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Lessons from Nebuchadnezzar PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josh Winslett   
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:11

In the 4th chapter of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar is struck down by God for claiming glory that did not belong to him. Nebuchadnezzar's final confession praised God, debased humanity, and lifted up God as ultimately sovereign over all things (Daniel 4:34-35). Two lessons should be gleaned from this experience.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:41
Welcoming and inclusive are not synonyms PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josh Winslett   
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:05

Churches should strive to be both but can often miss the mark in one area without knowing it. Welcoming is simply understood as giving a welcome. Think of the traditional church usher as being a good word picture for how welcoming typically looks. A smiling face and a hand to shake. Yet, inclusion goes past that principle.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:40
Our Christianity should be an "on purpose" habit. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josh Winslett   
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:00

Originally written December 5, 2018

Paul had a manner (Acts 17:2). Simply stated, Paul had an evangelistic habit that he typically performed when he went into a new town. As Paul traveled, his general plan was to first visit the synagogues and preach to the Jews from the Old Testament. He then would use this resource to branch out to the Gentiles. Even his messages seemed to form a basic pattern. This can be evidenced in his many epistles as he typically transitioned from doctrine to devotion.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:05
John Gill on the Johannine Comma PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 10:12

One of the more crucial passages at the core of the debate over which family of manuscripts should be the basis for any Bible translation in any language is 1 John 5:7, also called the Johannine Comma. While it's true that the passage is absent from the two older, Alexandrian manuscripts (dating to the 4th Century), the Sinaiticus and Vaticanus, it's also true that those two manuscripts disagree with each other in thousands of places which makes them highly suspect. Regardless, the historic and sound position on manuscripts is that the church is the "pillar and ground of the truth." This means God preserved His word among believers, not in caves (Dead Sea Scrolls), trash bins (Sinaiticus), or the Vatican library (Vaticanus). Furthermore, God preserves His word through copying and duplicating it, not by preserving the original. No original copies of any portion of the bible exists. This is why the preferred manuscript family comprises what is called the "Received Text." The text is "received" because it is what our forefathers passed on to us.

We trust God preserved His word. This is a matter of faith. Knowing this has been God's consistent method of preserving His word throughout both testaments ought to affect our thinking on disputed passages, such as the Comma, the longer ending of Mark, or the woman caught in adultery. We trust the word was kept pure throughout all ages, a claim which cannot be made by textual critics.

Below is an excerpt from John Gill's commentary on the Comma, in which he issues a brief defense of it as authentic. We concur.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 February 2019 10:29
MTZCAST | Episode 13 | Wolves Among the Sheep PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Monday, 18 February 2019 11:10

Earlier this week, the Houston Chronicle published a series of articles highlighting sexual abuse and an alleged pattern of cover up among Southern Baptist Churches (SBC) in the United States. This led to blazing conversation among media personalities, commentators, preachers, and individuals on social media. Sad is it is, this is only the latest of other such scandals, as similar cases have rocked IFB, SGM, and ARBCA congregations. This, aside from the repeated cover ups among the Roman Catholic "Priesthood."

In this episode, we consider this shameful fiasco, while speaking to biblical solutions which prevent the potential for wolves to abuse the flock.

Topics include:

  • Sexual abuse scandals
  • Romans 13
  • Church discipline
  • Interchurch communication
  • Family integrated worship
Click here to watch this video cast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWyBeBZRahc

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