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What Do John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul Have in Common Beyond Theology?

On Tuesday I asked “What do John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul have in common beyond theology?”

Both were involved in very serious and potentially fatal transportation accidents in Alabama while traveling through the state.

From John MacArthur’s biography John MacArthur: Servant of the Word and Flock:

At the end of his first year at Bob Jones, John, bound for home, shared a car with five other students as they drove through Alabama.  While proceeding at speed, the driver lost control; a door burst open as the car turned over, and John was thrown out.  He was to land in a seated position on the asphalt road and slide for over 100 yards.  Nothing was broken but third degrees friction burns took the flesh off his back, and embedded asphalt in what remained.  One hand would be scarred for life.  …

Three months of hospital and skin grafts had a huge impact on MacArthur as a college student.

R.C. Sproul was involved in a potentially fatal train accident in Alabama in 1993.  The Big Bayou Canot train wreck killed 42 people and injured hundreds.    Both R.C. Sproul and his wife were on that fatal train.  They were uninjured but often you will hear Sproul speak about that train wreck in his lectures and sermons.

From Train Wreck:

Often the language of the reporters when they comment on such accidents includes references to the “ill-fated train,” or the “ill-fated plane.” I hope this is merely a manner of speaking and that the reporters do not really believe that the destiny of human beings is in the hands of “fate.” The fates were part of the mythological system of the ancient world, and they were depicted as arbitrary, capricious, and mischievous sub-deities who wreaked havoc among people. Today fate is sometimes seen as a blind force of nature that causes horrible things or good things to happen to us.

The doctrine of the providence of God leaves no room for fate, blind or otherwise. God is not blind; neither is He capricious. For Him there are no accidents. With God there are no cases of chance events.

Now you know.


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Weight of Sin

Freedom from Sin by John MacArthur

It is said that a flippant young man once remarked to a preacher in mocking fashion, “You say that unsaved people carry a great weight of sin. Frankly, I feel nothing. How heavy is sin? Ten pounds? Fifty pounds? Eighty pounds? A hundred pounds?”

The preacher thought for a moment, then replied, “If you laid a four-hundred-pound weight on a corpse, would it feel the load?”

The young man was quick to say, “Of course not; it’s dead”

Driving home his point, the preacher said, “The person who doesn’t know Christ is equally dead. And though the load is great, he feels none of it”

Do you suffer under the weight of your sin?


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MacArthur on Matthew 11:13

I still haven’t gotten far in trying to understand Matthew 11:13 and the phrase “until John“.

Matthew 11:13-14 (ESV)

13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John,
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and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come.

Here is a comment John MacArthur made about the verse in a sermon on John the Baptist – True Greatness.

Then verse 13, John is the culmination of everything, “For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.” He is the culmination. Everything from Genesis to John is moving along to the moment that he pointed to Christ. And it was all one message from Genesis to John was one message – The Messiah’s coming, the Messiah’s coming, the Messiah is coming. And he was the culmination. He was it.

What a commendation. He is the focus … everything is swirling around him. The kingdom is moving violently through the godless, human system. And eager, vigorous people are pressing into it. Why? Because this is the climax, everything has built up to John.



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Social Media and Digital Discernment – MacArthur

Although I do have this website, I’m really very illiterate when it comes to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.  I don’t have accounts so most of facebook is unavailable to me.  I have at times contemplated getting accounts since often I will find out about something after the fact, like a prayer request, but by the time I find out the need is past. 🙁  However, the advantages have yet to outweigh the disadvantages in my mind.  I’m honestly not interested in what someone ate for supper or the great shirt they just bought. (Granted everyone doesn’t include such mundane details, but I’d only be interested in that kind of detail from very, very few people; husband or son.)  Of course, I could do what my oldest son does.  He has an account with minimal info available and he never posts.  But that allows him access and “friend” status enough to know what is going on with others.  He has been accused of “lurking”.  🙂

There are portions of social media that just set wrong with me and honestly the only way I can explain it is it is like high school popularity all over again.  See you can strive to be friends with lots and lots of people but to what purpose?  You can’t truly be friends with that many people.  Then of course you can un-friend people and relatives when you get mad at them.  The ultimate insult. {sarcasm}  Social media can give a false sense of intimacy.  There is no way to be truly intimate friends when just passing sound bites back and forth.  True intimacy is a lost art, even in the physical sense.  Social media doesn’t seem to be helping.

But granted I may be wrong and might at some point change my mind.  But for now the benefits don’t outweigh the time investment.  But MacArthur has a post about being discerning with social media.

Social Media and Digital Discernment

On the one hand, social networking websites provide numerous benefits and opportunities. Many of the ministries with which I am involved (like Grace to You and The Master’s College & Seminary) utilize social networking to dispense resources and keep people updated with ministry news.3 Social networking can be a useful tool when used to communicate the right things—messages that honor Christ, exalt His Word, and direct people to profitable tools for spiritual growth.

But social networking can also be abused. When it consists of nothing more than random babblings and personal monologues, it can become self-centered, unrestrained and narcissistic. When it consumes our lives, it can be addictive and controlling. Used unwisely, it is filled with potential pitfalls and temptations. For those who follow Christ, we are called to submit every area of our lives to His lordship—including how we use social media. With that in mind, let’s look at the following five areas of caution:

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This article is referred to in MacArthur’s post – Solomon on Social Media

…  Count to ten before posting, sharing, sending, submitting. “Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him (29:20).” How many arguments could be avoided and how many relationships saved if people were only a little less hasty with their words? Before posting an article or before replying to a Facebook status, it is always (always!) a good idea to re-read what you have written and consider if your words accurately express your feelings and if expressing such feelings is necessary and edifying. And while I’m on the topic, a spell-check doesn’t hurt either. …


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Free Book Offer From GTY

Remember the book by John MacArthur entitled Slave that I’ve mentioned several times (here and here)? GTY has an offer for a copy of the book, free, if you join their mailing list.  This only applies to the US and Canada though.

Free Book Offer!

The most profound reality for every believer is a relationship with Jesus Christ. He is our Savior, our teacher, and our friend. But the Bible teaches that at the most basic level Jesus is our Lord, our Master, which means we are His slaves.

Peruse most Bible translations and it’s easy to miss that crucial reality. That’s because many find the notion of slavery to be a cruel and embarrassing concept. John MacArthur’s new book, Slave, uncovers the conspiracy, bringing the doctrine of our slavery to Christ to its proper place in our thinking.

Embrace for yourself what the Bible really teaches about slavery—your relationship with Jesus Christ will never be the same.

When you fill out the form below to join our mailing list, we’ll automatically mail you an offer in January for a FREE copy of Slave. No pressure, no obligation—we simply want to minister to you.

If you’re already on our mailing list, there’s no need to fill out the form; you’ll automatically receive John’s letter and book offer in your mailbox in January. It’s our gift to you—an expression of our commitment to “Unleashing God’s Truth, One Verse at a Time.”

Note: This free book offer page expires December 12, 2010. This offer is available only to those with mailing addresses serviced by GTY offices in the United States and Canada.


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Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching [Kindle Edition]

Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching [Kindle Edition]

Authors:

R. Albert Mohler Jr.,

James Montgomery Boice,

Derek W. H. Thomas,

Joel R. Beeke,

R. C. Sproul,

R. C. Sproul Jr.,

Sinclair B. Ferguson,

Don Kistler,

Eric J. Alexander,

John Piper,

John MacArthur

In the Old Testament, God decried the fact that His people were perishing for lack of knowledge about Him. The same seems to be occurring today. There is sharing, suggesting, plenty of storytelling, and lots of preaching to felt needs in modern pulpits. But the authoritative, expositional opening of the Word of God is becoming scarcer all the time.

{The free kindle books are available a short time, they are done sorta like a sale and end quickly so you can’t wait a couple of days to “purchase” the free book. If you don’t actually have a kindle you can get the Kindle for PC which will allow you to read kindle books for free.  There are also kindle versions for a blackberry and for an iPhone.}



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Servant or Slave

This sermon by John MacArthur hasn’t been transcribed yet, but here is the audio to listen to or to download for later.

Servant or Slave

Notice how many times the word “Slave” is in the Hebrew but isn’t translated into the English translations.

This is the basis for his upcoming book “Slave”.  (There is a very good price break for pre-ordering the book.)



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Slaves for Christ – John MacArthur

Recently my husband heard John MacArthur preaching on Slaves for Christ at Steve Lawson’s church.  MacArthur has a book due to come out in January entitled “Slave“.  My husband really enjoyed listen to MacArthur’s sermon and I was hoping the audio would have been up by now, but it isn’t.  However, this sermon was preached a few years ago on the topic and you might find it interesting.  There is alot of baggage that comes with the word “slave” but we should never shy away from what the Bible says even when we don’t like the terminology.

Slaves for Christ

We’re going to turn to a subject in the New Testament that as I think about it is largely ignored and overlooked. And I’ve been made aware of that in recent months. It was not too many months ago that I was flying on one of those jumbo jets from Los Angeles to London, in the process reading a book that dealt with the issue of slavery in the New Testament time and in the New Testament text. It set me thinking in all kinds of directions. I actually finished the book on the flight I was so rapt in my attention to this particular theme.

Being a slave of Christ may be the best way to define a Christian. We are, as believers, slaves of Christ. You would never suspect that, however, from the language of Christianity. In contemporary Christianity the language is anything but slave language. It is about freedom. It is about liberation. It is about health, wealth, prosperity, finding your own fulfillment, fulfilling your own dream, finding your own purpose. We often hear that God loves you unconditionally and wants you to be all you want to be. He wants to fulfill every ambition, every desire, every hope, every dream. In fact, there are books being written about dreams as if they are gifts from God which God then having given them is bound to fulfill. Personal fulfillment, personal liberation, personal satisfaction, all bound up in an old term in evangelical Christianity, a personal relationship. How many times have we heard that the gospel offers people a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?

What exactly does that mean? Satan has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and it’s not a very good one. Every living being has a personal relationship with the living God of one kind or another, leading to one end or another.

But what exactly is our relationship to God? What is our relationship to Christ? How are we best to understand it?
Well if you read the New Testament in its original text, you would come away stunned really by how different the original text is from any English version that you’ve ever read…whether King James, New King James, New American Standard, ESV, NIV and you can name all the rest. All of them virtually have found a way to mask something that is an absolutely critical element of truth. In fact, the word “slave” appears in the New Testament 130 times in the original text. You will find it once in the King James, once the Greek word “slave” is translated slave. You will find it translated “slave” a few other times in other texts, like the New King James text and even the New American Standard text, and it will be translated “slave” when, one, it refers to actual slavery, or two, it refers to some kind of bondage to an inanimate reality. But whenever it is personalized, the translators seem unwilling to translate it “slave.”    Continue


Audio Link

Barnes & Noble Video Clip of MacArthur talking about his Book.



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Expositor’s Conference – Session 7 – Preaching the Immutability of God (Steve Lawson)

Session 7 – Preaching the Immutability of God (Steve Lawson)

The seventh and last session of the conference is led by Steve Lawson preaching on the Immutability of God. As a side note, next year’s conference will feature Dr. Al Mohler. Preregistration is $89.00. And if you are in the Mobile area, John MacArthur will be preaching at Christ Fellowship Church on Wednesday, October 6 for a prayer breakfast and the evening service. He will be preaching on the topic of his forthcoming book: Slave.

The text is Malachi 3:6. This is a revelation of God about Himself – His own absolute immutability. The location of this revelation is significant – at the close of the Old Testament. In the midst of the change to come, God declares that He will not change.

So is it true that, even though the message does not change, the methods must change? If God has never changed, if human nature has never changed, if the methods of grace have never changed, then why should we expect that the methods need to change?

1. The definition of God’s immutability. God is unchanging, forever the same, never mutates, His attributes never cease, they never change.

(a) God’s essence is unchanging. He is, was, and will always be spirit. Refer to Psalm 102:25-27.

(b) God’s attributes are unchanging. Refer to James 1:17. God has no shadows. God cannot change for the better because He is already perfect, and being perfect He cannot change for the worse (A.W. Pink).

(c) God’s purposes are unchanging. God’s purposes were fixed in eternity past. There is no Plan B. Refer to Isaiah 46:9-11. However, we must always be amending our plans to align with the immutable purposes of God.

(d) God’s word never changes. Refer to Psalm 119:89. Even man’s law changes, but God’s word never changes. Refer to Isaiah 40:8, Matthew 5:18, Luke 16:17. Application: a ministry that never goes out of style is preaching the word of God.

(e) God is unchanging in the object of His love. Refer to Jeremiah 31:3. Nothing shall separate us from the love of God.

(f) God’s judgment is unchanging. The execution of God’s justice is unchanging. God’s wrath is unchanging. Refer to John 3:18. Annihilationism is unthinkable for an unchanging God. Refer to Revelation 14:11, 20:10. Forever and ever is also used to describe how long believers shall be in heaven.

2. The implications of God’s immutability.

(a) Our message never changes. As long as we preach the Bible we will never contradict ourselves. Refer to Hebrews 13:8. Preach the same Christ every day. Human nature does not change. The sickness is always the same. God’s remedy to the sickness does not change.  Refer to John 14:6. And the requirement placed on sinners does not change – faith in Jesus Christ.

(b) Our method never changes. These are the ordinary means of grace – the word of God, sacraments, prayer. In every season, the word of God going forward in public proclamation is the primary method of grace. God only had one Son, and He made Him a preacher.



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