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One of the qualification for those who teach the Word of God is the ability to refute those who are in Error (Titus 1:9); but how can you refute error if you are ignorant?

Pastor Joel Osteen, can’t even distinguish Mormonism from the Historical Orthodox faith.

From http://www.apologeticsindex.org/646-joel-osteen-mormon-church

WALLACE: And what about Mitt Romney? And I’ve got to ask you the question, because it is a question whether it should be or not in this campaign, is a Mormon a true Christian?

OSTEEN: Well, in my mind they are. Mitt Romney has said that he believes in Christ as his savior, and that’s what I believe, so, you know, I’m not the one to judge the little details of it. So I believe they are.

And so, you know, Mitt Romney seems like a man of character and integrity to me, and I don’t think he would — anything would stop me from voting for him if that’s what I felt like.

WALLACE: So, for instance, when people start talking about Joseph Smith, the founder of the church, and the golden tablets in upstate New York, and God assumes the shape of a man, do you not get hung up in those theological issues?

OSTEEN: I probably don’t get hung up in them because I haven’t really studied them or thought about them. And you know, I just try to let God be the judge of that. I mean, I don’t know.

I certainly can’t say that I agree with everything that I’ve heard about it, but from what I’ve heard from Mitt, when he says that Christ is his savior, to me that’s a common bond.
- Source: FOX News Sunday With Chris Wallace, Dec. 23, 2007

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Here’s an update for the end of 2007 on Reformed Theological Seminary’s mp3s provided on iTunes for free since since it first debuted. Veritasdomain wishes you a Happy New Year for 2008.

Revisting itunes.rts.edu has revealed some changes:

“Educational Ministry of the Church” under Practical Theology A couple Chapel messages for Fall 2007 have been updated. And finally 2 new Seminar series “Worship Wars, Holy Kisses, and Names for God: An Evangelical Model for Contextual Theologizing” by Dr. Steve Strauss and “The Calvin I Never Knew” by Dr. Frank A. James III

They divided the plenary sessions from the seminar sessions for the 2007 and 2006 Westminister Confessions for Today Conferences.

They removed the commencement and other special event lectures.

And finally they added a large amount of videos, mainly promoting RTS, while organizing the original brochures by campus location.

  • RTS Virtual Courses
    • Old Testament
      • Genesis through Joshua by Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr. (30 Tracks)
      • Judges through Poets by Dr. John Currid (38 Tracks)
      • Isiah through Malachi by Dr. Richard Belcher, Jr. (34 Tracks)
    • New Testament
      • Gospels and Acts by Dr. Knox Chamblin (49 Tracks)
      • Pauline Epistles by Dr. Knox Chamblin (48 Tracks)
      • Hebrews through Revelation by Dr. Simon J. Kistemaker (46 Tracks)
    • Church History
      • History of Christianity I by Dr. Frank A. James III (33 Tracks)
      • History of Christianity II by Dr. Frank A. James (31 Tracks)
      • The Church and the World by Dr. W. Andrew Hoffecker (28 Tracks)
      • History and Theology of the Puritans by Dr. J.I. Packer (17 Tracks)
      • History of Missions by Dr. Samuel H. Larsen (36 Tracks)
    • Practical Theology
      • Disabilities and the Church (30 Tracks)
      • Educational Ministry of the Church by Dr. Andrew J. Peterson (25
        Tracks)
    • Theology
      • Intro to Pastoral and Theological Studies by Dr. Richard L. Pratt,
        Jr. (23)
      • History of Philosophy and Christian Thought by Dr. John M. Frame
        (37)
      • Theological Foundations by Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas (25)
      • Systematic Theology I by Dr. Douglas F. Kelly (38)
      • Systematic Theology II by Dr. Douglas F. Kelly (20)
      • Systematic Theology III by Dr. Douglas F. Kelly (38)
      • Pastoral and Social Ethics by Dr. John M. Frame (43)
      • Christan Apologetics by Dr. John M. Frame (27)
      • C.S. Lewis by Dr. Knox Chamblin (27)
  • RTS Chapel Messages
    • RTS Charlotte Chapel Messages (24)
      • Fall 2007 (11)
      • Spring 2007 (6)
      • Fall 2006 (7)
    • RTS Jackson Chapel Messages (30)
      • Fall 2007 (7)
      • Spring 2007 (12)
      • Fall 2006 (11)
    • RTS Orlando Chapel Messages (33)
      • Fall 2007 (12)
      • Spring 2007 (10)
      • Fall 2006 (11)
  • RTS Seminars and Lectures
    • RTS Campus Lecture Series
      • RTS Jackson John Reed Miller Lecture Series (9)
        • 2007 – By Dr. Mark Dever (3)
          • The Symbol and Significance of Preaching
          • The Use of Preaching
          • The Art of Preaching
        • 2006 – By Rev. Mark Johnson (3)
          • The Call to Ministry
          • The Call to Preach
          • The Call to Pastor
        • 2005 – By Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson (3)
          • Preaching Christ
          • Reaching Our Standards
          • Using Our Grids
      • RTS Orland Simon J. Kistemaker Lecture Series (0)
        • Group 1
        • Group 2
    • RTS Seminars
      • Crass Plagiarism? The Problem of the Relationship of the Old Testament
        to the Ancient Near Eastern Literature by Dr. John D. Currid (3)
      • New Perspective on Paul by Dr. D.A. Carson (3)
      • Roles & Relationships in Pastoral Ministry by Dr. John Sittema
        (3)
      • Worship Wars, Holy Kisses, and Names for God: An Evangelical Model
        for Contextual Theologizing by Dr. Steve Strauss (3)
      • The Calvin I Never Knew by Dr. Frank A. James III (4)
  • RTS Campus Resources
    • RTS Charlotte Campus Resources (8 Booklets)
    • RTS Jackson Campus Resources (38)
      • RTS Jackson Campus Videos (32 Videos)
      • RTS Jackson Campus Resources (6 Booklets)
    • RTS Orlando Campus Resources (8)
      • One School, One Book (2 Tracks)
        • Writing a Spiritual Memoir by Lauren Winner
        • Real Sex by Lauren Winner
      • RTS Orlando Resources (6)
    • RTS Virtual Campus Resources (11)
      • RTS Virtual Campus Videos (4 Videos)
        • Distance Education
        • Technology
        • Contemporary Churches
        • New Students in Seminary
      • RTS Virtual Campus Resources (7 Booklets)
  • Westminister Confession for Today Conferences
    • 2007 Westminister Confession for Today (12)
    • Plenary Sessions (4 Tracks)
    • Seminar Sessions (8 Tracks)
    • 2006 Westminister Confession for Today (12)
    • Plenary Sessions (4 Tracks)
    • Seminar Sessions 8 Tracks)

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We are not here to endorse any candidate.

But this ad from a current candidate is good.

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Merry Christmas to our Readers

May this season bring great joy for you in knowing the Lord Jesus Christ, especially His work on the cross.

John Piper on A Kind of Christmas Tale.

Don’t forget about The Nativity Story.

A free Christmas song from Sovereign Grace. (enter CHRISTTHELORD as the promo code)

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The Story Of The Birth Of Jesus

http://teamtruth.com/poetry/po_jlxmas.htm

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I don’t really know how many people are debating on apologetics on YouTube since I’m not a regular follower of that community, though I do know one of the incoming links comes from YouTube from a Christian called AntiPelagian who has a collection of videos on apologetic related issues as well as politics. I only watched his video responses but he was using a lot of terminology and ideas that should immediately be familar to the presuppositionalist.

I only write this because several months ago I wrote about the possibility of using YouTube for outreach opportunities and it’s encouraging to know that some people are doing so. I hope there will be more Christians making impacts in whatever sphere God has placed them in.

AntiPelagian also writes a blog on Xanga.

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Today I happened to be flipping through TV channels and came across Hannity & Coles, on Fox News, in which the host was interviewing a scientist who was fired after disclosing in conversation that he didn’t believe in evolution, specifically the common ancestor theory. The host, pointed out that the job description explicitly states that they need an evolutionary mindset. The former employee responded by pointing out that the job description the host was reading was reposted after they fired him.

What I found so hilarious was the host concluded by saying that’s all we have time for, and said next, they were going to talk about a country star and his new CDs. Though I’m not surprised at all by the news media’s tendency to switch to different topics in order to cover everything who are the ones that select which stories to talk about? Why do they even bother bringing people to be interviewed when they don’t spend enough time for the person to speak out anyways? Instead of talking more about the case, and getting the facts straight, the host decides a country star and his CDs are more important?

I personally think that if TV news were ever to become extinct it would be from lack of interest in their shows. Gone is the time of national and global news report. Instead it is replaced with what appears to be such, but inserted with interviews of country star singers, a recently passed away Broadway writer, coverage of Britney Spears child custody, discussion about Paris Hilton’s stay in jail, or Lindsey Lohan’s latest car accident. Instead of increased coverage time on other parts of the world it seems that American media finds interviewing reporters in the midst of a hurricane, coughing on forest fire smoke, interviewing people rescued from the forest, or interviewing Anna Nicole’s friends and doctor will keep the American public from changing channels.

Why interview an USDA representative on updates on bad Spinach when you know there’s nothing new they can talk about? Why pose questions to the local police or sheriff’s investigation you know they can’t answer? Why throw reporters into a hurricane who can only tell you that it’s really windy and call that reporting? Why ask mine representatives if they think anyone survived, when the situation hasn’t changed- that is they can’t say yet! Instead of spending coverage time with idle conversation about what you think, and what some special consultant thinks why not just do your job and report on what you do know, or if you already did that report on something else? Why loopback video feeds of fires and a mall during a mall shooting and have a reporter do side commentary that only he cares about? Or ask pointless questions that the sheriff can’t answer?

Am I ranting? I think so. Frankly, I think the people who pick the stories for American media have a poor taste in stories, and to put it bluntly are idiots.

Thus, enters in the new age of internet news. Instead of listening to stories by people hoping to keep you on their television channel, website, or radio station internet, we now have bloggers and enterprising video productions producing something that rather than trying to catch everyone, focus on the stories and specific interests instead. If you are interested being green, stay a few seconds watching ZapRoot. Interested on stories on Iraq mainstream news took weeks before covering visit Amy Proctor’s blog. Interested on the other side of a story that news covers, drop by Michelle Malkin. Gone is the day in age of having to listen to what the news media hopes the majority of people will be interested in.

The story I mentioned above is worth discussing, but at this point in time, I just feel like poking the eye of today’s TV news media. I hope they go extinct. Personally, I think that as the internet becomes more and more pervasive in society, being accessible everywhere on everything, the static news programs from radio and television will be replaced by more dynamic news sources picked out by the individual. I think mass media’s attempt to reach the masses will always fail because the mass don’t all have the same interests. Maybe some enterprising president of one of the giant news conglomerates will see that and survive the extinction of today’s news dinosaurs.

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