Where Did the Mighty Green Push Go? 

Oh yeah, that's right ... it was all marketing anyway, a facade ... and when the economy crashes, marketing and advertising are the first things to get cut. Plus, when the economy is down, there's no money to be made, because the green push only works when the economy is doing well. Hmm, what does that tell us about the reality of things?

The mighty Green push has disappeared from the media, with the exception of big companies like NBC and CNN still pushing it (I'm assuming because for them, there is still money to be made based on statistics), despite the fact that 2/3 of the presenters at the UN's IPCC conference dissent against the theory of man-made global warming.

Can you tell this is a sticking point for me? :) The level of absurdity with this nonsense continues to boggle the imagination.
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Warren: Try Trusting Jesus for 60 Days ... Or Your Money Back, Guaranteed? 

Now I know Warren was joking in the video when he said this, but seriously. Wow. Thanks for this, Rick. That is exactly how your presentation comes across in all reality.

I must say, with Warren being a spokesman for Evangelicalism, I'm a bit ashamed of this Gospel presentation on our behalf. This is a picture of what a Gospel message folding to culture looks like. The only reason I comment on this is because it is a video in the public domain and he is a representative for Evangelicalism. His Gospel message (in this clip) is more semi-Pelagian (maybe even Pelagian at points) than Augustinian though (the root of historic Evangelical thought). I cannot and do not endorse Warren's brand of the Gospel. Just listen to his non-defense answers to Colmes about the exclusivity of the Gospel in the video.

Warren says, "I don't think [Christ] came for Christians [only]" (my insert to explain the context). So my question is, who exactly did He literally and proactively come for then? Who is it He came to save with His blood, effectually? The whole world, every person without exception, or His people in particular? The judgment seat of Christ at the end of Revelation alone seems to refute that it was every person in the world without exception. But to give even more force to the argument that Christ came for His sheep in particular, here are some more texts. Read More...
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More Than 650 Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims  

This is just too good not to comment on:

(Original): http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm? ... 4616db87e6
(Archived): http://www.westerfunk.net/archives/scie ... %20Claims/

Just read some of the quotes from top-level, international scientists at the UN conference on climate change. Unbelievable. To think that Gore and the media would tout man-made global warming as an absolute, definitive consensus in the scientific community ... it is a total, flat-out lie. There's nothing else to call it really. There is apparently more to come from this conference soon.

And we would have very restrictive laws imposed on us as a society to address a phantom theory? And massive amounts of tax payer money used to address the phantom, the vapor that is man-made global warming? Goodness people. Aren't we smarter than this as a society?

Here are some choice quotes:
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Where Are We Headed? Praise God He's in Control of All Things 

Everything may shift around us at extremely fast rates ... and yet God and His Gospel remain constant. Plant yourself in Him and His grace to us in Christ, for, "the times, they are a-changin'," really really quickly.

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The End Point of the Five Points 

We in the Reformed community talk incessantly about the Five Points of Calvinism like there is no tomorrow (from here on referred to simply as the Five Points). I'm even doing that in this blog post in fact. This is not without good reason, but I believe the Five Points themselves, if not kept in proper focus upon the One for whom they are meant to exalt can themselves become a distraction from the end goal: the glory and exaltation of God through Christ in the Gospel of His grace to sinners.

If you want a good summary of the Five Points of Calvinism, here it is: the exaltation of the glory of God's grace (hence why they have also been called the Doctrines of Grace). The Five Points are all Christocentric, that is Christ-centered, as John Hendryx has gone to great lengths to show in recent days in an article he's written, and any one point that is denied breaks the entire cohesiveness of their final point collectively: the exaltation of the glory of God's grace. If this is not kept in mind, we ourselves who claim the name Calvinist can become distracted by debating the finer points of a doctrine (for the sake of intellectual pride) without focusing one tidbit upon the One for whom they are meant to point: Christ and Him alone.

The sole point and purpose of their articulation is to focus our eyes, doctrinally speaking, upon the work of Christ to redeem us that we may find all our joy and satisfaction in Him alone and finally see how great His love really is toward us. All blessings, from conversion, to faith, to sanctification, to being mercifully blessed with enjoying an excellent glass of Pinot noir or a fat Chipotle burrito ... all these and so much more are blood-bought gifts purchased in the cross. However, the Five Points central focus, aim and goal is to look upon God's effective work in Christ to save His people, bring us to Himself in effective power and keep us so that we may not fall away into eternal destruction. Herein lies true love, that God in Christ would give His life for His bride effectively, not potentially.

I want to spend some time showing (as best as possible, by God's grace) how each of the Five Points lift up and exalt the work of Christ, though not necessarily following the traditional TULIP acrostic. This is not necessarily a Scriptural defense of the Five Points, that can be found here: http://www.westerfunk.net/theology/calvinism/ . This is simply a defense of showing how each point exalts the work of Christ to save us. Read More...
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The Calvinistic Resurgence in America - Humbly Thank God, Cease All Boasting 

http://www.banneroftruth.org/pages/arti ... l.php?1487

"To this reviewer the Reformed Faith means four things. First, there is a love for Martin Luther and what God wrought through him in the amazing re-establishment of the doctrine of justification by faith and clarity about salvation which has its source in the sovereign grace of God and not in the merit of the free will of man. Second, the Reformed Faith is confessional. I subscribe to all the chapters of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith, known as the 1689 Confession. That Confession is the legacy of the English Puritans. Third, there is the clarity of the Five Points (TULIP) formulated at the Synod of Dort. Fourth, there is passion. Another word for passion is love. The church at Ephesus was commended for orthodoxy but was running low on love (Rev. 2:1-7). The doctrines of grace mean little if they reside merely in the head and do not live with love and passion in the heart. And if grace rules in the heart we will not be sectarian, cultish, censorious, judgmental or superior to others who are not ruled by grace." Read More...
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Contentment - A Puritan Prayer from The Valley of Vision 

Heavenly Father, if I should suffer need, and go unclothed, and be in poverty, make my heart prize Thy love, know it, be constrained by it, though I be denied all blessings. It is Thy mercy to afflict and try me with wants, for by these trials I see my sins, and desire severance from them. Let me willingly accept misery, sorrows, temptations, if I can thereby feel sin as the greatest evil, and be delivered from it with gratitude to Thee, acknowledging this as the highest testimony of Thy love.

When thy Son, Jesus, came into my soul instead of sin He became more dear to me than sin had formerly been; His kindly rule replaced sin's tyranny. Teach me to believe that if ever I would have any sin subdued I must not only labour to overcome it, but must invite Christ to abide in the place of it, and He must become to me more than vile lust had been; that His sweetness, power, life may be there. Thus I must seek a grace from Him contrary to sin, but must not claim it apart from Himself.

When I am afraid of evils to come, comfort me by showing me that in myself I am a dying, condemned wretch, but in Christ I am reconciled and live; that in myself I find insufficiency and no rest, but in Christ there is satisfaction and peace; that in myself I am feeble and unable to do good, but in Christ I have ability to do all things. Though now I have His graces in part, I shall shortly have them perfectly in that state where Thou wilt show Thyself fully reconciled, and alone sufficient, efficient, loving me completely, with sin abolished. O Lord, hasten that day.
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Believing in Grace or Resting in Grace? 

I have now finished reading John Piper's response to N.T. Wright concerning justification, entitled The Future of Justification. While I could go on about some of the things said in it, there was one particular point that struck me. In critiquing Wright's understanding of first century, Second Temple Judaism, Piper points out that it very well could be (as Wright asserts) that the first century Jews had doctrines speaking of the grace of God toward them and yet in reality were not resting in that very grace to save them, but relying upon their own supposed self-righteousness to make them right before God in the final judgment.

This made me start thinking about how many of us in the Evangelical world believe in the grace of God in Christ (as a nice and even excellent theoretical doctrine for many), but in reality do not rest in that grace provided in Christ, just as the Pharisees did not, according to Jesus Himself. This even makes me consider many of the students in our student ministry who seem (at least outwardly) to have no zeal whatsoever for the things of God. I'm not just talking about a zeal to be "good" and "moral," but a zeal for knowing God more in the Scriptures, seeing His grace in bigger and brighter ways through the work of the cross, and taking that grace to those in our surrounding communities and to our neighbors through missions, ministry work, witnessing, living lives of holiness, ... not just to be good, self-righteous, moral people, but to give God glory through works that please and honor Him. Read More...
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Thoughts on Piper's Book, The Future of Justification - A Partial Review 

In the past, just doing a cursory reading of some of N.T. Wright's statements on justification, I thought that I could at least grasp a basic concept of his understanding of this centrally important piece of the Gospel message. Then I picked up Piper's book. Now I'm even more confused than I was before; I now have some clarity on various points, but I see now I haven't even scratched the surface of where the man is coming from on justification. Wright's comprehensive picture of God's working out salvation in history seems to be coming from a totally different avenue, one the church has never been down in 2000 years. It seems Piper is confused at points to, or sees seemingly contradictory understandings within Wright that he is putting out there at various junctures. While reading Piper's critique and seeing quotes of Wright's, I think to myself, "This is a Catholic understanding of justification," and then at other points, I affirm with Wright that part of his articulation is the traditionally historic Protestant view (i.e. the "Wright" one ... get it? Wow, okay I'll stop ... you knew it had to come, ya know, a pun ... okay I'm digging a hole).

Things became much clearer tonight though as I continued reading (as much as it can in waters already muddied by a whole new articulation of a super vital doctrine that has never once appeared in all of church history). One of the things that has really come to bear in my understanding of Wright on justification is the way in which he distinguishes present and future justification. I have never even considered these as two separate, yet related doctrines (nor do I at this point still, just so I'm clear ... I believe I'm justified now and will be in the future on the same basis, Christ alone). In the present, says Wright, we are justified by faith alone, knowing that all Christ has overcome and achieved is ours, or in other words, the verdict is in: we are His and have been made His by Christ. Okay that's comforting. Here it comes though ... yet future justification, the justification yet to occur at the judgment seat of God, is faith and the entire life lived in love as a confirmation of true, authentic saving faith. Confused? Read More...
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The Porpoise-Driven Life: A Little Cynical But Not Untruthful 

Even our Catholic friends see through much of the marketed, profit-driven nonsense that drives so much of Evangelicalism now, which is now a far cry from the faith recovered during the Reformation:

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