Reformation Day 2013

Reformation Day is a celebration of God’s saving work. It is the recovery of the great truths of Scripture: Justification (being made right with God) by Faith alone, by Grace alone, through Christ alone, for the Glory of God alone. And our highest and final authority is Scripture alone.

95 Theses from Instagram

Links for Reformation Day 2013

Here I Stand

95 Theses from Instagram

A New 95

Lastly, Chris Rosebrough has posted A New 95 Theses: Challenging The Excesses Of American Evangelicalism that everyone should read:

Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, the public bulletin board of his day. In like manner, we post these 95 theses on the door of the internet. Like the original theses, these are debatable, for we believe that it is through vigorous debate that the spirits are tested and truth is revealed.

In publishing these theses, we do not intend to foment division, but to expose those who are creating division within the body of Christ. We invite all who love the Gospel of Jesus Christ to engage in this debate. We do so in the spirit of the great Reformer, Martin Luther, as we implore the mercies of God upon His Church, for the sake of Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Church and shepherd of our souls.

luther.jpgNotice: Images in my Instagram photos come from the 2003 movie Luther. I hope you enjoyed my tweets (@ecrosstexas) with quotes from the movie.

Gabe Lyons Livestream

THe Next Christians

Tim Keller will be moderating a FREE event today with Gabe Lyons (1PM CST) answering questions about Gabe’s new book The Next Christians. You can grab an excerpt here.

Here is an overview: www.qideas.org/webcast:

Few people have spent more time considering the new generation’s interplay between the church and culture than Pastor Tim Keller and Gabe Lyons. Together, for an exclusive LIVE webcast conversation with Q&A, these two leaders will discuss the timely opportunity for church leaders who care about connecting with and mobilizing the younger generation for the sake of the Gospel. Hearing insights from Gabe Lyons new book, The Next Christians, church leaders will better understanding the competing dynamics underway and gain vision for how to disciple and meaningfully send out “on mission” the most volatile segment of Christianity’s future population. With clarity and conviction, Lyons will describe in candid terms the six hopeful characteristics emerging among this group of Christians and what it will take for churches to capture their heart and imagination in service to Christ.

Need another reason to watch? How about two!

  1. Every person participating in the webcast will be able to download a FREE Church Leaders Guide. Many church leaders are searching for answers on how to connect with the next generation. Gabe Lyons’ Church Leaders Guide to The Next Christians gives valuable insights into the six ways younger Christians are motivated by their faith to engage the world. The leaders who understand these characteristics will lead the charge in capturing the energy and optimism of the next iteration of Christ followers in our world.

  2. Be one of 10 participants to win a FREE copy of The Next Christians book and The Next Christians Pack: Following Jesus in a Post-Christian Culture valued at over $50 Learn more at www.qideas.org/webcast.

OK, Tim Keller I’ve heard of, but who is this Gabe Lyons guy?

Gabe Lyons is author of The Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian America and founder of Q, a learning community that seeks to promote the common good. He is also co-author of Unchristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters, a bestselling book based on original research that revealed the pervasiveness of pop culture’s negative perceptions of Christians. As a respected voice for a new generation of Christians, he has been interviewed by CNN, the New York Times, Newsweek, Fox News, USA Today, and countless other media outlets.

With all that said, please watch/listen with discernment. Chris Rosebrough didn’t exactly have the best things to say about Lyons’ theology [liberal, emergent, postmillennial] back on the October 10 episode of Fighting for the Faith (starts at 39:59 minute mark).

Watch it right here at 1PM and pray that the truth of Christ be proclaimed.

Politics According to the Bible

September 11, war on terror, health care, immigration, mid-term elections, unemployment, taxes, marriage, and tea parties. These are just a few of the topics of discussion in America today. How should a Christian form an opinion on these subjects? Should they follow a party line? Does the Bible shed any light on these subjects?

Politics According to the Bible

Wayne Grudem‘s new book Politics According to the Bible: A Comprehensive Resource for Understanding Modern Political Issues in Light of Scripture couldn’t come at a better time. In it Grudem rejects five mistaken views about Christian influence on politics: (1) “compel religion,” (2) “exclude religion,” (3) “all government is demonic,” (4) “do evangelism, not politics,” and (5) “do politics, not evangelism.” He proposes a better alternative: (6) “significant Christian influence on government.”

Politics According to the Bible is a readable, comprehensive political philosophy, arguing for Christian involvement based on biblical teachings and a Christian worldview. Covering over 50 specific issues relating to protection of life, marriage, family, economics, environment, national defense, internationalism, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and special interest groups … this sweeping resource is a must-read for today’s Christians.

Here are a few endorsements of Dr. Grudem’s work:

  • “Dr. Grudem has written a sweeping, and inspiring, guide to politics and government in the new century, a comprehensive but extremely readable and easy-to-use primer on how a Christian guided by Scripture should think about all of the many issues facing a citizen today. Politics According to the Bible will be on the desk next to the microphone in my radio studio and on the bookshelf of every Christian—left, right or center—who wants to know—really wants to know—what God has said about what man ought to do and how he ought to live today.”

    Hugh Hewitt, professor of law, Chapman University, and nationally syndicated radio talk show host

  • “Conservative and hard-hitting both biblically and culturally, Grudem’s treatise is essentially a giant tract for the times, covering the whole waterfront of America’s political debate with shrewd insight and strong argument. This book will be a valued resource for years to come, and right now no Christian can afford to ignore it. An outstanding achievement!”

    – J. I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver

  • “If you read this year only one Christian book on politics, read Politics-According to the Bible. Wayne Grudem shows how we should approach more than fifty specific issues. His biblically-based good sense overwhelms the nostrums of Jim Wallis and the evangelical left. Wayne also shows why those seeking a vacation from politics need to rise up and go to work.”

    – Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief, World, and provost, The King’s College, New York City

Interested? I am and want to share a great deal on this book with you. The Westminster bookstore has it for only $23.99—40% Off! That’s $3 less than Amazon, but it is only available for the next week at this great price. Order Politics According to the Bible today.

Free Audio Series: The Holiness of God

RC Sproul book The Holiness of God

Ligonier Ministries and Salem Communication have teamed up to give away R.C. Sproul’s most popular and enduring series The Holiness of God.

This classic can help you better understand the biblical picture of God’s awesome character and why it is so foundational to God-centered, God-honoring theology and Christian living. In The Holiness of God, R.C. Sproul demonstrates that encountering God’s holy presence is a terrifying experience. Dr. Sproul argues that this struggle is nonetheless necessary because it is the only way to cure our propensity to trust in ourselves and our own righteousness for salvation.

The download comes as six audio files and a study guide. You also gain entry into a contest for a FREE trip for two to the March 2011 Ligonier National Conference in Orlando, FL. But hurry, offer ends August 31, 2010.

If you prefer, you can also purchase and read R.C. Sproul’s classic book The Holiness of God.

Get your free The Holiness of God audio here.