Quick Hits :: 01.20.07

Tim Brister —  January 20, 2007 — 8 Comments

* Dr. Russell Moore discusses the “voodoo ecumenism of Bill Clinton” with Dr. Tony Campolo on the Albert Mohler Radio Program.   Good discussion here and relevant to much of the current discussion regarding unity, cooperation, and consensus.

* Over at the T4G blog, Mark Dever shares an excerpt from C. S. Lewis on Calvinism, where Lewis explains, “I find the best plan is to take the Calvinist view of my own virtues and other people’s vices . . .”.  Interesting excerpt indeed. 

* Christopher Wright has written an article for CT’s Christian Vision Project entitled “An Upside-Down World” where he asks the question, “What must we learn, and unlearn, to be agents of God’s mission in the world?”  He concludes, asserting that “the Cross must be as central to our social engagement as it is to our evangelism. There is no other power, no other resource, no other name through which we can offer the whole gospel to the whole person and the whole world than Jesus Christ crucified and risen.” 

* Brent Thomas has written some good advice for us bloggers explaining its dangers and pitfalls. A must read for bloggers.

* Speaking of advice from bloggers, Nathan Finn has made some significant changes to his blog (and future blogging).  While I have appreciated Nathan’s insight on current issues in the SBC, I look forward all the more to his research and studies in Baptist history. 

* For those of you who are Arminian and do not want to discuss theology with Calvinists, Gordan Runyan has compiled a running list of sound-bytes and quotes to copy and paste for true drive-by commentating.  These would be especially applicable to those who have memorized this song.  Check yes or no?  Uh . . .

* Blake White shared this very disturbing video which is an excerpt of the 1972 documentary of a charlatan Pentecostal preacher named Marjoe Gortner. If this is not a call for discernment, I don’t know what is!

* Tom Ascol recently announced that the new, expanded 20th anniversary edition of Dr. Tom Nettles’ classic work By His Grace and For His Glory is available from Founders Press for a special pre-publication discount of $19.50 (good until Feb. 16, 2007).   The artwork on the cover is done by Dr. Nettles’ son, Rob, who happens to also work with me at UPS.

* Bob Kauflin answers the question regarding the issue of being liars when we sing.  I struggled with this issue as well and wrote about it in a post called “Liars in Perfect Harmony.” 

* Finally, for those of you who are studying the biblical languages, Amazon has the Biblia Sacra, a combination of BHS and NA27 in one binding for a nifty price of $88.17. 

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  • Thanks for the link. BTW, the new site looks great. I know you’ve heard that a ba-zillion times….

  • All students should be informed of the Biblia Sacra at the beginning of their studies. I got mine about a decade ago when it was first released. Makes one wonder why no one had thought of it before.

  • Gordan,

    No problem man. Funny stuff you got there. 🙂 Thanks for the compliment too.


    Unfortunately, I have been studying Greek for several years and just came around to the Bibla Sacra. I don’t think it is even available at our school’s Lifeway (which is surprising to me, given the amount of language studies we have). BDAG and Biblia Sacra–two expensive but worthwhile investments!

  • I find it interesting that Lifeway doesn’t carry the Biblia Sacra. I worked in that store well over a decade ago and we sold a ton fo them–in fact, that’s where I got mine. I used to target the incoming students and show it to them. The binding is coming a bit loose on mine so I may have it rebound eventually–probably in a nice leather.

  • lifelongSBCr

    How dare the Albert Mohler program have Tony (spit) Campolo on the program, apparently in agreement with the host. That’s how liberalism gets started at Southern.
    Thanks for the notice, Tim.
    Worst of all, don’t they know over there that Paige has absolutely no use for Campolo, no matter how good a communicator he is, no matter that he names Jesus as Lord. He is “of the Devil.”
    Al, sorry, but You are the one in need of retirement. Get well soon….

  • lifelongSBCr,

    Did you, by any chance, listen to the broadcast? If so, you will find that Dr. Moore had Campolo on for the first five minutes of the show, commenting on the Clinton/Carter convenant. The purpose was to have a liberal theologian speak about the liberal politicians and the new liberal/moderate baptist convergence. Who better to speak about these matters than a religious advisor to Clinton? Do you get the point?

    I simply don’t get how you dialogue with a liberal makes you a liberal. Sir (or ma’am), I think you are sorely mistaken.

    I don’t know nor do I personally care what Dr. Patterson has to do with Mr. Campolo. Neither my blog nor the comments will be a place for gossip or slander, so I suggest that you please take your sentiments and share them elsewhere. Maybe they will have a better reception. 🙂

    Finally, regarding Dr. Mohler. I praise God for His providential working to bring him back to health. I would strongly encourage you to see what God has taught him during the past few weeks. You can find it at:


    I among thousands have been praying for Dr. Mohler and glad to see him back at it. If I may say, I believe he is just getting started, as is the thousands of young men he has trained during his watch. Let me suggest that you take a tip or two from Dr. Mohler and use your pen and words to build up the Church, engage our culture with the truth of the gospel, and live for the glory of God. Would to God that could be said about me! Would to God that could said about you. The only thing that needs retirement is the anti-intellectual fundamentalism that retreats to unprofitable comments represented in your statements. Please, should you choose to comment again, do so in a manner that is more profitable others as well as yourself.

  • I came across your site because of the Dockery interview–he taught some classes my husband took in Dallas in the 80’s.

    Having once been a “free willer”, I was curious about the link you provided to the “Free Will Song”. It was enlightening and sickening at the same time–sad to see the anemic God that some embrace and promote. Still, it gave me yet another opportunity to express my gratitude for the grace He has shown me.

  • Connie,

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Yeah, the “ode to free will” song has made its way all over the blogosphere. I only linked to it because it has been worked over the past couple of weeks. The audacity to say the things in this song befuddles be, and I cannot in the least but feel that this song is more of worship to us than God (like most Arminian, man-centered songs). The reference point is us (such as “like a rose trampled on the ground/ you took the fall and thought of ME/ above all”). Indeed, the song is very troubling and should be a reminder to us all that to have a vibrant doxology, we need accurate theology. After all, we are called to worship in Spirit and in truth. This song misses that, big time.

    The weird thing is, however, I find it that people can sing a song like “Amazing Grace” which speaks of God’s sovereign grace and then turn around and sing their ode to free will! I think this speaks very much about the theological confusion in our churches today. Those two songs are simply and unequivocably irreconcilable.