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3GT Episode 4: Grenades + Women = ?

Our latest episode of the 3GT podcast is up!  You can go here to download or listen below.  Here’s a humorous description of what it contains written by one of us that’s not me:

With bazooka and machine gun in hand, Austin defends longer podcast lengths. From there it is only natural (um, sure) to talk more about The Sermon on the Mount, specifically whether or not it serves as a model for preaching. Lastly, we dive into the current theological scuffle between John Piper, Carl Trueman and Doug Wilson regarding the boundaries of complementarianism.

https://threeguystheologizing.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/episode-4.mp3

 

The Law of the Nations

Last week I posted a brief article on “The Law of the Church” to remind readers of the place God’s Law is to have in the congregation and to encourage in simple ways the restoration of its knowledge and practice. Today let us look at how the Law of God is to be sought after as a guide for the nations of the earth. I offer these meditations because the nations are spurning the ways of the Lord and, in their ignorance, are calling God’s further judgments upon them. The church has a sacred duty to warn them and call them to repentance.

To understand this, let us begin with Israel.  Upon her deliverance from Egypt, the Lord through Moses took his people to Mt. Sinai and with his own finger wrote the Ten Commandments upon stone tablets. Further insight into their application, along with ceremonial and civil laws, were delivered to Israel through Moses. The people had a responsibility to teach the Word of God diligently in their homes (Deut. 6:4-9). The eventual kings of Israel were to make their own copy of God’s Law in order to govern the nation by it and be prospered by the Lord (Deut. 17:18-20). […]

Browse Worthy: The Horrors Continue

The eighth video from the Center for Medical Progress has been revealed, and the callousness of those working in the abortion and fetal body parts industry (Did I just say that?) continues to stun me.

Yet my own callousness becomes more clear to me as I watch as well.  How could this wheeling and dealing in dead babies be going on all around us and we have not known its extent until now?

Some important pieces have been written recently on Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, regarding her racial views.  See first “9 Things You Should Know about Margaret Sanger” by Joe Carter, and then a further article entitled “The Truth about Margaret Sanger” by Tim Challies.  As these men point out, in expressing our passion and indignation about what is taking place, we must not lose the truth in the process.

The Law of the Church

As the church watches helplessly from the sidelines as one after another moral tenet of society falls, each one more rapidly than the previous one, she really only has herself to blame.  For having forsaken the law of God, the one called to be salt and light to the world is fighting the cultural wars trying to stand on the one foot of “the gospel of love.”  Yet the gospel without the justice, blood, and righteousness of the law becomes no gospel at all.

Listen to R.C. Sproul:

The law and the gospel may never be absolutely separated…for the gospel has stipulations.  We live in an age in which both Law and gospel have been obscured.  As a result evangelism often is expressed simply as an announcement of redemption without obligation.  We hear preachers declare, “God loves you unconditionally.”  What does this mean?  The danger with such declarations is that they are often heard or understood to mean that God’s love imposes no conditions or obligations upon people.  It suggests that I can have a loving relationship with God even if I do not repent or if I do not embrace the gospel.  It suggests that I am acceptable to God just as I am.  […]

Browse Worthy: The Evidence Continues to Mount

Today we are visiting dear friends who are expecting another child any day now.  The contrast between a loving, Christian home with a father and mother eagerly awaiting their gift from God, with young siblings anticipating excitedly the arrival, and the callous disregard of the unborn that our culture exhibits could not be more stark.

The sixth and seventh videos of the Center for Medical Progress may be the most chilling yet, but not for what they show visually. Rather, Holly McDonnell, who unsuspectingly took a position as a “procurement technician” for a fetal tissue company, tells of one of her experiences.   No adjective is strong enough to describe the atrocities she recounts here.

For a commentary on what these videos are telling us about us, see Douglas Wilson’s article Not What Scissors Are For. Only the blood of Jesus can cleanse Holly and us.

 

 

The Local Pastor’s Special Joys

Perhaps it is the more reflective days that summer brings.  Could be seeing old friends or at least hearing news from them. Or maybe I could chalk it up as a form of “holy coveting.” On the other hand, it could be caused by hearing one too many pastors cyber-whining about their workload.  Whatever the cause, I have been reflecting on what I miss about being a pastor of a local congregation.

I write not to lament, for I am joyfully serving in the new position the Lord brought me to over two years ago now. Rather, I have just been noting some of the aspects of local pastoral work that I do miss being a part of my life now. Perhaps sharing these five joys I no longer experience in the same way will help a preacher out there find fresh appreciation for his work, or some congregants be more thankful for their pastor’s ministry.

Regularly Preaching to the Same Flock. Though I have opportunities to preach in my new role, and enjoy those times, there is nothing like preaching to people you have really come to know after years spent with them.  The man who has the duty of weekly bringing God’s Word to the flock he […]

The Joys of a Multi-Author Blog

Before I begin to give what the title suggests, one clarification must be given.  This post should not be interpreted as a slam on single-author blogs or be read as if there is a sense of superiority seeking to seep through these words. After all, almost all of my favorite blogs are written by one person, and I marvel at their creativity and productivity. And the best of these, if you really think about it, have a multi-author quality to them anyway as they link to other sites, interact with fellow bloggers, or invite guest columnists.  Like a single rose or a bouquet, both types of blogs can have their own beauty.

Here then are seven joys I experience as part of being on this blog with others.

Standing together.  Though each of the guys here is his own man, with a unique personality and approach to ministry, on the big, confessional matters we stand shoulder-to-shoulder.  How strengthening it is to share the same convictions with brothers in the Lord as we address the various issues of the day.

Relieving the pressure.  I realized long ago that my well, unlike others who are more disciplined and creative, could not fill up fast enough to be a […]

Browse Worthy: The Drumbeat Continues Against PP

Now the fifth video by the Center for Medical Progress has come out, and it just adds to the incriminating case against Planned Parenthood as whole body fetus sales are coldly discussed (Note: YouTube has added a content warning to this video.)

Planned Parenthood: 4 Ways to Respond – Tim Challies discusses these videos and offers what the title states.  He also re-posted the following slideshow that will help you learn to make what is known as the SLED pro-life argument, a simple way to use comparative analogies to show the illogical ethics of abortion supporters.

Abortion: Making the Case from timchallies

Pro-Lifers Are Today’s Abolitionists – This article at The Federalist reminds us of the history of William Wilberforce’s long-term battle to end the institution of slavery in Great Britain and its similarities with the fight against the abortion industry today.

Planned Parenthood: Our Wilberforce Moment – In light of the videos, Joel Howerton offers ten reasons to support the above comparison.  The best line from this article are these words:

Abortion is the evil reverse-image of the gospel. Instead of “I’ll die for you“, it says, “You die for me.”

Weighing in on Planned Parenthood – Over at 3GT, Austin, Kyle, and I discuss the question, “Are […]

Then You, My Love

Today my wife and I celebrate thirty years of wedded love.

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If love must be awakened
     Then you, My Love,
Stirred mine the day
I first set eyes upon you.
An ardor unceasing,
Unrelenting,
Never to be quiet again.

If love is a banner to be raised
     Then you, My Love,
Have me waving ours gladly,
Shouting from the peaks,
Telling the whole world
Simply
You are the one
Whom my soul loves.

If love is better than wine
     Then you, My Love,
Are fresher than a rosé,
More elegant than a Bordeaux,
Smoother than Chardonnay. 
How delightful you are!

If many waters cannot quench love
     Then you, My Love,
Can be assured that
Rivers of tears
Or trials that may flood us
May sweep all away,
But they will never conquer
This passion for you.

If love no greater is a life laid down
     Then for you, My Love,
I am
An offering pledged,
Willingly, solely
Vowed unto you.
To love until death,
To die loving you,
To cherish you until
The only enemy able
To end these anniversaries
Makes us part.

Yet, O yet,
Remember this, My Love.

If love is stronger than death –
And it is, My Love, it is –
     Then you, My Love,
Need to know our foe’s reminders –
The scars you bear,
The wrinkles you see,
The […]