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This is a must listen to podcast from my brother Darrell  B. Harrison.  You can listen to it here: JT 23 ‘MLK 50 Conference’ – Just Thinking Podcast.

Here are some notes I took down that maybe of help:

  • The conference was condescending and divisive.
  • Liberation theology, critical race theory, and cultural Marxism are driving the narrative for racial reconciliation.  These terms need to be defined because discernment is lacking.
  • Folks are treating MLK Jr. as someone who died in Golgotha rather than in the hotel.  Not trying to be facetious but folks are treating him as the moral figure to be looked upon for morality.  The concerning degree we are seeing is that folks are emphasizing the priority of moralism rather regeneration.
  • Language without context is gibberish.  Terms need to be defined.
  • White guilt trip needs to stop.  What more do you want these white pastors to say that Jesus has not already said? Sin by proxy is what we are seeing with this white guilt narrative.  Whites are being accused for sins that they did not commit or condoned.  But since you look like them we are going to impart their sin to you by proxy.  So now you are a transgressor by skin color.
  • Someone can use the same word but not mean the same thing.  So the use of justice differs from others.  For example, Surah 16:90 from the Koran uses justice too.  If justice is what maters then why not follow the Koran equally to what the Bible says?  You can’t have a concept of justice apart from objective and absolute standard.  Biblical justice not only deals with outward manifestation of equity and fairness but a fruit of heart regeneration, or to put it succinctly: salvation.  For the Koran, justice is moralism that is apart from salvation.  Psalm 89:14, ” Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Lovingkindness and truth go before You.”
  • There are folks out there expecting people to practice this righteousness all the time which they can’t.
  • Behavioral eisegesis or soteriological eisegesis is arrogant.  My sins were nailed to the cross but yours were not is what is being seen here.
  • There is a double-standard when it comes to sin of racism being played out as the narrative from MLK50.
  • So many people preaching freedom from white man’s oppression, structural oppression, institutional oppression, social injustices, rather than from the kingdom of darkness.




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From two years ago; thinking through training pastors overseas

The Domain for Truth

Lord willing this week I want to write several posts on training pastors and leaders for the churches overseas especially in areas that are considered frontiers missions field.  For those interested you might also want to read my post from last year titled “Thoughts on Teaching Systematic Theology Overseas in A Missions Context.”

green berets illustration missions theological education

I appreciate blogger Dan Cartwright, a former Green Beret and career soldier.  I’m using an illustration from his world that I think is helpful in describing the need and means of bringing theological education to local national pastors in the context of frontiers missions.

US Special Forces (Green Berets) must not be confused with Special Operation Forces.  Here’s how Wikipedia describe the missions of US Special Forces (Green Beret):

The primary mission of the Army Special Forces is to train and lead unconventional warfare (UW) forces, or a clandestine guerrilla force in an occupied nation

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The focus of this post is not for the purpose of debating the salvation of Billy Graham or the success he garnered, but a post to bring another perspective concerning the dangerous pitfalls of ecumenism (*[for this context] “an ideology that desires unity among all Christian (and those who claim to be “Christian”) churches or denominations with opposing views) that flew under Biblical scrutiny. The meandering/liberal seductions have caused evangelicals to undermine the authority of Christian belief and practice. The problem is that Graham was charitable to Roman Catholicism (*RCC believes justification by works, sacraments, the idolatry of Mary, mass, purgatory) and liberal (*did not believe all Scripture to be the authoritative Word of God, denied penal, substitutionary atonement) Protestant churches. Let me be clear, it is different when you invite unbelievers to attend the crusade with the intention of being saved. But it is a different story when you accept others as believers when they hold onto heterodox beliefs (i.e. justification by works, inclusivism, wider-mercy). And to collaborate with religious leaders that oppose the essentials of Christianity is not only hazardous but sinful because the Bible warns about being unequally yoked (2 Corinthians 6:14).


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I will always remember the sermon from Pastor Sproul on the holiness of God from Isaiah 6. It was life-changing and shifted my perspective on the God who people are both terrified and fascinated with. His holiness drove me into insights on sin, justice, and grace that I was quite cognizant of but was not really challenged on to dig deeper. About eight years have passed–I still remember it.  Check out the series.  I pray that it will revive your heart: Holiness of God Series.

Now this man of God who was used to impact my life on the holiness of God is near the entrance of Heaven that far supersedes in splendor to the fictitious halls of Vahalla. As the Puritan prayers say, in Heaven,

“There is joy without sorrow,
comfort without suffering,
love without inconstancy,
rest without weariness.”

Though nowhere close to the magnitude of Moses’ departure, the passing of Dr. Sproul provides me with some small glimpse of the great mourning of Moses by the children of Israel.  The leader who led them out of the bondage of slavery was no longer with them.  Moses was there when giants and enemies roamed the ancient and frightening land.  When he went to glory,  he left a lasting legacy for the children of Israel.  A legacy that pointed the people to the eternal God.  In the 21st century for me, Dr. Sproul was a titanic figure in evangelicalism.  He was an astute reformed theological sage that helped mined systematic theology, the character of God, and the doctrine of justification for so many.  He fought vigorously for the Gospel and denounced the 1994 ecumenical document signed by leading Evangelical and Roman Catholic scholars in the United States.  He saw it as a compromise.  See more here: A Tribute to My Friend. Although he is gone, his legacy is still imprinted.

Once the tears dry-up, I pray that the memories of this slave of Christ will drive others to look to Christ whom Pastor Sproul love to point people to.

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This is a guest post by Shuan Marksbury.  His blog can be found here.

Today, the term “elders” rings sour in many Baptist ears. Perhaps it seems too Presbyterian, or it may seem to authoritarian. Indeed, many SBC churches practice a model of a deacon leadership or have such a congregational government that spiritual decisions are left in the hands of those not holding (and, perhaps, unqualified for) any office.


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Brother Vincent has nearly reblogged all of our posts over the past few years. I know he’s reblogged some of your blogs too.
Pray for him, his health and the hospital staff treating him.


Earlier in the week I started expierencing abdominal pain consistent with diverticulitis. My suspicions were confirmed yesterday, it is another bout of diverticulitis with a 4 centimeter abscess.

This marks the 3rd time this has happened, with a heart attack in between. Surgery is not an option at this point do to the abscess and the surgical tean cannot extract using a J.P. drain.

I won’t be exercising my awesome re-blogging skills 😎

Please pray for me and all the hospital staff treating me.

In Christ,


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Some of you who have followed Rob Barkman’s ministries on WordPress and his Youtube channel might not have heard the news that he has passed away. I was getting concerned last month about his well being from not hearing from Him. I have been blessed by his teachings online. Pray for his wife and family.

Settled In Heaven Blog

  • It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my husband, Rob, the love of my life. But, I also know and take great joy in that he is with our Lord, Jesus Christ and God our Heavenly Father. I cannot put into words how difficult the last several months have been. First, my mom passed in November and then Rob this past month, both from cancer. At least, neither one was in pain, thank you Lord. It is such a blessing to me to have Rob’s legacy, “Settled In Heaven.” I hope that it is a blessing to you, too, and for anyone who reads it in the future. You will still be able to read and study “Settled In Heaven” in all of the same places…SettledInHeaven.org, on WordPress, on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Google+. The YouTube is especially dear to me. Thank you…

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