Hold real still

trying to get three teenagers to be still for 15 seconds.

night shots

my flashes

so much fun. makes we want a couple more of the little light makers.

dualing flashes, its a cliche, but its fun

here one flash is behind and to the left of the pin and one in front to the right a bit.

lapel pins

New link in the sidebar

I put a new link over to the right to this excellent page on Resurgence. It is an excellent refutation of doctrinal errors that some leaders are making in an attempt to be culturally relevant.

I post here again Driscoll’s summary words on the topic.

if you have time, here is the page where you can download the full message that Mark was teasing in this video. It is very good stuff.

we have to be culturally relevant, but we also have to contend for the faith.

Role of singing and speaking in worship

Here is another video promoting the upcoming Desiring God conference on the power of words. This one relates to the role of singing in the worship service. Good stuff

Hat tip to Desiring God via the Ramblin’ Pastor Man.

There are two other good clips embedded at the Desiring God link above. This sounds like a very interesting conference. I can’t wait till the sessions get posted for download afterward.

Here is my previous post related to Mark Driscoll’s talk on the use of harsh language. I can’t wait to hear how he unpacks this topic.

and here is my previous post regarding Paul Tripp’s discussion of acceptable words (profanity present for those with sensitive ears).

sb800s

If anybody is in the market for a Nikon flash, the SB800s are going cheap. I just picked another one up at Best Buy on clearance for half price.

Here is Joseph with two flashes.
two flashes
two flashes

what he said

and now for a change of pace.

Mark Steyn has nailed the difference between Sarah Palin and Barack Obama in six short parts.

this is the one I liked, but go read them all:

Third, real people don’t define “experience” as appearing on unwatched Sunday-morning talk shows every week for 35 years and having been around long enough to have got both the War on Terror and the Cold War wrong. …. Sarah Palin and Barack Obama are more or less the same age, but Governor Palin has run a state and a town and a commercial fishing operation, whereas (to reprise a famous line on the Rev Jackson) Senator Obama ain’t run nothin’ but his mouth. She’s done the stuff he’s merely a poseur about. Post-partisan? She took on her own party’s corrupt political culture directly while Obama was sucking up to Wright and Ayers and being just another get-along Chicago machine pol (see his campaign’s thuggish attempt to throttle Stanley Kurtz and Milt Rosenberg on WGN the other night).

and I can’t resist this bit either:

Whenever Senator Obama attempts anything non-political (such as bowling), he comes over like a visiting dignitary to a foreign country getting shanghaied into some impenetrable local folk ritual. Sarah Palin isn’t just on the right side of the issues intellectually. She won’t need the usual stage-managed “hunting” trip to reassure gun owners: she’s lived the Second Amendment all her life.

more reading

do you agree or disagree with congregationalism? (governance of the church by the congregation).

I grew up Baptist which means basically that we were pastor led congregational governance model churches.

I never really thought about whether or not that was an appropriate biblical model of church governance until a series of events in 2003 plunged me into some very intense, prolonged, fevered, pressured search of scripture on these points over most of that year.

After that time of study, I became convinced that congregationalism is not an appropriate model. God’s model is elder led under the guidance of Jesus, the chief shepherd. Period. Full Stop.

If you want, I can show you my reasons for this belief.

Anyway, here is a long essay by Nathan Finn arguing in favor of congregationalism. Have a look at it and then go decide for yourself whether such a model is scriptural.

here is a key paragraph:

We must also understand that congregational church polity does not negate the authority of pastors/elders as they lead the church. Rather, congregationalism argues that pastoral authority is a derived authority, exercised under the lordship of Christ, in accountability to the whole church. Furthermore, healthy pastoral leadership should result in spiritual maturity among the members of the congregation, which should in turn result in a Christ-centered congregationalism. Biblically healthy churches must be willing to follow the (godly) leadership of their pastors, while godly pastors must be willing to lead in a manner that is consistent with the will of the (biblically healthy) congregation. Congregationalism reminds us both that pastors are not dictators and that churches are not ochlocracies.

the only support that Mr. Finn gives for the belief that congregational governance is scriptural is the fact of the priesthood of the believers. I Peter 2:5-9.

Does the priesthood of the believers necessarily result in congregational governance? Or does this concept more accurately describe our individual relationship to God in the new covenant? See Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 8, and Acts 17:11.

Authority of the body of believers resting in the body does not follow from the fact that each member has direct access to God without the need of any mediating earthly priest.