Can You Separate the Preacher from His Bible?


If we are people of the Book, then how do shepherds of the church under the guidance of our Great Shepherd, conduct themselves as they feed the flock with every Word found in that Book? If the Bible is the final authority of the Christian in life here and the next, what kind of diligence should a pastor conduct to make sure the believers under his care knows ultimately a book that means life and death to his soul?

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(Interview) Obbie Tyler Todd On the Atonement of Jesus Christ

The word atonement is a key to understand the relationship with God and sinful man through Christ’s death. Without the atonement, what Christ accomplished is mere heroic deed. Atonement is the game changer when viewing deeply what the death on the cross really mean for the believers position before a holy God. Author Obbie Tyler Todd opened another view of this important doctrine, in his book The Moral Governmental Theory of Atonement which is, as the title suggest, moral governmental theory (MGT). I haven’t heard this view so I reach out and chat with him about this. He has another book also tackling MGT which is the latest, titled A Baptist at the Crossroad. So we chat about it plus upcoming works in this interview:

Would you consider A Baptist At The Crossroad as a sequel to your previous book The Moral Governmental Theory of Atonement?

Thanks for the opportunity to talk about the book. To answer your question, I’d say: this book is part 2 in a 3-part series! I’ll explain. I began writing this book first. It’s a revised version of my dissertation at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. My focus all along was Richard Furman, a neglected figure in Baptist history who I decided to study. I was introduced to him by Tom Nettles at Southern Seminary during my Th.M. years. However, when I began reading Furman’s writings, I discovered that in order to understand Furman’s doctrine of atonement, I would need to first master the moral governmental view of atonement because he seemed to integrate the theory into his overall view.

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The Freebie Round-Up #116

There will be some interview post that you guys need to look forward in the coming weeks on this blog. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed interviewing.

Anyways, lets proceed to our freebies. If you missed the previous one and some of the old round-up, just scroll down and you’ll find them at the end of this article.

Also since I’m not 24/7 monitoring the latest freebies of publishing companies, I’m posting their e-mail sign up page, so you’ll be in the loop whenever they give out freebies. You can find it at the end of this round-up.

FREE course “Essentials of Catholic Theology” (Dr. Gregg Allison) – The latest free course from Biblical Training that will give you a systematic approach in the key doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Book Review: “The Registered Church in China”(Wayne Ten Harmsel)

The decade of 2010’s ends with news of how the Chinese government is persecuting some unregistered Christian churches in that country. Not that it’s something new because persecution is always been there specially from a communist country. What made this quite a shocker is that it’s more aggressive by closing churches, bringing down the cross symbols and getting pastors jailed. Added to that are videos of the arrest and various ministries asking for prayers for these believers spilled.

But the truth is, that’s just a side of the story.

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8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “The Registered Church in China”(Wayne Ten Harmsel)

Here are my favorite quotes from the book, “The Registered Church in China” by Wayne Ten Harmsel published by Pickwick Publications an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. If you want to support the author, you can buy the book by following this link.

“..the church believes that it should be able to function unhindered by the power or influence of the State, without the humiliation of registration. At the same time, the State claims the right to rule unhindered by any moral opposition from the church. Both claim to be seeking hexie, harmony. “

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8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “The Next Christian Faith” (Chris Kugler)

It pays subscribing to a newsletter through e-mail! I got two months free subscription to Scribd from a podcast newsletter I follow. Neat! So I’ll be reading short and light stuff. Any suggestions that you can give to me?

Anyways, here are my favorite quote from the new book, The Next Christian Faith: A Brief Sketch by Chris Kugler published by Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publisher. If you want to support the author, you can purchase the book by following this link.

 “…a deep participation in God’s own divine life—the only place where true freedom exists—liberates us from ourselves and from our own grasping sense of freedom apart from God wherein we, for the first time and increasingly, discover new heights and depths and breadths of freedom.”

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8 Favorite Quotes From The Book “A Poetic of Orthodoxy ” (Benjamin P. Myers)

Have you read my Top 10 Best Books I Read in 2020 yet? Want to know what I read last year? Do you know what made it on the list? Click this link to check it out.

Anyways, here are my favorite quotes from the book A Poetic Orthodoxy by Benjamin P. Myers, published by Wipf and Stock Publishers. If you like these quotes and want to support the authors, consider grabbing a copy of the book by clicking here.

“Art is something that God has given to all the creatures made in his image. God is so good that he allows even his rebellious creatures—looking at artists in the modern world, some might say some of his most rebellious creatures—to echo his creative goodness through creations exhibiting great beauty and containing great depth.”

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Community Research As Part of the Great Commission

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Peoples On the Move is primer on community reasearch need to understand your “neighbor”. And when I say “neighbor”, it might not be the ones who you grew up with. Many factors can contribute to the constant shifting of society and culture. Immigations has the big share of this shift. This change will greatly affect how to will interact to people who we want to share the gospel. The “neighbor” might be down your street you grew up with, an city in Southeast Asia or an isolated tribe in Africa. All of them are changing but what is not changing is for these folks to hear the gospel. Community reasearch can be the answer to navigate us through those changes.

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “ Peoples On The Move ” by Anthony F. Casey

There’s another God given opportunity for me to minister folks online. I’ll be contributing articles for Driven By The Gospel (DBTG). I hope you’ll check not just my articles soon but also stuff they already dished out.

Anyways, sample these quotes from the book, Peoples On The Move by Anthony F. Casey published by Wipf and Stock. If you like these quotes, buy the book by clicking here.

“we use the research to develop an appropriate ministry strategy for the specifics of the community. We seek to answer questions such as who lives here, what languages do they speak, what spiritual beliefs do they have, what family structures are, what needs do people have, what resources might already be present to meet these needs, what churches are at work, and what is the most appropriate strategy for ministry?”

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Book Review: “You Must Change Your Life” by Thomas J. Millay


I think there are a few books on the topic of reading. One that easily comes to mind is How to Read A Book by Mortimer J. Adler which is a classic and a must read. If we go to the Christian perspective on reading, we have to think hard.  Lit by Tony Reinke is one or a book you saw on sale at a bookstore titled Reading Between the Lines by Gene Edward Veith Jr.

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