Just a quick comment - There really is such a thing as the "Regulative Principle" for Worship and it doesn't include incorporating pagan or manmade practices. If you care to, you can click on the home icon above for a blog I maintain and scroll down for a series of articles regarding the practice of observing Christmas I've featured. Thanks.
In response to prays comment: Yes, we need to pray for the Driscoll's, but let's not forget the victims of Mr. Driscoll's abuse and teachings. Any man that does what he did should be defrocked and shunned. (Just re-read pray's comment - sorry I misunderstood and see that you include the victims.
Great Sermon! I'm very happy to share this sermon series before October 31 of 2014. It seems to me that once we open the door to allow unbiblical practices in the Church, it will be almost impossible to go back to the principles of the Reformation. I'm grieved that American Vision has compromised when it comes to Reformation truths and principles. I sincerely hope and pray they will take Pastor Schwertley's words in this sermon series to heart. Amen.
Not so sure many of the protesters are from Ferguson... According to this morning's local news report those arrested (49?) were not from Ferguson or this area. For news coverage, try the St. Louis Post Dispatch (STLToday.com). The local news coverage has so far appeared to be fair.
I would like to know which sermon John in the UK referred to, if he has the title of it. I mostly listened to his messages on Protestantism and Reformed history. But the story of his life is a message all in itself which many of us would do well to aim for. I think I'll spend some time listening to his messages as a way to honor his memory and grow my faith.
Truly a godly man and a hero of the faith. It's amazing to look at how the good Lord used this man for His Glory. He truly lived an inspirational life and will be missed. So glad SA has his sermons archived.
Amen to all the preceding comments. I live in a rural area that was predominately settled by German immigrants who loved the Lord and planted many Evangelical & Reformed churches. Sadly, in the 1950's their denomination joined with the Congregationalists to form the United Church of Christ which has become one of the most liberal, ungodly dens of Satan around. For example, Barack Obama attended a UCC for 20 yrs. before becoming President! I am so glad I didn't just go to one of the churches around the corner when I moved here almost 30 yrs. ago or I might be of the same mindset as Pres. Obama!
I heard on the local St. Louis news that this report was incorrect. The officer did have facial injuries, but supposedly not to the extent this article reports. Hopefully we'll hear more facts soon as the Grand Jury has been formed and is investigating the Michael Brown shooting.
The local reports are that the protests were peaceful last night until about midnight (2:45 am). A group of clergy were circled in prayer and a separate group began throwing urine and other objects at police officers. The police spokesmen are saying 90% of the protesters are peaceful, but 10% are agitators and it's hard for them to actually differentiate when the violence starts and arrests are being made. I remember Kent State - today's rowdy group in Ferg should be thanking God that America learned a lesson from that tragedy. Link to video from STL PD: http://www.stltoday.com/news/multimedia/go-behind-the-scenes-with-police-tactical-team-in-ferguson/html_7fb666cb-31bd-5d52-a64c-5ad86a9d685e.html
My father-in-law is retired STL Police Detective, so I am biased against the media and social justice minsters who are portraying the police as crazed racist killers. Also, I spent years on the STL streets protesting prenatal child-killing and never had a run-in with the police. They always treated the pro-lifers with respect. I don't want to see the officer involved in the Brown shooting lynched and I think this is really what some of the outside agitators are calling for. Also, here's a frightening thought - I just read a STL Post Dispatch story that said some of the outsiders coming into the Ferguson area think the "revolution" has started... What "revolution" are they talking about?
Penned has some good points... The youth in Ferguson need hope of a good future. Sadly the mother of Mike Brown spoke much truth when she found out her son had been killed and mournfully exclaimed how hard it had been for her to see to it her son graduated high school. Prayers and ministers of the Gospel are needed for this situation.
I live in the St. Louis Metro area and grew up in North St. Louis County, so perhaps my perspective can help clarify these recent events. The local news reports are not as sensational as the national and while it has been noted that the rioting and violence has been taking place after dark, many citizens of the Ferguson community are volunteering to help clean up and promote harmony. I'm also encouraged this morning by reports that hundreds of local ministers are ministering to the peaceful protesters through prayer and by marching along side them to help keep the peace. Praise God that His people are being raised up to bring glory to His Name during this difficult time. I love my Christian brothers and sisters who are ministering to the lost and hurting in Ferguson and pray the good Lord will bless their efforts and those of the local police force, Mo. Highway Patrol and Mo. National Guard. May He keep them all safe. In Jesus Name, I pray, amen.
Great Message! Amen! I served on a government school board from 1994 - 2000, and while things were not nearly as wicked as they are today, the animosity shown toward me and other Christians by the educators was shocking. Parental rights were laughed at and those who dared to speak out on the ungodly curriculum were demonized. The public schools in America are no place for Christian children to be educated.
Great Sermon! This sermon is like a cool drink of refreshing water for this southern Illinois girl who lives in a spiritually dry and dusty land. It is excellent! I cannot highly recommend it enough!