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Kissing Pigs & Church Attendance

pigI just received the State Baptist Paper.  I usually skim the paper quickly to see if there are any articles of interest or help in it.  On the last page I found a picture of a pastor holding a pig in a  corporate worship service.

It turns out that the pastor made a challenge to the congregation he shepherds that if they could get 150 people in Sunday School, he would kiss a pig.  The church responded by having 157 show up.

How sad it is that it takes pastor pledging to kiss pigs to encourage people to invite people to come to church.  What ever happened to inviting people to church for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ?  Is this reason alone not good enough?  What ever happened to invting people to church in the hopes they might hear the gospel and be convicted of their sins through solid biblical preaching and in the hopes that some might turn to Christ in faith?

How can worship have the gravitas it must and include stunts where in a matter of minutes the pastor who brings a prophetic word from God to God’s people is up front kissing pigs?  It just does not compute.

Maybe this is just another example of why many pastors feel disconnected with current fellowships of churches and are looking for alternative networks of gospel ministers and churches.

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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The Gospel Coalition | Are Yahweh and Allah the same deity?

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Posted by on April 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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The Gospel Coalition–Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?


Bryan Chapell on water baptism as a necessity for salvation in Jesus Christ.

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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The Gospel Coalition–What is the Gospel?

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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About the Gospel Coalition


To those at Westwood who are interested in the Conference I attended this past week in Chicago, here is an introductory video. I will post more as I get some time this week.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Two valuable audio resources

waynegrudempicture            horton1

I just saw where Justin Taylor has linked to audio resorces from Dr. Michael Horton and Dr. Wayne Grudem.  Both are audio works of their Sunday School classes where each are teaching through systematic theology.  Seminary education for free!


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Posted by on April 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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It is almost here…

I am looking forward to next week when a friend and I will be heading up to Chicago to attend the GCC. Check out the Gospel Coalition website to find a wealth of resources.

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

The Creation Groans

This past Friday, at least one Tornado barreled through Murfreesboro.  It initially touched down in Western Murfreesboro, but stayed down for a significant time as it moved more into Northern Murfreesboro.  This was my first experience with a Tornado as it touched down about less than 2 minutes from our neighborhood.  All five in my clan were huddled in our doorstairs bathroom during the storm. In this video tribute, you will see that many did not come out so well.  Additionally, a mother and infant daughter, Kori and Olivia were killed in the storm.  Murfreesboro Police, Fire and Rescue, EMS, Churches, and ‘Boro Citizens have responded wonderfully.  Here is a video tribute:

Romans 8:18-25

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope  that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.  For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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“Rapid salvations”

“Do you know why so many professing Christians are like the thorny ground? It is because processes have been omitted which would have gone far to alter the condition of things.  It was the husbandman’s business to uproot the throns, or burn them on the spot.  Years ago, when people were converted, there used to be such a thing as conviction of sin.  The great subsoil plough of soul-anguish was used to tear deep into the soul.  Fire also burned in the mind with exceeding heat: as men saw sin, and felt its dreadful results, the love of it was burned out of them.  But now we are dinned with braggings about rapid salvations.  As for myself, I believe in instantaneous conversions, and I am glad to see them; but I am still more glad when I see a thorough work of grace, a deep sense of sin, and an effectual wounding by the law.  We shall never get rid of thorns with ploughs that scratch the surface (Quoted from Iain Murray in The Forgotten Spurgeon, 106). 

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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The Champs!

While it was a struggle to endure the past college football season (I am a Tennessee Volunteer fan), it was a delight to have my favorite college basketball team crowned as champions.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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