Monthly Archives: March 2011

Free Getty Hymn Downloads

Keith and Kristyn Getty are giving away three free downloads of hymns they have written. The three free hymns are: Behold the Lamb (Communion Hymn), The Power of the Cross, and Come, People of the Risen King.

I can’t wait to hear them at the upcoming Gospel Coalition Conference in Chicago.

HT: Tim Challies

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Posted by on March 22, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Moving away from Japan?

I have read on numerous sites about the dilemma of sending people into Japan to aid with the recovery effort from the destruction wrought by the Earthquake and Tsunami.  This is no doubt due to the radiation fears from the failing nuclear facilities.

I have read about missionaries moving even farther away from the destruction zone even though they were outside the radius area that was evacuated because of radiation fears.

I know what I am about to say might offend some people. And I will not argue with anyone who says my reflections are easy to make while living in the relative ease of Tennessee. Nevertheless here goes…

What I see demonstrated in the life of Jesus Christ is a move towards suffering. Jesus came into our world of suffering. He did not move away from it. He put himself squarely into the heart of it. Jesus not only put himself at risk, but he did finally lay down his life for his others (Mark 10:45).

In order to follow Jesus Christ we must take up our cross and follow him and we must be willing to lose our lives for his sake.

“Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it’ (Matt 16:24-25) .”

Most of us know that Japan has been historically a nation hardened to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here is a once in a lifetime opportunity to show the love of Jesus Christ and I am not sure if it is going to seized and taken by Christians.

Jesus said in John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Resurgence Catalogs Rob Bell Coverage

The Resurgence website has put up a post of the coverage of Rob Bell’s new book. Check out the good analysis.

Above is an interview where Rob Bell is pressed about whether excepting Jesus in this life is important if as Bell argues in his book everyone will be saved eventually whether in this life or the next. Notice how Bell evades answering the question with clarity. If in fact everyone is saved in the end, then responding to Jesus in this life may result in some blessings sooner rather than later, but everyone eventually finds blessing and responding to Jesus in this life is not all that terribly important.

As moving and powerful as Rob Bell can be when he is faithful, I cannot recommend him at all because of his continued departure away from biblical faithfulness.

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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Challies Reviews Bell’s “Love Wins”

Tim Challies reviews Rob Bell’s new book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever LivedBell’s promo for the book spurred much debate about whether or not Bell rejects the Historic Biblical view of hell, especially at Justin Taylor’s blog, Between Two Worlds (almost 1500 posts so far). I have found that Trevin Wax’s summary of his own interest in Rob Bell is similar to my own.

In all I have listened to about 50 of his sermons. I found some of his sermons to be extremely powerful and biblical. In addition to this I checked out many of his early Nooma videos, and I found them very engaging. Yet for every faithful sermon, I also would listen to another sermon which did not seem to be so faithful. More often though the issue was his ability to not answer questions directly. There was always so much mystery. There was often a sense of a let down after a dramatic beginning.

Bell’s trajectory moved away from my own. More and more, his sermons became less and less fruitful for me. The book does not release until March 15 to the general public. My recommendation is that you wait till you can check it out from the library. And in the meantime, read the Bible and see what it says about heaven, hell, and the fate of every person who has ever lived.

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Posted by on March 11, 2011 in Uncategorized


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A Bible Feast

I absolutely cannot wait to attend the 2011 Gospel Coalition Conference in Chicago in April.

Check out the conference schedule for all the activities.

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Posted by on March 4, 2011 in Uncategorized