The following is by Rev. Kevin Efflandt, pastor of Zion URC in Ripon, CA and is used with his permission. Rev. Efflandt blogs at Confessions of a Confessional Rev. This morning, I came across something on Facebook that caught my attention. It was a Christian radio station in a place that I formerly lived, asking [...]
Entries for October, 2010
A new documentary looking at the relationship of American evangelicals to the modern State of Israel is being screened several nights this week in southern California. With God On Our Side – Trailer 2 from Porter Speakman Jr on Vimeo. For more on problems with Christian Zionism, you can read this “Open Letter” from 2002, [...]
What is the point of the parables? Is there a moral to the story that we should all look for and attempt to follow? Is the point of the wicked tenants parable that we should all try to be good tenants, or is there something else going on here? On this broadcast, the hosts will discuss these questions as they unpack the parable of the wicked tenants and others related to it. And as they will show, Jesus and his forthcoming crucifixion at the hands of Israel’s unfaithful shepherds is really what these messages are all about.
“God justifies the ungodly”: Paul’s statement in Romans 4:5 has brought comfort and provoked controversy throughout the history of the church. Historically, most Protestants have seen the Reformation as a rediscovery of this gospel truth–indeed, justification as “the article by which the church stands or falls.” In our day, however, neither the Reformers’ account of [...]
We are introducing a new category here on our blog dedicated to Dr. Rosenbladt called “Dad Rod Thursdays.” As we are able, we will be featuring the works of Dr. Rosenbladt with some review and analysis, along with information about where you can access them. So without delay, here goes our first one! Recently I [...]
From the Editor: As we have been learning, Jesus’ parables are set in the context of the inauguration of his Kingdom. In the current issue of Modern Reformation magazine Mike Horton answers a series of questions about the flow of redemptive history. What did the disciples expect the coming of the kingdom to be about? [...]
Some of our favorite people in the world are the folks at Mockingbird Ministries. Most of them are the kind of Episcopalians that give us hope for that long-suffering body of believers. We pray often that their tribe increases! What really draws us to them is their creative, irenic, and fresh ways of connecting the [...]
Some say that Jesus taught in parables because this mode of communication is the most effective for large audiences. But is this really what Jesus was up to? What is a parable anyway, and why did Jesus use this particular method of teaching? On this program, the White Horse Inn hosts will answer these questions and more as they begin a new six-part series on the parables of Jesus.
We would like to invite you to join Mike Horton for the Reformation Conference 2010 sponsored by New St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX on October 22-23. This year’s conference title is “Gospel-Driven: From Doctrine to Discipleship.” Please visit the links provided below for more detailed information, or to register. Gospel-Driven: From Doctrine to [...]
I’ve never watched the TV show Glee. However, a friend forwarded a couple of interesting takes on a recent episode of this teen life series. One character, a gay atheist (Kurt), encounters friends who are evangelical stereotypes. In one poignant scene, a girl invites Kurt to church and says it’s OK if he doesn’t believe [...]