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Homosexuality and the Church

The Woodell Family with Sally Gary

Today the Christian Chronicle published an article entitled Homosexuality and the church by Bobby Ross Jr.

My church is mentioned as are several of my friends who are quoted in the article. Please read and share – conversation about this is needed.

Here are some additional thoughts: Continue reading

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Hearing from God – Notes from Rick Atchley’s lessons at #pbl13

Of the classes I attended at the Pepperdine Bible Lectures this year, the ones most beneficial to my personal walk were those taught by Rick Atchley on Hearing from God. Here are my notes from those classes – there will be more to write about this topic later.

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Rick Atchley – Hearing from God pt. 1

  • Rick says it’s not his responsibility to hear God for us – he’d like to help us hear God for ourselves.

I. Central to God’s uniqueness is His spokenness (not simply His righteousness or holiness).

  • God is a REVEALING God. This is different from other deities in other religions.
  • Speechless idols” – the Bible highlights speech as a key difference between the real God and false gods.
  • God created us to speak and to hear – this tells us about the type of relationship He wants to have with us.
  • We have traditionally been taught that since the canon of scripture was complete God has given us the silent treatment.
  • We have grown up in a church culture that says if you are a pray-er you are heard, but if you hear you are a weirdo.

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David Platt: ‘What is a Biblical Response to the Gospel?’ Answer: Calvinism?

Well known Reformed Southern Baptist pastor David Platt caused a stir last year by criticizing the sinner’s prayer – the traditional prayer most Baptists (and several other groups) teach new believers to pray to “accept Christ.”

At that time David passionately pointed out that the practice is not in the Bible, that our role is not to “accept” Christ, and that Christians should not practice something that is not in the Bible.

Recently, David sat down to answer some follow up questions about his statement last year. In this short video, David answers the question, “If there is not a specific prayer to pray, how then should we respond to the gospel?” Here’s his answer: Continue reading

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