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A Defense of Calvinism Spurgeon

I love how this book begins with Spurgeon making the point that it is important to be grounded with right doctrines and the right Gospel early on as a Christian.  He even have a great illustration of this: “If a tree has to be taken up two or three times a year, you will not need to build a very large loft in which to store the apples.”  With such an opening my interests for this booklet was perked.

Technically this booklet wasn’t necessarily a point by point proof of the five point of Calvinism, often called “TULIP.”  It is really more of a general defense of God’s sovereignty in salvation.  Of course since Spurgeon is a Calvinist this booklet definitely touches on the points of Calvinism even if it isn’t as systematic as other defense of Calvinism might be.  Spurgeon shares his thought on “free will” in light of his own observation of the depravity in his own heart and also the doctrine of Total Depravity.  The bulk of the book makes observation and arguments from Christian understanding of salvation in general and how it makes sense from a high view of God’s Sovereignty.  Spurgeon also deals with the objection that the doctrine of Sovereign Grace leads to an excuse of living a life of habitual sins.  Edifying read.

Chapel Library has this work for free in various electronic format if you click HERE.

If you really want to purchase this for your Kindle Device through Amazon for a cheap cost, click HERE.

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I don’t know when this offer will end but Jerry Bridges’  “Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts” is available online for Kindle for a limited time!  Down load it now!  You can download it by clicking here.

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For download onto Kindle.

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Brian Auten of Apologetics 315, who’s blog features daily apologetics materials from podcasts, resources and definition of philosophical terms, has a limited time offer for the chance to win 3 apologetic books if one takes his survey.

The survey has much to do with whether or not he should go full time ministry with his blog.

If Brian Auten does go full time, it would be a great thing to support him!

TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE BLOG, CLICK HERE

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In this week’s series on Google Book’s resource for the Christian apologist, I thought it would be appropriate ter’so balance out the apologetics with also the pastoral ministry, since most of the grass level engagement of apologetics occur among those who are in some capacity as Pastors.

Richard Baxter’s “Reformed Pastor” is available online on Google Books for viewing here.  This book can also be downloaded as a PDF file.

Here is my review of the book:

First published in 1656, Richard Baxter’s “The Reformed Pastor” remains a classic even today. The reasons why it is still read is because the truths that Baxter communicates is still relevant today. I will highlight some of these points here.
The book has much to say about the pastor’s duties. Due to the nature of the book, Baxter also addresses regularly the laziness of the minister. I enjoyed how the book tells us the duties of the pastor (and what’s required of that duty) and also cover the motives for fulfilling those duties. This was helpful, as the reason why we do ministry is also just as important as what we do in ministry.
The book is very conscious of the Christian’s duty of sharing the gospel. As an extension of this, Baxter believes the pastor’s duty to share the gospel is even greater: “Every Christian is obliged to do all he can for the salvation of others; but every minister is doubly obliged, because he is separated to the gospel of Christ, and is to give up himself wholly to that work” (196). In fact, the purpose of evangelism serves as a constant motive for Baxter to do the full work of a pastor.
As a result of this evangelistic outlook, Baxter is adamant that a pastor’s responsibility goes beyond just “preaching.” In fact, if Pastors were not obedient to the duty of evangelistic visitations of one’s congregation, Baxter found it unacceptable of one who “tell them of such a glory, and scarcely speak a word to them personally, to them to it…” (207). Throughout the book, Baxter has observed of how private meeting and conversation with one’s congregation has proven to be more fruitful than public preaching alone. This observation is still a true description of the ministry today. The contemporary application is obvious: Pastors are to visit members of the church today, for the purpose of effectively sharing God’s Word and the gospel in private meetings.
In considering the motivation for the work of doing the ministry in terms of sharing the gospel to the lost, Baxter soberly warns us, “Oh what a dreadful thing is it to answer for the neglect of such a charge! And what sin more heinous than that betraying of souls? Doth no that threatening make you tremble…” (199). There is an urgency in Baxter’s writing of the need to do the work of sharing the gospel for the salvation of sinners from the fate of Hell. I found it moving when Baxter wrote, “One would think that the very sight of your miserable neighbours would be motive sufficient to draw out your most compassionate endeavours for their relief” (202-203).
The objections and answer format towards the end of the book was great. It allowed for an organized and easy to follow format for readers to track with the author—something that seems to be typically hard for many puritans writers to accomplish, given their love of having sub-points to the various main-points format in their writing. This portion of the book was refreshing, as much of the objections given against biblical pastoral ministry today was also given back in Baxter’s time.
Furthermore, the book overall was quite helpful in the application of what was taught. These practical principles are useful today and the wise pastor will put them into practice. As a side note, I was delighted to find the book discussing about the importance of exercise, especially in an era before our contemporary fad with health and fitness. Baxter was quite balance, seeing exercise as good for the health. Moreover, there is a spiritual dimension that he pointed out, of how exercising is a form of mortification of sin by practicing Godly discipline.

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VeritasDomain would like to encourage all believers to be built up in Christ in light of our situation or circumstances in life. Listen to John MacArthur, they are free for download – all of it.

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Though those who are behind Veritas Domain are presuppositional in our apologetics,  I thought it was worth noting the event at BIOLA on May 27th, 2008 during the Evening.

Those who will be there, let us know how it went!

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During my “Sex and Gender” class, we watched a PBS NOVA Program called “Life’s Greatest Miracle” on DVD.

PBS.org lets you watch online for free. This video is a sequel to NOVA’s program “The Miracle of Life,” apparently the most popular NOVA program of all time. If your not familiar with NOVA, its a television series specializing in teaching science, offering many other free videos as well as podcasts online.

Nova’s approach aims at teaching but also entertaining the popular audience. Although the opening sentence suggests an anti-religious philosophy, they do offer a quality explanation of science for the layperson and science enthusiast.

If you find it inappropriate, there was a scene of people in bathing suits at the beach introducing the topic of sex, as well as naked babies walking and crawling around in the beginning. I didn’t see the actual birth (since the class ended before we could finish the DVD) but our professor warned there maybe some parts which may cause people to faint (like the actual birth).

I really enjoyed the DVD, the 1 hour video giving a good visual overview of the developing baby from conception till birth. Seeing God’s handiwork gave me a sense of reverential awe. During the video, I was somewhat disheartened that most students probably would never see the video the same way. The students probably didn’t consider the video pro-life but a Christian could use “Life’s Greatest Miracle” in that way.

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I came across a ICE’s website, discovering a large amount of free books available (90 to be exact) in HTML or PDF format. As reminder you can get more free books by clicking above on E-books. Here’s the list: (more…)

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I haven’t had a chance to look or listen to them yet, but Reformed Theological Seminary providing a large number of mp3s and videos available through iTunes U to promote virtual RTS. Located in iTunes new section, “Itunes U” offers audio and video recordings from universities such as UC Berkeley, Yale, MIT, Duke, Cal Tech including lectures, commencement addresses (most popular being Steve Jobs at Stanford) .

I thought I’d include a preliminary survey of what RTS offers currently:

  • RTS Virtual Campus Resources (4 Movies)
    • Distance Education
    • Technology
    • Contemporary Churches
    • New Students in Seminary
  • RTS Virtual Courses
    • Old Testament
      • Genesis through Joshua by Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr. (29 Tracks)
      • Judges through Poets by Dr. John Currid (37 Tracks)
      • Isiah through Malachi by Dr. Richard Belcher, Jr. (34 Tracks)
    • New Testament
      • Gospels and Acts by Dr. Knox Chamblin (48 Tracks)
      • Pauline Epistles by Dr. Knox Chamblin (47 Tracks)
      • Hebrews through Revelation by Dr. Simon J. Kistemaker (45 Tracks)
    • Church History
      • History of Christianity I by Dr. Frank A. James III (32 Tracks)
      • History of Christianity II by Dr. Frank A. James (30 Tracks)
      • The Church and the World by Dr. W. Andrew Hoffecker (27 Tracks)
      • History and Theology of the Puritans by Dr. J.I. Packer (16 Tracks)
      • History of Missions by Dr. Samuel H. Larsen (35 Tracks)
    • Practical Theology
      • Disabilities and the Church (29 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 (36)
      • Theological Foundations by Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas (24)
      • 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 (26)
      • C.S. Lewis by Dr. Knox Chamblin (26)
  • RTS Chapel Messages
    • RTS Charlotte Chapel Messages (18)
      • Fall 2007
      • Spring 2007
      • Fall 2006
    • RTS Jackson Chapel Messages (23)
      • Spring 2007 (12)
      • Fall 2006 (11)
    • RTS Orlando Chapel Messages
      • Fall 2007 (4)
      • Spring 2007 (10)
      • Fall 2006 (11)
  • RTS Events
    • Seminar Series
      • 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)
    • Westminister Confession for Today
      • 2007 Westminister Confession for Today (4)
      • 2006 Westminister Confession for Today (4)
    • Commencement Addresses
      • RTS Charlotte Commencement Addresses by Dr. Mark E. Ross (1)
    • Special Events
      • A Memorial Service for Dr. Harold O.J. Brown (1)
      • Open Theism Debate by James White and John Sanders (1 Movie)
      • Joni and Friends by Joni Eareckson Tada(2 Movies)
      • Bethesda Rehabilitiation Ministry (2 Movies)
  • RTS Online Resources
    • Promotional Videos (3 Movies)
      • RTS Institutional – Video Presentation (12 Min.) (1 Movie)
      • Short – Study, Pray
      • Short – Quiet Voice
    • RTS Brochures (4 Tracks in PDF)
      • Learning At Jesus’ Feet
      • Studying Theology as a Servant of Jesus
      • What is Reformed About Reformed Theological Seminary
      • Westminister Confession Today

Right now I’m trying to download all the Theology (except for C.S. Lewis which I’ll download later), NT, OT, and Church History lectures.

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Don’t just think about riches today;

If you allow me to be your investment strategist (I don’t know anything about stocks and investment by the way), I would advise you invest to diversify and ALSO INVEST for the FUTURE.

MATTHEW 6:19-20=

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

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I’ve been extremely impressed at the ideas and innovations they come up with: Google Docs & Spreadsheets let’s you upload files that can be modified by multiple users at the same time; Google Calendars let’s you share and collaborate as a family, church, etc.; Google Maps merges looking for directions with searching for an address when you don’t know directions (I used to text message google for directions and even weather without internet phone costs); Image Google offers an awesome catalog of images simply by typing in text. What else are they gonna think of???

Another new product I was thinking about a few months back was a good way to save all the great stuff you find while surfing the net- especially for students or writers doing research. Enter Google Notebook.

I can’t believe it. Gmail is introducing Gmail Paper, which will print out email and photo attachments for free, with no shipping and handling cost.

How? Advertisements on the paper:

Is it free?

Yes. The cost of postage is offset with the help of relevant, targeted, unobtrusive advertisements, which will appear on the back of your Gmail Paper prints in red, bold, 36 pt Helvetica. No pop-ups, no flashy animations—these are physically impossible in the paper medium.

This really beats them all. Free printing. If anyone tries it out, leave me some feedback. It seems to good to be true.

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A few schools in the US and the world have made their courses available for all. It doesn’t have the audio or video lectures yet but they do offer their syllabus.

An OpenCourseWare is a free and open digital publication of high quality educational materials, organized as courses. The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a collaboration of more than 100 higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model. The mission of the OpenCourseWare Consortium is to advance education and empower people worldwide through opencourseware.

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I was looking for a particular book on the fear of God and came across a website that has a bunch of John Bunyan’s works:

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A Few Sighs From Hell,
or, The groans of the damned soul.

The Doctrine of the Law and Grace Unfolded

I Will Pray With the Spirit and With the Understanding Also-
or, A discourse touching prayer.

The Holy City,
or, The New Jerusalem

The Resurrection of the Dead, and Eternal Judgment,
or, The truth of the resurrection of the bodies, both of good and bad at the last day: asserted, and proved by God’s word.

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners
(A spiritual autobiography.)

Christian Behavior

Reprobation Asserted,
or, The doctrine of eternal election and reprobation promiscuously handled.

The Strait Gate,
or, Great difficulty of going to heaven.

The Pilgrim’s Progress – Part One

A Treatise of the Fear of God

The Life and Death of Mr. Badman

Come and Welcome to Jesus Christ,
or, A plain and profitable discourse on John 6:37.

The Holy War
made by Shaddai upon Diabolus, for the regaining the Metropolis of the World,
or, The losing and taking
again of the Town of Man-soul.

The Greatness of the Soul

Seasonable Counsel,
or, Advice to sufferers.

The Pilgrim’s Progress – Part Two

The Barren Fig Tree,
or, The doom and downfall of the fruitless professor.

The Water of Life,
or, A discourse showing the richness and glory of the grace of the Gospel, as set forth in the Scripture by this term, ‘The Water of Life’.

John Bunyan’s Last Sermon,
Preached August 19, 1688, from John 1:13.

The Work of Jesus Christ as an Advocate

The Jerusalem Sinner Saved,
or, Good news for the vilest of men.

An Exposition on the First Ten Chapters of Genesis,
and part of the eleventh.

Of Antichrist and His Ruin

Christ a Complete Saviour,
or, The intercession of Christ, and who are privileged in it.

The Saints’ Knowledge of Christ’s Love,
or, The unsearchable riches of Christ, Eph. 3:18, 19.

A Discourse of the House of the Forest of Lebanon

The Acceptable Sacrifice,
or, The Excellency of a Broken Heart

The Heavenly Footman,
or, A description of the man that gets to Heaven; together with the way he runs in, the marks he goes by; also, some directions how to run so as to obtain.

A Relation of My Imprisonment

Justification by an Imputed Righteousness,
or, No way to Heaven but by Jesus Christ.

A Discourse Upon the Pharisee and the Publican

Saved by Grace,
or, A discourse of the grace of God.

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On the January 10th, Grace to You podcast, titled “The Only Way to Happiness: Be Meek Part 2,” there was an hour extra special, only included in the podcast and not aired on radio. In the podcast, Phil Johnson and John MacArthur talk about the Emergent Church Movement.

During the discussion, Phil Johnson prompts John MacArthur to give a summary of the emergent church movement. Also, the conversation compares the similarities of the emergent church to the seeker sensitive movement. They additionally predict that the movement, in an effort to reach the current postmodern generation, is a “planned obsolescence”, citing Crystal Cathedral and Willow Creek model as examples. In the end of the discussion they give some practical advice to a Christian’s selection of a Church.

John MacArthur boils down the emergent threat to an attack on the clarity of scripture, exchanging clarify for mystery. MacArthur also quickly discusses the clarity of scripture, noting that Jesus always had the expectation of Jews to have read and understood the Old Testament, as well as Paul’s expectations for Gentiles to learn about the Old Testament.

For personal application, MacArthur warns that if the church you go to currently does not have a doctrinal statement or revere the exposition of the bible, you should find a new church (Even if it’s not emergent), to prevent “being tossed to and fro by the winds of doctrine.”

Phil Johnson also quotes from a few books. John MacArthur also notes that Zondervan, Christianity Today, as well as another book publisher promote the Emergent Church Movement, by publishing a large amount of books on the topic.

At the end of the podcast, Grace to You announced that this spring they will be giving away books for people who sign up to their mailing list called, The Truth War.

As a presuppositionist sidenote, John MacArthur mentions that his view of apologetics is to use the bible, “letting the lion out of the cage.”

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