The Seven 7.9.13

Hello all, with  the holiday here in the US, you know the one…celebrating that we used to be a free country. I was away from the computer so I don’t have quite as much material as I usually do to work with…enjoy anyway.

seven1) As I mentioned in last weeks edition of The Seven if you want to see where America will be in ten years, look to England now. In jolly ol’ England (which while it’s not so jolly it is old) this past week a American street preacher was arrested and interrogated for hours for calling homosexuality a sin. You can read about it here. However we, in America,  may be closer to this than just hypothetical ten year time frame, as a California student was ordered to remove their cross necklace this past week by school officials.

2) I also watched a twitter battle erupt, (Twitter battle-it sounds as ominous as pillow fight or fluffy bunny tussle.) over whether or not we can know doctrine for sure. Of course we can be sure, the Bible is quite clear, unless you are one that likes to play post-modern word games to make words say what you want them to mean. You can read more about how we can know doctrine for sure here. I don’t always agree with this blog on some points especially eschatologically, (glad I’m writing this and not saying it, you try saying ‘especially eschatologically’ 3x fast) but on this post the author is spot on.

3) I’m convinced that given the state of the shows on TV today we’re only a few months away from having a TV show where we just laugh at homeless people. Here’s an interesting show coming to the Oxygen Network, (isn’t that Oprah’s network)  it’s called Preachers of L.A….no good can come of this.

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The Seven 04.09.13

Seven Great Blog Posts You Shouldn’t Miss

seven1) Shai Linne who has long been one of my favorite Christian rappers, (his tune High Priest does a fantastic job of explaining the ancient Jewish ceremony on the Day of Atonement, which is a type and shadow of Christ’s crucifixion.) has dropped a new tune, Fal$e Teacher$,  not only is it worth a listen, the artist also does some serious name dropping exposing these false teachers. For a more comprehensive understanding of why he dropped the names he did, this post over at Here I Blog should help.

2) Speaking of False Teachers, if Shai Linne were to release to release a Fal$e Teacher$ part two, I’m sure Steven Furtick would make the list. In the last week his muzzle order form, under threat of legal action, that Elevation Church Cult has you sign as a volunteer is appalling, you can read this excellent blog post about it over at  FBC Jax Watchdogs. Secondly, lets face it, Furtick slept through his classes at SBTS, as evidenced here by this bone-headed tweet he sent out. ( I didn’t see it in person, or else I may have blogged on it, but The Furtick has me blocked on twitter, go figure.) But Erin Benziger did see it, and she does an  excellent job of breaking down the damnable error of his theology.

3) Homosexuality in the church is an issue that’s not going to go away. How do we respond as Christians to someone going through this sin? This article over at Ligonier does a great job of breaking it down.

4) Part of our problem with homosexuality is our failure to see sexual sin as a corporate matter as this post over at Desiring God explains.

5) If we trust the Bible as authoritative, the one notion that we can’t escape is the reality that faces everyone not found in Christ in eternity. The question remains though, does it please God to send people to hell? This article by Chris Roberts does a good job of explaining this.

6) As Christians it is our privilege to share the gospel with unbelievers, and believers alike, one element that is important is that we realize one thing we need to be is holy, check out this article by Terry Ivy as he breaks down this thought for us.

7) After reading the above article, I am sure some of you are saying, but we can’t contribute to our salvation, and this is true, but we certainly aren’t given to lawlessness either, it is a tough dichotomy, this video by Ligonier may be helpful.



The Seven

The new and improved version of  “The Five

sevenYes, the Seven is the new and improved version of The Five…all new for 2013! Check back here each Tuesday for some thought-provoking blog posts that you might have missed in all the hustle and bustle. And for the first time this year enjoy these Seven blog posts that were thought-provoking and edifying.

1) To start things off is a devotional from Pastor and Teacher Ken Silva, yes THAT Ken Silva, we have a tendency to only think of the one aspect of someones ministry that they are “known” for, but Pastor Ken is more than just the Apprising Ministries guy, he’s also an excellent pastor and teacher as shown in this blog post, Lay Hold and Grow.

2) Next is a blog post from Southern Seminaries’ Center for Biblical Worship, it’s a good piece on the character of the Worship Leader and asks some interesting questions, it’s called The Worship Leader and Character, (it probably could have been more cleverly titled but I’ve been known to lay an egg or two myself.)

3) Twitter is a unique place on the interwebz and is often difficult to explain to someone who doesn’t use it, in this blog post, called To Those That Just Don’t Understand Twitter… my friend Bobby does an excellent job of explaining the Twitter community.

4) Being a discernment blogger is often a very, VERY thankless task, so it’s rare when a reader, who once held opposing views, responds positively. But just such a thing does happen as is proof in this blog post over at “Do Not Be Surprised” it’s called, “Thank You, Lord. Reader Is Led “to the Truth I Tried to Reject

5) A lot of times we feel like the majority of the people in our church every week all understand the same basic things, but we all know what happens when we assume things don’t we? This blog post by Kevin DeYoung over at TGC does a good job exploring this misconception a little more, it’s called, Things People Should Never Say They Never Heard at Your Church.

6) I’m often surprised (though I guess I shouldn’t be) by the gradual sanitizing of American History that’s being systematically done by all government institutions. Being related to American Patriot Ethan Allen (not the furniture store guy) I’ve often considered trying to get the DAR scholarship for my two girls when they go to college, but after this move by the DAR, as noted by Stand Up for Truth I’m seriously reconsidering, it’s called Group Told to Stop Praying in Jesus’ Name.

7) FREE resources are great because, well, they’re FREE, but they’re even better when they are as edifying as this FREE resource from Monergism Books, (who we at DPS proudly support) This particular FREE resource is called The Sufficiency of Jesus Christ Alone: Classic Essays on the  Doctrine of Justification.