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Pastor Talk: Delighting Grace Interviews Jon Hawkins of Pastor Discussions Podcast (Part 2)

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onc7eomLets continue our chat with Jon Hawkins, one of the pastor of Pastor Discussions Podcast that will hit the internet on January 6, 2017.

 Delighting Grace:  How can listeners interact with you guys and be part Pastor Discussions Podcast?

Jon Hawkins:   We have a website set up (www.pastordiscussions.com) and on the front page, there is a contact form. People can fill that out and get in touch with us that way. They can email us at pastordiscussions@gmail.com. They can  head over to Facebook and “like” the Pastor Discussions Podcast page. We just launched that about 2 days ago and already have been given show fodder. It’s great! If you want to stay up to date on upcoming shows and giveaways, you can join our mailing list (details on the website).

In the future we will be adding a group on Facebook for discussion of show content or anything else really. We are also looking at doing some shows on Google Hangout that are just question shows. People can jump on and ask questions and we will talk about them live. Another thing we are looking at is doing a T4G meet up where anyone that’s at T4G can meet up, hang out and chat. We might even record a show live at T4G. If any of our listeners have more or better ideas, we would love to hear them.

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Delighting Grace:  I’m excited already for your podcast. You said that you dont have any experience in podcasting? So now you have one what lessons have you learned in producing a show?

Jon Hawkins:   I have been on a podcast, but I have never had to deal with all the technical aspects of recording it. I just showed up and clicked a link. The biggest lesson I’ve learned so far is that God puts the right people in your life to help you do the things He wants you to do. Other podcasters have reached out and helped, we have people in our church that have helped and that have given technical advice, people like you have shown interest in what we are doing and offered to promote it, and there have been people that have been excited to be on the show.

It’s funny because don’t drop our premier episode until January 16th, but people are already excited about it. It’s just been amazing to see God bring the right people at the right time as we stepped out in faith. The second lesson I’ve learned is that quality is a must. We have invested in some good mics so that the content sounds good. As I’ve been researching podcasts, there are a lot that I stopped listening to within the first 5 minutes because of the audio quality. I’ve also learned that you can find tutorials for just about anything on YouTube.

Delighting Grace:  For you what might be a sticky topic that you might encounter in future episodes? Is Pastor Discussion Podcast open for controversial topics?

Jon Hawkins:   There are probably 1000 sticky topics because everyone has topics that they are passionate about and have strong feelings about. We have no issues talking about controversial topics because I think that part of the Christian life is dealing with controversial issues using the Bible. The gospel itself is controversial. It causes divisions and is an aroma of death to those who are perishing and an aroma of life to those who are being saved. Paul certainly talked about controversial issues. I’m preaching through Romans currently and Jew/Gentile relations was a massively controversial topic. So while we don’t want to be known for being controversial for the sake of being controversial, I’m sure we will hit on some issues that will cause some people to disagree passionately.

I think the key is to always stay tethered to the Bible and to speak the truth in love and grace. There is a way to say truth and be a jerk. We don’t want to do that. Anything is on the table though and we will try to be gracious and loving while at the same time, standing on our convictions from the Bible and if it’s a secondary issue, my hope is that we can discuss it, disagree with charity, and still be friends. Christians need to learn to disagree with charity and brotherly love. In a culture where disagreement means that you get demonized and are labeled “intolerant”, Christians need to learn how to have hard conversations and challenge one another without breaking fellowship or turning on each other. That will be our aim.

Delighting Grace: Can we have a sort of teaser on how episode #1 will go?

Jon Hawkins:   We are actually dropping 2 episodes on Jan 16th.

Delighting Grace: Wow two episodes!

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Jon Hawkins:   We want to give people a couple of shows to listen to so they can see if it’s something they will enjoy and want to be a part of. Al I ask is if you don’t like the first two shows, maybe stick around. Hopefully we will get better at this. So the first episode will be a kind of intro to the show. We will introduce ourselves and tell a little bit about why we are doing this show and what listeners can expect in the future. We will also be announcing the winners of a giveaway we are running (details on the website). The second one is a secret. You’ll have to check out the feed on Jan 16th but I am really excited about it.

Delighting Grace: The second episode is a secret folks. So better check it out. Please invite our readers to come check you out and how they can get connected with the podcast.

Jon Hawkins:   Thank you for taking the time to read this and giving me an opportunity to share a little about what we are doing. I’d like to invite you to be a part of it and join the discussion. We premier on January 16th, 2018, but the show is already up and active so you can subscribe to the podcast. You can find it on iTunes (https://apple.co/2lKiHZr), Stitcher (http://bit.ly/2CxOszg) and Spreaker (http://bit.ly/2CHJzkU). You can sign up for our mailing list and find show info and promo/giveaway info on our website, www.pastordiscussions.com. You can also find us on social media. Facebook (www.facebook.com/pastordiscussions), Twitter (@RealPDPodcast) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/pastordiscussions). Finally, you can email us a pastordiscussions@gmail.com.

Thank you again for your time and thank you Nitoy for allowing us to share about what God is doing. We are really excited about this and looking forward to having a weekly conversation about doctrine, faith and the Christian life.

Delighting Grace: Again it’s a pleasure giving a hand to your podcast. Guys mark your calendars, January 16 Pastor Discussions Podcast will premier and we hope you’ll listen to it and share it with your friend. God bless and Enjoy Jesus!

 

(Pastor Discussions Podcast premieres January 16, 2018. Check their website www.pastordiscussions.com to listen to their podcast, subscribe to the mailing list and enter exciting giveaways.)

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The Quotable Round-Up #69

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Hey people here’s your favorite post. Hot and fresh quotes from the book “Long Before Luther” by Nathan Busenitz . If you enjoyed these quotes, please buy the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon. Feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!

“The church fathers speak of the sinner’s need for a righteousness that cannot be found in either his own merits or the law. Speaking of the unattainable standard of God’s perfect righteousness, Origen explains that to be justified before people is different from being justified before God. “In comparison with other people,” he writes, “one person can be deemed just if he has lived relatively free from faults; but in comparison with God, not only is a person not justified, but even as Job says, ‘But the stars are not pure before him.’” Origen explains that while we may seem pure in comparison to other people, and vice versa, we can never be pure in comparison to God, who is perfectly pure.”

“The forensic nature of justification in the patristic literature can be seen in at least two ways: through the use of law court terminology and through the contrast drawn between justification and condemnation.”

“The Reformers recognized that Jesus did not actually become a sinner on the cross; yet God punished Him as if He were a sinner so that, in Christ, believers might be treated as if they were righteous. The sins of believers were imputed to Christ at the cross so that, because He bore the punishment for those sins, His righteousness might be imputed to those who believe in Him.”

“The Reformers taught that justification occurs at the moment of salvation, which means the believer is immediately declared righteous and restored to God’s favor. Sanctification, by contrast, takes place progressively over a believer’s entire life, and results in his or her growth in personal holiness through the power of the Holy Spirit. The regenerated heart, having received new life in Christ, is able to respond in obedience. to God and grow in godliness.”

“When justification and sanctification are confused, the inevitable conclusion is that the believer’s personal holiness contributes, at least in part, to his or her right standing before God. This legalistic notion was something the Reformers passionately sought to guard against.”

“Melanchthon and Calvin give us two clear examples of a Reformation understanding of the forensic nature of justification. In the court of heaven, sinners are guilty and worthy of condemnation. Even their self-righteous works are like filthy rags in the sight of a holy God (see Isa. 64:6). Yet by grace through faith in Christ, sinners are pardoned by the heavenly Judge and declared to be righteous. Being justified, therefore, means to be acquitted of sin and accepted by God as if we were righteous, because we are clothed in the perfect righteousness of Christ.”

“Most Roman Catholics viewed justification as a formative process that involved sinners being “made righteous” over the course of their entire lives. Consequently, in the Roman Catholic view, believers contributed to their justification through the acts of penance and good works they performed. The Reformers rejected that notion, arguing instead that justification is an immediate change in the sinner’s status before God, to which believers contribute nothing. It is entirely a work of God.”

Book Review: Life is Short: Enjoy Mo Ang Buhay by William B. Girao

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hhqprb4 Written in Taglish this book explores four lessons on living wisely in this fleeting world. Ptr. Girao digs the book of Ecclesiastes and unearthed valuable gems out of that dark book of the Bible.  If you have heard preachers giving messages from Ecclesiastes, so of it is gloom and doom. Not that it’s like Revelations but Ecclesiastes expose the life that is a dead end street which sometimes forget.   We rather go to Psalms and Proverbs to find nuggets of wisdom for living that matters.  Yet Ptr. Girao made much of this part of the Bible to lead us on what it means to have a meaningful life.

“Life is Short: Enjoy Mo Ang Buhay “is a brief book for you enjoy and share to friends.  Ptr. Girao wrote something short but indelible to the heart. Short but definitely shake you to the reality of life.  The book ends with a sinner’s prayer which I totally disagree in presenting the gospel. For me its anti climatic for a book that is well written.  Other than that the book is a great read.

My verdict: 4.5 out of 5

Buy the book online: https://tinyurl.com/yb8ufy3b

The Quotable Round-Up # 65

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Hey people here’s your favorite post. Hot and fresh quotes from the books “ Apologetics Made Simple” by Jason Petersen, “A Rulebook for Arguments” by Anthony Weston (a secular author) and “Drawn by the Father” by James R. White . If you enjoyed these quotes, please buy the books at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon. Feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!

“There are two common mistakes that unbelievers typically make when they misrepresent Christianity. First, they might change the definitions of the words you used to describe your position. When this happens, do not let them get away with it. Explain why it is important to utilize common definitions. Explain how changing definitions can alter the meaning of the entire proposition. Second, they will ignore what the Bible teaches about whatever topic they are discussing.” — Jason Petersen

“When one is claiming that a proposition is true, a simple question must be answered. That question is, “How do you know that what you believe is true?” Any philosophy that cannot answer this question collapses into skepticism. Perhaps a person may agree that their philosophy results in skepticism, but you only need to tell them, “If you know that you know nothing, you do know something.” Therefore, skepticism is self-refuting.” — Jason Petersen

“If anyone has any beliefs whatsoever, they only can have them by assuming that a proposition is true. Without a starting belief, it is impossible to draw a conclusion. This starting belief is known as an ‘axiom.’ With all of this being said, everyone who has any belief at all is a dogmatist.” — Jason Petersen

“When you are using arguments as a means of inquiry, you sometimes may start with no more than the conclusion you wish to defend. State it clearly, first of all.” — Anthony Weston

“Argument is essential, in the first place, because it is a way of finding out which views are better than others. Not all views are equal. Some conclusions can be supported by good reasons. Others have much weaker support. But often we don’t know which are which. We need to give arguments for different conclusions and then assess those arguments to see how strong they really are.”– Anthony Weston

“What is the result of the divine transaction? What does the Father’s sovereign choice mean in the lives of men? The answer is clear: those who are given by the Father to the Son shall come to the Son. It is not said that they might come, or that they have a higher probability than others to come, but that they shall come. They will come to Christ, they will believe in Christ, they will trust Christ.” — James R. White

“Inarguable truth of Christ’s words is that men who are the object of God’s grace in being given by the Father to the Son will come to Christ as Lord. They will do this without fail. No man who is so given will seek his salvation or his sufficiency anywhere but in Christ.” — James R. White

 

The Quotable Round-Up # 64

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Hey people heres your favorite post. Hot and fresh quotes from the books “Kept for Jesus ” by  Sam Storms “Young, Restless and Reformed” by Collin Hansen and “Discerning Truth” by Dr. Jason Lisle . If you enjoyed these quotes, please buy the books at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon. Feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!

“Our security is ultimately dependent on God’s character and commitment, not on ours. People say, “If we change, we lose our salvation.” No. We can’t lose it, not because we can’t change, but because God can’t.” — Sam Storms

“To deny eternal security means the possibility exists that some who come to the Son will in fact be cast out. It means the possibility exists that the will of the Father and of the Son that all born-again believers be raised up on the last day will not, in fact, be fulfilled. It means that although Jesus is determined to ensure that every born-again Christian is fully and finally saved, the possibility exists that every born-again Christian might be fully and finally damned for eternity. Are you prepared to say that?”– Sam Storms

“It’s a fallacy that just shouldn’t happen — but it does all the time. The straw-man fallacy is when a person misrepresents his opponent’s position and then proceeds to refute that misrepresentation (i.e., the “straw man”) rather than what his opponent actually claims.” — Dr. Jason Lisle

“The key is to remember that an argument should be based on its merit, not on the alleged character defects or the circumstances of the person making the argument.”– Dr. Jason Lisle

“In the abusive ad hominem, the critic attacks his opponent’s character or insults him in an attempt to discredit him in the eyes of the audience. This tactic is common in politics, and it may psychologically sway people. However, it is logically fallacious because a person’s character (or lack thereof) is logically irrelevant to the validity of his argument. Even if the critic’s negative claims about his opponent are true (e.g., he really is a draft-dodger, or he really did spend time in jail), this has no bearing on the position he is advocating.” — Dr. Jason Lisle

“There is a place for emotional language. After all, language has other purposes than to make logical arguments. It can be used to inform, to question, to command, and to evoke. However, when people try to evoke an emotional response to persuade others of a point that is logically questionable, the fallacy of the question-begging epithet is committed.”– Dr. Jason Lisle

“The evidence speaks for itself.” This expression is quite common, but when used as part of an argument, it is the fallacy of reification. Evidence does not speak at all. Evidence is a concept: the name we give to a body of facts that we believe to be consistent with a particular point of view. People draw conclusions about evidence and verbalize their thoughts. But evidence itself does not have thoughts to verbalize.”  — Dr. Jason Lisle

The Quotable Round-Up # 63

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Hey people heres your favorite post. Hot and fresh quotes from the book “Kept for Jesus” by Sam Storms  . If you enjoyed these quotes, please buy the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon. Feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!

“We are eternally secure in our salvation not because we are faithful but because God is. He is reliable. He is trustworthy. He is true to himself and will never fail to fulfill what he has promised.”

“Justification is God’s legal declaration that the righteousness of his Son, Jesus Christ, has been imputed or reckoned to us so that we stand in his presence fully accepted and forgiven by faith alone.”

“If the greater task was God’s sending his Son to die for us while we were his enemies, how much easier for him to save us and live for us now that we are his friends? If God loved us as much as he did while we were helpless, sinful, and ungodly, how much more shall he love us now that we are justified, righteous in Christ, adopted as children, and reconciled to his heart.”

“I’ve often heard this: “We say to Jesus, ‘Who were we that led you to do this for us?’ Jesus then says to us, ‘You were a treasure hidden to yourself but seen by me.’” But my understanding is that when we ask, “Who were we that led you to do this for us?” the only answer is: “You were hell-deserving rebels who had no claim on anything in me other than to be the recipients of eternal wrath. I did this for you not because you were a treasure or because of anything in you; indeed it was in spite of what was in you. I did this for you solely because of what was in me, namely, sovereign and free and gracious love for those who deserve only to be hated.”

“Jesus died for spiritually impotent people (Rom. 3:10–12). He died for people who were helpless to prepare themselves, helpless to prove themselves worthy, helpless to do or think or say anything that might attract God’s love. Contrary to the aphorism “God helps those who help themselves,” God helps those who are utterly and absolutely helpless.”

“Genuine, saving faith is the sort that not only learns what he says but also loves it. Genuine faith displays its true character by producing in the heart of the individual a persevering attachment to Jesus. Momentary, flash-in-the-pan commitment to Christ means nothing. We’ve all seen people who are excited today and out the exit tomorrow, men and women who display an attraction to religion and the benefits it can bring them, but who, during the routine experiences of daily life, are rarely heard to utter a distinctly Christian word or make a self-effacing sacrifice for the benefit of another or commit a distinctly Christian act.”

“Merely hearing the gospel avails little. Neither witnessing nor personally benefiting from the working of miracles testifies to the presence of saving faith. That initial emotional euphoria upon responding to the good news of the kingdom can quickly dissipate and die. That we all likely know men and women who heard and received and later ministered on behalf of the gospel, only later to have fallen away, is a sobering reality that ought to give us pause. But at no time should it lead us to conclude that those genuinely born of the Spirit can falter so as to finally fail to enter the kingdom of God. Such is the love of God for his own that he will never permit them to suffer eternal loss.”

“Wherever emotions are high and the gospel is portrayed as promising health, wealth, ease, and popularity, people will believe. This is epidemic today. The response is enthusiastic but shallow; there is no deep consideration of the gospel and its implications; there is no counting of the cost. The response is quick and euphoric but false; it soon fades. Beware of so-called conversions that are all smiles and no repentance, much religious bravado but no brokenness over sin and no humility.”

The Quotable Round-Up # 59

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paper_zpshrjhwlqwHey people  heres your favorite post. Hot and fresh quotes from the book“God Is: How Christianity Explains Everything” by Douglas Wilson. If you enjoyed these quotes, please buy the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon. Feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!

“So whenever Hitchens condemns the moral behavior of anyone else, he is not proving that atheists can be moral too. He is proving, instead, that he is incapable of following his own premises out to the end of the road. He is proving that he is blissfully unaware of the blatant contradictions in his system where no one can impose his morality on another.” — Douglas Wilson, “God Is: How Christianity Explains Everything” #atheism #douglaswilson #christopherhitchens #gospel #GodIs #Godisnotgreat #religionpoisonseverything #howchristianityexplainseverything

“There are plenty of miracle-mongers who are doing their thing in the name of Jesus, and they deserve everything that Hitchens can deliver to them, and they deserve it good and hard. But as Hitchens acknowledges here briefly, and should do so far more extensively, this is the same kind of critique of gullibility that is found in John Calvin’s Inventory of Relics. When Hitchens comes to attack this kind of credulity and hypocrisy, he finds that many Christians have preceded him.” –Douglas Wilson, “God Is: How Christianity Explains Everything” #atheism #douglaswilson #christopherhitchens #gospel #GodIs #Godisnotgreat #religionpoisonseverything #howchristianityexplainseverything

“God does not wave a compromise-wand over us and declare us to be forgiven. That would justify us, but He would not be just. Or He could send us all to hell—then He would be just, but not the one who justifies. Rather, He sent a new Adam. He established the whole human race all over again—Jesus Christ established a new way of being human.” — Douglas Wilson, “God Is: How Christianity Explains Everything” #atheism #douglaswilson #christopherhitchens #gospel #GodIs #Godisnotgreat #religionpoisonseverything #howchristianityexplainseverything

“This is why there is no injustice in the gospel. I do not just walk away from my sins. Sinners are guilty and all sinners must die. What the cross does is provide us with a way of dying, with resurrection as a promised consequence. Jesus did not die so that we might live. He died so that we might die; He lives so that we might live. This is our hope, and this is our glory. And God in His kindness has authorized His people to extend this offer—full of grace—to people like Christopher Hitchens.” — Douglas Wilson, “God Is: How Christianity Explains Everything” #atheism #douglaswilson #christopherhitchens #gospel #GodIs #Godisnotgreat #religionpoisonseverything #howchristianityexplainseverything

“If there is no God above the system, then the system is god. All societies are religious organisms, not just the ones with a religious exoskeleton.”– Douglas Wilson, “God Is: How Christianity Explains Everything” #atheism #douglaswilson #christopherhitchens #gospel #GodIs #Godisnotgreat #religionpoisonseverything #howchristianityexplainseverything

“All human societies are theocracies. The only issue that confronts us is which theos we will serve. The atrocious cultures are the ones who serve atrocious gods.” — Douglas Wilson, “God Is: How Christianity Explains Everything” #atheism #douglaswilson #christopherhitchens #gospel #GodIs #Godisnotgreat #religionpoisonseverything #howchristianityexplainseverything

“Hitchens acknowledges that secularist hellholes are wrong. He explains (in many ways, accurately) how they came to be so wrong. In many cases it was because of the previous misbehavior of believers. Granted. He vividly lances the pomposity and pretensions of those who are wrong in this way. The only thing he does not explain—for he cannot explain—is why they are wrong.” — Douglas Wilson, “God Is: How Christianity Explains Everything” #atheism #douglaswilson #christopherhitchens #gospel #GodIs #Godisnotgreat #religionpoisonseverything #howchristianityexplainseverything