Friday, July 26, 2013

Folk Theology




Folk Theology is a untested and many times tradition oriented believes that have no place in Christianity, because they cannot be supported Biblically.  

Let me know if you agree with all of these Folk theologies that are mentioned in

Theological Systems Compared (CT, DT, PDT, NCT)

Good start to compare different theological systems.  We all have them and they are necessary because has made us to organize our thoughts.  Everyone is a theologian.  Weill you be a good one or a bad one.
Check out these comparisons and tell me wich  one you like better.

3 theological Systems Compared - CT, DT, NCT

Trusting God But Using Means: Changing The Timing Of Our Sunday Morning Worship Gatherings


To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.
1 Corinthians 9:22
Contextualization is the principle behind Paul’s exhortation in 1 Corinthians 9:22 to “become all things to all men.”  Contextualization is the idea that we need to be translating gospel truth into language, events, and structures that are understood our culture. Contextualization simply means translating the Gospel—in word, method, and deed—into understandable terms appropriate to the audience.  I believe that we can to a better job of contextualizing the Gospel to the Baltimore Community.
One of the way Churches have tried to contextualized – becoming all things to all people – is by providing a variety of service times that allow for maximum discipleship and outreach of the people in the community.  This Sunday evening, I am bringing a motion from the church counsel (with the approval of the deacons) to start our Community Groups at 9:00 AM and our Worship Service at 10:30 AM.  Here are some of my thoughts about the benefits and reasons that we need to change our Sunday structure.
Reason #1:  We need to start our service at an easily remembered time for potential guests.  Starting our Worship service at 10:30 AM will more naturally draw seekers and guests in our communities.  The front door of the church is normally our Worship services.
Reason #2: Christians must be willing to change the structures (or methods) in order to make worship and maximum fellowship more accessible to the church, the community, and potential guests.  I believe a 10:30 AM Worship Service will make it easier to invite people in our sphere of influence and communities to come. 
Reason #3: This new structure will provide more flexibility for Community Groups with both department and group (class) time. 
Reason:#4:  We will be here for approximately the same amount of time.
Reason #5: By having our worship service later, people will fellowship after the service longer and invite guests to go to lunch with them.  It has been my experience that having the worship service last, provides a greater incentive to socialize with guests outside the church that day or during the week.  Remember statistics say that if you can invite a guest into your home in the first 10 days, 90% will join our church. 
Reason #6: This adjustment to our Sunday Morning schedule will also help us to better implement a visitation and follow-up system which I am working on. 
My intent is to discuss this motion at the Member Meeting this Sunday evening, and refer this motion to a vote of the entire church on Sunday morning, August 11th
Deciding to contextualize ministry so that more would be reached effectively for Christ,

Pastor Glenn

Friday, July 12, 2013

My Experience in the Hospital

Howdy All,

During the past couple of weeks I have experience pain and sickness to such a degree that I was hospitalized twice.  After returning from our Trip to Houston, Texas, I was experience abdominal pains and felt full all the time.  I finally went to the doctor and found out that I had a stomach infection and was put on a regimen of antibiotics to take daily.

While trying to adjust my life, I found an inability to handle the medication, so I was hospitalized the first time on June 28th.  After my release I felt I was getting better.  Last Wednesday was a good day, but then there was Thursday Morning (July 4th).  Oh, the pain!  I have never experience so much pain in my life.  Eventually i had to go to the Emergency room, the get treated. I stayed in the Hospital till July 7th.  We found out there there was a complication to my stomach infection.  This was my first adult experience of being in the hospital in my life.  One I don't want to repeat anytime soon.

For 2 weeks all I had to eat was water, jello, and pudding.  In fact I felt full after just consuming a little dish of jello on Sunday Morning (July 7th).   On Sunday night I was finally able to eat a small amount of chicken, and boy did it taste good.  I savored ever bit.

I believe that this experience has humbled me and made me more dependent on God for everything.  God has planed this for my good and His Glory.  I appreciate the wisdom of the doctors and nurses who help me.  It is a great time to live when we have the medical knowledge and tools at our disposal.

My Scriptural promise during this time was 1 Corinthians 1:29-31:
29…so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
Dependence on the Lord is a basic need everyone has.  We are finite, God is infinite.  As Westerners. We like to be strong. We grow up thinking that things depend on us and our abilities. We import all of this into our Christianity; we believe we’re meant to follow Jesus on the basis of our own resources.  In short, we settle for an independent life when we could be living a supernatural life.

My experiences over this past week showed me how dependent I am.  I had not planned for this huge train of sickness.  This experience has helped me realize more personally that I cannot live or minister alone in my own strength.  I have always prided (and yes boasted in) myself, that I can continue to perform, work, play, live even when I get sick.  Sometimes I have said, “I never get sick.”  This last week (I pray) cured me  of boasting in my own physical strength.  Having never experienced an infection that was so painful that I couldn't perform, really caused me to think about how dependent on God I am for everything and every second of life.  Having to go to the hospital emergency room was also made me realize that I am always in need of help.  I am a weak man, who serves a powerful God. 
This past July 4th, as we celebrated our independence over tyranny, I relearned that to live an Independent life is to live a prideful life.  When one lives life based on your own resources, sight, and strength, you declare that you don’t need God.  To live a supernatural life is to live a humble, thrilling, and God-honoring life – boasting in the Lord.  When one lives life based on God’s resources, sight, and strength, you declare that God is God and you’re banking everything on his ability to come through.
We were never meant to trust in our own five loaves and two fish. We are meant to live as though, at any moment, God can turn five loaves and two fish into something we never dreamed of.
My Independence Day became my Dependence Day, remembering that we as a people are never independent from God and from each other.  Don’t settle for an independent life.  Live a supernatural life. Read your Bible and see that that’s the only kind of life we’ve been called to live.

The prognosis is good, and I will be having surgery soon.  I appreciate everyone's continued prayers for me at this time.  Thanks for you impact in my life and your friendship

Learning to Depending on God through Christ,
Glenn

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Can You Surrender Your Worldview to "Prove" It???


"Can you prove that God (the God of the Bible) exists without using the Bible?"

Often, the person asking this question does not understand the implications of what he or she is asking.  Taken in the context of the larger question this usually is a part of, whether or not the God of the Bible exists, he is begging the question, as he is presupposing the insufficiency of Scripture to prove the existence of the God of the Bible.  In other words, he is taking for granted that the Bible is not true (by doubting its claims of sufficiency) from the outset rather than (as is often claimed) objectively seeking to learn and to discover whether or not it is true.

Asking a Christian this question is asking him to deny his faith.  It's asking me to lay aside my worldview to "prove" that my worldview is correct.

??? 

The problem with this is that if I were to lay aside my worldview to "prove" its validity, I would be admitting that I did not believe that that my worldview is sufficient.

This would be a direct denial of the worldview and faith I claim to hold to.

It's as nonsensical as George Bush's bid to "save" the free market by "sacrificing free-market principles," only the stakes are much, much higher than a mere nation's economy.  As soon as these words left his lips (and his actions were consistent with his words), he could no longer be said to believe in the free market in any meaningful way.

It would be like asking a rationalist to lay aside reason, or an empiricist to lay aside experience.  That would be unthinkable, yet this exact thing is demanded of Christians all of the time.

To lay aside one's worldview in an attempt to "prove" it is to admit defeat from the beginning.

Christian, don't surrender (and therefore deny) your worldview to "prove" it.

To do so is to deny it... and nothing is more painful than hearing that rooster crow.

God Existence is Proven

You have likely heard that it is impossible to prove that God exists. You have heard wrong. Not only can the existence of God be proven, but denying the proof undermines rational thought.

In this powerful 3-part training series, Sye TenBruggencate equips average, everyday Christians to defend the Gospel with irrefutable proof that God exists in addition to what unbelievers already know - and may be suppressing.





Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Logic must be to the glory of God

If you ever wanted a comprehensive read on logic from a Christian worldview, here is the book for you

LogicBook Description
For Christians looking to improve critical thinking skills, here is an accessible introduction to the study of logic as well as an in-depth treatment of the discipline from a professor with six academic degrees and over 30 years experience teaching. Questions for further reflection are included at the end of each chapter as well as helpful diagrams and charts for use in college and graduate-level classrooms.
--Vern Poythress has undertaken a radical recasting of the study of logic in this revolutionary work from a Christian worldview.

Read the first 53 pages by clicking here, or priview the entire book with some pages limited at Google Books.  

One Reviewer writes: Most writers of logic books seem to go out of their way to make their writing and explanations as difficult as possible. I have always wondered how most writers of logic are so ill-logical in their sentence structure and descriptions. Poythress makes logic about as easy as one can be in writing logic. Because of the words "A God-Centered Approach" in the book's title, most non-religious universities are unlikely to widely adopt the book. That is a shame. Most of life is not difficult to understand; most people only make it sound that way for ill-logical reasons.
For a thorough review please read: Logic by Gabriel Fluhrer

Monday, May 13, 2013

HP#4: MP3s - Historic Premillennialism: A Biblical Alternative to "Left Behind" Eschatology

Here are some mp3s you can download and listen to in the car as you drive.
Historic Premillennialism: A Biblical Alternative to "Left Behind" Eschatology  
This conference was graciously underwritten by a friend of the Seminary. It was April 23-25, 2009 on Denver Seminary's campus.
Recordings of the sessions are available in streaming and downloadble (mp3) format below. Just click the appropriate link to listen or download.

Sessions

Plenary Speech 1
Dr. Craig Blomberg
"Why We Don't Have to Wait for the Great Commission to Be Fulfilled Before Christ Returns: The Problems with Postmillennialism"
stream | download
Session 1
Dr. Sung Wook Chung
"Who are the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11: An Integration of Western and Asian Proposals"
stream | download
Session 2
Dr. Bruce Demarest
"What Did the Early Church Believe about the Tribulation?"
stream | download
Session 3
Dr. Rick Hess
"The Seventy Sevens of Daniel 9: A Timetable for the Future?"
stream | download
Session 4
Dr. Andrew Dearman
"Transformations of Jerusalem in the Bible"
stream | download
Plenary Speech 2
Dr. Craig Blomberg
"The Need for a Millennium Beyond This Present Age: The Anticlimax of Amillennialism"
stream | download
Plenary Speech 3
Gary Hoag for Dr. Craig Blomberg
"Inappropriately Privileging Israel: Why Historic Premillinnialism Trumps Dispensationalism"
stream | download

Resources

A Case for Historic Premillennialism: An Alternative to "Left Behind" Eschatology
By Craig Blomberg and Sung Wook Chung (Baker, 2009)
The Presence of the Future
G.E. Ladd (Eerdmans, 1974)
For the Supremacy of God, Gospel Growth, and the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ,
Glenn Leatherman
Pastor 
Middle River Baptist Church
...to treasure God's glory in the growth of the Gospel by changing everyday people into a community of passionate Christ-Followers.
Be One, Bring One, Build One, Bless One
"Him [Christ] we proclaim warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom that we may present everyone mature in Christ.  For this I toil, struggling with all His energy that He powerfully works within me." (Colossians 1:28-29)


Dave McClellan on Preaching by Ear


"...A preacher can preach from notes or manuscripts, or they can draw upon something more internal that has been composed in the soul.  I found that when I spoke about content that I had internalized and was very close to my heart, I felt more natural and comfortable and communicated better as well.  But I also found that my literary homiletic background didn’t prepare me to “preach by ear.”  I was taught to prepare sermons on paper and in private, and I didn’t realize there were any other options. Lately I’ve been exploring a more oral approach to preparation and delivery of sermons.  This approach is more consistent with Jesus’ command not to “be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour” (Matt. 10:19). ..."


Read the entire artticle at Dave McClellan on Preaching by Ear:

The Essential and Prominent Place of Preaching in Worship on Vimeo

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Irenic Complementarianism is how it should be

Whether you’re an egalitarian or a complementarian, I appreciate Darrin Patrick's irenic (peaceable) spirit that he has about this issue.