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Strange Reaction
by Tom. Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:48 PM
CHURCH GOVERNMENT
by Pilgrim. Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:34 PM
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by Tom. Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:41 PM
Yesterday at 11:19 PM Strange Reaction [by Tom]
Today I had something strange happen to me, that to be frank I needed to bite my tongue lest I say something offensive.

I had sent a friend some information on creation that I thought was really interesting. I think the average 8th grader would understand it.
This guy on occasion teaches college level courses on ancient civilizations such as the Parthian Empire. I have also seen him read some thick books on things like that.

His response to me was: "It goes right over my head."

How would you respond to that?
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Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:13 PM CHURCH GOVERNMENT [by Lichawa Thole]
I need help to think through the Congregational form of church government. This has been my conviction for almost 20 years now until in the last couple of months when I have began to rethink this position. I must confess that my experience as a Reformed Baptist pastor has been very trying. This is what has led me to rethink the position. Your help will be much appreciated.
I would like us to discuss it from three perspectives.
A. Historical Perspective: what was the form of church government practiced by the early church soon after the Apostles? I have in mind Polycarp who saw the Apostle John. It seems to me that he wasn't Congregational (I stand to be corrected). Could it mean that Congregationalism is a later invention or could it be that Polycarp soon forgot what he was taught by John?
B. Biblical Warrant:
1. What are the major Biblical texts in support of Congregationalism?
2. What is the Congregational interpretation of Acts 15?
3. Was the church in Jerusalem a single assembly or various assemblies in various homes?
C. Practical Ramifications:
1. It seems to me that whereas church members are accountable to elders, a Congregational church as an entity is not accountable anywhere. The argument is usually that it is accountable to the Lord Jesus the head of the church. But a church member might argue the same way with respect to his accountability.
2. It seems to me that Congregational churches have no court of appeal for both Minister and member. So one's fate is left to a few men (elders) or the general membership. Isn't there safety in a multitude of godly and mature counsel as is to be found in Presbyteries, Synods and General Assembly?

May I suggest that we start with Part A.
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:04 PM Unplanned [by Tom]

Anybody watch the movie 'Unplanned'?
In British Columbia, Canada it seems to be touching the nerve in the pro-abortion movement.
Owners and staff of theatres in several communities are getting death threats. Causing them to cancel the movie from being shown.

Tom
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:09 AM Tribe of Benjamin [by John_C]
It has come to my attention that the tribe of Benjamin was considered one of the northern tribes during David's kingdom. After the split the southern kingdom was named Judah, and the northern kingdom named Israel. Benjamin became part of Judah. What are the particulars of that being so?

In addition, Simeon was part of Judah during David's kingdom. Again, after the split who did they numbered as the ten tribes of the northern kingdom? Seems as if Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin were out of the mix, then how did they get to the 10 tribes in the northern kingdom? Must must have counted the two half-tribes as two.
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Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:56 PM KJVO and Bible Inerrancy [by Tom]
One of the arguments that KJVO use is that they are the only ones who are consistent when it comes to believing in Bible inerrancy.
All others can only say that the Bible as originally given is inerrant. They claim that this only serves to make people doubt the accuracy of the Bible itself.
My question is what would you say to a person who made that claim?
I am not asking for flaws in the KJV itself.

Tom
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