Monday, December 31, 2007

WE'RE RICH!!!

Hello readers! Rejoice with us! We ended the wonderful year of 2007 with a wonderful bang! We found out today, and confirmed with Kaiser Permanente today, that Angela is pregnant with our fifth wonderful arrow of our quiver!!!

If it is a girl, she will be named Sofia Cristiana. If it is a boy, he will be named Isaiah Calvin.

We praise You, O Lord, because You grant Your favor to those who are undeserving. O Lord, we do not deserve Your kindness to us, yet You lavish it upon us every day. Thank You for the gift of this precious life. Please guard this child and protect this child. May our baby one day know You personally, and Jesus Christ, Whom You have sent. Thank You that You confound the wisdom of the "wise" through the mouths of little children. We praise You that You crush Satan's kingdom this way. May You be pleased, O Lord, to grant us even more children after this one. We are unworthy. You have made us rich with every spiritual blessing in Christ. In Jesus' precious Name. Amen.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

WHERE I (CURRENTLY) STAND ON VARIOUS REFORMED DISCUSSIONS

Hello my fellow Reformed readers! This post is for you all. As many of you well know, we Reformed come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. This is just to let you know where I currently stand on different Reformed issues. I would love to know where some of you stand as well.

JOSH BRISBY'S CURRENT CONVICTIONS:
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Eschatology: Postmillennialist

Christian Liberty: Fire me up a cigar and a cold beer and a nice warm Merlot with some gambling chips and a Blackjack table!

Apologetics: Van Tillian Presuppositionalist (kind of in between the Bahnsenian and Frameian stripes)

The Sabbath: Moderate Sabbatarian who believes that we should honor the Lord's Day, but every Christian needs to work out in their conscience issues associated with it

Have the gifts of tongues and prophecy ceased?: Yes (cessationist)

View of the general equity of the moral law of God: Non-theonomist in the stripe of Frame and Poythress (see The Shadow of Christ In the Law of Moses and Frame's articles on the subject, esp. his "The One, the Many, and Theonomy" in Theonomy: A Reformed Critique)

Justification and the Federal Vision: I reject the Federal Vision as heretical. I hold to the imputation of Christ's righteousness, including both His active and passive obedience.

Law and Gospel: I believe Law and Gospel are antithetical when it comes to our justification, but that they are united in our sanctification. Christ causes us to walk in His Law and transforms our hearts to obey it in our sanctification. Our union with Christ flows from our justification.

Counseling: I affirm that nouthetic counseling in the stripe of Jay Adams seems to be the most biblically-oriented manner to touch the soul and deal with the heart of the issues.

Days of Creation: Literal, 24-hour day six-day creationist; I reject Kline's Framework Hypothesis as damaging to the church, and other views as influenced by evolutionary thought

Corporate Worship: I hold to the regulative principle, while not being strict to the point of denial of instruments. It is important to distinguish between elements and circumstances of worship.

Exclusive Psalmody?: No. Hymns and songs that are non-Psalms are appropriate as well.

Redemptive-Historical Preaching?: No, I appreciate the Puritan way of application in sermons

Strict or moderate subscription to the Confession?: Moderate

Prophetic school of thought (partial preterist, idealist, historicist, or futurist?): Idealist

Proper subjects of baptism: Those who profess faith; rejection of infant baptism as unbiblical and unprovable

Nature of the Lord's Table: Calvinist suprasubstantiationist (I recommend Keith Mathison's excellent book Given For You: Reclaiming Calvin's Doctrine of the Lord's Supper)

Infralapsarian or Supralapsarian?: Infra, although I'm not sure if it really matters. Sometimes this seems to me to delve too deep into the mind of God.

Have I left any out??? :0D

Where do you stand, O Reformed readers?

Sunday, December 16, 2007

THE SAD STATE OF THE CHURCH TODAY

We are currently staying at a Hampton Inn in Gallup, NM, about 3 1/2 hours away from my parents' house in Albuquerque. This morning, I have looked all over the yellow pages here, doing research on websites, for a church for us to go to this morning.

I found none.

The only good news is that I found a sister F.I.R.E. Church (Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals) about 41 minutes close to my parents' house. We will consider going there tonight for evening worship. However, it saddens me that there are no good Reformed or Calvinistic churches where we are staying right now.

I sure am glad I'm a postmillennialist. I just wish that God would work a little faster. The state of the church today grieves me greatly.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

ON VACATION

We are on vacation right now, driving to see my parents. I am typing this from a hotel in who-knows-where, CA right now, but we are taking it easy, and it is nice. I hope we see some of God's wonders of snow. I am looking forward to this.

Also, this may be the last time we see my parents' house in New Mexico, because they are retiring and moving to TX. I have a lot of memories in their house, so it will be kind of sad. You know all about nostalgia I'm sure.

For my readers, I plan on doing some posts on Why I Am A Reformed Baptist soon, as well as A Critique of Eastern Orthodoxy. Before I do the post on why I'm a Reformed Baptist, I'll probably do several on Why I Am NOT . . . and then several religions/worldviews.

Most of all, I am a Christian because of the sovereign grace of our Triune God.

Have a Merry Christmas everybody, and a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 07, 2007

MY DIET: AFTER ONE MONTH

Hello friends! The Lord has been gracious to me and my family! Today, after one month on the diet, I now weigh 236.2!

Almost half-way there! Praises to our sovereign God!