Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Mark Michael Zima: "OPEN LETTER TO POPE BENEDICT XVI REGARDING THE CAUSE FOR CANONIZATION OF MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA"

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MARK MICHAEL ZIMA, author of "Mother Teresa: The Case For the Cause: Is Mother Teresa of Calcuta a Saint?" , will address his "OPEN LETTER TO POPE BENEDICT XVI REGARDING THE CAUSE FOR CANONIZATION OF MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA."

Although Mark Michael Zima is a Traditionalist Catholic in good standing, his controversial views regarding Mother Teresa of Calcutta, a beloved, modern-day hero of countless millions globally spanning denominations and world religions, surely puts him at odds with the vast majority of professing Catholics worldwide. He is a former religious brother of two missionary communities: the Brothers of Our Lady of Reconciliation and the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He has devoted much of his life to theological and philosophical studies as well as the evangelism of Catholicism. He has studied at the Dietrich von Hildebrand Institute in Gradone, Italy. He has also has a comprehensive education in other branches of Christian theology. He has taught Sacred Scripture, as well as RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) and has been a Catholic youth director at a parish in Oregon. He has been associated with many different Catholic organizations. He has worked to found Catholic monasteries with Catholic priests.

Mr. Zima has written to Cardinal Ratzinger before he became Pope Benedict XVI (An Open Letter and Request to Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger), and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, to address the theological problems in the Church. He has met and dialogued with bishops of the western and eastern rites. Today we will discuss Mr. Zima's recent open letter to Pope Benedict XVI calling into question Mother Teresa's eligibility for Canonization.

Monday, September 29, 2008

PETER FEUERHERD & PETE SHEEHAN: "HOLYLAND U.S.A.: A Catholic Ride Through America's Evangelical Landscape" (ENCORE PRESENTATION)

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PETER FEUERHERD, the Editor of "American Catholic" and a widely respected Catholic journalist, and PETE SHEEHAN, Senior Reporter for "The Long Island Catholic" newspaper, will address the theme of Feuerherd's book "HOLYLAND U.S.A.: A Catholic Ride Through America's Evangelical Landscape," winner of five Catholic Press Awards.

As the host of "Iron Sharpens Iron", and as an Evangelical from the Reformed Baptist tradition, I believe it is very healthy and valuable to hear how those outside of Evangelical Christianity view the faith demonstrated by those who do profess to be heirs of the Protestant Reformation today. During this broadcast we will get a glimpse of Evangelicalism as seen through the lens of two Roman Catholic ecumenists.

Here is a description of Peter Feuerherd's book "Holyland USA" from Publishers Weekly:

"A little more than 40 years ago, many Protestants in the U.S. thought that a Catholic in the White House was a sign of the Apocalypse. Now, Catholics and Protestants often find themselves on the same side of political and social battle lines. 'The barriers are breaking down,' writes award-winning religion journalist Feuerherd, a self-described 'liberal New Yorker' who investigates the evangelical Protestant movement in the U.S. Feuerherd begins his exploration at the Holy Land theme park in Orlando, Fla., which boasts a replica of the ancient city of Jerusalem and tour guides who proselytize visitors. Feuerherd also writes about his time at the Protestant-run American Bible Society in New York, where he worked as an editor, and investigates the Willow Creek megachurch in suburban Chicago. He is not afraid to levy criticisms against some intolerant evangelicals, but he never does so at arm's length—he inserts himself into the evangelical world and one can sense his appreciation growing. His daughter's recent decision to forgo Catholicism and attend an evangelical church presents Feuerherd with a new perspective on evangelical hospitality that he generously shares with the reader. Feuerherd's writing style is light and often humorous, which helps defuse many of the Catholic/evangelical tensions he encounters."

During this discussion, an attempt will be made to contrast the ecumenism of the two Catholic guests with the non-ecumenical stance the host of this program takes regarding relations between Evangelicals and Roman Catholics in matters of spirituality, evangelism and worship.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

ISI Mailbox

Here are some highlights from a letter written to Chris Arnzen, host of Iron Sharpens Iron:


Hello Chris,

I was pleased to find that you have a radio program on WNYG. I never listen to that, as most Christian stations these days lean towards theological teaching that I am not interested in.

The way I found your program was that, on a whim I was searching for Joel Nederhood. I used to get up early to watch Faith 20 and listen to the Back to God Hour on a regular basis. It was very instrumental in my faith as I left the Roman Catholic Church. I listened to the MP3 of the show with Nederhood that you did recently. I enjoyed it very much.

I did not go the reformed route, I went the Lutheran route (Missouri Synod) which I found to be faithful to the scriptures and Christ centered as well. (Although I respected reformed teachers on Family Radio [until Camping started losing his mind] and others like RC Sproul, Nederhood, Kennedy, Boice, etc) I am currently working full time at a Lutheran church as it's youth minister.

I attended those old debates with the Rev White and others that you ran back in the day. Are there any more of these? In this post- modern age, I find that the theological issues are not as big to people as is one's personal expression of faith and faith story.

Well I just thought I would send you this note. Blessings to you and keep up the good work,


Chris


Dear Brother Chris,

Thank you so very much for your encouraging words regarding my "Iron Sharpens Iron" radio program. I am delighted that Dr. Joel Nederhood's interview was particularly a blessing to you.

As far as Dr. James R. White's debates are concerned, you can get updates on all of his upcoming debates and speaking engagements at www.aomin.org. He has no immediate plans for a Long Island debate, but is frequently traveling elsewhere to debate, lecture and preach. Please pray that I will be able to find a debating opponent for Dr. White representing Roman Catholicism or one of the major cults who is prominent enough in his church or cult to warrant Dr. White's traveling to Long Island amid his already busy schedule.

Please keep listening to "Iron Sharpens Iron", and please spread the word about the program in whatever state you live in. I pray our Sovereign Lord uses you mightily in the lives of the youth whom you minister to at your Lutheran congregation. Please also pray for me and for "Iron Sharpens Iron". Without the financial support of more faithful advertisers sponsoring the program it cannot and will not continue to exist. Grace and peace!

In His grip,

Chris Arnzen
"Iron Sharpens Iron"
www.sharpens.org
(631)991-1226

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Pastors' Roundtable: Should Women Be In Leadership Roles?

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THE PASTORS' ROUNDTABLE:

Should Women Be in Leadership Roles?

Featuring:

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

PASTOR CHRIS HATTON, Blue Point Bible Church, Blue Point, Long Island, NY


PASTOR AL STEIN, Neighborhood Assembly of God, Bellmore, Long Island, NY

Thursday, September 25, 2008

GARY DeMAR: "SHOULD WOMEN EVER LEAD OUR NATION (And Should Christians Ever Vote For Them)?"

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GARY DeMAR, a theologically Reformed Christian apologist well known for his adherence to Postmillennialism, Theonomy and Christian Reconstruction, highly sought-after conference speaker, President of American Vision , Editor of the monthly magazine "Biblical Worldview," host of "The Gary DeMar Show" and author of over 23 books on a wide range of issues will address the very timely and controversial theme: "SHOULD WOMEN EVER LEAD OUR NATION (And Should Christians Ever Vote For Them)?"

The above question has been the focus of much debate as of late due to the nomination of America's very first Republican candidate for Vice President, and stark differences of opinion exist even among the most conservative, fundamentalist and theologically Reformed Christians. Heated discussions over this issue have arisen between Christians who may even regularly sit near each other in the same pew every Sunday. We have featured guests on "Iron Sharpens Iron" on both sides of this debate.

According to today's guest, Gary DeMar, "There is concern and reservations over the candidacy of Sarah Palin as a vice-presidential candidate, and not all of it is coming from the political left. A number of Christians have expressed their disapproval of a woman holding political office. The most articulate biblical appraisal has been written by William Einwechter. At first reading, there is little I can disagree with, but I believe he has left out some important points of consideration..."

...Let’s begin with the obvious. If Sarah Palin were a man, conservatives everywhere would be rejoicing. It’s not her conservative policies her critics object to but the fact that she’s a woman, and the Bible prohibits women from holding civil office. This is the essence of the biblical argument against her. I’m not sure an iron-clad case can be made for the prohibition of women holding civil posts of authority in all circumstances..." (read more here).

Much of Gary DeMar's writing and public speaking ministry addresses his strong conviction that America was founded as a Christian nation and he debates this topic frequently.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

JOHN LEUZARDER: "GOD SENT A BLIZZARD TO MELT COLD HEARTS"

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JOHN LEUZARDER, a survivor of cancer and author of "The Gospel For Children", will give his and his wife Sue's personal testimony of being saved by the grace of a loving, merciful and sovereign Christ: "GOD SENT A BLIZZARD TO MELT COLD HEARTS".


In 1976 John Leuzarder was laid off from his job where he worked and traveled extensively in a sales engineering position for over a 10-year period. Seeing an opportunity, he partnered with another salesman to form Advanced Environmental Technology Corp. (AETC) to deal with the emerging environmental problems associated with improperly managed hazardous chemicals and waste. Their company grew through a diversity of services including training, safety audits, packaging services, trucking, BTU recovery from waste solvents, acid neutralization, and chemical emergency response. In time they became nationally recognized for their expertise in the transport and on-site detonation of explosive and other dangerous highly reactive chemicals. AETC developed an array of remote control robotic devices for this purpose, the likeness of which are used by our military today. With wide acceptance from the emerging regulatory authorities AETC grew rapidly. – An average of 160% per year for the first 12 years. AETC reached $40 million in annual sales by 1987. Profitability during these years grew to 21% before taxes.

As AETC sales continued to grow, John Leuzarder and his business partner were able to diversify into a highly specialized trucking company, an insurance business (initially formed to capture commissions on their huge insurance premiums), real estate holdings to regionalize their growth into key market areas, and to satisfy John's partner’s personal interest, a jewelry business in Morristown.

All of John's dreams were becoming realities! He sat on a very prestigious committee of the American Chemical Society in Washington DC with 11 of the top research chemists in the US (MIT, Dupont etc.). He and his partner lectured in major universities across America, and developed a course on Chemical Compatibility and Safety for J.T. Baker Chemical Co. which John had the privilege of teaching in 26 states.

On the outside John appeared to be realizing the “Great American Dream”, but on the inside he was growing in anxiety, emptiness and even a sense of fear and despair. He found none of the peace and happiness that he expected, despite all he had accomplished. A temporary sense of happiness came only with the next big contract, exciting vacation, new car or learning to fly. Soon after acquiring these things, “the fix” was gone.

Although John didn’t realize it at the time, God was showing him that some of the things he had been taught as a child were not true, and that happiness and peace don’t come through hard work, acquiring goods, social prestige, or even reaching personal goals. Later as a 43 year old businessman at the top of his game, John grew more and more distressed by the emptiness of his life, the promise of happiness eluded him, and even more frightening was that now there seemed to be no way to get off the treadmill that he was on. He had become a slave to his businesses and possessions.

Despite wealth and prestige the burden on John's conscience was getting worse-not better. His marriage to his wife Sue was faltering and all hope of peace and happiness was slipping away. He tried his best to deny spiritual things, but he couldn’t shake off the idea from his Catholic upbringing, that hell loomed ahead of him. He had a terrible time facing the prospect of his eventual death.

Then in Dec 1986 John and Sue Leuzarder's lives were changed forever. Employees who had been praying for them presented them with Bibles- their first! A couple of weeks later at their annual New Years Eve party, 2 dear friends we’re providentially snowed in with John and Sue, and in the early morning hours began to talk to them about spiritual things. Listen to today's interview and discover how this blizzard was an instrument in the hand of a Sovereign God to lead John and Sue Leuzarder to a repentant faith in Jesus Christ.

Retiring on the proceeds of the sale of his businesses, John and his wife Sue were able to be involved in a number of faith based pro-life and pro-family organizations including Focus on the Family , The Family Research Council , Northwest Christian School , The Alliance Defense Fund and Today’s Choice Pregnancy Center. The Leuzarders also build interior and outdoor furniture and signs and serve on the Board of Camp of the Woods, in Speculator, NY which is now in its 107 year of Christian Ministry. John has also had the privilege of writing a book entitled “The Gospel for Children”, now in its 4 printing and 3 languages.

Today John and Sue Leuzarder are members of an Orthodox Presbyterian congregation in New Jersey. You can contact John at JLeuzarder@earthlink.net.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

MARK CHANSKI: "WOMANLY DOMINION: More Than A Gentle And Quiet Spirit"

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MARK CHANSKI, pastor of Reformed Baptist Church of Holland, MI , will address the theme of his latest book: "WOMANLY DOMINION: More Than A Gentle And Quiet Spirit".

Christian woman - take dominion!

"Play your position!" is a call we may hear a coach yell at a soccer or football game. The meaning is: "Do what you have been assigned to do, and do it well!"

Many Christian women have been told over the years that they must quietly stay under their parasols while their men go out and conquer the world. But is this what the Bible really teaches?

In this sequel to his book "MANLY DOMINION: In A Passive, Purple, Four-Ball World", author and pastor Mark Chanski insists that the Bible tells us a different story. He insists that the Bible teaches a woman to take dominion of her God-assigned role as wife, mother and church helper. No, not in a feminist way, but in a God-glorifying way that speaks volumes of who she is and why God created her.

Women should not think of themselves as victims, says the author, but as victors who conquer the realm that their Lord and Master Jesus Christ has given them.

This book will forever change the way you look at Christian womanhood!

Endorsements:

“This book is a very helpful one that, when I first looked at it, I thought a man couldn’t write! But he did!” --- Dr. Jay E. Adams, Dean, Institure For Nouthetic Studies, Esteemed Author of over 120 books, Father of Nouthetic Counseling, Retired Seminary Professor, Local Pastor, Worldwide Lecturer

“Finally–a book that brings together nearly everything God’s Word calls a woman to be–from within herself to her marriage and family, as well as the church and the public square. Chansk’s Womanly Dominion is Biblical Womanhood 101, a biblical, succinct, practical course that shows women how to think God’s thoughts after Him, to align themselves with their holy and awesome calling, and to free themselves from the pressures of worldly thinking about womanhood. Chanski is at times very frank and direct, at other times witty and humorous, and remarkably open and courageous, but he is always biblical and realistic, and knows how to open up the fullness of the woman’s massive calling. If women follow the advice contained in this book, they will be prayerful, joyful, content, fulfilled, and too busy exercising biblical dominion in every sphere of life to join the female murmurers and feminists of the twenty-first century!” --- Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI

“Today’s woman wants freedom and power. Mark Chanski clearly and colorfully describes how we women can be liberated from feminist ideas, to exercise womanly dominion, as outlined in Scripture by the very God who designed us. We have dominion in performing our role as a wife, in nurturing our children, in managing our home, and in reaching out to others. Singles have dominion in work and in society. Our greatest privilege is to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, who humbly washed others’ feet. He said, “Whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.” In the milieu of following God’s will, we can be content, fulfilled, and honored. Womanly Dominion is a must read for women.” --- Mary Beeke, Wife of Dr. Joel Beeke, Author of The Law of Kindness

“Too many Christians, men and women, have bought into secular and even pagan notions of godly womanhood. Godly womanhood is not simply having the right ideas, or even simply the right doctrine. We do not need a generation of evangelical Stepford Wives, nor do we need a generation of Proverbs 31 Ann Coulters. Instead, the Scripture calls us to Christ-honoring heroic women with a gentle and quiet Spirit that is beautiful in the sight of the Lord. Mark Chanski calls us to this vision with grace, clarity, and conviction. This book will help women to grow in Christ. It will also help older women to mentor younger women. And it will help parents to raise daughters of dominion.” --- Dr. Russell D. Moore, Vice-President and Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

“Womanly Dominion is biblical, practical and compelling. Mark Chanski provides the church with a presentation of biblical womanhood that has the rare combination of winsomeness and theological clarity. If you care about the home and church you need to read this book.” --- Randy L. Stinson, Ph.D., Dean, School of Leadership and Church Ministry, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, President, Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

“This is a fine book that lifts Christian women to their queenly province–which reigns far above the mythical sovereignties of feminism. Read this book and be liberated! We highly recommend it.” --- Kent and Barbara Hughes, Retired Pastor of College Church, Wheaton, IL; Authors of Disciplines of a Godly Man and Disciplines of a Godly Woman

Monday, September 22, 2008

DR. JAMES R. WHITE: "PULPIT CRIMES: THE CRIMINAL MISHANDLING OF GOD's WORD" (ENCORE PRESENTATION)

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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 theme of his very controversial book: "PULPIT CRIMES: THE CRIMINAL MISHANDLING OF GOD's WORD."

This may be Dr. White's most provocative book yet. White sets out to examine numerous "crimes" being commited in pulpits throughout the land every week, as he seeks to leave no stone unturned. Based firmly upon the bedrock of Holy Scripture, one "crime" after another is layed bare for all to see.

As Dr. White has very aptly put it, "The pulpit is to be a place where God speaks from His Word: what has happened to this sacred duty in our day? Let pulpit crimes be exposed by the light of God's Word."

SOME OF THE SUBJECTS BEING COVERED

Laying Down the Law: The Bible's Teaching on the Nature of Preaching

Prostitution: Using the Gospel for Financial Gain

Pandering Pluralism

Cowardice Under Fire

Felonious Eisegesis

Entertainment Without a License

Cross Dressing: Ignoring God's Ordinance Regarding the Roles of Men and Women


In addition to his labors for the furtherance of the Kingdom of Christ with Alpha & Omega Ministries, Dr. James R. 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: A Defense of the Reformation & A Rebuttal of Norman Geisler's 'Chosen But Free'", "Dangerous Airwaves: Harold Camping Refuted & Christ's Church Defended" and "The God Who Justifies" (see a complete list of Dr. White's books here ).

He is an accomplished debater, having engaged in more than fifty moderated, public debates with leading proponents of Roman Catholicism, Liberal Protestantism, Homosexual Activism, Oneness Pentecostalism, Islam, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Mormonism, in addition to having collegial, "in-house" debates with friends & brothers in Christ over issues ranging from the biblical subjects of baptism to the doctrines of Calvinism. He is an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church, has been married to Kelli for more than twenty-two years, and has two children, Joshua and Summer. Listen to Dr. White's live, call-in Internet program "The Dividing Line" at http://www.aomin.org/.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

RECENT ISI ENDORSEMENTS

"I greatly enjoyed the stimulating discussion with Chris Arnzen on Iron Sharpens Iron. The show is blunt and sharp at the same time, and listeners are always edified and challenged. I know you will appreciate the directness of the questions and the range of subjects addressed." --- Ravi Zacharias, author, apologist, conference speaker

"It is encouraging to know that Chris Arnzen through his IRON SHARPENS IRON show genuinely strives to help listeners take seriously the Bible and its theology. I found Chris to be a capable, engaging and interested host, who tackled the challenging issues."--- Dr. Christopher W. Morgan, Professor of Theology, California Baptist University, and author and editor of numerous books, including "Hell under Fire", "Faith Comes by Hearing", and "Suffering and the Goodness of God"

"Have political and sports talk shows made you a bit dull, lately? Do yourself a favor and tune in to 'IRON SHARPENS IRON.' Through this show, Chris Arnzen addresses vital issues that call for serious discussion, and he does it with a firm belief in the authority of Scripture. The result? A superb program in which edifying, grace-filled, God-glorifying conversation takes place. Here is a talk show that will have a sharpening influence on your life!"--- Steve Burchett, seminar leader, writer, and editorial assistant for Christian Communicators Worldwide (CCW)

"The Lord be praised for leading me to discover the radio program IRON SHARPENS IRON with host Chris Arnzen. As one who deals in apologetics, counter-cult ministry and Comparative Religion I am quite pleased to recommend ISI because of the fine way Arnzen handles the wide variety of hard-hitting and important issues facing the Christian in this time of growing apostasy within evangelicalism. Chris Arnzen is a knowledgeable and gracious host who is not at all afraid to tackle the critical issues facing the Body of Christ today. As a guest IRON SHARPENS IRON is one radio program I always look forward to being on."--- Ken Silva, Pastor of Connecticut River Baptist Church, Director of Apprising Ministries

"In this age, in which there is evidence that a new religion has appeared that goes by the name Christian but is actually an innovation unencumbered by biblical discipline, IRON SHARPENS IRON is extremely important. This program calls its listeners back to the Scriptures and to the Christ these writings reveal. There is no greater mission!"--- Dr. Joel Nederhood, Director of Ministries Emeritus, Back to God Ministries International

I am pleased to have known Chris Arnzen for over twenty years and to count him as a friend and an outstanding advocate for the Lord Jesus. His show, IRON SHARPENS IRON, is a refreshing addition to the radio waves, especially in an environment today where there is such compromise regarding the word of God and standing up 'for all the counsel of God'. Chris has also been unwavering in his support and understanding of reaching all the lost, including the lost sheep of the House of Israel. We are grateful that IRON SHARPENS IRON has been a platform where we can get this message out. Keep up the good work, my friend."--- Martin Fromm, Congregational Leader, Beth Yeshua Ministries, Plainview, NY

Chris, with all the brilliant men of God who have given their commendation to IRON SHARPENS IRON I can hardly add anything, except the heartfelt comment that your program is unique. You truly bring Glory to God by presenting guests with an orthodox view of the scriptures, and subjects that impart wisdom to God’s children in application to their day to day lives! I am convinced that this program is a way in which Gods grace and mercy are being demonstrated to the NY metropolitan area. We commend you on the sacrifices you are making on Christ’s behalf. Sue and I will hold you up before the throne of grace, praying that this good work may continue and prosper. Know that one day Jesus will reward your efforts abundantly beyond what you can ask or imagine”.---John B Leuzarder, author of "The Gospel For Children"

Saturday, September 20, 2008

From the ISI Archive Vault: "FEDERAL VISION"

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Here's an early ISI broadcast that was recorded before we began archiving the show. The recording isn't of the same superior sound quality, but it is audible nonetheless.

The topic of this broadcast was "Federal Vision" theology. It was supposed to be a debate between John Otis and Steve Schlissel. Unfortunately, Steve Schlissel (arguing for Federal Vision theology) was delayed in New York traffic, and arrived for the broadcast at least a half hour late. This gave John Otis an opportunity to outline Federal Vision theology and explain its dangers. Once Steve showed up, the discussion quickly took off.

John Otis explains,

"On the live radio show, 'Iron Sharpening Iron', originating out of New York City, I was scheduled to debate Federal Vision representative Steve Schlissel on various theological issues associated with this viewpoint that I believe to be heretical. Both of us had been on the radio show earlier on separate occasions. There will be a second debate since he was late arriving to this show."

Thursday, September 18, 2008

DR. CHRIS HATTON: "NEGLECTING THE HOLY SPIRIT: A Warning to Doctrinally Sound Christians Regarding Dead Orthodoxy"

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DR. CHRIS HATTON, pastor of Blue Point Bible Church in Blue Point, Long Island, NY, a Sovereign Grace believing Baptist assembly on the South Shore of Suffolk County, will address the theme: "NEGLECTING THE HOLY SPIRIT: A Warning to Doctrinally Sound Christians Regarding Dead Orthodoxy."

Today Dr. Hatton will discuss how all too often Christians who may be very meticulous in making certain that all of their "i's" are dotted and their "t's" are crossed when it comes to adhering to biblically sound teaching sadly make themselves vulnerable to dead orthodoxy, and a joyless, lifeless, sour and angry Christianity through the neglecting of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. This neglecting of the third person of the Godhead at times manifests itself in dull and listless worship services, an impatient and unforgiving spirit, an expressed hatred of the lost, an unenthusiastic evangelism and an apparent boredom with the awesome, amazing, exciting and profound truths of Scripture. This lackluster living should never be found among a people, namely the theologically Reformed, whose belief system acknowledges the vital role of God the Spirit in the resurrection of dead souls unto new life in Christ, and in the preservation and perseverance of those who are born from above in their faithfulness to their Lord and Savior. There is a palpable irony in the tragic reality that the neglecting of the Holy Spirit is *not* a rare sin among doctrinally solid Calvinists.

Our theme "Neglecting the Holy Spirit" is just one of 30 chapters included in the yet-to-be-published book written by Dr. Chris Hatton, "Spiritual Gleanings", which we hope will be in print in the very near future.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

KEN GUINDON: "HISTORY IS NOT ENOUGH!: Why Do Ancient Churches Attract Evangelicals?"

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KEN GUINDON, a former Roman Catholic who after a twisting and turning journey in search of God's Truth eventually embraced, abandoned, then finally returned to Evangelical Christianity, will give his fascinating testimony and will address the theme of his book: "HISTORY IS NOT ENOUGH!: Why Do Ancient Churches Attract Evangelicals?"

According to Ken Guindon's promotional material for "History Is Not Enough!":

"The number of evangelicals joining the Roman Catholic or the Eastern Orthodox Church has markedly increased during the last thirty years. Church history definitely played an important role in their decision. This phenomenon is noteworthy because many of these converts are well-educated, former evangelical ministers. Following the apostles’ death, how did church life evolve under the influence of sacramental teaching and worship? This study provides a detailed discussion of the two great Christian sacraments: baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and of the ancient churches’ views concerning salvation, Mary, the saints and their images. Ken Guindon provides us with a passionate discussion of the questions Christians face today as they examine history for foundations for faith. Here, the apostolic and biblical faith confronts the liturgical and sacramental views of both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches."

“Written with a loving heart, this work is worth reading by everyone interested in authentic Christianity and is particularly helpful for anyone who is tempted to think that age and claims to infallibility are criteria of the true church.” —Robert L. Saucy, Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

During this interview, Ken will focus on his own spiritual journey that led him to write "History Is Not Enough!" Raised in the Catholic Church, Ken thirsted for God. He spent 16 years in the Jehovah’s Witnesses and after months of spiritual struggle, Ken found Jesus Christ as his Savior. Baptized in the First Baptist Church of Van Nuys, California and later ordained to the ministry, he began a ministry to evangelize other religions and cults. In 1978, the Guindon family moved to France where he served as a missionary with the Torchbearer Fellowship and later with Baptist Mid-Missions. Ken trained catechists in Mexico and he spoke and wrote programming for Spanish language radio in the Los Angeles area.

After approximately 13 years of being very actively involved in Independent, Fundamentalist, Landmark Baptist circles, Ken became disillusioned particularly with their Dispensationalism, which he could not justify biblically, and returned to the Roman Catholic Faith. On June 19, 1998, while working for EWTN (the Eternal Word Television Network), which is the largest Roman Catholic television network, Ken was interviewed by Marcus Grodi on the well-known Roman Catholic television program"The Journey Home", produced by The Coming Home Network International, which regularly features interviews with individuals who have left Protestantism, the cults or world religions and converted to Catholicism (or returned to it). Ken's interview is, remarkably, still available on
Marcus Grodi's web site.

After approximately 11 years in the Roman communion Ken entered Eastern Orthodoxy, where he remained for approximately 7 years before finally returning to Evangelical Christianity at the age of 65, and now professes to be a baptistic Calvinist.

Ken fully realizes that due to his history of apparent instability in his theological experience he is vulnerable to the charge of not heeding the admonishment of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:14: "...we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming", but believes every path he has taken was motivated by a genuine, sincere desire to honor, obey and serve God rightly. He now realizes his greatest error was searching for "The One True Church", rather than seeking out fellow believers in the One True Gospel.

Purchase Ken's book here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

DR. JOEL R. BEEKE: "LIVING FOR GOD's GLORY: An Introduction to Calvinism"

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DR. JOEL R. BEEKE, world-renowned author, highly sought-after conference speaker, and President and Professor of Systematic Theology & Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan will address the theme of his latest book which is hot off the press: "LIVING FOR GOD's GLORY: An Introduction to Calvinism."

In this introduction to the doctrinal system known as Calvinism, Joel Beeke—with contributions from Sinclair Ferguson, Michael Haykin, Derek Thomas, Ray Pennings, and others—displays the biblical, God-centered, winsome, comprehensive, and practical nature of Calvinism.

In this comprehensive survey of Reformed Christianity, Dr. Beeke and eight fellow contributors offer twenty–eight chapters that trace the history of Calvinism; explore its key doctrinal tenets, such as the so-called five points of Calvinisms and the solas of the Protestant Reformation; reveal how Calvinists have sought to live in devotion to God; and survey Calvinism's influence in the church and in the world at large. In the end, the book asserts that the overriding goal of Calvinism is the glory of God. Saturated with Scripture citations and sprinkled with quotations from wise giants of church history, this book presents Calvinism in a winsome and wondrous fashion.

Endorsements:

“It was a joy to read this excellent and useful book. It presents us with the basics of the history of Calvinism and confessionalism, as well as the mainstream Calvinistic teaching on salvation, piety, growth, the church, preaching, evangelism, marriage, family, work, politics, ethics, doxology…and more.” —J. Ligon Duncan III

“There seems to be a popular misconception afoot that Calvinism is an impressive intellectual structure, but that Reformed people must find resources elsewhere for practical piety. At the heart of Joel Beeke’s ministry has been a burden to show the opposite conclusion…the book is written in a warm, pastoral, and engaging way.” —Michael Horton

“Living for God’s Glory is a very helpful and insightful introduction to Reformed Christianity. It demonstrates that Calvinism is not narrowly doctrinal, but broad and profound, speaking to every aspect of Christian life.” —W. Robert Godfrey

“Living for God’s Glory is solid Christian truth in its all its fullness, beauty, and strength. I wish I had had such a book in my hands when I was a young believer starting out on the journey to learn theology.” —Maurice Roberts

“This book is rooted in the conviction that Calvinism is a gospel-centered, biblical theology for all of life. Joel Beeke shows how God’s grace is glorified in the believer’s mind and heart, not only in the church, but also in the world.”—Philip Graham Ryken

“Dr. Joel Beeke has once again performed a great service for the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Buy a copy for yourself and a number to give away.” —Joseph A. Pipa Jr.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

DAVID KING: Preaching on Long Island (September 10 - 14)


DAVID T. KING,
coauthor of the groundbreaking 3-volume work:
"HOLY SCRIPTURE: THE GROUND & PILLAR OF OUR FAITH"
is preaching on Long Island, NY:
Wed., Sept. 10th - Sun., Sept. 14th


(All Are Welcome * Free Admission * Love Offering Will Be Taken)


Wednesday, September 10th, 7:30pm:
"THE PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF THE APOSTLE PAUL (Phil.3:1-11)"
HOPE REFORMED BAPTIST CHURCH
3239 Route 112, Suite # 2 Medford, NY 11763
(631) 696-5711
www.HopeReformedLI.net


Friday, September 12th, 7:30pm:
"MY GOD, MY GOD! WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME? (Matt.27:46)"
MASSAPEQUA CHURCH OF GOD
890 Hicksville Road (Route 107)
Massapequa, NY 11758
(516) 799-2421


Saturday, September 13th, 6:30pm:
"EXEGETICAL & HISTORICAL PROOF OF SOLA SCRIPTURA"
GRACE GOSPEL CHURCH
214 Falcon Avenue
Patchogue, NY 11772
(631) 289-5495
http://www.gracegospelchurch.com/

Sunday, September 14th, 9:30am, 11am & 6pm
9:30am:"HOLY SCRIPTURE AS THE ONLY NORMA NORMANS NON NORMATA: (Scripture Alone Sets the Terms & Nothing External to it Can Correct It)"

11am: "WHO IS GOD? (One Portrait from Isaiah 57:15)"
6pm: "THE AGONY OF GETHSEMANE (Matt.26:36-46)"
GRACE REFORMED BAPTIST CHURCH OF LONG ISLAND
36 Smith Street
Merrick, NY 11566
(516) 379-2408
http://www.gracereformedbaptistchurch.com/


PASTOR DAVID T. KING has been a minister of the Gospel for over 20 years. David is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS (M.Div. 1983), and has served as Pastor/Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and also the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC), where he just recently answered the call to the pastorate of Christ Presbyterian Church in Elkton, MD . He is married, and has one grown child, a daughter. He is co-author with William Webster of the groundbreaking, three-volume set, "Holy Scripture: The Ground and Pillar of Our Faith" (see http://www.christiantruth.com/), which is a defense of the Reformation principle of sola Scriptura, including irrefutable documentation that this principle was a firmly held belief among the Church Fathers long before the Reformation and was not an invention of 16th century rebels. His work has exposed the many errors and massive historical revisionism in which popular Roman Catholic apologists engage on the issue of Scripture and tradition. In addition to David's pastoral responsibilities and research activities, he has in the recent past been a guest on Christian talk radio as well as a featured speaker at Bible conferences dealing with various issues of Roman Catholicism. He has earned a very well deserved reputation for being an extremely powerful preacher and an extraordinarily gifted communicator.

Dr. John MacArthur said this about David T. King's work:

"William Webster and David King have done a tremendous amount of careful, painstaking research to bring us this valuable work. It is a digest of patristic writings on the sufficiency and perspicuity of Scripture. It reveals that the leading Church fathers' view of the authority and finality of the written Word of God was as lofty as that of any Protestant Reformer. In effect, Webster and King have demonstrated that sola Scriptura was the rule of faith in the early church. The absolute sufficiency of Scripture is not a novel doctrine unknown until the time of the Reformation, as Roman Catholic apologists are fond of claiming. Holy Scripture: The Ground and Pillar of Our Faith is a monumental achievement and will be of immense value to anyone seeking to understand the high esteem in which the early church held Scripture." (Dr. John MacArthur, Pastor/Teacher of Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA and President of The Master's College and Seminary).

ISI MAILBOX

Here are some highlights from a letter written to Chris Arnzen, host of Iron Sharpens Iron:

Chris,
Greetings in the name of the Lord. I wanted to pass on something to you. On September 23, I will be in London, England to participate in a two hour debate on live Christian television regarding the subject - "Is Christianity Compatible With Freemasonry."

It is a panel of four of us, two for and two against. The Masons my teammate and I will debate are high level Masons in England. I thought I would pass this on to you because essentially this was brought about because of our December program on my forthcoming book on the subject.

A man in Ireland who organizes the debates for Revelation television heard our interview that was posted on sermonaudio.com. He then called me and wanted to have a Reformed Calvinist as the other anti-Mason. So, if it were not for your show Chris, this opportunity would not have happened. I just wanted you to know that "Iron Sharpens Iron" reaches out in so many different ways. You have a great ministry.

I plan to release my book titled Unveiling Freemasonry's Idolatry sometime in late October. As we discussed previously, we could have a follow up show sometime in October prior to the release of the book, and you could mention that your program helped lead to my participation in this London debate.

Revelation television is one of two major Christian stations in England with a viewing audience in all of England, Ireland, and parts of Northern Europe. This station in England awhile back had Dr. James White on debating on predestination, which was a big success.

I always like to share with others how their ministry is promoting the cause of Christ. "Iron Sharpens Iron" is a great avenue in this cause.

In Him, John

Dear Pastor John,

WOW!!! What wonderful news!!! I will pray that our Sovereign Lord uses you mightily for His Glory during your debate in England on Freemasonry! I am so delighted that the "Iron Sharpens Iron" listener in Ireland has arranged this opportunity for you! Grace & peace!

In His grip,

Chris Arnzen

Saturday, September 13, 2008

ISI Mailbox

Here are some highlights from a letter written to Chris Arnzen, host of Iron Sharpens Iron:

Dear Brother Chris,

It's hard to believe it's already been two years for ISI. What a tremendous blessing your daily show has been for myself and so many others. I'm almost never able to listen live, so I download the mp3 for later and I have never once been disappointed in the topics, the questions, the way the guests are treated, and even the callers questions. Quite the contrary, it's always a blessing, I almost always learn something I did not know before, and have often been inspired to dig a little deeper into certain topics as a resultof your show's topic for the day. Count me among one of the many who are truly blessed by what you do. I only hope there are many more years to come, of ISI! Happy two years, brother.

SDG, Carla
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Dear Sister Carla,

THANK YOU so very, very much for lifting up my spirits with your wonderful congratulatory words regarding the 2nd anniversary of broadcasting for "Iron Sharpens Iron". I read your very moving email on the air the day after receiving it. Please continue to pray that I can acquire enough advertising sponsors in order to keep the program on the air for a 3rd year. As you know, the program cannot remain on the air without advertising support. Please also keep spreading the word about the program up there in Canada! I truly thank our Sovereign God for your encouragement! It has touched my heart more than you can possibly know.Grace & peace, sister!

In His grip,

Chris Arnzen

Friday, September 12, 2008

PETER FEUERHERD & PETE SHEEHAN: "HOLYLAND U.S.A.: A Catholic Ride Through America's Evangelical Landscape"

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PETER FEUERHERD, the Editor of "American Catholic" and a widely respected Catholic journalist, and PETE SHEEHAN, Senior Reporter for "The Long Island Catholic" newspaper, will address the theme of Feuerherd's book "HOLYLAND U.S.A.: A Catholic Ride Through America's Evangelical Landscape," winner of five Catholic Press Awards.

As the host of "Iron Sharpens Iron", and as an Evangelical from the Reformed Baptist tradition, I believe it is very healthy and valuable to hear how those outside of Evangelical Christianity view the faith demonstrated by those who do profess to be heirs of the Protestant Reformation today. During this broadcast we will get a glimpse of Evangelicalism as seen through the lens of two Roman Catholic ecumenists.

Here is a description of Peter Feuerherd's book "Holyland USA" from Publishers Weekly:

"A little more than 40 years ago, many Protestants in the U.S. thought that a Catholic in the White House was a sign of the Apocalypse. Now, Catholics and Protestants often find themselves on the same side of political and social battle lines. 'The barriers are breaking down,' writes award-winning religion journalist Feuerherd, a self-described 'liberal New Yorker' who investigates the evangelical Protestant movement in the U.S. Feuerherd begins his exploration at the Holy Land theme park in Orlando, Fla., which boasts a replica of the ancient city of Jerusalem and tour guides who proselytize visitors. Feuerherd also writes about his time at the Protestant-run American Bible Society in New York, where he worked as an editor, and investigates the Willow Creek megachurch in suburban Chicago. He is not afraid to levy criticisms against some intolerant evangelicals, but he never does so at arm's length—he inserts himself into the evangelical world and one can sense his appreciation growing. His daughter's recent decision to forgo Catholicism and attend an evangelical church presents Feuerherd with a new perspective on evangelical hospitality that he generously shares with the reader. Feuerherd's writing style is light and often humorous, which helps defuse many of the Catholic/evangelical tensions he encounters."

During this discussion, an attempt will be made to contrast the ecumenism of the two Catholic guests with the non-ecumenical stance the host of this program takes regarding relations between Evangelicals and Roman Catholics in matters of spirituality, evangelism and worship.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

PASTOR DAVID T. KING: "AN OVERVIEW OF TOPICS ADDRESSED DURING LONG ISLAND SPEAKING TOUR"

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PASTOR DAVID T. KING, a minister of the Gospel for over 20 years, and the current pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Elkton, MD, will provide "AN OVERVIEW OF TOPICS ADDRESSED DURING LONG ISLAND SPEAKING TOUR".

Pastor King was recently invited to speak at four different churches on Long Island, NY. The topics addressed, and the names, locations, and contact information of the churches where he was scheduled to preach, are listed here (CDs & tapes should now be available from each church):


Wednesday, September 10th :
"THE PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF THE APOSTLE PAUL (Phil.3:1-11)"
HOPE REFORMED BAPTIST CHURCH
3239 Route 112, Suite # 2 Medford, NY 11763
(631) 696-5711
http://www.hopereformedli.net/


Friday, September 12th, :
"MY GOD, MY GOD! WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME? (Matt.27:46)"
MASSAPEQUA CHURCH OF GOD
890 Hicksville Road (Route 107)
Massapequa, NY 11758
(516) 799-2421


Saturday, September 13th, :
"EXEGETICAL & HISTORICAL PROOF OF SOLA SCRIPTURA"
GRACE GOSPEL CHURCH
214 Falcon Avenue
Patchogue, NY 11772
(631) 289-5495
http://www.gracegospelchurch.com/

Sunday, September 14th, 9:30am, 11am & 6pm
9:30am:"HOLY SCRIPTURE AS THE ONLY NORMA NORMANS NON NORMATA: (Scripture Alone Sets the Terms & Nothing External to it Can Correct It)"

11am: "WHO IS GOD? (One Portrait from Isaiah 57:15)"
6pm: "THE AGONY OF GETHSEMANE (Matt.26:36-46)"
GRACE REFORMED BAPTIST CHURCH OF LONG ISLAND
36 Smith Street
Merrick, NY 11566
(516) 379-2408
http://www.gracereformedbaptistchurch.com/


PASTOR DAVID T. KING has been a minister of the Gospel for over 20 years. David is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS (M.Div. 1983), and has served as Pastor/Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and also the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC), where he just recently answered the call to the pastorate of Christ Presbyterian Church in Elkton, MD . He is married, and has one grown child, a daughter. He is co-author with William Webster of the groundbreaking, three-volume set, "Holy Scripture: The Ground and Pillar of Our Faith" (see http://www.christiantruth.com/), which is a defense of the Reformation principle of sola Scriptura, including irrefutable documentation that this principle was a firmly held belief among the Church Fathers long before the Reformation and was not an invention of 16th century rebels.

His work has exposed the many errors and massive historical revisionism in which popular Roman Catholic apologists engage on the issue of Scripture and tradition. In addition to David's pastoral responsibilities and research activities, he has in the recent past been a guest on Christian talk radio as well as a featured speaker at Bible conferences dealing with various issues of Roman Catholicism. He has earned a very well deserved reputation for being an extremely powerful preacher and an extraordinarily gifted communicator.

Monday, September 8, 2008

PASTOR JOHN M. OTIS: "UNVEILING FREEMASONRY's IDOLATRY"

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PASTOR JOHN M. OTIS of Westminster Presbyterian Church (RPCUS) in Corpus Christi, Texas, will address the theme of his book: UNVEILING FREEMASONRY's IDOLATRY. This 350-page work is considered to be the most extensively researched and the most comprehensive treatment of Freemasonry by a Christian author.

While Pastor Otis was a member of the Presbyterian Church in America denomination, he spearheaded a PCA General Assembly study committee from 1986-87 that was appointed to determine whether the tenents of Freemasonry violated Scripture. In 1987 the PCA General Assembly agreed with their findings that it was incompatible with the Christian religion.

During this interview Pastor Otis will seek to answer such questions as "What are the historical foundations of Freemasonry?", "Why is it a cult?", "What is the nature of the ghastly oaths required in the Lodge?", "What is the Masonic Secrecy all about?", "Were some American Presidents members of the Lodge?", "Why Jesus Christ is forbidden to be mentioned in the Lodge?", "What should church leaders do with members who are in the Lodge?"...and more!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

ISI Mailbox



Here is a letter written to ISI guest Dr. Steven Lawson about his recent interview on Iron sharpens Iron (FOUNDATIONS OF GRACE: A Long Line of Godly Men)

Mr. Steven Lawson, I recently read (AOMIN) that you thanked God for Chris Arnzen and his ministry, "Iron Sharpens Iron." You were quoted as follows: "I thank God for Chris Arnzen and his Christ- centered ministry with IRON SHARPENS IRON. Most grateful am I for his unwavering commitment to the absolute truth of Scripture. Here is a rare voice on the radio today. May the Lord set a wide and open door before this vibrant program for all to hear." ---Dr. Steven J. Lawson, Senior Pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Mobile, AL Q. Can you tell me what exactly Mr. Arnzen's unwavering commitment to the absolute truth of scripture is? Q. How did he determine what is the absolute truth of scripture? Who told him? The Scripture? You maybe? Q. Is scripture self authenticating? Q. Since all of us are fallible, could Mr. Arnzen be wrong in his personal interpretation of what he believes the absolute truth of scripture is? Q. I'm sure you would agree that there is only one absolute truth. Is that one truth only found in the RBC? If not, then why don't Protestants worship under one umbrella? Patiently awaiting your answers, Bob

Dr. Steven Lawson Responds:

Bob:

Thank you for writing. To answer your questions, the truth to which Chris Arnzen is committed may be summarized in the five solas of the Reformation. That is, he is committed to the truth that salvation is (1) by grace alone, (2) through faith alone, (3) in Christ alone, (4) based upon the authority of Scripture alone, which gives (5) glory to God alone. Mr. Arnzen came to this conviction by a plain interpretation of the Scripture under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Thus, God revealed and affirmed this to him. Mr. Arnzen is not wrong in this interpretation of God's Word. This one truth, stated above in five parts, is not found only in the RBC (I am assuming by that you mean Reformed Baptist Church), but wherever God's Word is taught in truth on these non-negotiable issues. All Protestants do worship under this one umbrella regarding these truths of salvation.

Blessings in Christ,

Steven Lawson

Saturday, September 6, 2008

ISI MAILBOX



Here are some highlights from letters written to Chris Arnzen, host of Iron Sharpens Iron:

Hello Chris,
I wanted to wish u a HAPPY 2 year Anniversity! May God continue to use you to educate his church for His Glory and our Good! In His Grace for His Glory, Rodney


THANK YOU MY BROTHER!!!! Chris Arnzen


Wow! Great!!! I am downloading your mp3s, listen and grow! Keep up the good work, Brother! Sincerely,Obrad Nikolich Nish, Serbia

THANK YOU for your encouragement! Please keep spreading the word about "Iron Sharpens Iron" in Serbia!

In His grip,

Chris Arnzen



Dear Mr. Arnzen,

Thank you so much for your program. I enjoy getting to listen to your program from the MP3 downloads from your web site. Particularly, I wanted to thank you for having on your program recently a Church of Christ Minister who had been greatly impacted by Reformed theology. As a former long-time member of the Church of Christ who has been radically impacted by Reformed theology, I was greatly encouraged to see that there are others like me out there. I slowly came to accept these tenants over a few years. Oddly enough, I was convinced that the Bible taught unconditional election before I ever came to accept all the rest of the core tenants of historical Protestantism. Due to reading the Bible and works by Saint Augustine, John Calvin, Dr. R. C. Sproul, and Dr. James R. White, I have found what it truly means to trust in God and be completely thankful to God for the whole of my salvation and existence...

...Thanks again for your program, and I hope your program stays on the air for many more years to come and continues to have a positive impact on many others as it has on me.

Paul
Vinemont, AL

Dear Brother Paul,

Thank you so very much for taking the time to encourage me through your email! I am delighted that you are being blessed by "Iron Sharpens Iron", in particular my interview with my friend, Church of Christ minister Joel Mark Solliday of Northern Light Church of Christ in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, on the positive influence that Reformed Theology has had upon him and a growing number of others in the Stone/Campbell Restoration Movement. I pray that my program continues to bless you. Please spread the word about the program down there in Alabama.

Are you familiar with Solid Ground Christian Books located in Homewood, Alabama? It is owned and operated by a very dear friend of mine and mentor in the Reformed Faith for over 20 years, and is a veritable treasure-trove of Reformed literature. Their web site is http://www.solid-ground-books.com/ and their toll-free number is 1-866-789-7423. Grace and peace!

In His grip,

Chris Arnzen

Friday, September 5, 2008

WILLIAM NORMAN GRIGG: "A CHRISTIAN LIBERTARIAN VIEW OF THE 2008 DEMOCRATIC & REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTIONS"

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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: "A CHRISTIAN LIBERTARIAN VIEW OF THE 2008 DEMOCRATIC & REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTIONS."

This year's race for the United States Presidency certainly has become more fascinating and controversial with the recent nomination of Sarah Palin as the very first female Republican candidate for Vice President in history, joining Democratic Presidential candidate Barach Obama as a "history maker" since he is the very first post-primary Black candidate for the office of President officially nominated by either of the two major parties in history. Today William Norman Grigg will give his impressions of both the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention from the point of view of an Evangelical Christian who is neither a Democrat nor a Republican.

Mr. Grigg will also differentiate between the philosophy, goals and ideals of "Christian Libertarians" and the licentious and libertine goals and ideals of many others merely professing to be "Libertarians".

Thursday, September 4, 2008

JOHN LEUZARDER: "THE GOSPEL FOR CHILDREN"

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JOHN LEUZARDER, a cancer survivor and Christian author, will address the theme of his book: "THE GOSPEL FOR CHILDREN."

This unusual book does something we sometimes take for granted; it methodically teaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ to young children. Of no small importance because as Romans 1:16 tells us this Gospel “is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes”. It has a color picture for each major point and then has a page at the end with just the pictures as a memory device to help children recall these truths.

According to Tedd Tripp, pastor, conference speaker and the author of the very popular, noteworthy book "Shepherding a Child's Heart,"who convinced our guest John Leuzarder to get "The Gospel for Children" published as a book after seeing John's rough draft and stick figure drawings: "This book [The Gospel for Children] is very special, it's the kind of book parents will want to read to their children again and again. It presents the Gospel in a straightforward, uncomplicated manner - explaining the truths of God, the Bible, Sin, Jesus, the need for Repentance and Faith, and Counting the Costs of the Christian life, but in a way that both children and even adults will easily benefit from. I highly recommend it. "

You can also listen to a previous interview with John Leuzarder on "Iron Sharpens Iron" addressing his overcoming a trial with cancer of the tongue by clicking here.

You can contact John Leuzarder at JLeuzarder@earthlink.net.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

STEVE BURCHETT: "HOW CHILDREN COME TO FAITH IN CHRIST"



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STEVE BURCHETT, seminar leader, writer, and editorial assistant for Christian Communicators Worldwide (CCW), will address the theme: "HOW CHILDREN COME TO FAITH IN CHRIST."

Since 2007, Steve has traveled to churches around the country teaching a seminar on childhood conversion, typically staying through Sunday morning in order to preach. He also thoroughly enjoys communicating the Bible at retreats, conferences, and pastor's meetings of various denominations. In addition, Steve loves to teach through writing. Many of his articles may be found at http://www.bulletininserts.org/ , http://www.ccwblog.org/ , and http://www.ccwtoday.org/.

In 1998, Steve earned his B.A. from Cedarville University in Ohio , followed by a Masters of Divinity in 2001 from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. For nearly five years prior to serving with CCW, he was the pastor of First Baptist Church of Athens, Ohio.

Along with his current ministry with CCW, Steve serves as an elder in Christ Fellowship of Kansas City , a unique church made up of home congregations in the Kansas City metro area.

Steve married Patty Noble of Westwood, New Jersey, in 1998, and they now have three children: Katie, Luke, and Lilly. You can keep up with Steve's ministry and family by visiting http://www.christcommunicator.wordpress.com/ .

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

DR. CHRISTOPHER W. MORGAN: "WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD: Can the Unevangelized Enter Heaven?"

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DR. CHRISTOPHER W. MORGAN, author, Professor of Theology and Associate Dean of the School of Christian Ministries at California Baptist University, will address the often asked, age-old question: "WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD: Can the Unevangelized Enter Heaven?"

The above question is the central theme of the book "FAITH COMES BY HEARING: A Response to Inclusivism" edited by our guest today, Christopher W. Morgan, along with a previous guest on "Iron Sharpens Iron", Robert A. Peterson. The debate over this question swirls and feelings run deep. What is the fate of the unevangelized? The traditional position--that apart from an explicit faith in Jesus no one is saved--seems to have fallen out of favor with many evangelicals. Here is a passionate but irenic response to the arguments of those who believe that the unevangelized can (or might) be saved apart from knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Building on the insights of others, nine scholars introduce readers, even those with little background, to the ongoing discussion. Key questions--Is general revelation sufficient? Are other religions salvific? Do holy pagans exist? Must faith be explicit? Is exclusivism unjust?--are probed and answered from a biblical, theological and historical perspective.

The book's positive thrust is summed up by editors Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson: "God is passionately engaged in gathering people to know, love and worship him from every tribe, language, people and nation. And he has called us to join him on this mission."

As Professor of Theology and Associate Dean of the School of Christian Ministries at California Baptist University, Dr. Chris Morgan teaches courses in theology, pastoral leadership, and preaching. He has also served as a pastor for seventeen years. His Ph.D. is in theology from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary . In addition to the book we are discussing today, Dr. Morgan is the author of "Jonathan Edwards and Hell," co-author of the commentary "James: Wisdom for the Community," and general editor of and contributor in "Hell Under Fire," as well as "Suffering and the Goodness of God,"which is due Oct. 31, 2008, and other upcoming volumes in the “Theology in Community” series.

Monday, September 1, 2008

MARK CHANSKI: "MANLY DOMINION...In a Passive, Purple, Four-Ball World" (ENCORE PRESENTATION)

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MARK CHANSKI, pastor of the Reformed Baptist Church of Holland, MI, will address the theme of his book: MANLY DOMINION...In a Passive, Purple, Four-Ball World.

Dr. Jay Adams, world-renowned biblical counselor and scholar, said of this book: "Mark Chanski's book, Manly Dominion, is helpful in showing men their biblical roles in life. His greatest strength, perhaps, is in providing a wealth of useful examples. You will want to read it!"

Are you a passive-purple-four-ball? In billiards, the four-ball is passive; it’s the one that gets knocked around by the other balls. Christian man, is that you? Are you knocked around by your environment, rather than taking your God-given assignment to lead?

Are you passive when faced with difficult situations at home, church or work? Unfortunately, the world today is filled with many passive-purple-four-ball men, who are clueless as to how to deal with their work environment, relate to their wives, raise their children, spiritually guide their families, and lead with confidence in their churches.

Mark Chanski’s book is a clarion call to all Christian men to face life’s challenges with Manly Dominion. It will challenge and encourage you to lead, wherever God places you, with Spirit-filled conviction. The wisdom contained herein is from the most reliable source known: God’s Word, the Bible. As you read, you will discover that Chanski touches on just about every subject that a man needs to consider in his life, and he does so with unequalled clarity.

No Christian man (or woman!) living in today’s world should be without it. Read carefully, and transform your life!

A companion book by Pastor Chanski, "WOMANLY DOMINION: More Than a Meek & Quiet Spirit," is expected to be in print by this Fall from Calvary Press Publishing .
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