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We at The Cripplegate want to thank our subscribers and readers. In every category (readers, subscribers, blog traffic) this was by far our best year yet. Our blog exists as an attempt to capture the spirit of the “morning exercises” at the original Cripplegate, and pass it along to a new generation of non-conformists. Thank you for being a part of it.
Here are our most read posts of 2015. Six of them were not even originally posted this year, but apparently they have remained helpful to people months (and years) after they were written. This list was tabulated by unique IP addresses to view a post in this past calendar year: Continue Reading…
In light of the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this summer, here are six articles from The Master’s Seminary Journal that address the issue of homosexuality from a biblical perspective.
Abstract: Through following a distorted meaning of “love,” some in the present day have condoned homosexual practice, without realizing that biblical love excludes homosexuality because of its sinfulness. Christians can best share the gospel with homosexuals by calling their lifestyle what the Bible calls it—sin. Genesis 1–2, Matthew 19, and Ephesians 5 describe clearly the way that God has instituted marriage as a monogamous, heterosexual relationship. Genesis 19, Jude 7, and 2 Peter 2 illustrate how the Fall almost immediately eroded the purity of human sexuality, including a devastation of the divine institution of marriage. Leviticus 18 and 20 and Romans 1 lay out very plainly God’s instructions about how repulsive homosexuality is in God’s sight. Yet Isaiah 56 and 1 Corinthians 6 make plain God’s plan for homosexuals to find freedom and forgiveness through a life-changing faith in Jesus Christ. The door is wide open for homosexuals and lesbians to accept God’s invitation.
Yesterday, The Master’s Seminary announced that it is planning to open its first extension campus this fall in the Washington D.C. area.
In the words of seminary president, Dr. John MacArthur: “We have an obligation to train men for ministry in the context of strong local churches, and this extension site allows us to do just that. In higher education there is a trend toward extension campuses because they allow educational standards to be lowered. Our model is different. We are not going forward with an extension program to make seminary education easier, but only to make it closer.”
The extension campus will be hosted by Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, Virginia, just inside the beltway. Classes will be held in varying formats. Some will be fully-integrated through HD video and real-time two-way communication with the main Los Angeles campus, enabling students in Washington D.C. to fully participate in learning and discussions. Other classes will be taught in person, by TMS professors on-site at the extension campus.
Students will receive the same caliber of education and discipleship that they would in Los Angeles. For many, however, this will enable them to remain in the D.C. area and continue their ministries to local churches. Prospective D.C. area students may apply at http://www.tms.edu/dc-campus/.
The D.C. extension campus will open this fall, pending final approval from WASC (the Western Association of Schools and Colleges).
THE MASTER’S SEMINARY D.C. CAMPUS CONTACTS
Jesse Johnson, Dean / firstname.lastname@example.org
Justin Harris, Extension Campus Director / email@example.com
Jamie Jackson, Online Education Facilitator / firstname.lastname@example.org
Expository preaching is important. This is especially true for local churches and those who shepherd them. Without a deep commitment to expository preaching in the pulpit, it’s difficult to imagine a church being truly and meaningfully centered on the Word of God. Pastors, then, must understand and uphold expository preaching in order to effectively equip their members for the work of the ministry.
To that end, and on behalf of the Master’s Seminary and 9Marks, John MacArthur and Mark Dever will be hosting a one-day workshop: Preaching and the Church this coming Tuesday (November 18th) in San Diego, CA. Those who live in Southern California, or who are traveling to San Diego for the annual ETS meeting, are welcome to attend.
At the workshop, John will teach twice on the gospel and expositional preaching; Mark will teach on evangelistic expositional preaching and preach a sample sermon from 1 Corinthians. The rest of the time will be spent in panel Q&As with the men.
God has given His inerrant Word to His church in order to encourage, edify, and guide those under its care. This includes pastors, lay leaders, and all members. Therefore, the hope for this workshop is simple: that it will leave you encouraged, edified, and better guided by the Word of God. Register today to secure your place.
Last week, John MacArthur dusted his twitter account off, and opened it up for business. Part of that was hosting a Q&A session in real time. Here are the highlights:
James Street, from The Master’s College and Seminary, made this five-minute summary of the Old Testament’s plot:
Authentic Fire is Dr. Michael Brown’s response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire conference. Because the ongoing use of the sign gifts (languages, miraculous interpretation of langauges, apostleship, healing, prophecy, knowledge) is one of the most significant theological debates of our day, The Cripplegate wanted to take time to respond to Authentic Fire a chapter at a time.
Last Friday movie theaters all around the nation opened their doors to invite the viewing public in to watch Russell Crowe take on his newest role; the epic character of Noah. Isn’t it interesting how just the mention of one of the Scripture’s most well-known characters in the same sentence as one of Hollywood’s most celebrated actors can create an odd blend of curiosity and dread in most Bible-believing Christians? The two just don’t seem to go together. I remember the first time I saw the massive publicity poster hanging from the walls of my local cinema before the film’s release. There right before me hung a larger-than-life portrait of a grizzly bear of a man with a full beard, drenched with water, sporting what seemed to be a biker crew cut and wrapped in a battle worn leather garment more reminiscent of Harley-Davidson performance gear than Antediluvian dress. It was Noah meets Gladiator; Maximus meets Genesis; Hollywood meets the Ark.
Thank you all for reading our blog. Everyone who posts is humbled that so many people come here to be encouraged spiritually. We are grateful that you read what his here–we don’t get paid for this, and we don’t sell ads. Really, the only reason we do this is to encourage you, so thanks for reading.
Here is the list of our top ten posts of 2013, as measured by WordPress’ stats for views. A quick note for other bloggers: WordPress, Google, and SiteMeter all measure views somewhat differently. I’m going with the WordPress stats for total views, and the Google stats for unique views. In other words, the first number is how many times the post was viewed, and the second number is how many unique IP addresses viewed it.