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It has been fun.

I had been blogging here for almost 5 years. But with work and life I have many other things to do. So if you are still out there I bid you a fond fairwell.

You can keep up with me on twitter @jasonrfisher

Update

OK, my job is finally slowing down and I have a few minutes to write and get things up and running with //godfidence again.

Next week I will be back to normal publishing schedule.  Hope you like it.

Assuming the Gospel

Matt Chandler continues to be one of my heroes.  Because he is preaching in the “Evangellical capital of the world.”  He speaks to a lot of things that i see in myself.

There are so many reasons why people walk away from the church and Christ but I have come to believe more than ever it is because we are assuming the Gospel and preaching sanctification.  This message sums it up much better than I ever could.

Matt Chandler – 20/20 2010 Session 1 from Southeastern Seminary on Vimeo.

moralistic therapeutic deism

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism has become a bit of a catch phrase in certain circles it comes from, Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers, a book by Christian Smith.  I read it when I was in youth ministry and it shocked me.  Most of our teens (and adults for that matter) don’t have a good view of what the Gospel really is.

This is a great video from the Resurgence.  As someone who has worked in youth ministry I found the book Soul Searching that Dr. Horton refers to to be a shock.  It is well worth the look.

This year I am blogging as I read through the Bible in chronological order this year.  This is my latest step.

We are still trucking through the Bible, and every time I read this I struggle a little.  But I suppose I am struggling less and less with it now.
I was always taught that God will not violate the free will of man.  That is the reason for why “This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” and yet we all know that not all will.  It is simply because God allows our will to trump his own, or according to some that God can not violate our will.

But on nine separate occasions (Ex 4:21, 7:3, 9:12, 10:1, 10:20, 10:27, 11:10,14:4,18:8) the Lord says he will or did harden the heart of Pharoah.  This shows God’s sovereignty in all events.  But it seems to throw a monkey wrench into the idea that God can’t or won’t counter man’s free will.

Of course this is all part of the larger question of God’s sovereignty in our world.  But how do you think about these passages?

Sorry this is so short I am a little short on time because of the Act Like Conference this weekend.

Oral Roberts 1918-2009

Oral Roberts passed away of Pneumonia yesterday.  I don’t know much about his ministry, having come to faith much after Robert’s prime.  I do know that he had a tremendous influence in bringing his personal brand of minsitry into the mainstream for better or for worse.

I pray that God would comfort those close to him in this time.

Ever since I have started following Desiring God and John Piper I have been continually impressed with his wisdom and humility.  If you don’t follow him you should.  @JohnPiper, desiringgod

If mere external conformity to God’s commands (like don’t lie, don’t steal, don’t kill) is hypocritical and spiritually defective, then why should parents require obedience from their unregenerate children?

I suppose the main point in this quote is the word, mere.  I can’t say this hasn’t crossed my mind on some occasion when I am attempting to correct my child’s behavior or even my own.

Read the entire article here