Were You There When They Crucified My Lord

Found this video of Johnny Cash and the Carter sisters singing this song.  Simply beautiful.

Albert Mohler To Stop Radio Program

Here is an email I received on the 25th of June giving further information on his departure from The Albert Mohler Program.

The final live broadcast of The Albert Mohler Program will be July 2, R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced at the end of his radio show June 21, as he prioritizes other ministry responsibilities and “a different media platform.”

In an official letter explaining his plans, Mohler expressed gratitude to his listeners, Salem Communications and others who have had a hand in the radio program. Ed Atsinger and Stu Epperson, the founders of the Salem Radio Network and Salem Communications, were among those Mohler thanked for “believing in this program and for building a great Christian radio network that is not afraid to take on the issues and offer conviction.”

“I have had the privilege of talking to people all over the world each weekday through the medium of radio,” wrote Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. “I believe we have indeed developed a model that lived up to our promise of ‘intelligent Christian conversation about the issues that matter.’ I have been energized every single day by the experience of sitting behind that microphone and talking to people across the nation and around the world.”

Mohler cited the continually shifting medium of radio, ministry responsibilities at Southern Seminary and other media opportunities as reasons for the ending of the live radio show. While the radio program is broadcast on over 100 stations in the United States, Mohler noted that taking the program to the next level would likely involve an expansion to a three-hour daily broadcast. “This is just not a practical possibility,” Mohler explained, “given my other responsibilities.”

In coming days, Mohler said more announcements will be made about the new shape of his media plans. One component will be a recorded interview and discussion based program without callers. Mohler will also continue to do national broadcast commentary for Salem Communications.

Mohler expressed a measure of regret over the decision to end the live program that he knows had to be made.

“There is a sense of sadness in leaving this stage of ministry and media for another,” he wrote. “I need to be most available — at my best — for those who mean the most to me, to Southern Seminary, and to the advance of Christ’s Kingdom.”
Mohler, who also serves as Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Theology at Southern, noted that removing the constraints of a radio schedule will allow him to be more present in areas of life and ministry.

“I need to be more present on the mission fields of the world, more present with our students and faculty and more present with friends of the Seminary.”

Evangelism And The Sovereignty Of God

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God is a book that was first penned by J.I. Packer in 1961.  The edition I read is an IVP Classics with a foreword by Mark Dever.  This short book is very readable for the topic that is covered.  When you start talking about the Sovereignty of God one might think that this is brain food for theologians and scholars of the highest degree.  Packer doesn’t travel this road and makes his subject at hand very readable.  The IVP Classics version comes in at 135 pages long.

I received this book as an attendee of the 2010 Together for the Gospel conference and as soon as I got it I wanted to read it to see what Packer had to say.  If anyone has been around evangelical circles for any amount of time one will usually hear this argument against the doctrines of grace, “If God is sovereign in man’s salvation, then this negates the need for evangelism.  If God already knows who is saved then why do I need to evangelize?”  Packer seeks to dispel this faulty argument with this book by arguing that the sovereignty of God doesn’t negate evangelism, on the contrary, the sovereignty of God in salvation is the backbone of evangelism.

Packer gives the purpose of his book as thus, “It is a piece of biblical and theological reasoning, designed to clarify the relationship between three realities: God’s sovereignty, man’s responsibility and the Christian’s evangelistic duty.  The last of these is its proper subject: divine sovereignty and human responsibility are discussed only so far as they bear on evangelism.  The aim of the discourse is to dispel the suspicion…that faith in the absolute sovereignty of God inders a full recognition and acceptance of evangelistic responsibility, and to show that on the contrary, only this faith can give Christians the strength that they need to fulfill their evangelistic task.”

The book is split into four chapters: Chapter 1 – Divine Sovereignty; Chapter 2 – Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility; Chapter 3 – Evangelism; Chapter 4 – Divine Sovereignty and Evangelism.

Packer spends little time on the contents of Chapter 1.  He states that we are all believers in the sovereignty of God because of the way we pray.  He also states that we are all believers in the sovereignty of God in salvation because of the way we give thanks to God for our conversion, and because we pray for the conversion of others.  If there could be one negative to the whole book it might be this; this is all the argument that Packer gives for Divine Sovereignty.  But this isn’t unexpected as can be seen in his purpose statement.  If you want a more thorough treatment of divine sovereignty I would recommend A. W. Pink’s book The Sovereignty of God.

In terms of volume Chapter 3 is the meat and potatoes of the book.  Packer gives a great argument for the necessity and oughtness of evangelism by giving a thorough examination of four questions: What is evangelism? What is the evangelistic message? What is the motive for evangelizing? By what means and methods should evangelism be practiced?

For me Chapter 4 was what I was looking for Packer to answer.  At the beginning of the chapter he sums up what he has written so far and then gets to two propositions.  Packer says the biblical answer to how Divine Sovereignty and Evangelism work together may be stated in two propositions:  1.) The sovereignty of God in grace does not affect anything that we have said about the nature and duty of evangelism.  2.) The sovereignty of God in grace gives us our only hope of success in evangelism.  It is here Packer takes all that he has uncovered and shown from scripture and weaves them together.  I found this chapter to be the most helpful of all.

I recommend adding this book to your family library.  You can follow the link above to find a good price on the book.  Buy the book, you won’t be disappointed.

Teach Your Children Well

Check out these two sermons by Alistair Begg.  If you don’t normally listen to Alistair Begg he is a scottish pastor preaching in Cleveland, OH.  Begg preaches expositionally coupled with great wisdom and insight.

In these two sermons he looks at Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

His preaching on this matter is encouraging and piercing all at the same time.  You will definitely find yourself thanking God for the encouragement to stay the right course in your child rearing, and you will find yourself thanking God for the correction to your child rearing that will come from his teaching.

Take time and listen, you will not be disappointed.

Teach Your Children Well, Part 1
Teach Your Children Well, Part 2

Mohler’s Homestretch

Albert Mohler announced today that his daily live radio program will come to an end in two weeks. At the end of his show earlier today, he explains why. He says ending the program is one of the most difficult decisions he’s ever had to make. Listen to him in his own words below. Start listening at 35:40.

I’ve loved “The Albert Mohler Program” and have enjoyed listening to it over the years. He talks about issues in the news in a way that no one else on radio does. When this program ends, it will be greatly missed.

Be sure to tune-in these last two weeks or to download the podcast. You’ll be glad you did.

(HT: Denny Burk)

Give Me That Kind of Courage

Great post from the Desiring God blog on why Joab could say:

Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the LORD do what seems good to him.

A Brief History Of Southern Seminary

I love my seminary.  Here is a brief history in video form:

A Brief History of Southern Seminary