Thursday, October 28, 2010

William Boekestein: Faithfulness Under Fire: The Story of Guido de Bres

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William Boekestein, pastor of Covenant Reformed Church in Carbondale, PA, will address the theme of his new book: "Faithfulness Under Fire: The Story of Guido de Bres”, a fully-illustrated childrens book on the author of the Belgic Confession (see http://www.heritagebooks.org/products/Faithfulness-Under-Fire%3A-The-Story-of-Guido-de-Bres.html).

This Sunday, October 31st, is the 493rd "birthday" of the Protestant Reformation. This year, Pastor Drew Eeningenburg and West Sayville Reformed Bible Church, West Sayville, Long Island, NY, will be paying tribute to the above mentioned 16th century martyr, Guido de Bres, during their all-day Reformation Sunday celebration, starting at 9:30am. Pastor Drew is also tonight's co-host.

Reformation Heritage Books' Description: The life of Guido de Bres teaches us that we can find enduring hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ, even during persecution. Author William Boekestein sensitively tells the story of de Bres for children, guiding them through his turbulent life and times- from his birth in 1522 in a small Belgium town, to his call to the ministry and study under Reformers such as John Calvin and Theodore Beza, to his authorship of the Belgic Confession and a life of suffering, to his martyr's death in 1567. Skillfully crafted illustrations and an easy-to-understand narrative combine to capture the interests-and admiration-of the entire family for this amazing Reformation hero.

Pastor Boekestein received his B.A. at Kuyper College and his M.Div. at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. He has worked in residential construction and taught at a Christian school for several years. He and his wife have three children. In addition to the book we are discussing this evening, Pastor Boekeste has authored “Life Lessons from a Calloused Christian: A Study of Jonah with Questions” (see http://lifereformation.org/?page_id=54).

Monday, October 18, 2010

Jeffrey D. Johnson: PART TWO: The Fatal Flaw of the Theology Behind Infant Baptism

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Jeffrey D. Johnson, pastor of Grace Bible Church in Conway, Arkansas, will address the theme of his new book "The Fatal Flaw of the Theology Behind Infant Baptism" (Part Two).

For centuries, Calvinistic Baptists and Presbyterians (and other Reformed paedobaptists) have enjoyed precious fellowship with one another due to their shared commitment to the inerrancy, sufficiency and authority of the Holy Scriptures and the Gospel of Free and Sovereign Grace. In spite of their differences, many pulpits have been exchanged, and many joint efforts in teaching and evangelism have been embarked upon by these two communions laboring together in Christ's vineyard. It is also a well known fact that the Westminster Confession of Faith adhered to by Presbyterians was nearly duplicated by the framers of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith (or Second London Confession) to demonstrate the clear doctrinal bond and comradery between themselves and their paedobaptist brethren while also identifying their own baptistic distinctives. Having said all this, however, those things that continue to divide Baptists and Reformed paedobaptists, including the question of who are the legitimate candidates for the biblical ordinance of baptism, are still deemed crucial enough by both groups to prevent full, unfettered union between the two.

According to the book's publishers, "The Fatal Flaw exposes the inconsistencies of the theology behind infant baptism. Rather than rehashing the familiar arguments against infant baptism, this work seeks to undercut its very foundation. What is the theological system which under girds infant baptism and where does this system come unraveled? This work answers these questions by explaining the distinction in the nature of the old and new covenants and their often misunderstood relationship with one another. This critical discussion of the continuity and discontinuity of the covenants is thoroughly explored in this book. To understand the biblical connection between the covenants, it is vital to first understand the dual nature of the Abrahamic Covenant. What is the relationship between Abraham and Moses, Abraham and Christ, and Moses and Christ? The debate of continuity and discontinuity between the old and new covenants cannot be properly solved until the intended nature of the Abrahamic Covenant is fully comprehended."

"If I were a Baptist, this argument would be the one I would want to share with my Presbyterian brethren or anyone considering leaving the Baptist camp to become one. It truly is a must read and should be in the library of every serious student of covenant theology." —Thomas J. Gentry, Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church and President of Veritas Theological Seminary
"Jeffrey Johnson has produced a thorough, vigorous, and impressive interaction with covenant theology as it is used in support of infant baptism. He has given detailed analysis of each part of the system, approved what was biblically warranted, challenged what is indefensibly contrived and offered compelling alternatives to each part of the system that he has challenged. He has not left it at that point but has offered an alternate interpretation of the relationship between the covenants." —Thomas Nettles, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


"This is an excellent and outstanding work, which deals with the subject from the ground up—one of the best, if not the best, I have ever seen! Jeffrey deals with all the aspects of the subject and in the logical order of their development in the subject area. He presents his position clearly with solid and sound exegesis and clear discussion and argumentation. Thus, he makes a definite and strong contribution to the subject matter of the day concerning the ongoing debate between continuity and discontinuity of the Divine covenants." —Richard P. Belcher, Sr., Author of A Journey in Grace

Jeffrey D. Johnson graduated from Central Baptist College with a B.S. in Bible and earned his M. Rel. in Biblical Studies and a Th. D. in Systematics from Veritas Theological Seminary. He resides in Conway, Arkansas, with this wife, Letha, and their son, Martyn.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Rob Ventura: A Portrait of Paul: Identifying a True Minister of Christ

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Rob Ventura, pastor of Grace Community Baptist Church in Cumberland, Rhode Island (see http://gcbcri.org/), will address the theme of the new book he wrote with co-author Jeremy Walker, "A Portrait of Paul: Identifying a True Minister of Christ" (see http://www.heritagebooks.org/products/A-Portrait-of-Paul%3A-Identifying-a-True-Minister-of-Christ.html).


Reformation Heritage Books' Description: What does a true pastor look like, and what constitutes a faithful ministry? How can we identify the life and labors of one called by God to serve in the church of Jesus Christ? To address these questions, Rob Ventura and Jeremy Walker examine how the apostle Paul describes his pastoral relation to the people of God in Colossians 1:24–2:5. By discussing these essential attitudes, qualities, and characteristics of a faithful minister of Christ, A Portrait of Paul provides gospel ministers an example of what they should be, and demonstrates for churches the kind of pastors they will seek if they desire men after God’s own heart.

Chapters in Book:

1. The Joy of Paul’s Ministry

2. The Focus of Paul’s Ministry

3. The Hardships of Paul’s Ministry

4. The Origin of Paul’s Ministry

5. The Essence of Paul’s Ministry

6. The Subject of Paul’s Ministry

7. The Goal of Paul’s Ministry

8. The Strength of Paul’s Ministry

9. The Conflict of Paul’s Ministry

10. The Warnings of Paul’s Ministry
After graduating high school, Rob Ventura moved from Long Island to New York City. He attend Baruch College, part time, taking courses in business. He later went on to manage a music group professionally. He met his wife, Vanessa, in 1992 in New York City. After dating as unbelievers for about 3 months, God in mercy separated them, saved them, and four years later they were married in August of 1996. Rob has been pastoring 3 years full time.

See Paul Washer's review of A Portrait of Paul here: http://christianbooknotes.com/2010/paul-washer-et-al-on-a-portrait-of-paul-by-rob-ventura-and-jeremy-walker/

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Peter Jones: Creation or the Creator: Who Do You Worship?: Theology, Spirituality, Sexuality & the New Paganism Analyzed

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Peter R. Jones, Scholar in Residence and Adjunct Professor of New Testament at Westminster Seminary California, Director of truthXchange, and author of the new book One or Two: Seeing a World of Difference, will address the theme: "Creation or the Creator: Who Do You Worship?: Theology, Spirituality, Sexuality & the New Paganism Analyzed".

Our guest tonight, Dr. Peter R. Jones, believes there are only two worldviews: the worship of the creation and the worship of the Creator. His new book One or Two: Seeing a World of Difference, classifies these two opposing worldviews as "One-ism" (creation worship) and "Two-ism" (Creator worship).

"One or Two offers a provocative, accessible, and urgent message that we ignore to our peril - and that of our non-Christian neighbors." -- Michael Horton, Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary, CA

As the publishers describe Dr. Jones' book:

"Walking around in a blur? Afraid to talk about Jesus? Not sure how Christians fit with other religions? One or Two will help you see a world of difference... Using the apostle Paul's structure in Romans 1, Peter Jones shows why your choice affects everything you think and do: how you think about God (theology), what you worship (spirituality) and how you live your sexuality. Seeing a world of difference and distinctions will help you in making a world of difference."

See Review from Reformation Theology.

Dr. Jones received his B.A. from the University of Wales, his B.D. from Gordon Divinity School, his Th.M. from Harvard Divinity School and his Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary.
Dr. Jones was born in Liverpool, England, where he would buy fish and chips on Penny Lane with John Lennon, a high school friend with whom he shared a desk for five years. He and his family came to the U.S. in 1991, after 18 years of cross-cultural mission work on behalf of the Presbyterian Church in America, assisting the theological training of Reformed pastors and church planters in France. He taught Greek and New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary, and was Professeur de Nouveau Testament and Director of the Master’s Programme, Faculté de Théologie Réformée d’Aix-en-Provence. Among his writings are: A Second Moses According to 2 Corinthians 2:14-4:6; God’s Inerrant Word (contributor); “1 Corinthians 15:8—Paul the Last Apostle” Tyndale Bulletin; The Gnostic Empire Strikes Back; La deuxième épître de Paul aux Corinthiens; Spirit Wars; Gospel Truth & Pagan Lies; Capturing the Pagan Mind; Cracking Da Vinci’s Code; Stolen Identity; The God of Sex, and articles in La Revue Réformée, Etudes Evangéliques, Ichthus, and Hokhma.


In January 2003, Dr. Jones was named Scholar in Residence and Adjunct Professor at Westminster Seminary California. He is director of Christian Witness to a Pagan Planet, now truthXchange, a national and international teaching, preaching, and writing ministry for the church and the campus. Dr. Jones is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and serves on the executive committee of the World Reformed Fellowship. He and his wife, Rebecca, live in Escondido, CA.

Co-hosting tonight's broadcast are Pastor Al Stein,
Neighborhood Assembly of God, Bellmore, Long Island, NY, and Pastor Drew Eeningenburg, West Sayville Reformed Bible Church, West Sayville, Long Island, NY.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

David Wood: Islam: Questions & Answers: An Assessment of the Recent ABC Television Special (Encore)

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David Wood, Evangelical Christian apologist to the Muslims, will address the theme: "Islam: Questions & Answers: An Assessment of the Recent ABC Television Special".

Last Friday, October 1st, ABC Television aired a one-hour special edition of their 20/20 program hosted by Diane Sawyer titled "Islam: Questions & Answers". You can view the entire broadcast here:
http://abc.go.com/watch/2020/SH559026/VD5589601/islam-questions-and-answers

David Wood will provide his personal assessment of the broadcast. David has become fondly known as "Iron Sharpens Iron's Resident Apologist to the Muslims". David is a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy at Fordham University. A former atheist, David 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.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Jeffrey D. Johnson: The Fatal Flaw of the Theology Behind Infant Baptism

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Jeffrey D. Johnson, pastor of Grace Bible Church in Conway, Arkansas, will address the theme of his new book "The Fatal Flaw of the Theology Behind Infant Baptism".

For centuries, Calvinistic Baptists and Presbyterians (and other Reformed paedobaptists) have enjoyed precious fellowship with one another due to their shared commitment to the inerrancy, sufficiency and authority of the Holy Scriptures and the Gospel of Free and Sovereign Grace. In spite of their differences, many pulpits have been exchanged, and many joint efforts in teaching and evangelism have been embarked upon by these two communions laboring together in Christ's vineyard. It is also a well known fact that the Westminster Confession of Faith adhered to by Presbyterians was nearly duplicated by the framers of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith (or Second London Confession) to demonstrate the clear doctrinal bond and comradery between themselves and their paedobaptist brethren while also identifying their own baptistic distinctives. Having said all this, however, those things that continue to divide Baptists and Reformed paedobaptists, including the question of who are the legitimate candidates for the biblical ordinance of baptism, are still deemed crucial enough by both groups to prevent full, unfettered union between the two.

According to the book's publishers, "The Fatal Flaw exposes the inconsistencies of the theology behind infant baptism. Rather than rehashing the familiar arguments against infant baptism, this work seeks to undercut its very foundation. What is the theological system which under girds infant baptism and where does this system come unraveled? This work answers these questions by explaining the distinction in the nature of the old and new covenants and their often misunderstood relationship with one another. This critical discussion of the continuity and discontinuity of the covenants is thoroughly explored in this book. To understand the biblical connection between the covenants, it is vital to first understand the dual nature of the Abrahamic Covenant. What is the relationship between Abraham and Moses, Abraham and Christ, and Moses and Christ? The debate of continuity and discontinuity between the old and new covenants cannot be properly solved until the intended nature of the Abrahamic Covenant is fully comprehended."

"If I were a Baptist, this argument would be the one I would want to share with my Presbyterian brethren or anyone considering leaving the Baptist camp to become one. It truly is a must read and should be in the library of every serious student of covenant theology." —Thomas J. Gentry, Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church and President of Veritas Theological Seminary
"Jeffrey Johnson has produced a thorough, vigorous, and impressive interaction with covenant theology as it is used in support of infant baptism. He has given detailed analysis of each part of the system, approved what was biblically warranted, challenged what is indefensibly contrived and offered compelling alternatives to each part of the system that he has challenged. He has not left it at that point but has offered an alternate interpretation of the relationship between the covenants." —Thomas Nettles, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


"This is an excellent and outstanding work, which deals with the subject from the ground up—one of the best, if not the best, I have ever seen! Jeffrey deals with all the aspects of the subject and in the logical order of their development in the subject area. He presents his position clearly with solid and sound exegesis and clear discussion and argumentation. Thus, he makes a definite and strong contribution to the subject matter of the day concerning the ongoing debate between continuity and discontinuity of the Divine covenants." —Richard P. Belcher, Sr., Author of A Journey in Grace

Jeffrey D. Johnson graduated from Central Baptist College with a B.S. in Bible and earned his M. Rel. in Biblical Studies and a Th. D. in Systematics from Veritas Theological Seminary. He resides in Conway, Arkansas, with this wife, Letha, and their son, Martyn.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Steve Camp: Are Theological Debates Antithetical to Christian Love? (Encore)

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Steve Camp, well known Christian recording artist, writer of a Grammy Award-winning song, theologically Reformed Christian apologist, founder of audienceONE Ministries and pastor of Cross Church in Palm City, Florida (see www.CrossChurch.net), will address the theme: "Are Theological Debates Antithetical to Christian Love?"

On Saturday, August 28th, Dr. James R. White of Alpha & Omage Ministries (see
www.aomin.org) will be debating a Roman Catholic apologist named Christopher A. Ferrara of American Catholic Lawyer's Association (see www.acla-inc.org) on the theme: "The Immaculate Conception & Sinlessness of Mary" and on Monday, August 30th, Dr. White will be debating renowned Atheist David Silverman, the Vice President of American Atheists, Inc. (see www.atheists.org). See the display ads for details at the top of the page at http://www.sharpens.org/.

While most Christians would eagerly support the latter event, many are uneasy, squeamish or even angry about the first, namely, that we should dare risk hurting the feelings of those who profess to be Christian that we believe to be in theological error by conducting such a public event where hard lines of theological difference are drawn. But should Christians be more concerned about offending individuals than they are about offending God with the tolerance of false doctrine?

Listen to Steve Camp explore this very controversial matter tonight!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

David Wood: Islam: Questions & Answers: An Assessment of the Recent ABC Television Special

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David Wood, Evangelical Christian apologist to the Muslims, will address the theme: "Islam: Questions & Answers: An Assessment of the Recent ABC Television Special".

Last Friday, October 1st, ABC Television aired a one-hour special edition of their 20/20 program hosted by Diane Sawyer titled "Islam: Questions & Answers". You can view the entire broadcast here:
http://abc.go.com/watch/2020/SH559026/VD5589601/islam-questions-and-answers

David Wood will provide his personal assessment of the broadcast. David has become fondly known as "Iron Sharpens Iron's Resident Apologist to the Muslims". David is a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy at Fordham University. A former atheist, David 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.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

More scholars endorse "Iron Sharpens Iron"!

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"IRON SHARPENS IRON is precisely what is says it is, an honest, intelligent discussion of major theological issues but sharpened to meet the needs of the average believer." -- Dr. Peter Jones, Director, truthXchange, Scholar-in-Residence & Adjunct Professor, Westminster Seminary California

"The church would be well served to have more radio programs such as Chris Arnzen’s IRON SHARPENS IRON. Chris addresses substantive issues that benefit God’s people, sharpening their understanding and their discernment. Highly recommended!" -- Dr. Fred G. Zaspel, Author, The Theology of B.B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary

Monday, October 4, 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).

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Iron Sharpens Iron 30 Day Archive

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