Calvin’s Corner #6: Why Mars Hill Needs to Excommunicate Mark Driscoll

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On this edition of Calvin’s Corner Pastor Michael Newnham and syndicated radio host Phil Naessens talk Fantasy Football, what Mars Hill should do with their former Pastor Mark Driscoll and answers the questions “What is a Carnal Christian” and “What is the Reformed view of the Charismata plus more Christian talk radio.

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What About the Risen Christ?

Since my return to the states I’ve been looking for a church home. That means I’ve been attending quite a few different chapel services. The preacher last night was fiery, passionate and even had an eight point outline.

The entire message took about 30 minutes or so; he preached about sin, spiritual death, hell, heaven and presented a very convincing portrayal of Christ’s last minutes on the cross but he left out one very essential component of the gospel message;

What about the empty tomb or a risen Christ?

The preacher covered every single base except what made Jesus different from every other supposed “savior” and every person who was crucified either before or after.

The Apostle Peter thought it was important enough to demonstrate the difference between King David and Jesus.

(Act 2:22-32 ESV E-Sword emphasis mine) 

“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David says concerning him, “‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.

Throughout the Apostle Paul’s ministry he constantly and effectively declared that Jesus was different than any other “god” in the fact that He was resurrected from the dead.

(1Co 15:3-8 ESV E-Sword emphasis mine) 

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

(Act 13:29-39 ESV E-Sword emphasis mine) 

 And when they had carried out all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead, and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm, “‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you.’ And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way, “‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’ Therefore he says also in another psalm, “‘You will not let your Holy One see corruption.’ For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption, but he whom God raised up did not see corruption, Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.

Paul stood longer on the resurrection than he did on the law and Calvin hit it straight out of the park when he commented;  God hath raised him up. The death of Christ was the salvation of the godly, yet joined with the resurrection; therefore doth Paul stand longer upon this second point. For he should never have persuaded his hearers that they were to seek salvation in Christ’s death, unless the power of Almighty God had appeared in raising Christ from death. (Calvin’s Commentaries E-Sword)

“Never persuaded them unless he spent more time on the resurrection” is an important point to notice and one that should never be overlooked.

Paul addressed the people of Macedonia much the same way as he did the people of Antioch.

(Act 17:1-4 ESV emphasis mine) 

Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.”

Much like the days of the Apostles we live in a time where men need to be persuaded that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Men need to not only be told that they are sinners but also need to be told the complete story of Christ’s atoning work. Leaving out the resurrection of Christ is an incomplete message and does a disservice to the Gospel and more importantly does a disservice to the hearer who so desperately needs a Savior.

We didn’t talk about this subject on this weeks Calvin’s Corner. Instead we took a closer look at a response to former Calvinist turned Catholic Jason Stellman by Dr. James White and then we explained the differences between Hyper Calvinists, Calvinists and New Calvinists. I’ll leave a player below or you can download the 45 minute program by right clicking the image below and selecting “save as”

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Remembering Ken Silva, Smith Family Lawsuits and Leaving Left Behind

Calvins Corner LogoOn this edition of Calvin’s Corner Pastor Michael Newnham and syndicated radio host Phil Naessens talk New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings football, the lawsuit filed by family members of the late Calvary Chapel founder Chuck Smith, the passing of Apprising Ministries founder Ken Silva, what the guys think of the “Left Behind” series of books and movies and Ephesians 2:1-10.

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Free Pastor Saeed Abedini

It’s Wednesday and this is the day we change our Facebook profile pictures to one of Pastor Saeed Abedini, the imprisoned Christian Pastor being held in an Iranian prison for simply being a Christian.

While I can’t possibly relate to what Abedini and his daily struggles are I do know what it’s like to be a long way from home.

I was blessed to have great friends both in Corfu and in the states that I knew cared about me and able to demonstrate that daily. That helped me through the rough times for sure.

Outside of family visits Saeed is mostly surrounded by people who want to make him suffer and see him dead.

When Jesus was on the cross He cried out “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me” and I’m sure Saeed has had similar thoughts during his imprisonment.

Of course Jesus wasn’t forsaken and neither has he forsaken Saeed.

That’s why we change our profile pictures every Wednesday. We want Saeed and his family to know that we do care and haven’t forgotten him. Hopefully it helps him through the rough times as well.

So please feel free to use the image at the top of this posting and replace your Facebook or Twitter profile picture with that of Saeed Abedini.

Did you know that Michael Newnham, aka the Phoenix Preacher and I are hosting a brand new weekly radio program called Calvin’s Corner? On this weeks show we talked about Saeed Abedini and plenty of other topics that I think you’ll enjoy. I’ll leave the player below or you can download the program to your portable listening device by right clicking the image below and selecting “save as”

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Ken Silva Passes Away

Psalm_23This morning while I was preparing for my daily show a dear friend informed me that Apprising Ministries Ken Silva had passed away.

Ken and I weren’t exactly what you would call friends by any shape of the imagination. We didn’t agree ethically nor did we agree theologically. To put it bluntly we didn’t like each other very much.

I hate to admit it but my personal experience with him made me question if he had indeed even died. I’m glad I was wrong about that.

I hadn’t thought about him in years until this morning and probably after posting this won’t think about him again. My hope for him is the same hope I have for all professing Christians;

(Joh 14:1-4)  “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”

May the God Ken Silva professed to know and serve have mercy on his soul.

Calvin’s Corner #2: Pastor Saeed Abedini and What is Grace?

Calvins Corner LogoOn this edition of Calvin’s Corner Pastor Michael Newnham and syndicated radio host Phil Naessens talk New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings football, imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini and the Friday September 26, 2014 prayer vigil being held for him around the world, what blogs the guys read followed by a discussion about Grace.

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For more information on where to locate one of the 100’s of prayer vigils for Pastor Saeed Abedini please visit their website.

Blogs mentioned include; The Small Rain, Echos and Stars, Wenatchee the Hatchet

Calvin’s Corner #01: Mark Driscoll, Adrian Peterson, Abuse and Biblical Restoration

Calvins Corner LogoWe’ve all seen the evidence against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll. Pastor Michael Newnham and syndicated radio host Phil Naessens approach both of these situations involving abuse in a Christian manner including how do we restore Christians caught up in scandalous endeavors.

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