Saturday, July 31, 2010

Rob Zins: Roman Catholicism: What Evangelicals Need to Know (Encore Presentation)

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Rob Zins, founder & director of the apologetics ministry A Christian Witness to Roman Catholics (CWRC), will address the theme: "Roman Catholicism: What Evangelicals Need to Know".

This Fall, from Friday, October 15 through Sunday, October 17, Rob Zins will be joining former Roman Catholic priest Richard Bennett of Berean Beacon (
http://www.bereanbeacon.org/) at Sovereign Grace Chapel in Southbridge, MA, for a 3-day conference titled: "Helping Evangelicals Understand Roman Catholicism". For more details visit www.SovereignGraceMA.org.

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 Roman Catholic theology.

Rob Zins has been interviewed on "Iron Sharpens Iron" previously on his book On the Edge of Apostasy: The Evangelical Romance with Rome. You can hear those two earlier interviews on free, downloadable MP3:


December 17, 2007 interview: MP3 Available Here

April 24, 2008 interview: MP3 Available Here

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Jordan Lorence: Sodom Comes to the Bible Belt: Jennifer Keeton vs. Augusta State University

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Jordan Lorence, senior counsel and senior vice president of the Office of Strategic Initiatives for the Alliance Defense Fund out of its Washington, DC Regional Service Center (see www.AllianceDefenseFund.org), will address the theme: "Sodom Comes to the Bible Belt: Jennifer Keeton vs. Augusta State University".

The details about this infuriating court case in America's Bible Belt from the Alliance Defense Fund website are below. You can view a brief clip of Jennifer Keeton describing her story in her own words here:
http://vimeo.com/13397121

Augusta State Univ. to counseling student: change your beliefs or get out

ADF attorneys file suit after university officials require counseling student to abandon her beliefs to get a degreeThursday, July 22, 2010

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund filed suit against Augusta State University Wednesday on behalf of a counseling student told that her Christian beliefs are unethical and incompatible with the prevailing views of the counseling profession. The student, Jennifer Keeton, has been told to stop sharing her beliefs with others and that she must change her beliefs in order to graduate from the counseling program.Augusta State ordered Keeton to undergo a re-education plan, in which she must attend “diversity sensitivity training,” complete additional remedial reading, and write papers to describe their impact on her beliefs. If she does not change her beliefs or agree to the plan, the university says it will expel her from the Counselor Education Program.“A public university student shouldn’t be threatened with expulsion for being a Christian and refusing to publicly renounce her faith, but that’s exactly what’s happening here. Simply put, the university is imposing thought reform,” said ADF Senior Counsel David French. “Abandoning one’s own religious beliefs should not be a precondition at a public university for obtaining a degree. This type of leftist zero-tolerance policy is in place at far too many universities, and it must stop. Jennifer’s only crime was to have the beliefs that she does.”

Keeton, 24, is pursuing her master’s degree in counseling at Augusta State. After her professors learned of her biblical beliefs, specifically her views on homosexual conduct, from both classroom discussions and private conversations with other students, the school imposed the re-education plan. Keeton never denigrated anyone in communicating her beliefs but merely stated factually what they were in appropriate contexts.

The plan assails Keeton’s beliefs as inconsistent with the counseling profession and expresses suspicion over “Jen’s ability to be a multiculturally competent counselor, particularly with regard to working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (GLBTQ) populations.” The plan requires her to take steps to change her beliefs through additional assignments and additional “diversity sensitivity training.” It also orders her to “work to increase exposure and interactions with gay populations. One such activity could be attending the Gay Pride Parade in Augusta.”

Each month, Keeton is required to complete a report on how the “remediation” assignments have influenced her beliefs so that faculty can “decide the appropriateness of her continuation in the counseling program.” The plan concludes by noting that “failure to complete all elements of the remediation plan will result in dismissal from the Counselor Education Program.”

ADF attorneys filed the complaint and a motion for preliminary injunction in Keeton v. Anderson-Wiley with the U.S. District Court for the District of Georgia. ADF is currently litigating a similar case involving a counseling student at Eastern Michigan University and successfully resolved a case at Missouri State University. Also in litigation is a case involving a Georgia counselor fired by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because she would not agree to affirm homosexual behavior as morally acceptable.

ADF University Project website

ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.

Jordan Lorence has litigated religious liberty and free speech cases across the nation since 1984. Lorence earned a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1980. He is admitted to the bar in three states, the U.S. Supreme Court, and multiple federal courts.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Dennis E. Johnson: Counsel From the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ (Encore)

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Dennis E. Johnson, Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary California (see www.WSCal.edu), will address the theme of the book he wrote with Elyse M. Fitzpatrick:
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Counsel From the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ".

Dr. Johnson is also one of seven featured speakers at the upcoming "God's Wrath or Redemption" conference in New York City August 4-5. For a substantial discount on your registration fee go to
www.John1016Conference.com.

Here's what some prominent Christian thinkers are saying about Counsel From the Cross:

"A triumph of a maturing biblical counseling movement. Elyse Fitzpatrick, a counselor with uncommon insight into common problems, teams with Dennis Johnson, a seminary professor with a firm fix on justification and the centrality of the gospel, to produce a cross-centered counseling tool. Expect to find the refreshing intersection of the liberating truth of the cross and the power of the gospel to move counselees and impart hope. This book is a major contribution not only to biblical counseling but also to the person in the pew."
Tedd Tripp, pastor, author, international conference speaker

"Broken people remain so because they never truly understand the nature or extent of God's love. Following the pattern of Paul's letter to the Ephesians, this book triggers worship and hope with exhilarating descriptions of the gospel of Christ and shows us how to live out the love and freedom of the gospel in the relationships and struggles of everyday life. May God use this book to bring a wholeness and joy to believers that is irresistibly attractive to everyone around them."
Ken Sande, president, Peacemaker Ministries

"Fitzpatrick and Johnson teach that effective counseling for broken and hurting people does not mean walking beyond the gospel into some modern form of psychotherapy, which ultimately provides no solutions. All Christians, especially pastors, counselors, and church workers who yearn to see genuine healing and transformation in their families and churches, should practice the principles of this book personally and use it to help others. This book is biblical counseling at its best; absorbing its teaching will make us all better counselors."
Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

Dr. Johnson earned his B.A. at Westmont College, his M.Div. and Th.M. at Westminster Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Dr. Johnson has taught at Westminster Seminary California since 1982. He previously pastored Orthodox Presbyterian churches in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and East Los Angeles, California. After teaching New Testament for 16 years, he now teaches primarily preaching and ministry courses, in which he applies his background in biblical studies to the issues of ministry, the church, and the culture.

He is Associate Pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church, a growing Presbyterian Church in America congregation in Escondido. He has served as moderator of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church General Assembly and Presbytery of Southern California, moderator of South Coast Presbytery in the Presbyterian Church in America, member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church Committee on Christian Education, and trustee of Covenant College. Dr. Johnson has been privileged to preach and teach in Chad, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand, and the Ukraine.

He is also the author of Triumph of the Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation; Let’s Study Acts; The Message of Acts in the History of Redemption; and Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures, as well as articles and reviews in Westminster Theological Journal, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Journal of the Evangelical Homiletical Society, and Ligonier Ministries’ Tabletalk. He has contributed essays to volumes such as The New Testament Student and Theology; Theonomy: A Reformed Critique; The Pattern of Sound Doctrine; and Covenant, Justification, and Pastoral Ministry: Essays by the Faculty of Westminster Seminary California. He is a contributor to the Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible and the English Standard Version Study Bible (forthcoming). He also edited Foundations of Christian Education, a collection of addresses to Christian schoolteachers by Cornelius Van Til and Louis Berkhof. You can see a list of some of Dr. Johnson's published works that you may purchase here:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dus-stripbooks-tree&field-keywords=Dennis+E.+Johnson.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Tyler McNabb: Encountering Worldviews: A Guide to Evangelizing World Religions

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Tyler McNabb, Director of Apologetics for Jeremiah Cry Ministries (see www.JeremiahCry.com), will address the theme of his new book: "Encountering Worldviews: A Guide to Evangelizing World Religions" (see www.Romans121.com).

"Tyler has done the Church Militant a great service in providing an excellent primer on understanding worldviews and defending, as well as advancing, the Faith in our addled, squishy and amoral age." -- Eric Holmberg, Founder, The Apologetics Group

"Encountering Worldviews is a good introduction to presuppositional apologetics. This method is a powerful and biblical manner in which to defend one's faith and this book is a great start for those beginning to study the presuppositional approach." -- Dr. Lawrence E. Bray, President, The North American Reformed Seminary


"If you are interested in a short, practical application of apologetics to various forms of unbelief, which at once recognizes both the Lordship of Christ over all thought and life and the pre-committment of all men in Adam to unrighteously suppress the clearly revealed truth about God, this little book is one you will want to have." -- Anthony Rogers, Answering-Islam.org and AnsweringMuslims.com
Tyler McNabb is now in the process of filming the first season of Encountering Worldviews documentaries.

JeremiahCry Ministries and Go*Stand*Speak Ministries invite you to see Tyler McNabb join Dr. James R. White of Alpha & Omega Ministries and 7 other featured speakers at the upcoming conference "The Forgotten Power of the Proclamation of the Gospel" in Brooklyn, NY, August 6-8. For more details visit
www.JeremiahCry.com.

You can hear James R. White, Jeff Rose, founder of JeremiahCry Ministries (
www.JeremiahCry.com), Pat Necerato, founder of Go-Stand-Speak Ministries (www.GoStandSpeak.com) & Pastor John Reuther of Covenant Baptist Church in Lumberton, NJ (www.CBCLumberton.WordPress.com) addressing the theme of the conference on a recent "Iron Sharpens Iron" interview: MP3 Available Here .

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Richard Jensen: Life Happens: When God's Providence Changes Your Plans

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Richard Jensen, pastor of Hope Reformed Baptist Church, Medford, Long Island, NY and headmaster of Grace Christian Academy, Merrick, Long Island, NY, will address the theme: "Life Happens: When God's Providence Changes Your Plans".

Speaking to the Chrisitans in Rome, the Apostle Paul said "I have often been prevented from coming to you..." (Romans 15:22). Just as the Apostle often had his own plans changed by our Sovereign God's providence, all of us will experience in this life unexpected hindrances to our personal plans and goals. How should we respond to these divinely ordained roadblocks? Our guest Richard Jensen will help answer this question from his personal study of the Scriptures.

Co-hosting this broadcast is Pastor Bruce Bennett of Word of Truth Church, Selden, Long Island, NY (see
www.wotchurch.com).

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

David Wood: PART 2: The Islamisation of America: Why Christians were Arrested in Dearborn, Michigan

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David Wood, Evangelical Christian apologist to the Muslims, will address the theme: "PART 2: The Islamisation of America: Why Christians were Arrested in Dearborn, Michigan".

Tonight David will be joined by Negeen Mayel and Paul Rezkalla.

On June 19th, Christian apologists David Wood and Nabeel Qureshi of the Acts 17 Apologetics Ministry, and two other Christians, Negeen Mayel and Paul Rezkalla, were arrested for proselytizing Muslims... "Where did this arrest take place?", you might ask... "Was it in Saudi Arabia?"... "Iran, perhaps?"... No... It happened right here in the good ole USA!

These Christians were on their annual visit to the Arab International Festival in Dearborn, Michigan (see
http://www.americanarab.com/component/content/article/42-rokstories/264-15th-annual-dearborn-arab-international-festival-june18-20-2010.html), and, according to David Wood & Nabeel Qureshi, were in complete compliance with the rules set by officials there. The Arrest of Nabeel Qureshi and David Wood is now available on video since their cameras and unerased videos were finally returned to them by the Dearborn police.

As Qureshi described it:"At one point, we came across a festival volunteer who seemed to take issue with us simply being at the festival. We could tell he had a problem with us, and so we asked 'What are we doing wrong?' He said 'Put the camera and microphone down, and I'll tell you.'... So I obliged, handing the microphone to David and asking him to not record the man... About 20 minutes later, to shouts and cheers of 'Allahu Akbar!' we were all being led away from the festival in handcuffs..."

You can view the story on YouTube here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUwQVqdOT0U.

Our guest tonight, David Wood, is a former atheist who converted to Christianity based on the historical evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus. David now debates both atheists and Muslims and is co-director of Acts 17 Apologetics Ministries, an organization he founded with Nabeel Qureshi, a convert from Islam to Christianity. David also contributes to
http://www.answering-islam.org/, which he considers to be the very best resource available anywhere, bar none, to discover and learn the true history and teachings of Islam. He personally operates the blog site http://www.answeringmuslims.com/.

David's ministry comes very highly recommended by frequent "Iron Sharpens Iron" guest, renowned Christian apologist and biblical scholar Dr. James R. White of Alpha & Omega Ministries. You can listen to other interviews with David Wood on "Iron Sharpens Iron" on free downloadable MP3 format
by clicking here.

David has become fondly known as "Iron Sharpens Iron's Resident Apologist to the Muslims". David is also a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy at Fordham University.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Stephanie O. Hubach: Those with Disabilities Help to Make Us Whole (Encore)

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Stephanie O. Hubach, Director of Special Needs Ministries for the Mission to North America (MNA), an agency of the Presbyterian Church in America (see www.pca-mna.org/specialneeds ), will address the theme: "Those with Disabilities Help to Make Us Whole."

In 1992, Timmy Hubach, the youngest son of our guest Stephanie and
her husband Fred, was born with Down Syndrome. Tonight's theme comes from the title of an article written by Stephanie for By Faith magazine, which eventually lead to the book Stephanie wrote, released by P & R Publishing in 2006, titled Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched By Disability (see
http://www.prpbooks.com/inventory.html?target=indiv_title&id=1011).

Cohosting tonight's broadcast are two pastors, Doug Totter of Grace Reformed Baptist Church of Long Island in Merrick, NY (
www.GraceReformedBaptistChurch.com), and Jim Capo of the Massapequa Church of God in Massapequa, NY (see http://www.merchantcircle.com/business/Massapequa.Church.of.Gad.516-799-2421), who both have children with disabilities.

Some of the subject matter in this interview will also be drawn from the book Too Wise To Be Mistaken, Too Good To Be Unkind: Christian Parents Contend with Autism, by Cathy Steere (see
http://www.graceandtruthbooks.com/product/too-wise-to-be-mistaken-too-good-to-be-unkind).

You can read an interview with By Faith magazine and Stephanie here:
http://www.pca-mna.org/specialneeds/Resources/ByFaithInterview07.pdf.

Monday, July 19, 2010

John Yenchko & Martin Han: Sin Confronted & its Remedy Proclaimed

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John Yenchko & Martin Han, pastors of North Shore Community Church (PCA), Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY, will address the theme: "Sin Confronted & its Remedy Proclaimed".

We seem to live in a day when many prominent preachers seem to ignore sin, and discussion of sin is conspicuously absent. Why is this so important? What is sin? Why does God take what I do so seriously?

Tonight you are invited to hear pastors John Yenchko and Martin Han discuss the great need in the contemporary church to confront sin, and then to proclaim sin's remedy.
"Till sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet." -- Thomas Chambers

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Rob Zins: Roman Catholicism: What Evangelicals Need to Know

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Rob Zins, founder & director of the apologetics ministry A Christian Witness to Roman Catholics (CWRC), will address the theme: "Roman Catholicism: What Evangelicals Need to Know".

This Fall, from Friday, October 15 through Sunday, October 17, Rob Zins will be joining former Roman Catholic priest Richard Bennett of Berean Beacon (
http://www.bereanbeacon.org/) at Sovereign Grace Chapel in Southbridge, MA, for a 3-day conference titled: "Helping Evangelicals Understand Roman Catholicism". For more details visit www.SovereignGraceMA.org.

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 Roman Catholic theology.

Rob Zins has been interviewed on "Iron Sharpens Iron" previously on his book On the Edge of Apostasy: The Evangelical Romance with Rome. You can hear those two earlier interviews on free, downloadable MP3:


December 17, 2007 interview: MP3 Available Here

April 24, 2008 interview: MP3 Available Here

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Alistair Begg: Promoting the Gospel in an Alien World (Encore Presentation)

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Alistair Begg, senior pastor at Parkside Church near Cleveland, Ohio, author and renowned radio Bible teacher on the Truth for Life broadcast, will address the theme: "Promoting the Gospel in an Alien World".

Alistair has been in pastoral ministry since 1975. He was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, and following graduation from The London School of Theology, he served eight years in Scotland at both Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh and Hamilton Baptist Church. In 1983, he became the senior pastor at Parkside Church.

He has written several books and is heard daily and weekly on Truth For Life. The teaching on Truth For Life stems from the week by week Bible teaching at Parkside Church. He and his wife, Susan, were married in 1975 and they have three grown children.

Alistair will be a featured speaker this week at the 2010 National Conference for Ligonier Ministries addressing the theme "Is the Exclusivity of Christ Unjust?":
http://www.ligonier.org/events/2010-national/.

Click here to view Alistair's complete speaking itinerary.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

James R. White: The Forgotten Power of the Proclamation of the Gospel

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James R. White, co-founder & director of Alpha & Omega Ministries (www.aomin.org), Jeff Rose, founder of JeremiahCry Ministries (www.JeremiahCry.com), Pat Necerato, founder of Go-Stand-Speak Ministries (www.GoStandSpeak.com) & Pastor John Reuther of Covenant Baptist Church in Lumberton, NJ (www.CBCLumberton.WordPress.com) will address the theme: "The Forgotten Power of the Proclamation of the Gospel".

Tonight's theme is also the theme of the upcoming Bible Conference that our guests are participating in from Friday, August 6 to Saturday, August 7 in Brooklyn, NY. For details visit
www.JeremiahCry.com.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Gary George: George Whitfield: Our Need of His Fire in Preaching & His Passion for Souls

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Gary George, pastor of Sovereign Grace Chapel of Southbridge, MA, will address the theme: "George Whitfield: Our Need of His Fire in Preaching & His Passion for Souls".

George Whitefield is our guest's favorite figure from church history.

According to the Anglican Library:

Whitefield [1714-1770] was an astounding preacher from the beginning, and within a year it was said that "his voice startled England like a trumpet blast." At a time when London had a population of less than 700,000, he could hold spellbound 20,000 people at a time at Moorfields and Kennington Common. For thirty-four years his preaching resounded throughout England and America. He was a firm Calvinist in his theology, yet unrivalled as an aggressive evangelist. Though he was slender in build, he stormed in the pulput as if he were a giant. Though a clergyman of the Church of England, he cooperated with and had a profound impact on people and churches of many traditions—Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, and along with the Wesleys, inspired the movement that became known as the Methodists. In his preaching ministry he crossed the Atlantic thirteen times and became know as the 'apostle of the British empire.' A century later, the great Baptist preacher, C. H. Spurgeon wrote of Whitefield, "Often as I have read his life, I am conscious of distinct quickening whenever I turn to it. He lived. Other men seemed to be only half-alive; but Whitefield was all life, fire, wing, force. My own model, if I may have such a thing in due subordination to my Lord, is George Whitefield; but with unequal footsteps must I follow in his glorious track."

Whitefield preached more than 18,000 sermons in his lifeftime, an average of 500 a year, or ten a week. Many of them were given over and over again. Fewer than 90 of them have survived in any form.(Read the entire article here: http://www.anglicanlibrary.org/whitefield/index.htm).
Our guest, Gary George, has been the pastor of Sovereign Grace Chapel of Southbridge, MA for the past 18 years. He is a native of Worcester, Ma. where he began doing open air evangelism in the late 1970's. Gary graduated from Holy Cross College in Worcester with a degree in Religious Studies and later attended Gordon Conwell Seminary. Gary has taught apologetics at New England Christian Information Center and is currently teaching in a recently founded Bible institution called: The Academy for Advanced Biblical Studies. Gary has been involved in debates with the cults and aberrant Christian groups both as a moderator and a debater.


His passion is evangelism and does something that very few preachers have had occasion to do, preach to the multitudes outside the walls of a church building, and not to mention, he does it without notes or preparation. Gary is also well known for his God given ability to quote verbatim, thousands of verses from the Scripture which he has committed to memory.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

David F. Wells: The Courage to be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World (Encore Presentation)

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David F. Wells, Ph.D., the Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, will address the theme of his book: "The Courage to be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World".

Cohosting this broadcast is Pastor Jim Capo of the Massapequa Church of God, Massapequa, Long Island, NY.


As the publishers describe Dr. Wells' book:

“It takes no courage to sign up as a Protestant.” These words begin this bold new work — the culmination of David Wells’s long-standing critique of the evangelical landscape. But to live as a true Protestant — well, that’s another matter.

This book is a jeremiad against “new” versions of evangelicalism — marketers and emergents — and a summons to return to the historic faith, defined by the Reformation solas (grace, faith, and Scripture alone) and by a high regard for doctrine.

Wells argues that historic, classical evangelicalism is marked by doctrinal seriousness, as opposed to the new movements of the marketing church and the emergent church. He energetically confronts the marketing communities and their tendency to try to win parishioners as consumers rather than worshipers, advertising the most palatable environment rather than trusting the truth to be attractive. He takes particular issue with the most popular evangelical movement in recent years — the emergent church. Emergents, he says, are postmodern and postconservative and postfoundational, embracing a less absolute understanding of the authority of Scripture than traditionally held.

The Courage to Be Protestant is a forceful argument for the courage to be faithful to what Christianity in its biblical forms has always stood for, thereby securing hope for the church’s future.

Dr. Wells received his B.D. at the University of London, his Th.M. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, his Ph.D. at Manchester University, England and was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at Yale Divinity School.

Prior to coming to Gordon-Conwell, Dr. Wells taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and chaired its division of systematic theology. Since arriving at Gordon-Conwell in 1979, he has served in a variety of positions. He moved to his current position in 2008 after having served as the Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology since 1991. He was also Academic Dean of the Charlotte campus (1998-2000) and Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Planning (2001-2003). From 2003 to 2005, he directed Gordon-Conwell’s self-study for 10-year re-accreditation.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Wells is involved with a number of ministries. He serves on the board of the Rafiki Foundation, Inc. (see http://www.rafiki-foundation.org/), whose goal is to establish orphanages and schools in 10 African countries in order to raise and train orphans within a Christian framework. Rafiki’s hope is that the next generation of leaders for these countries will come from their orphanages. Dr. Wells travels to Africa annually to visit these orphanages. For a number of years, he was a member of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, its theology working group and its planning committee for the World Congress that was held in Manila in 1989. For many years, he has worked to provide theological education and basic preaching tools for Third World pastors.

Dr. Wells was appointed as Distinguished Lecturer for the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and was elected to the American Theological Society. He was also a recipient of a major grant for Senior Scholars from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Dr. Wells came to faith and sensed God’s call to Christian ministry while studying architecture at the University of Cape Town. He was ordained in the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference in 1965.

Dr. Wells’ scholarly interests include church and culture. Much of his time is spent researching and writing, and he is currently turning his last five books into a film project.

Dr. David F. Wells’ Publications

Books
• The Courage to be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers and Emergents in the Postmodern World (William B. Eerdmans, 2008)
• Above All Earthly Pow’rs: Christ in a Postmodern World (William B. Eerdmans, 2004)
• Losing our Virtue: Why the Church Must Recover Its Moral Vision (William B. Eerdmans, 1999)

• Christian Faith and Practice in the Modern World: Theology from an Evangelical Point of View (Eerdmans, 1998)
• Bleeding of the Evangelical Church (Edinburgh, 1995)
• God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams (William B. Eerdmans, 1995)
• No Place for Truth or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? (William B. Eerdmans, 1993)
• The Gospel in the Modern World, co-edited with M. Eden (InterVarsity Press, 1991)
• Dutch Reformed Theology (Baker Book House, 1989)
• The Princeton Theology (Reformed Theology in America), editor (Baker, 1989)
• Southern Reformed Theology (Baker Book House, 1989)
• Turning to God: Biblical Conversion in the Modern World (Baker, 1989)
• Turning to God: Biblical Conversion in the Modern World (William B. Eerdmans, 1989)
• Christian Faith and Practice in the Modern World: Theology from an Evangelical Point of View (William B. Eerdmans, 1988)
• God the Evangelist: How the Holy Spirit Works to Bring Men and Women to Faith, general editor and part author (William B. Eerdmans/Paternoster Press, 1987)
• Reformed Theology in America: A History of Its Modern Development, editor (William B. Eerdmans, 1985)
• The Evangelicals: What They Believe, Who They Are, Where They Are Changing, co-edited with John D. Woodbridge (Abingdon Press, 1985)
• The Person of Christ: A Biblical and Historical Analysis of the Incarnation (Crossway, 1984)
• Eerdmans Handbook to Christianity in America, general editor and part author (William B. Eerdmans, 1983)
• The Prophetic Theology of George Tyrell (Scholars Press, 1979)
• Search for Salvation (InterVarsity Press, 1978)
• Revolution in Rome (InterVarsity Press, 1972)
• Toward a Theology of the Future co-edited with Clark Pinnock (Creation House, 1971)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Steven J. Lawson: Proclaiming the Perfections of God (Encore Presentation)

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Steven J. Lawson, the senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama, will address the theme: "Proclaiming the Perfections of God".

Tonight's theme is also the subtitle of the new book published by Reformation Trust that Dr. Lawson contributed to with R.C. Sproul, Alistair Begg, D.A. Carson, Sinclair Ferguson, and other powerful writers and preachers, titled Holy, Holy, Holy (see
http://www.ligonier.org/store/holy-holy-holy-proclaiming-the-perfections-of-god-hardcover/).

As the publishers describe Holy, Holy, Holy:
The angels in Isaiah’s vision of God’s heavenly temple (Isa. 6) used threefold repetition to praise His holiness, the superlative form of emphasis in the Hebrew language. Their cry tells us that nothing is as significant as the holiness of God.

Tragically, the holiness of God has been obscured in our time, and as a result, the church’s doctrine and ethics have been tarnished, entertainment has replaced worship in many places, the Gospel is misunderstood and neglected, and the church assimilates itself to the culture instead of seeking to transform it through the preaching of God’s Word.

Holy, Holy, Holy: Proclaiming the Perfections of God offers a corrective. Here, the holiness of God is defined, explored, and praised by a lineup of leading evangelical pastors and scholars, who show how it affects our worship, doctrine, and personal walks with Christ. Contributors include Thabiti Anyabwile, Alistair Begg, Don Carson, Ligon Duncan, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Steven J. Lawson, Albert Mohler, R.C. Sproul, R.C. Sproul Jr., and Derek Thomas.

Adapted from the lectures at the 2009 Ligonier Ministries National Conference, Holy, Holy, Holy unfolds the character of God and the holiness that sets Him apart. Here is high theology in understandable language, bringing deeper knowledge of God and promoting love for Him.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Marc Grimaldi: OCD: Finding Hope on the Edge of Insanity

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Marc Grimaldi, one of the pastors of Grace Reformed Baptist Church of Long Island, located in Merrick, NY, will address the theme of his new book: "OCD: Finding Hope on the Edge of Insanity".

As Pastor Marc describes his personal experience with OCD, and his new book:

"Yes, I have spent time conversing with the gatekeeper of the bridge that leads to insanity. But, by the grace of God, I have also found great hope right there on the edge of insanity. I have found victory in the grace of God that continually comes to me in Jesus Christ. And I have even found benefit and spiritual profit from the humbling, barbaric condition of OCD.

"My goal in this book is certainly not to list all of the specific ways in which I have experienced the toilsome burdens and torments of OCD. I could probably write several volumes on that topic alone. However, I realize that there are some (perhaps even many) out there who likewise have these kinds of dreaded experiences, and I want to share with you the hope and victories that I have found in the battles as well. There are not many books out there that address OCD from a biblical standpoint, and there are even fewer (if any) that address it from a biblical and personal standpoint. Being able to relate directly to someone’s experience is always beneficial when seeking helpful solutions. By the grace of God, my ongoing battles with OCD have enabled me to discover a lot more about the condition, along with many key helpful tools that can help aid the OCD sufferer in the battle."

Psychology text books define OCD as “a mental disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce anxiety, by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing anxiety, or by combinations of such thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions).” Most Christian Counselors would agree with that definition but there is debate as to whether or not it is truly a “mental/physical disorder”, a “sin issue” or a combination of both.

Having personally lived with this difficult “thorn” for several years and at various levels of escala tion, Marc believes it is both a “sin issue” and a “physical disorder.” It could be that the “sin issue” which centers upon a proneness toward anxiety and a desire for control causes the “physical disorder” but Marc believes (from firsthand experience) that there are certain physical challenges and/or mental difficulties that those who have OCD are prone to, which makes them more susceptible to failing to deal properly with the normal stresses and anxieties of life that others can often simply blow off. At the least, the “physical element” plays a significant role in escalating the OCD into its severest state (what Marc calls the “vicious cycle”), which he will address during the broadcast.

Marc Grimaldi is married to his lovely wife Julieanne and they have been blessed with four daughters.

You can hear a previous interview with Marc Grimaldi on "Iron Sharpens Iron" on the subject of OCD by clicking here: MP3 Available Here
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