Faith and Academia

Daniel Faith & Academia   1. Habakkuk Many speakers had lamented the wickedness of America. Some had warned of the need for repentance. Others had stressed the need for a spiritual revival. “Repent 2015” had been a rousing success. Nearly 500 religious leaders had agreed that the time for spiritual change in America was overdue.   Rolly went home with a heavy heart. The conference had highlighted the plight of America. And as he bowed to pray that evening before going to bed, the fervency from the event poured out. Channeling his inner “Joe Wright,” he prayed:   “Father, I come before you today to ask Your forgiveness and to seek Your guidance for this country. We know Your Word says: “Woe to those who call evil good” but that is exactly what this nation has done. We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism. We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism. We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative lifestyle. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Lord, when will you move to correct this situation? When will you bring this nation to repentance? When will you bring revival?” [6]   At that moment, his prayer was interrupted. The audible voice of God spoke. “Rolly, do not worry. I have a plan to answer your prayer. I plan to raise up ISIS to begin a large scale purging of the United States. It will start with the bombing of movie theatres, the pillaging of schools, and the closing of all churches. They will then use many of the same methods that they have used in Syria and Iraq including public executions, beheadings, marrying off young girls to soldiers, and the forcible removal of children….”   God continued to...

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James 1:19-27

The Response to the Word James 1:19-27  Introduction 1. The Word Late in the 19th century, two men living in London went to a meeting of their geographical society to hear about a recent trip to China. During the report, the speaker spoke of being in a village and inquiring if any Christians lived there. The village chief told him there was one Christian living in a village about fifteen miles away. One of the two men leaned over to his friend and said: “Ah, there was only one Christian and he was fifteen miles away. But they knew exactly where he lived!” Does the world know about our faith? Does our faith make us radically different from those around us? Do our deeds match with the Word that we profess to read, study, and believe. Month after month, week after week we preach the word of God here at Declaration Church. That is because everything we need is found in the word of God. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Paul writes: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” This comprehensive view of the importance of the Word is echoed in the Westminster Confession: “The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture…” The Word is the heart and soul of our Christian experience. In short, that’s why we preach the word of God — week after week, month after month — at Declaration Church. But we don’t preach it for preaching’s sake! We preach the Word so that we will live in a manner that is consistent with the teaching of the Word. 2. The Book of James The passage that we will be looking at tonight is found in the book of James.  The Author Though there is some debate on the matter, conservative scholarship is almost unanimous in agreement that the author of James is the half-brother of Jesus...

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Mark 10:32-52

The Savior’s Answer Mark 10:32-52   Introduction As we continue our study of Mark’s Gospel, we are back in Mark chapter 10. This chapter covers that period in Jesus’ messianic mission in which Jesus left Capernaum and began making His way to Jerusalem. During this trip, it is becoming apparent to many that His messianic ministry is coming to its climax. In “going up to” Jerusalem (referring to the climb to city on the hill), Jesus is setting the stage for a final conflict with the religious leaders of Israel. This final conflict will lead to Jesus’ death and His resurrection from the dead three days later.   As we saw last week in Mark 10:17-31, a wealthy young man sought out Jesus and asked him: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Having realized from Jesus’ answer that they can do nothing to save themselves, our passage — the balance of Mark 10 — will show that the disciples continue to struggle with their master’s words.   Let us read the first portion of tonight’s text (vv. 32-34).   “And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, 33 saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles.34 And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.”   Let us pray. Dear heavenly Father, this is Your Word. We know that all Scripture is given by inspiration from You and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, instruction, and correction in the way of righteousness, so that the man of God might be thoroughly equipped for every good work. So equip us, then, O Lord, as we now study this, Your Word, together. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.   I love to visit museums. I find great joy in...

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