These are three small and easy to read books that are useful for training in church membership classes, discipleship groups, and elder boards—and even for devotional reading. They are at once theological, practical, and experiential. Readers will not simply be informed, but led to believe in, rejoice in, and be transformed by the truth of God for his gathered people.
Doctrine and Devotion’s first conference is happening on March 11th, 2017 in the western suburbs of Chicago. This one day event will focus on the use of confessions in the life of the Christian and the local church as it relates to faith and godliness.
In October Joe was preaching at a conference in Wellington, NZ with Dr. Jim Renihan. Jim is the Dean and Professor of Historical Theology at the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies at Westminster Seminary in Escondido, California. He is a theological beast and an author whom you need to be well acquainted with. Today, Jim talks with Joe about the possibility of a new seminary launching in Texas, the doctrine of divine Impassibility, and of course, Neil Young. Plus, Jimmy interrupts the interview from the other side of the world.
While was Joe was in New Zealand He interviewed Dr. James White. James is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the author of more than twenty books, a professor, an accomplished debater, and an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church.
Before the interview starts Jimmy and Joe talk about the value of bow ties, and afterward they suggest that Dr. White is really a cyborg. During the interview Joe talks to James about apologetics, what James does and does not debate, and why he believes that the doctrine of Scripture is the most critical doctrine in maintaining orthodoxy. Plus, James pulls a “Jimmy” and plays with with phone during the interview.
We cannot take mission seriously unless we take ecclesiology seriously. The two are inseperable. Because God’s strategy for the Great Commission is the Church, having a robust understanding of the doctrine of the Church is vital for faithfulness in mission. This year’s National New Zealand Acts 29 conference seeks to cultivate exactly that – a biblically faithful, historically informed and contextually sensitive understanding of ecclesiology. Join us as James White, Joe Thorn and Jim Renihan consider doctrine, history, apologetics and mission under the rubric of ecclesiology.
You don’t see this on the front of DesiringGod.org everyday. In fact, pretty sure this is a first…
Pastor Joe Thorn on the value of confessions of faith:
…Because I love God, I love his word. And because I love God and his word, I love theology. And because I love theology, I love confessions of faith. To know God is to believe who he has revealed himself to be in Christ, to rest in his grace, and to obey him in faith. In all of this, we are dependent on the Holy Scripture, and are compelled to affirm and articulate the truths revealed therein. This is where confessions of faith play a vital role in the spiritual health of the Christian and the local church…
Even with the growing interest in Calvinism among evangelicals in recent years, too often the resurging interest in doctrine has not led to a robust understanding of Reformed theology or an embrace of Reformed confessions.
In my own context, I occasionally hear some Baptists say things like, “We need no creed but the Bible.” While I affirm their belief in the supremacy and sufficiency of the Scripture, such a sentiment ignores the purpose and use of confessions. And by the way, such a statement is itself a confession.
Proper confessions of faith, like Westminster, or the 1689 Baptist Confession, serve four purposes: clarity, unity, charity, and safety…
Pastor Joe Thorn gives us some background and behind the scenes on 1689 Beard®:
…1689 Beard was started by pastor/church planter Scott Anderson. Scott was led by God to plant Remembrance Church in 2010 in Madison, GA. While others encouraged him to target a large city Scott wanted to bring a reformed, Christ-centered, gospel saturated church that invested life-on-life into a community that was malnourished on missional living and biblical theology particularly in a rural area. Planting in such a context often requires a planter to approach ministry bi-vocationally. In Scott’s case, by teaching math and science to 5th graders.
In 2014 Scott used his science and math experience to start infusing oils to make beard balm for his own use. Other bearded men began requesting his product and encouraged him to start selling on Etsy. As the business began taking off Scott partnered with a seasoned business man and deacon from Remembrance, Kris Harris. In February, Kris the CFO, and Scott the CEO of 1689 Beard.
On Wednesday nights you can find Scott in his garage making beard balm while his son plays near by. His wife gird final approval of each scent, and his daughter places the labels on each can…