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Spring Conference!

We want to extend an invitation to join us for our Spring Conference held on Saturday, April 17, 8:30AM-4:30PM at Lifespring Church in Crosby, MN. Drs. P. Andrew Sandlin and Ardel B. Caneday will be our featured speakers. Both men come bringing his own deep academic expertise and pastoral wisdom to tease out with us some of the implications of the biblical reality that God is creator, man His image-bearing creatures; that God is redeemer, Christians are his redeemed, and that Christ, the Redeemer God-Man, is King! Together we’ll worship our Creator and Redeemer and ponder his purposes and man’s unique role in creation, challenges within Christianity to the doctrine of creation, and the Christian’s relationship in and to broader human society.

The spring conference is open to all and is specifically designed for those seeking to think Christianly while breathing the very unchristian air of this current cultural moment. In particular we want this to be a great opportunity for parents and young people to spend a day learning, thinking, and visiting together about how biblical truth applies to all aspects of life. Admission is once again free, thanks in particular to the generosity of Lifespring Church and our speakers. Lunch will be provided. Contributions to help cover travel expenses for our speakers and lunch are appreciated and can made at the conference. Registration is required for our planning and can be done by clicking here

The conference brochure, with schedule, session titles, speaker information and other details can be viewed at the link below.

“A Place for Truth” Zoom Conversation: Tuesday, April 6, 7:30-9:00

You are invited to join us for our next “A Place for Truth” online Conversation with experienced Christian Pastors and Intellectuals on a frontline issue of today.

Tuesday, April 6, 7:30-9:00 CST

         
“God’s Creational and Redemptive Reality:  Masculinity and Femininity in an age of Passivity, Effeminacy, Feminism and Transgenderism”.


http://www.zoom.us Meeting ID: 882 0017 9743

Some thoughts on the introducing of “Social Justice/Cultural Marxist” categories into the church

By Eric Anderson

I can think of a no more self-destructive thing, in a local church (or denomination) today, than introducing and teaching Marxist categories or ethnicity-dividing labels into an assembly though the pulpit or teaching ministry, whether it be “white/black,” “privileged/minority,” victimhood, gender identity, or sexual preference labels.

Consider this: Are sexual sins (affairs) and abuse sinful and terrible? Yes, of course. But these sins, though destructive, should be judged and rooted out as contra to the church’s teaching and behavioral expectations’ (I Cor 6). In clear violation of the Bible’s moral law and church’s covenantal statements, usually these sins are isolated to an individual or family, and fall under “church discipline,” which requires courage and clarity, but will not change the make-up of the church.

However, Marxism (identity politics, social justice, multi-culturalism, sexual identity, gender identity, rich/poor), is wicked, because it creates entirely new standards upon the Bible itself, which color everything, every text of Scripture, every relationship, even the Gospel itself. Moral categories are upended and permanent conflicts introduced which cannot be resolved within a local church. Normal thinking and normal people are seen as “privileged,” or “victim” in this new way of thinking. It makes statutes out of, and permanently rewards the sins of partiality (James 2).

For Marxist thinking is not just downstream application to particular problems, it proports a new foundational, creational way of thinking, by masking Satan’s voice of “Did God really say,” under the siren-sounding guise of Social justice. “Is Christ’s Work really finished in order to be unified,” the demonic voice whispers to those who will now need to repent of their skin color, for which they cannot change and was given to them by the Creator.

In Summary, Marxism is a direct assault upon both the creator and his good creation and I cannot imagine a local church, which has embraced these “cultural Marxism” categories, under the guise of “outreach or justice” returning to any normal without serious, specific and whole-sale repentance from it’s leaders, unto God and then to his people. But repent they must.

If you are a Pastor or are part of a church which has been willfully seduced by the worldliness of Marxism, Repent. Fear and turn to the Living God and Judge, the only author of truth and Lord of Truth, Jesus Christ, who died, once for all, the Righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to God.

The Glory of the Gospel is both it’s extent and it’s simplicity. Real people, alike in their inherited sin nature, are freed together by the Work of the Cross of Christ to actual unity and reconciliation, living upward, outward, and forward, as men and women, boys and girls, with simple creational-categories’, regardless of human standards, under the Lordship of Christ, towards the new Heavens and new Earth.

Isaiah 66:1-2 But this is the one whom I will look, He would is contrite in heart and trembles before my Word.

A Place for Truth Zoom Conversation on Tuesday, February 9, 7:30-9:00 CST.

Attention📣

Join us for our next “A Place for Truth” Zoom call and be a part of a smashing good conversation regarding the Christian life under President Biden’s Administration. Let us provide you with thoughtful Christian analysis and encouragement.

Come on, Man!

Save the date 👇
Tuesday, February 9, 7:30-9:00 p.m. CST

The Place 👇
www.zoom.us
Meeting ID: 882 0017 9743

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Six Convictions I hold today, on Inauguration Day, which are all true at once, all at the same time:

Six Convictions I hold today, on Inauguration Day, which are all true at once, all at the same time:

by Pastor Eric Anderson

1. Joe Biden is now President Biden, and I will refer to him by this Title. This is important for me do so, and for my witness. I honor the office which is God ordained, even if I am less-than-optimistic regarding the one who holds the office. (I Timothy 2:2, Romans 13).

2. Joe Biden as US President is God’s secret will revealed (Daniel 2:21). I opposed his election, for many reasons. I have serious question regarding election integrity. I also understand now that, above all this, it is God’s will revealed that Joe Biden is President. I can rest in this because God alone is the Sovereign, and President Biden’s heart is like water in the Lord’s Hand (Proverbs 21:1), to turn as He so wills.

3. This does not mean I agree with his Platform and positions and that I will go along with them, cart blanch. We should work for election reform, and for courageous leaders to elect in the next election. We should oppose, resist, and speak against evil. (I am against almost everything, both as written and unwritten, on Biblical grounds, which the DFL stands for today)

4. The election of President Biden and all of the destruction which, (predictably) will probably come from his administration is what we deserve, not what we should or do want (Romans 1:17-31)

5. This is a great time for the church, as both an heavenly and earthly reality. There is much we can do, many things to teach, to speak, to practice, which are the will of God for our lives, regardless of our nation or circumstances, whether in the the promised land, or back in Egypt (Colossians 3:23).I hope we appreciate anew each and ever freedom and opportunity we have beforehand taken for granted, and get to work.

6. God’s Providence, of which He is the first cause, using secondary causes, both human and natural, is surprising at every turn. Under God’s Providence, we should be specifically thankful for any good that happens during this Administration while speaking against the bad. Practicing discernment is good, making and listening to acute and specific prophetic predictions is unwise.

“All Things will work for the good of those who love Him and are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)

Podcast: The Law of God: The foundational authority and abiding ethic for all of life

Here is an Audio Link to the podcast from the December Zoom Conversation on our series called “A Place for Truth.”

In the first part we covered foundational topics of the Law of God in Creation, the organic unity of the Bible, and the pitfalls of the Law/Gospel distinction. For the final 45 minutes we covered application of God’s law to cultural issues/controversies, such as mask mandates in church, COVID-19 responses, legalism, virtue signaling; ultimately with the assurance and hope that we have in obeying God, believing the Gospel, and loving his Law. We hope and pray this is of great benefit to you, as you seek to think as a Christian to the glory of God.

Speakers:

David Smith

Ardel Caneday

P. Andrew Sandlin

Bob Dalberg

Host: Eric Anderson | Producer: David Gonzales

“A Place for Truth” Zoom Conversation this Tuesday Evening, December 8

Please join us online for another “A Place for Truth,” a live Christian conversation with experienced theologians and pastors, Ardel Candeday, Bob Dalberg, David Smith, and Andrew Sandlin. Tuesday Evening, December 8, 7:30-9:00 CST The Law of God: The foundational authority and abiding ethic for all of life.

www.zoom.us Meeting ID: 882 0017 9743

Here are some of the questions: What is God’s Law? What is it not? How do we see a continuation of God’s law in the New Covenant? What is the danger of not acknowledging the Law of God, or faulty systems which functionally or actually deny the law of God (dispensationalism/pietism, etc.) How is the law in effect in civil society? How is the law a liberty? how is it freeing and assuring to understand the law of God? Is there a way to go too far with the law? (new legalism/straight theonomy/theocratic tendencies, etc.)

Our previous five zoom conversations, covering the topics of social justice, Marxism, worship, government COVID responses, and Christian citizenship, are all available on audio podcast: “A Place for Truth.”

Playing Heaven

Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Revelation 19:9

Deep in every soul is an instinctive yearning to be in a world we don’t yet inhabit. The yearning for this world is so inescapable and so powerful that, from time to time, we can’t help but pretend that we do live in it.

Puppies appear to lead a pretty happy, fun life, so it’s not surprising little kids like to enter the puppy world, bouncing around the house on all fours, barking, panting, clawing their way up your legs, or, if you’re caught unprepared, clawing your pants down. In any case, these precious little ones look up at you in their best puppy face and eagerly, shamelessly, joyously beg for attention. Kids play house, they play castles, princesses, and Robin Hood, they create and inhabit imaginary worlds built from Legos or maybe some sticks, scrap lumber, and crooked, rusty nails.

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Rights ’n Stuff

I have received several kindly criticisms of my previous article, good and responsible criticisms deserving a good and responsible response. I’m thankful for the pushback. Dangling a sword in the still waters of a quiet lagoon will never make it sharp, you gotta heat the thing up and give it a good smiting with a hammer. A good friend wounds, but faithfully. So yay for getting a loving thump and a friendly wound.

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