Wednesday, October 11, 2017

What's All This Talk of a "Five-Fold Ministry"?

The concept of the five-fold ministry comes from the context of  Ephesians 4:11, "It was he who gave some to be (1) apostles, some to be (2) prophets, some to be (3) evangelists, and some to be (4) pastors and (5) teachers.

Because of the singular focus by NAR and charismatic teachers, there are some who believe God has restored, or is restoring, the offices of apostle and prophet in the church today. In my last posting, I addressed whether or not the office of the apostle was valid for today.  

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Is the Office of the "Apostle" Alive Today?

Not long ago I was speaking with a friend about a local group, rooted in the new apostolic reformation, and was asked for my thoughts on "modern day apostles."[1] Now one has to clarify what the word "apostle" so that we understand the question. For example does the word, apostle mean a reference to the "office" going back to the New Testament period or does it mean just a practical application of one who is a messenger. Since the question pertained to the office like that of the New Testament Apostolic office this posting will address the question from this angle.

Simply stated, the answer to this question as it pertains to the New Testament office is a resounding, "NO!" However, I will not let it go there. Allow me to defend this position and why there is no apostolic office in the church of the Third Millennium. 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism: What is It and How Can We Respond to this Phenomenon?

A couple of years ago one of my students in our chapter confessed that he had been experiencing some difficulties at home. Much of problem was a misunderstanding about being a well behaved young adult (college student) living under their parents roof.  However their thinking also revealed that they were questioning their understanding of God and whether God really cared and intervened in their life. What that person told me was that they were living more along the lines of a deistic understanding of how God operates in our lives.

As I think about where we are in our culture

Monday, September 25, 2017

Are 2 Samuel 24:1 and 1 Chronicles 21:1 Contradictory?

Sometimes the Bible presents what seems to be contradictions in the histories of the Old Testament. One such case are the passages of 2 Samuel 24:1 and 1 Chronicles 21:1 which respectively tell us, What is the problem? Well, how can a passage claiming that God moved David to number Israel be not a contradiction to a similar passage in 1 Chronicles 21:1 which claims that it was Satan who caused David to number Israel?  Are these passages problematic?

Here are the passages and let's work this through.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Remembering Nabeel Qureshi April 13, 1983 - September 16, 2017

April 13, 1983-September 16, 2017

Nabeel Qureshi died of cancer yesterday (Saturday) morning. I did not know him as well as those in the RZIM community, the Houston Baptist faculty and the folks at Biola. 

However I am thankful for the privilege having the opportunity to be a break out speaker in 2010, when he and his pastor hosted a regional apologetics conference as a youth minister at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church and conversing with him about his and David Wood's experiences at the Dearborn Arab Festival.  I had a short visit with him a few times at the National Apologetics Conference, particularly the year that he shared his testimony and why he wrote Seeking Allah and Finding Jesus.  

He will be greatly missed by many.  Please continue to pray for his wife, Michelle, and their daughter Ayah.  

There are some wonderful posts out there in the blogosphere. Allow me to recommend this article from The Stream by Tom Gilson.  Also, Ravi Zacharias has written a wonderful testimony of Nabeel's impact with RZIM for  the Washington Post.  Also Justin Taylor from the Gospel Coalition has written a wonderful article on Nabeel's life.

His writing, his preaching and speaking and his fellowship in the apologetics world will be sorely missed. He impacted many in the church to reach out to Muslims and defend their faith with the gentleness and respect we are called to do. This young man's legacy will continue to impact many because of the many lives that he touched. Ravi Zacharias stated that it was tens of thousands. 

This is not good bye, Nabeel. This we'll see you later and soon.  



For those of you who may have missed the service, you can also read the gleanings by Ravi Zacharias who gave Nabeel's eulogy.  It is found online in the Christianity Today  What Ravi Zacharias Said at Nabeel Qureshi’s Funeral.  Please continue to pray for Nabeel's wife Michelle, their daughter Ayah Fatima, and Nabeel's Mother and Father and his sister who are both Muslims.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Five Questions Every Worldview MUST Answer Coherently and Cohesively

You hear a lot about the subject of world views and you may have run across some posts here at The Real Issue on world views. But repetition is always a good teacher, particularly when it comes to matters of truth and ministry. 

There are a variety of definitions that are presented by different authors. When we look at the meaning of the worldview, my go to is James Sire's definition where he says that a worldview is  "a worldview is a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions, that may be true, partially true, or false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides that foundation on which we live and move and have our being".[1]  

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Real Issue Podcast: It's Apologetics Awareness Week! (September 10-17, 2017)

September 10-17, 2017 kicks off the first Apologetics Awareness Week.  If you have been following the postings this week, took some time to sum up those postings and share a little about this week.

This is a week to get those who have not thought about the task of apologetics or have had difficulty questions thrown their way and have not known how to answer them. It is also a week for those who have wondered about apologetics and have not had the chance to get in on the fun of learning what it means to be confident about one's faith.

Check out the Real Issue Podcast for more information and more equipping in this show, on "It's Apologetics Awareness Week" on the Real Issue podcast.

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