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Book: 40 Questions about Church Membership and Discipline

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Let us take a look today at the latest in the 40 Questions series from Kregel Academic. This one is40 Questions about Church Membership and Discipline, and it’s by Jeremy M. Kimble. Kimble is an assistant professor at Cedarville College, and his background is Baptist. Southern Baptist, if you’d like to be precise.
40 Questions about Church Membership and Discipline (40QaCMaD) is 272 pages, trade paperback size, and all text. It is published by Kregel Academic, and the series editor for the 40 Questions series is Benjamin L. Merkle. I personally own several entries in this series and have appreciated all of them.
On to 40QaCMaD: First, the overall format of questions/answers is a good way to explore a topic. The primary drawback is that the same person provides the questions and the answers. That means the author is never stumped by a question and gets to dodge the troublesome ones.
Which, unfortunately, does happen in this work. I’ll start with the drawback, the missing questions, and th…

Sermon Recap for August 20

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Here is what you'll find: after each sermon title, there's an "audio" link that allows you to play or download that sermon's audio file. Then there should be an embedded Youtube Link to the sermon.If you'd like, you can subscribe to the audio feed here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/east-end-baptist-church/id387911457?mt=2 for iTunes users. Other audio feeds go here: http://eebcar.libsyn.com/rssThe video is linked on my personal Youtube Page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJBGluSoaJgYn6PbIklwKaw?view_as=publicSermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/SermonsThanks!
Sunday Morning, August 20



August 20 AM Passage: 1 Corinthians 10:23-33 Context: Letter to Corinth--a troubled church Addressing issues of Christian liberty--what are we free to do as living under grace? While addressing the need for personal holiness in life. Deal with backgrounds of idol-sacrifice-meat and such.... Overview: Specifically dealing with questions of …

Varieties of Gifts: 1 Corinthians 12

In Summary: Spiritual gifts. Oh boy. Here we go, down the rabbit hole into strange behaviors that people blame God for—which are not spiritual gifts at all but just people acting strange.
So, let us look at 1 Corinthians 12 and try to actually understand what Paul is talking about here, because otherwise we’re going to get deep in the weeds and have a very difficult time getting back. One portion of the context to keep in mind is that both letters to the Corinthians are clearly written to a church with a much higher level of dysfunction than is healthy. Ephesus had troubles and so did Rome, Thessalonica had its difficulties and Colossae its heresy, but Corinth seems to have had the most wrong at the same time. (Except maybe the churches of Galatia, but “better off than the foolish, bewitched Galatians” isn’t exactly high praise.)
Given that background, the summary of 1 Corinthians needs to be read as corrective prescription rather than a positive how-to manual. Each gift that is menti…

Sermon Recap for August 13

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Good afternoon!

Today, you'll find yesterday morning's sermon and last night's Peru trip slideshow. I'm still waiting on a good video cut of our nine baptisms yesterday, but those will likely get their own post.









The background music for the slideshow is Christy Nockel's "My Anchor." I first heard that song on the trip to Peru, and overall it spoke clearly about how to hold it together those couple of weeks.


Imitators of Christ: 1 Corinthians 11

In Summary:1 Corinthians 11 contains some interesting and challenging passages. We get, for example, the culturally relevant (at the time) instructions about head-coverings and hair length. Most likely, one could write several pages trying to address that issue and how it works out in modern times. I would suggest that it also works out differently in differing cultures, but we will not thread that needle here and now. Grab a good, modern commentary on 1 Corinthians (I like the Teach the Text volume from Preben Vang) and consult a few experts.The other primary theme of this chapter addresses the Lord’s Supper. Or, Communion, for those of you whose tradition uses that title. Paul addresses the habit of the Corinthian church when they got together for worship. At the time, it appears that the church had a significant problem with their worship gatherings. The church would gather, but then behave as if they were just there for themselves. Some of what we understand about the early church…

Sermon Recap August 6

Well, we had something go wrong with the video camera this week, so there’s no video to share. The audio came through fine, so that’s what we’ve got. There’s nothing in the way of outline, either, because I did it by hand this week.Maybe next week I’ll have more blog-worthy sermons :)

Sermon Recap for July 23 and 30

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Well, out of personal privilege, you're going to get July 30 first. Why? It's my sermon, that's why. Brad and Walter handled the Sunday I was in Peru, and theirs are here, too.

I'll go you one better: first you'll get the audio player, which I still haven't figured out how to configure to prefer one sermon over another, so you can click "next" to get to whomever you're looking for. If you, too, can't find what you're looking for, it's there. Run through all the fields in the player.





Now, on to the videos:






Headed to Peru

Well, it’s that time again this year. I’m headed off to Huanaco, Peru, with a team from the church. We’ll be gone for about 2 weeks. (No, I’m not posting about an empty house. Everybody else is at home. Armed to the teeth, if necessary.)If you would, pray for us. It’s a long haul of flights and there have been some changes where we’re going—so we don’t know exactly what we’re getting into. It will be good, but we’re basically going prepared to do “anything.” I’m not the world’s biggest fan of flying, so that aspect is always nerve-wracking. The other aspect is that this year, unlike last year, I’m responsible for five other people. Everybody’s an adult, so it’s not a “legal” responsibility. It’s just an ethical one: if something goes wrong, I’m the one who got them into this. Not a major issue. Unless we don’t get Joel to the Avianca counter in Lima quick enough on Tuesday morning and we have to navigate getting him a replacement ticket in Spanish…then it might be interesting.Meanwhil…

Sermon Recap for July 16

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Good morning!

Before I jet off to Peru, here are the sermons from yesterday. There's an audio player where you can select a sermon to listen to, then there are the two video links to YouTube. Then there are the outlines. When I get back, I'll try to get the baptism video put up. (Yes, the "audio" player looks like a giant video. It's not. Just an audio. Click on "More Episodes" to get the different sermons.)

Doug








Passage: Acts 2:38-47
Context:
Establishment of the church; Preaching on Pentecost; Apostles holding up the Word
Overview:
NEED for JesusForgiveness for AllLord and Messiah!Then….
Reflections:
The purposes of the church: learning about Jesus, drawing together, worship, and prayer!
Expectations:

come to ChristCommit to growBuild fellowshipWorship fullyPray constantly
Passage:
Acts 2:1-13
Context:
Preaching at Pentecost
Overview:
We need Jesus God will work that we come to Christ No boundaries for the Gospel Tongue speaking
Reflections:
Pray and se…

Book: Learning Change

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Today’s book is provided by Kregel Academic and Ministry books. The provide the book, I provide the review.Change. Within Christian circles, we cannot separate the idea of organizational change from personal growthand this is the primary concept behind Jim Herrington and Trisha Taylor’s book, Learning Change.At the outset, a couple of things need to be made clear. First, this is explicitly a Christian book—this is not a general organizational work or a self-help book. It’s based on work with churches and with Christians. Second, it is a deeper academic type of book. While it is not dry, it is jam-packed and references historical and theological concepts that one should know in church leadership. They are not always explained, so you’ll have to draw on other resources.Now, to the meat: multiple authors are utilized to provide extra viewpoints. While that results in some unevenness—I found a few chapters better than others, but would not say any of them were ‘bad,’ just that some were…

Only His Glory: 1 Corinthians 10

In Summary: Paul’s letter to the Corinthians continues with a look at the history of Israel. There’s an important side fact here: one does not comprehend the New Testament fully without knowing the Old Testament. Seriously—you don’t have to memorize the list of kings, but you should know the flow of the narrative. Paul draws an important lesson from the history of Israel and, unfortunately, it appears that we may need a refresher course.
The events Paul narrates are primarily from Exodus, though some of them are recounted in Numbers as well. It is the story of a people rescued from slavery who then, in all practical ways, turn their back on the God who delivered them.
Paul is warning the Corinthians that they are walking down the same path that Israel took. That they, though they have been joined to the same rock and draw from the same well, are drifting away from the Lord. The hammer comes down hard in 1 Corinthians 10:21-22: “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demon…

Independence Day 2017

I don’t know if Thomas Paine will be aggrieved that I paste his thoughts from Common Sense here, from the electronic edition. It’s a Public Domain work at this point, so hopefully none will be bothered that I am not paying for it...I think there is value in seeing the underlying reasons of Independence. I find a couple of things noteworthy in his introduction:First, he speaks of those who disagree and, while calling those out, holds the strength of his affirmative argument will be enough to straighten them out. We could do well to think more like that.Second, his final sentence should be a required view: the influence of reason and principle. Not self-interest masquerading as principle. Not party propaganda disguised as reason.That being said, not everything Paine said is right. If he and I lived at the same time, we’d argue religion over a great deal. However, the idea of “natural rights of man” follows from the idea of humanity as a special creation—that all are created equal and en…

Sermon Recap for July 2

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Here is what you'll find: after each sermon title, there's an "audio" link that allows you to play or download that sermon's audio file. Then there should be an embedded Youtube Link to the sermon.If you'd like, you can subscribe to the audio feed here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/east-end-baptist-church/id387911457?mt=2 for iTunes users. Other audio feeds go here: http://www.eebcar.com/sermons/feedThe video is linked on the East End Baptist Church web page here: http://www.eebcar.com/sermons-2/ or on my personal Youtube Page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJBGluSoaJgYn6PbIklwKaw?view_as=publicThanks!Good morning! Here is yesterday morning’s sermon. Last night we spent recapping the Southern Baptist Convention, particularly what the parliamentary processes looked like passing resolutions. That wasn’t worth videoing. Really, it wasn’t. Want to know parliamentary processes? Get this book: A Parliamentary Guide for Church Leaders. I do not expect…

Sermon recap for June 25

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~Here is what you'll find: after each sermon title, there's an "audio" link that allows you to play or download that sermon's audio file. Then there should be an embedded Youtube Link to the sermon.If you'd like, you can subscribe to the audio feed here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/east-end-baptist-church/id387911457?mt=2 for iTunes users. Other audio feeds go here: http://www.eebcar.com/sermons/feedThe video is linked on the East End Baptist Church web page here: http://www.eebcar.com/sermons-2/ or on my personal Youtube Page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJBGluSoaJgYn6PbIklwKaw?view_as=publicThanks!
We started Vacation Bible School Sunday night, so I went through Psalm 23 4 times with kids. It was worth it…but not filmed. I did carry a large walking staff, which I might start doing every Sunday.
Morning Sermon: Psalm 119:65-72 (audio here)

Passage: Psalm 119:65-72 Context: Acrostic on the love of God law: 25 times word: 24 judgment: 23 command: 22 st…

SBC17 Trip: Headed out to Phoenix!

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I didn’t pre-blog the trip, or even blog and post about it while we were out. I’m always torn about how much information about being gone I should put on the Internet. I don’t have much people would like to steal, but that doesn’t mean I am going to advertise the vacant house!Two weeks ago, we set out for Phoenix, Arizona, with our primary purpose being to help with the Pastor’s Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention. Our secondary purpose was to loot as much free stuff from the exhibitors at the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting. Mainly books, of course, like the CSB Study Bibles that we got, along with free breakfast, from Lifeway on Tuesday morning.Our first effort, though, was to make the drive from our house to Phoenix. Google Maps puts that at about 20 hours, 1300+ miles. Ann and the kids felt this made for too much driving for one day. So we split it in two, with our first stop being in Albuquerque, New Mexico. That day was basically all driving, all day. We sto…

The End Matters: 1 Corinthians 9

In Summary: 1 Corinthians 9 opens with Paul’s defense of his income. Seriously: apparently there had been some argument that he did not deserve to be supported by the churches in his work, and much of that seems to have been coming from Corinth. He goes on to ask why other apostles were permitted to draw a salary, but the expectation was that he and Barnabas should provide for themselves. It’s a fair question, and Paul draws from both normal life and the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 25:4) to highlight that it is appropriate for those who lead the church in spiritual matters to draw their living from doing so.
Though I expect Paul would take a dim view of those who live above the ordinary soldier, shepherd, or vinedresser (9:7).
He goes on, though, to point out how he has not claimed his rights as an apostle for the sake of spreading the Gospel. He did not want the Corinthians, or anyone else, burdened by supporting them. He wanted the Gospel to be preached without charge, though he had …

Sermon Recap for June 18

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Here is what you'll find: after each sermon title, there's an "audio" link that allows you to play or download that sermon's audio file. Then there should be an embedded Youtube Link to the sermon.If you'd like, you can subscribe to the audio feed here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/east-end-baptist-church/id387911457?mt=2 for iTunes users. Other audio feeds go here: http://www.eebcar.com/sermons/feedThe video is linked on the East End Baptist Church web page here: http://www.eebcar.com/sermons-2/ or on my personal Youtube Page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJBGluSoaJgYn6PbIklwKaw?view_as=publicThanks!
Good afternoon! Here are the sermons for the past 2 Sundays.
June 18 AM: Psalm 113 (Audio here)




Passage: Psalm 113 Context: Psalm 113: More from the worship manual of the Old Testament Opening of the Hallel, specifically used on Jewish higher holy days Overview: Reflects on the otherness of God—“Who is like the Lord our God?” Who is like YHWH? Who is l…

Book: The Money Challenge

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Today, I’d like to point you to a handy little book from Art Rainer. It’s called The Money Challenge, and it’s from B&H Books. Now, it’s a short book, so I’ll honor that with a short review.

Rainer’s basic goal is to help Christian people see the ways of God in the use of money. It’s broken into three sections: Give Generously, Save Wisely, and Live Appropriately. Rainer has found these to be a good outline of how God intends for Christians to use the money He gives them.

These are excellent principles for Christians in understanding stewardship and it’s a great introduction for those who have never examined Christian stewardship. There is not a lot of new information here for those who have learned about Christian stewardship.

However, stewardship is about tried and true principles, so the lack of new ideas is not a problem. In truth, Rainer has artfully repackaged these with a story about Annie and her learning the principles of stewardship through a 30-day money challenge.

Her cha…

Grilled Sacred Cows: 1 Corinthians 8

In Summary: After working through the minefield that was Greco-Roman marriage and family relationships (1 Corinthians 7), Paul moves on to something even more challenging. He starts to work through a practical matter about being a Christian in a religiously pluralistic world: what about the offshoots of idolatry? Specifically, in this case, meat that had been sacrificed to idols.
Understanding this takes a bit of research into the ancient world, and even then our knowledge is a bit limited. For example, we know that Paul is talking about “meat that has been offered to idols,” as the ESV has in 1 Corinthians 8:1. What, though, does that mean? There are a couple of possibilities, and it’s necessary to touch on them here rather than write them off as belonging to the nerd domain. The first possibility is the less likely one: that meat which went all the way through ceremonies at the various temples in Corinth (and other places) would then end up resold in the marketplace for a profit. Th…

Sermon Recap for June 4

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Here is what you'll find: after each sermon title, there's an "audio" link that allows you to play or download that sermon's audio file. Then there should be an embedded Youtube Link to the sermon.If you'd like, you can subscribe to the audio feed here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/east-end-baptist-church/id387911457?mt=2 for iTunes users. Other audio feeds go here: http://www.eebcar.com/sermons/feedThe video is linked on the East End Baptist Church web page here: http://www.eebcar.com/sermons-2/ or on my personal Youtube Page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJBGluSoaJgYn6PbIklwKaw?view_as=publicThanks!
Please note that we’re having some trouble with the website and podcast feed. There is a built-in player here if you want to listen, and I should have the iTunes reset soon.
Sunday AM: Psalm 89 (audio)

Passage: Psalm 89 Context: Old Testament Overview: Retells of the Greatness of God Reflections: O such strictness toward the righteous! O such abundant for…

Book: Practicing the Power

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Back to books! This book was provided by Booklook and this review first appeared at my personal website.

Sam Storms’ newest book, Practicing the Power, takes a look at the activity of the Holy Spirit in Christian believers today. At the outset, a few things should be made clear. 1: Storms is writing for Christians, as such the discussion and interaction in this book is meaningless outside of the family. It’s about family issues—if you’re looking for an overall introduction to Christianity, this does not claim to be one—look onward. 2: Storms comes to different conclusions than I have held regarding how the Holy Spirit works in Christians today.
That being said, let’s take a look at this book. First, Storms approaches the work of the Holy Spirit from a Bible-driven perspective. That is important to note: though he reaches different conclusions on what the text means from other pastor-author-teachers (e.g. John MacArthur), he is not standing on whipped cream. His argument is based on the …

Memorial Day 2017

I won’t take much time, but I thought would offer this observation:I’m sitting here doing homework for Advanced German. I’m translating and watching Hitler, particularly his speech at the Sportspalast upon becoming Reichskanzler. As a speaker, he’s mesmerizing. I can make out some of what he says (I can read it better than hear it) and his use of rhythm, cadence, gestures—it is all remarkable.Through the hindsight of history, though, I know what comes from his speaking. While he speaks of not lying or swindling (nicht lugen, nicht schwindeln,) he starts his own people on the course to destruction and horror. He sets out the groundwork for destroying all those who do not conform to his image—his efforts killing millions of civilian Jews, Gypsies, and myriad others—all through his words.And then there are the millions who had to shed their blood to stop that one madman and what he caused.If you think about it, before then there were the men and women who died that we would have a countr…

Sermon Recap for May 28

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Here is what you'll find: after each sermon title, there's an "audio" link that allows you to play or download that sermon's audio file. Then there should be an embedded Youtube Link to the sermon.If you'd like, you can subscribe to the audio feed here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/east-end-baptist-church/id387911457?mt=2 for iTunes users. Other audio feeds go here: http://www.eebcar.com/sermons/feedThe video is linked on the East End Baptist Church web page here: http://www.eebcar.com/sermons-2/ or on my personal Youtube Page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJBGluSoaJgYn6PbIklwKaw?view_as=publicGood morning! Here is yesterday’s sermon and the video, properly fixed, for last Sunday night. 2 for the price of 1!
Doug
May 28: Psalm 73 “What of the Wicked?"
Context Asaph: Player of CYMBALS! Temple Era Hebrew Language Poetry