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Archive for October, 2011

Not long ago, Justin Taylor highlighted a lecture by Sam Williams, saying, “This is the best one-hour introduction [to the psychology of homosexuality] you can find.”

I agree.

Here are some of the questions raised and addressed (as aptly outlined by Taylor) in this presentation.

What causes homosexuality?
Can we be responsible for that which is not consciously chosen?
What is the difference between having same-same attraction, same-sex orientation, and being “gay” or “lesbian”?
How many people self-identify in these ways?
Do people with same-same attraction actually change?
How can they change?
What does the gospel have to do with this issue?
How can we promote change in the church for those who struggle?

Must Listen Factor: Quite High

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: 1 Hour

To Download: Left click picture (The lecture was given on 10/18/11).

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While reading the twentieth chapter of Acts, meditating again on Paul’s farewell address to the elders at Ephesus, I was struck by Paul’s emphasis in verses 33-35.  Listen again to him,

“I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.  In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Remarkable words!  Paul purposively worked hard with his hands in order to set an example.  He wanted the saints to see his concern for the weak.  He wanted them to know, to truly know, that it is more blessed to given than to receive.  It is a sober reminder.

My reading this passage was aptly timed.  Not long ago, I listened to a short, but powerful message by Tim Keller entitled “Generous Justice.”  In a winsome but convicting way, he wove together the doctrine of justification with the Christian’s duty to care for the weak and poor.  In the usual hustle and bustle of life, working on different projects and what not, it’s easy to forget the concerns of the poor.  This message grabbed me, looked me in the eye, and said, “Don’t forget to walk as your Lord walked.  Remember the poor.”  The conviction lasted for about an hour before it was swallowed up with other thoughts.  Reading the passage out of Acts resuscitated my memory.  I feel as if the Lord is getting my attention.

Perhaps you could be reminded as well?  How about taking thirty minutes sometime soon in order to give it a listen.  You won’t regret it.

Must Listen Factor: High

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 30 minutes

To Download: Left Click picture.

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Every now and again, I swing over to Alpha and Omega Ministries to see what James White is up to.  If you didn’t know, he webcasts a show called The Dividing Line.  Its primary thrust is apologetic in nature.  He interacts with debates, critiques heretics, takes questions from listeners, and keeps you up to date with the current happenings in the theological world.  I’m not a regular listener, but I do enjoy the program.

More recently, he put together a special podcast, a 2 ½ hour introductory session on Christology.  It’s excellent!  If you’d like to walk through things like the Nicene Creed or the Athanasian Creed, as well as get a handle on terms like Nestorianism, this is the place to go.  His approach and style certainly keeps you awake, so don’t feel the need to preemptively down a five hour energy drink.

Must Listen Factor: Moderate (High if you’ve never thought through these issues before)

Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

To Download: Click picture to follow link

For Bio: http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/bio/jwhite.html

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I just finished listening to this year’s Desiring God National Conference, and I must say that it was excellent!

While each speaker spoke with passion and shed light upon the church’s present mission, I was particularly moved by Michael Ramsden’s message Courage, Christ, and Finishing the Mission.  It was vibrant, engaging, and a-typical.  Mr. Ramsden has been the European Director of RZIM Zacharias Trust since its foundation in 1997.  He is also Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and Lecturer in Christian Apologetics at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.  But more importantly, he is an experienced evangelist and a servant of Jesus Christ.  His challenge should be heard.

Regarding the other sessions, I would encourage you to listen to the interview with Greg Livingston and David Sitton.  Anytime you can hear from a veteran missionary, you need to do so.  Doubly so with two missionaries!

Lastly, the panel discussion was good and should find its way on to your IPod.  Piper’s message was excellent as well, but if you are only going to listen to one message, do download Michael Ramsden’s.

All of the messages can be obtained here:

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/conference-messages/by-conference/2011-national-conference

P.S.  A Caution: Listening to these messages may cause you to suddenly pack your bags, leave the country, and die for Christ.

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