Resources For Pastors
"Good English Bible Translations"
by Sandy Simpson
This DVD is a message based on this article.
I was talking with a pastor after a Wednesday night service and he mentioned that I said I had done an article comparing English Bible translations. He called me up later and asked me to come back and present the contents of that article I sent out in about 2002 to my mailing list for the Pacific Waves Newsletter which, unfortunately, I can no longer afford to publish and mail. However an archive of past issues of that newsletter can be found here. In that article I detailed a number of good and bad resources for pastors including Bible translations, concordances, commentaries, Bible dictionaries, etc. I present an edited version of part of that article on this DVD, particularly dealing with English Translations of the Bible. Translation is a very detailed endeavor and should only be undertaken by those with a proper education in that subject and a sound doctrinal background. I read a few books on that subject and it helped me understand the complexities involved. Hebrew is a rich language so it is hard to distill one Hebrew word down to one English word. Greek is a very technical language and it is also not easy to translate. This is why it is imperative to use the good English translations out there for comparison along with a good concordance and Bible dictionary.
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|Coming to Christ Through Mysticism?|
|by Roger Oakland, 6/9/13
The spiritual formation movement teaches that if people practice certain spiritual disciplines, they can become like Jesus and model their lives after Him. But being born again and having the indwelling of Christ is not a prerequisite. Neither is receiving Him as Lord and absolute Savior. What spiritual formation offers is an alternative to God's plan of salvation revealed in Scripture.
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|The New Missiology: Doing Missions Without the Gospel (Tract)|
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Emerging "progressive Christianity" is changing the way evangelical/Protestant missions is being conducted. The idea is that you can go for Jesus, but you don't have to identify yourself as a Christian or part of the Christian church. This concept spills over into some missionary societies too, where they teach people from other religions they can keep their religion, just add Jesus to the equation. They don?t have to embrace the term Christian.
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LTRP Note: The following is from Stand Up For the Truth radio program. We apologize for the occasion in the interview where Rob Bell swears. It is shortly after the 16 minute mark so you could mute the video at that point. We do believe this is an interview worth watching, however. We would like to point out also, for those who may think that Rob Bell is in a minority extreme group for thinking the way he does, that popular evangelical leaders such as Tony Campolo, Philip Yancey, Dan Kimball, and others have all played a part in bringing about this paradigm shift within evangelical Christianity. It's not just Rob Bell and Brian McLaren
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|Risky Things to ask your Pastor|
|by Mike Oppenheimer, 6/3/13 |
I have been watching a biblical change take place that is not beneficial, and can bring harm to the pastor member relationship. Unfortunately there were patient, caring pastors that have changed their attitude toward sheep that ask questions that may be uncomfortable to them. There are an increasing number of pastors that want only smooth sailing in their ministry without any rocking the boat. If you ask them hard questions they will either look at you as a trouble maker or shut down their relationship they have with you. That is not how they are to treat the sheep that are under them. Those who have this leadership position are to be just as accountable as any other member, not less. We should all be equals in the body of Christ. Pastors are not to be like politicians that go around and kiss babies and schmooze with everyone and not really be involved in their lives. Pastors are part of the body; and though they have a different position they are to be there for you, really there.
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