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Spreading the Feast

Howard Griffith. Spreading the Feast.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, December 11st, 2015. 160 pp.

I’ve enjoyed this book on communion.  I would guess that many Protestant Evangelical Christians probably don’t think much about the Lord’s Supper as much as they should and this probably include those in ministry.  Thus this book  is a much welcomed resource for pastors.

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Why were the Angels rejoicing?

Luke 2:10-13

 

Establish the need:  Some people get really grumpy this time of the year; they feel obligated to get gifts.  They are stressed out wanting to find the right gifts for others.  There is long lines everywhere.  But we must ask why on the first Christmas were the Angels rejoicing?

 

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is [e]Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a [f]manger.” 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

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pananian lamb sacrifice

Here’s a tragic news story: –

A relative performed a lamb sacrifice to protect a 20-year-old man from harm and evil just days before his body landed on a 5 Freeway sign after being ejected in a fatal car crash in Glendale, according to a fundraising page set up for him.

Richard Pananian died on Friday morning. He was allegedly driving his 2004 Ford Fiesta at a high rate of speed and passing vehicles on the freeway’s right shoulder when his car hit the rear of a truck and veered out of control, the California Highway Patrol said at the time.

The Fiesta then overturned and rolled over multiple times.

As the car went up an embankment, Pananian was ejected about 20 feet into the air. His body landed on the Colorado Street exit ramp sign overhead

The tragedy is no laughing matter.  That’s a person that died, a person made in the image of God.

The news that days before his family sacrificed a lamb for his protection was also tragic for me to hear:

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Did the Samaritans receive Jesus?

A site skeptical of the Bible says yes.  That’s what John 4:39-40 teaches:

39 From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.

At the same the same skeptic says the Bible teaches no according to Luke 9:52-53:

52 and He sent messengers on ahead of Him, and they went and entered a village of the Samaritans to [a]make arrangements for Him. 53 But they did not receive Him, because [b]He was traveling toward Jerusalem.

How do we respond to those who claim this is a Bible contradiction?

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Troll autopsy

We have a troll commented on one of my posts while I was away on a trip.  He has some interesting unorthodox views.  Wally, a dear friend of our blog asked him the question “Exactly how did you arrive at that?”  The troll said said “about 25 years in theology.”  He thinks his study of the Bible is academically rigorous and told Wally “what i’d like you to do is use the greek, the original language john was written in,” to refute him.  He wants Wally to know he’s ready to rumble with the Greek by name dropping Strong (dead give away of a wannable Greek Geek).  Oh and our troll freely use the word “simpleton” for others.   So after 25 years of studying theology what is his mighty conclusion of Jesus’ life and ministry ?  His comment found HERE is very telling:

jesus didn’t have any requirements about belief in himself; he had a very old jewish message he wished was simply believed. his only unique addition to it was a universalism and focus on the inner-man. a way of seeing the world differently, through love, and behavior is then lawless, unjudgable.

Let’s do an autopsy of what he said.

1.) “jesus didn’t have any requirements about belief in himself

Response: Jesus didn’t have any requirements about belief in himself?  The Biblical data suggests otherwise.  And he didn’t pick this up after 25 years?  Maybe it’s time to turn the table around, so using his own words and standards: “what i’d like you to do is use the Greek, the original language,” and translate these Greek passages:

και πας ο ζων και πιστευων εις εμε ου μη αποθανη εις τον αιωνα πιστευεις τουτο

μη ταρασσεσθω υμων η καρδια πιστευετε εις τον θεον και εις εμε πιστευετε

ιησους δε εκραξεν και ειπεν ο πιστευων εις εμε ου πιστευει εις εμε αλλα εις τον πεμψαντα με

I’m not playing.  If you’re the troll and you are reading this, there will be no comments approved on this blog until you you translate, parse, decline and argue grammatically from the Greek.  And please don’t use Google to find these verses and look it up in the English or cheat with Google Translate.  You can tell.

Note: I’ll post what these verse says in the English after a reasonably ample time has passed.

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This was from this year’s “Jesus Only Conference,” a one-day Conference in Southern California for high schoolers, college students and young adults.

The following are the videos from the three main sessions.

Session #1: Predestination, Proclamation, Praise: The Sovereignty of God and Evangelism

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Four days ago I posted my .  I want to revisit one of Cecile Richards’ quote again:

While predictably these videos do not show anything illegal on Planned Parenthood’s part, medical and scientific conversations can be upsetting to hear, and I immediately apologized for the tone that was used, which did not reflect the compassion that people have come to know and expect from Planned Parenthood.

My response to this quote has already been given in the previous post but here I want to make a further observation that according to Planned Parenthood’s own president these videos show Planned Parenthood’s “medical and scientific conversations.”  Cecile Richards herself admits this.

Now what exactly do we find in these medical conversations?

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