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  • Wed, Apr 20, 2011

Isaac Watts Speaks 266 years ago about the Rob Bell Hell Controversy

Time MagazineI was recently rereading portions I had marked in a wonderful book written by the Puritan Isaac Watts (1674–1748). He was best known for his hundreds of great hymns, including Nanci's and my all-time favorite Christmas song, "Joy to the World." Watts was not only a hymn-writer, but also a theologian and a pastor.

Samuel Davies on Christ's Greatest Joy

Samuel DaviesI appreciated this thought from Samuel Davies, an evangelical pastor and educator from the 1700's, especially as we seek to remember and celebrate Christ's death and resurrection in the coming days. 

The C. S. Lewis Summer Institute at Oxbridge, and our England Memories

C.S. LewisI know some of you, like me, have been deeply touched by the Lord through the writings of C. S. Lewis. So I’m going to tell you about something we’re doing this summer, just so you’ll all know about it, and in case a small number of you may sense God’s leading to attend.

After I spoke at a C. S. Lewis conference in Texas in November, I was asked to speak at the Lewis Summer Institute at Oxbridge, July 26 to August 3, 2011.

God at Work Worldwide

GlobeA few months ago, Doug Nichols, Founder & International Director Emeritus of ACTION International, sent out these statistics on the growth of the church in many places. It's clear that the opportunities for using our financial resources to spread the gospel and strengthen the church all over the world are stronger than they’ve ever been

Follow-up on Rob Bell and the Hell Controversy

Rob BellThis is my third and possibly last blog on this subject. But given its importance to the gospel of Christ and the health of Christ’s body, I make no promises.

Someone placed my Friday blog on their site. A journalist who read it posted this response:  “Alcorn's piece has a pretty major error of fact in the post. It's in this statement: ‘every human being will ultimately be saved, and that none will experience Hell.’ That's not what Bell says in Love Wins.”

Rob Bell's "Love Wins," and the Biblical Doctrine of Hell

Love WinsI mentioned in an earlier post Rob Bell’s book Love Wins. I read it several weeks ago. It contains some good and accurate things here and there, but unfortunately its central message is in explicit contradiction to Scripture and historic Christianity.

God’s Artistry in a Completely Unexpected Sea Creature

Snorkeling“Here is the sea, great and wide, which teems with creatures innumerable, living things both small and great.” Psalm 104:25

It was our final day in Maui and I’d been to a dozen snorkeling spots where I’d logged thirty-some hours in the water. I’d seen hundreds of varieties of reef fish (Monday blog), dozens of turtles (Tuesday blog), and a number of eels. But that morning I asked the Lord, knowing full well there are countless things far more important, if He would graciously allow me to see something in the water I’d never seen before.

God’s Artistry in Giant Sea Turtles

turtle“O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.” Psalm 104:24

Yesterday we looked at reef fish. Today it’s turtles. Tomorrow I’m going to share an amazing ocean surprise God shared with me on our last day in Maui.  

God’s Artistry in Reef Fish

FishNanci and I returned recently from a wonderful vacation, where we stayed at our friends’ place in Maui.

As I mentioned in a previous blog, one of my favorite activities in the world is snorkeling. It’s a profoundly spiritual experience for me to enjoy the wonders and beauties of God’s underwater world.

God Seeking His Own Glory

WorshipWhen we seek our own glory, it means we are proud and arrogant. But does God seek his own glory? And if He does, wouldn’t that make him a megalomaniac? This is a commonly misunderstood issue, largely because we forget the difference between the infinitely great and holy and loving God, and ourselves, who are both finite and fallen. John Piper gives a brief but insightful answer to this question.

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