The Fear in Leadership

Originally posted on Life Is Worship:

Leadership is about fearing God more than others do.  Leadership is about  revering God’s name.  Leadership is not about taking pleasure in who God is and what He is like.  Leadership is about making the chief end of your life helping, instructing, and challenging others to revere and delight in God’s name as well.

Mark Dever, The Message of the Old Testament (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2006), 437.

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: John, … a companion in tribulation…

Originally posted on SettledInHeaven.org Blog:

SIH TOTT ICONRev 1:9 KJV  – I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

In our text for this morning, John, as he writes to the members of the seven churches of Asia, describes himself as their “companion in tribulation”.  John understood the seven churches were facing opposition and abuse because of their stand for Christ.  This was taking place while, at the same time, John was banished to Patmos, being punished for declaring God’s Word.   The churches were not alone in their sufferings.  This is John’s message to the churches and to us as well in today’s time.    When we find ourselves facing opposition and abuse in service for Christ, remember we are not alone.

This same message…

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Christianity’s Uniqueness

Originally posted on Reformedontheweb's Blog:

In reply to the critics who claim Christianity was just a copy-cat religion among the ancient religions, it’s helpful to take a look at how an ancient adherent of these pagan religions viewed Christianity. The inherent uniqueness of Christianity was a scandal to many. Not only would Jesus’ followers not worship other gods, they rejected the layers of intermediary deities. Christianity taught that we could approach God directly in Jesus Christ. This was utterly unique in the ancient pantheon of gods.

This passage from David Bentley Hart’s book Atheist Delusions, recounts such reaction and makes an interesting parallel to one of the most common contemporary objections.

“In such a world [the polytheism and syncretism of ancient Rome], the gospel was an outrage, and it was perfectly reasonable for its cultured despisers to describe its apostles as “atheists.” Christians were – what could be more obvious? – enemies of society…

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Science of Uncertainty

Originally posted on Reformedontheweb's Blog:

by Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell on September 8, 2014
“Science Is Not About Certainty” a noted theoretical physicist writes. For many people that might be a startling claim.

Dr. Carlo Rovelli—one of the originators of “loop quantum gravity theory”—recently published an article discussing the nature of science. The piece, called “Science Is Not About Certainty,” makes some points that biblical creationists have been pointing out for a long time.

Physicist Rovelli is an evolutionist and does not in the piece explore his personal religious beliefs (though he does disparage religious claims regarding certainty and truth), but he makes some refreshingly honest points about science. For one thing, Rovelli makes clear that the essence of science is gathering data and interpreting that data in ways that are often insufficient, limited, and changeable:

“We have observations, we have data, data require organizing into theories. So then we have theories. These theories are suggested…

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Science of Uncertainty

Originally posted on Reformedontheweb's Blog:

by Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell on September 8, 2014
“Science Is Not About Certainty” a noted theoretical physicist writes. For many people that might be a startling claim.

Dr. Carlo Rovelli—one of the originators of “loop quantum gravity theory”—recently published an article discussing the nature of science. The piece, called “Science Is Not About Certainty,” makes some points that biblical creationists have been pointing out for a long time.

Physicist Rovelli is an evolutionist and does not in the piece explore his personal religious beliefs (though he does disparage religious claims regarding certainty and truth), but he makes some refreshingly honest points about science. For one thing, Rovelli makes clear that the essence of science is gathering data and interpreting that data in ways that are often insufficient, limited, and changeable:

“We have observations, we have data, data require organizing into theories. So then we have theories. These theories are suggested…

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All blessings are gifts and we have no claim to them by our own merit

Originally posted on Reformedontheweb's Blog:

SpurgeonWe must assume, before we commence our discourse, one thing certain, namely, that all blessings are gifts and that we have no claim to them by our own merit. This I think every considerate mind will grant. And this being admitted, we shall endeavor to show that He has a right, seeing they are His own to do what He wills with them — to withhold them wholly if He pleaseth — to distribute them all if He chooseth — to give to some and not to others — to give to none or to give to all, just as seemed good in His sight. “Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?”

Charles H. Spurgeon-Sermon-Divine Sovereignty-Delivered May 4 1856

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