You do not choose this...
You do not choose this fragrance. It chooses you!
Ask your doctor if Calvinix is right for you.
John 10: 26-30 "...but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one.”
"We are often told (I mean those of us who are commonly nicknamed by the title of Calvinists—and we are not very much ashamed of that; we think that Calvin, after all, knew more about the Gospel than almost any man who has ever lived, uninspired), we are often told that we limit the atonement of Christ, because we say that Christ has not made a satisfaction for all men, or all men would be saved. Now, our reply to this is, that, on the other hand, our opponents limit it: we do not.
The Arminians say, Christ died for all men. Ask them what they mean by it. Did Christ die so as to secure the salvation of all men? They say, "No, certainly not." We ask them the next question—Did Christ die so as to secure the salvation of any man in particular? They answer "No." They are obliged to admit this, if they are consistent. They say, "No; Christ has died that any man may be saved if"—and then follow certain conditions of salvation.
We say, then, we will go back to the old statement—Christ did not die so as beyond a doubt to secure the salvation of anybody, did He? You must say "No;" you are obliged to say so, for you believe that even after a man has been pardoned, he may yet fall from grace, and perish. Now, who is it that limits the death of Christ? Why, you. You say that Christ did not die so as to infallibly secure the salvation of anybody.
We beg your pardon, when you say we limit Christ's death; we say, "No, my dear sir, it is you that do it." We say Christ so died that He infallibly secured the salvation of a multitude that no man can number, who through Christ's death not only may be saved but are saved, must be saved, and cannot by any possibility run the hazard of being anything but saved. You are welcome to your atonement; you may keep it. We will never renounce ours for the sake of it.
Now, beloved, when you hear any one laughing or jeering at a limited atonement, you may tell him this. General atonement is like a great wide bridge with only half an arch; it does not go across the stream: it only professes to go half way; it does not secure the salvation of anybody. Now, I had rather put my foot upon a bridge as narrow as Hungerford, which went all the way across, than on a bridge that was as wide as the world, if it did not go all the way across the stream." - C. H. Spurgeon
Can't keep the joy to myself!
WARNING: This is what happens in the Gorilla enclosure when a television is left on for over an hour, tuned to the Christian channel!
Now, that's what I'm talkin' 'bout sister!!!
Teepeeing: The act of throwing rolls upon rolls of toilet paper over/around/in trees, on cars, over the house, and on the lawn. This is often done by minors towards their friends, neighbors, or acquaintances.
Yep, just spent the last hour in the hot Phoenix sun taking down reams of toilet paper from the trees, the car, and the house.
Who did the dirty deed?
We don't know but my son suspects it was a local Arminian trying to stop me blogging.
Two big clues: (1) No one else in the neighborhood was hit. Only the reformed guy's house. (2) To get toilet paper that high (20-25 feet) off the ground requires a whole lot of synergism.
Didn't Jesus say something about this? Like, "whoever leaves home or country or gets teepeed for My sake, His reward is GREAT in the kingdom of God." He said something like that, right???
Whoever did it left behind two thirds of a roll in one of the trees, so in spite of the ordeal, the Lord has provided. :-)
- John S
5 Years of German
JS - TRUE STORY: One Sunday morning, a distinguished looking couple from Germany came to our Church. In greeting and chatting with them after the service I made a very big mistake. I told them that I studied German for five years in High School.
In their lovely thick German accents they said, â€œoh how nice. Please tell us something in our German language.â€
I said, â€œoh no, its been so many years since I studied German and I have forgotten most of what I have learnt. All I can remember now are little phrases that are quite useless.â€
â€œNo, please, Pastor John,â€ the lady said with an eager smile, â€œwe have been away from Germany for 3 weeks and have not heard any German at all â€“ please, Pastor John, tell us â€“ please tell us something in German.â€
I was more than a little suprised with their insistence. They seemed very determined for me to say something in their language.
â€œO.K., hereâ€™s something I rememberâ€ I said, â€œbut I do warn you, it is not a very useful phrase.â€
â€œWe donâ€™t mind,â€ the husband said, â€œjust tell us something in German.â€
O.K., I said, â€œIch kannst nicht ins kino gehen aber ich bin nur dreizein jahre alt.â€
The German couple looked completely stunned for a brief moment. Then they looked at each other. One started smiling, the other started laughing, and then they both started laughing in unison, to such an extent that their laughter became loud.
Others in the room stopped their own conversations and began turning around to find out where the big noise was coming from.. and as they looked, they saw this visiting German couple holding each other up as they were almost falling down because their laughter was so pronounced.
Amidst their gasping for air, the husband said, â€œYou are right, that is totally .. ridiculous..â€ as he tried to breathe through the laugher againâ€¦ â€œWe thought you would quote a Scripture or have at least something profound to say, but that was one of the funniest things Iâ€™ve ever heardâ€¦â€
Why would they be laughing so much?
Well, in their imagination, they could see me in Germany, perhaps in one of the big cities.. perhaps I was driving a car and it broke down and I needed help.. finding someone on the sidewalk I rush up to them and say:
â€œI CANNOT GO TO THE MOVIES BECAUSE I AM ONLY THIRTEEN YEARS OLD!â€
The Resolutions Poster
I praise the Lord for the prominence given to the following text at the beginning of Edward's resolutions, for it is certain that we need God's power and grace if we have hope of carrying out any of these holy duties.
â€œBeing sensible that I am unable to do anything without Godâ€™s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christâ€™s sake.â€ ~ Jonathan Edwards
Can be purchased in various sizes here.
A Poster with Purpose
In addition to spurring you on to good works by displaying the timeless tenets of one of Americaâ€™s most famous preachers, Jonathan Edwards, it will also help other Christians pursue a more godly life, as all proceeds will be used to pay for tuition, books and other education-related expenses for fellow believers wishing to attend the prestigious Ligonier Academy.
The Pastor and the Kitten
as told by Steve Brown. Enjoy! - JS
Samson Responds to MacArthur
(Humor Alert) I am sorry but I just couldn't let this one go. I felt I had to respond. He went too far this time! Dr. John MacArthur is just plain wrong on this one. - JS
Urgent Morse Code Message
S.O.S. - T.I.M. L.A.H.A.Y.E. W.A.S. R.I.G.H.T. A.F.T.E.R. A.L.L. - I. A.M. L.E.F.T. B.E.H.I.N.D.
In the first Church of the Frozen Chosen, one penguin has just learnt that he was predestined to be a 5 point Calvinist from before the foundation of the world, much to the annoyance of the others. - JS
The Creative Power of Silent Monkery
Imagine, if you will, being a monk and having taken a vow of silence. For very creative monks, that does not mean any inhibitions at all when it comes to Handelâ€™s Messiah â€œHallelujah Chorusâ€ â€“ VERY FUNNY!!! Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
The Twelve Doctrines of Christmas
Hilarious! Enjoy! Merry Christmas! - JS
Watch Out! The Charismatics are coming!
Moving in great discernment, it takes the owner of the cats less than 20 seconds to uncover the charismatic in the ranks. - JS
Dumb and Inspiring Feats Caught on Video
Its very humbling to recognize what man CANNOT do, outside of God intervening with His grace. According to the Bible, because man loves his sin by nature, unless a man is first born again (born from above, regenerated or made alive spiritually) he CANNOT enter or even see the kingdom of God (John 3); he CANNOT come to Christ (unless the Father draws him (and all drawn in this way do in fact come) (John 6:44, 65); he CANNOT submit to the law of God or please God (Romans 8:7, 8) and he CANNOT receive the things of the Spirit of God (1 Cor 2:14).. but thankfully, what is impossible with man is still possible with God! On the other hand, its totally amazing what people CAN do! This video is a compilation of extreme and hardly believable (and dumb) feats caught on video. Enjoy!
Breakthrough Technology That Changes Everything
Introducing the Bio-Optically Organized Knowledge Center
You might also be pleased to know that there is an international help desk available for anyone new to this technology (see below):
Let him who thinks he has made a save take heed lest... well, take a look
In a tense match between Maghreb Fez and FAR Rabat to decide who reaches the quarterfinals of Morocco's Coupe du Trone, they had to go to a penalty shootout to decide a winner.
The Bible says, "Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall." Application for goalkeepers: make sure you actually have saved the ball before celebrating victory in a penalty shoot out. FAR goalkeeper Khalid Askri thought he came up with a big stop and ... the rest, as we say, is history. His team ended up losing the shootout 7-6.
This made me smile, but it was still sad to watch...
How on earth can Robert Green (the England goalkeeper) ever be allowed to forget his major blunder in the World Cup game against the United States? I am so glad for God's promise that "your sins I will remember no more." As God, He knows everything - He is omniscient... yet He has promised not to recall our sins (bring them up against us). Hallalujah! - JS
Car Insurance, Chess and the World Cup
Its the final week of the soccer World Cup. There are only four teams left; the Netherlands, Uruquay, Germany and Spain... so we need to ask the question on everyone's lips, "Car Insurance, Chess and the World Cup - what do they have in common?"
The answer: "Not a whole lot... until now anyway." :-)
Quoting our Depravity
The first time a preacher quotes something he thinks to be profound it normally goes something like this: "As my dear friend and colleague Professor Dunning once said..."
The second time he quotes him, it sounds like this, "As a famous Professor once said..."
The third time: "As someone once said..."
Fourth time: "Like I always say..."
For car enthusiasts, or for those who are just curious, here's a video of a transparent car, made from 2,000 parts to show how oil flows through an engine... It makes me then wonder what our reaction might be if God were to show each of us our hearts from His perspective. (the heart is deceitful above all things)
Take a Tour of Dr. R. C. Sproul's Office
The Scripture says that in the last days, God will send a strong delusion, and that is nowhere more apparent than in Dr. Sproul's lifelong devotion to the Pittsburg Stellers!! (its so sad.. the wrong team.. and even the wrong sport... for it is very obvious that God has a peculiar love for His beloved soccer team, Liverpool in England, and this is something God reveals only to His elect people) .... but all joking aside, I loved this brief video showing some of R.C.'s personal momentos. Dr. Sproul is a man who has been used by God to profoundly impact my life, ministry and understanding of God's word and I am merely one amongst so many who can say this. I thank God for R.C. Sproul - May God continue to give him good health and many more fruitful years of service to us here in the Body of Christ. - JS
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood...
In the Christian life we have three basic enemies: the world, the flesh and the devil. I am not sure about which category this cat's issue should be placed. - JS
Ukraine's Got Talent
I am not sure what category to put this in - but if you have eight and a half minutes to spare, then click on to this video clip below. It shows the amazing sand artistry skills of 24 year old, Kseniya Simonova, winner of Ukraine's Got Talent 2009. What is unusual is not only the extraordinary creativity of the artist but also the strong emotional reaction of the audience as judges and members of the audience are brought to tears. Using a sand-filled light-box, she portrayed the story of the Soviet Union's sacrifices (almost 30,000,000 were killed) during the Great Patriotic War, as the USSR's fight against the Nazis in the Second World War is termed. Extraordinary!
Update: I just found a second video by the same lady (obviously in the same competition) - outstanding once again (see below) - JS
How well do you know John Calvin? Take the quiz
I studied hard for this quiz, but the question of the color of John Calvin's socks that he wore to sleep on his third Tuesday night in Geneva was a tough one.. I seemed to remember that they were bright red wollen socks, a little itchy, but very warm, nonetheless.. but I was not absolutely sure. I tried to use one of my lifelines to call a friend to get some help, but John Hendryx' phone was busy. :-) - JS
King's Firecrackers Performance at the US Naval Academy - Totally Amazing!!
Prepared to be wowed!
In viewing this performance I think of the untold hours of preparation that must have gone into it - the discipline, the coordination, all the sweat and tears, all the bumps and bruises, and then masterminding all the team so that each person knows their role intimately and knows how to work with others to achieve a common purpose. Quite honestly, my mind boggles at the thought of it all. Then I think of the Scripture verse which talks of athletes and all they do to achieve an earthly prize: "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable." (1 Cor 9:24, 25)
These girls do not even receive a wreath to adorn the head as a witness to their tremendous skill and the spectacle they achieved (though they are now watched by thousands on youtube video, which I guess is something of a reward). However, we as Christians will receive an imperishable reward for the things we do in Christ's kingdom. Amazing, once again. Even though our works play no role whatsoever in our justification (Eph 2:8, 9), God has ordained that we would do good works (Eph 2:10) and even rewards these grace-fueled endeavors.
Seeing this outstanding performance really challenges me deeply and stirs me up to excel in what God has called me to be and do. May it do the same for all of us. - JS
Did you ever just wonder what the band Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody would look and sound like if they tried to tell the story of David and Goliath? Well, thanks to the apologetix and WT Wesley Foundation, wonder no more...
Some are optimistic; others just have misty optics.
The Scripture tells us that a merry heart does good like a medicine. The Two Ronnies was a British comedy show that aired on BBC 1 from 1971 to 1987. It featured the double act of Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett, the "Two Ronnies" of the title. I was trying to think of a verse to go with this youtube video. Maybe 1 Corinthians 13: 12 - "For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known." That's a real stretch of course. - JS
How are we doing?
This is an invite to let us know what you think and feel about this blog? Give us your feedback? (Please try to be kind, if at all possible, we all bleed easily) :-) Maybe we should not ask these questions though - it might be considered to be seeker sensitive. :-)
So - what do you like about the reformation theology blog? What do you dislike? What would you like more of? What has been the most helpful thing? What do you think can improve? Fire away!
Fun Stuff - Talking Animals (all with English accents)
and sadly, there's more...
One of the guys in my Wednesday morning men's group sent me this email that I wanted to share with you:
As I was driving in to work this morning, I was listening to Alistair Begg.
He quoted from a study, â€œOnly 32% of Evangelical Christian believe in Absolute Truth.â€
I still bet that is too high.
I bet if you talked long enough to those 32% the real number would drop even more.â€
But then again, that is what I believe.
And I wouldnâ€™t want to push that on you.
You might have a different belief that is just as valid.
In fact all seven of you might have complete different ideas on the subject that are just as true as mine.
Rapper Shai Linne gives us a great lesson in Particular Redemption
Meet Fireman Jones
FUN STUFF: Kings Church Phoenix has a new spokesperson. Fireman Jones went on Channel 137 News and spoke eloquently about my preaching, but I think he had ulterior motives for doing so. - JS
The Bible - through the eyes of a child
Exactly who put this together, I do not know, but someone has gathered together children's comments on the Bible and the result is.. well, just read and enjoy. - JS
The Children's Bible in a Nutshell
In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing but God, darkness, and some gas.
The Bible says,'The Lord thy God is one', but I think He must be a lot older than that.
Anyway, God said, 'Give me a light!' and someone did.
Then God made the world.
He split the Adam and made Eve. Adam and Eve were naked, but they weren't embarrassed because mirrors hadn't been invented yet.
Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad apple, so they were driven from the Garden of Eden. Not sure what they were driven in because they didn't have cars.
Adam and Eve had a son, Cain, who hated his brother as long as he was Abel.
Pretty soon all of the early people died off, except for Methuselah, who lived to be like a million or something.
Monergistic Regeneration T-Shirt (Brown)
By popular demand we have reprinted our Regeneration T-Shirts. With the upsurge of interest in a more robust biblical and Reformation theology, many search for ways to expose their friends and neighbors to monergistic regeneration and the doctrines of grace. This T-shirt piques the interest of onlookers and provides an excellent bridge for introducing the Biblical beliefs recovered and heralded during the Reformation.
When you wear the T-Shirt you help spread the word about Monergism.com and the five solas of the Reformation. The Chinese characters in the logo on the back can be translated as "regeneration precedes faith." The back of the shirt bears the large distressed text "REGENERATION" with a heart that is being transformed from stone to flesh by the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit--impossible with man, but possible with God.
How to fit in at almost any Church - Instructional Video
Beware of the dogs (He did not say cats)
WARNING - The following article contains wacky, wierd, ridiculous dry English humor and exceedingly poor biblical exegesis. Hopefully, a resumption of normal sound doctrine will follow in future articles. Cute cat video though.
Here at the reformation theology blog we take biblical interpretation seriously. This is fueled not by some intellectual desire for "one-up-manship" or elitism - no, rather we take biblical interpretation seriously because we take God seriously. Our attititude to God can, in truth, rise no higher than our attitude to the God breathed word He has revealed.
But what if we get biblical interpretation wrong? Well lets see what crazy ideas we can come up with if things like word meanings and context are abandoned. (Hopefully, everyone will see not only the humor, but also the point about how important true exegesis and biblical interpretation really is). On some issues, people's eternal destinies hang in the balance. We must know the difference between true and false doctrine concerning the Deity of Christ, the atonement of Christ, justification by faith alone, the meaning of repentance, etc. and much of this hangs on the right interpretation of biblical words in their context. But on other issues, we can be wrong, and, though it is still very important, well, it does not matter quite as much. For instance, what if someone takes words out of the context and ignore their meanings entirely?
An Amillennial Eschatology Chart!
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R. Scott Clark recently posted this. This chart illustrates the concurrent events associated with the Second Advent of Christ. i.e. that the resurrection of the just (and unjust) dead, the judgment of all mankind, and the renewal of the entire cosmos will all occur at a point in time: the time of Jesus' return; the day of the Lord. Could it be so simple and straightforward???
Monergism Five Solas Sweatshirt
Monergism Five Solas Sweatshirt - limited edition coming soon
Ain't She Tweet
Some people are so narrow minded, their ears touch! They can look through a key hole with both eyes!
I have noticed that many people sometimes just need to chill out a little.. know what I mean? ... laugh at themselves a little more.. and just.. well.. just be nice!
God has a sense of humor.. just look in the mirror! Lets remember that God is never worried.. He knows His plans will always succeed. He works all things according to the counsel of His will (Eph. 1:11). He laughs at His enemies, thinking their attempts to prevent His Kingly rule in the earth is a big hilarious joke (see Psalm 2)..
anyway.. to aid us in getting more in touch with reality (yeah right!!), lets take a trip down memory lane and watch a few minutes of tweety.
Some might ask, "errrrr... what exactly has this got to do with reformed theology? show us the exegesis and it sufficeth us" - and you know.. that's the problem I am talking about.. there's a time to laugh or at least smile a little more.. The Bible tells us that a merry heart does good like a medicine...
I will be honest - I am not quite sure what tweety has to do with reformed theology, but give me some time and I may come up with something.. but maybe with the state of the nation, the church and the economy as it is right now, and with Arminian theology so rampant in the world.. this might just help someone out there..
It might not of course... but it just might. :-)
So for those who need it.. help is on the way.. here's "Ain't She Tweet"
Amazing artist at work...
If you want to be amazed, in under 3 minutes....
You're bored. Looking for something to do with your friends this summer to revitalize fellowship? What should you do?
1. Begin a reading group. The Lord uses books to stir our affections toward Him and one another and may even turn lives around. Consider getting together with a few friends and starting a men's group/women's group where small, but enriching books can be read out loud and and discussed as you are reading. Pick out a classic Christ-honoring book and provide plenty of coffee and baked goods. Then meet every week to discuss the book as you read through it together. We have been doing this for a few years now every Wednesday morning and have found it to stir better fellowship around God's word and has provided a venue where we can learn from those who went before us and one another. While we read we simply break in when the words stir us to greater reflection. Enjoy the time together and observe how people grow as a result. Some of the best books we have read together included The Crook in the Lot by Thomas Boston, The Fear of God by John Bunyan or Enemy Within by Kris Lundgaard. Or watch a DVD together like Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism. Have each person buy their own book, but designate one person to order the books for the group.
2. Eat together. And having lived in China for many years I can tell you that nothing brings together people like tasty food. Have some fun by exploring some exotic cuisine in your city. Find the best rated places in a local paper or online and give it a try. Eat some foods you have never tried before with your group. Some may not be able to to this every week, so perhaps try to do it once a month. Or once a month have each of your friends bring over a dish so that each persons'cooking burden will be minimal. Eat whatever people bring.
Five Solas T-Shirt Now in White & Blue
This Popular Five Solas T-Shirt is now available in white
Reformation T-Shirts Customization
Last year when we printed up our Reformation T-Shirts there were a number of customers who, afterward, expressed the desire to customize the shirts to their own style and liking. We are about to do a reprinting of our Five Solas and Monergistic Regeneration T-Shirts but before I go to the screen printers if anyone would like to do some kind of a customization (for example, print the design on the front of the t-shirt rather than the back etc.) we will do our best to accomodate you.
For example, the current front and back look of the Five Solas shirt is as follows:
If any of you want something slightly different, please let us know prior to printing. You can respond to this post below and/or you can email us with a specific request.
Here is the back of the Regeneration T-Shirt. If anyone wants this on the front or without a logo on the front, please let us know now - nothing too fancy, but if you want something we can easily change with the given designs, let us know. We will be getting them printed in a few days.
Rock with Party Hearty Marty and the Protestors on Reformation Day
Now you can finally hear the history of the genesis of the Protestant Reformation - sung by that very controversial 16th century "Golden Oldies" musical group "Party Hearty Marty & the Protestors" here.
Miscommunication (Fun Stuff)
A very elegant and fashionable lady wanted to go to attend a conference at a camp site in England. She wanted to enquire about camp ground facilities, and being quite proper, she wanted to ask about toilet facilities but she didnâ€™t feel she could write the word â€œtoiletâ€ in her e-mail. It was beneath her. It was far too vulgar for her.
So she thought, â€œIâ€™ll use an old fashioned term, bathroom commode.â€ So in her e-mail she asked, â€œdoes the camp ground have a bathroom commode?â€
Then after writing that she thought, â€œI canâ€™t write that. That is still too vulgar,â€ so she said, â€œIâ€™ll just use the initials B.C.â€ (for bathroom commode)... so she wrote, â€œdoes the camp ground have a B.C.?â€
Now, the camp ground owner in England received the e-mail, and sadly, he has not got a clue what sheâ€™s talking about. So he calls his staff in and asks if any of them know what she is refering to, and none of them has a clue what B.C. means either.
Well, after much discussion, they finally agree that B.C. refers to the local Baptist Church. So here comes the reply:
I regret the delay in answering your e-mail, but I now take pleasure in informing you that a B.C. is located 9 miles north of the camp ground, and it is capable of seating 250 people at a time. I realize that this is quite a distance away if you are in the habit of going regularly, but you will be pleased to know that a great number of people take their lunches along and make a day of it. They usually arrive early and stay late.
The last time my wife and I went was 6 years ago. It was so crowded, we had to stand up the whole time we were there. I understand that right now there is a plan to raise more money to buy more seats.
I would like to say that it pains me very much not to be able to go more regularly but it surely is no lack of desire on my part. It seems as we grow older, it seems to be more of an effort, particularly in cold weather.
If you decide to come to our camp ground, perhaps I could go with you the first time you go, sit with you and introduce you to all the other people. We have a very friendly community.
Camp Ground Owner
Winner of Monergism T-Shirt Contest
Congratulations to Jake Stutzman, the winner of the Monergism.com T-Shirt design contest of 2007. While there were many well-designed entries, Jake's design, we believe, best captured the spirit of our website. The concept of monergistic regeneration, as many of you know, is a Christ-centered, biblically derived concept, a doctrine which pervades the Scripture. And we really like the verses chosen by Jake and believe those who wear the shirt will have ample opportunity to give glory to God by giving testimony to onlookers who will want to know more about God's grace in Christ towards sinners...
As far as the other designs, there were a couple of very good runner-ups including the other baby blue 5 solas design (also by Jake) and the Luther and five solas shirtÂ by Matt Johnson .Â Since these other designs are also very good and affirmed by many others, we have considered that, at a later time, we may wish to work out something with the designers of those designs for shirts as well. We wish we could print them all now but there is a investment to be made in printing them up and, more importantly, there is only one winner of this contest.
Again, congratulations to Jake for his excellent design. We hope to get these printed up in the very near future.
Monergism T-Shirt Design Contest Finalists
Have a good look at these over the weekend. We will tell you who the winner is early next week. Feel free to comment on the blog if you like any of them.
Monergism T-Shirt Design Contest
Monergism T-Shirt Design Contest - for Graphic Artists: June 20th - July 20th 2007
The goal of this contest is to create a T-Shirt with a Reformational theme. A secondary goal is to create a design that visitors to Monergism will want to wear. The concept could be something as simple as designing a cool looking image with a specific Bible Text, the five solas, the five points of Calvinism, or a focus in on one specific point like effectual grace (John 6:63-64, 37) or bondage of the will and can include attendant images and biblical text that help communicate that theme. Our previous T-shirt designs, the Monergism John Calvin T, and the Particular Redemption T were both designed with these principles in mind but were created in-house. We now want to put the challenge to you. The top design contenders will have their designs posted and displayed for all to see and the winning design will be printed up and carried by our online store.
John Calvin Goes to the Hawaiian Islands
Patrick, a regular visitor of Monergism.com, recently purchased one of our T-Shirts and sent us a picture of Calvin looking out at Opaeka Falls in the island of Kauai, Hawaii. He said, "I really dig the shirt.. Truly creation is the theatre of God's glory! God bless your ministry ...!"
New Monergism.com T-Shirt (April 2007)
At long last, the T-Shirts have arrived!
With the recent resurgence of INTEREST IN Reformation theology, many search for ways to expose the world to the doctrines of grace. This T-shirt piques the interest of onlookers and provides an excellent bridge for introducing the Biblical beliefs recovered and heralded during the the Reformation.
When you wear the T-Shirt you help spread the word about Monergism.com to those who see the logo on the front of your shirt. The back of the shirt bears the name and likeness of one of the best-known Protestant Reformers, Swiss theologian John Calvin (1509-1564) with his emphasis on the centrality of Jesus Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit and Godâ€™s sovereignty of grace in Christ helped codify the teachings of the Reformation with his first edition of The Institutes of the Christian Religion in 1539. The Institutes presents with unmatched clarity a vision of God in his majesty, of Christ as prophet, priest, and king, of the Holy Spirit as the giver of faith, of the Bible as the final authority, and of the church as the holy people of God. Its doctrine of Predestination is Calvin's detailed exegesis of the Scripture coupled with his deduction from his belief in human sinfulness and God's sovereign mercy in Christ.
Don't be shy. Wear it boldly. A great conversation-starter
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A story to break the ice...
A reformed pastor friend of mine called Graeme Adams from Dundee, Scotland e-mailed me today because he is due to speak to the Dundee University Christian Union on Friday evening and has been asked to address the topic of the Trinity. His big request was for a funny story he could use as a warm up to the subject... Here's my response...
Graeme, you might start by saying this...
Well good evening everyone. It is a privilege to be with you tonight, especially as for much of the week, it didn't look like I would make it here to be with you... That's because early in the week I was walking in the main Dundee park when all of a sudden a man came from behind and hit me THREE TIMES over the head... but he left only ONE huge lump on my head... I was wondering why this happened, and then it dawned on me... I am due to be talking on the subject of the Trinity later this week, and maybe God is trying to give me an illustration I can use.
I prayed, "if that is you Lord... can you do it again?"
Just then, another man came up to me, this time from the front, and stabbed me with a knife THREE times.. but even though I was stabbed in three different places, I only went to ONE hospital.
"Gosh, this is great," I thought to myself. "God is really helping me with my message preparation."
But later on in the day, while the pain medication was having very little effect and doctors were scrambling to stop the bleeding, all alone on my hospital bed, I began to get discouraged, and even thought that all of these events might be mere coincidence... I mean, Dundee is a VERY rough place to live, and it could all be just a series of coincidences that led the attackers to me...
So I said, "Lord, please excuse my unbelief here.. but if these events are from you...can you give me a sign?"
Picturing The Absurd
At the Calvinist Gadfly web site, Alan Kurschner writes the following:
"Calvinists are worse than Muslims - These are the deplorable words from the loose cannon at Liberty University, Ergun Caner. And since he is unrepentant of making such offensive remarks about Godâ€™s people, can there be anything he says hereafter that can be taken with any credibility? And since Jerry Falwell has been silent on these remarks of Ergunâ€™s and has not distanced himself from them, it can be assumed that he condones it."
This is obviously a very sad state of affairs, and many times in situations like these, we can find some relief through the means of good honest humor. So as a response to Dr. Caner, some photos have been made/designed to show the utter foolishness of the remarks he has made.
FUN STUFF - To view the growing threat of radical calvinism on our world click here and scroll down for some extremely alarming pictures.
A Merry heart does good like a medicine... Warning - laughter is just a click away... click here. - Pastor John Samson
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As I raed thsi I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.
Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid d eos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!
Psator Jhon Smsaon
God from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass;
Saturday, May 13, 2006 - In accordance with God's Sovereign eternal decree, His merciful providence and His abundant common grace, Liverpool today won English soccer's most prestigious Cup competition, the FA Cup, beating West Ham United 3-1 on penalties after an all-time classic final finished 3-3.
"Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country." - Proverbs 25:25
- Pastor John Samson
Has Anyone Seen John Hendryx? by Pastor John Samson
Has anyone seen John Hendryx? I don't just mean in the last week or so? I mean, ever!
In preparation for last Sunday's sermon I was seeking to use a profound quote from Mr. Hendryx, and as I was using powerpoint, wanted to find a photograph of the man to go with it. Guess what? The man's photo is hard to find. There's this one, found here, but it is so blurry, it is hardly useful. I mean, could you, using just this photograph, spot this guy if he was walking past you along the street? I couldn't!
I am not normally one for conspiracy theories but... why the dark sunglasses and blurry photograph?
Though I have felt for some time that John Hendryx is a good friend of mine, it just dawned on me... you know, I've never actually seen him. Oh, I send e-mails to him, and I get responses... but who exactly is responding?
I've talked on the phone to a guy who SAID he was John Hendryx. I asked, "is that John?" he said, "errr.. yeah" and he mumbled something about monergistic regeneration... but was that REALLY him? Would I hear the same voice if I called again at a different time of the day? Or would another guy answer and repeat the same monergistic mantra? When we do call and hear stuff like "yeah, like Luther the German dude said 'Here as I stand or fall in limited atonement, simul justus sola fide and gloria'" - shouldn't it make us just a little suspicious?
Fun Stuff by Pastor John Samson
This is a serious blog. We as contributors are very serious about what we do. However, I was sent this today and thought I would post it here. I realize I am taking a great risk in doing so. There are some Christians who have not been Sovereignly, unconditionally and irresistably graced with a sense of humor, nor did common grace step in to fill the void. Sadly, the following will be totally lost on these people. I need to point out to them ahead of time that in no way do we as contributors believe that God will recant of His oath not to flood the earth again, nor do we believe in some way off eschatological fulfillment of biblical prophecy that would allow for Noah being alive and well in our day, living in the United States. No, I post this only to cause chuckling, smiles and laughter. Honestly.. that's all this is!!
REFORMATION THEOLOGY WARNING: Absolutely no theological insight can be gained from the following. Cessationists: Do not despair. This is not a parable!! It contains no deep or veiled insights that only non-cessationists can understand. No, this is, quite simply, a joke.
The Greek word for joke is... oh forget it! A merry heart does good like a medicine.. The Hebrew word for "medicine" is.. oh forget that too... People who have not laughed since the death of the 12 apostles, may just need to look away right now. O.K. - look away...
ESV Calfskin Bible Giveaway Winners
Thanks to all who participated in the ESV Premium Calfskin Bible Giveaway. Participation exceeded all expectations. But with regret I must inform you that there can be only two winners in this giveaway. And now, without any further ado, I will announce the winners of this month's prize. They are:
Congratulations to Jason and Bob. I will contact each of you seperately and the Bible will be shipped as soon as I receive your contact information.
As for everyone else, thank you for your participation. An email with a special promotion has been sent to all other contest participants. Hang in there for more promotions like this one. You can hear about it in our future newsletters.
ESV Premium Calfskin Bible Giveaway
ESV Bible Giveaway
Take advantage of this incredible opportunity. Monergism Books is giving away Two ESV Classic Thinline, Premium Calfskin Leather, Black, Black Letter, Stiched Bibles. Two equal prizes will be awarded based on a random drawing from all entries received. This is the premium of the ESV Bibles. The prizes will be announced on at the end of Feb 14. 2006 sometime after midnight.
There is a maximum of one entry per email address.
Many Thanks to Tim Challies for the technical help in putting this contest together.