Archive for April, 2010

Apr 29

Grudem on Misguided Political Involvement

2010 | by Ryan Kelly | Category: Clarus 10,Quote,Recommended Link

How should Christians relate to politics? Wayne Grudem explains five wrong views of political involvement:

  1. Government compelling religion
  2. Religion excluded from the public square
  3. Christians abandoning government altogether
  4. Christians doing evangelism and not politics
  5. Christians doing politics and not evangelism

Dr. Grudem will be speaking at DSC on the topics of business, ethics, and world poverty this Friday and Saturday, as well as preaching in both of our Sunday AM services. Hope you plan to join us.

Apr 29

Why Suffering?

2010 | by Ryan Kelly | Category: Clarus 10,Quote,Recommended Link

In this video, Randy Alcorn briefly answers the question of God’s purposes for suffering and evil. Suffering tells us:

This can’t be all there is; there’s got to be something better… There is a better world than this. We live between Eden and the New Earth.

Randy will be speaking on this topic on Friday evening of our Clarus Weekend (“Between Heaven and Earth”).

In preparation for that, you might want to take a look at a lengthy interview with Randy about his book, If God is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil.

Apr 29

Alcorn on Endurance

2010 | by Ryan Kelly | Category: Clarus 10,Quote,Recommended Link

I just finished listening to a wonderful message by Randy Alcorn, given at the 2007 Desiring God conference: “Today’s Decisions Determine Who You Will Be Tomorrow.” The thesis of the message is this (very convicting and helpful):

Whether or not you endure in your Christian life is dependent upon who you become. Will you become God’s man or your man, Christ-dependent or self-dependent? It is the little choices of life that determine which one you become. Endurance consists of a “long obedience in the same direction.”

As we gear up for our Clarus conference weekend with Wayne Grudem and Randy Alcorn maybe you’ll take time to watch or listen to this great message.

Apr 23

Q&A with Ray Ortlund and Sam Storms

2010 | by Ryan Kelly | Category: Clarus 09,Recommended Link

Videos of the panel discussions for Clarus ‘09 – “The Convergence of Doctrine and Delight” — are now on Youtube. Below are the links broken down by category and specific questions, 3-8 minutes each.

Questions on Worship

Questions on Miraculous Gifts

Questions on Election and Predestination

Questions on Various Issues of Ministry and the Church

If you missed the plenary sessions (or want to re-listen), the audio to this, as well as the previous year’s conference weekends, is on the DSC/Clarus website.

Just a reminder, there will be two different panel discussions with Wayne Grudem and Randy Alcorn at this year’s Clarus conference weekend — Saturday, May 1, 1:30 PM and 8:15 PM. If you haven’t purchased tickets, do so soon!

Apr 21

Getting to Know Wayne Grudem

2010 | by Ryan Kelly | Category: Clarus 10,Recommended Link

As we continue to gear up for upcoming conference weekend — Clarus ’10 — you might be interested in getting to know more about Wayne Grudem. Here are a couple of excellent interviews.

1.  C.J. Mahaney did a four part interview with Dr. Grudem (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4). Some of the questions covered:

  • Please describe your morning devotions. What time do you wake up in the morning? How much time do you spend reading, meditating, praying, etc.?
  • If you could study under any theologian in church history (excluding those men in Scripture), who would it be and why?
  • What single bit of counsel has made the most significant difference in your effective use of time?
  • What single bit of counsel has made the most significant difference in your leadership?
  • Where in ministry are you most regularly tempted to discouragement?
  • What do you do for leisure?
  • If you were not in ministry, what occupational path would you have chosen?

2.  If you prefer audio, Mark Dever has an hour-long interview with Dr. Grudem, which covers many issues of theology and ministry.

Hope you plan to be with us Apr 30 – May 2 to learn from Wayne Grudem and Randy Alcorn. If you haven’t yet, you can get tickets online, in the DSC church office, or at local Christian bookstores, Chronicles and Bibles Plus.