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The Buzz

The Buzz

Welcome to our “Good Friday” edition of The Buzz. Simply click on this LINK for audio intro for this week. (intro music)

Well, there was lots of buzz in the evangelical circles and blog sites this week. Because Dr. John Piper extended an invitation to Rick Warren which was accepted to speak at the National Pastor's Conference. What, are you kidding me, is this an April fools joke? No, this is a true story and it is becoming quite the news. Some of you may know that Pastor Piper and Pastor Warren have extremely different approaches to how we should do church. Since "The Buzz" is where we can cover f the hot topics I thought I would bring you the following; John Piper's invitation to Rick Warren and why. John MacArthur's take on Rick Warren and the Purpose Driven philosophy. And finally a letter that Michael Horton wrote this week on his White Horse Inn blog concerning this whole issue. Well that is why I am here because "inquiring minds want to know."

Dr. John Piper extends invitation to Rick Warren to speak at National Pastor’s Conference. Simply click on this LINK.

Dr. John MacArthur offers critique of Rick Warren’s “Purpose Driven Life.” Simply click on this LINK.

Michael Horton writes about Piper’s invitation to Rick Warren. Simply click on this LINK.

The Buzz

This is our Friday edition of the Buzz. For those who are new to our class or website, the Buzz becomes a place for us to dig deeper into the doctrines we study on Sunday. Also it will be a place that I have interviews, videos and audio clips of interest as they pertain to our spiritual growth.
Today’s topic Regeneration means to be “born again.” Since we have been studying the doctrine of regeneration I thought it would be helpful to give more depth and foundation to how we need to understand this critical doctrine.
Born again talk is unsettling to many people because this means not something that you do but must be something that is done to you. Therefore in the American evangelical world it means that we can’t plan, establish, make happen, control or bring it about because only God can do it.

The verses that specifically deal with the phrase “born again” are:
  • John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
  • John 3:7 “Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
  • 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
  • 1 Peter 1:23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

This is the doctrine of ”REGENERATION“ and can be supported with a number of verses:
John 1:12-13 - But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. Read More...

The Buzz

On this Friday edition of the Buzz I take up the issue of the “EMERGENT CHURCH”

  • Are you aware of this church movement in America?
  • Can you define it in general?
  • Did you know that the emergent church is one of the fastest forms of church growth in our country especially among our youth?
  • Do you think this is just another healthy expression of the orthodox local church or is it heretical false teaching?
  • Could your church be embracing and heading toward a more emergent church doctrine?
  • Are there basic differences in the essentials such as the substitutionary atonement of Christ for us as a result of the cross?

The Buzz

It’s Friday so time for another edition of the Buzz. In follow up to last week’s “The Sovereignty of God” in and through natural disasters you are in for another audio treat.

On January 8, 1956 there were five missionaries Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming, and Roger Youderian who were killed by a tribe known as the Huaoranis.
These five brave men are credited with sparking an interest in Christian missions among the youth of their time and are still considered an encouragement to Christian missionaries working throughout the world. After her husband's death, Elisabeth Elliot and other missionaries began working among the Auca (Huaorani) Indians, where they had a profound impact and helped bring many people to Christ.

The following is a quote that was found in the journal of Jim Elliott - "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose."

I would like you to hear from the son of Nate Saint whose name is Steve Saint, he wrote a book that several years ago was turned into a movie called "The End of the Spear." The context of this is within the NPR interview last week done with Dr. John Piper. In that interview Dr. Piper referred to Nate Saint and here you will learn the rest of the story. Trust me this is well worth the time to put on bunny slippers, grab the hot chocolate, and listen to this incredible testimony of God’s sovereign grace in and through suffering.

The Buzz

This is week #2 for The Buzz. Last week was an intro and why I am now tackling this type of broadcast for our class. There will be a number of different subjects as we continue in our study of Bible doctrine. But this week I have for you one of the best audio interviews I have ever heard on the sovereignty of God in and through natural disasters. In coming weeks I hope to have interviews and other subjects that will allow those in our community to dig deeper.
I hope you enjoy this edition of The Buzz.

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The Buzz

This is new addition to our website which I am going to name “The Buzz.” It will make sense when you put together my favorite team which is Georgia Tech and their mascot whose name is Buzz. Also my nickname is Pastor B. and what does a Bee do, it does a buzz. Even though that is a terrible sentence hopefully this will be a way for those new or even the veterans of our class to stay informed.

There will be a variety of subjects covered. In future broadcasts I want to field questions that are on the mind of those attending our class. It has been a privilege to teach and dialogue with people during the week and after class about these great doctrines of the Bible. I will also give opinions and talk about some of the current issues that are happening today within the evangelical church. For example a number of people have talked to me about the “Emergent church” movement in recent weeks. Yes, it is real and dangerous but those are the kind of things I hope to address in “The Buzz.”

The goal also will be to have interviews from time to time with other pastor, teachers and theologians in order to and get their insights on any number of interesting topics. So I suggest that when you have time, put on your bunny slippers, grab a hot chocolate, coffee or beverage of choice and have a listen. So without further ado welcome to “the Buzz.”