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Avoiding Extremes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Thursday, 11 April 2019 11:44

While controversy often results in precision in how theology is expressed, we must be careful not rush to the opposite extreme of that which we disagree. There is a ditch on each side of the road. Opposing an idea by swerving to the opposite extreme renders one in just as much error as he initially and rightly rejected.

A Fixed Heart PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Wise   
Tuesday, 02 April 2019 18:53

My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise.” – Psalm 57:7


King David was on the run as he penned these words. We know from the notation at the beginning of this Psalm that this was penned as David was fleeing from Saul for his life and hiding in a cave. In spite of such a difficult and challenging situation around him in his circumstances, David did not let that calamity get down into his heart. His heart was still fixed firmly upon the Lord, trusting in his mercy and providence.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 July 2019 10:28
What day was Christ crucified? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josh Winslett   
Friday, 29 March 2019 19:52

There are three basic views concerning the day that Christ was crucified. The majority view is a Friday crucifixion, commonly called Good Friday. A second view that has gained some popularity is that Christ was crucified on Wednesday. There is also a third view that blends the other views and places the crucifixion on Thursday. Before we consider the biblical and historic evidence, lets lay out the 3 general views listed above.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 March 2019 19:55
Justin Martyr on Sunday Worship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josh Winslett   
Friday, 29 March 2019 19:49

Sometimes I read accounts of Christian worship and life from the 2nd century. It's always interesting to see how those directly after the apostles interacted in public worship. None of these saints were infallible. Some used strange language and others were influenced by Alexandrian philosophy. This should remind us to follow the Bible alone for regulatory principles of worship and dogmatics. With that said, it's still a blessing to read their writings and even those accounts of them from their persecutors.

Below is a small glimpse of Christian worship from a man named Justin Martyr. He was a 2nd century Christian that lived AD 100-165. Its believed that he possibly even was alive to hear the teachings of John the apostle. He was one of the first writing apologists of Christianity. In his First Apology, he gave a vivid window into the worship of these primitive Christians. In this small window we see praises being given to the entire trinity, reading of both the Old and New Testament, exposition/exhortation of the word, the collection for the orphans/widows, the reason for Sunday worship, and a description of Christ's Friday crucifixion and Sunday resurrection.

"Chapter 67. Weekly worship of the Christians

And we afterwards continually remind each other of these things. And the wealthy among us help the needy; and we always keep together; and for all things wherewith we are supplied, we bless the Maker of all through His Son Jesus Christ, and through the Holy Ghost. And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things. Then we all rise together and pray, and, as we before said, when our prayer is ended, bread and wine and water are brought, and the president in like manner offers prayers and thanksgivings, according to his ability, and the people assent, saying Amen; and there is a distribution to each, and a participation of that over which thanks have been given, and to those who are absent a portion is sent by the deacons. And they who are well to do, and willing, give what each thinks fit; and what is collected is deposited with the president, who succours the orphans and widowsand those who, through sickness or any other cause, are in want, and those who are in bonds and the strangers sojourning among us, and in a word takes care of all who are in need. But Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly, because it is the first day on which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Saviour on the same day rose from the dead. For He was crucified on the day before that of Saturn (Saturday); and on the day after that of Saturn, which is the day of the Sun, having appeared to His apostles and disciples, He taught them these things, which we have submitted to you also for your consideration." End quote

Article originally published on PBPerspective.com

Last Updated on Friday, 29 March 2019 19:57
God is Not Mocked PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josh Winslett   
Friday, 29 March 2019 19:46

An interesting and sobering note from my studies today in Galatians. Paul compares the willful neglect of ministerial support while expecting continued blessing from them to mocking God (Galatians 6:6-7). The word for mocked in Greek (mukterizo) is used as a word picture for turning up a nose at one to ridicule or insult. The JFB Commentary describes this verb as "to sneer with the nostrils drawn up in contempt." In essence, to neglect the ministry while expecting spiritual benefit is equal to mockingly turning up our nose to God. What a sobering analogy!

Last Updated on Friday, 29 March 2019 19:57
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