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Joe Fleener

Joe Fleener's Public Library

  • The woman you are looking at is made in the image of God
  • The woman you are looking at might be your sister in Christ
  • The woman you are looking at might be lost

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  • That being said, I do believe that there is a right way to expose our children to these things. There can be an inappropriate crassness with which these things can be presented to children. In some homes, the pendulum swings the other way. Immature parents (and, yes, there are immature parents in any given church) who joke about perverted things can--and most certainly will--do irreparable harm to their children. Additionally--as I have already noted--when the Bible warns against sexually perverse sin, it does so in very specific ways--but it does so with a measure of verbal propriety. Thankfully, there are many other things in the Bible than these raw parts. This means that our children should be getting a healthy diet of all the different parts of Scripture and truths taught in the Scriptures. The raw parts are necessary parts, but they are not the only parts. They should be taught in proportion to the other truths of Scripture. When we are committed to reading through books of the Bible with our children, this will work itself out for us.  

  • This is the great benefit of reading Bonhoeffer’s Seminary Vision. House makes us take stock of how we are training future pastors. By introducing Bonhoeffer’s pedagogical methods, he gives an alternative approach to training—one that may be better suited for secular America.

  • Tchividjian must display an “eminently exemplary, humble and edifying life and testimony” for an extended period of time before he can return to ministry, according PCA’s Book of Church Order.

  • Bible
  • Holiness
  • Humility

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  • French media said the passengers who overpowered the suspect were US Marines who had heard the man loading a weapon in a toilet cubicle and confronted him when he came out.

  • You know what I'm talking about - those unclean, unkempt, scraggy, scratchy and utterly ugly big beards that so many men seem to be sporting nowadays.
  • We're not talking the handsome well-trimmed facial hair that is the favourite of so many older men. Not Sean Connery in Indiana Jones, nor even Paul Hollywood on Bake Off. No, this is a mass of wild, curly facial hair that sprouts out from their lips, tumbles over their cheeks and chins, then settles in something resembling an infested rat's nest around their necks.
  • Once he got over his indignation, he told me thought it made him look uber-cool. The poor deluded soul. He just looked silly - and short.

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  • The church and the denomination were set on a collision course, and the congregation voted to withdraw from the Southern Baptist Convention in 1999.
  • The central issue of dispute was the inerrancy of the Bible. The more liberal faction in the SBC affirmed that the Bible is “authoritative,” but would not affirm inerrancy. Conservatives focused their arguments on the necessary affirmation that the Bible is completely without error. Both sides knew that the issues at stake ranged far beyond inerrancy, but both sides also knew that inerrancy was the central axis around which all other issues revolved.
  • Having abandoned and rejected the inerrancy of the Bible, the congregation has no real means of affirming the authority of Scripture as anything more than an historic point of reference — inspired in some way and authoritative to some degree.

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  • This website is for Christians who wonder why (and how) they   should retain and improve hymn singing. It has two parts.   The first lays out a detailed argument for traditional practices; they are the   best means we have for doing the job Scripture assigns to us in passages   like Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16. The second applies the   principles of the Biblical Model to the practical nuts-and-bolts task of   evaluating particular poems and tunes.

  • DeSade turned the sexual relationship into an economic relationship of exchange aimed at the satisfaction of the individual consumer.  He was truly a prophet born out of time and, like all such, doomed to be decried in his own day as a madman.
  • Indeed, one could even see a case eventually being made in DeSade world for the withholding of sex being considered an act of oppression, like the withholding of a wedding cake or a photo-shoot.  It will never happen, you say.  Well, more than any other history, that of sexuality and the laws surrounding it indicates that one should never say never.
  • The belief that our sexual desires determine who we are at the deepest level.  This is somewhat ironic: The age which denies any real significance to sex also wants to argue that sexual desires are of paramount importance to personal identity and fulfillment.  Squaring that particular circle will no doubt generate a whole textbook full of neuroses in the coming years.

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  • In any case, the argument that the New Testament documents recognize only two church offices, viz. the bishop/elder/pastor, and the deacon, is by far the more common view among “low” churches, and, as everyone in the field knows, was nowhere better defended than by the Anglican J. B. Lightfoot in his commentary on Philippians.
  • So we are focusing on the person rightly designated overseer/elder/pastor—and the order in which I mention the three terms is not significant. Moreover, the three terms do not denote separable spheres of responsibility; rather, they overlap considerably. “Pastor,” of course, simply means shepherd, and derives from the agricultural world of biblical times in which shepherds led, fed, healed, protected, and disciplined their flocks. “Elder” springs from village and synagogue life, and carries an overtone of seniority, or at least maturity, that qualifies a person, ideally, for respect and for leadership responsibilities. “Overseer” conjures up administrative and ruling functions—functions that are not entirely absent from the other two labels.
  • There were no splits, but people drifted away. When it shrank to about 250, he decided he should resign and move on. And if I had to put my finger on one big factor, perhaps the biggest, that contributed to this decline, it was that the man, though an able preacher, was a poor leader—i.e., he almost entirely ignored his episcopal responsibilities.

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  • The church wants “LGBT people to feel welcome — with limits,” reports Jonathan Merritt of Religion News Service. “They are welcome to attend, worship, even participate as members. They are eligible to serve in some roles, but not others. Josh and Reed, for example, can sing in the choir, but would not be eligible to direct it. Houston even called Hillsong ‘a gay-welcoming church’ in a statement on the ordeal.”

  • I confess, I have no idea why he has this compulsive need to make the whole of his life a public performance or why people fall for it.  Patronizing pseudo-pious answers about seeing how great God’s grace is are beside the point.  This is showmanship so let's call it what it is.
  • though not, I believe, in the case of an adulterer ever back to a teaching or ruling office within the church
  • Perhaps he is following the PCA Book of Church Order's provisions.  But everything, from the role of Paul Tripp to the verbal diarrhea on Twitter, looks to me unlike any typical Presbytery discipline/pastoral process with which I am familiar.   More likely a comeback is being set in place and that that has been the case from the start.  And when we find slick podcasts about come backs after failure popping up on the web less than two months after the crisis – well, that seems more consistent with advice one might perhaps receive from another body beginning with a ‘p’: not ‘Presbytery’ but ‘Public Relations Consultancy.’

  • According to one educator who has worked extensively with families in China, the greatest difference between Christian and non-Christian couples is the faith that difficulties in their marriages can be worked out, and that they personally can change to become better spouses and parents.


  • Your latter question is tied with what I said above. If by the "L" you mean limited atonement, which most often connotes a limitation of Christ's satisfaction or his redemptive purpose to the elect alone, then no, I don't think we can say that the early reformers held to the "L" in TULIP. If you mean by "L" nothing more than particular redemption as defined in the first paragraph, then yes, all the early Reformed I have read affirmed that God willed the death of Christ to be effectually and infallibly destined and applied to the elect alone.
  • In my reading of the original intention of the formula, using much of Peter of Lombard's original language, God the Father offered Jesus Christ as a priestly sacrifice on behalf of all men sufficiently, yet efficaciously for the elect alone. Note that in both of my clauses, "the offering" of Christ is in view--for all men (sufficiently); for the elect alone (efficaciously).

  • The Gospel Project has incorporated our findings from last year’s The State of Theology survey into a new ebook The State of American Theology: Knowing the Truth, Loving the Church, Reaching Our Neighbors. This ebook also features contributions from R.C. Sproul, Alistair Begg, Sinclair Ferguson, Steven Lawson, Stephen Nichols, John Piper, Derek Thomas, and many others.


    We’re thankful for their support in making known the stunning gap in theological awareness throughout our nation, in our neighborhoods, and even in the seat next to us at church.


    Learn more and download the free ebook here.

  • It really is a tremendous book, not because of me but because of Don’s great work and because of the effort from a lot of folks at Crossway. I already gave away my one copy, so I can’t wait to get my hands on some more. WTS Books is running a special sale on the book today and tomorrow. You may also pre-order a copy from Amazon.


    Finally, check out the promo video below. I had nothing to do with it, which is probably why it is so cool.

  • For this reason, defunding Planned Parenthood—the nation’s leading abortion provider—should be a priority for every pro-life voter. As Ross Douthat has ably demonstrated, there is no pro-life case for Planned Parenthood. And now we are learning that Planned Parenthood has been involved in the illegal sale of baby parts. The most recent video from the Center for Medical Progress was released earlier today, and it reveals that some baby parts were sold to researchers without consent of the mother (watch above). There is no question that Planned Parenthood as an organization is an affront to the sanctity of human life, and it is past time for us to cut off the flow of tax-payer money to Planned Parenthood’s abortion mills.

  • but there also seems to be a nearly endless stream of very good books, well worthy of study.

  • or most of us, a serious and growing walk with the Lord is inseparable from spending a considerable amount of time reading good Christian books
  • Should every Christian aspire to be a bibliophile?  Only if every Christian desires to be increasingly conformed to the image of Christ.
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