Saturday, November 27, 2010

Rob Ventura: Part Two: 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" (Part two) (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, November 18, 2010

Jim Harrison: God, the Gospel & Glenn Beck

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Jim Harrison, pastor of Red Mills Baptist Church, Mahopac Falls, NY, and Chairman of the CB Spurgeon Fellowship will address the topic: "God, the Gospel & Glenn Beck".

Glenn Beck is a New York Times bestselling author and is one of the most popular radio and television hosts in the United States (his radio program is currently # 3 in the ratings behind Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, and as of September 2009, Beck's television program drew more viewers than all three of the competing time-slot shows on CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined). In spite of his being a Mormon, Mr. Beck continues to attract a growng, loyal fan base from the Evangelical Christian community. According to tonight's guest:

"About a month ago, there was a rally on the Mall in Washington D. C., called the 'Restoring Honor' rally. It was hosted by Glenn Beck, a popular conservative radio and television commentator. I watched the events of that day and listened to those who spoke. I also listened to the comments of many who attended the rally, of which there were clearly many evangelical Christians. And as I did so, I found myself becoming more and more uncomfortable...

"... My concern revolves around what this rally says about the Christian Church in this country. And I believe that what this rally says about the Christian Church in this country is that it has lost some things that are very precious and very valuable...

I. Statement #1: Neither Liberal Nor Conservative Nor Libertarian, Nor any other Political Label you wish to offer is Equal to Christianity.

II. Statement #2: “God Talk” is Not Necessarily “Good Talk”.

III. Statement #3: The Gospel is Non-negotiable (Garlow article; The “Black Robed Regiment”).

IV. Statement #4: We Have Lost Sight of the Real Problem and the Real Solution (Sin and the Gospel).

V. Statement #5: The Apocalyptic Vision of Contemporary Politics is an Instrument of Fear.

VI. Statement #6: When the Church Puts Its Trust in the Utopian Promise of the Political Process, It Falls Right Into Satan’s Snare.

VII. Statement #7: It is Idolatry for The American Evangelical Church to Trade the Truth of God for American Civil Religion.

Pastor Harrison is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Bible, now Philadelphia Biblical University (see http://www.pbu.edu/) and Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary (see www.DenverSeminary.edu). Prior to coming to Red Mills Baptist Church in 1994, Pastor Harrison served in various capacities on the pastoral staff of churches in NJ, Denver, CO, and Southfield, MI. He is devoted to the Solas of the Protestant Reformation and the doctrines of God's sovereign grace. His ministry is characterized by a commitment to strong doctrinal and expository preaching which stems from an unswerving conviction that the word of God is the sole and sufficient rule for faith and practice.The ministry of Red Mills Baptist Church and Pastor Harrison is extended beyond the Mahopac area through the publishing of various articles and booklets, Red Mills' sermon tape ministry, seminars and conferences, and occasional radio appearances. Pastor Harrison also serves on the Executive Committee of the CB Spurgeon Fellowship , a group of Conservative Baptist pastors who are committed to the doctrines of grace and seek to act as a voice calling the church back from its love affair with the church growth movement to a renewed confidence in the sufficiency of Scripture.Since 1984, Pastor Harrison has had the great privilege of being known as the husband of Fran. In addition to being an invaluable co-worker in the gospel, Fran is the mother of their sons Chris and Ben, and has recently completed her Master's degree in Library Science.

You can hear a recent sermon Pastor Harrison preached on this theme here: http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1024102204710

Pastor Harrison's Weblog can be read at: www.spurgeonitetabernacle.blogspot.com

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Larry Vardiman: Global Warming: A Christian Atmospheric Scientist's Response

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Larry Vardiman, Ph.D., author and chairman of the Department of Astro-Geophysics at the Institute for Creation Research’s Graduate Program (see http://www.icr.org/), will address the theme: "Global Warming: A Christian Atmospheric Scientist's Response".

Our co-host tonight is Pastor Jim Capo of the Massapequa Church of God, who also teaches science and math at Grace Christian Academy on Long Island (http://www.graceacademyli.com/).

According to tonight's guest, Dr. Larry Vardiman, "The global warming issue will not go away. Evidence continues to mount that some type of warming is occurring, maybe temporarily or of longer duration. But, is it caused by man and can anything be done about it?..."

"... I believe it is safe to say that:

Global warming appears to have been occurring for the last 30-50 years.

This warming may only be a short-term fluctuation but could be a longer-term trend.

Evidence is still inconclusive whether man is causing the warming.
No "natural" causes for global warming have been confirmed.

One possible new theory is that galactic cosmic radiation (GCR) modulated by solar activity affects low-level cloud cover and is causing the warming.

"Global warming may affect some parts of our society negatively but would likely benefit others. In fact, the current warming trend may be returning our global climate closer to that prevalent in the Garden of Eden. Compared to climate changes which have occurred in earth history, a temperature rise of a few degrees is a small fluctuation which will not lead to a complete melting of the polar caps or another ice age. Earth has a stable environmental system with many built-in feedback systems to maintain a uniform climate. It was designed by God and has only been dramatically upset by catastrophic events like the Genesis Flood. Catastrophic climate change will occur again in the future, but only by God's intervention in a sudden, violent conflagration of planet Earth in the end times (II Peter 3:1-12)."

Through his ongoing research in atmospheric science and his administrative skills, Dr. Larry Vardiman has contributed much to the field of creation science. He has been involved in shaping lives one student at a time since 1989 as the chairman of the Department of Astro-Geophysics at the Institute for Creation Research’s Graduate Program. He has authored many technical papers and books including overseeing the editing of the book, "Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth."

Much of Dr. Vardiman’s scientific contributions have been in the areas of cloud seeding, ice crystal growth and evolution, the age of the earth’s atmosphere, ice sheet formation during the Ice Age, and catastrophic hurricane formation. Dr. Vardiman has also authored a book discussing creation science from a layperson’s standpoint. Entitled Over the Edge, the book chronicles his more humorous experiences as a tour guide on ICR’s Grand Canyon tours.

Dr. Vardiman’s versatility in conversing in technical terms about creation science and also being able to communicate with the lay person has taken him many places — from the classroom to the great outdoors as a tour guide, to the radio waves on ICR’s program, "Science,sc-ripture and Salvation."

Prior to coming to ICR, Dr. Vardiman taught at Christian Heritage College as a Professor of Natural Sciences from 1982-89 and received the added responsibility of Academic Vice President from 1987-89.

Dr. Vardiman also worked for the United States Air Force as an Officer with the Air Weather Service in the Aerospace Modification Division at Scott Air Force Base. He was part of the Summer Research Program with the Air Force and was appointed to the Air Force Geophysics Lab in Boston, Massachusetts, during the summer of 1985.

While obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Vardiman served as a research assistant at Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science (1970-74) and served as a consulting Meteorologist at Western Scientific Services (1973-). After obtaining his degree, he stayed in Colorado and served as a Consultant to the Colorao Governor’s Advisory Panel on Weather Modification and as Meteorologist for the Breau of Reclamation, Division of Atmospheric Resources Research in Denver, CO (1974-82).

A book by Dr. Vardiman on Global Warming titled "Some Like it Hot" is expected to be released this winter.

Links for Global Warming articles by Dr. Larry Vardiman:


http://www.icr.org/article/evidence-for-global-warming/

http://www.icr.org/article/global-warming-flood/

http://www.icr.org/article/earths-climate-thermostat/

http://www.icr.org/article/does-carbon-dioxide-drive-global-warming/

http://www.icr.org/article/climategate-begging-question/

http://www.icr.org/article/will-solar-inactivity-lead-global-cooling/

http://www.icr.org/article/new-evidence-for-global-cooling/

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bob Gianserra: When Your Theology Drives You Out of Your Church (and Why Doctrine Matters When Finding a Church Home)" Part Two

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Pastor Bob Gianserra, preaching pastor of Grace & Truth Church in Yonkers, NY (see http://www.gntchurch.org/), will address the theme: "When Your Theology Drives You Out of Your Church (and Why Doctrine Matters When Finding a Church Home)" Part Two.

Our guest tonight, Bob Gianserra, will share with us his own, personal theological journey from a nominal Roman Catholic upbringing, to embracing Christ as Savior in the extreme fringe of the charismatic movement, to conservative, mainline Pentecostalism, to Reformed Baptist. Pastor Bob will also address why (although many precious brethren can be found in a wide spectrum of denominations and fellowships) doctrine matters when searching for a church to unite with.

Bob Gianserra is one of the original co-founders involved in planting Grace and Truth Church in 2002 and has been serving as the preaching pastor since 2005. Bob holds a B.A. in History from Lehman College of the City University of New York and is currently pursuing an MDiv with the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor Bob resides in Yonkers with his wife Claudia and his two daughters Rachel and Elizabeth.

Starting Sunday, November 14, you can hear Pastor Bob Gianserra teach during a weekly, quarter-hour radio broadcast called "Grace & Truth" every Sunday at 1:45pm on WMCA-570AM (see http://www.wmca.com/).

You can hear Part One of this interview aired on November 4: MP3 Available Here

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

TurretinFan: Formal Sufficiency of scripture: Stated & Examined From scripture & the Fathers, with Scholarly Confirmation Regarding the Fathers' Views

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"TurretinFan" (a pseudonym used in order to separate his secular career from his apologetics ministry), a contributor to Dr. James R. White's blog on the Alpha & Omega Ministries web site (http://www.aomin.org/), will address: "Formal Sufficiency of scripture: Stated & Examined From scripture & the Fathers, with Scholarly Confirmation Regarding the Fathers' Views".

Roman Catholics these days like to try to claim that the Bible has all the information needed for salvation, but this information is placed in there in such a way that the Bible requires tradition or a living magisterium to be properly understood. Patristic scholar Pastor David King and our guest have been responding to this contention in a series of posts at http://turretinfan.blogspot.com/.

The first post deals with explaining what the Reformed churches actually believe. The second post proves the Reformed doctrines fromsc-ripture. There is a brief aside talking about a sort of "partim-partim" sufficiency that's not popular among Roman Catholics today, though it was more popular previously. Then the third post starts to get into the patristic evidence, really focusing on the earliest Christian writings that address the subject. We will discuss these posts during tonight's broadcast.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Bob Gianserra: When Your Theology Drives You Out of Your Church (and Why Doctrine Matters When Finding a Church Home)

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Pastor Bob Gianserra, preaching pastor of Grace & Truth Church in Yonkers, NY (see http://www.gntchurch.org/), will address the theme: "When Your Theology Drives You Out of Your Church (and Why Doctrine Matters When Finding a Church Home)".

Our guest tonight, Bob Gianserra, will share with us his own, personal theological journey from a nominal Roman Catholic upbringing, to embracing Christ as Savior in the extreme fringe of the charismatic movement, to conservative, mainline Pentecostalism, to Reformed Baptist. Pastor Bob will also address why (although many precious brethren can be found in a wide spectrum of denominations and fellowships) doctrine matters when searching for a church to unite with.

Bob Gianserra is one of the original co-founders involved in planting Grace and Truth Church in 2002 and has been serving as the preaching pastor since 2005. Bob holds a B.A. in History from Lehman College of the City University of New York and is currently pursuing an MDiv with the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor Bob resides in Yonkers with his wife Claudia and his two daughters Rachel and Elizabeth.

Starting Sunday, November 14, you can hear Pastor Bob Gianserra teach during a weekly, quarter-hour radio broadcast called "Grace & Truth" every Sunday at 1:45pm on WMCA-570AM (see http://www.wmca.com/).
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