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The Impact of Haddon W. Robinson

As a freshman at Gordon College, I wasn’t required to attend every chapel service. On one particular day, I decided to skip the service, I already had enough chapel credits as I recall. None of my friends were going and I had never heard of the speaker. Yet, at the last moment I decided to go. For the life of me I have no idea why. Little did I know that the man behind the pulpit had literally wrote the book on preaching. This was my introduction to Haddon Robinson. I was quite impressed with his message and had a brief moment to chat with him after. Back then I had no concept of the term “selfie,” otherwise you would see one attached to this post.

In just a few short months I would be training to preach myself and using his Biblical Preaching as a textbook. It was a huge help to a young kid who had no idea how to turn a text of Scripture into a 35-minute delivery worth hearing. It helped me turn a rambling exegesis into a coherent message with a clear point. I cannot even begin to fathom how many other young preachers that book helped. I cannot even begin to imagine the number of souls that would be effected by this man’s ministry.

It is abundantly evident that God used the life of Haddon Robinson. His impact is immeasurable. His blessing to the church will echo down the corridors of history for many years to come.

Now the Lord has called him home. Now, Haddon Robinson is face-to-face with subject of his preaching.  He has his eternal reward.  Thank you, Dr. Robinson for your passion for preaching.

Click on these links to learn more:

Dr. Haddon Robinson:  A Tribute

Truth Poured Through Personality: Dr. Haddon W. Robinson

This and That

10 Counterfeit Christ Figures We Should Stop Worshiping – But a Jesus who will fix your marriage, shape you up for your next job interview, or ensure your kids make it into Harvard is, in the end, a disappointing deity preaching a moralistic, therapeutic deism that doesn’t save. The real Jesus leads us not to a set of principles, but to himself. – Daniel Darling

Standing against a destructive misogyny threatening our children – Porn use in our culture is a civilizational calamity. The sexual revolution promised us more sex and more pleasure. It has actually delivered to us a generation of men who think of women as objects to be used and abused for their sexual pleasure. It has not given us men who know what virtue and honor are. It doesn’t teach men to pursue their joy in self-sacrificially loving and being sexually faithful to one woman for life. It teaches young men to use women for sex and then to discard them when they become unwilling or uninteresting. – Denny Burk

Does Jeremiah 29:11 Apply to You? –

Free E-Book Alert – The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever

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The fine folks at Crossway have made this short, excellent book a free gift when you fill out a quick survey.  Here’s the amazon description of the book:

Evangelism is not only misunderstood, it is often unpracticed. Many Christians want to share the gospel with others, but because those Christians don’t grasp the fundamentals of witnessing, they feel intimidated and incapable of sharing the truth of the gospel.

Yet those believers fail to recognize that God has already established who and how we are to evangelize. In The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, Dr. Mark Dever seeks to answer the four basic questions about evangelism that many Christians ask: Who should we evangelize? How should we evangelize? What is evangelism? Why should we evangelize? In his answers Dever draws on New Testament truths and helps believers apply those truths in practical ways. As readers understand the fundamentals of evangelism, they will begin to develop a culture of evangelism in their lives and their local churches.

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American Christianity

“Having taken its eyes off of Jesus as the Author and Perfecter of faith, American Christianity replaces the work of the Holy Spirit with the choice of the sinner.  It replaces the comfort of the Gospel with the doubt of our resolve.  It replaces the certainty of God’s promise with the shakiness of our feelings.  It puts burden and doubts where the Lord would give us freedom and faith.”

– Bryan Wolfmueller – Has American Christianity Failed, page 10

Coming Soon

The Basic Bible Podcast seeks to take high-level theology and place it down on the bottom shelf for everyone to enjoy. That’s right – enjoy. Theology is not merely an academic pursuit but a passionate journey to learn more about our relationship with God. Each week we will unpack a different theological concept and unpack its meaning in a way that is both edifying and applicable. Joining us will be local pastors and theologians with desire to see you grow as we discuss the truths we hold so dear.

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Free E-Book Alert – Understanding the Times by Jeff Myers and David Noebel

This is the book I use for my Worldviews class this Fall.  It’s been recently updated so you won’t want to miss out on this.  Get it while its free!  Here’s the Amazon description:

Your view of God determines your view of the world.

You hold in your hands a landmark guide to understanding the ideas and forces shaping our times. Understanding the Times offers a fascinating, comprehensive look at the how the tenets of the Christian worldview compares with the five major competing worldviews of our day: Islam, Secular Humanism, Marxism, New Age, and Postmodernism.

Understanding the Times is a systematic way to understand the ideas that rule our world. While the material is expansive, the engaging, easy-to-understand writing style invites you to discover the truths of God – and our world. This classic should be on the shelf of every Christian home, on the desk of every pastor, and in the hands of every Christian student headed off to college.

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This and That – 07-01-17

Social Media Isn’t Your Teens’ Biggest Problem – While outside influences are sources of temptation, our own fallen nature leads us to think and act sinfully. The negative behaviors we fear, then, are byproducts of what’s going on in our idolatrous hearts. The heart is the problem for our teenagers, and also for us. – Kristen Hatton

Analyzing Annihilationism: Will Those in Hell Cease to Exist? – In terms of justice, the eternality of hell makes sense: the debt of sin against an infinite Being can never be paid by finite, sinful beings. Therefore, passages such as Matthew 18:23-35 speak of a debt that is infinite, for all practical purposes. The indebted slave in that story would never be able to pay his debt. Jesus mentions an amount which, in that context, is practically infinite. This coincides with the truth that hell’s punishment will be eternal: at no time could it be said that finite sinners have sufficiently paid an infinite debt to an infinitely holy God. – Eric Davis

Make Time To Be Bored – Something happens to us when we are outside the flow of constant stimuli. It is then that our brains switch into a higher mode, that they begin to mull over ideas, that they begin to convert information into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom. We can’t stop our brains. We can’t not think. We can’t not ponder. It is in these times of boredom that we are struck by unexpected thoughts, that our brains suddenly burst with new ideas, that our minds are stimulated with fresh insights. Boredom fosters ingenuity and genius. It even fosters godliness. – Tim Challies

Small Towns Need Missionaries – Small towns are in desperate need of missionaries. When I say missionaries, I’m not referring to the pastor of your church or people who suffer for Jesus by building huts and preaching to native islanders. No, I’m referring to regular people. Small towns desperately need normal, everyday people like farmers, factory workers, teachers, secretaries, and small business owners who think and act like missionaries to reach their friends, neighbors, co-workers, and extended families for Christ. Pastors in small towns should be deeply respected for their incredible hearts to advance the gospel. However, the responsibility of mission is given to all believers, not just pastors. If you are a Christian, you are sent to be on mission regardless of where you live or what your job is. – Aaron Morrow

Is the Sabbath Still Required for Christians? – Some argue against what is defended here by appealing to the creation order. As noted above, the Sabbath for Israel is patterned after God’s creation of the world in seven days. What is instructive, however, is that the New Testament never appeals to Creation to defend the Sabbath. Jesus appealed to the creation order to support his view that marriage is between one man and one woman for life (Mark 10:2-12). Paul grounded his opposition to women teaching or exercising authority over men in the creation order (1 Tim. 2:12-13), and homosexuality is prohibited because it is contrary to nature (Rom. 1:26-27), in essence, to God’s intention when he created men and women. Similarly, those who ban believers from eating certain foods and from marriage are wrong because both food and marriage are rooted in God’s good creation (1 Tim. 4:3-5). We see nothing similar with the Sabbath. Never does the New Testament ground it in the created order. Instead, we have very clear verses that say it is a “shadow” and that it does not matter whether believers observe it. So, how do we explain the appeal to creation with reference to the Sabbath? It is probably best to see creation as an analogy instead of as a ground. The Sabbath was the sign of the Mosaic covenant, and since the covenant has passed away, so has the covenant sign. – Tom Schreiner

Free E-Book Alert – Be Reverent by Warren Wiersbe

“The modern church has become a comfortable place, as congregations focus on creating warm and welcoming environments. But have casual attitudes replaced reverence for the Lord? The prophet Ezekiel was called to remind God’s people about His holy and glorious nature, and that message remains as relevant today as when it was first delivered. This study examines Ezekiel’s mission to describe the indescribable, a God beyond imagining, a King worthy of our reverence.

Part of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe’s best-selling “BE” commentary series, BE Reverent has now been updated with study questions and a new introduction by Ken Baugh. A respected pastor and Bible teacher, Dr. Wiersbe calls us to rediscover the awesomeness of the Lord. Filled with inspiring words and images, Ezekiel’s timeless message will draw you into a deeper level of holy reverence for our God.”

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This and That – 06-17-17

How Not to Argue About Which Bible Translation Is Best – It’s fine for you to think that a particular English translation is optimal overall for English speakers worldwide. But at the same time, you should respect the other major translation philosophies and benefit immensely from other translations. One test of your attitude is this: Can you genuinely thank God for good Bible translators and translations—even translations you don’t think are optimal overall? – 

We could Have Been Friends – I could have been teammates with Philando Castile. I could have been neighbors. I could have been friends. But we would never have been equals even though we were equal. I am white in America. He was black, just like my South High Tiger teammates. – Barnabas Piper

How to Honor Your Parent Who Wasn’t There – It should go without saying, but Christians ought to shun hateful terms for absent parents. “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice” (Eph 4:1). Such language not only continues the cycle of abuse but also suggests inward contempt for God’s providential appointment. – Michael Spotts

A Sad and Terrible Verdict in Massachusetts – To argue that Carter committed manslaughter is to diminish Roy’s moral agency. It denies his free will. It’s wrong to deny compassion to someone so troubled that they’d attempt suicide, but we can’t move so far in the other direction that we race to find who’s “really” to blame when a person voluntarily takes their own life. It’s still an act of self-murder, and while Carter undoubtedly played a persuasive role, I can’t imagine where we will draw the line. Will we prosecute mean people for manslaughter when troubled teens kill themselves? – David French