Posted by: jeffmooney | October 19, 2010

Pray for the Philippines and China

Pray for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines.  They have once again experienced a tremendously powerful storm.  These kind of weather events further destabilize an already unstable infrastructure and displace many impoverished families.  Reuters reported that China is now in the storm’s path.  Please lift up the people in both countries.


Posted by: jeffmooney | October 18, 2010

Welcome Home SoCal Theologica

Thanks to Mike Glanz, CEO of Hire-A-Helper, SoCal Theologica is up and running.  It was temporarly in the capable hands of some rather quick entrpeneurs but is now back home. I will enjoy being on the blogosphere again with you all.

Posted by: jeffmooney | July 20, 2010

Sin versus Sins

Most of the time when people talk about what the cross achieved, they do so with the perspective that Christ came to eradicate bad behavior, culturally (whether socially or ecclesiastically ) deemed as immoral.  However, the scriptures, while not being silent about sins, insists that mankind’s problem is sin.  That is, they have a problem at their core.  Sins might be manageable.  Either with moral therapy or behavior modification, one might be able to subjugate habits and activities over a period of time or for scheduled periods of time (like Sunday :)).  This kind of moralism does not touch the notion of sinfulness that is so integral to the fabric of human nature that it renders the will, mind, and heart bankrupt of desire or ability to battle it (Romans 1:18-23; 3:10-18, 23).

The cross is there not to save us from sins, which can be managed to various degrees, but to save us from sin, which, due to our natural and contented slavery to it, we are bankrupt of will or resources to remedy (Romans 3:23-27; Titus 2:11-14).

On May 25, Turkish Christians Hakan Tastan and Turan Topal appeared in court for their 11th hearing on charges of “insulting Turkishness” by allegedly trying to convert others to Christianity, according to Compass Direct News. The hearing lasted only a few minutes. Despite the lack of evidence against the men, the Silivri Criminal Court set another hearing for Oct. 14. Prosecutors have yet to present any concrete evidence for the charges, and Hakan and Turan hope the trial concludes by the end of the year. “From the beginning, the charges against us have been filled with contradictions,” Turan said. “But we are entirely innocent of all these charges, so of course we expect a complete acquittal.” Thank the Lord for the bold faith of these two believers. Pray that God will be their strength and guide and that the charges against them will be dropped.

Posted by: jeffmooney | December 8, 2009

U.S. Supreme Court To Rule on Christian Campus Group


Peter Schmidt, writing for the Chronicle of Higher Education, reports:

The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it had agreed to decide whether a California law school can legally deny recognition to a Christian students’ group because it bars gay and lesbian members for religious reasons.

The Christian organization is the Christian Legal Society (CLS) and the campus is the University of California Hastings School of Law in San Francisco, CA. The CLS has a very basic statement of Christian faith, which is complemented by a Board of Directors Resolution on the Statement of Faith and Sexual Morality Standards (available on-line to members only). Their press release today notes that the Hastings College of Law in San Francisco refused to recognize them because CLS “requires all of its officers and voting members to subscribe to its basic Christian beliefs”–which includes a prohibition on extramarital sex.

I believe this case has far-reaching implications for Christian organizations on secular campuses nationwide:

Gregory S. Baylor, a laywer for the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal-advocacy group assisting the legal society in the case, said, “It’s completely unreasonable—and unconstitutional—for a public university to disrupt the purposes of private student groups by forcing them to accept as members and officers those who oppose the very ideas they advocate.”On the other side of the dispute, Ethan P. Schulman, a lawyer representing the law school, said the bottom-line question posed by the case “is whether public universities and law schools have a constitutional obligation to subsidize discriminatory organizations on campus.” He added: “The Christian Legal Society is seeking a ruling that would treat religious groups differently than all other student groups by exempting them from nondiscrimination and open-membership policies.”

Read the whole thing.

It seems obvious to me that a religious organization would discriminate on the basis of religion — would only a Christian group do that? Wouldn’t a Muslim group or a Jewish group presumably do the same? Should the Christian Legal Society lose this Supreme Court ruling, it could set in motion a domino effect whereby other secular universities join the Hastings College of Law in “pushing out” and marginalizing Christian or other religious groups who do not toe the politically correct line.

Posted by: jeffmooney | December 3, 2009

Eisegesis 101


If you don’t know the word eisegesis, take a quick look at the unintentionally amusing video below, which I just stumbled upon, and you’ll see an example of it. It’s a professor preaching against Calvinism and trying to explain what Romans 9 really means.

But if you read Romans 9:11-12 you’ll see that the point of the text is designed to refute the very point this professor is making!

Posted by: jeffmooney | November 18, 2009

New Issue of Themelios

Justin Taylor

The Gospel Coalition just released the latest issue of Themelios. It is available as a 178-page PDF and in HTML.

  1. D.A. Carson | Editorial
  2. Carl Trueman | Minority Report: Lest We Forget
  3. Wayne Grudem | The Perspicuity of Scripture
  4. Dane C. Ortlund | Christocentrism: An Asymmetrical Trinitarianism?
  5. David VanDrunen | Bearing Sword in the State, Turning Cheek in the Church: A Reformed Two-Kingdoms Interpretation of Matthew 5:38–42
  6. Mark Rogers | “Deliver Us from the Evil One”: Martin Luther on Prayer
  7. Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. | Pastoral Pensées Power in Preaching: Delight (2 Corinthians 12:1–10), Part 3 of 3
  8. Book Reviews
    1. Old Testament | 6 reviews
    2. New Testament | 16 reviews
    3. history and historical theology | 11 reviews
    4. systematic theology and bioethics | 16 reviews

HT: Andy Naselli and Justin Taylor

  • ethics and pastoralia | 8 reviews
  • Posted by: jeffmooney | November 17, 2009

    Quote from Why We Love the Church

    Trevin Wax provides a great list from DeYoung and Kluck’s book, Why We Love the Church.

    Consistency is not a postmodern virtue. And nowhere is this more aptly displayed than in the barrage of criticisms leveled against the church.

    • The church-is-lame crowd hates Constantine and notions of Christendom, but they want the church to be a patron of the arts, and run after-school programs, and bring the world together in peace and love.
    • They bemoan the over-programmed church, but then think of a hundred complex resource-hungry things the church should be doing.
    • They don’t like the church because it is too hierarchical, , but then hate it when it has poor leadership.
    • They wish the church could be more diverse, but then leave to meet in a coffee ship with other well-educated thirtysomethings who are into film festivals, NPR, and carbon offsets.
    • They want more of a family spirit, but too much family and they’ll complain that the church is “inbred.”
    • They want the church to know that its reputation with the outsiders is terrible, but then are critical they the church is too concerned with appearances.
    • They chide the church for not doing more to address social problems, but then complain when the church gets too political.
    • They want church unity and decry all our denominations, but fail to see the irony in the fact that they have left to do their own thing because they can’t find a single church that can satisfy them.
    • They are critical of the lack of community in the church, but then want services that allow for individualized worship experiences.
    • They want leaders with vision, but don’t want anyone to tell them what to do or how to think.
    • They want a church where the people really know each other and care for each other, but then they complain the church today is an isolated country club, only interested in catering to its own members.
    • They want to be connected with history, but are sick of the same prayers and same style every week.
    • They call for not judging “the spiritual path of other believers who are dedicated to pleasing God and blessing people,” and then they blast the traditional church in the harshest, most unflattering terms.”
    Posted by: jeffmooney | November 16, 2009

    Heather Hickman of “The Sojourners Among Us”

    FBCNorco’s Adrian Martinez interviewed Heather Hickman of “The Sojourners Among Us.”

    FBCNorco member, Heather Hickman, has a new blog dedicated to Christ centered social action. It’s called “The Sojourners Among Us.” I had the privilege to interview Heather about the blog. Here is the conversation:

    Heather, can you briefly tell us what The Sojourners Among Us is all about?
    Well, the focus of this blog is clearly displayed in the title, “The Sojourners Among Us.” In the Old Testament, the sojourners were those that were outside of the covenant (those without land), but were within Israel’s purview. In Deuteronomy 10:17-21, it becomes quite apparent that the people of God should value what God values; therefore, they are to love the sojourner. In today’s global society, the sojourners among us are many and I have decided to concentrate specifically on them. I will focus in on slavery and its causes and implications.
    What is the desired outcome of all this?
    This blog is intended to be for other serious-minded Christians who want to think more critically about social issues. It should then press Christians to engage in thoughtful discussion of these issues and then to act upon these ideas. An overarching question for this entire blog will be, “As those who have been rescued out of darkness and given life in Jesus Christ, how do we think about and engage these social issues?” With that said, I am hoping to see fellow Christians become active in these areas. I hope to see that this action is necessarily driven by their theology, not simply by a compassionate heart. Serious/thoughtful discussion and resulting action is what I desire to see.
    What features or types of posts can we expect to see on the blog?
    My main focus will be posting short entries that either highlight an issue or ask a thought-provoking question about the issue and/or how Christians should respond to it. I will pull from a number of different sources, some Christian and some non-Christian. I will also include some worthwhile videos, quotes, and many helpful links to a variety of websites.
    How would you like readers to correspond with you?
    I hope for my readers to comment on my posts. From that I would like to see thoughtful discussions developed. Contributing to these developing discussions myself is also something I would like to spend time doing. In addition to commenting on the blog post, I would love to have these conversations with people in person in day-to-day life.

    Posted by: jeffmooney | October 21, 2009

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