Very good answers The questions that are addressed are informative and consistent with the theme of Scriptural sufficiency, and I generally love Q&A sessions like this one. I was interested to hear the answers regarding the necessity of seminary for pastors, as I've had the misfortune of being in a number of churches with very poorly-trained novices who felt they could pastor just because "they read a bunch of books" or some such silliness. While not a necessity, sure, a seminary education makes for a pastoral leader who is going to feed good, rich food to his congregation each week and not just teach as a lark, and I've been burned enough that if a pastor of a church hasn't gone to seminary I'm very reluctant to lead my family there to follow his leadership.
One other thought: the "Titanic/book" question was a clever one, and actually made me chuckle.
Good stuff Phil's teaching is always fantastic, and his message about the sufficience of Scripture was excellent. I'm a little puzzled by one thing though: in his message he said he quit blogging due to having nothing else to really tackle, but I thought he left blogging, according to his last post, due to health issues, his doctor having told him he was "burning the candle at both ends", so to speak. Which one was it? Just something I wonder.
Good panel discussion Some good material covered here in panel discussion about the sufficiency of Scripture in apologetics, and I think Phil's discussion about eh regulative principle was helpful as well. I do think Pastor Dan's response regarding headcoverings was a tad blithe and dodgy - having just listened recently to William Einwechter on the topic (his message on SermonAudio) I would have hoped for something a little more like that, but I suppose it was off-topic.... or maybe, like Christians smoking, or the issue of deliberate childlessness, I guess this just remains one of those taboo topics no one wants to seriously talk about. Easier to punt.
Good This was a very good message, and helpful. I wish I could have been part of the church and able to submit questions, as my question about election has been this: when the unbeliever who happens to be familiar with reformed theology stands before the judgment seat, what's to stop him from asking, fairly, "how is this just to be condemned for my sins if I was elected for this fate?"
Excellent So many pastors who have no problem with divorce if the "exceptions" are met are the same pastors who marry two people using the vows of "til death do us part", when the fact is, they don't actually believe in those words or hold to them. The permanence view of which Voddie teaches is just that: you hold to the vow until death parts you from your spouse, not convenient exceptions that you squeeze out of the Bible.
Well This is an optimistic message, but not completely realistic, especially for those dealing with huge medical debts.
Likewise reminds me of the Dave Ramsey optimism which is easy for a millionare like him, a sterilized dude with 3 kids raised by a public school system, and how it's easy for them to say its something you work at, but honestly the way the economy is and the cost of food, I need more than this.
He strikes me as a man filled with bitterness, taking out his anger at God. I've yet to understand how scientists can answer the question of how there is existence in the universe without an omniscient creator... the alternative is that there was nothing and then there was something for no reason, which completely lacks reason.
Excellent message There are some very good, and very controversial, topics handled in this message, but all need to be heard. I was especially taken about the lack of qualified elders, and I think much more of this could be said. I've been in churches with unqualified men, with one teaching elder who was there, I believe, simply because he was rich. That sort of structure is devastating to a church, when unqualified, uneducated men take the pulpit who don't belong there.
Christians need to boycott Hollywood This wouldn't be an issue if Christians would just avoid cinema with their families, but they just collectively shrug off things like this. The culture of divorce, public school educations, sterilization/birth control has completely liberalized far too many Christian homes in this age.
Excellent Well-informed and helpful overview of this book. I greatly appreciate hearing the perspective of someone with the background in OT studies, who actually understands the nuance and background of the book he's writing about. This message was very helpful.
Fantastic Not a lot of pastors take the time to walk their flocks through the importance of our confessional centeredness, and these messages are excellent in that regard. More pastors should take up the helm in explaining why these are so needed today in a day of relativism.
Right on Macarthur is right on with the correct view of baptism. Scripture speaks nothing of baptizing babies or sprinkling with water, and it's fantastic to have a pastor who speaks out about the rightful administration of this ordinance.
Good, but... Good summary of the conference, but the listeners would be better served by listening to the actual messages from the conference, as this is just a summary of what the principal speakers talked about.