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The Debate: Should Women Be Allowed to Preach?

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I'm referencing this debate in my sermon tomorrow.  The debate occurred in Birmingham on June 10, 2019, and it featured Pastor Dwight McKissic arguing the affirmative and Pastor Tom Ascol arguing the negative.
The debate arose, in part, due to Beth Moore announcing that she was going to preach a Lord's Day Service on Mother's Day.  Pastor Ascol argued this was not proper, and Pastor McKissic responded in disagreement.  This debate was the result of their ongoing discussion.  You can read more about the inception of the debate here.
You can watch the debate below.  As Pastor McKissic explains why he believes it is acceptable for women to preach, note the evidences he gives.  He'll reference many examples, but consider how applicable these are.  Compare the amount of Scripture and biblical/historical data he presents versus what Pastor Ascol presents.  Pastor McKissic is certainly warm and an impassioned presenter, but his evidences fails by comparison.



Addressing the Dressing: Modesty

We're entering rocky terrain.  Over the next few weeks, we're going to scale the crags of 1 Timothy 2:9-15.  As we traverse these verses, I'll dare to utter such cultural heresies as "men and women are different," God assigns gender roles for His people," and "women should be modest." 

I can't say at this juncture how long we will be here or how much I will devote to all these questions.  Even so, I commend an easy-to-read but thorough series on that latter point.  I probably won't go into this amount of detail, so I hope it will help you think through these issues:
Addressing the Dressing: ModestyAddressing the Dressing II: “Modesty” in the BibleAddressing the Dressing III: “Modesty” in the Bible (ctd.)Addressing the Dressing IV: Clothes and Roman CultureAddressing the Dressing V: Hair and Roman CultureAddressing the Dressing VI: That Other Modesty TextAddressing the Dressing VII: That Other Modesty Text (ctd.)Addressing the Dressing VIII: …

Review of the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel

A bit over a year ago, we took a brief look at each of the articles of the Dallas Statement (which you can read and sign here).  Here are those messages:

Defining KJV-Only and What Sites to Watch Out For

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(repost from my old blog, last updated Nov 24, 2012)
I'm doing a little bit of side-study on the "King James Version Only" issue (hereafter, KJVO). I was a KJVO during the early years of my Christian life, as I had been saved while attending a Fundamentalist, Independent Baptist church. So, the issue is a tender one to me.

What is KJVO?
There are several types of people who fall into the KJVO camp, most of whom are brothers and sisters in Christ.  Some simply like the sound and flow of the KJV.  We should feel free to walk with these folks in gospel fellowship.

Others believe the Greek and Hebrew manuscript tradition underlying the KJV to be the best representation of Apostolic writing.  As all Bible translations postdating the KJV use more abundant source material, these folks, who are really TR or Textus Receptus Onlyists, find themselves KJVO by default.  These are simply well-meaning but mis-educated fellow believers.

Then there are the hardcores.  This flavor of KJVO bel…

Sin's Warp on the Mind

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The patterns of sin degrade the rational processes of the mind, creating a warping effect known in theology as depravity.  We all experience this to some degree, though Christians have the promise of God's grace to fight it.  The downgrade of depravity can be noted most clearly in the criminal arena. As such, John MacArthur highlights the findings of sociologists and contrasts that with a Christian worldview:

In their two-volume book The Criminal Personality, Samuel Yochelson and Stanton Samenow maintain that criminal behavior is the result of warped thinking. Three entire sections (pp. 251–457) are devoted to “The thinking errors of the criminal.” By studying what criminals think, rather than trying to probe their feelings and backgrounds, these researchers use these sections to share their conclusions. “It is remarkable,” they write, “that the criminal often derives as great an impact from his activities during nonarrestable phases as he does from crime. The criminal’s thinking…

What is "grace" and what does it mean for the believer?

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John MacArthur notes the following on the word “grace:”  ________________________________________________________
Grace is a single-word definition of the gospel. The gospel is the good news of God’s grace to sinful mankind. The nature of grace is giving, and the Bible tells us much more about giving than getting, because God’s nature is to give. God is a God of grace because He is a God who freely gives. It has nothing to do with anything we have done or have failed to do; it can only be received.
God is gracious because of who He is, not because of who or what we are. His grace is therefore unmerited, unearned, undeserved. It depends entirely on the One who gives it, not on those who receive it. Grace is God’s self-motivated, self-generated, sovereign act of giving.
God’s grace has another dimension that places it still further above every other kind of giving. The greatest gift of grace is self. Grace is therefore God’s Self donation, His Self giving. He not only gives blessings to …

Is Deuteronomy 28:68 A Prophecy Concerning Blacks?

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If you've had any interaction with the Black Hebrew Israelites (BHI), you have probably heard that the true identity of the Hebrew people is the African peoples (or some such nuance).  As evidence of this, BHI adherents will point to the blessing/cursing chapter of the Law, Deuteronomy 28, and see there a prophecy concerning Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.  Perhaps even outside of BHI, you've wondered if this chapter discusses this.  
The Prescribed Truth Podcast takes on this reading: