I’ll be preaching at Wellspring Church in San Leandro, CA on Sunday, August 10. The subject will be “Singleness and Marriage Matter” and my message will deal with some of the themes in With One Voice: Singleness, Dating, and Marriage to the Glory of God. If you are so inclined, I would appreciate your prayers for my preparation. It has been awhile.
Archives for July 2008
R.C. Sproul announces the 2009 Ligonier Ministries’ National Conference, whose theme is “The Holiness of God”:
When I was preparing to lecture on the holiness of God years ago, I came across this quote from John Calvin’s commentary on Isaiah 6:3: “The angels never cease from their melody in singing the praises of God, as the holiness of God supplies us with inexhaustible reasons for them.” I was reminded that the Protestant Reformers’ understanding of the Creator’s transcendent purity was crucial to their recovery of the biblical doctrines that had been all but lost in their day. Knowing the Lord’s perfect holiness drove them to Scripture, where they found that the righteousness of Christ is the only way anyone can be reconciled to God. In turn, God’s holy love, wrath, knowledge, power, and character gave them inexhaustible reasons to praise Him, as Calvin said. God’s holiness informed the Reformers’ teaching on His unsurpassable worth and motivated them to do all things soli Deo gloria — to the glory of God alone.
Speakers include Thabiti Anyabwile, Alistair Begg, Donald A. Carson, J. Ligon Duncan III, Sinclair Ferguson, W. Robert Godfrey, Steven J. Lawson, R. Albert Mohler Jr., R.C. Sproul, R.C. Sproul Jr., and Derek Thomas.
The Conference runs March 19-21, 2009 in Orlando, FL, and will include a mini-conference observation of the life and legacy of John Calvin, whose 500th birthday occurs in 2009.
The LA Times reports:
Supporters of Proposition 8, the proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, said they would file suit today to block a change made by California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown to the language of the measure’s ballot title and summary.
Petitions circulated to qualify the initiative for the ballot said the measure would amend the state Constitution “to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”
In a move made public last week and applauded by same-sex marriage proponents, the attorney general’s office changed the language to say that Proposition 8 seeks to “eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry.”
Jennifer Kerns, spokeswoman for the Protect Marriage coalition, called the new language “inherently argumentative” and said it could “prejudice voters against the initiative.”
Read the whole thing.
The original wording of Proposition 8 reads: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California.” Given that Steve Smith, campaign manager for No on Proposition 8, applauded the language change, and the fact that some consider Attorney General Jerry Brown a possible candidate for Governor in 2010, this alteration of language (contrary to the desires of those who circulated petitions to qualify the ballot initiative!), seems highly suspect.
Dr. Hyde (University of Wisconsin) and her colleagues have been studying gender differences in mathematics performance and ability. Last Friday, they published their most recent findings in Science magazine. Their study has generated a bit of a stir among the mainstream media, with headlines such as “Girls as Good as Boys at Math.” But not all respondents are striking the same chord. For example, Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute takes issue with Tamar Lewin’s New York Times summary and with Janet Hyde’s report itself.
What does it all mean? Well, while I won’t seek to unduly control the academic & career choices of my daughter(s), I can say that dessert on her third birthday and thereafter will be granted to Karis (squirmy girl on my left) upon (a) successfully eating her dinner and (b) successfully adding (if not multiplying) any pair of whole numbers less than 10.
The folks at Saddleback have set-up a website describing the August 16 joint appearance between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain (moderated by Pastor Rick Warren). Ticketing information will be available August 1st.
This historic forum will be the only joint event for the two, and the last public appearance for either candidate prior to the two-week hiatus during each party’s national convention.
Due to Secret Service mandate, tickets will be required for the event in the main auditorium, but the program will be broadcast live in multiple venues on the Saddleback campus, as well as on several national broadcast networks and online. It will also be streamed live on www.SaddlebackCivilForum.com.
Related: My previous post
Bill Mounce is the President and founder of BiblicalTraining.org, a ministry that seeks to provide seminary-level classes free of charge via the Internet (accessible by some of the poorest of the poor in the majority world). They have launched a new Foundations course called Communicating the Gospel. The new class is a combination of Gary Parrett’s class on Christian Education, Bryan Chapell’s class on preaching, and Ron Pyle’s class on small group (which should be published by August). Byran Chapell is the author of several books, including Using Illustrations to Preach with Power (Crossway, 2001). Chapell’s preaching curricula in this course contains three parts:
The Heart of a Christ-centered Message
If we speak with the voice of Jesus, it is important that we speak the message of Jesus throughout the whole of scripture. The goal is to understand how all Scripture focuses on Christ. This is the unifying principle that binds all Scripture together.
The Hands of a Christ-centered Message
How do we look at Scripture and see a redemptive message everywhere we turn? The goal is to understand how to interpret Scripture so as to communicate the Christ who is there. Our messages must proclaim that all is a result of God’s grace, both salvation and sanctification.
Theology of Change
How do Christ-centered messages effect change in the way we live our lives each day? We obey God because we love him, not to avoid punishment or to get things from him. Threatening people with punishment or enticing them with “stuff” cause people to respond to God out of selfish motivations. Encouraging people to obey God because of our love for Him and gratefulness for His love for us produces holiness. If grace is not put into the equation of human works and divine acceptance, then legalism or moralism results. The rules don’t change but the reason we obey changes. We motivate by grace, not by guilt.