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Christians and Osama (and Jesus) – Conspiracy

May 11, 2011

Wow. Osama bin Laden is dead. After 10 years, he’s finally dead. But there’s been such a swirl of media attention, conspiracy theories, and emotions surrounding his demise that it’s hard to know what to make of it all. But now that most of the emotions have died down a bit, it’s a good time to reflect on it. Read more…


Dear Christian, Repent of your Conspiracy Theory Idol and God

May 11, 2011

Not every conspiracy theory has grounds in reality – in fact, most don’t – that’s why they’re called “theories.” But in America today, there are almost more conspiracy theories than there are trees. And some very prominent people in the media, who claim the mantle of “Christian” by uttering words such as “God” and “prayer” and “Jesus” on the radio or television, are propagating many of these theories. But, these are not true Christians because true Christians desire to be a “Holy People” as Peter writes in 1 Peter 2:1 “So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander” and in 1 Peter 2:12 “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.” Read more…

What is Worship? And what should a church service look like? Regulative vs. Normative Principles – Designed (sermon notes from Mark Driscoll)

May 2, 2011

What is Worship? And what should a church service look like?

I found Pastor Mark Driscoll’s sermon on the Regulative Principle in worship to be quite good. So, I decided to make a design with some of the sermon notes using some of the visual imagery he used in the sermon.

He said that the Regulative Principle in worship basically states that “Worship services must include all the elements which Scripture commands, or is a good and necessary implication of a biblical text, and nothing more.” Basically, it is the “>RED-LIGHTprinciple – saying “You CAN’T do anything the Bible doesn’t strictly command.”

On the other hand, the Normative Principle in worship states that “Worship services must include all the elements which Scripture commands, and may include others so long as they are not prohibited by Scripture.” This is basically a GREEN-LIGHT – saying “You are free and welcome to include additional things in worship so long as they are not prohibited by the Bible.”

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15 Types of God’s Grace – Designed (sermon notes from Mark Driscoll)

April 30, 2011

Want to learn about grace? Here are some sermon notes in design (mostly just direct Bible verses) taken from Mark Driscoll’s sermon – Grace – from the series “Religion Saves (and nine other misconceptions)” over at

I’ve provided two copies:

  1. The first is a simplified version of the sermon notes – with only Bible verse references and subject headings (like “Electing Grace”). It is intended to be a spring board into self-study of the subject (i.e. look up the verses on your own and see how they relate to the headings provided).
  2. The second is the full version of the sermon notes – with some of the most interesting tidbits pastor Driscoll provided about grace (on the paper scraps on the dartboard), and the full text of the Bible verses he used. This one is good to see it all at once (though there is quite a bit to see).
Print them out, set them as desktop wallpapers, whatever. The ideas aren’t my own, but come directly from pastor Driscoll’s sermon. Be sure to watch the whole thing to get a full understanding of the grace he preaches. And check out Mars Hill Church for more great sermons and downloads.


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About the Flexible Dating of Easter

April 26, 2011

Have you ever wondered why Easter moves on the calendar every year? I also wondered that for a long time until I investigated it this morning. I knew it had something to do with a non-Gregorian calendar, and always assumed it was based on the lunar calendar. That is true, but what I didn’t realize was that the dating of Easter is based on the Jewish lunar calendar and the dating of the Jewish Passover feast. Here’s why:

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T-1 Day to Hope

April 23, 2011

Tomorrow is the BIG day! The resurrection day! When Jesus rose from death to conquer sin, hell, and the grave, he gave us a wonderful hope. We no longer need fear anything, because life’s final answer – death – is no longer final. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:54-55: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” We know that death is not the end, so death and fear of death no longer hold any power over our lives.

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T-2 Days to the Anniversary of the Biggest Life Changing Event in History

April 22, 2011

Life change is tough, even when you want to change. Consider how many people make New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, eat right, be self-disciplined, or become financially responsible. And how many of those resolutions fall by the wayside in 2-3 months? Most of them.

Most people just get comfortable in whatever present circumstances they’re in and they just stay there. People are naturally resistant to change, especially when they like the way things are going, or even if they’re just comfortable. And most people wouldn’t be willing to give up or change deep personal convictions overnight, especially not in a radical way. Yet that is exactly what happened in the early church. Literally overnight, deeply rooted religious convictions were overturned, new religious observances began, long-time skeptics changed their minds, and enemies of the church became its loudest heralds. And the resurrection of Jesus is the key turning point in history that radically altered the course of humanity forever.

In this post, we’ll look at 4 radical changes that took place in the early church as a direct result of Jesus’ resurrection: the overturning of traditionally held religious beliefs, the character change in Peter, the conversion of the skeptic James, and the conversion of Christianity’s number one enemy at the time, Saul of Tarsus.

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