Filed under: Books
by Mike Plewniak
From the New Attitude blog:
The books went really fast this year at Na (something we’re really excited about). But it’s possible that you went to get a book a speaker recommended and found the shelf empty…
Never fear. Our friends at Crossway have generously reduced prices for Na attendees on a whole shelf full of books that were recommended at the conference.
Make sure you don’t miss Doing Things Right in Matters of the Heart by John Ensor (the book C.J. read from right before his message).
Make your bookshelf happy.
These prices are intended only for attendees of the Na 07 conference so by all means buy books, but buy with integrity.
There are great books here cheap. Also, shipping is free on all of them.
Some that I would recommend if you don’t have them:
– ESV Bible
– “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper
– “Overcoming Sin and Temptation” by John Owen (for only $12)
– “For the Love of God” by DA Carson
by Mike Plewniak
Whenever you are talking about different kinds of theology, it is so important to always go back to scripture as your guide. One of the guys over at Reformation Theology has compiled a scriptural overview of the doctrines of grace. This is a great tool and something I would recommend for you guys to walk thru as you study (or even for your devotions).
If you don’t understand the difference between Reformed Theology and Arminianism, check out this chart.
You can also get Sam Storms book, “Chosen for Life”, which walks thru the history and theological differences between the two.
by Mike Plewniak
Most of the manspeakers just returned from NA. It was a great couple of days packed full of “world-class” teaching, fellowship, worship, making new friends, catching up with old ones, small groups, and lots of good food. Hopefully, you’ll be getting a lot of updates and highlights from people over the next few weeks.
To get started, I suggest going to the NA website. You can get all the messages, FOR FREE, on the Sovereign Grace website. You can check out the bloggers who did some live-blogging: rebelution, challies, and boundless. You can get a list of all the worship songs they did here.
What I want to know is, what did you enjoy about it?
Filed under: Evangelism
by Travis Maples
am·bas·sa·dor [ām-bās’e-der] –noun
1: an official envoy; esp: a diplomatic agent of the hightest rank accredited to a foreign sovereign or government as the resident representative of his own sovereign or government as the resident for a special and often temproary diplomatic assignment 2: an authorized representative or messenger
her·ald [her–uhld] –noun
1. a royal or official messenger, esp. one representing a monarch in an ambassadorial capacity during wartime.
J.I. Packer in his book “Evangelism & The Sovereignty of God” writes about how Paul saw himself:
“Paul saw himself as Christ’s herald…Paul, in his own estimation, was not a philosopher, not a moralist, not one of the world’s wise men, but simply Christ’s herald. his royal Master had given him a message to proclaim; his whole business, therefore, was to deliver that message with exact and studious faithfulness, adding nothing, altering nothing, and omitting nothing. And he was to deliver it, not as another man’s bright ideas, needing to be beautified with the cosmetics and high heels of fashionable learning in order to make people look at it, but as a word from God, spoken in Christ’s name, carrying Christ’s authority, and to be authenticated in the hearers by the convincing power of Christ’s Spirit.”
“Paul considered himself Christ’s ambassador…the authorized representative of a sovereign. Paul used this figure twice, both times in connection with his evangelistic work. Pray for me, he wrote from prison, ‘that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therin I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.’ We are ambassadors therefore on behalf of Christ, as though God were intreating by us: we beseech you on behalf of Christ, be ye reconciled to God.”
We are heralds with a proclamation from the King! We are from a foreign land, another kingdom, sent into this world to carry a message, a precious message. One of grace and mercy. Regardless of the response it’s an invitation to come to the wedding feast. We carry a personal invite from the King commanding His subjects to come to the party. We don’t alter it, we just faithfully proclaim it. We don’t pretty it up, we just pass it along. I forget this all too quickly. I too often forget who I am in Christ, and what I am for Christ, an ambassador and a herald. How do you view yourself, and does it affect the way you live in and engage this world? I just want to live as an ambassador, as a man from another kingdom, a man that has been sent on a mission, a special envoy to rescue the lost.
by Mike Plewniak
or, at least they should be. Boys and girls are different. It’s amazing to me what a revelation this fact is to so many people. A new book, “The Dangerous Book for Boys“, is emphasizing this difference and receiving a lot of criticism for it. Even having “boys” in the title has caused some controversy. It’s a book that teaches boys how to be boys…build tree houses, go carts, paper airplanes, tie knots, etc… It also has maps of great battles, an introduction to artillery, and how to build water balloons. Sweet.
Al Mohler wrote a post on this book and why it is good here. He also points out that what is contained in this book will not make boys into godly men, but it is a good starting place for them to “turn off the television and the PlayStation. Then get ready to watch the paper airplanes fly and the water bombs burst.”
Here are truths that I would agree with about men’s and women’s roles. This is from The Danvers Statement (I’ve abbreviated parts of it for space):
Based on our understanding of Biblical teachings, we affirm the following:
1. Both Adam and Eve were created in God’s image, equal before God as persons and distinct in their manhood and womanhood (Gen 1:26-27, 2:18).
2. Distinctions in masculine and feminine roles are ordained by God as part of the created order, and should find an echo in every human heart (Gen 2:18, 21-24; 1 Cor 11:7-9; 1 Tim 2:12-14).
3. Adam’s headship in marriage was established by God before the Fall, and was not a result of sin (Gen 2:16-18, 21-24, 3:1-13; 1 Cor 11:7-9).
4. The Fall introduced distortions into the relationships between men and women (Gen 3:1-7, 12, 16).
5. The Old Testament, as well as the New Testament, manifests the equally high value and dignity which God attached to the roles of both men and women (Gen 1:26-27, 2:18; Gal 3:28).
6. Redemption in Christ aims at removing the distortions introduced by the curse.
7. In all of life Christ is the supreme authority and guide for men and women, so that no earthly submission-domestic, religious, or civil-ever implies a mandate to follow a human authority into sin (Dan 3:10-18; Acts 4:19-20, 5:27-29; 1 Pet 3:1-2).
10. We are convinced that a denial or neglect of these principles will lead to increasingly destructive consequences in our families, our churches, and the culture at large.
Also, here is a video promoting the book which I found hilarious:
Filed under: Humor
By Walt Alexander
For those of you who do not know, Justin Taylor is perhaps the most prolific blogger out there. He posts 5 or 6 times a day, on very relevant theological matters. His blog address: theologica.blogspot.com.
However, yesterday, he posted some lessons learned. Check them out:
In high school, a friend and I were invited to our local Lions Club to talk about the effect of drugs and alcohol on teens. I came home that day from school, ate a pepperoni pizza from Dominos with another friend, and proceeded to play three intense one-on-one basketball games with him. Not the best thing for one’s stomach. I showered quickly and went to the Lions Club meeting at a local restaurant. I was so thirsty from the salty pizza and the b-ball games that I downed a number of glasses of Orange Shasta fountain pop. As we were waiting for our meal, an old Lions member kept doing something I found amusing, and all of a sudden—in the middle of a big swig of Orange Shasta—I began to laugh uncontrollably. Unfortunately, everything came back up onto my plate (including a couple of pepperonis!) It was a strange and frightening mixture of laughter and vomit. One of the old guys wanted to know if he should call 911. Mortified, I managed to slip off to the restroom to clean the Shasta-pepperoni concoction off of my shirt before going home. My dad (the president of the Lions) came into the bathroom and made the helpful observation that the guys all thought I’d made a big splash! (To this day he doesn’t tire of that joke.)
In college I had to do a group project for a senior capstone class on environmental science. (One of my partners in the project was this guy.) Two factors were at work going into our class presentation: (1) we clearly weren’t prepared; (2) our third partner was a bit odd. Our partner’s presentation was so long and rambling that it only increased my nervousness. And I used to have a very bad habit of laughing uncontrollably when I was nervous (which included one episode so bad that I won’t even recount it here). So when it was my turn to speak, I started to make a bit of a joke, and out of my mouth yelped a feminine-sounding giggle. And once I started, I couldn’t stop. I was unable to give the presentation because every time I opened my mouth I just laughed harder. (Recall that this isn’t the third grade–it’s a senior college class). I got a D on my paper–which was merciful.
The entire post is here.
Hope you guys have a wonderful day!
Filed under: Humor
Over the next few weeks, I will be doing every man in the world a favor. What’s that you may ask? Well, I’ll tell you. I will be sharing 5 of my most embarrassing or stupid moments for your entertainment and encouragement. Why do I consider this a favor? It has come to my attention that many guys suffer form what is commonly known as “I have tricked myself into thinking that I am much cooler than I really am” Syndrome (or IHTMITTIAMCTIRA Syndrome for short). So, men, in order to deflate our massive heads and bring us square into the face of reality, I will lead the way by confessing what a pathetic loser I really am.
Part 1 “The boy who just had to go”
When I was like 4 or 5, my brother played baseball at this park way out in the boonies. We spent at least one week night and every Saturday in the spring at the ball park watching games. One day, during a game, I had to go number 1 really really bad. My mom kept telling me, “Hold it just a little while longer, and we’ll go when the inning changes.” Not soon enough for me. I got up, walked down the bleachers, strolled up to the fence just past 1st base, dropped my jeans all the way to the ground and let it happen! Now, this wouldn’t have been that big of a deal, because little kids show off their bottoms all the time. But one of my mom’s friends had to open her big mouth and yell, for all to hear, “OOOH, look at that white fanny shinin’!” in a thick southern drawl. Yep, still scarred from that one.