The Hard Sayings – 1 Timothy 2:4

Is Paul telling Timothy that God desires to save ALL men? Is Paul a psychotic man that contradicts himself? Pastor Jim McClarty takes on this passage as part 3 in the “Hard Sayings” videos using context and word usage to explain how these passages support the completed atonement of the cross for the elect instead of the Arminian view of salvation. If you missed videos 1 and 2 watch those first as they provide some support for what is said in this third video.


An interesting 9-11 sermon by John MacArthur

This was found by a friend of mine and was given after the initial attacks on 9-11. Some dispensational things that are said are questionable, but overall a powerful message concering sin and death.

A biblical perspective on death, terrorism, and the middle east part 1

A biblical perspective on death, terrorism, and the middle east part 2

Another day of reflection

Yesterday was a hard day for many as America remembered the 9-11 tragedy. We have heard the many stories of how God used that tragedy for good from the mouth of the survivors and their families. We understand that evil does not emanate from God or he could not be God, and we also see God’s work more clear through tragedy when the contrast between good and evil is most evident.

I take this thought to September 12 2011 which is the 19th anniversary of my Dad’s death. Not even a year before this incident my grandfather who had a big hand in raising me had also passed away. Ironically I am 38 which means I have lived half of my life, and basically all of my adult life, with no earthly father figure providing guidance and answering questions.

These last 19 years began with a new introduction to a heavenly father, alone on my bunk bed thousands of miles away from anyone I knew. Since that time I have been on a journey to understand and know Him as best as I possibly can and He, both through his own words and working through many other men that I am grateful to for their writings and discussions, have kept me grounded in knowledge and faith.

However I can’t forget how the journey started, through the untimely death of the two men I relied on up to that point for most things. Something that I now look back on and know was necessary to get me started down the path I have been on for half of my life.

It hasn’t just been me either, and of course this isn’t all about me. This is about God and how He works, something that is hard for us to see until we look back and reflect on our lives and the lives of others. Something that many people across America have done over the course of the last 2 days. To all of us who are thinking about lost loved ones today I say to you the same thing that Joshua said to his family when they found him in Egypt after selling him into slavery, they meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.

Bad things happen to innocent people because the world is fallen and evil exists. The Bible says that God allowed evil to exist as a result of creating finite beings capable of love and doing good, but also capable of hate and doing bad. How can one know love if hate is not available, or as C.S. Lewis said, a man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of what a straight line is. Therefore a world with life and love is a world with death and hate and the two are inextricably tied together. “Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free-wills involve, and you will find that you have excluded life itself” – C.S. Lewis.

God is the greatest thing we can think of, so he is omniscient and knew all of this, he is omnipotent so he could create all of this, and He chose to do so even though knowing that evil and death would come of it because being omnipotent does not mean anything can be done, but that anything possible can be done. So the question isn’t why does evil exist, but why do any of us exist at all. Nobody knows the answer to that question of why God created at all, but I am positive that all of us that are alive are glad he did even through our tragedy of death and suffering.

Through all of this we know that the death and suffering of those we love never goes in vain, but is worked out to the good of the God who created the world. I am thankful for the time that my father and grandfather had with us, and the impact they had on the lives around them including my own. I am also thankful for all of the stories of courage, love, and grace that have come out this week as a result of the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of 9-11. How appropriate it is for the Christian faith to show us life through the death of Christ.

My thoughts for the day…..Finally….God and 9-11

Wow, it has been a busy 3-4 months with moving, working and writing papers for my MAT. I have not had any time to write here on my blog. Now that I have the move behind me I should have some time to write, and possibly incorporate some of my writings for the MAT here as well.

Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of 9-11. I still remember the day vividly. It has been wonderful to listen to the stories from those who survived that dreadful day. It leads me to the story of Joseph and his brothers and specifically this verse in Genesis 50:20

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive

Rob Bell’s new book “Love Wins” Loses the Gospel

Rob Bell is a guy that I am sure means well. He is also a guy that says a lot of wonderful things. However in this new book he exposes himself for having a view of God that is simply not supported by the Biblical text.

In the first interview he is called out by Martin Bashir on a theological and philosophical level. In the second video you have a proper Biblical response correcting Bell. In the third video you have another error from Bell’s own video refuted from way back in 2007.

Recently Rob Bell called on his congregation of thousands at Mars Hill to not allow others to take him out of context, and issued a warning to others not to condemn him because the Spirit might be working. Read the book for yourself and listen to his own words, then hold it up to scripture and the words of Jesus himself, then ask yourself if Rob Bell’s idea of God and Hell measure up.

In fact first, just listen to his own words in his own marketing for the book

Then listen to Martin Bashir ask him basic questions that he simply can’t answer. As far as I know this is in no way edited to take him out of context. Martin explains his questioning on Paul Edward’s program here Brashir explains Bell\'s seeker sensative approach and the problem with truth

Then see what Bell says about faith back a few years ago, and listen to someone critique him against the Bible.

Like I said, Rob Bell seems passionate about what he does, and I am sure he has the best of intentions. But he is loaded with error and bad Theology and to make matters worse teaches this to thousands every Sunday. One day he will have to give an answer for this, I wonder what that answer will be