satire-Join the Soul-a-Month club for $48.00

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How much would you expect to pay to see one soul saved? Ten thousand dollars? One hundred thousand? As Bailey Smith, former president of the SBC, points out, “[in] some churches it cost[s] $100,000 to $300,000 to see one convert.” But now, thanks to Bailey Smith Ministries, you don’t have to pay that much. NO!…



Join the Soul-a-Month club for $48.00

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I wrote a whole blog satarizing this, but after sitting on it for a day, I have decided that it is simply too serious for that kind of response. I do believe that satire has a place in Christianity. Proverbs 26:5 seems to allow, or even encourage this type of reponse at times: “Answer a…



Lewis and Carson on worship

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C.S. Lewis offers helpful insights on worship in his Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer. In the first letter he complains about the unhelpful innovations in worship that “new, keen vicar[s]” too often introduce in an established church’s corporate worship. “It looks,” he writes, “as if they believed people can be lured to go to…



New Look…by Rebecca Ascol

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My second-born child, Rebecca, gave my blog a facelift. At the dusk of her teenaged years, Rebecca has become rather skilled at HTML and web design. She graciously offered to move her dad’s blog out of the generic template mode into something a little more appropriately descriptive. Thanks, Becca!



More thoughts on worship

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Christians should be taught that our responsibilities to be like Christ do not get suspended when we step over the threshold of the worship center (or house or hall or room, etc.). Ironically, debates over corporate worship often reveal just how deeply American individualism has embedded itself into the evangelical culture. How many times have…

 

Authentic Worship

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I started responding to a couple of questions and observations about my previous post on worship and decided that my comments might fit better under a new heading. Time restrictions prohibit me from engaging all the questions, but I hope to comment more on this issue in the future. Here are my thoughts: I think…



Hurricane relief update

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Fred Malone writes: We are glad to report that your generous gifts for our Hurricane Relief Fund are being used with great benefit. We have received the amazing sum of over $185,000 to date and have already distributed almost $50,000 to the 10 churches we have targeted. For the past week we have been in…



Heaven’s Gates, Hell’s Flames and baptisms called due to rain

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According to a Baptist Press story, First Baptist Church of Horn Lake, Mississippi came up a little short in their baptismal service recently. After 3 nights of showing the drama called “Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames” (by Reality Outreach Ministries), 423 people made professions of faith. The pastor, Joe Turner, explained it as “just a…



Word Regulated Worship

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Does God have an opinion about how His creatures should worship Him? Yes He does. He has expressed Himself repeatedly on the subject. The first commandment tells us who to worship (“You shall have no other gods before Me,” Exodus 20:3) and the second tells us how to worship (“You shall not make for yourself…