Reflections on #greaterthingsNC: The 2014 @ncbaptist Annual Meeting – Part 1

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 7.59.45 PMI just got home from the 2014 annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, the theme of which was “Greater Things,” predicated upon Jesus’ statement in the upper room, recorded in John 14:12, in which He says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.”

It was preceded by the annual Pastors Conference, the theme of which was “The Pursuit,” based on Paul’s words to Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:11, “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.”

I would characterize both meetings as a mixed bag, with more positive than negative. But as is my custom I will speak to both. In this part I have some thoughts about the Pastors Conference. Continue reading

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You can learn to read the New Testament in Greek

“It’s all Greek to me!” no longer has to be a phrase meaning “I don’t get it!”

English translations of the Scriptures are great, but there is nothing that can quite substitute for being able to read the New Testament in Greek. You see things the English doesn’t convey. Sometimes the way you interpret a text will be enlightened. Again, there really is no substitute.

Of course, you might be intimidated at the mere thought of trying to learn New Testament. If that’s the case, I understand.

But Dr. Robert Plummer of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has done us a great favor by starting a new web site — Daily Dose of Greek. Each day he is going to go over one verse in Greek in a little two minute video. That’s going to help people like me, a pastor who hasn’t had a real Greek class in years, brush up on things.

But the best part for you is that Dr. Plummer has included twenty-five lectures that go along with Dr. David Alan Black’s Learn to Read the New Testament Greek, 3rd ed. (which you can get here, and even cheaper here for a Kindle).

Dr. Plummer Daily Dose of Greek Intro from Daily Dose of Greek on Vimeo.

The best part of the new web site is that all of the lectures and videos are FREE.

Let me repeat that. FREE.

In other words, you can learn how to read the New Testament in its original language. You can know God’s word better.

All it takes is a minimal monetary invest, and the effort to watch, read, and take it all in. It will be worth it. Check it out!

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Fal$e Teaching: Rick Joyner goes to heaven

The apostle Paul couldn’t talk about seeing heaven in 2 Corinthians 12, but Rick Joyner can. Apparently he’s been several times.

A sermon I preached on purported visits to heaven may be helpful.

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Matt Privett on the Bible, church, culture, and how it applies to us for the glory of God