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Why I Don’t Believe in The Apostles’ Creed

UPDATE: Please read the article all the way through. I am not saying that I don’t believe the Apostles’ Creed. Far from it. I do! Our church recites it at times. What I am saying is that it cannot be used to define the gospel of Jesus Christ. So please read the article carefully.- Chap

Ok, it is time to come out of the closet.

I don’t believe in The Apostles’ Creed.

The Apostles’ Creed dates from very early times in the church, perhaps a half-century or so from the last book of the New Testament.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty.
Maker of heaven and earth;
and in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord.
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius […]

Scientific Research Backs Up the Bible: Two Dads Are Not Better

Our children are being assaulted by the media on this issue. We are being told God’s way is not the best way;  that the Bible is out of date. Or that our understanding of the Bible on this issue is like the Southerner’s support of slavery. Once we are all “enlightened” we will progress!

But now comes a new study that shows that two dads are not better than one. Show this article to your children showing that God’s way is the best way. Jesus does come to give abundant life (John 10:10).  What is amazing is that out of 15,000 individuals surveyed only 2 has been raised long-term by a gay couple. The numbers alone prove that this is not as popular that the media […]

Gospel Focused Exhortations to Sexual Purity

From my last Sunday’s sermon on 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Paul argues for their sexual purity in a surprising way. His gospel oriented approach starts with indicatives (indicators of what God has done) and then moves to imperatives (commands of what we are to do).

1. Articulating and Deconstructing the Lies. (vv. 12-13)
a. “All things are lawful” – Said by Corinthians to justify their sin. Often said by Christians as they are being tempted to sin. “God will forgive me.”
b. “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food.” – Also said by Corinthians to justify their sin. The underlying philosophy of the world today. In other words, sex is an appetite just like food. Sex is to be satisfied just like when I am thirsty or […]

The Negative Effects of Cohabitation – Continued

Once again, people are discovering that there are negative effects of cohabitating before you marry.
Cohabitation in the United States has increased by more than 1,500 percent in the past half century. In 1960, about 450,000 unmarried couples lived together. Now the number is more than 7.5 million.
The common belief?
In a nationwide survey conducted in 2001 by the National Marriage Project, then at Rutgers and now at the University of Virginia, nearly half of 20-somethings agreed with the statement, “You would only marry someone if he or she agreed to live together with you first, so that you could find out whether you really get along.” About two-thirds said they believed that moving in together before marriage was a good way to avoid divorce.
The truth?
But that belief is […]

Have Good Things Captured Your Heart?

John Piper pens a post with this title: Know a Christian Who Seems to Love Movies More Than Jesus?

A couple of paragraphs stand out in particular:

Many professing Christians give little evidence of valuing Jesus more than the latest movie they have seen. Or the latest clothing they bought. Or the latest app they downloaded. Or the latest game they watched. Something is amiss.

He suggests asking:

“I love your enthusiasm for the things you get excited about. You’re so free and expressive about good movies and nice clothes and cool apps. It seems odd to me that you don’t seem to be as expressive about the way you feel about Jesus and what he’s done for us. Have you thought about why that might be?”

The point of […]

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Helping Our Christian Teens Understand Liberty

I am working right now on a chapter to help parents understand and articulate Christian liberty to their teens. Douglas Wilson has a succinct wording that the wise Christian parent can use to explain this: HT BTW

Douglas Wilson:
The way others are to view your liberty is not the same way that you should view your liberty.

Other Christians should let you do what you want unless the Bible forbids it. That’s how we guard against legalism.

But you should use your liberty differently—you should be asking what the reasons are for doing it, and not what the reasons are for prohibiting it.
Very helpful…..More to come.

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Heroes and Celebrities

Kevin DeYoung makes a great point at his blog about heroes vs celebrities. This needs to be clear in our mind as we disciple our children. Are the people they are following heroes or celebrities? Here is part of what he had to say:

“Christians need heroes. They can live without celebrities.

The two are not always easily distinguished. Some heroes become celebrities and some celebrities can be heroic. But in general, the two words mean different things and refer to two different kinds of people.

Heroes are admired for bravery, nobility, honor, and character. Celebrities are admired for beauty and talent.
Heroes grow through suffering and we respect them for it. Celebrities flounder in dysfunction and we are amused by it.
Heroes are followed; we want to learn from […]

A 3 Minute Case Against Abortion

A compelling video to persuade any and all: 1. Not to have an abortion and 2. That abortion cannot continue in our country. Technology is making it obvious. This is a human life. One day, those who support abortion on demand will be seen like those who support slavery on demand; sickly out of touch with reality!

Who can you show this video to?  HT: Randy Alcorn

This is Your Brain On Music

Thanks to Sharon, our home is filled with music. I am still coming to appreciate how important music is to life. Ignore the evolutionary talk and listen to some observations about the importance of music. There are all sorts of implications for young people and parents as they choose music. And for pastors as they harness the power of music.  HT: Challies

The good stuff starts at about 6:58.

Why Do We Let Them Dress Like This?

Interesting article at the Wall Street Journal (HT:BTW)

Why Do We Let Them Dress Like That: Women of a liberated generation wrestle with their eager-to-grow-up-daughters – and their own pasts.

Interesting to see non-Christians wrestling with the way they are letting their daughters dress. Even more interesting to peek over the shoulder of non-Christian women who are willing to verbalize the regret for their sexually promiscuous past.The writer is wrestling with her own advice and her past. Why does her generation of women let their girls dress so provocatively.
I have a different theory. It has to do with how conflicted my own generation of women is about our own past, when many of us behaved in ways that we now regret. A woman I know, with two […]