Mormonism shares much in common with the Gnosticism that the early church faced. Here I will examine Mormon commonality with the Gnostic beliefs confronted by the early church, and draw applicable principles from the teachings of early church fathers to apply to the false teachings of Mormonism. Introduction to Mormonism Mormonism originated with Joseph Smith, who records its inception in 1830 as the result of multiple encounters with spirits, including
Let us remember that in the last judgment we shall not be asked how learned we were and whether we displayed our learning before the world; to what extent we enjoyed the favor of men and knew how to keep it; with what honors we were exalted how great a reputation in the world we left behind us; or how many treasures of earthly goods we amassed for our children
It has always been common practice for Baptist churches—a defining characteristic, in fact—to insist on believer’s baptism for membership in the church. Since the 17th century, the mode has been agreed to be specifically by immersion, excluding pedobaptists and other modes of baptism such as sprinkling or pouring. The practice of “rebaptizing” the infant-baptized who join the church can be traced back to the Anabaptists of the sixteenth century. Leonard
Spring of 2011 was my last semester of seminary, and in it I completed Exegetical Hebrew. The big project for this class was an exegetical paper from a Hebrew text demonstrating a competence in text critical, philological, syntactical, literary, and theological concerns. This paper on 1 Samuel 2:33-35 is not devotional reading or a pastoral commentary, but is instead almost entirely focused on translational issues such as syntax, text-criticism, etc.
The Main Idea: Though titled for preschoolers, My First Hands-On Bible is, actually, a great Bible Story teaching resource for families with young kids. It contains 85 stories, in the New Living Translation, canvassing the Old and New Testaments–along with illustrations, simple in-story interest grabbing activities, optional added crafts or reinforcing activities, and application questions. The Good: This is a simple and easy to use tool that can go a
The Good: The Reformers and Their Stepchildren is interesting and accessible, and will engage the average reader with an admiration for the tenacity and devotion to doctrinal truth of both early rebels and later radicals that opposed the secularization and corruption of the church. The Bad: The broad brush of history Verduin paints with tends to gloss over any weaknesses in doctrine or practice of the schismatics and leaves the
As the American culture continues to become more and more secular in its views, growing numbers of couples are accepting and practicing the worldly wisdom of living together before marriage (34). Pastors of the local church are faced with the difficult challenge of balancing the clear standards of the Word of God with pressure from couples, and often from within their church, to “gloss over” the couple’s cohabitation and move
The Main Idea: Simple Church presents and defends the premise that churches should establish a simple process for maturing believers and model every aspect of their ministries after that process. The Good: A solid book that gives good insight and practical ideas for streamlining a church to have the greatest effect on lives for Christ. The Bad: Research-based books are always dangerous in that they can take bits and pieces
‘We are Penn State’ evokes a range of emotions – Dan Le Batard – MiamiHerald.com. A well-written article with an excellent perspective on the mess at Penn State
The Main Idea: The ministries of the church must partner with and equip families for discipleship within the family. Here are clearly defined and simple principles and processes, called Legacy Milestones, that Bryan Haynes implemented in his home and church to accomplish that goal. The Good: This book is concise, clear, thorough, and practical in laying out a strategy for the church to equip and encourage parents for family ministry.