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Dropping my obsession with "Church" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Friday, 08 October 2010 10:49

I have made a major decision.  This portion of Paul's letter to the Galatians gives a good context or background for it.

Gal 2:1  Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me.  2  I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain.

I appreciate what Paul did here.  He wanted to be sure that the Gospel which he proclaimed was the same as what the otther Apostles preached.  He wanted to check out, after 14 years, that he was still in harmony with apostolicv doctrine and I seek to do the same.  I search the Word independently, but I always check my conclusions, on what I think the Word means, with what the stalwarts of the Faith through the Ages have written before me.  I do not want to invent anything new or teach anything which is not "apostolic" or otherwise "run in vain"

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Last Updated on Monday, 11 October 2010 11:10
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Hanging in the Balance PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 October 2010 07:30

Pastor James White makes a list of the tensions in a Pastor's ministry and gives very good advice about balancing them, with wise words about what happens when we do and when we don't.  Let him who has ears, hear.

http://www.churchandculture.org/

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Last Updated on Thursday, 07 October 2010 07:31
 
What did Tyndale begin? A Bible glut? PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 October 2010 07:44

Today the Church Calendar commemorates the life and work of William Tyndale who devoted himself to producing the first Bible in English and was murdered for doing it in 1536

He was ordained to the priesthood in 1521, and soon began to speak of his desire, which eventually became his life's obsession, to translate the Scriptures into English. It is reported that, in the course of a dispute with a promminent clergyman who disparaged this proposal, he said, "If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy that driveth the plow to know more of the Scriptures than thou dost." The remainder of his life was devoted to keeping that vow, or boast. Finding that the King, Henry VIII, was firmly set against any English version of the Scriptures, he fled to Germany (visiting Martin Luther in 1525), and there travelled from city to city, in exile, poverty, persecution, and constant danger.

Read more here: http://www.oremus.org/oremus.cgi?f

There are now more than 30 translations of the Bible in English available in America (and innumerable special additions) and a new translation will soon appear.  But is anyone reading them?  (Of course they are and that is good, but how many are learning well what is in them and living by that?)  Meanwhile, there are still thousands of people groups around the world which have no complete Bible in their language.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/septemberweb-only/49-41.0.html

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 October 2010 07:46
 
What is most important in a Worship Service? PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 September 2010 08:06

I have spent hundreds of hours thinking and writing about corporate Worship.  I truly appreciate Liturgical and Eucharistic Worship, coming from a Baptist background, but I realize the most important element of corporate Worship is preaching.  The Liturgy and the Eucharist can not be a substitute for that.  I want both, but if I must chose, I will seek and attend a Service where I will be fed the Bread of Life.  Unhappily, I do have to chose because the churches I know which offer Liturgical and Eucharistic Worship do not offer good Biblical preaching. Why is that?  It should not be that way!

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Last Updated on Monday, 27 September 2010 08:22
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Fallen Pastors PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 September 2010 07:24

Here is some very wise advice for all Pastors and Christian Workers- really on target, honest and realistic advice.  Actually, it is a very needed warning which will go a long way to prevent burn-out and worse.  It is from James White's Blog, entitled Ministry: Spiritual Hazard to your Soul

http://www.churchandculture.org/

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Last Updated on Monday, 27 September 2010 07:25
 
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