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  1. Hey Tim, thanx for going the full 12 rounds in the book review, it was muchful appreciated on many levels!  Your review was very fair: answering the FAQ’s really aided in pointing out the dangerous deceptions littered throughout the book.  I know it’s hard to stop a moving train, but I trust that much prayer and this review will bring some people to their senses before it is too late.  My thoughts were directed to 2 Tim. 4:3,4 especially verse 4 where it says “will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”  Do “Christians” really care what they believe?  I do not want to turn aside to myths.  Thank- you so much for your continuing efforts to preach the Word, being ready in season and out of season, reproving, rebuking, and exhorting with great patience.

  2. I want to know the notion that the gospel is not a book but a person.

    And the key difference between the synotic gospel and the gospel of john

  3. Hey Colin,

    Thanks for visiting the blog and reading the Shack book review. I appreciate the encouragement! I hope this review will be helpful for many people.

    God bless,
    Tim

  4. Hey Alexander,

    The gospel is the ‘good news’ about Jesus Christ.

    A concise summary of the gospel message is given in 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, with four main points:

    Jesus died for our sins
    He was buried
    He rose again
    He was seen alive by many witnesses.

    Also, John Piper has written a book recently called “God is the Gospel”. I have not read it so I can’t comment on it, but Piper is a good, biblical writer and this book may be of interest to you on the topic you mentioned. Also, I have found Charles Price’s book “Christ for Real” to be a very helpful explanation of the Christian life.

    Regarding the differences between the synoptic gospels and the gospel of John, I preached a sermon that talked about this subject. It is available for download in mp3 and pdf notes at http://www.prairietab.com/sermons.htm
    The sermon title is “Introduction to John”.

    Hope this helps.

    God bless,
    Tim

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  7. Just came across your blog today while trying to see if Charles Price might have written anything regarding the book “The Shack” which is sweeping the evangelical world. I really appreciated your insights and comments. I am sending you a separate e-mail which details my concerns with the book as well as a link to a pastor (Brian Carpenter) in South Dakota, whose review I had read when I was trying to find someone who saw the same dangers in it as I had. His sermon on the subject is well worth listening to. He was the only person who addressed the issue of ‘Sophia’, the fourth spirit who appeared in the book. Possibly because we have been part of the Anglican Church since coming to the Lord in the early 1970’s and having been exposed to the feminist and new age influence that has invaded the liberal side of our denomination I am more aware of where this leads. One only needs to google ‘goddess Sophia’ to find out who she represents.
    As a longtime supporter of 100 Huntley Street I was shocked when I saw that they were going to feature an interview with William P. Young. More shock when he was a featured speaker at the Breakforth Conference in Edmonton. Then we received the newsletter from ‘Its a New Day’ and see that he is going to be on their program for a full three days with the following comment: “Learn about the inspiration that has pulled the image of God out of religious boxes and introduced God’s true nature and character to millions through his writing.” Really? Would that religious box be what we call the Bible? Finally, and I will end here, we received information from Wycliffe College in Toronto, which is the evangelical seminary for the Anglican Church of Canada, about their spring conference with one of the four keynote speakers being William P. Young.
    What is happening and why are Christians so quick to get caught up in this false teaching?

    Thanks again for your review and the encouragement I received from reading it.

  8. Dear Mary-Jean,

    Thank you for your feedback on my review of the Shack. We live in a time where many Christians are lacking in spiritual discernment and are reading a book like the Shack without recognizing the serious doctrinal errors contained within it.

    I would like to encourage you with Paul’s teaching to Timothy about dealing with troubling matters like this one:

    And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, [25] correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, [26] and they may escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
    2 Tim. 2:24-26 (ESV)

    May the Lord bless you and your family,
    Tim

  9. Hey, we were just reading Challies dot com blog: “I’ve never been mistaken for Brad Pitt” and felt it time to ‘fess up.
    We are known to read a few blogs, listen to a podcast or two … or twelve in a week and we felt it important to let you know that you pastor, Rock Our Theological World.
    When there is esteem to be had, “to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work” you’re the man.
    Tim Challies is giving us all a good warning to guard our hearts. We’re just arguing that maybe Tim Challis hasn’t met Tim Strickland. Swimming with the celebs just fine-thank you.

    Andrew and Tara

    • Hey Andrew & Tara,

      Thanks for the note and the encouragement. I’ve been known to listen to a few online sermons myself from some of the ‘big guys’. They have been a real encouragement to me and I am glad that you are blessed by them as well.

      By the way I did meet Tim Challies last April at Together for the Gospel in Louisville and his pastor Paul Martin as well. Tim seems like a really down to earth guy and it is great to see how the Lord has blessed his blogging ministry. Reading Tim’s blog encouraged me to start my own blog and do a few book reviews, though I can’t touch the volume and quality of his blogging! Tim always speaks highly of his pastor Paul, and I was encouraged in the brief time I had to meet him.

      I appreciate you and your family, and it was an honour to welcome you in to membership at the Tab yesterday.

      Keep fighting the good fight!

      Tim

  10. am a ugandan and i was i which doctor for 6yrs working with my dad but now days am on the run they want to kill me be-cos i burned them can you help and pray for me be cos am in the hide hop to here from you soon

  11. What does christian dating look like?

    • Hi Mike – here’s a short version:

      Before you start dating – make sure you are both Christians (seems obvious but amazing how many people mess this up on this part of “Christian Dating”)

      The Bible has a lot to say about sexual purity, but not so much about the details of modern dating. So here are my suggestions, based on general Biblical principles

      – date with the idea that you might marry the person, not just for short term fun
      – Commit to sexual purity before you find yourself alone together and tempted – good idea to set boundaries in advance
      – Spend time in group situations and family situations, not just alone
      – Make sure you have the same spiritual goals and interests – that you are both interested in growing in the Lord – Just because you are both Christians does not mean you are moving in the same direction – one of you may be on fire for the Lord and the other lukewarm in your faith
      – As you think about marriage, go through a book like “Before You Say I Do” by Wright, which helps you know one another better and see if you really want to get married!
      – if you are being tempted sexually, and you think you are right for one another, get married sooner rather than later (See 1 Corinthians 7:6-10)

      Hope all of this helps, feel free to ask more or clarify, if I haven’t answered your question the way you were thinking.

      Tim

  12. If Moses wrote Geneis, then how could he write about his death?

  13. Ooops, I mean if Moses wrote the first five books of the bible, how could he write about his death?

    • Hi Chewie,

      Good question – Here’s a couple of options. I think both work, but I tend to go with option 2.

      1) If God told Him what to write, then he certainly could have told him what to write about his own death.
      OR
      2) Moses did not write the part about his death, but it was written afterwards by whoever the editor(s) were who compiled the final form of the book of Deuteronomy. Similarly, it seems unlikely that Moses wrote that he was the humblest man whoever lived (Numbers 12:3), since the humblest man who ever lived probably wouldn’t write that he was the humblest man who ever lived. It was possibly added by an editor in the final form, likely after Moses’ death.

      The inspiration of Scripture does not depend on Moses (or any other human author) having written it. It depends on it being inspired by God. Generally speaking, we can say that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible, but this does not preclude the work of an editor to produce the final form of the individual books, under the inspiration of God.

      By way of comparision, in our world today, books are reviewed and edited by an editor before they are published, but we say the book is written by the author, not by the editor.

      Hope this helps.

      Tim

  14. What is the difference between spirit and soul?

    • Some scholars think the spirit and soul are the same thing. Other would differentiate between soul and spirit. There’s a Biblical case to be made for both, but I lean towards differentiating them (See 1 Thess. 5:23, Heb 4:12).

      Here’s an explanation I’ve found helpful.
      An tree has a body – but no soul or spirit.
      An animal has a body and soul, but no spirit.
      A person has all three – a body, soul and spirit.
      People can relate to God spiritually in a way that animals cannot.

      Also, Wayne Grudem has a discussion in Systematic Theology about this question (he would say soul and spirit are the same).

  15. * Does the bible condone genocide?
    * Will Jesus be here by Friday?
    * Where do babies go when they die?
    * The bible says “do not get drunk on wine” but my wife and I would like to try (try – because we normaly don’t drink) to get a bit tipsy and “enjoy the benifits of marriage”. What should we do?
    * As an intergalactic bounty hunter, my job is to… kill. But the bible says “thou shall not kill”. I find that to be a major reason for my decline in my job completion percentage. Is there a loophole? Can I “accidently” push my “friend” into desert-sand-monster or tease him on facebook?

    Thanks Tim

    Your “friend” from Trochu

    The Fett

    • OK bounty hunter, you’re going to have to take me for coffee or something if you want some answers to these ones. I’m bringing a thermal detonator in case you ask any more tough questions and I need to make a quick getaway. Send me an email to tims (at) look.ca

  16. Did the old testament ever say that the messiah would be god incarnate?

  17. The Fett is back with a new question for you my galactic bible-question-answering guy!!

    — If sin didn’t exist before the fall, then how did Satan rebel against God in Heaven? —

    Good luck!

    P.S. I took your thermal detonators. You are mine now!

    Fett.


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