Mike does an audio house cleaning today, sharing great classic audio from Paul Washer, Mark Driscoll, John MacArthur, John Piper, Alistair Begg and more. Plus great Sermon Jams production featuring John Piper on Checking Yourself, and Mark Driscoll on American Idols. Plus Mike reads a few emails from listeners.
Dr. John MacArthur offered this sermon back in 2004, . On the heels of the tragedy of the tornadoes that hit the southern region of America, I offer this today.
”What do these events mean? Well what does it mean when a tower collapses and kills indiscriminately Christians, non-Christians, adults, children, evil people and moral people? What does it mean when a plane goes down and everybody dies without regard for their relative morality, or spirituality or knowledge of God? What’s the point? Is God picking on certain people by assembling them together in the right place to just kill them all?
Now we know better than that. We know a lot of very wretched, evil, wicked people who are doing very well. They’re healthy and prosperous and living long lives and doing everything they can to corrupt our culture. And we know some very good people who died in terrible calamities…car wrecks, train wrecks, illnesses, even hurricanes. What does it mean?”
From text messaging to Twitter to sound bites on TV, we live in a rapid-fire society, no doubt about it. To reach contemporary audiences, should churches do away with preaching—or at least shorten the sermon? John MacArthur looks at a pastor’s most sacred charge in his study, Why Is Preaching Worth Fighting For?
Today’s Message: The Responsibilities of the Church: Preaching, Part 1
The wild, wacky and outrageous!
On this broadcast, Mike shares the shocking, the unbelievable, the sad, the humorous stories, events and practices of the contemporary church in America. Wild and Wacky include: a Nebraska state senator who is suing God, an inflatable church in Italy, more heretical statements buy Todd Bentley, and insight and perspective from The White Horse Inn.
God have mercy on the American church.
Mike comments on the Ric Warren message at DGNC; the suicide of an Ohio teen after being bullied by fellow students and the weird and the strange in American “churchianity”, such as “doggie praise”, clips of a Hannah Montana song as worship and a clip of a video from a faithful church in Texas devoting all to the Lord.
from Case for Infant Baptism: The Historic Paedo-Baptist Position, available online in audio and printed form at http://www.gty.org/Resources/Articles/A361_Case-for-Infant-Baptism-The-Historic-PaedoBaptist-Position
"I believe in believer’s baptism. And I was there and I’m positive that Bob Godfrey believes in believer’s baptism and that Sinclair Ferguson believes in believer’s baptism cause all Reformed people believe in believer’s baptism. You want to get anecdotal, three weeks ago I had one of the most precious privileges a pastor, a minister of the gospel can ever have, baptized three adults at St. Andrew’s Church. We only have 43 members and it was such a thrill to baptize those adults into the fellowship of Jesus Christ. And let me tell you what, not only do we baptize adults, but we will not baptize adults until they are…unless they first make a profession of faith and give evidence of repentance and of clinging in faith to Jesus Christ. "