Wednesday, April 30, 2008

DR. JAMES R. WHITE: "WHY DO WE SUFFER?"

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DR. JAMES R. WHITE, founder & director of Alpha & Omega Ministries , a theologically Reformed Christian apologetics ministry based in Phoenix, AZ, will address the timeless question asked by all, Christians and non-Christians alike: "WHY DO WE SUFFER?"

Dr. White will also respond to the new book by renowned liberal scholar Dr. Bart Ehrman, a former Evangelical who now professes to be agnostic: God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer our Biggest Question: Why we Suffer.

Dr. White is a professor, having taught Greek, Systematic Theology, and various topics in the field of apologetics. He has authored or contributed to more than twenty books, including The King James Only Controversy, The Forgotten Trinity, The Potter's Freedom, and The God Who Justifies. He is an accomplished debater, having engaged in more than sixty moderated, public debates with leading proponents of Roman Catholicism, Liberal Protestantism, Islam, Oneness Pentecostalism, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Mormonism.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

IRENE SPENCER: "FORMER WIFE OF A POLYGAMIST SPEAKS OUT"

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IRENE SPENCER, who was born into a 4th generation Mormon Fundamentalist family, married at 16 years of age to her brother-in-law, shared her husband with 9 other wives and mothered 14 of her husband's 58 children will giver her truly fascinating testimony provided in her New York Times Best-Selling book: SHATTERED DREAMS: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife .

Today Irene is a born again believer in Jesus Christ. 12 of the 14 children she gave birth to are still living today. Her first baby, Leah, died at birth. Daughter Sandra died in 2000 of breast cancer. She currently has 119 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren, with more of both expected. There are approximately 40,000 to 60,000 practicing polygamists today in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Monday, April 28, 2008

DR. SAM WALDRON: "ARE THE MIRACULOUS GIFTS FOR TODAY?"

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DR. SAM WALDRON, one of the pastors of the Heritage Baptist Church of Owensboro, Kentucky, and the Professor of Systematic Theology at the Midwest Center for Theological Studies, will address the theme of his book: TO BE CONTINUED: Are the Miraculous Gifts for Today? , in which he builds systematic case for the complete cessation of the miraculous gifts as well as the office of Apostle and prophet.

Dr. Waldron is the author of numerous other books and pamphlets including Faith, Obedience, and Justification: Current Evangelical Departures from Sola Fide, 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith: A Modern Exposition, The End Times Made Simple, A Reformed Baptist Manifesto: The New Covenant Constitution of the Church and a contributor to the four views book on church government, Who Runs the Church?

My cohost today is Pastor Jim Capo of the Massapequa Church of God who is not a cessationist but despises the abuse and fakery of the sign gifts rampant today, and finds much agreeable with Dr. Waldron's arguments.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

THIS WEEK ON ISI (4/28 - 5/2)

MONDAY, APRIL 28th: "ARE THE MIRACULOUS GIFTS FOR TODAY?"

DR. SAM WALDRON, one of the pastors of the Heritage Baptist Church of Owensboro, Kentucky, and the Professor of Systematic Theology at the Midwest Center for Theological Studies, will address the theme of his book: TO BE CONTINUED: Are the Miraculous Gifts for Today? , in which he builds systematic case for the complete cessation of the miraculous gifts as well as the office of Apostle and prophet.
Dr. Waldron is the author of numerous other books and pamphlets including Faith, Obedience, and Justification: Current Evangelical Departures from Sola Fide, 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith: A Modern Exposition, The End Times Made Simple, A Reformed Baptist Manifesto: The New Covenant Constitution of the Church and a contributor to the four views book on church government, Who Runs the Church? .

My cohost today is Pastor Jim Capo of the Massapequa Church of God who is not a cessationist but despises the abuse and fakery of the sign gifts rampant today, and finds much agreeable with Dr. Waldron's arguments.

TUESDAY, APRIL 29th: "FORMER WIFE OF A POLYGAMIST SPEAKS OUT"

IRENE SPENCER, who was born into a 4th generation Mormon Fundamentalist family, married at 16 years of age to her brother-in-law, shared her husband with 9 other wives and mothered 14 of her husband's 58 children will giver her truly fascinating testimony provided in her New York Times Best-Selling book: SHATTERED DREAMS: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife .

Today Irene is a born again believer in Jesus Christ. 12 of the 14 children she gave birth to are still living today. Her first baby, Leah, died at birth. Daughter Sandra died in 2000 of breast cancer. She currently has 119 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren, with more of both expected. There are approximately 40,000 to 60,000 practicing polygamists today in the United States, Canada and Mexico.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30th: "DOES THE BIBLE MISQUOTE JESUS?: An Examination of the Heresies of Bart Ehrman"

DR. JAMES R. WHITE, director of Alpha & Omega Ministries , will address the thesis of his upcoming debate with well-known liberal bible scholar Dr. Bart Ehrman (former Evangelical who is now agnostic and is author of Misquoting Jesus): "Can the New Testament be Trusted in Light of Textual Variation."

Dr. White is a professor, having taught Greek, Systematic Theology, and various topics in the field of apologetics. He has authored or contributed to more than twenty books, including The King James Only Controversy, The Forgotten Trinity, The Potter's Freedom, and The God Who Justifies. He is an accomplished debater, having engaged in more than sixty moderated, public debates with leading proponents of Roman Catholicism, Liberal Protestantism, Islam, Oneness Pentecostalism, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Mormonism. He is an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church .


THURSDAY, MAY 1st: "NORTHERN FRONTIER CAMP: Helping Your Sons Become Leaders For Christ"

RALPH ESSERY, director of Northern Frontier Camp , located 45 minutes northwest of Lake George in New York, will discuss how this organization enables mentors to guide groups of boys and young men through adventure-packed, action-filled experiences that grow young people closer to God ... and equip them to be leaders of tomorrow. In addition, through programs designed specifically for them, Northern Frontier seeks to nurture and develop the relationship between fathers and sons.

My cohost today will be Bruce Coners, a long-time supporter of Northern Frontier Camp and member of New Hyde Park Baptist Church, New Hyde Park, Long Island, NY.



FRIDAY, MAY 2nd: "MARY: Her Role & Status in the New Testament & Roman Catholicism"

ERIC SVENDSEN, Evangelical apologist, debater, author and director of New Testament Research Ministries , will address the theme of his groundbreaking, 334-page work WHO IS MY MOTHER?: The Role & Status of Mary in the New Testament & Roman Catholicism .

Renowned Biblical Counselor and scholar Dr. Jay Adams said of Eric's masterpiece: "Until this book there has been no definitive response to the many Roman Catholic myths concerning Mary. Here, at last, anyone looking for it may find more than enough help. Arguments, no matter how outlandish, are considered and refuted; every biblical reference is carefully examined and exegeted, and a devastating (but calm) counter-argument is presented. The book is scholarly, but not difficult to read. I highly commend it!"

Friday, April 25, 2008

THE PASTORS' ROUNDTABLE : "The Gift of Tongues"

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THE PASTORS' ROUNDTABLE

"The Gift of Tongues"

This week featuring:

PASTOR JIM CAPO, Massapequa Church of God, Massapequa, Long Island, NY

PASTOR DON HOAGLANDER, West Sayville Reformed Bible Church, West Sayville, Long Island, NY

PASTOR MEINT PLOEGMAN, Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Bohemia, Bohemia, Long Island, NY

Thursday, April 24, 2008

ROB ZINS: "ON THE EDGE OF APOSTASY: The Evangelical Romance With Rome "

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ROB ZINS, founder & director of the apologetics ministry A Christian Witness to Roman Catholics (CWRC), will address the theme of his very controversial book ON THE EDGE OF APOSTASY: The Evangelical Romance With Rome . Rob will also provide an Evangelical response to the interview with Traditionalist Catholic apologist Gerry Matatics on "Sedevacantism" which aired on this program on Monday, April 21st (listen to the MP3 of that broadcast here ). CWRC is dedicated to a Christian witness to those involved in the Roman Catholic religion while maintaining a firm witness to the errors of Rome. To this end, CWRC has written, debated, and produced theological information designed to help Christians witness to Catholics and better understand the intricacies of Romish theology.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

SHANE JACKSON: "THE TESTIMONY OF A 'REVERT"

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SHANE JACKSON, raised in a nominal Baptist home in Northern Alabama who converted to Traditionalist Catholicism 20 years ago, pursued a career as a Catholic apologist, and then, in 2002, after reading the classic book The Roman Catholic Controversy by Dr. James R. White and hearing Dr. White debate well known Catholic apologist Jimmy Akin of Catholic Answers on "The Bible Answer Man" radio broadcast, returned to the Baptist Faith, this time with a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, will address the theme: "THE TESTIMONY OF A 'REVERT."

Shane, who has been blind since birth, is regularly involved in ministry outreach to the blind. He has also served on the staff of Solid Ground Christian Books . You can contact Shane at Jack728@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

STEVE CAMP: "PSALMS, HYMNS & SPIRITUAL *NOISE*: A Critical Examination of the Contemporary Christian Music Scene"

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STEVE CAMP, Grammy Award winning song writer, Christian recording artist, theologically Reformed apologist, controversial Christian blogger and founder of audienceONE Ministries will address the theme: "PSALMS, HYMNS & SPIRITUAL *NOISE*: A Critical Examination of the Contemporary Christian Music Scene."

The 39th Annual GMA Dove Awards, "the biggest night in Gospel music", is scheduled to take place tomorrow (Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008) at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN and will be broadcasted live on the Gospel Music Channel at 8pm EDT. Steve will discuss whether or not he believes the majority of contemporary Christian recording artists square up with the Scriptures regarding their lyric content, public proclamation of the Gospel, public image, "packaging" of their product and business practices and associations.

Steve's "107 Theses: A Call for Reformation for Contemporary Christian Music" is now celebrating its 6th anniversary. In Steve's own words describing the purpose of these Theses:

"Those of us who are privileged to represent our Lord Jesus Christ in the arts should be galvanized by mission, not by ambition; by mandate, not by accolades; by love for the Master, not by the allurements of this world. Is there justified concern that Contemporary Christian Music has abandoned its original calling from the Lord, left the Biblical standard for ministry and has failed to remain accountable to the local church? I believe it so. Beloved, it's time to "sound the alarm on the holy hill" for we are calamitously on "the downgrade" in the Contemporary Christian Music Industry (CCMI)."

Monday, April 21, 2008

GERRY MATATICS: "IS JOSEPH RATZINGER A TRUE POPE?: A Sedevacantist Catholic's View"

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GERRY MATATICS, Founder & President of a Traditionalist Catholic apostolate known as Biblical Foundations International , and the very first ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America ever to convert to Roman Catholicism, who subsequently in recent years has adopted an extremely controversial position adhered to by a minority of self-professed Traditionalist Catholics called "sedevacantism", will address the theme: "IS JOSEPH RATZINGER A TRUE POPE?: A Sedevacantist Catholic's View."

Sedevacantism, a term derived from the Latin "while the seat is empty", referring to the "Chair of St. Peter" or the papal office, is a belief that although the papacy is still an office ordained by God Himself, there have been no legitimate popes for half a century, and that all those bishops alleged to have ascended to the papacy subsequent to the death of Pope Pius XII in 1958 up through the present (which would include John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II and Benedict XVI) are not only counterfeit popes, but are also counterfeit Catholics, since they have espoused modernist heresies such as maintaining ecumenical relations with Protestants and other non-Catholics, and have perpetuated other teachings and practices upheld by Vatican II which were deemed to be heretical by previous Catholic councils. Sedevacantism received a lot more media attention than is typical several years ago during the publicity surrounding the blockbuster film "The Passion of the Christ", produced and directed by Academy Award winner Mel Gibson, whose father Hutton is a sedevacantist (whether or not Mel Gibson himself could correctly be described as a sedevacantist is debatable, albeit the fact that the church he privately funded, Church of the Holy Family in Malibu, CA, appears to have sympathies with some controversial sedevacantist positions). Although our guest today, Gerry Matatics, was featured providing theological commentary on the DVD of the "Director's Cut" of "
The Passion of the Christ," Gerry insists he has no close affiliation with Mel Gibson nor any connection whatsoever with Mr. Gibson's privately funded congregation.

Prior to Gerry's adoption of
sedevacantism (a term he only grudgingly uses as shorthand when describing his views), he was one of the most highly sought after Catholic apologists in America, and was one of the most highly praised contemporary defenders of the Catholic Faith by his former colleagues at Catholic Answers , a well known apologetic organization within the mainstream of Catholicism. While Gerry was himself within the pale of the mainstream, he was invited to participate and engaged in frequent public, moderated debates with such noteworthy Evangelical Protestant apologists as Dr. James R. White of Alpha & Omega Ministries .

Although Gerry is still very actively traveling and speaking, it has been extremely difficult finding a capable, noteworthy apologist within the mainstream of Catholicism willing to participate in a public forum with him to debate or discuss the sedevacantist controversy. Many unsuccessful attempts were made to find such a Catholic to oppose Gerry's positions on this radio/Internet program. A more extensive biographical sketch of Gerry can be found at
http://www.gerrymatatics.org/aboutgerry.html. Two earlier programs on "Iron Sharpens Iron" on the topic of "Sedevacantism", one with Gerry alone, and one featuring an exchange between Gerry and Evangelical Protestant apologist Dr. James R. White, can be heard on free, downloadable mp3 .

CAVEAT LECTOR: This interview is not to be mistaken as an expression of "modern ecumenism" between the Reformed Baptist host and his Traditionalist Catholic guest on this radio broadcast. The host merely believes that a critical examination of Pope Benedict XVI from a scholarly Catholic perspective is not only something that may rarely be heard or seen elsewhere in the media, but is a valuable topic for discussion in a day and age where the desire to preserve theological purity has been replaced with sentimentalism in both modern Catholicism and Evangelicalism.

Friday, April 18, 2008

CHRISTIAN CLAUDIO: "RESCUED FROM HELL, RELEASED FROM PRISON: The Testimony of A Latin King Saved by the King of Kings"

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CHRISTIAN CLAUDIO, Founder of Long Island American Chaplains Association, will give his testimony titled: "RESCUED FROM HELL, RELEASED FROM PRISON: The Testimony of A Latin King Saved by the King of Kings."

Although growing up as a "good kid" and a "mama's boy," Christian spiralled into sinful pride and greed and found a lucrative lifestyle in early adulthood as a drug dealer in New York City. He was eventually arrested and sentenced to prison for selling illegal substances, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. While in prison, Christian, being Hispanic, became enamored with and joined the notorious gang known as "The Latin Kings."During his years of incarceration, Christian was saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, and finally his heart mirrored his name. He also began studying Reformed Theology, including the writings of renowned Reformed Baptist scholar and apologist Dr. James R. White .

Christian began fervently praying that the Lord would bring him a godly wife, and in time, his prayers were answered. By God's providence, a young born-again woman befriended Christian's mother in Puerto Rico, and she learned about her new friend's son, his transformation from darkness to Light and his desire for a helpmate. The two subsequently met, fell in love, and were married in prison. The warden, a fellow believer in Christ who had become very fond of Christian and was impressed with the authenticity of his spiritual transformation, attended the ceremony.

After 15 years of incarceration, Christian was recently paroled and began life as a free man, although in reality, he was already "freed" in an infinitely greater sense while still behind prison walls when Christ removed his heart of stone and gave him a new heart of flesh. Today Christian works as a mortgage broker in addition to serving as a chaplain, and reaches out to youth in an effort to prevent them from wandering down the dark road he once traveled.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

MIKE GENDRON: "POPE BENEDICT XVI's VISIT TO AMERICA: A Christian Response" (Continued)

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MIKE GENDRON, Director of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministry and author of the new book Preparing Catholics For Eternity and the best-selling tract Roman Catholicism: Scripture vs. Tradition will continue the theme that former Roman Catholic priest Richard Bennett of Berean Beacon Ministries began on this program on Wednesday, April 16th: "POPE BENEDICT XVI's VISIT TO AMERICA: A Christian Response."

Mike works through local churches equipping the saints to effectively and faithfully communicate the Gospel of grace. He has taught the students and faculty at The Master’s Seminary , Dallas Theological Seminary , Moody Bible Institute and Tyndale Theological Seminary . Since graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1991, Mike has conducted short-term missions trips and taught in hundreds of churches throughout the world.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

RICHARD BENNETT: "POPE BENEDICT XVI's VISIT TO AMERICA: A Christian Response"

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RICHARD BENNETT, a Roman Catholic priest for over 20 years who converted to Evangelical Christianity and the Doctrines of Sovereign Grace and founded Berean Beacon Ministries will address the theme: "POPE BENEDICT XVI's VISIT TO AMERICA: A Christian Response."

Today was the first visit by a pope to the White House in almost 30 years. Pope Benedict XVI was greeted by huge cheers as he and President George W. Bush took the podium, after which the national anthems of the Holy See and the US were played. The Pope will celebrate a Mass for 48,000 people in Washington on Thursday and another later at Yankee Stadium in New York. He will also address the UN General Assembly. On Sunday he will visit ground zero, the site of the World Trade Center attacks by Muslim terrorists in New York seven years ago on September 11th.

Today Richard Bennett will discuss how he believes Bible believing Christians should respond to these newsworthy events.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

GARY DEMAR: "THE END IS NEAR!!...Or Is It?"

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GARY DEMAR, Christian apologist, president of American Vision , editor in chief of Biblical Worldview Magazine and author of several highly acclaimed books, including LAST DAYS MADNESS (see the book here), returns to our broadcast to address the theme "THE END IS NEAR!!...Or Is It?"

It seems that the vast majority of Evangelicals writing the most popular books and articles, recording the most popular DVDs & CDs and making the loudest noise on radio and television on the study of end times are repeating the refrain "The End Is Near!!" While that often repeated warning is certainly true, relatively speaking, regarding our approaching physical death as individuals, is the "End of this world as we know it" certainly to come within the lifetime of this generation?

Gary DeMar will challenge the latter during this broadcast, and will also address such questions as "Are Islam and Russia mentioned in the Bible?", "Do not all the biblically prophesied signs point to the fact that Christ is returning very soon?", and more.

Monday, April 14, 2008

JOHN LEUZARDER: "GOD's GRACE IN CANCER OF THE TONGUE"

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JOHN LEUZARDER, a Christian survivor of cancer, will address the theme "GOD's GRACE IN CANCER OF THE TONGUE."

Back in August of 2007, John discovered, after a year-and-a-half of visiting five different doctors due to a persistent mild sore throat, ear discomfort, and a metallic taste on the left side of his tongue, that he had a T3 Squamous Cell Carcinoma. The treatments began in September, 2007, which involved 42 radiation sessions and weekly Erbitux injections. The side effects included severe acne of the face, neck, chest and scalp, as well as inside the nose, mouth and ears. Other side effects included nausea, frequent vomiting, severe constipation, mouth sores and dry mouth due to loss of saliva function which combined to cause an inability to eat solid food. John has also lost his sense of taste. John will demonstrate how his emotions began as despair and fear and ended in optimism and thankfulness to God, and why he believes this trial was a gift from a loving Father that has transformed him into a better man and servant of Christ. John is also the author of The Gospel For Children now in it's third printing and available in English, French and Portuguese. You can email John for a free transcript of his testimony "The Blessing of God's Grace in Cancer of the Tongue" at JLeuzarder@earthlink.net.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

WILLIAM NORMAN GRIGG: "FUNDAMENTALIST MORMONISM EXAMINED"

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WILLIAM NORMAN GRIGG, former Mormon High Priest who converted to Evangelical Christianity, former Senior Editor of The New American magazine and the author of such controversial books as Freedom On The Altar: The UN's Crusade Against God & Family , Global Gun Grab: The UN's Campaign to Disarm Americans and The Gospel of Revolt: Feminism vs. the Family will address the theme: "FUNDAMENTALIST MORMONISM EXAMINED."

The media has been providing daily updates on the YFZ Ranch (Yearning For Zion Ranch), a 1,700-acre compound just outside of Eldorado, Texas, owned by the infamous polygamist cult known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, ever since the compound was raided by law enforcement officers on Thursday, April 3rd, following allegations of a 16-year-old girl being forced into a marriage with a 50-year-old man, Dale Evans Barlow. As of April 8, approximately 117 women and 416 children had been removed from the compound by authorities and are in state custody.

Today, William Norman Grigg will provide the historic background of this Fundamentalist Mormon cult and describe its doctrines and practices, and will also address the question of which group the so-called 19th century Mormon prophets Joseph Smith and Brigham Young would most likely be members of if they were alive today: the polygamist FLDS Church or the "official", non-polygamist LDS Church in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Steve Camp: "THINK BIBLICALLY, NOT CULTURALLY"

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STEVE CAMP, Grammy Award winning song writer, Christian recording artist, theologically Reformed apologist, controversial Christian blogger and founder of audienceONE Ministries will address the theme: "THINK BIBLICALLY, NOT CULTURALLY: How Scripture & Not the World Surrounding Us Must Be Our Guide For Sanctification & Evangelism."

My guest during the second half of the program is BRUCE BENNETT, a member of the pastoral staff at Grace Gospel Church, a theologically Reformed Evangelical Free Church in Patchogue, Long Island, in addition to being a teacher in Long Island's public school system, who will continue on the same theme.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

KEN JONES: "THE CHRISTLESS & CROSSLESS GOSPEL OF MODERN EVANGELICALISM: The Substitution of Our Substitute in Today's Preaching"

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KEN JONES, pastor of Greater Union Baptist Church in Compton, CA , a Reformed Baptist congregation adhering to the Biblical Summary of Doctrine known as the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith and regular panel member on Michael Horton's theologically Reformed, nationally syndicated talk radio broadcast "The White Horse Inn," featuring a regular roundtable discussion of Christian theology and apologetics, will address the theme: "THE CHRISTLESS & CROSSLESS GOSPEL OF MODERN EVANGELICALISM: The Substitution of Our Substitute in Today's Preaching."

Dr. Jeremiah Wright, the pastor of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama for approximately 20 years, has been the topic of many discussions in the media recently due to his unabashed adherence to black liberation theology and sermons that have been deemed by many as racist and unpatriotic. Pastor Ken Jones, a black pastor who is a well known passionate advocate of conservative & Reformed Theology, will respond to Dr. Wright's teaching, but will also broaden the scope of his focus on the main problem with modern preaching in general: that Jesus Christ, our Substitute, has been substituted with a false hope and a false gospel.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

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Iron Sharpens Iron 30 Day Archive

"As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend"- Proverbs 27:17