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Farewell Rob Bell

Farewell Rob Bell.

Those were the words of John Piper, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN, on his facebook page referring to Rob Bell‘s recent book, Love Wins: Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.

Those words rang loudly, and saddened me, as I was reading two posts from Justin Taylor titled Rob Bell: Universalist? and Kevin DeYoung titled “To Hell With Hell“.

Head over to these two readings to gain more insight. Here are some of the highlights:

Justin Taylor writes in his posting:

It is unspeakably sad when those called to be ministers of the Word distort the gospel and deceive the people of God with false doctrine.

But it is better for those teaching false doctrine to put their cards on the table (a la Brian McLaren) rather than remaining studiously ambiguous in terminology.

Kevin DeYoung writes about the importance of understanding the wrath of God (please read his entire posting for a full unwrapping of each point). Excerpted from Why We’re Not Emergent:

First, we need God’s wrath to keep us honest about evangelism.

Second, we need God’s wrath in order to forgive our enemies.

Third, we need God’s wrath in order to risk our lives for Jesus’ sake.

Fourth, we need God’s wrath in order to live holy lives.

Fifth, we need God’s wrath in order to understand what mercy means.

Sixth, we need God’s wrath in order to grasp how wonderful heaven will be.

Seventh, we need the wrath of God in order to be motivated to care for our impoverished brothers and sisters.

Eighth, we need God’s wrath in order to be ready for the Lord’s return.

— Follow me on Twitter @Armando923

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in Articles

 

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Men. Take Notes. Tedashii – Bout Time

I found this song from Tedashii called “Bout Time” from his album Kingdom People from Reach Records. His lyrics represent relationships young brothers have with their sisters when Christ is central. This was a great listen and gave me an understanding of how precious the relationship I have with my wife.

I’m more and more impressed with this new line of music that puts Christ on display well. Enjoy!

Hook:
Bout time that we do this thing right,
man it’s about time that we make her my wife
If she’s a friend and a woman of God,
needs to be treated like a sister in Christ

Bout time that we follow His word,
if she’s your woman then love her like Christ loved the church
Let’s not confuse this love with eros, phileo,
but keep this relationship right

Verse 1:
Saturday evening we all chilling at my boy’s crib,
debating, philosophizing like Paul at Mars Hill
And then she walked in and caught my eye as she walked by,
I thought why not I sought her out, posted up, started talking
Played my position right, prayed my decisions right,
but she’s a Christian right, seems my decisions right
So I pursued her and called and tried to suture her heart up,
and sweep her off her feet, hoping that my future has got her
Spending time together, feeling intertwined together,
life is so sublime together, I could see her down forever,
I’m so in love with this girl man,
I can’t see myself without her up in this world man,
when I was down she was down in a hurry man,
she calmed me down through my problems and my worries man,
And plus she took away my bad time putting a smile on my face,
even during sad times, to me this girl blows my mind

Hook

Verse 2:
It’s been 7 months and things ain’t as good as it was,
we seem to grow apart like distant relatives does
And in a panic we, franticly, tried to handle this, dismantle this?,
that’s not an option for us in our relationship
Sadly we turned to lust, thought that would be enough,
see ran to it for the rush, all the while we losing touch
Ignoring that we sinning, living to regain a feeling,
trying our hardest to recapture this love thru hugging a kissing
But this ain’t working man, feels like a burden man,
don’t know what happened but this feels like it ain’t worth it man
I tried hard to have a change of heart, I really did,
I beg the Lord to come and flame the spark, said I’d repent
But out of obligation feels like I gotta stay
but deep inside I’m fight pride, wishing that I got away
I gotta pray cause now a day’s I treat her like
I never knew her when the truth was I’d probably feel her if she was newer

Hook

Verse 3:
To many times I see this cycle like in Judges,
a guy approaches a girl and tries to date her without proper judgement
He just goes off his senses, cause of looks he get’s in this,
no proper perspective of purpose so he calls it friendship
While she thinks that you’re dating, she sits back patient,
waiting debating your intentions, wishing for more than conversation
But guys are so passive and that’s our sin man,
like Adam we go with the flow but leadings on the men man
So what’s your true motive cause some of us are players living on the low,
we play with hearts but when it comes to love we saying no
Improperly engaging the hearts of these ladies,
if you have no plan or purpose of pursuit, ain’t no point in dating
This seems old school, I know it’s old dude,
but we suffer if things ain’t done the way they suppose to
I know you like her but check your motives, make sure their right,
and guard her heart exhorting her as a sister in Christ

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2011 in Articles

 

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Page CXVI – Hymns III. Free Streaming!

Our friends Reed, Tifah, & Dann of Page CXVI (@PageCXVI) have made available their Hymns III album. Enjoy and spread the word!

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2011 in Articles

 

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Dr. King in a White South

Taken from Tim Keller’s book, The Reason for God: Belief in the Age of Skepticism.

When Martin Luther King, Jr., confronted racism in the white church in the South, he did not call on Southern churches to become more secular. Read his sermons and “Letter to Birmingham Jail” and see how he argued. He invoked God’s moral law and the Scripture. He called white Christians to be more true to their own beliefs and to realize what the Bible really teaches. He did not say “Truth is relative and everyone is free to determine what is right or wrong for them.” If everything is relative, there would have been no incentive for white people in the South to give up their power. Rather, Dr. King invoked the prophet Amos, who said, “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness as a might stream” (Amos 5:24). The greatest champion in our era knew the antidote to racism was not less Christianity, but a deeper and truer Christianity.

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2011 in Articles

 

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Page CXVI – Hymns II

Listen to Page CXVI’s (@PageCXVI) Hymns II album!

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2010 in Articles

 

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Page CXVI – Hymns I

Listen to Page CXVI’s (@PageCXVI) Hymns I album!

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2010 in Articles

 

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The Church // Promo 1

A very, very talented man, DJ Essence (@Lampmode), has made a video in promotion of a new album called “The Church: Called and Collected” which comes out June 8, 2010. I’m always impressed & am enriched with the dedication these brothers have to the moving forward of the gospel.

Please visit Lampmode’s website at lampmode.com

What makes a healthy church? What ways do Christians evaluate their local church? What is the purpose of the local church in the context of redemptive history?

The Church: Called and Collected is a compilation album of like-minded brothers attempting to answer those questions. Join Lamp Mode Recordings and 9 Marks, as they bring together the hottest in Christian hip-hop, bringing an album centered around the manifold wisdom of God: The Church.

Featuring:

shai linne
Trip Lee
Tedashii
Flame
Hazakim
Stephen the Levite
Evangel
and more…

— Follow Armando’s updates on Twitter (@Armando923)

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2010 in Articles

 

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