My column in the Times News this week:
I was 12 years old, living in Colorado when the 1978 Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy was and signed by brave defenders of the Bible boldly by drafting 19 articles of affirmation and denial of Biblical Inerrancy. The summary statement describes Scripture (the Holy Bible) as “God’s witness of Himself”, “God’s own Word”, being “wholly and verbally God-given.”
We affirm that the Holy Scriptures are to be received as the authoritative Word of God.
We deny that the Scriptures receive their authority from the Church, tradition, or any other human source.
Full statement HERE
1978 Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy: Original Signers 1978 Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy: Original Document
Join All the Glorious Names
Join all the glorious names
Of wisdom, love, and power,
That ever mortals knew,
That angels ever bore:
All are too mean to speak His worth,
Too mean to set my Savior forth.
But O what gentle terms,
What condescending ways,
Doth our Redeemer use
To teach his heav’nly grace!
Mine eyes with joy and wonder see
What forms of love He bears for me.
Arrayed in mortal flesh,
He like an angel stands,
And holds the promises
And pardons in His hands;
Commissioned from His Father’s throne
To make His grace to mortals known.
Great prophet of my God,
My tongue would bless Thy name,
By Thee the joyful news
Of our salvation came,
The joyful news of sin forgiv’n
Of hell subdued, and peace with Heav’n.
Be Thou my counselor,
My pattern, and my guide,
And through this desert land
Still keep me near thy side:
Nor let my feet e’er run astray
Nor rove nor seek the crooked way.
I love my Shepherd’s voice,
His watchful eyes shall keep
My wand’ring soul among
The thousands of His sheep:
He feeds His flock, He calls their names,
His bosom bears the tender lambs.
To this dear surety’s hand
Will I commit my cause;
He answers and fulfils
His Father’s broken laws:
Behold my soul at freedom set!
My surety paid the dreadful debt.
Jesus, my great high priest,
Offered His blood, and died;
My guilty conscience seeks
No sacrifice beside:
His powerful blood did once atone,
And now it pleads before the throne.
My advocate appears
For my defense on high;
The Father bows His ears,
And lays His thunder by:
Not all that hell or sin can say
Shall turn His heart, His love away.
My dear almighty Lord,
My conqueror and my King,
Thy scepter and Thy sword,
Thy reigning grace I sing:
Thine is the power; behold I sit
In willing bonds beneath Thy feet.
Now let my soul arise,
And tread the tempter down;
My captain leads me forth
To conquest and a crown:
A feeble saint shall win the day,
Though death and hell obstruct the way.
Should all the hosts of death,
And powers of hell unknown,
Put their most dreadful forms
Of rage and mischief on,
I shall be safe, for Christ displays
Superior power, and guardian grace.
Last Sunday I finished the last sermon in a 46-sermon series in the book of 1 Corinthians by reading the entirety of the letter from the Apostle Paul to the church in Corinth.
Here are all 46 sermons from the 1 Corinthians Series. (A few sermons did not make it to the audio version due to technical complications.)
This is over 1,300 photos taken with time-lapse photography. The photos were taken at 1 minute intervals during a 48 hour period of time in my dining room.
I’ll have to work on controlling the light and focus as the daffodil opens.
The subject of the daffodil was of interest because of the contrast of colors.
Matthew 6:25-34 (Phillips) – “That is why I say to you, don’t worry about living – wondering what you are going to eat or drink, or what you are going to wear. Surely life is more important than food, and the body more important than the clothes you wear. Look at the birds in the sky. They never sow nor reap nor store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you much more valuable to him than they are? Can any of you, however much he worries, make himself an inch taller? And why do you worry about clothes? Consider how the wild flowers grow. They neither work nor weave, but I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was never arrayed like one of these! Now if God so clothes the flowers of the field, which are alive today and burnt in the stove tomorrow, is he not much more likely to clothe you, you ‘little-faiths’?
“So don’t worry and don’t keep saying, ‘What shall we eat, what shall we drink or what shall we wear?! That is what pagans are always looking for; your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Set your heart on the kingdom and his goodness, and all these things will come to you as a matter of course.
“Don’t worry at all then about tomorrow. Tomorrow can take care of itself! One day’s trouble is enough for one day.”
The best thing about a first round NCAA tournament in a small market like Boise, Idaho is that you get two games for the price of one and then if there are empty seats mid way through the game you get to move out of the “nose bleed” seats to “eye level with the basket” seats. I always pull for an underdog.
Let the madness begin!
March, 2001 Boise, Idaho
(15) Hampton vs (2) Iowa State
Final score 58-57
“When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the LORD nor the work which He had done for Israel.” (Judges 2:10)
My church, Eastside Baptist Church, was kind to send me to the Shepherds’ Conference at Grace Community Church in the Sun Valley, CA area. I consider this no small thing. It is my expectation that my life and ministry will look at this mile post as leaving lasting marks on my mind and spirit.
It was a blessing to meet many new friends, to be surprised by seeing friends I didn’t know would be there, hear powerful messages, and receive/buy new books. I traveled with my friends at Magic Valley Bible Church in Twin Falls, and encouraged by the faithfulness of this significant church in the Magic Valley.
Eastside Baptist Church, thank you for this kindness. May you be recipients of the blessing it has been upon me.
You can watch and listen online to all of the main conference speakers. All sessions were significant in content and quality, here are a few observations and links to the sessions as they still lingering on my mind since returning home.
John MacArthur: (watch session one HERE) John MacArthur spoke twice, the opening session and the closing session. Both Messages were, as expected, fueled from Scripture and seasoned with God ordained wisdom. The opening session set the stage for the entire week. MacArthur gave four reasons why they held this “Inerrancy Summit”;
- The Scripture is under attack and we are called to defend it. It is inevitable that offence will come.
- The Scripture is authoritative and we are called to proclaim it.
- The Scripture is accurate and we are called to demonstrate it.
- The Scripture is active through the power of the Holy Spirit and we are called to deploy it.
“There are many books that can change your thinking, but only one book can change your destiny.” John MacArthur
Alistair Begg: (watch session two HERE) This was a first time for me to here Alistair Begg preach in person. His boldness and clarity from the authority of Scripture is as consistent with every message I’ve listened to on the radio. His assignment was to preach from 2 Timothy 4:1-5. The best way to summarize Alistair Begg is to tell you to listen, that English accent is easy on the ears. To summarize in short; he argued that Timothy’s charge from the apostle Paul was
- a solemn charge
- simple (not complicated)
- straight forward (clearly articulated)
- to patiently endure (to be charged to endure implies difficulty and hardship await).
R.C. Sproul: (watch session three HERE) He gave a compelling argument for the defense of Scripture
Stephen Nichols: (watch session four HERE) 1 Thess. 2:13
Ligon Duncan: (watch session five HERE)
“Ungodliness leads to heresy. Heresy leads to ungodliness.”
“the apostle Paul tells us what the Bible is… what the Bible is for… what the Bible does.”
Miguel Nunez: (watch session six HERE)
“If the missionary does not fully understand the inerrancy of Scripture they will not endure to the end when faced with hardship.”
“We do not preach on top of the Bible, we preach under the Bible, under the authority of the Bible.”
Carl Trueman: (watch session seven HERE)
“the understanding of Scripture is most important for understanding God.”
“The principle duty of a pastor is to feed the flock by diligent preaching of the word.” John Owen
Ian Hamilton: (watch session eight HERE)
“When you hold to the inerrancy of Scripture you are made aware of your smallness.”
Mark Dever: (watch session nine HERE) In this session Mark Dever read the entirety of Psalm 119. (most verses of all chapters in the bible.) The value of doing so was profound and helpful in capturing the whole of what is said.
“Prayer is more important than any commentary in your library”
Steven Lawson: (watch session ten HERE) If you are limited on time, I recommend this one sermon as a must listen to, especially to my pastor friends. In this message Steven Lawson shows seven illustrations from Scripture of what the word of God is like…
- a sword that pierces
- a mirror that reveals
- a seed that produces
- milk that nourishes
- a lamp that shines
- a fire that consumes
- a sledgehammer that pulverizes
Gregory Beal: (watch session eleven HERE) Examination of the appearance of conflict in Scripture. Helpful examination of Hosea 11:1 with Matthew 2:15
Q & A: (watch session twelve HERE) this gives a helpful timeline of the inerrancy argument from 1978 that brought about the 1978 Chicago Statement. Very helpful
Derek Thomas: (watch session thirteen HERE)
Albert Mohler: (watch session fourteen HERE) You must be prepared to pay close attention to Dr. Mohler. Not because he’s smarter than the rest of us. But because the truths that await you here will be most helpful.
“We are in an intellectual crisis”
Sinclair Ferguson: (watch session fifteen HERE)
“The Bible is a gift from the Holy Triune God.”
“Only the Father can be praise for sending the Son,
Only the Son can be praised for dying for our sins,
Only the Holy Spirit can be praised tutoring us…”
Iain Murray: (watch session sixteen HERE) Iain Murray gives a helpful argument for the inspiration of the New Testament and its place in the history of the church.
- Jesus gave the Apostles the Holy Spirit to empower them to be the spokesmen. Jesus gave them “Power of Attorney”.
- The Spirit was given to the apostles to breathe Scripture.
- The Spirit came to the apostles as the Spirit of truth to guarantee the truth.
- Jesus’ prayer for the apostles (John 17)
- The apostles appear to know that they were part of this. (John 20:30-31)
“We used to say, “What does the Bible say?” Now it is said, “What part of the Bible is the word of God?”
Kevin DeYoung: (watch session seventeen HERE)
“Is the bible…
- largely true?
- usually true?
- entirely true?
How we answer this question explains why we are as we are.
John MacArthur: (watch session eighteen HERE) This concluding message was, in my opinion, was likely the lest in human efforts but surly endowed with power from the Holy Spirit. His preaching text was Matthew 22.
“An inerrant word demands expository preaching.”
“This culture now participates more in Halloween than Easter.”
I am thankful to the Lord to have just received confirmation that the keynote speaker at the October (Oct. 18-20) Pastors’ Conference at Eastside Baptist Church (in Twin Falls) will be Richard Owen Roberts.
Behold Your God – Sunday night, March 1, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Join me and others at Eastside Baptist Church in Twin Falls (204 Eastland Drive North) for a 12 week study on the God of the Bible. In “Behold Your God” we will learn of historical figures in church history and hear from modern day preachers, evangelist and missionaries as they reveal the God of the bible from Scripture.
Self-discipline is important. We must watch ourselves. We must ask God to help us to be mindful – thoughtful to others.
A characteristic that is often over looked by Christians many times is the discipline of thoughtfulness. It gives an aroma that is of life. It makes one a blessing to others. It effects all of our conduct. It softens the harshness that naturally comes forth.
Think about it; a thoughtful person does not have to be asked to help other people. He has ordered his day and disciplined his life to be instinctively ready to help, say an encouraging word, show an interest in the life of others, or give appreciation for another’s thoughtfulness toward them.
Thoughtfulness is not something one demands from another (that would not be thoughtful). Thoughtfulness doesn’t lend itself to oversensitivity.
A Thoughtful person…
- Curbs his curiosity.
- Does not unnecessarily pry into matters that are not his affairs.
- Does not improperly touch others.
- Is careful to not draw attention to a person with deformity and does not ignore that same person because of the deformity.
- Is not an anxious person causing anxiety on others.
- Is not offensive with speech.
- Is slow to speak when another person is in sorrow.
- Is sincerely eager to give comfort.
- Doesn’t wait for a person in need to tell them what they need.
- Does not allow their eagerness to help become intrusive.
- Is not offended when their help is rejected by a suffering friend.
- Guards his own heart from being quickly hurt by others lack of thoughtfulness.
Few people come by this grace naturally. It is really a disciplined trait that must be learned and practiced.
A thoughtful person must learn to…
- Think of others.
- Put aside personal agendas and comfort.
- Consider the effect of his words before he speaks them out loud.
- Stop saying whatever comes to their mind without consideration of the sorrow and grief they may cause with such ease of words.
- See that his tendency is to do and say many things because they bring pleasure to himself.
- Not be a burden to others or add undue burdens with attempts to help.
Many of us are miserably selfish in our life among others. We all too easily forget that there are other people.
We know all too well in our own experiences in life the value of a sincere and Christ like person who has learned the discipline of thoughtfulness.
We generally don’t like to come in contact with thoughtless people. We know their ways all too well. We replay their words over and over in the voice recorder in our mind.
We must all learn to appreciate words that may wound but are spoken for the value of correcting or sharpening.
We must learn to not be overly sensitive to others who harshly cause pain, hurt, and leave their rude impact in the wake of their passing by.
We must learn the discipline of speaking and behaving thoughtfully as we journey along crossing paths with all people.
Thoughtfulness is a fruit of love. The kind of love we learn of in 1 Corinthians 13. Put on this grace and wear it today.