Thursday, March 31, 2005

Fighting Fire With Fire

I recieved an email today from Vision Video advertising a video for "reaching the post-modern generation" ( It is entitled, "The Changing Face of Worship", and the information about it states:

Today's Christian churches face the challenge of existing in a postmodern world,
in which all principles are questioned,
all opinions and beliefs are proclaimed equally valid
-if not equally true-
and everything is considered relative.
Throughout North America,
a rapidly growing movement known as 'alternative worship' is addressing this challenge.
This program explores the changing expressions of modern-day worship
as churches use visual arts,
edgy music,
or even a chat room online
to offer experiences that are both
culturally relevant and theologically responsible.

It is pathetic that the church has decided to 'address' the notion of post-modernism, that ' relative', by accepting that very thesis and applying it to the arena of worship. Worship, which is supposed to be addressed to the infinite, unchanging, eternal, God-wherein we are to be conformed into His image and likeness-is now being purported to be a mirror in the hand of the church to simply reflect whatever the culture around her might dictate. We are more afraid of being irrelevant than irreverant; more afraid of offending the world than offending God. It is abundantley clear that we 'worship' our culture...not our God.

I hope that those who purchase this video will weep and repent at the sad state of the Bride of Christ, as she has played the whore with the world and filmed it for all to see. God have mercy upon us.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

The Visible Church & The Outer Darkness

Dr. Richard Bacon's litte book, The Visible Church & The Outer Darkness (Dallas: Blue Banner Books, 1992) is one of the most succinct and helpful compendiums of the Reformed consensus on the issue of seperation. Dr. Francis Nigel Lee endorses it saying, "All true Westminster Calvinists will read Bacon's book with much approval." While the book was originally written as a response to Kevin Reed's monograph, "Presbyterian Government in Extraordinary Times" (1991), it will be relevant and helpful to any interested in the general subject of the nature of the church, schism, seperationism, etc. The book is availible for the amazingly low price of $1.50:

Linkin' Blogs

When I first heard about blogging, I thought to myself, "What an arrogant venture. Who would presume to think that others would 'tune in' to follow their stream of consciousness?" I still think this.

So why Linkin' Blogs? I was speaking at a conference in January of 2005 and some of the attendees asked if I had a blog. I said, "No. What an arrogant venture. Who would presume to think that others would 'tune in' to follow their stream of consciousness?" They said, "Since you read a lot, you could use it as a review page and as source for links to resources that are available on various subjects."

I do read a lot. I am asked often for information about various subjects. Thus I have decided to launch Linkin' Blogs as a place to store reviews and links in hopes that it will prove useful to some folks.

The name, "Linkin' Blogs", is from my wife who when I explained to her the concept behind the blog I was urged to start, said, "How about 'Linkin' Blogs', as a play on the toy, 'Lincoln Logs'?"

I am sure that I will veer from time to time, off of the stated purpose and philosophy of Linkin' Blogs, but I do hope that some of the links and resources will be helpful to whoever 'tunes in'.