DBG Weekend Spotlight (6-23-17)

DBG Weekend Spotlight (6-23-17)

In the recent 2017 Ligonier Regional Conference, Discovering the God of the Bible—John MacArthur preached on “The Lord is my light and my salvation” (Ps. 27:1).

In conjunction with the 2017 SBC in Phoenix, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary held a micro-conference.  I commend the following to you from that event—Why Church Membership Matters (Jason Allen), Why Baptism Matters (Mark Dever), and Why Biblical Manhood Matters (Owen Strachan).

4-Minute Clip: We Are Not All Missionaries — “The only way we’ll complete the Great Commission is if some of us accept God’s call to take the gospel to the unengaged and unreached peoples of our world.”

The First Martyr In Scripture — Paul Tripp writes about Abel, the first martyr in Scripture.  He writes, “I love the fact that Abel still speaks long after he died. We should pray too that, by grace, our legacies will continue long after we have gone home.”

Albert Mohler’s One Book Recommendation — When Albert Mohler talks books people often stop and listen.  When he recommends that everyone read just one book, it would be a good idea to take his advice.

$5 Friday: The Church, Predestination, & Scripture — Some good resources for only $5.

What Is Saving Faith? — “For the Roman Catholic Church, faith plus works equals justification; for antinomians, faith minus works equals justification; for the Protestant Reformers, faith equals justification plus works. In other words, works are the necessary fruit of true faith.”

Will All People Be Equal in Heaven? — “Our different personalities, rewards, positions, and names in Heaven (see Revelation 2:17) speak not only of our individuality but also of how God finds unique reasons to love us. I love my wife and daughters, and I love different things about each.”

YouTube has 1.5 billion logged-in monthly users watching a ton of mobile video — The statistics of people who are watching videos online are quite staggering.

DBG Spotlight (6-21-17)

DBG Spotlight (6-21-17)

A few months ago, Les Lanphere interviewed Paul Washer for his own project. In this short (extended) interview, you will hear Paul Washer explain the essentials of the gospel.

Why Refusing to Resolve Conflict Hinders Prayer — Some helpful words about the need to pursue forgiveness.

A Faithful Steward of My Other Pulpit — “Every pastor has multiple responsibilities. But the pastor’s primary, central, and definitive function is to preach the word of God. A faithful pastor will not compromise the centrality of the pulpit…A pastor’s stewardship of his pulpit extends to others he invites to preach to his congregation. When a pastor invites anther pastor to preach at his church, it is never a light matter. There are huge spiritual implications involved.”

How to Do Ministry When You Don’t Have Money — There is a direct connection between money and ministry, but you must continue ministry even when money is not abounding.

Church Plants Need Pastors, Not Entrepreneurs — Daniel Gardner writes, “But if you’re the product you choose to promote, then you’re entering a lose-lose scenario. If you fail, you’ll have no one else to blame—and if your church takes off because of you, you’ll have built it on something other than biblical community. You will have won glory for yourself, not for God.”

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn — A helpful excerpt from Blessed Are Those Who Mourn, Matt Smethurst’s contribution to the June issue of Tabletalk.

Jesus Said He’d Return Soon, So Where Is He? — “A careful study of New Testament prophecy should never lead us to assume that Jesus and the apostles were wrong about the timing of Jesus’s return.”

Why should we read classic books? [Podcast] — Aaron Armstrong answers a couple of good questions:  Why is it important to read classic books? What do we gain from them—and what do we lose if we avoid them?

The Blessings and Burdens of A Church Planter’s Wife — Gloria Furman writes, “Blessings and burdens mingle together as we live in this world that groans for the Day of redemption—now several minutes closer than it was at the start of this article. There’s no way a finite heart can hold all the things a church planting wife will face in life and ministry. But Christ can, he does, and he will.”

DBG Weekend Spotlight (6-16-17)

DBG Weekend Spotlight (6-16-17)

This week the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting was held in the city of Phoenix.  Since I was in town, James White invited me onto the Dividing Line to discuss the G3 Conference, our upcoming Reformation tour, and SBC issues.  It also happened to be my 40th birthday, and in typical James White style—I was served my very first Muscle Milk birthday cake.

Joni Eareckson Tada’s Advice for When You Don’t Wake Up Feeling Happy — Randy Alcorn writes, “In an interview with World Magazine, one of my heroes of the faith, Joni Eareckson Tada, shares this advice for what we can do on days when we don’t wake up feeling happy.”

Video: “Do Not Give the Devil a Foothold” by Alistair Begg — In this short video, Alistair Begg provides some good advice.

The Good News of Christianity: Do You Know How to Be Saved? — John Piper explains an important text.

My Observations from 2017 SBC in Phoenix — H.B. Charles Jr. provides some observations from the recent SBC in Phoenix.  One of my observations is that we should all be grateful that he was elected as the president of the pastors’ conference for 2018.

God Desires Your Heart, Not Your Degree — We too often place emphasis on things that are not exactly necessary in the service of the Lord.  Although degrees and education is helpful for preparation, it’s not specifically necessary.  What is necessary is true knowledge of God and preparation to rightly handle God’s Word.

Theology Word of the Week:  Truth

ἀλήθεια, (ας, (ἀληθής) (from Homer down), verity, truth.

I. objectively;

1. universally, what is true in any matter under consideration (opposed to what is feigned, fictitious, false): James 3:14; ἀλήθειανλέγειν, έ᾿ρειν, John 8:45; John 16:7; Romans 9:1; 1 Corinthians 12:6; 1 Timothy 2:7; εἶπεν αὐτῷ πᾶσαν τήν ἀλήθειαν, everything as it really was, Mark 5:33 (so in classics); μαρτυρεῖν τῇ ἀλήθεια to testify according to the true state of the case, John 5:33; in a broader sense, λαλεῖν ἀλήθειαν, to speak always according to truth, Ephesians 4:25; (ἀληθείας ῤήματα ἀποφθέγγομαι, as opposed to the vagaries of madness, Acts 26:25); ἀλήθεια ἐγένετο, was shown to be true by the event, 2 Corinthians 7:14. ἐν ἀλήθεια, in truth, truly, as the case is, according to fact: Matthew 22:16; John 4:23f (as accords with the divine nature); 2 Corinthians 7:14; Colossians 1:6; ἐπ’ ἀληθείας a. truly, in truth, according to truth: Mark 12:32; Luke 4:25 (Job 9:2 the Sept.; Philo, vit. Moys. i., § 1).

b. of a truth, in reality, in fact, certainly: Mark 12:14; Luke 20:21; (); Acts 4:27; Acts 10:34 (Clement of Rome, 1 Cor. 23, 5 [ET] and 47, 3 [ET]); (cf. Winers Grammar, § 51, 2 f.; Buttmann, 336 (289)); κατ’ἀλήθειαν in accordance with fact, i. e. (according to the context) justly, without partiality: Romans 2:2; εἴτε προφάσει, εἴτε ἀλήθεια, Philippians 1:18; ἐν ἔργῳ καί ἀλήθεια, 1 John 3:18 (Rec. omits ἐν; so Ephesians 4:21 WH marginal reading).

2. In reference to religion, the word denotes what is true in things appertaining to God and the duties of man, (`moral and religions truth’); and that a. with the greatest latitude, in the sceptical question τίἐστιν ἀλήθεια, John 18:38;

b. the true notions of God which are open to human reason without his supernatural intervention: Romans 1:18; also ἀλήθεια Θεοῦ the truth of which God is the author, Romans 1:25, cf. 19 ( ἀλήθεια τοῦΧριστοῦ, Ev. Nicod., c. 5, 2; accordingly, it is not, as many interpret the phrase, the true nature of God (yet see Meyer at the passage)); truth, the embodiment of which the Jews sought in the Mosaic law, Romans 2:20.

c. “the truth, as taught in the Christian religion, respecting God and the execution of his purposes through Christ, and respecting the duties of man,” opposed alike to the superstitions of the Gentiles and the inventions of the Jews, and to the corrupt opinions and precepts of false teachers even among Christians: ἀλήθεια τοῦ εὐαγγελίου the truth which is the gospel or which the gospel presents, Galatians 2:5, 14 (cf. Winer‘s Grammar, § 34, 3 a.); and absolutely ἀλήθεια and ἀλήθεια: John 1:14, 17; John 8:32, 40; (); ; 1 John 1:8; 1 John 2:4, 21; 2 John 1:1-3; Galatians 3:1 (Rec.); Galatians 5:7; 2 Corinthians 4:2; 2 Corinthians 13:8; Ephesians 4:24; 2 Thessalonians 2:10, 12; 1 Timothy 2:7 (ἐν πίστει καί ἀλήθεια in faith and truth, of which I became a partaker through faith); ; 2 Timothy 2:18; 2 Timothy 3:8; 2 Timothy 4:4; Titus 1:14; 2 Peter 1:12; (3 John 1:8, 12); λόγος τῆς ἀληθείας, Colossians 1:5; Ephesians 1:13; 2 Timothy 2:15; λόγος ἀληθείας, 2 Corinthians 6:7; James 1:18; ὁδός τῆς ἀληθείας, 2 Peter 2:2; πίστιςἀληθείας, 2 Thessalonians 2:13 (Winer‘s Grammar, 186 (175)); ὑπακοὴ τῆς ἀληθείας, 1 Peter 1:22; ἐπίγνωσις τῆς ἀληθείας, Hebrews 10:26; 1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Timothy 2:25; 2 Timothy 3:7; (Titus 1:1); πνεῦμα τῆς ἀληθείας the Spirit (of God) which is truth (1 John 5:6) and imbues men with the knowledge of the truth, John 14:17; (); ; 1 John 4:6; ἐγώ εἰμί ἀλήθεια, I am he in whom the truth is summed up and impersonated, John 14:6; ἀλήθεια σου (Rec.) (i. e. Θεοῦ) the truth which is in thee and proceeds from thee, John 17:17; (ἐστιν ἀλήθειαΧριστοῦ ἐν ἐμοί, i. e., controls, actuates, me, 2 Corinthians 11:10); εἶναι ἐκ τῆς ἀληθείας to be eager to know the truth, John 18:37 (seeἐκ, II. 7, and εἰμί, V. 3 d.); to proceed from the truth, 1 John 2:21; to be prompted and controlled by the truth, 1 John 3:19; μαρτυρεῖν τῇἀληθ., to give testimony in favor of the truth in order to establish its authority among men, John 18:37; ἀλήθειαν ποιεῖν to exemplify truth in the life, to express the form of truth in one’s habits of thought and modes of living, John 3:21; 1 John 1:6 (Tobit 13:6 Tobit 4:6; cf. Nehemiah 9:33; ὁδόν ἀληθείας αἰρετίζεσθαι, Psalm 118:30 ()); so also περιπατεῖν ἐν τῇ ἀλήθεια. 2 John 1:4; 3 John 1:3f; ἀπειθεῖν τῇἀλήθεια is just the opposite, Romans 2:8; so also πλανηθῆναι ἀπότῆς ἀληθείας, James 5:19.

II. (subjectively) “truth as a personal excellence; that candor of mind which is free from affectation, pretence, simulation, falsehood, deceit”: John 8:44; sincerity of mind and integrity of character, or a mode of life in harmony with divine truth: 1 Corinthians 5:8; 1 Corinthians 13:6 (opposed to ἀδικία); Ephesians 4:21 (see I. 1 b. above); ; (); σουἀλήθεια the truth as it is discerned in thee, thy habit of thinking and acting in congruity with truth, 3 John 1:3; ἀλήθεια τοῦ Θεοῦ which belongs to God, i. e., his holiness (but cf. περισσεύω, 1 b. at the end), Romans 3:7; specifically, veracity (of God in keeping his promises), Romans 15:8; ἐν ἀλήθεια sincerely and truthfully, 2 John 1:1; 3 John 1:1. The word is not found in Revelation ((nor in 1 Thessalonians, Philemon, Jude)). Cf. Holemann, Bibelstudien (Lpz. 1859) 1te Abth., p. 8ff; (Wendt in Studien und Kritiken, 1883, p. 511ff.) [1]


  1. THAYER’S GREEK LEXICON, Electronic Database.  Copyright © 2002, 2003, 2006, 2011 by Biblesoft, Inc.
    All rights reserved. Used by permission.

 

DBG Spotlight (6-14-17)

DBG Spotlight (6-14-17)

Recently, John Piper delivers the 2017 Commencement Address to graduates of Boyce College.

5 Sermons on Parenting — Some good resources by Alistair Begg on an important subject.

Why Substitutionary Atonement Is Necessary for Evangelical Faith — Owen Strachan provides some helpful words on why the recent resolution on substitutionary atonement for the messengers of the SBC is really important.

Greg Laurie, Calvary Chapel’s Big Crusader, Joins Southern Baptist Convention — The SBC is a very large and diverse group that just became more diverse.

Have Southern Baptists embraced gender-inclusive Bible translation? Not by a longshot. — Denny Burk responds to Jonathan Merritt on the issue of gender-inclusivity among the SBC.

I Know God Loves Me, but Does He Like Me? — John Piper provides some helpful words of encouragement for God’s people.

Dividing Line: Today at 1pm EST I will be on the Dividing Line with Dr. James White discussing the Southern Baptist Convention and who knows what else.

DBG Spotlight (6-7-17)

DBG Spotlight (6-7-17)

How does church growth take place and what role does discipleship play in this process?  Mark Dever explains this process in a very helpful manner.

9 Ways to Raise Up Leaders in Your Church — Some really helpful words from Mark Dever on discipleship.

Bring the Books! — How important is reading?  Extremely important.

A Stack of Books for the Season: Summer Reading List for 2017 — Albert Mohler’s annual summer reading list—worthy of your consideration.

Two Minute Clip: The Gospel Is Not About You — This is a really good clip that points out something that should be obvious, but sadly—it’s not.

Video: “In Christ Alone” By Alistair Begg — As always, Alistair Begg does an exceptional job of explaining the Bible.

Two Ways to React When Death Comes — Some helpful words on our reaction to death.

How to Interpret Biblical Typology — Peter Gentry provides some good words regarding biblical typology.

DBG Weekend Spotlight (6-2-17)

DBG Weekend Spotlight (6-2-17)

The Reformation battle cry was about bringing the Word of God out of darkness as it had been hidden away in a dark dungeon by the Roman Catholic Church.  Derek Thomas’ sermon titled, “Before Light, Darkness” is really good and worthy of your time.

Knowing God: A Biblical Understanding of Discipleship — The 2018 G3 Conference is open for registration and will be held once again in Atlanta, Georgia.  Make your plans and reserve your seats (and hotel) for a weekend conference focused on the theological foundation and practical components of making disciples and following Jesus.

Three classic books every Christian should read — Yes, please take time this summer to read these books.

A Little Book on the Christian Life: A Live Interview with Burk Parsons — Burk Parsons talks about a little book that’s worthy of your time.  Add this one to your summer reading list.

The Bee Explains: What Is Planned Parenthood? — The Bee is funny and accurately funny too.

Help Me Teach the Bible: H. B. Charles Jr. on Making Your Teaching Memorable —Nancy Guthrie interviews H.B. Charles Jr. on the subject of preaching memorable sermons.

Alistair Begg on God’s Faithfulness — Take time to read this letter by Alistair Begg.

Accountability and Para Church Ministry — Rich Pierce does a great job of explaining the role and boundaries of para-church ministries.

John 6:40 as a Proof Text Against Calvinism? — This is a classic example of reading out of context rather than in context.

How Do I Follow Big Sections of Scripture? — “As you study the Bible, study larger portions by looking for similarities in the sections that fit together.”

Do You Believe the Whole Gospel? — “Historically, before the outbreak of nineteenth-century liberalism, the church did not seem to struggle with this false dichotomy. For centuries, the church understood her task as both to proclaim the saving gospel of the atoning work of Christ and, at the same time, to follow Jesus’ example of ministry to the blind, to the deaf, to the imprisoned, to the hungry, to the homeless, and to the poor. The ministry of the church, if it is to be healthy, must always be firmly committed to both dimensions of the biblical mandate, that we may be faithful to Christ Himself. If we reject either the ministry of personal redemption or of mercy to the afflicted, we express ‘unbelief.'”

Theology Word of the Week:  Homosexuality (μαλακός)

μαλακός, ή, όν (s. two prec. entries; ‘soft’: Hom. et al.; ins, pap, LXX, Philo; Jos., Ant. 8, 72 βύσσος μ.; Mel., P. 80, 594 στρωμνῆς μ.)

pert. to being yielding to touch, soft, of things: clothes (Hom. et al.; Artem. 1, 78 p. 73, 10 ἱματίων πολυτελῶν κ. μαλακῶν; PSI 364, 5 ἱμάτιον μαλ.) μ. ἱμάτια soft garments, such as fastidious people wear Lk 7:25. (τὰ) μ. soft clothes (Sb 6779, 57; s. λευκός 2, end) Mt 11:8ab.

pert. to being passive in a same-sex relationship, effeminate esp. of catamites, of men and boys who are sodomized by other males in such a relationship, opp. ἀρσενοκοίτης (Dionys. Hal. 7, 2, 4; Dio Chrys. 49 [66], 25; Ptolem., Apotel. 3, 15, 10; Vett. Val. 113, 22; Diog. L. 7, 173; PHib 54, 11 [c. 245 b.c.] may have this mng.: a musician called Zenobius ὁ μαλακός [prob. with a sideline, according to Dssm., LO 131, 4—LAE 164, 4]. S. also a Macedon. ins in LDuchesne and CBayet, Mémoire sur une Mission au Mont Athos 1876 no. 66 p. 46; Plautus, Miles 668 cinaedus [Gk. κίναιδος] malacus; cp. the atttack on the morality of submissive homoeroticism Aeschin. 1, 188; DCohen, Greece and Rome 23, ’76, 181f) 1 Cor 6:9 (‘male prostitutes’ NRSV is too narrow a rendering; ‘sexual pervert’ REB is too broad)=Pol 5:3.—S. lit. s.v. ἀρσενοκοίτης. B. 1065. DELG. M-M. [1]


  1. William Arndt, Frederick W. Danker, and Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 613.