Saturday, September 08, 2007

Hey Mom, Wanna Go for a Hike? :-)

A 76-year-old woman who had been given up for dead after being lost in the Oregon mountains for two weeks has been found alive and well.

Friday, September 07, 2007

How to Give Religion Christian Burial

"Jesus Christ was always a busy man with his work, but never too busy to pray. The divinest of business filled his heart and filled his hands, consumed his time, exhausted his nerves. But with him even God’s work must not crowd out God’s praying. Saving people from sin or suffering must not, even with Christ, be substituted for praying, nor abate [decrease] in the least the time or the intensity of these holiest of seasons. He filled the day with working for God; He employed the night with praying to God. The day-working made the night-praying a necessity. The night-praying sanctified and made successful the day-working. Too busy to pray gives religion Christian burial, it is true, but kills it nevertheless."

- E.M. Bounds, The Complete Works of Bounds on Prayer, 259.

Dan Does Dating

Pyromaniacs: Dating: when words and choices clash

I don't often link to them Pyromaniacs... they've got enough readers without pinching my 7. But this was a good little(?) post by Dan on who you should date/court/relate to.

Thinking about dating a non-believer in Jesus... and you ARE a believer in Christ? Think again!

Week of Prayer

We are gearing up for Week of prayer at Grace Fellowship Church – one of the highlights of our church year. The whole idea was modeled after Spurgeon and the Metropolitan Tabernacle. The first week of January was generally set aside for prayer with special meetings on each day. Spurgeon viewed it as a time of humbling and reports from those who attended speak of remarkable seasons of confession, intercession and praise.
We began our annual Week of Prayer in January, like Spurgeon, to start the New Year with our eyes set on Christ. But these times were so rich and such a blessing to us that after a couple of years we added a second week in September – the unofficial start of “everything.”
I will be preaching Sunday night on the prayer life of Jesus. We are taking the model prayer He gave the Twelve as the foundation for this Week of Prayer. But the impetus to that model prayer was His model prayer life – Lord, teach us to pray… with the emphasis on the “us.”
So, pray for us next week – the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

[A full schedule of meetings and times can be found here. Just click on the meeting on the calendar and you will find all the information you need!]

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Grace Community Church of Lethbridge, Alberta

Grace Community

A former student of mine and a fine young graduate of Toronto Baptist Seminary, Ryan Case has settled in at Grace Community Reformed Baptist Church of Lethbridge. Ryan is a fine preacher, a devoted husband and soon to be new father and I am full of thanks to God for what He is doing in my brother's life.

As a church planter, I know that word of mouth can be a huge help in establishing the work. Be sure to swing over to their new website and email a link to everybody you know in Alberta! If Lethbridge is too far away, then send them over to Clint! And if Clint is too far away (it is a hefty province!) then have them look here for a great list of great churches.

JT Interviews Canadian Steve Wellum on Baptism and the Covenants

Between Two Worlds: Interview with Steve Wellum on Baptism and the Covenants: "Why is this debate important for the church? The debate between Reformed paedobaptists and believer baptists is, thankfully, not a gospel debate. Between credo- and paedobaptists there is much that unites us, and we can be grateful for those agreements and our unity in Christ. However, given our different views of baptism, there are also profound differences that divide us, and it is not helpful to blur the differences merely for the sake of unity. Ultimately baptism is linked to the proclamation of the gospel itself as it proclaims the glories of our Lord Jesus Christ and the full realities of the gospel of sovereign grace. To get baptism wrong is not a benign issue. It not only misconstrues our Lord’s command and instruction to the church, it also leads to a misunderstanding of elements of the gospel, particularly to the beneficiaries of the new covenant and the nature of the church. It may even lead, if we are not careful, to a downplaying of the need to call our children to faith and repentance. Often Baptists are charged with not appreciating the place of their children in the covenant community. Not only does this charge miss the mark in fundamentally misunderstanding the structure and nature of the new covenant community, it also runs the danger of missing what is truly imperative—to call all people, including our children, to faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. It is only then that the promise of the new covenant age becomes ours—and not only to us, but to our children, and to all those who are far off. Baptism, as a new covenant sign, even though it does not bring us into a state of grace, has been ordained by our God as a proper means of grace that we ignore, distort, and downplay to the loss of our spiritual life and mission. Baptism is important. In many ways, how we view baptism is a test case of how one puts the entire Bible together. In that light, may both credo- and paedo Baptists continually go back to Scripture and examine which view is true to the whole Bible, for much is at stake in these debates and disagreements."

F-22 Raptor Video Footage

Here is 60 seconds of fun. Check out the last turn!

Joe Thinks Math

Joe Carter is thinking about math in relation to "being Christian."

Here is what one of his commentor's thinks about Joe:
"There is more intelligence in the ravings of the dumbest Pythagorean att he [sic] tail end of a binge drinking session than can be found in all the collected works of christian cultist philosophers far and wide."

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

"Celebrity Preacher" Spottings

Both these guys would hate my post title... but you may want to catch some good preachers in Toronto this weekend. Thabiti Anyabwile is going to be preaching at Thistletown Baptist Church (Rexdale) [get a web page Kenny!] in the morning, if the rumours are true. And James White is scheduled to be preaching at Faith Baptist Church in Scarboro, both AM and PM.

Sola Scriptura » Christianity - Islam: Two Faiths! Two Worldviews! - One God?

Sola Scriptura » Christianity - Islam: Two Faiths! Two Worldviews! - One God?:

The big conference is almost here! I am not able to attend, but wanted you to know about it.

Christianity - Islam: Two Faiths! Two Worldviews! - One God?

Date: September 7-8, 2007

Location: Morningstar Christian Fellowship (Formerly Churchill Heights Baptist Church)

7601 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario

Conference Overview

As I stated last year in Toronto, this conference is intended to address an article written by Tim Perry in Faith Today magazine, August 2006. The basic point of the article was that Muslims and by extension, anyone who worshiped his or her particular deity in reverence and sincerity, was in fact seeking after and paying respect to the God of the Bible. While noting that there are differences between Allah and the Trinity, these differences were not of such a nature that would preclude a sincere Muslim from embracing eternal life. We emphatically disagree!

There are profound differences between Christianity and every other religious movement past or present. Jesus’ message was unmistakably clear when he states, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through me.” It has been the task of the Church in every generation to carry the message of this life changing Gospel to every nation and tribe often times at a horrific cost to the messenger.

This conference is dedicated to help the Church understand the worldview that shapes Islam. Michael Haykin will introduce the conference by exploring Islam’s historical roots and how it has impacted Western civilization. Thabity Anyabwile will dedicate three sessions to explain how Islam is perceived at the popular level and introduce some general principles of how to present the Gospel to Muslims. James White will address some of the major doctrinal differences that distinguish Christianity from Islam.

It is our hope and prayer to equip Christians with some basic tools to share their faith. The divide between Christianity and Islam is not over mere facets of culture or ethics. There are eternal consequences for rejecting Jesus Christ and our earnest desire is that all who come under Christ’s ministry would embrace the Risen King as Lord and Saviour.

Please pray for us in the days ahead and for all those who attend that the Holy Spirit of God would use this weekend for the Father’s glory and exalt the Risen Jesus. Please feel free to contact the office for additional brochures for your congregation. We would also appreciate any announcements you could make in your congregation’s Sunday bulletins.

Soli Deo Gloria

Heinz G. Dschankilic

Conference Schedule

Friday September 7, 2007

7:00 PM - Overview of Culture and History - Michael Haykin

8:45 PM - Understanding the Popular Islamic Worldview - Thabiti Anyabwile

Saturday - September 8, 2007

9:00 AM - Understanding the Doctrine of Jihad - Thabiti Anyabwile

10:45 AM - General Principles of Islamic Evangelism - Thabiti Anyabwile

1:30 PM - Discussing the Bible and the Koran - James White

2:45 PM - Questions and Answers

3:35 PM - Discussing Christ and God - James White


One Day Rate $20

Students $20
Pastors $30
Per Person $40

Group - A Group is 15 or more registered under one credit card $30 per person. Please register all groups no later than 2 weeks before the conference.

Children under 16 with an adult free of charge

Trinity Baptist Church - Burlington, Ontario

Trinity Baptist Church - Burlington, Ontario

Our good friends at Trinity Baptist Church have recently launched a new look website. Lots of great stuff including links to one of my favorite dead preachers and one of my favorite living preachers (Bill Payne and Carl Muller, respectively).

HT: O.H.

F-22 Raptor, F-16 Fighting Falcon and P-51 Mustang

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Monday, September 03, 2007

F-22 Supermanouverability

Me and lots of others went down to Lake Ontario to enjoy the Canadian National Air Show today. The highlight was the amazing F22 Raptor - the newest fighter jet out of America. In fact, this is the first time the Raptor has flown outside of the USA. This video (not shot by me) captures some of the stunning maneuverability of the plane.

National Ledger - Paula White & Randy to Divorce: Big Business Church to Blame?

National Ledger - Paula White & Randy to Divorce: Big Business Church to Blame?: "The announcement: Randy called Paula to the podium about an hour into the service. He was somber; Paula appeared choked up. 'It's the most difficult decision I've ever had to make in my entire life,' he told the congregation, describing Paula as an exceptional woman, mother and preacher.

She pledged to return frequently to preach."

This is so pathetic that even I don't know what to day about it!

HT: Nathan