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Bibliophiles / One in Hope and Doctrine
« on: May 29, 2015, 10:11:20 AM »
I recently read a book called "One in Hope and Doctrine" by Kevin Bauder. It surveys the history of Baptist Fundamentalism in the fist 50 years of the 20th century with a focus on the Northern Baptist Convention and the GARBC movement. Since I grew up in the Sword/Hyles wing of the IFB, I found this book to be fascinating. It was published in 2014 by Regular Baptist Press.

Have any of you read it?

Sports Lounge / Any Runners out there?
« on: March 24, 2015, 10:45:31 AM »
I ran cross-country in high school, but didn't keep running when I graduated. Last May, I was sitting on the couch and I asked my wife, "Should I eat another ice cream cone or go for a run?"

"Go for a run!"   :D

So I did. I forgot how much I loved running (It had been about 18 years). I haven't stopped running consistently since then. I have run over 200 miles and lost 20 pounds since last May, and I came in second in a 5K last December.

Are any of you out there runners? If so, what gear do you like (Fila, Nike, New Balance, Adidas, Asics, etc.)? What apps do you use (I like Runkeeper)? Do you use Fitbit? What challenges are you working toward? What do you like most about running?

Hyles-Anderson College / King David was NO HACker!!!
« on: January 23, 2015, 10:47:20 AM »
(Psalm 71:15)
            "My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness
              And thy salvation all the day;
              For I know not the numbers thereof."

This is what I got out of my morning devotions . . . . Something must be wrong with me!      ;)

I receive a copy of the Sword of the Lord at my office. I have never subscribed to it, but it comes anyway (I think the former pastor at this church must have had a subscription that continues here). This latest issue (Vol. LXXX, No. 25 - December 5, 2014), features quite possibly the worst sermon I have ever seen in print.

Beginning on the front page, the sermon by John N. Hamblin entitled "Get You Unto the Great Men" falls so far short of biblical preaching that is not even a sermon by the time it finishes on page 18. Hamblin ignored the context of his text verse so completely that he actually preached the opposite of what it means. What sickens me is that I cannot bring myself to believe that he did this by accident. The true interpretation of the passage is too obvious.

Let me give you a description of the sermon.

Title: "Get You Unto the Great Men"
Text: Jeremiah 5:5
             "I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of God:                       
                  but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds."

Subject: Honoring the outstanding men of generations past
Structure: Inductive - Subject/completion

    Hamblin draws attention to the fact that some people today are besmirching the ministries and legacies of great preachers of the past. He does a nice job setting up the subject by observing that past leaders in secular spheres of life are honored (Albert Einstein - Science, George Washington - History, Sam Snead - Golf, Babe Ruth - Baseball, etc.), but in stark contrast, spiritual leaders of the past are not recognized.

                       The body of the "sermon" suggests three ways in which Hamblin wants people to join him in honoring "great men" (preachers)
                       of the past.

I.     Commend their Faithfulness
II.    Concentrate on their Focus (Seriously? Sometimes alliteration can go irrevocably wrong!)
III.   Continue their Fight

Now I'm all for honoring great preachers of the past generations (although Hamblin's "past" seems not to extend more than 70 years), but I have two problems with this sermon: (1) The "sermon" seeks to fix our eyes on men for inspiration to serve. That may not be Hamblin's intent (in fact, I really don't think he means it that way), but it comes across that way. It seems to say, "You ought to be like Tom Malone or Curtis Hutson." It ought to say, "Cast yourself upon Christ and beg Him to use you in His service!" (2) My biggest problem with this sermon is that it teaches the polar opposite of the text from which it was preached.

I want to explain what I mean about my second problem with this sermon. Let's look at this verse in its context, and then ask one exegetical question. The question we need to ask is this: "Who are the great men that Jeremiah is talking about?"

Jeremiah 5 is similar to Abraham's intercession for Sodom and Gomorrah. (Abraham begs God to spare them if He can find 10 righteous people living there). Here, the Lord tells Jeremiah to search Jerusalem for one man who "executeth judgment" and "seeks truth" (5:1). If the prophet can find at least one such person, God will "pardon" the city (5:1).

So Jeremiah searches and cannot find any such man. But he comes up with an excuse for them. Jeremiah says, "Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God" (5:4). In other words, Jeremiah says, "I went to the poor and uneducated people, and they are ignorant of God's ways. That's why they are living in sin and idolatry."

Having come to that conclusion, Jeremiah says, "You know what? Since I can't find a righteous man among the poor and unlearned of Jerusalem, I should go to the upper class. I should search among the rich and educated of Jerusalem. Surely, these 'great men' will know the way of the Lord because they have had all the advantages of education and learning."

We find Jeremiah's decision to go to the upper class in Hamblin's text verse (Jeremiah 5:5) "I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke and burst the bonds." If you read the rest of this chapter (or this entire section of Jeremiah which extends from chapter 3 through chapter 6), you will find that Jeremiah did not find a righteous man among the "great men" either.

Here is what the LORD told Jeremiah about those "great men" he was going to seek out: "As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? (Jeremiah 5:27-29).

Let's sum this up.
Jeremiah says, "I know I can find some righteous men among the "great men" (educated, upper-class).
The LORD says, "No you can't. In fact, they're worse than those poor, ignorant people you just visited!"

Hamblin says, "This passage teaches us to look to the "great men."

Who were the great men of Jeremiah 5:5? They were the educated, God-hating, unjust, oppressive idolaters who incurred the wrath of God!

I am an Independent, Fundamental Baptist. This makes me sick! Shame on you, Sword of the LORD! Shame on you for boldly declaring that you love and preach God's Word while you preach and publish the opposite of what it says!!!!

Your thoughts, FFF?

Hyles-Anderson College / Champion Baptist Men's B-Ball gets rolled 116-12!
« on: December 31, 2013, 09:55:36 AM »

Is Eric Capaci a graduate of HAC? I posted this in the Champion board, but I doubt anyone will see it. What do you guys think?

Eric Capaci is the coach of the team, and their tallest player is 6'3''. They must have gotten paid huge $$ for this baby seal clubbing!

Hyles-Anderson College / Pray for Dr. Ed Reese
« on: May 02, 2013, 06:23:20 AM »
This is from Scott Reese's Facebook page.

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST - my Dad Ed Reese has Leukemia (acute myelocytic leukemia). Tomorrow he begins chemo to try to stabilize the situation. This is a very serious situation and my parents would deeply appreciate your prayers. We absolutely believe in the power of prayer and we'd appreciate you sharing this prayer request with your church prayer groups.

Hyles-Anderson College / "It's Brian? I'll take it in my room!"
« on: March 25, 2013, 11:49:33 AM »
A recent McDonald's commercial features a dad who wants some McNuggets, but his 12-14 year old daughter is hogging them. The phone rings, dad picks it up, and says "Hey, Brian." The daughter brightens up, fixes her hair a little, and says, "Brian? I'll take it in my room."

As the girl exits the room leaving the McNuggets, mom asks why Brian was calling. Dad says, "Brian? That was a telemarketer." He then takes a bite of the McNugget. It is a great commercial!

The commercial illustrates an important point to remember in connection with recent opinions of the girl in the Jack Schaap case. Some say she wasn't very innocent (implying that she should be considered culpable to some degree - even if just a little).

The point is that no statutory rape is really "consensual." A man with many more years of life experience can manipulate a young teenage girl into doing anything he wants. Each individual is different, but the experience of the older party is an huge advantage.

The girl in the commercial "willingly" left her McNuggets on the table and ran to her room. It looks consensual on the surface, but she was made willing by the wiles of her father.

This is why I believe statutory rape is just as inexcusable as any other form of rape.

Hyles-Anderson College / iConference 2013
« on: February 19, 2013, 01:28:10 PM »
I just received the mailer for FBCH's Youth Conference on July 16-18, 2013. Is this a new development? If I remember correctly (from the old forum), the plan was for them to discontinue the annual YC.

Kurt Skelly and Rick Finley are the guest speakers listed on the mailer.

Hyles-Anderson College / Crazy things that happened at Youth Conference...
« on: February 09, 2013, 02:29:50 AM »
Many of you attended Youth Conference before deciding to go to HAC. I went to three YCs in the mid 90s before the Lord led me to go to Crown. One of the big factors that kept me from attending HAC was some crazy things I saw at YC. They  were things I laughed at, but also made me go hmmmmmm....

What Crazy things did you witness at Youth Conference?

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