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Standing Against The Ecumenical Monoculture

Standing Against The Ecumenical Monoculture

Standing Against The Ecumenical Monoculture

Standing Against The Ecumenical Monoculture

God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines Of never failing skill He treasures up his bright designs, And works his sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints fresh courage take, The clouds ye so much dread Are big with mercy, and shall break In blessings on your head.

Judge not the LORD by feeble sense, But trust him for his grace; Behind a frowning providence, He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast, Unfolding every hour; The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flow’r.

Blind unbelief is sure to err, And scan his work in vain; GOD is his own interpreter, And he will make it plain.

--William Cowper

Friday, June 30, 2006


A Christian Worldview Part Three: Redemption

In the same way that I described the effects of the fall, I am going to briefly describe redemption in three specific categories our relationship with God, our fellow man, and creation.


Through Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection our relationship with God can be restored and is generally described in three specific ways justification, sanctification, and glorification. In their book, The Great Doctrines of the Bible, William Evans, and S. Maxwell Coder describe justification and sanctification as follows: “In justification we are declared righteous in order that, in sanctification, we may become righteous. Justification is what God does for us, while sanctification is what God does in us. Justification puts us into a right relationship with God, while sanctification exhibits the fruit of that relationship—a life separated from a sinful world and dedicated unto God.” It is imperative to note that both justification and sanctification are blood bought products of grace and find their origin and power in God and not man. Man cannot save himself nor can man choose to be saved (Romans 3:9-20). Likewise, once justified, man cannot conform himself to the image of Christ (Galatians 3:3). Because of this God alone receives all the glory. Glorification is the competition of this when God takes us into heaven and we receive a new body and spend eternity in His presence.


Abraham Kuyper, in his Lectures on Calvinism, offers a wonderful description of what our relationship with our fellow man should look like. “If Calvinism places our entire human life immediately before God, then it follows that all men or women, rich or poor, weak or strong, dull or talented, as creatures of God, and as lost sinners, have no claim whatsoever to lord over one another, and that we stand as equals before God, and consequently equal as man to man. Hence we cannot recognize any distinction among men, save as such as been imposed by God Himself, in that He gave one authority over the other, or enriched one with more talents than the other, in order that the man of more talents should serve the man with less, and in him serve his God.”


This aspect of the Christian worldview receives much neglect and is considered unimportant when viewed in comparison to man and God; however, consider the implications of rendering these three categories in another way. God is The Divine Being, man bears His Divine image, and the earth is His Divine creation, which reveals His Divine character. Just as mocking, a painting would offend a painter neglecting and abusing God’s creation represents an offence to God. We must reclaim our position as the guardians and caretakers of God’s creation.

Concluding Thoughts

The chief and supreme end for everything is that it would glorify God. It is imperative that every aspect of the Christian worldview work towards this supreme and singular end. Christ suffered on the cross in order to bring us to God (I Peter 3:18). Our relationship with creation and our fellow man must be lived in such a way that it glorifies God and leads others to do likewise (Matthew 5:16). These are not thoughts for your private life this is the framework through which, by the grace of God, you must interpret and live the whole of life.

Friday, June 23, 2006


A Christian Worldview Part Two: Fall

I am going to speak of the effects of the fall briefly in three specific categories our relationship with God, others, and the rest of creation. When man rebelled against God in the Garden of Eden, our relationship went from being one of peace to one of war and we became enemies of God. God created man to live in relationship with one another and because of the fall, our relationships with others are saturated with dysfunction and conflict. Man was also created to guard and care for creation a relationship that is now epitomized by abuse and neglect.

Thursday, June 15, 2006


A Christian Worldview Part One: Creation

Most importantly and above all else, it the chief and supreme end for everything God has created is that it would glorify Him. Even more specifically God created you for His glory; every aspect of your life should be driven for this one great end. Your purpose is none other than to glorify God. I look forward to your discussion of this and hopefully, by His sovereign grace, God will lead us into realizing a small sliver of its unfathomable ramifications.

An Addendum

I had hoped this post would have generated more discussion and since it has not I have decided to briefly disclose some of my observations on the subject.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

No other statement in the whole of Scripture has more implications than these ten words. Everything else, in the entire course of redemptive history, is a result and fulfillment of this statement. Because of this God’s purpose in creating should be of the utmost importance to us.

God created us to live in relationship, both with him and with others; therefore, His Word must govern our relationships, to His glory.

God created gender; therefore, His Word must define gender roles.

God created work; therefore, His Word should both encourage us to work and define how we work. Many of you think of you job as a means to ministry and not a ministry in itself; you merely tolerate working so that you may minister to others through relationships. That should not be the case. If you are a painter then the way in which you paint should glorify God. If you are a teacher, your teaching should glorify God. If you are a lawyer then your pursuit of justice and truth should glorify God. When you view God as the one who has both created and purposed your work your job begins to take on a new perspective.

God created the family; therefore, His Word should govern our family life. This Sunday I was blessed to hear an individual teach on this very thing. One of his points was that far too often parents train their children to obey them when their goal as parents is to train their children to obey God. When disciplining your children it is imperative that you point them to Scripture. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (II Timothy 3:16-17) Is that not your goal as parents; to train up righteous children equipped to do good works?

Recommended Readings

This remains a work in progress that will be frequently updated. Books are divided alphabetically by subject and the sorted alphabetically by authors last name. The easiest way to purchase these books would be to search for them by name or ISBN at Amazon or Christian Book Distributers. Many of the older books, among countless other works not listed here, are available for free download, in PDF format, at the Christian Classics Etherial Library.


  • Comfort, Ray. God Doesn't Believe in Atheists: Proof That the Atheist Doesn't Exist.
  • Dempski, William. Design Inference.
  • Frame, John M. Apologetics to the Glory of God.
  • Geisler, Norman L. and Ronald M. Brooks. When Skeptics Ask: A Handbook of Christian Evidence.
  • ________, and Thomas Howe. When Critics Ask: A Popular Handbook on Bible Difficulties.
  • ________, and Ron Rhodes. When Cultists Ask: A Popular Handbook on Cultic Misinterpretations.
  • Ham, Ken. The Lie: Evolution.
  • MacArthur, John. Why One Way?.
  • Machen, J. Gresham. Christianity and Liberalism.
  • Shaeffer, Francis. The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy: The Three Essential Books in One Volume: The God Who Is There, Escape from Reason, He Is There and He Is Not Silent.
  • Sproul, R. C. Classical Apologetics.
  • ________. The Consequence of Ideas.
  • ________. Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics.
  • Watts, Isaac. Logic: The Right Use of Reason in the Inquiry After Truth.
  • Wells, David F. Above All Earthly Pow'rs: Christ In A Postmodern World.
  • ________. No Place For Truth or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology?.
  • ________. God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams.
  • ________. Losing Our Virtue: Why the Church Must Recover Its Moral Vision.


  • The English Standard Version Reverse Interlinear.
  • MacArthur, John. The MacArthur Daily Bible: Read through the Bible in one year, with notes from John MacArthur.
  • ________. The MacArthur Study Bible NKJV.
  • ________. The MacArthur Study Bible NASB.
  • Sproul, R. C. The Reformation Study Bible: ESV.
  • Wuest, Kenneth S. The New Testament : An expanded translation.

Bible Studies

  • Grace Community Church. Fundamentals of the Faith.
  • Grudem, Wayne. Christian Beliefs : Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know.
  • MacArthur, John. Macarthur Bible Studies.
  • Shaeffer, Francis. 25 Basic Bible Studies: Including Two Contents Two Realities.


  • Brown, Peter. Augustine of Hippo.
  • Dallimore, Arnold. The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the 18th Century Revival (2 separate volumes).
  • ________. The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the 18th Century Revival (2 separate volumes).
  • Elliot, Elisabeth. Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliott.
  • ________. Through Gates of Splendor.
  • Gerstner, Edna. Jonathan and Sarah an Uncommon Union.
  • Marsden, George M. Jonathan Edwards: A Life.
  • Oberman, Heiko A. Luther: Man Between God and the Devil.
  • Parker, T. H. L. John Calvin: A Biography.
  • Piper, John. The Legacy of Sovereign Joy: God's Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin.
  • ________. The Hidden Smile of God: The Fruit of Affliction in the Lives of John Bunyan, William Cowper, and David Brainerd.
  • ________. The Roots of Endurance: Invincible Perseverance in the Lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon, and William Wilberforce.
  • ________. Contending for Our All: Defending the Truth And Treasuring Christ in the Lives of Athanasius, John Owen, And J. Gresham Machen.
  • Stuart, Arabella. The Three Mrs. Judsons.

Church Discipline, Membership, Polity

  • Dever, Mark. Nine Marks of a Healthy Church.
  • ________. The Deliberate Church: Building Your Ministry on the Gospel.
  • ________. Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life.
  • McManus, Erwin Raphael. An Unstoppable Force: Daring to Become the Church God Had in Mind.

Church History

  • Lawson, Steven J. Foundations of Grace 1400 BC - AD 100: A Long Line of Godly Men (Volume One).
  • McBeth, Leon H. The Baptist Heritage: Four Centuries of Baptist Witness.
  • Murray, Iain. Evangelicalism Divided: A Record of Crucial Change in the Years 1950 to 2000.
  • Nettles, Tom. Baptists: Key People Involved in Forming a Baptist Identity (Beginnings in Britain).
  • ________. Why I Am a Baptist.
  • Olson, Roger E. The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition & Reform.
  • Ryken, Leland. Worldly Saints: The Puritans as They Really Were.
  • Verduin, Leonard. The Reformers and Their Stepchildren (Dissent and Nonconformity).

Church Planting

  • Driscoll, Mark. Confessions of a Reformission Rev. Hard Lessions from an Emerging Missional Church.
  • Stetzer, Ed. Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age. Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2003. ISBN: 0805427309

Commentaries (One Volume)

  • Jamieson, Robert, A.R. Fausset and Brown. A Commentary, Critical, Experimental, and Practical on the Old and New Testaments.
  • MacArthur, John. The MacArthur Bible Commentary.

Commentary Sets

  • Bruce, F. F., ed. New International Commentary on the New Testament.
  • Calvin, John. Calvin's Commentaries.
  • Clendenen, E. Charles and David S. Dockery. The New American Commentary.
  • Harrison, R. K., ed. New International Commentary on the Old Testament.
  • Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible.
  • Hughes, R. Kent. gen.ed. Preaching the Word Series.
  • Keil, C. F. and F. Delitzsch. Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament.
  • MacArthur, John. The MacArthur New Testament Commentary.
  • Wuest, Kenneth S. Wuest's word studies from the Greek New Testament : For the English reader.


  • Cahill, Mark. One Thing You Can't do in Heaven.
  • Comfort, Ray. The Way of the Master: How to share your faith simply, effectively, biblically… the way Jesus did.
  • ________. How to Bring Your Children to Christ… & Keep Them There: Avoiding the Tragedy of False Conversion.
  • Ichabod, Spencer. A Pastor's Sketches: Conversations with anxious souls concerning the way of salvation.
  • MacArthur, John. The Gospel According to Jesus.
  • Metzer, Will. Tell The Truth: The Whole Gospel to the Whole Person by Whole People.
  • Piper, John. God Is the Gospel: Meditations on God's Love As the Gift of Himself.
  • Sproul, R. C. Getting the Gospel Right.


  • Couch, Mal. An Introduction to Classical Evangelical Hermeneutics: A Guide to the History and Practice of Biblical Interpretation.
  • Thomas, Robert L. Evangelical Hermeneutics.
  • Zuck, Roy B. Basic Bible Interpretation.


  • Baxter, Richard. The Reformed Pastor.
  • MacArthur, John. The Book on Leadership.
  • ________. The Quest for Character.
  • McManus, Erwin Raphael. Seizing Your Divine Moment : Dare to Live a Life of Adventure.
  • Piper, John. Brothers, We are NOT Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry.
  • Sanders, J. Oswald. Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer.


  • MacArthur, John. The Fulfilled Family: God's Design for Your Home.
  • Mahaney, C. J. Sex, Romance And The Glory Of God: What Every Christian Husband Needs To Know.
  • Piper, John and Wayne Grudem. 50 Crucial Questions: An Overview of Central Concerns About Manhood and Womanhood.


  • Johnstone, Patrick. Operation World: When We Pray God Works.
  • Neill, Stephen. A History of Christian Missions : Second Edition (Hist of the Church).
  • Piper, John. Let the Nations Be Glad!.

New Testament

  • Dever, Mark. The Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept.
  • MacArthur, John. The MacArthur Bible Handbook.

Old Testament

  • Dever, Mark. The Message of the Old Testament: Promises Made.
  • MacArthur, John. The MacArthur Bible Handbook.


  • Chappell, Bryan. Christ-Centered Preaching.
  • Greidanus, Sidney. Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: A Contemporary Hermeneutical Method.
  • Goldsworthy, Graeme. Preaching the Whole Bible As Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching.
  • Lawson, Steven J. Famine in the Land: A Passionate Call for Expository Preaching.
  • Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn. Preaching and Preachers.
  • MacArthur, John. Preaching: MacArthur Pastor's Library.
  • Piper, John. The Supremacy of God in Preaching.
  • Vines, Jerry and James Shaddix. Power in the Pulpit: How to Prepare and Deliver Expository Sermons.

Systematic Theology

  • Berkhof, Louis. Systematic Theology.
  • Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology.
  • Hodge, Charles. Systematic Theology (3 volumes).


  • Boice, James M. Foundations of the Christian Faith.
  • Calvin, John. Institutes of the Christian Religion.
  • Edwards, Jonathan. The Religious Affections.
  • Frame, John F. The Doctrine of God (Theology of Lordship).
  • Goldsworthy, Graeme. According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible.
  • Owen, John. Apostasy from the Gospel.
  • Packer, J.I. Knowing God.
  • Piper, John. The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God's Delight in Being God.
  • ________. Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist.
  • Ryle, J.C. Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots.
  • Sproul, R. C. Essential Truths of the Christian Faith.

Word Studies and Lexicons

  • Abbott-Smith, George. A Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
  • Bauer, Walter, F. W. Danker, W. F. Arndt, and F. W. Gingrich. A Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament and other early Christian Literature.
  • Brown, Francis, S. R. Driver, and Charles A Briggs. The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon.
  • Moulton, J. H. and G. Milligan. Vocabulary Of The Greek Testament.
  • Robertson, A. T. Word Pictures in the New Testament.
  • Vincent, Marvin R. Word Studies in the New Testament.


  • Colson, Charles C., Nancy Pearcey, and Harold Fickett. How Now Shall We Live?.
  • MacArthur, John., Richard Mayhue, and John A. Hughes. Think Biblically!: Recovering a Christian Worldview.
  • Pearcey, Nancy. Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From It's Cultural Captivity.
  • Shaeffer, Francis. A Christian Manifesto.
  • ________. How Should We Then Live?: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture.
  • Sproul, R. C. Lifeviews.


  • Boice, James Montgomery. Give Praise To God: A Vision for Reforming Worship.
  • Cowper, William. The Poems of William Cowper.
  • Newton, John. Olney Hymns.
  • The Baptist Hymnal.

Monday, June 12, 2006


A Whatview???

I can remember sitting in Bible class, at the Lexington Christian Academy, listening to Glenn Massey teach us of the importance of a worldview as well as watching and reading everything Francis Schaeffer had to say on the subject. I cannot remember when this subject became a neglected supposition; that I have long taken for granted. Since I began reading Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity, by Nancy Pearcey, I have been given a new and expanded understanding of the implications and necessity that we think Biblically.

Christians thinking Biblically, how can you be a Christian and not think Biblically? It is a lot easier than most of us would imagine. Understanding static theological concepts is far different than actively submitting the entirety of our being to God’s Word. In fact if you believe that understanding static theological concepts is all that is necessary to think Biblically then, more than likely, you do not have a Christian worldview.

In my previous post “When Acid Burns” I defined a worldview as; “the overarching interpretative framework through which you interpret the world around you.” I also used the following simile comparing a worldview to a pair of glasses; “Your worldview is like the glasses through which you view life; they determine not only what and how you see but if you see at all.” It its most basic sense to have a Christian worldview is to view the world as Christ would or rather to see the world through the eyes of Christ. In I Corinthians 2:16 we are told that as Christians we have the mind of Christ and it is imperative that we interpret the surrounding world accordingly.

In my next three posts I am going to attempt to explain a Christian worldview within the framework of Creation, Fall, and Redemption. I look forward to the discussion that I hope these posts bring.

Saturday, June 10, 2006



I was just thinking tonight about God’s word and came to the conclusion that God’s Word is always a comfort and yet it will never make us comfortable. The promises God makes in His Word are comforting even while His Word makes us uncomfortable, by confronting our sin and pushing us outside our comfort zone. I just wanted to share that brief thought with you. I plan on doing several substantial posts on a Christian worldview in the near future, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


Alive and Well in LA

For everyone who is wondering we are moved (not unpacked though) into our apartment in LA and everything is going well. The four day drive out here was great; Allison and I had a blast spending time together in the Penske and enjoying the wonderful variety of God’s creation. Allison started her new job on Monday and really enjoyed it. I have spent most of my time unpacking and taking care of random odds and ends. I plan to send out a mass e-mail to everyone with our new address and info as soon as I can get my e-mail to work. We love and miss all of you and look forward to hearing from you soon.