They will know us by our T-shirts

Russell Moore has a great article from his interview of Alan Wolfe on Christian Retail.

Buying the stuff gives Christians an easy conscience that they are
carrying the Great Commission without ever having to verbally and
relationally engage their unbelieving neighbors.

You can read the article HERE

Eschatology Chart

Kim Riddlebarger has just put up a chart listing the different eschatological views. You can download the chart HERE and you should pick up his latest books “Man of Sin” (dealing with what scripture has to say on the antichrist) and “A Case for Amillennialism”

Chuck Smith on Romans 9:16

So then it is not of him that wills, [it is not by our resolves,] nor of him that runs, but of God that shows mercy (Rom 9:16).

The sovereignty of God, in His divine election, in His
predestination, in His choosing. It isn’t that I made my great resolve,
that I have willed, nor is it my works that I have run, but that it
might stand by election God chose me.

Thus, I can’t really boast in what I am or what I have done, or even
what I hope to do. All I can do is boast in the grace and mercy of God
that chose a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I am found. I was
blind, but now I see. Oh, that amazing grace of God.


Shaun Groves has revealed the reason behind “SHLOG” (his blog page).

You can read it HERE

Remember..Moderation is the key!

A cowboy, who is visiting Texas from Arkansas, walks into a bar
and orders three mugs of Bud. He sits in the back of the room,
drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When he finishes them,
he comes back to the bar and orders three more. 

The bartender approaches and tells the cowgirl, “You know, a mug
goes flat after I draw it. It would taste better if you bought one at
a time.”

The cowboy replies, “Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is in Australia,
 the other is in Dublin. When we all left our home in Arkansas, we promised
 that we’d drink this way to remember the days when we drank together.
 So I’m drinking one beer for each of my brothers and one for myself.”
 The bartender admits that this is a nice custom, and leaves it  there.

The cowboy becomes a regular in the bar, and always drinks the 
same way. He orders three mugs and drinks them in turn. 
One day, he comes in and only orders two mugs. All the regulars take notice
and fall silent. When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender
says, “I don’t want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your loss.”

The cowboy looks quite puzzled for a moment, then a light dawns in his eyes and he laughs.
“Oh, no, everybody’s just fine,” he explains,”It’s just that my wife and
I joined the Baptist Church and I had to quit drinking…..
Hasn’t affected my brothers though.”


The Doctrine of Alcohol

The Thirsty Theologian is starting a series on what scripture has to say on the use of alcohol.

Is drinking alcoholic beverages a sin?
Is abstinence a higher standard?
Is moderation acceptable, but abstinence wiser?
Are the “rules” different now than they were in “Bible times?”
What about the “weaker brother?”

Although it should go without saying, this is not a defense of drunkenness. It’s a shame that I have to say so, but there are those who refuse to separate drunkenness from the enjoyment of a gift from God. They will probably continue to do so in spite of this disclaimer, but there it is.

You can check out part 1 of the series HERE

Part 2 is HERE

While the legalistic nature of the SBC resolution should be evident
even to abstentionists, and legalism is certainly spoken of in
Scripture as a great evil, my greatest objection goes much deeper than
that. I believe that this issue, although it may seem superficial, is a
fair litmus test of one’s view of Scripture, and therefore of God. Is
Scripture true, or not? Is it the sole source of doctrine, or are there
additional doctrines that need to be added? Does Scripture contain the
whole counsel of God, or did he leave some things out? This resolution,
and the history of fundamentalist prohibitionism, is no less than a
rejection of sola Scriptura, “teaching for doctrines the
commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9). It doesn’t get any more
fundamental than that. That, and not my enjoyment of a drink, is what
fuels my passion on this issue.

Hymn of the Week

Help My Unbelief
Taken from the Gadsby Hymnal #278 (Found on Red Mountain Music)

I know the Lord is nigh,
And would but cannot pray,
For Satan meets me when I try,
And frights my soul away. And frights my soul away.

I would but can’t repent,
Though I endeavor oft;
This stony heart can ne’er relent
Till Jesus makes it soft. Till Jesus make it soft.

Help my unbelief. Help my unbelief. Help my unbelief.
My help must come from Thee.

I would but cannot love,
Though wooed by love divine;
No arguments have power to move
A soul as base as mine. A soul so base as mine.

I would but cannot rest,
In God’s most holy will;
I know what He appoints is best,
And murmur at it still. I murmur at it still.

Help my unbelief. Help my unbelief. Help my unbelief.
My help must come from Thee.