Monday, December 21, 2009

Jonathan Edwards on Spiritual Pride

Spiritual pride is: "the main door by which the devil comes into the hearts of those that are zealous for the advancement of religion.... Spiritual pride disposes us to speak of other persons' sins, their enmity against God and His people, the miserable delusion of hypocrites and their enmity against vital piety, and the deadness of some saints, with bitterness, or with laughter and levity, and an air of contempt; whereas pure Christian humility rather disposes, either to be silent about them, or to speak of them with grief and pity. Spiritual pride is very apt to suspect others; whereas a humble saint is most jealous of himself; he is so suspicious of nothing in the world as he is of his own heart. The spiritually proud person is apt to find fault with other saints, that they are low in grace, and to be much in observing how cold and dead they be, and crying out of them for it; and to be quick to discern and take notice of their deficiencies; but the eminently humble Christian has so much to do at home, and sees so much evil in his own heart, and is so concerned about it, that he is not apt to be very busy with others' hearts; he complains most of himself, and cries out his own coldness and lowness in grace, and is apt to esteem others better than himself"

[Jonathan Edwards as quoted in D.A. Carson and John Woodbridge, Letters Along the Way: A Novel of the Christian Life (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1993), 264].

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Wesley's Covenant Prayer

"I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen" (Wesley's Covenant Prayer as used in the Book of Offices of the British Methodist Church, 1936).

Monday, October 05, 2009

No Other Foundation with Dr. Michael Haykin

Learn the History of Christianity in one day with world class scholar Dr. Michael Haykin: No Other Foundation at Ajax Alliance Church, October 17th, 2009, 10am-3:45pm. Cost: Free. Click here for more info.
Thy Righteousness is in Heaven

“One day as I was passing into the field, this sentence fell upon my soul: ‘Thy righteousness is in heaven.’ And with the eyes of my soul I saw Jesus at the Father’s right hand. ‘There,’ I said, ‘is my righteousness!’ So that wherever I was or whatever I was doing, God could not say to me, ‘Where is your righteousness?’ For it is always right before him.

I saw that it is not my good frame of heart that made my righteousness better, nor yet my bad frame that made my righteousness worse, for my righteousness IS Christ. Now my chains fell off indeed. My temptations fled away, and I lived sweetly at peace with God.

Now I could look from myself to him and could reckon that all my character was like the coins a rich man carries in his pocket when all his gold is safe in a trunk at home. Oh I saw that my gold was indeed in a trunk at home, in Christ my Lord. Now Christ was all: my righteousness, sanctification, redemption.”

- John Bunyan, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

HT: Of First Importance
Quote of the Day: C.S. Lewis

"If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world" (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity).
Bray on Justification

I just enjoyed listening to Dr. Gerald Bray on Justification, John Piper, and N.T. Wright here.
It humbled me to think of how easily we can be influenced by popular opinion and popular theology without even realizing it. We need to be deeply rooted in the Scriptures and to understand the history of theology so that we can, by God's grace, see more clearly.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

N.T. Wright's View of the Atonement

Lee Irons looks at the issue. The bottom line, according to Lee, is that Wright uses traditional terms with untraditional definitions.

Here's his conclusion after looking at the evidence from Wright's own writings:
  • sin is an impersonal evil force, not personal rebellion against God;
  • sin has bad consequences, but does not elicit God's punitive wrath against the sinner; and
  • the cross is to be understood as some version of the Christus Victor theory in which Christ defeats evil by letting it do its worst to him, not as a penal satisfaction of divine justice.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Unquote of the Day

"Just because it's in the Bible doesn't mean you should preach it"

(Robert Schuller in an interview with Michael Horton on the Whitehorse Inn).

For a transcript of the interview go here.


Saturday, August 08, 2009

Quote of the Day: Suffering for the Gospel

In his newest book Filling up the Afflictions of Christ, John Piper reprints this remarkable letter from John Calvin to five young Frenchman about to be martyred in 1553 for carrying the gospel into France:

We who are here shall do our duty in praying that He would glorify Himself more and more by your constancy, and that He may, by the comfort of His Spirit, sweeten and endear all that is bitter to the flesh, and so absorb your spirits in Himself, that in contemplating that heavenly crown, you may be ready without regret to leave all that belongs to this world.
Now, at this present hour, necessity itself exhorts you more than ever to turn your whole mind heavenward. As yet, we know not what will be the event. But, since it appears as though God would use your blood to seal His truth, there is nothing better for you than to prepare yourselves for that end, beseeching Him so to subdue you to His good pleasure, that nothing may hinder you from following whithersoever He shall call…Since it pleases Him to employ your death in maintaining His quarrel, He will strengthen your hands in the fight and will not suffer a single drop of your blood to be shed in vain.

Your humble brother,
John Calvin

HT: Tullian

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Quote of the Day: Missions and Calling

Missionary martyr Jim Elliot:

"Our young men are going into the professional fields because they don't 'feel called' to the mission field. We don't need a call; we need a kick in the pants. We must begin thinking in terms of 'going out,' and stop our weeping because 'they won't come in.' Who wants to step into an igloo? The tombs themselves are not colder than the churches. May God send us forth."

Elisabeth Elliot, Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot (New York: Harper, 1958), 54.

HT: Robert Sagers at Between Two Worlds

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Quote of the Day

"If ministers wish to do any good, let them labour to form Christ, not to form themselves, in their hearers"

[John Calvin quoted in John Stott, The Message of Galatians (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1968), 118].
When Sin Looks More Enjoyable Than God

Friday, July 10, 2009

Quote of the Day

"Sin tastes sweet but turns bitter in our stomachs. Holiness often tastes bitter but turns sweet in our stomachs" (Gary Thomas).

HT: Challies

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Quote of the Day

"It is truth alone that capacitates any soul to glorify God." -- John Owen

HT: Ian Clary

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Top Five Commentaries on Every Book of the Bible

Keith Mathison of Ligonier Ministries has complied one of the best lists I have come across. This will be very helpful for anyone who teaches the Bible on a regular basis. Enjoy!

HT: Challies

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Ajith Fernando Audio and Video

I had the privilege of hearing and meeting Ajith Fernando today at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. There was much Scriptural wisdom as he talked about witnessing to people of various religions in a post-Christian cultural context. Because I enjoyed him so much, I thought that I would post some of his previous talks here for your edification.

How Must a Pastor Die, Part 1
2006 Desiring God Conference for Pastors
January 30, 2006
Ajith Fernando
Listen |

How Must a Pastor Die, Part 2
2006 Desiring God Conference for Pastors
January 31, 2006
Ajith Fernando
Listen |

How Must a Pastor Die, Part 3
2006 Desiring God Conference for Pastors
January 31, 2006
Ajith Fernando
Listen |

Gospel-Faithful Mission in the New Christendom
Ajith Fernando Apr 22 2009
Category: Conference Message
Series: 2009 Gospel Coalition National Conference Audio Video

Ajith Fernando (1-31-2007),
Dallas Seminary Chapel

If you have any more links, please let me know.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Reading for Fathers

Happy reading!


Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Biblical Strategy to Fighting Lust

Here is good message from Rick Holland on fighting sexual lust.

Using Proverbs 5, he identifies six biblical strategies that will ensure sexual purity:
  1. Undertake the pursuit of biblical instruction (Prov. 5:1-2).
  2. Undress the deception of sexual sin (Prov. 5:3-6).
  3. Understand the value of safe distance (Prov. 5:7-8).
  4. Unmask the regret of sin’s aftermath (Prov. 5:9-14).
  5. Unlock the satisfaction of marital fidelity or intimacy (Prov. 5:15-19).
  6. Unleash the power of God’s omniscience (Prov. 5:20-23).
HT: Justin Taylor

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Solo Sex: What's So Bad About Masturbation & Sexual Fantasy

A description: "Masturbation, pornography, sexual fantasies...what's so bad about these? No one gets hurt, right? Aren't they better than indulging in actual sexual indecencies with other people? CCEF faculty member Winston Smith addresses the issue of what's sinful (if anything) about these supposedly "victimless" indulgences." Check it out here.

HT: Challies

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Prayers We Need to Pray Again in Church

"ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou them, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou them that are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesu our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen."

"ALMIGHTY God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, judge of all men; We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we, from time to time, most grievously have committed, By thought, word, and deed, Against thy Divine Majesty, Provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, And are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; The remembrance of them is grievous unto us; The burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; For thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, Forgive us all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter Serve and please thee In newness of life, To the honour and glory of thy Name; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen" (Both prayers from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer by Thomas Cranmer).

See Gordon Cheng's post on why we need to pray again like this here.
The Gospel and the Poor

I read this piece by Tim Keller a while back and it really impacted me. This should be required reading for everyone involved in ministry to the poor. It is also required reading for every Christian because we are all called to care for the poor. Elders at churches would profit greatly from it. Executive Directors of ministries should require their people to read this so that they have a sound biblical theology of the relationship between the gospel and the poor to undergird their practical day to day ministries.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Ajith Fernando Speaking in Toronto

One of my favourite Bible teachers in the world and author of such books as Jesus Driven Ministry and The Call to Joy and Pain: Embracing Suffering in Your Ministry is speaking in my home city.

Lecture: Authentic Christian Witness in Multi-Religious Settings
Thursday June 25; 12 noon to 1:30pm

"Today's missional leaders in North America and around the globe must be equipped to communicate the Good News of God's reign in contexts that are religiously pluralistic. In this lecture Dr. Ajith Fernando will discuss how to be an authentic Christian witness in a multi-religious setting. The lecture will take place at Tyndale University College and Seminary, Toronto, in Room 1008. To register, please contact Cathy Nguyen at or 416-226-6620 ext. 2109."

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 6:45 PM at Thistletown Baptist Church
Free admission - all are welcome!

Enter a place of dreams - dreams of a young woman named Keisha. You will be transported to a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind, a dimension where people act the way they're dressed and the students sing. You will move into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas, where nobody gives bizarre behaviour a second thought. You will cross over into a Community College Musical. Keisha will learn the important lesson Jesus taught His disciples at the last supper: "Apart from me, you can do nothing" (John 15:5). Keisha's Community College Musical is indeed a dream world, where truth is learned in strange ways.

Join Jehovah Shalom Youth Choir and Band for this special night of song and drama - and invite a friend. Light refreshments will be served.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

If Homosexuality is Simply Another Sin, Why is it Treated Differently in Churches?

David Short responds below:

If viewing this by email, you will have to go to the website to view the video.
Why Did Jesus Have to Die? What Actually Takes Place on the Cross?

David Short responds below:

If viewing by email, you will have to go to the website to see the video.
How Do you Respond When People Say that Science has Buried God?

Check out David Short's response below:

If viewing by email go to the website.
You will be Amazed!

Watch the whole thing, it is definitely worth it:

If viewing by email go to my website.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Missional Living 101

Some practical tips on how to build relationships with non-Christians and how to flee the Christian sub-culture.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Gospel Coalition Workshops

The workshops are now online.

Two of the workshops are available in video (as well as audio):
The rest of the sessions are available in audio only:
Three of the sessions had corrupt audio, and the files are being worked on. It may be some time, however, before they become available:
  • Michael Bullmore, "The Functional Centrality of the Gospel"
  • Tim Savage, "Power in Weakness: The Heart of Gospel Ministry"
  • Scotty Smith, "A Biblical Theology of Worship: On Preference and Other Matters"
HT: Justin Taylor

Friday, April 24, 2009

Youth Ministry Rock Stars!

This video speaks for itself:

Ignatius from travis hawkins on Vimeo.

HT: Kerux

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

On the City

Get this for your church community. You won't regret it.

For those on email, you will have to go to my blog.
The Office Musical

HT: Cawley

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Witness to the Power of the Gospel

Kathy Ireland shares her story here.

HT: Ray Ortlund

Friday, April 17, 2009

Move In Conference

Porn Again Christian: A Frank Discussion on Pornography and Masturbation

This book by Mark Driscoll I have found to be very helpful. It is the best modern book on this subject that I know of. It is a courageous book that speaks very powerfully to issues of lust, masturbation, and pornography. I think that this is the major issue that is keeping men from being the spiritual leaders that God would have them be. If you are a male I highly recommend you read it and give it to others that you know. It is available for free to read online, or to print out or email as a PDF. There is also an option of buying copies at a cheap price. I have bought some and given them out to friends and have received very positive feedback.

Update: Mark Driscoll's scriptural support in this book for oral sex from the Song of Songs is weak. See John MacArthur's four part series called:
Calvin on Pride

"And let it be understood that, by his being made of earth and clay, a restraint was laid upon pride; since nothing is more absurd than for creatures to glory in their excellence who not only inhabit a cottage of clay but who are themselves composed partly of dust and ashes"

John Calvin, On the Christian Faith (New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1957), 37.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Schreiner, Seifrid, and Vickers Assess Piper-Wright Debate

Yesterday, Tom Schreiner, Mark Seifrid, Brian Vickers, and Denny Burk had a conversation with the students of Boyce College about Paul’s doctrine of justification. In particular, they discussed Tom Wright’s new book Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision, which is largely a response to John Piper’s 2007 book The Future of Justification: A Response to N. T. Wright. For more info and to listen to the audio, go here.


Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Videos

One video discusses what Easter Is and one discusses the historical reliability of Jesus' resurrection.

THAT'S EASTER Life to Death from St Helen’s Church on Vimeo.

THAT'S EASTER Death to Life from St Helen’s Church on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Does Satan Exist? A Debate Between Mark Driscoll, Deepak Chopra and Others

I have really enjoyed listening to this debate featuring Pastor Mark Driscoll, founding pastor, Mars Hill Church, and Annie Lobert, executive director of “Hookers for Jesus” for the existence of Satan versus Dr. Deepak Chopra and liberal pastor Bishop Carlton Pearson against the existence of Satan. Go here to view the debate.
Does the God of Christianity Exist and What Difference Does it Make? A Debate

I have enjoyed listening to this debate between Christopher Hitchens, Lee Strobel, William Lane Craig, Douglas Wilson and Jim Denison.

Tim Keller on MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

If viewing by email, you may have to go to my blog.

HT: Denny Burk

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Need Help With Your Prayer Life?

Let these books (besides the Psalms) serve as inspiration and fuel for your your own prayers:

The Book of Common Prayer 1552 Edition (Evangelical)

The Pastor in Prayer by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie

The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions by Arthur Bennett

Friday, April 03, 2009

Collision Movie: The Debate Between Christopher Hitchens and Douglas Wilson

I am looking forward to when this movie comes out. Check out a couple previews below (if viewing by email you will have to go to my website):

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Something Random...

Monday, March 30, 2009

Advice for New Christians by J.I. Packer

JI Packer Speaks To New Christians from Mike Anderson on Vimeo.

If viewing by email, you may have to go to:


Thursday, March 19, 2009

First Steps for Beginning Preachers

Colin Adams of Unashamed Workman gives the following very helpful advice:

1. Preach, preach, preach

2. Take on a variety of texts (psalms, prophecy, narrative, epistles), but don’t be too brave too early (eg. consecutive studies through Revelation!)

3. Continue to read formal instruction on expository preaching

4. Listen to a variety of good preachers, and learn things from each of them

5. Get feedback

6. Learn something every time, and work on that area next time

7. Pray for conversions

8. Read theology, especially biblical theology

9. Begin with the tried and tested styles of preaching, then begin to adapt to your own style

10. Guard yourself against pride and despondency, the two most common pitfalls

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Canada's Best Preaching Workshop Coming to Toronto

Imagine taking time out to be refreshed, encouraged, and strengthened in community with other fellow preachers for two and a half days to learn more about expository preaching, to see it modeled by world class expositors, and to receive valuable feedback in small groups.

This is the Simeon Trust Exposition Workshop that is very new to Toronto (see also other locations if you are not near Toronto).

The instructors (David Short and David Helm) have been hand picked for their experience, for their giftedness, and for their faithfulness to preaching God's Word.

There is something here for the pastor in training to the pastor of 25 years.

Register today online or by phone/email:

call or email Doug Kelley at Georgetown Alliance Church at (905) 873-0249,

Date: March 25-27, 2009

Workshop Location: Richview Baptist Church

1548 Kipling Avenue

Etobicoke, ON M9R 4A3

(416) 247-8701

Monday, March 09, 2009

Amazing Windsurfing Footage in Tenerife

(if you are viewing this via email, you may have to go to the website itself)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

12 Year Old Speaks Out Against Abortion

HT: BaylyBlog
The Shack: Various Reviews

Here is a very helpful video by Mark Driscoll:

Here is an excellent review by an Australian fellow.

Here is an excellent review by Canadian Tim Challies.

Here is a good review by Gerald Hiestand.

is a good review by Douglas Wilson.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

How's Your Daily Diet?

Our makeup of our spiritual diet will impact our spiritual walk. Lionel Windsor from Australia makes a compelling case from the Scriptures themselves that our diet and our church's diet should reflect the following:

Read the whole article here.
Mark Driscoll on CNN

Quote of the Day

“The gospel, by telling us Jesus died for us, is also really insulting. It tells us that we are so wicked that only the death of the Son of God could save us. This offends the modern cult of self-expression and the popular belief in the innate goodness of humanity.”

- Timothy Keller, The Message of Romans (Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 2003), 2.

HT: Of First Importance

Monday, February 09, 2009

English Bible Translations Compared

HT: ESV Bible Blog

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Toronto Pastors Conference

: Mark Dever
Date: June 1-3
Location: Richview Baptist Church, Toronto
Registration: Check back soon to the website for more info...

Who are the Speakers for the Toronto Pastors Conference?

Mark Dever will be the keynote speaker for this year's conference. Mark is pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, leader of 9Marks ministries, and author of several great books (including Nine Marks of a Healthy Church and The Deliberate Church).

Breakout sessions will be led by various pastors.

What Will the Conference be About?

The goal is to cultivate and encourage churches to reflect the character of God, something we believe they will do as they institute several, often-overlooked biblical practices. We will present six main sessions on building healthy (that is, biblical) churches. Primarily, these sessions are for pastors, church leaders, and seminarians, but registration is open to all eager to learn about how healthy churches glorify God.

What Will I Hear?

Our goal is not to make your church look just like ours. It’s to say, 'Here are the biblical principles. Here is how we have applied them. Now you have to figure out how to apply them in your location.'

The six Workshop sessions are divided into the following parts:


Session 1: Displaying God’s Glorious Gospel


Session 2: Preaching & Biblical Theology
Session 3: Gospel, Conversion & Evangelism
Session 4: Membership, Discipline, and Discipleship
Session 5: Leadership

Life Together

Session 6: Covenanting Together

In all six, we aim to present pastors and church leaders with a little theory and a little practice, kind of like moving between your high school chemistry lecture room and the laboratory. Pastors want to 'get the point'—that’s the theory. But they also want to know how to 'get the church from here to there'—that’s the practice.

We will aim to address both. We also try to build in lots of time for Q&A.
The Gospel, Social Action, and the Poor

There are some very helpful articles that I have come across.

Tony Payne from Australia has a helpful 3 part series here.

Timothy Keller also has an excellent article here.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Desiring God Pastor's Conference Messages

The Need for Evangelism
Desiring God 2009 Conference for Pastors
February 2, 2009
Mark Dever

A Shepherd and His Unregenerate Sheep
Desiring God 2009 Conference for Pastors
February 3, 2009
Matt Chandler

The Pastor and Evangelism
Desiring God 2009 Conference for Pastors
February 3, 2009
Mark Dever

"I Will Not Be a Velvet-Mouthed Preacher!”
The Life and Ministry of George Whitefield: Living and Preaching as Though God Were Real (Because He Is)
February 3, 2009
John Piper

The Church and Evangelism
Desiring God 2009 Conference for Pastors
February 3, 2009
Mark Dever

Missions as Fasting
The Forsaking of Things Present for the Global Exaltation of Christ
February 4, 2009
Michael Oh
Read | Listen | Watch | Download

HT: Challies
Beale Interview on the Current Challenges to Inerrancy

I just listened to this the other night and found it very very interesting. One thing that hit home was the fact that many biblical scholars compromise concerning inerrancy, not because of intellectual reasons, but because of sociological reasons: fear of conflict and the desire to fit in to one's environment:

Greg Beale and Carl Trueman join the Christ the Center discussion forum to talk about inerrancy and evangelicalism.

Mark Dever's Talks from the Desiring God Pastor's Conference

Part 1: Three Reasons to Share the Gospel
Part 2: Five Things That Aren't Evangelism
Part 3: The Church and Evangelism

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Dear Brothers in Ministry,

I’d like to tell you about a Preaching Workshop being held in the GTA from March 25th to 27th. This workshop is sponsored by the Charles Simeon Trust and has been designed to help men fulfill their calling to accurately and effectively preach the Word of God.

This year’s workshop is being held at Richview Baptist Church in Etobicoke. Our instructors, David Helm and David Short will focus on preaching the book of Luke. The Workshop will be divided into three sections. We will receive instruction on preaching, we will prepare two sermon outlines which will be evaluated by our peers and we will hear modeled for us clear and inspiring preaching of God's Word.

Let me encourage you to set these two and a half days aside to hone your preaching skills and be encouraged and motivated in the work of preaching to which the Lord has called us. For more information or to discuss the details of the workshop please feel free to call Pastor Doug Kelley at 905-873-0249. To register you can go to the Charles Simeon Trust website. We will be making arrangements for discount rates in nearby hotels so please be sure you check your registration confirmation for this important information.

I hope you will be able to take advantage of this opportunity for fellowship and instruction. Please forward this post to those whom you think would benefit.

God bless!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Religion Bad. Atheism Good.

The following is my unpublished letter of my response to Stephen Marche's weekend opinion piece in the National Post, one of Canada's national papers:

Stephen Marche writes of "religion's inherent toxicity," but is it right to lump all "religion" together under one category? If one religion teaches: "love your enemies and pray for those persecute you" (Mt. 5:44) and another teaches "When the sacred forbidden months for fighting are past, fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, beleaguer them, and lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war" (Qur'an 9:5), are they the same? Would those helped in India by William Carey and Mother Teresa and those helped in Africa by World Vision consider all religion toxic? In fact, atheist and secular regimes in the twentieth century alone have killed well over 100 million people, more than one hundred times the total deaths caused by Christians from the Crusades until the present (See R.J. Rummel, Statistics of Democide, U of Virgina Press, 1997).

Second, the author says that "Christians have faith. Athiests and humanists have reason." However, the apostle Paul himself considered faith as trust in what is true (cf. his belief in the historicity of the resurrection, 1 Cor. 15:3-8). Faith is not belief in what some one knows not to be true, but trust in what is reasonable true.

Nick Hill
Toronto, ON

Friday, January 16, 2009

Rethinking Retirement

John Piper's new book is available online free as a pdf here.

HT: Andy Naselli

Monday, January 12, 2009

Spiritual Life Convention in Toronto: January 18-21 2009

Every year at People's Church Toronto this conference brings in world class Bible preachers/teachers to refresh your soul and increase your love for Jesus Christ.

Here are the Details:

Speaker: Colin Smith
Date: Jan 18-21
Times: Sunday evening 6 pm; Monday to Wednesday 7:30 pm
Location: The Peoples Church; 374 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, ON
Messages: Rescued from Sin (Rom 8:1-11)
Rescued from Fear (Rom 8:12-17)
Rescued from Frustration (Rom 8:18-27)
Rescued from Forever (Rom 8:28-39)

I encourage you to come and to bring someone with you.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

It's Amazing...

It's amazing how much of the Bible you can take in if you really want to. I have been listening to Max MacLean read the ESV Bible as I drive around Toronto doing errands, going to work, etc. Right now I am focusing on the book of Romans. I am currently on my third time through and I hope to listen through it 30 times and then pick another book, probably 1 Corinthians, then 2 Corinthians, and then Revelation after that.

I have also started the Bible reading plan located in the new ESV Study Bible. It is about 30 minutes a day (around 4 chapters a day) and I will read the Bible through this year (I think I will read the Psalms twice).

We make time for what we value. If you don't know the Bible, its because you do not want to or do not desire it.

With all the different ways that we can take in the Bible nowadays, I challenge you to make the Bible central in your life this year.

It is through the Bible that we hear God speak to us (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and in responding to this Word in confession, repentance, faith, and obedience we develop a relationship with our Creator, Redeemer, and Father.

Take up and Read (or Listen!)

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Job Opportunity

The camp that I first heard the gospel at has a full time year round position available: Boys Camp Director. I would love to see a faithful, godly man fill this position. Please pass this on to anyone who fits this description and loves the outdoors.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

What is Prophecy and Has it Ceased?

A while back, Jim Hamilton shows exegetically why the position advocated by Wayne Grudem and others looks wanting.
So, Aren't We All Cessationists (at least on this point)

A while back, Jim Hamilton, a professor of Biblical Theology at SBTS argues this exegetically (which many think is impossible). He is very convincing.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Ten Questions to Ask at the Start of this Year

Don Whitney states the following:

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God.

1. What's one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?

2. What's the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?

3. What's the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?

4. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?

5. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?

6. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?

7. For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?

8. What's the most important way you will, by God's grace, try to make this year different from last year?

9. What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?

10. What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?

Do You Love Jesus Christ?

John Piper explores this topic in his new Taste and See article here.