IFCA Convention Messages and a Summer Break

Drs. Mike Vlach, Tommy Ice, Larry Pettegrew, and me. It looks like we were lined up according to height.😂

Today I am at Twin Peaks Bible Camp in Colorado (twinpeaksbiblecamp.org) teaching at their High School camp for the week. With no wifi or even cell phone service, I am completely unplugging for the week. Then for the next two weeks I’m going to be enjoying some much needed rest with my family as we camp in beautiful Michigan. That means that I won’t be posting anything new here for a little more than three weeks. If you want to know when I start writing again, I’d recommend that you subscribe to this blog and an email will be sent to you when new posts are uploaded.

To keep you occupied until I get back, we have uploaded the audio and video files of our General Sessions from the 2021 IFCA Annual Convention to our Sermon page (https://www.ifca.org/page/sermons). These include the messages from me, Mike Vlach, Tommy Ice, and Larry Pettegrew. You can also find the two panel discussions: On Social Justice and Race, and On Eschatology, also on the IFCA sermons page. Next week our staff will begin uploading the seminar audio from the convention as well and you will be able to listen to those from the same page.

As an additional treat, you can now freely read and download the VOICE magazine issue where we address Social Justice/CRT from a biblical perspective. It has been our most popular issue to date. Feel free to share it, and if you’d like contact our office to purchase physical copies. The digital magazine can be read here: https://www.ifca.org/file/2ef529c0-e970-11eb-9a41-239c885721a6

Looking forward to posting new content in mid-August!

We Will Not Be Silent and We Will Not Back Down (weekend repost)

“In a time of universal deception, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. Let us determine that we will not be shamed into silence or inaction. We will speak, and like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the book of Daniel, let us resolve that we will not bow.”

Erwin Lutzer, We Will Not Be Silenced, 38.

It is interesting to read about the Apostle Paul’s experience in Jerusalem in Acts 21-26. In these chapters, Paul is constantly allowed to share with different audiences his testimony in one way or another. Incredibly, in many instances, he isn’t allowed to finish his explanation of why he believes in Jesus Christ.

Read the rest of the post here: We Will Not Be Silent and We Will Not Bow Down

Report on the IFCA Annual Convention

My friend Paul Scharf has been writing for a series of articles for Sharper Iron (www.sharperiron.org) which are a summary of his experiences at the IFCA Annual Convention this year in Lincoln, NE. If you didn’t make it, I’d recommend you read his report (both parts one and two, so far). He does a great job of capturing the flavor of the convention. You can read part 2 here: https://sharperiron.org/article/report-ifca-annual-convention-part-2

7 Reasons Why You Should Study and Teach Biblical Eschatology (weekend repost)

Various views of end times events have caused division, confusion, and frustration for many Christians. It isn’t hard for a person that wants to downplay the importance of eschatology to point out extreme examples of each view in order to demonstrate that the effort is fruitless. Some have jokingly called themselves “pan-millennialists” saying that it will all pan-out in the end.

However, complexity, alternate views, and even wacky ideas among some teachers should not be enough for us to put off the study of end times. Read the rest of this post: 7 Reasons Why You Should Study and Teach Biblical Eschatology

7 Reasons Why You Should Study and Teach Biblical Eschatology

Various views of end times events have caused division, confusion, and frustration for many Christians. It isn’t hard for a person that wants to downplay the importance of eschatology to point out extreme examples of each view in order to demonstrate that the effort is fruitless. Some have jokingly called themselves “pan-millennialists” saying that it will all pan-out in the end.

However, complexity, alternate views, and even wacky ideas among some teachers should not be enough for us to put off the study of end times. We wouldn’t follow that reasoning regarding difficulties in our understanding of the Trinity, or the doctrine of hell, or any other biblical doctrine, would we? Any pan-Trinitarians out there?

In my opening message at the IFCA Annual Convention a few weeks ago, I set out seven reason for why we need to study and teach biblical eschatology. My message will be posted soon, but until then, I thought it might be helpful to enumerate those reasons:

1. You Should Study and Teach Biblical Eschatology Because It Puts God’s Glory on Display (Rev. 1:1-2)

2. You Should Study and Teach Biblical Eschatology Because It Shows Us God’s Future Plans (Rev. 1:1-2)

3. You Should Study and Teach Biblical Eschatology Because It Comes With Blessings (Rev 1:3)

4. You Should Study and Teach Biblical Eschatology Because the Time Is Near (Rev 1:3)

5. You Should Study and Teach Biblical Eschatology Because It Encourages the Saints (1Th 4:18; 5:11)

6. You Should Study and Teach Biblical Eschatology Because the Judgment of God is Coming (2Pt 3:1-10)

7. You Should Study and Teach Biblical Eschatology Because It Promotes Holiness and Godliness in the Church (2Pt 3:11-12)

These aren’t the only reasons why we need to study and teach biblical eschatology, but these among others are rooted in the authority of Scripture itself. I pray these reasons will motivate, enourage, and inspire you to go to the Scripture and study and teach the hope of Jesus coming again.