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I'll bet some of you are thinking, "I knew it."  (h.t. Rod Rosenbladt)

I'm thinking, "that's not a bad idea!"  All I need is some cardboard and a sharpie and I can really spruce up my little fridge in my study.

Sorry, but you Southern Baptists are out of luck . . .


Who Said That?

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Who said that?

"The resurrection of Jesus cannot be an authenticating miracle on the basis of which a doubter can be secure in believing in Christ.  This is so not because as a mythical event--a dead person's returning to life in this world (and this is what is involved, since the risen one is perceived with the physical senses)--it is incredible, or because the resurrection cannot be established as an objective fact by ever so many witnesses, so that it could unhesitatingly believed in and faith would have a secure guarantee.  It is so because the resurrection itself is an object of faith; and one cannot secure one (faith in the saving meaning of the cross) by another (faith in the resurrection)."

Please leave your guess in the comments section below.  No google searches!


The Man of Sin Interviews

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Time for Hope has just posted a brief snippet of part 2 of my interview with Dr. Crews. 

You can find part 1 (in its entirety) here.  Click here: Time for Hope: Registration.   You have to register, but you can see the entire program (part 1). 

I'm told that later this week, part 2 will be posted here as well. 


B. B. Warfield on Arminians and Evangelicals

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My Academy lecture (from December 8), "B. B. Warfield, on Arminians and Evangelicals" has been posted on the Christ Reformed Infoblog.

All the fall 2006 Academy classes have been posted.  The Academy schedule for winter-spring 2006, will be posted soon.

Click here: Christ Reformed Info - MP3's and Real Audio (of Academy Lectures)


My TV Interview

TimeforHope1.jpgTime for Hope has posted the schedule and stations for my recent interview with Dr. Crews dealing with my book, The Man of Sin.  The first program airs on December 6, the second on December 13.  It is on just about everywhere in the country, except in Orange and Los Angeles counties (drat!).

Funny, I look older and balder on TV than I do on radio . . .

Click here: Time for Hope: Show Schedule


Who Said That?

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OK, who said that?

"Sacred doctrine makes use of these authorities [philosophers and human arguments] as extrinsic and probable arguments; but properly uses the authority of the canonical Scripture as an incontrovertible proof, and the authority of the doctors of the Church [the theologians] as one that may be properly used, yet merely as probable.  For our faith rests upon the revelation made to the apostles and prophets, who wrote the canonical books, and not on any revelations (if there were any) made to other doctors."

This is old hat . . . Leave your guess in the comments section below.  Please no google searches!  Who said that?


Who Said That?

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Who said that?

"In every generation, revival has come as a result of prayer.  For example, powerful prayer preceded America's First Great Awakening, which gave the colonists a unified biblical view of the principles of freedom and helped pave the way for the American Revolution.  The Second Great Awakening which preceded the Civil War, brought a conviction from God the slavery was sin.  It was led by men like Charles Finney, who prayed for hours upon hours and days upon days. 

God still needs men like Howell Harris and Charles Finney, who will give themselves to prayer and then go and do whatever the Holy Spirit tells them."

OK, have fun with this one!  No google searches!  Please leave your guess in the comments section below.


Who Said That?

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Who said that?

"We have discovered some interesting facts about covenant theology. . . . Its origin was relatively recent.  It was not the doctrinal system of the ancient church.  It did not originate with the Reformers, and actually its present form is a modification of the original covenant idea proposed by Cocceius and the Westminster Confession. . . . The theological covenants on which covenant theology is based are not specifically revealed in Scripture.  Other covenants (such as the Abrahamic and Davidic) are specifically revealed, and in great detail, but the all-embracing covenants of covenant theology are not in the Bible.  The whole covenant system is based on a deduction and not the results of an inductive study of Scripture."

You guys know the rules.  The fun is in the guessing . . . not in google searching and spoiling it for everyone else!  Place your guess in the comments section.


The Joke's on Me!


I've often joked that my book, Man of Sin, is an autobiography.  What happens when one of the sound guys at your church has way too much time on his hands?  He takes you up on the joke and then proves that you were right all along!

I guess I am the man of sin . . . 



Islamic Hip-Hop?


According to the Times Online (UK), Islamic hip-hop artists are taking the call for the Caliphate (Islamic empire) and the Ummah (Islamic state) to the streets (Click here: Islamic hip-hop artists are accused of indoctrinating young against the West - Britain - Times Online).

"HIP-HOP and rap artists are teaching young Muslims the ideology of radical Islamism through songs about the war in Iraq, the oppression of Muslims and the creation of an Islamic state governed by Sharia, or religious law.  Intelligence agencies have identified music as a `tool for indoctrination'. The phenomenon began with an American group called Soldiers of Allah. The group has since disbanded but its music and lyrics remain popular on the internet. Other groups in Britain, France and the US have been identified as giving cause for concern. Many use the derogatory term `kufur' to describe non-Muslims.

Madeleine Gruen, an American intelligence analyst, highlighted the lyrics of a British group called Blakstone as a possible gateway to extremist politics. Ms Gruen has studied how music, internet forums, boardgames and fashion have been used to radicalise youths. She said: `The music is very persuasive because it is giving young people ideas, and those ideas are what might motivate someone to become a jihadi. The material is all in English. It’s spreading a radical message to domestic populations that don’t speak Arabic or Urdu.'

Ms Gruen said that Blakstone’s lyrics echoed the views of Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT), the Islamist political movement. Blakstone operates from an industrial estate in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey. The group could not be contacted yesterday. In an interview last year, its founder, Ahmed Ashley Welbeck said that the music was `about the underdog' and offered `a middle way' between Muslim tradition and street culture.

Last night, a spokesman for HuT said that it had no formal links with Blakstone or any other rap groups. He said: `Our message is out there, it is very widespread and it is hardly surprising that groups might pick up on it. HuT is a more traditional political movement. We use conferences, websites and leaflets, but rap music is not one of our things. There is a lot of anger out there, especially about the Iraq war. Our challenge is to channel that frustration and anger into political activism."

Here are some of the lyrics . . .

"Yesterday I was dreaming I dreamt of The State we made, a place with purpose and meaning. I saw my people they were smiling not grieving, I saw our kids they were safe they were breathing . . . And no more talk of war and of bombs to drop, under Allah’s Shade and Shield and fearing not. No more bleeding due scheming dogs on thrones, whom plot with foes to spread woes, the stench of rot. And that’s how it’s supposed to be. I look around and all I see today is poverty and misery from systems ruling over me with blasphemy. Their tool, kufur rule it’s a catastrophe"

From Close 2 Me, by Blakstone

"No Khalifah [Islamic state] Where are we heading? Without Islam we’re stressing, implement Allah’s blessing, that’s what I am addressing. Apart from this kufur scheme. Bring Islam back to the scene. Let’s unite the Ummah [Muslim nation], following only the Koran and the Sunnah. Even if all the kufirs got together, they still couldn’t stop this Ummah. We love Islam More than we love life."

From Bring Back Islam, by Soldiers of Allah


This is yet another wake-up call.  It won't be long before this is an issue in every American city.  Let us pray for confidence in the gospel and boldness in proclaiming it.  The cross always trumps the crescent!