area, take a moment to stop in to view some of the great titles available.
We would like to extend our heartfealt sympathies to the families of the three slain police officers, Constables David Ross, Fabrice Gedauvan and Douglas Larche who were killed in an act of pure and unquestionable evil. While many tomorrow will return to their normal routines and life responsibilities, we pray for those who will continue to hurt for many times to come. May the God who comforts the widow and the orphan bless these families in their mourning. Our prayers will be with these families for many years to come.
For those of you who will be attending the Creatures of God symposium at Crandall University this weekend, might I recommend that you give this article by Vern Poythress on Adam and genetics which was originally published in the Westminster Theological Journal a good read prior to attending. It will give you a great primer prior to attending on the issues surrounding this discussion. There have been many comments and various information come our way since posting on this event. While many have tried to persuade us of the positive of this event but I have yet to be persuaded that without a discussion of presuppositions and epistemology that any meaningful discussion may be had.
Crandall University is seemingly holding a symposium put on by Dr. Paul Allen of Concordia University in March on “exploring the themes of human nature, faith and evolution, in the light of science”. This symposium is being sponsored by Biologos which is an organization that promotes the idea that the macro evolutionary theory is consistent with the bible. The focus of this organization is to discredit intelligent design or creation science in an attempt to persuade christians to embrace evolution and in return reject biblical innerancy and the historicity of many portions of scripture.
For a University that stood so strongly against the pressure of Gay Activists to conform to the secular left, I was left bewildered by this scheduled symposium. There have been several responses to biologos (for exampes see here and here) and warnings about the aggressive nature of the organization in underminding the authenticity of the biblcial witness however Crandall is seemingly unaware or simply have no problem with throwing away the reputation of the University as well as the scriptures by hosting this organization. The association of the University with Biologos is telling that perhaps liberalism is beginning to creep into a fine University which once upheld an Orthodox biblical standard.
I would encourage Christians in the Greater Moncton Area as well as students of Crandall University to avoid this symposium and write to the University to question why such an organization as Biologos would be allowed to hold such an event on their grounds.
Let’s pray that Crandall University comes to its senses!
Awhile back I had written a piece on those individuals who have a serious obstacle in their Christian lives by adhering so firmly to a pet doctrine that they throw away all common sense. They have the tendency to measure orthodoxy and their association with a church to this particular “doctrine”. I have had the unfortunate experience of seeing someone leave the faith due to what they saw as an inconsistency among professing believers. In other words, since Christians don’t seem to believe this clear teaching of scripture then Christianity only produces frauds. We are not speaking of the doctrine of justification by faith, the Trinity or the Resurrection but some “implicit”, “questionable” or “non-essential” biblical teachings.
I spoke with someone very close to me recently who is in this situation. This individual is obsessed with a teaching which is found in scripture to the extent that he makes it the standard for Christianity and the foundation for everything else. He is so consumed with this teaching that he refuses to attend a church that doesn’t practice this strictly. The teaching is based upon the appearance of the woman in church. He is convinced that a woman should wear a veil when worshipping in a church ( 1 Corinthians 11), that she should have long hair ( 1 Cor. 11) and that she should wear a dress (specifically a loose fitting dress down to her ankles). I will say from the beginning that I’m not opposed to these things since I feel that modest apparel is tremendously important for both women and men. The worship of God should be conducted with a mindset that Christ is in the presence of His people when they are gathered together. We are gathering for the covenant meal to remember the Christ and share in communion with each other (1 Cor. 10:16-17) hence this is not a party or a bar to find yourself a mate or worst. Our dress does reflect our heart and how serious our encounter with God truly is. With that said, I’m still of the mindset that we are not under the law and hence since the bible doesn’t explicitly define “modest apparel” then we should be careful to place too strict boundaries on these issues.
Continue reading “Keep Playing that tune on the One-Stringed Bango…”
I have been waiting for this book to be released in Canada for quite some time now and it will finally be made available in January. It is Richard Barcellos’ new book on the Lord’s Supper called “The Lord’s Supper as a means of Grace”. It seems the book is now available in the U.K. and the Confessin’ Baptist has just posted a chapter from the book for all to read. I thought I would share this post with you and recommend picking up the book from either Amazon or by contacting Mike Steeves at Faithful Servant Books. Here is a an overview of the book:
Richard Barcellos’ specific focus is to show us how the Lord’s Supper is a means of grace. His answer is that the Lord’s Supper is a means of grace because of what the Holy Spirit does in the souls of believers when local churches partake of it. “The Spirit effects or enhances present communion between the exalted Redeemer and his pilgrim people on the earth. Or it can be stated this way: the Lord’s Supper is a means of grace through which Christ is present by his divine nature and through which the Holy Spirit nourishes the souls of believers with the benefits wrought for us in Christ’s human nature which is now glorified and in heaven at the right hand of the Father.”
The study is divided under four headings – 1. The terminology connected to the Lord’s Supper in the New Testament. 2. The Biblical data which advocate the Lord’s Supper as a means of grace. 3. The confessional and catechetical formulation of the Lord’s Supper as a means of grace in the reformed tradition and 4. Final Thoughts
I have always attempted to make people see the seriousness of the message of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. I’m really unsure if I’ve always come across in this way but it has always been my intention to show that the gospel is a message of hope in light of a destiny of despair for those who refuse its message. If we think of the seriousness of the good news in light of God’s holiness and judgment, we can appreciate just how much is at stake. There are many today who have not been enlightened to the truth of God’s salvation in Christ and do not see just how serious it truly is. The church should portray the message in this fashion, not only in word, but in the manner in which it presents itself. Men and woman should be confronted with the reality that they are sinners in the eyes of a holy and righteous God and that their sins will eventually lead to the eternal judgment. They need to know that God will judge sin but that the good news is that He has judged sin in His Son Jesus Christ at the cross on Calvary. The judgment of sin in Christ is for all those who repent and believe and for those who refuse to repent and trust Christ that they will be judged. These believers will be raised from the dead like Christ was raised and they will be the recipients of the eternal inheritance. They become the heirs of God! The church needs to take this message seriously and make it plain that these things are so.
I’m sure most Christians in Moncton would agree with me for the most part that the gospel is serious but I wonder if they’ve really considered just how their church presents this. What I’m getting at is just how often I’ve seen churches in the Greater Moncton Area attempt to use gimmicks to lore people in and hence diminish the seriousness of the message. I could use a few examples to demonstrate this.
I remember a few years ago now when the Wesleyan Church (the largest church in the greater Moncton area) allowed a death metal music concert to be held in their building. My understanding is that their reasoning behind it was that by allowing this concert to be held on their premises, they were inviting people into the church and a gospel message was presented prior to the beginning of the concert by a youth pastor. I wonder if this church asked: Do the means justify the ends? Was anyone at that death metal concert drawn into the building due to wanting to hear the gospel? How serious did these people take the message once the concert started? The church used a gimmick to lore people in!
Here’s another example; I was driving today on route 114 towards Moncton and while passing by the Lower Coverdale Baptist Church, I noticed an old rusted out truck with orange spray paint in front of the church. The words on the truck invited people to attend the church on Sunday where they had as their theme “Duck Dynasty” , a popular tv show and even appealed to people to wear camouflage clothing (wear what you want but would you seriously wear this on any other given Sunday?). What’s the point of this? The church is obviously trying to use a gimmick to lore people in. Again, I’m sorry to seem critical here but Is the pastor from this church thinking that anyone is going to take the message seriously? Why were these people there, Duck Dynasty or Christ?
Continue reading “Gospel Gimmicks & Greater Moncton Churches”
I have been trying to pick up the Saturday edition of the Times & Transcript whenever possible to view the “Religion Today” column and see what is being published in the Greater Moncton Newspaper on Christianity. Yesterday’s edition featured an editorial by Brett Anningson who is a “minister passionate about progressive Christianity and relating faith to modern culture”. The editorial was titled “We do not hear parables in way they were intended”[i].
The editorial basically argued that people today don’t use or view parables in the same way as when Jesus used them. He states that “we do not hear them in any way close to the way they were intended.” Mr. Anningson further this by stating that “the church has softened the edges, has taken away the humour; has made them so they hardly affect us at all except to think they are like proverbs, words of wisdom—but they are not”. He makes the statement that Christians today “miss the impact” of these parables. Mr. Anningson’s concern in this short editorial is that the church seems irrelevant because we are too old fashioned and that we need to be “telling new stories, shocking people by holding up the familiar and the modern…”. He concludes his editorial by stating that “this is a call to reclaim the use of parables, not as familiar internet memes, but as rebellious interjection, shocking stories that change people. When we learn to tell it that way again, we will make a difference”. In essence, Mr. Anningson feels that we should be employing a message in an attempt to shock people for our message to be relevant. This is who he views the use of parables during the time of Christ.
Firstly, I’m not questioning Mr. Anningson’s argument that the parables shocked people especially the Pharisees but I believe that these are merely the effects of the speaking in parables and not necessarily the purpose. I can’t help but feel that Anningson’s understanding of the purpose of parables is wanting. It seems unfortunately very man-centered and void of an understanding of the Sovereignty of God. I don’t think Mr. Anningson really recognizes the purpose of the Lord Jesus Christ in speaking in parables[ii]. Why did the Lord Jesus speak in parables? What was His purpose in doing so?
The bible is quite specific on this point. The Lord Jesus had just spoken to a crowd the parable of the Sower when the disciples asked Him “why do you speak to them in parables?” (Matthew 13:10) Does it get clearer than this? The answer of the Lord Jesus wasn’t to shock them (although it did) with a message to be relevant to the culture of His day. His answer was as followed:
Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
Continue reading “The Purpose of Parables: A Short Reply to Brett Anningson’s T & T Editorial”