Reformed Theology 3 Ways Pastors and Church Leaders Undermine Themselves on Social Media  Calvinism

3 Ways Pastors and Church Leaders Undermine Themselves on Social Media

Reformed Theology 3 Ways Pastors and Church Leaders Undermine Themselves on Social Media  Calvinism
3 Ways Pastors and Church Leaders Undermine Themselves on Social Media
http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2017/october/3-ways-pastors-and-church-leaders-undermine-themselves-on-s.html
http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2017/october/3-ways-pastors-and-church-leaders-undermine-themselves-on-s.html
Link: 3 Ways Pastors and Church Leaders Undermine Themselves on Social Media
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Reformed Theology Posters for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  Calvinism

Posters for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

Reformed Theology Posters for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  Calvinism
Posters for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

Hi, friends — I just wanted to share with you all a personal project called 95 Theses 500 that I've been working on:

Recently, I've designed some posters featuring the full text of Martin Luther's 95 Theses in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this month (October 31, 2017). Originally, I designed this piece for my own family, but after I got some outside interest, I decided to turn it into a full-fledged Kickstarter campaign to open it up to anyone who wanted to celebrate the anniversary with me. Nerd alert: I even designed some shirts and prints with the Wittenberg Castle Church doors on them! I'd love to hear what you all think.

Check out the link if you want to learn more. Also, please consider backing and/or sharing it if you like the project — I've still got a fair amount to go!

Grace / Rob

Hi, friends — I just wanted to share with you all a personal project called 95 Theses 500 that I’ve been working on:Recently, I’ve designed some posters featuring the full text of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this month (October 31, 2017). Originally, I designed this piece for my own family, but after I got some outside interest, I decided to turn it into a full-fledged Kickstarter campaign to open it up to anyone who wanted to celebrate the anniversary with me. Nerd alert: I even designed some shirts and prints with the Wittenberg Castle Church doors on them! I’d love to hear what you all think.Check out the link if you want to learn more. Also, please consider backing and/or sharing it if you like the project — I’ve still got a fair amount to go!Grace / Rob
Link: Posters for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
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Reformed Theology Buying a case of Bibles  Calvinism

Buying a case of Bibles

Reformed Theology Buying a case of Bibles  Calvinism
Buying a case of Bibles

This is sort of a two-pronged question:

1) Where is the best place to buy Bibles by the case (though we'd probably just start with one case)? My initial Google search turned up christianbook.com as the most likely candidate, but I'd love to hear other suggestions.

2) Our deacon board is looking to purchase Bibles to give to people requesting assistance when we visit them. Does anyone have experience doing this, and would you recommend getting paperback copies (there seem to be some ESV ones that have a description of the plan of salvation in the back) or hardcover ones (more like pew Bibles)? Anything to take into consideration?

Thanks.

This is sort of a two-pronged question:1) Where is the best place to buy Bibles by the case (though we’d probably just start with one case)? My initial Google search turned up christianbook.com as the most likely candidate, but I’d love to hear other suggestions.2) Our deacon board is looking to purchase Bibles to give to people requesting assistance when we visit them. Does anyone have experience doing this, and would you recommend getting paperback copies (there seem to be some ESV ones that have a description of the plan of salvation in the back) or hardcover ones (more like pew Bibles)? Anything to take into consideration?Thanks.
Link: Buying a case of Bibles
Submitted by anna_in_indiana

Reformed Theology Do Strict Baptists have assurance for salvation  Calvinism

Do Strict Baptists have assurance for salvation

Reformed Theology Do Strict Baptists have assurance for salvation  Calvinism
Do Strict Baptists have assurance for salvation

I was preaching yesterday at a small evangelical church and there were some strict baptists there I asked if their children were saved (I feel guilty for being so direct, foolish really) and the son about 16 years old looked down ashamed and the Dad responded well sometimes we can think we’re saved and we’re not. Really confused and angry at myself for not being sensitive, I actually expected them to say yes to the way they were listening to the sermon. Please someone enlighten me? Thanks

I was preaching yesterday at a small evangelical church and there were some strict baptists there I asked if their children were saved (I feel guilty for being so direct, foolish really) and the son about 16 years old looked down ashamed and the Dad responded well sometimes we can think we’re saved and we’re not. Really confused and angry at myself for not being sensitive, I actually expected them to say yes to the way they were listening to the sermon. Please someone enlighten me? Thanks
Link: Do Strict Baptists have assurance for salvation
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Reformed Theology A struggle I have been having.  Calvinism

A struggle I have been having.

Reformed Theology A struggle I have been having.  Calvinism
A struggle I have been having.

I struggle with believing that I am part of the elect.

I have read a little bit of Calvin's writings (mostly bits and pieces of Calvin's Institutes), and see that he believed that the unforgivable sin is obstinate disbelief in the face of knowledge regarding the power of the Holy Spirit, something I can agree with at least at the moment. Even so, I still feel like a dirty wretch for the things I have done in my life. I feel as though God would not elect someone like I was, even though I have tried to and have changed many of my ways. It makes me feel as though I don't deserve happiness in life. It's something that has me feeling down.

It doesn't help that I am struggling to find my way as far as denominations go. I struggle between the Reformed faith and the other Protestant traditions. This is part of the reason I don't have a church currently (also partly because of my aforementioned struggles.)

I came from Catholicism, though I never actually was baptized, and am still unbaptized. I had trouble really believing in it after awhile (I don't really see evidence for a lot of it's traditions in Scriptures.) I have to admit though, it offered a much easier road for me than Protestantism does, I guess because I took comfort in myself and my works. I sometimes consider going back or maybe joining Orthodoxy, but I always come back to Protestantism, at least so far.

I guess what I am asking for is prayers and encouragement. This kind of stuff has gotten me quite down for a little while now. I need to build up my confidence in my Forgiveness and my Salvation.

Thank you for reading.

I struggle with believing that I am part of the elect.I have read a little bit of Calvin’s writings (mostly bits and pieces of Calvin’s Institutes), and see that he believed that the unforgivable sin is obstinate disbelief in the face of knowledge regarding the power of the Holy Spirit, something I can agree with at least at the moment. Even so, I still feel like a dirty wretch for the things I have done in my life. I feel as though God would not elect someone like I was, even though I have tried to and have changed many of my ways. It makes me feel as though I don’t deserve happiness in life. It’s something that has me feeling down.It doesn’t help that I am struggling to find my way as far as denominations go. I struggle between the Reformed faith and the other Protestant traditions. This is part of the reason I don’t have a church currently (also partly because of my aforementioned struggles.)I came from Catholicism, though I never actually was baptized, and am still unbaptized. I had trouble really believing in it after awhile (I don’t really see evidence for a lot of it’s traditions in Scriptures.) I have to admit though, it offered a much easier road for me than Protestantism does, I guess because I took comfort in myself and my works. I sometimes consider going back or maybe joining Orthodoxy, but I always come back to Protestantism, at least so far.I guess what I am asking for is prayers and encouragement. This kind of stuff has gotten me quite down for a little while now. I need to build up my confidence in my Forgiveness and my Salvation.Thank you for reading.
Link: A struggle I have been having.
Submitted by TrailingVine

Reformed Theology Honest question: Why does God require glory?  Calvinism

Honest question: Why does God require glory?

Reformed Theology Honest question: Why does God require glory?  Calvinism
Honest question: Why does God require glory?

I posted here about a week ago about how I was confused and doubting. Your answers and replies helped a lot, and after beginning to search for answers my faith is starting to be built up again. I've listened to a couple good lectures on New Testament reliability, one from Dr. James White and one from Dr. Michael Kruger (as suggested by my pastor). Both have helped a lot, in the very least showing me that there definitely are reasonable and reliable answers to our faith. I've also listened to some of Jeff Durbins "presuppositional apologetics" and have done some research on the argument of morality which has also helped.

As I mentioned before I have always been convinced of a god and whenever I strongly doubt it's usually a matter of whether or not I can trust that the God of the Bible is indeed the one true God. As I have begun more research and study, for now I am realizing we have solid ground for our faith and there are answers out there, which is very encouraging. My faith in Yahweh as true God is definitely being restored.

I am now seeing (again) that the evidence reveals that God is the God as revealed through Scripture. So here's the biggest question Ive been having recently…

So from what I know God created the world for his glory, created man to be his representative in the world as his image bearer and servant, and decreed all things to take place, setting in motion and carrying to completion the gospel story in order to make known his power, majesty, forgiveness and mercy. But if God is already perfect, eternally self sufficient and forever in perfect unity as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, why did he create us? I've always heard he created us for his glory, but why would he need to or want to manifest that glory if he was already perfect to begin with? Does scripture tell us anything of his reasoning? Or are we just to take his word for it?

What do you think?

I posted here about a week ago about how I was confused and doubting. Your answers and replies helped a lot, and after beginning to search for answers my faith is starting to be built up again. I’ve listened to a couple good lectures on New Testament reliability, one from Dr. James White and one from Dr. Michael Kruger (as suggested by my pastor). Both have helped a lot, in the very least showing me that there definitely are reasonable and reliable answers to our faith. I’ve also listened to some of Jeff Durbins “presuppositional apologetics” and have done some research on the argument of morality which has also helped.As I mentioned before I have always been convinced of a god and whenever I strongly doubt it’s usually a matter of whether or not I can trust that the God of the Bible is indeed the one true God. As I have begun more research and study, for now I am realizing we have solid ground for our faith and there are answers out there, which is very encouraging. My faith in Yahweh as true God is definitely being restored.I am now seeing (again) that the evidence reveals that God is the God as revealed through Scripture. So here’s the biggest question Ive been having recently…So from what I know God created the world for his glory, created man to be his representative in the world as his image bearer and servant, and decreed all things to take place, setting in motion and carrying to completion the gospel story in order to make known his power, majesty, forgiveness and mercy. But if God is already perfect, eternally self sufficient and forever in perfect unity as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, why did he create us? I’ve always heard he created us for his glory, but why would he need to or want to manifest that glory if he was already perfect to begin with? Does scripture tell us anything of his reasoning? Or are we just to take his word for it?What do you think?
Link: Honest question: Why does God require glory?
Submitted by carmangled

Reformed Theology Christmas Commentaries  Calvinism

Christmas Commentaries

Reformed Theology Christmas Commentaries  Calvinism
Christmas Commentaries

Hey, everyone!

It’s not long until the Christmas season comes along and I have to get gifts for everyone. My mom loves devotional materials and stuff like that so,

I was hoping to get y’all’s input on what commentaries, study Bibles, or daily devotional material that would be good for her! I’m new(ish) to the Reformed way of thinking and it’s still pretty foreign to her and I’d like to share it with her without needing to be put in a cage haha!

Thanks, and blessings from a brother in Arkansas!

Hey, everyone!It’s not long until the Christmas season comes along and I have to get gifts for everyone. My mom loves devotional materials and stuff like that so,I was hoping to get y’all’s input on what commentaries, study Bibles, or daily devotional material that would be good for her! I’m new(ish) to the Reformed way of thinking and it’s still pretty foreign to her and I’d like to share it with her without needing to be put in a cage haha!Thanks, and blessings from a brother in Arkansas!
Link: Christmas Commentaries
Submitted by LiturgicalDobson

Reformed Theology Any recommendations for a book on post-college life to read with roommates?  Calvinism

Any recommendations for a book on post-college life to read with roommates?

Reformed Theology Any recommendations for a book on post-college life to read with roommates?  Calvinism
Any recommendations for a book on post-college life to read with roommates?

My roommates and I have a tough time being Christ-centered in our friendship. So we've decided to read a book together for men that's intended to give us wisdom in navigating post-college life. Any suggestions? Thanks!

My roommates and I have a tough time being Christ-centered in our friendship. So we’ve decided to read a book together for men that’s intended to give us wisdom in navigating post-college life. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Link: Any recommendations for a book on post-college life to read with roommates?
Submitted by BKA93

Reformed Theology How often should the church celebrate the Lord's Supper?  Calvinism

How often should the church celebrate the Lord’s Supper?

Reformed Theology How often should the church celebrate the Lord's Supper?  Calvinism
How often should the church celebrate the Lord’s Supper?

The church that I go to at university and my church back home both celebrate it twice a year. Yet I get the sense from scripture that it is supposed to be celebrated everytime the church body gathers.

The church that I go to at university and my church back home both celebrate it twice a year. Yet I get the sense from scripture that it is supposed to be celebrated everytime the church body gathers.
Link: How often should the church celebrate the Lord’s Supper?
Submitted by centurion88

Reformed Theology Ray Ortlund's response to the question, "How did you begin to understand election?" I love his response to reading Romans 9.  Calvinism

Ray Ortlund’s response to the question, “How did you begin to understand election?” I love his response to reading Romans 9.

Reformed Theology Ray Ortlund's response to the question, "How did you begin to understand election?" I love his response to reading Romans 9.  Calvinism
Ray Ortlund’s response to the question, “How did you begin to understand election?” I love his response to reading Romans 9.
https://youtu.be/Mamfxnnq1HQ?t=6m23s
https://youtu.be/Mamfxnnq1HQ?t=6m23s
Link: Ray Ortlund’s response to the question, “How did you begin to understand election?” I love his response to reading Romans 9.
Submitted by LinkSinc

Reformed Theology Good resources for someone new to the reformation?  Calvinism

Good resources for someone new to the reformation?

Reformed Theology Good resources for someone new to the reformation?  Calvinism
Good resources for someone new to the reformation?

I know a person who's interested in learning more about the reformation. This person is an absolutely solid follower of Jesus, but would like to learn more of the history of the reformation? Do you guys know of any good resources for that?

I know a person who’s interested in learning more about the reformation. This person is an absolutely solid follower of Jesus, but would like to learn more of the history of the reformation? Do you guys know of any good resources for that?
Link: Good resources for someone new to the reformation?
Submitted by clebiskool