Monday, April 30, 2007
A Mormon on Responding to PBS Series
Today, Maurine Proctor writes about how Mormons should respond to the PBS series: "On the Frontline: PBS Documentary The Mormons." Her piece provides a lot of insight into how Mormons themselves will perceive this week's PBS documentary series. Here is an excerpt:

It is at this fascinating moment that the most comprehensive, thorough and lengthy production ever created about the Church is going to air on PBS. In two hours each on Monday and Tuesday night, April 30, and May 1, The Mormons, will air as an unprecedented collaboration between two PBS news series, “Frontline” and “American Experience.” As the documentary unfolds, will Latter-day Saints cringe in dismay or nod in recognition? Will we feel misrepresented or see ourselves in a way that feels familiar and accurate, saying, “Yes, that’s me. We have been defined with a sure brush stroke.” Word from those who have had advance screenings is that there will be moments of both.

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SnapShots?
Joe Thorn's thoughts on SnapShots have been making their rounds through the blogosphere. While I am currently using this program, I am more than willing to reconsider. What do you think? Here is what Thorn says:

To all the bloggers out there who are using the SnapShots link preview feature on their blogs. We hate it. It makes looking through your blog less enjoyable. No, it’s worse than that - it annoys us. In fact, 10 out of 10 blog readers surveyed say the SnapShot feature discourages them from returning to a blog (I made that up). Don’t believe that most people find it annoying? If you use it, take a poll on your blog and ask. Or you can just do the right thing and disable the feature.

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Thursday, April 26, 2007
MacArthur Revisited
What are you doing reading my blog?!?!?

Go over to the Illumination blog and continue reading Waldron's response to MacArthur’s Millennial Manifesto--now!

Chapter 1: John MacArthur Is My Friend!
Chapter 1: Supplementary Excursus--Supersessionism and Replacement Theology
Chapter 2: All Calvinists Should Be What?!!!
Chapter 3: MacArthur Versus Church History!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Responding to MacArthur's Anti-Amillennial Sermon
the door in heavenSam Waldron has finally begun a detailed response to MacArthur's notorious message against amillennialism over at the Illumination blog: "MacArthur’s Millennial Manifesto." I really look forward to following this series! Here is his introduction:

I am going to try something new over the next couple of weeks in this blog. I have just now named it “blog a book.” I am responding to MacArthur’s recent introductory sermon at the 2007 Shepherds’ Conference. You can help me write this response by your comments and input. So here goes with Chapter 1.

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USA Today on Rising Mormon Publicity
Yesterday's USA Today includes a story on the rising presence of Mormonism in the public square: "Mormon story opens up." A brief piece, it focuses on the two new productions I have mentioned before--September Dawn and The Mormons (the PBS special). I definitely plan on watching both. In any case, I look forward to the increasing discussion on Mormon history and contemporary life. Here is the report's introduction:

In their 180-year history, Mormons have evolved from a reviled and persecuted people in exile to a religious group that produces top leaders in business and politics.

New films, books and the presidential campaign of Mormon Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, are bringing Mormonism into sharper focus on the national scene. The question: Will closer examination hasten society's embrace of this group or reinforce longstanding fears?

"We tend to use elections as a way to hold national seminars on religion," says Alan Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center for Religion & American Public Life at Boston College. The candidacies of John F. Kennedy and Sen. Joe Lieberman triggered "seminars" on Catholicism and Orthodox Judaism.

"This is our seminar moment for Mormonism," Wolfe says.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Images of Jesus, Part 2
Last week, I mentioned a new series in the Reformed Perspectives Magazine on images of Jesus Christ. This week, the second part has been posted: "The Truth About Images of Jesus and the Second Commandment." Often an overlooked issue, I believe that this is a question we should reexamine in light of Scripture.

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Monday, April 23, 2007
Religion and Ethics Show on Mormonism
Over the weekend, PBS' Religion and Ethics Newsweekly included a piece on Mormonism. While it was fairly introductory in nature, it does briefly summarize the disagreements which exist between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the historic Christian faith. You can watch the video online or read the transcript through the R&E site.

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Friday, April 20, 2007
Upcoming Event
I am honored to be involved in an upcoming missions conference in Kentucky later this year. If you can, make plans to attend this September! Here is more information from Matt Perry's blog:

Each Homecoming weekend at the end of September, our church holds our Annual Missions Conference. This year, the conference will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2007. The theme will be “From Our Neighborhoods to the Nations” and will have one representative from our Judea, Jerusalem, Samaria, and the Ends of the Earth. Last year was a tremendous success with Jim Smith (DOM, Boone’s Creek Association), Randy Foster (Kentucky Baptist Convention), J. D Payne (Missions School Professor, Southern Seminary), and David Sills (former missionary to Ecuador, missions professor at Southern). Our people left with a tremendous burden to reach Eastern Canada for Christ.

This year, the line-up looks just as promising because I know the Lord is at work in these men:


Please be in prayer over this — and if you can, plan on attending. It takes place from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Ryan Bolger and Alan Roxburgh on Missional Churches
If you want to learn more about where the missional / emerging church movement is going, be sure to check out the new video interview between Ryan Bolger and Alan Roxburgh. Here is the description:

The Allelon Netcast What is Missional Church? series continues with this video - a conversation between Fuller Associate Professor Ryan Bolger and Alan Roxburgh. Ryan talks about the emerging church in light of the missional conversation - citing the research done by he and fellow Fuller Prof, Eddie Gibbs in their book Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Cultures. He also shares his own spiritual journey in this engaging conversation.

The second half of this Allelon Netcast interview will be released in May, with Ryan and Al discussing the Allelon Missional Schools Project. In light of that conversation, we would also recommend you read Ryan and Mark Lau Branson's paper: Missional Theology For Evangelical Seminaries - A Discussion Paper, which we mentioned in our last update.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Christianity and Truth
Over at the Pyromaniacs blog, Dan Phillips has written a great post on the centrality of truth in Christianity: "Why truth matters." Briefly expositing 2 John, Phillips reminds us that our faith is established on apostolic doctrine, beliefs we must be zealous to defend.

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Monday, April 16, 2007
Images of Jesus
In this week's issue of the Reformed Perspectives Magazine, Justin Griffin begins a series of five parts: "The Truth About Images of Jesus and the Second Commandment." An online version of his book, it promises to be a helpful examination of a very controversial topic. In light of the second commandment, should Christians portray Jesus Christ in pictures and/or art? To begin thinking through an answer, I suggest reading through this series with me.

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Saturday, April 14, 2007
Thinking Blogger Awards
I obviously don't deserve this honor, but I have been selected for the Thinking Blogger Award. And I've been so busy that it has taken me over a week to post about it! In any case, I thank Granny for nominating me!

Here are the participation rules:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn't fit your blog).

I decided to choose five blogs that are not well known but worth reading:

1) Steve Cowan. Cowan's a busy man and only posts occasionally, but I always enjoy reading what he has to say. After all, he edited the Zondervan Counterpoints book on Apologetics!
2) Jeff Downs. Jeff is a great apologetics and cult resource man. Unfortunately, he also is a Presbyterian and thinks that sprinkling babies is biblical. I guess I'll forgive him!
3) Kevin Larson. A great friend and a person who always holds my feet to the fire, challenging me to think through how we as Christians should engage our culture.
4) Jonathan Moorhead. I enjoy Jonathan's blog, but wish he'd finally abandon dispensationalism! Regardless, he has a good mix of humor and solid theological insight.
5) Matt Perry. Matt is a friend who graduated from seminary and is now pastoring a church. He's also another "Weird Al" fan--a rare breed for us evangelicals!

Make sure to check these blogs out!

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Thursday, April 12, 2007
LDS Church Responds to Woodward Article
Today, the newsroom for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a response to Kenneth Woodward's New York Times editorial piece on Mitt Romney and Mormonism: "The Mormon Moment." While there is obviously an element of spin in their response, they basically confirm the core claims made by Woodward. After reading the original editorial, this reply is definitely worth checking out.

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Worldview Confrontation
Yesterday, I defined and developed the concept of a worldview. Now we need to apply this understanding to our lives as followers of Christ.

Christians are called by God to contrast our worldview against the false worldviews of others, proclaiming our faith to all people. Jesus Christ said, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters” (Matthew 12:30). Hence, there is no neutrality. No individual thinks or acts apart from his or her worldview. One’s worldview is either based on Jesus Christ and his revelation or on a faulty foundation of rebellion against him. The Apostle Paul expresses this truth regarding humanity’s state since the Fall: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth” (Romans 1:18, emphasis added). People are not ignorant of God. They reject his authority and suppress his truth in their rejection of him. Thus, followers of Christ are enlisted to warn others of their standing before God, pleading with them to turn from their sinfulness and to embrace Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. In other words, we are to engage in worldview confrontation.

How are we to accomplish this task? By contrasting our views in the four fundamental worldview elements. In the area of creation, we address questions such as: Did the universe begin? If so, how? Does God exist? What is humanity and how do we relate to God? How do humans relate to each other (in the matters of racial differences and gender differences)? What is the world made of? What can we know about the world and God? When referring to the Fall, we answer questions regarding what is wrong with the world: Why aren’t things the way they should be? How can we improve the world? Then we turn to the element of redemption and ask: Is there a solution to the problems in the world? If so, what is it? Lastly, we examine the concept of restoration and answer: What purpose is there in the world? What does the future hold? Obviously, some of our answers cover multiple areas. Addressing the concept of time (linear or circular) could be seen in the spheres of creation and restoration, or more likely all aspects of a worldview. Thus, we bring all areas of a worldview to bear when speaking with others. When those we are talking with give unbiblical answers to these questions, we show them that they are wrong and inconsistent in their worldview. Then we tell them about God’s truth as manifested in his revealed worldview.

However, this contrast is not only to be given in personal conversations. Christians are to engage every part of culture. In today’s world, our engagement must include the media outlets that supply news and information to our societies. Of course, most news reports are not going to convey a fully formulated worldview. At the same time, they will address at least one aspect of a worldview. Worldview confrontation includes media analysis. Christians must not simply be passive recipients of news and information. Our Lord has called us to be salt and light in this fallen world (Matthew 5:13-16). He leads us to address whatever important worldview issues are raised by the media outlets and to relate them to his truth.

Nevertheless, scrutinizing newspaper articles, television reports, etc. can become complicated. We will not only seek to understand the worldview of the story, but we will also have to deal with the worldview of the reporter. Therefore, two levels of worldview are working together to produce news. For example, suppose I were reading about a story of radical Muslims in the Middle East. I may interact with a worldview issue in Islamic fundamentalism, but I will also simultaneously be learning about this issue through the worldview of a Western reporter. People often recognize blatant examples of a reporter’s worldview when they think a piece is biased. In a sense, a reporter is always biased, using his or her worldview to inform us of new information. When these worldview layers are recognized, they both need to be assessed in media worldview confrontation.

Believers in Christ are to be faithful in following their Savior, freely proclaiming the truth of Christianity. This proclamation will inevitably lead to analyzing and confronting other worldviews. Whether we are speaking with our next-door neighbor or we are engaging the media, our responsibility is to remain faithful to God and his revelation in every area of our lives and our world.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Developing a Worldview
By its very nature, Christianity is an exclusive religion. Why? Because Christianity claims to hold the truth that explains all of reality. Consequently, the Christian faith is also a worldview. Nancy Pearcey explains, “To say that Christianity is the truth about total reality means that it is a full-orbed worldview. The term means literally a view of the world, a biblically informed perspective on all reality. A worldview is like a mental map that tells us how to navigate the world effectively. It is the imprint of God’s objective truth on our inner life.”[1] Christianity is not bound to the private sphere of personal beliefs and preferences; it encompasses every aspect of our world and lives.

What exactly is a worldview? James Sire provides a classic definition: “A worldview is a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true, or entirely false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic makeup of our world.”[2] Ronald Nash summarizes: “A worldview, then, is a conceptual scheme that contains our fundamental beliefs; it is also the means by which we interpret and judge reality.”[3] As thinking beings, every individual has a worldview. Even if a person is unconscious of it, he or she has certain assumptions and beliefs which provide the necessary framework for one to think, reason, and evaluate.

Worldviews vary from person to person. However, their common core has been somewhat elusive to determine. Different philosophers, theologians, and apologists construct the basic elements of a worldview in various ways. Sire maintains that a worldview comes from answers to seven questions: 1) What is prime reality—the really real? 2) What is the nature of external reality, that is, the world around us? 3) What is a human being? 4) What happens to a person at death? 5) Why is it possible to know anything at all? 6) How do we know what is right and wrong? and 7) What is the meaning of human history?[4] Nash claims that worldviews contain at least five clusters of beliefs, what one believes about: 1) God, 2) metaphysics or ultimate reality, 3) epistemology or knowledge, 4) ethics, and 5) human nature.[5]

As valuable as these kinds of schemes are, Christians will more properly conceptualize a worldview by turning to God’s revelation in Scripture. In the Bible, God reveals himself and his truth through history. The Bible reveals an overarching story of redemption. Encapsulating all of reality, this story establishes the core of the Christian worldview. Therefore, a worldview is essentially a metanarrative, an all-encompassing story about all of reality. With this in mind, Pearcey includes three basic elements in a worldview: 1) creation, 2) fall, and 3) redemption.[6] These fundamentals bring us closer to a clear understanding of the components of a worldview, but Reformed theologians often include four elements in the biblical history of redemption: 1) creation, 2) fall, 3) redemption, and 4) restoration. While admitting her background in studying Dutch Reformed thinkers,[7] Pearcey seems to collapse redemption and restoration into one category. I believe this is unnecessary and potentially problematic. Given the eschatological tension with which we currently live in through this age, it remains important to distinguish between redemption and restoration, the “already” and the “not yet” of God’s redemptive plan.

Therefore, a worldview consists of four fundamental characteristics: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. This understanding is not opposed to other worldview systems—it can actually complement them well. For example, Sire’s questions all fall within these four areas (sometimes in multiple categories): Creation includes questions 1-3 and 5-6; the Fall includes questions 3 and 6; redemption includes questions 4 and 6; and restoration includes questions 4, 6, and 7. Nash’s four clusters can also be reconfigured within this biblical framework. In any case, Scripture provides us with the structure we need to understand the composition of worldviews.

How do Christians apply these insights when engaging our culture? Lord willing, I'll answer this practical question tomorrow.


[1]Nancy Pearcey, Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2004), 23. Emphasis in original.
[2]James W. Sire, The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog, 3rd ed. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997), 16.
[3]Ronald H. Nash, Life’s Ultimate Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1999), 14.
[4]Sire, 17-18.
[5]Nash, 14-17.
[6]Pearcey, 44-46.
[7]Ibid, 26.

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Dallas Theological Seminary on the Emerging Church
Dallas Theological Seminary has a helpful podcast worth subscribing to: DTS Dialogue–Issues of God in Culture. According to their site:

DTS Dialogue is an informal, quick release, pre-recorded discussion among Dallas Seminary faculty and staff about relevant topics on Christian ministry. We believe that thoughtful, cultural engagement is imperative in today’s world. Loving our neighbor means we must know what is going on in the neighborhood.

Their latest series is on the Emerging Church Movement. Check out the first discussion with Mark L. Bailey, Mark H. Heinemann, Glenn R. Kreider, and Andrew B. Seidel.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007
The Latest on Jose de Jesus Miranda
Yesterday, Johnny Navarro and David Fairchild spoke with Gene Cook on the Narrow Mind to discuss Jose de Jesus Miranda and his Growing in Grace cult: "The Puertorican Jesus 04.09.07 Show #783." For those interested, this show is fascinating listening!

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Monday, April 09, 2007
Woodward on Mormon President
The New York Times included an op-ed piece by Kenneth Woodward on Mormon Presidential candidate Mitt Romney: "The Presidency’s Mormon Moment." I thought it was a very thoughtful and informative article. Here are his opening thoughts:

In May, Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2008 Republican presidential hopeful, will give the commencement address at Pat Robertson’s Regent University. What better opportunity for Mr. Romney to discuss the issue of his Mormon faith before an audience of evangelicals?

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An Emergent Manifesto of Hope?
Roger Overton over at the A-Team Blog has an informative review of the latest salvo from emergent leaders in his post: "Book Review: An Emergent Manifesto of Hope." Rating this book 6 out of ten, he concludes with the following:

One thing that should become clear to readers of this book is that the Emergent Church is not, nor is it seeking to be, a monolithic movement. Voices in this book range in their views of theology and the role of the Bible in their ministries- some calling the church to fulfill its biblical mandates and some others straying from biblical teaching.

An Emergent Manifesto of Hope is valuable in that it presents a variety of Emergent practices and theologies in the words of its promoters. Those who are looking to participate or to better understand the movement will benefit from reading the volume.

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Reformed Baptist Fellowship
How have I missed this blog for so long??? The Reformed Baptist Fellowship is literally a "who's who" of Reformed Baptist leaders today, including Richard Barcellos, Mark Chanski, Bob Gonzales, James Renihan, Jim Savastio, Geoffrey Thomas, Sam Waldron, and James White. Needless to say, this blog is now in my feedreader and my blogroll.

While checking it out, don't miss today's post by James Renihan: "Success is Simple." He writes about his visit to Lifechurch.tv. His conclusion?

In musing over this, the conclusion is really very easy to draw: success is simple. All you really need is a product that appeals to the contemporary culture, and this one really does. Lifechurch.tv has obviously hired the best available musicians, presents a contemporary message ‘relevant’ to the culture, makes its facilities accessible and familiar, and the result is a huge and growing movement. Anyone can do this. It takes money and talent, but the formula is uncomplicated. I admire the zeal of people like this, but question their wisdom.

But is success our goal? To be honest, I am shocked at how often outward success works its way into our minds—whether consciously or unconsciously. We evaluate ourselves and even others by criteria that belong in the board room rather than the prayer closet. While we may not seek after the kind of success evident at Lifechurch.tv, still we judge ourselves and one another similarly. I need to repent of this.

I must bring to mind the reality that the Lord does not call me to anything but faithfulness. My task is to follow His Word carefully and leave the results to Him. I know that many will say that this is simply an excuse and justifies my lack of ‘success.’ But I don’t think that is the case. Sadly, I have to leave the reasons for next time. May God give us light. Amen.

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Friday, April 06, 2007
Resurrection Day
In light of celebrating Jesus Christ's resurrection this Sunday, let us recall some relevant statements from the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith, Chapter 8--"Of Christ the Mediator":

4. This office the Lord Jesus did most willingly undertake, which that he might discharge he was made under the law, and did perfectly fulfil it, and underwent the punishment due to us, which we should have borne and suffered, being made sin and a curse for us; enduring most grievous sorrows in his soul, and most painful sufferings in his body; was crucified, and died, and remained in the state of the dead, yet saw no corruption: on the third day he arose from the dead with the same body in which he suffered, with which he also ascended into heaven, and there sitteth at the right hand of his Father making intercession, and shall return to judge men and angels at the end of the world.

5. The Lord Jesus, by his perfect obedience and sacrifice of himself, which he through the eternal Spirit once offered up unto God, hath fully satisfied the justice of God, procured reconciliation, and purchased an everlasting inheritance in the kingdom of heaven, for all those whom the Father hath given unto Him.

6. Although the price of redemption was not actually paid by Christ till after his incarnation, yet the virtue, efficacy, and benefit thereof were communicated to the elect in all ages, successively from the beginning of the world, in and by those promises, types, and sacrifices wherein he was revealed, and signified to be the seed which should bruise the serpent's head; and the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, being the same yesterday, and to-day and for ever.

7. Christ, in the work of mediation, acteth according to both natures, by each nature doing that which is proper to itself; yet by reason of the unity of the person, that which is proper to one nature is sometimes in Scripture, attributed to the person denominated by the other nature.

8. To all those for whom Christ hath obtained eternal redemption, he doth certainly and effectually apply and communicate the same, making intercession for them; uniting them to himself by his Spirit, revealing unto them, in and by his Word, the mystery of salvation, persuading them to believe and obey, governing their hearts by his Word and Spirit, and overcoming all their enemies by his almighty power and wisdom, in such manner and ways as are most consonant to his wonderful and unsearchable dispensation; and all of free and absolute grace, without any condition foreseen in them to procure it.

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Thursday, April 05, 2007
Missional Theology For Evangelical Seminaries
This week, a new paper was posted on the Allelon web site: "Missional Theology For Evangelical Seminaries - A Discussion Paper" by Mark Lau Branson and Ryan Bolger. The full paper is also available as a PDF. Here is their conclusion:

Evangelicals have served within Christendom as prophets calling those with other commitments to give their lives fully to God. They emphasized conversion, activism, the Bible, and the Cross. Now, in post-Christendom, the evangelical challenge is multiplied – the culture no longer understands nor reinforces these practices. Church leaders must express these tenets in new ways to be understood within the culture. Theological resources, such as recent reflections on the Trinity, on the Life of Jesus, on the eschatological people of God, serve the church well in this transition.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007
The Apologetics Study Bible Coming
Many know that I am not a huge fan of study Bibles--an old-fashioned black-ink only Bible is fine with me. Nevertheless, I am fascinated with a study Bible coming out later this year: The Apologetics Study Bible. A Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) with notes from some of the most respected apologists and philosophers in our day; I can't wait to check it out! Here is its description:

Real Questions. Straight Answers. Stronger Faith. The Apologetics Study Bible will help today’s Christians better understand, defend, and proclaim their beliefs in this age of increasing moral and spiritual relativism. More than one-hundred key questions and articles placed throughout the volume about faith and science prompt a rewarding study experience at every reading. Highlights of this new thinking person’s edition of God’s Word include the full text of the popular Holman Christian Standard Bible® translation, two-color page layout, an introduction to each Bible book focusing on its inherent elements of apologetics, and profiles of historic Christian apologists from Justin Martyr to C. S. Lewis. Also featured are valuable contributions from a who’s-who of modern apologists such as Chuck Colson, Norm Geisler, Hank Hanegraaff, Josh McDowell, Albert Mohler, Ravi Zacharias, J. P. Moreland, and Phil Johnson.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007
LDS on Upcoming PBS Special
Yesterday, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released an interesting preemptive statement in its newsroom: "PBS Film Likely to Cause Debate." This piece refers to the upcoming PBS Special: "The Mormons." From all appearances (and those involved in this documentary have kept a fairly tight lid on this project), this documentary should be groundbreaking. PBS is already taking pre-orders for the DVD (would anyone like to send me a copy as a graduation present?!?).

In any case, the following is an excerpt from the LDS newswroom:

A few scholars, including some who appear in the documentary, have seen substantial parts of the program.

Their initial reaction: Church leaders and members are extraordinarily eloquent in explaining the tenets of their faith. The film is not superficial, which is often a criticism leveled at television coverage.

However, some raised concern about what they feel is a disproportionate amount of time given to topics that are not central to the Church’s faith. For instance, polygamy comes in for extensive treatment in the first program, including substantial attention to present-day polygamous groups that have nothing to do with today’s Church. The time devoted to portrayals of modern fundamentalist polygamy seems inconsistent with the filmmaker's stated purposes of getting inside the LDS experience, and of exploding, rather than reinforcing, stereotypes.

Other scholars criticize what they say is an imbalance in the treatment of some topics, particularly the events at Mountain Meadows in 1857. One said the film provides a distorted and highly unbalanced account of Brigham Young and the Mountain Meadows Massacre alike.

Michael Purdy of the Church’s Public Affairs Department has followed the Whitney documentary closely for the past three years.

“The big question that members of the Church are asking is whether these programs will come close to capturing the essence of how Latter-day Saints define and see themselves,” he said.

“Will members look at these films and say, ‘yes, that’s me.’ Or will they look at it and say, ‘even after four hours, they missed the point.’ It comes down to both content and context and it is important that those closest to the faith see themselves in the portrayal.”

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Monday, April 02, 2007
New Series on the Emerging Church
Pastor Gary Hendrix recently gave a series of messages on the emerging church. Now, Grace Reformed Baptist Church has begun making the audio available through their site. The first message was challenging, and I look forward to hearing more!

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Video on Recent Protest
A week after their sit-in on our campus, I found SoulForce's video from their little publicity stunt. After watching it, I thought our school did an excellent job in handling the situation. Along with President Mohler, I urge that we pray for these homosexual activists. Here is the video:

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