Christian, Please Read This Before Black Friday

Brian Fulthorp:

this si something many people in the world need to think about. I feel its worth sharing with you all (or reminding you). Blessings, and my y’all have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Originally posted on Dr. Jeremiah Gibbs:

This is a simple post.

Estimated Cost to Feed Every Person in the World: $30 billion per year (UN estimate)
Estimated Cost to Provide Clean Water for Africa: $41 billion (WHO estimate)
Estimated Cost to Provide Clean Water to the World: $203 billion (WHO estimate)

Estimated Spending in the US on Black Friday: $60 billion
Estimated Spending in the US for Christmas Season: $640 billionethiopian-boy

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Steve Runge on Faith without Works in James 2:14–26

The Logos’ FaithLife blog has a post sharing the work of Scholar-in-Residence at Logos Bible Software Steve Runge from his forthcoming commentary on the book of James.  It’s very good.  Here it is in part:

James also offers an unnerving follow-up question at the end of verse 14—one that anticipates a negative answer. His question calls into doubt whether such a faith could save someone. Warning: We need to pay close attention to what James actually says and not mistake it for what he does not say. The focus here is not disputing whether faith is the basis of salvation. Instead, just as James contrasted the merits of hearing versus doing, he contrasts the value of faith alone versus faith that manifests itself in works. And just as James argued that hearing should lead to doing (1:22–25), he posits that faith—if it really exists—should lead to an outward expression: works. From the outset James shakes us by implying that a workless faith may not be a saving faith. This is only an implication of his wording, but it has caused no shortage of heartburn for theologians over the years. [Bold Italics, mine]

I appreciate his direction to pay attention to the text and what it actually says and be careful not to read into it what we want to see or what it doesn’t say. This is an important aspect of doing good Bible study.  You’ll need to read the whole post, and probably get the commentary, but he’s got a hard hitting conclusion for this portion of James:

If someone consistently claims to have faith, yet consistently fails to demonstrate it in their life, James’ challenge is fitting. Can faith that is never seen really be a saving faith? Is it really there if it is never seen? God is undoubtedly the final judge of such things, but there are no “do-overs” when we stand before the judgment seat.

Ouch!  He’s right, you know.  I recently went golfing with some friends as part of going to a minister’s retreat and getting ordained that night.  In golf there is a thing called a “mulligan” or as Runge calls it a “do-over.”  If there are any second chances in life, they come now not later.

Lord, help me to be someone who does not just say I believe,  but be a person who backs up my claims of faith with action in the here and now.  Amen!

As a Pentecostal, I want to say that this is where we can get help in living a life of faith that is backed up by actions, it is through the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit in us who empowers us to live the faith and action filled lives… Ask him and he will help you!  Afterall he is the helper!  :-)


A.T. Robertson on the purpose of Seminary

Not only was Robertson a man zealous for Greek, but more importantly, he was passionate about the significant difference that knowing Greek can make for those who preach and teach God’s word. Robertson delivered his inaugural address at Southern Seminary entitled “Preaching and Scholarship” on October 3, 1890. This address, though at the beginning of his teaching ministry, demonstrated his commitment to scholarship and his burden for colleges and seminaries to develop capable preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Robertson had a deep passion to equip gospel ministers whose hearts were impassioned and whose minds were enlightened. He vehemently rejected the idea that theological education was a waste of time. He averred,

If theological education will increase your power for Christ, is it not your duty to gain that added power? . . . Never say you are losing time by going to school. You are saving time, buying it up for the future and storing it away. Time used in storing power is not lost.

He also rejected the idea that the purpose of the seminary was to make scholars.The question for him was, “Does the college and seminary training tend to make better preachers?” His response:

If not, it is a failure. The German idea is to make scholars first and preachers incidentally. But ours is to make preachers, and scholars only as a means to that end. We have small need in the pulpit for men that can talk learnedly and obscurely about the tendencies of thought and the trend of philosophy, but do not know how to preach Christ and him crucified. The most essential thing to-day is not to know what German scholars think of the Bible, but to be able to tell men what the Bible says about themselves. And if our system of theological training fails to make preachers, it falls short of the object for which it was established. But if it does meet the object of its creation, it calls for hearty sympathy and support. . . . But my plea is for scholarship that helps men to preach. For after all, the great need of the world is the preaching of the gospel, not saying off a sermon, but preaching that stirs sinful hearts to repentance and godliness.

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Tribute to A. T. Robertson (reblogged)

Co-Authors Andreas J. Kostenberger, Benjamin L. Merkle, and Robert L. Plummer, offer a tribute (and some pretty great quotes) from the late great A.T. Robertson which is drawn from their forthcoming book, Going Deeper with New Testament Greek: An Intermediate Study of the Grammar and Syntax of the New Testament, which will be released May 2016.

Here it is in part:

Archibald Thomas Robertson (Nov. 6, 1863–Sept. 24, 1934) was born near Chatham, VA, where he spent the first twelve years of his life before moving to a farm in NC. At the age of twelve (March 1876) he received Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized later that year. Four years later, at the age of sixteen, he was licensed to preach. He received his M.A. from Wake Forest College, Wake Forest, NC (1885) and his Th.M. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY (1888). Shortly after entering seminary, his Greek professor (and future father-in-law), John Albert Broadus, noticed his linguistic skills, and Robertson soon became his teaching aide. In 1890, Robertson was elected Assistant Professor of New Testament Interpretation. Robertson would teach at Southern for forty-four years until his death in 1934.

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on being a Chaplain

So I have been in a Chaplain Resident program over the last year and recently completed it.

If you’ve wondered what Chaplains do, the following link (for the Scott & White Hospital in Temple Texas), I think, gives a good summation that can be helpful for learning.

Pastoral Care helps patients and families cope with illnesses, loss, tragedy and life transitions by integrating the body, mind and spirit.

Source: About Pastoral Care – Baylor Scott & White Health

this is a good link too (