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  1. Even if that were true, I'm not complaining. I'm just asking a question. Don't you think it's reasonable of me to want to know if I'm breaking the rules by having these alleged "numerous accounts"?
  2. No, not at all. I just want the mods to investigate me to tell me whether or not I have more than one account here. I know I don't, but I would like their decision as evidence. And, besides, whether I want him banned from BaptistBoard is a moot point at this point, as he's probably going to be banned, anyway. He's already had two threads closed and a stern rebuke from the mods.
  3. Wait a second. Repentence isn't part of the Gospel?
  4. I'm more concerned about disproving his claims that I have "numerous accounts" on OB. The other board isn't an issue. He's about to be banned from there, anyway.
  5. On another message board, "Dr"JamesAch is falsely claiming that I have "numerous accounts" here. Obviously, what our false witness bearing friend says elsewhere is not your problem. However, if what he is saying is true (and, like all the other accusations he's made toward me, it's not), then that would a violation of OB rules. Would you please investigate this and tell us whether or not I have any other accounts?
  6. Then he shouldn't have brought it up. It's like saying, "One of the people in your neighborhood is a rapist and a child molestor, but I'm not going to tell you who." Then, of course, you come to find out that the guy is actually a brother in Christ, who's never hurt a child in his life, but who was the subject of an ugly rumor by a spiteful ex-girlfriend.
  7. You're making it up.Period. Are you really telling us that this is such a false, apostate church, but that you wouldn't warn us about it?
  8. I refer to him when it's appropriate. I also have a segment on Augustine in the Church History classes I teach, as well as a series on Christian biographies.
  9. Thanks for the kind words. There are a number of ways that we can deny Christ every day. But isn't it good to know that God is faithful, even when we are faithless?
  10. I collect records. I won't get into that because I don't think my choice in musical genres would win me many friends here, but Greenwich Village in New York is famous among record collectors for it's hundreds of used record stores. When I lived in New Jersey, I would go up to New York about once a month to cruise the record stores. One autumn Saturday, I drove to the train station, took the Jersey Transit into the city Once there, I jumped on the subway and headed to the Village. Dummy that I am, I got on the wrong train and ended up in an underground shopping mall underneath a huge office building. I poked my head into one of the stores to get directions and see where I went wrong. I struck up a conversation with the cashier, a young girl of maybe 19 or 20. "Ask her if she knows where she would go if she died", my conscience told me. "No, that's not why I'm here. It's my day off. That can wait. Besides, it's New York and you know how New Yorkers are", I reasoned. On the way out of the mall, I realized that I really should have taken the time to talk to her, but I kept walking. Long story short, I got to the Village, picked up some sweet vinyl, and went home. Just three days later, Tuesday, I turned on my TV to see that "large office building", which by now, you've probably figured out was the South Tower of the World Trade Center, turned to dust and ash, three thousand people ushered into eternity, some welcomed home as children of God, some apprehended as criminals, waiting to stand before the Judge. To this day, the face of that little girl haunts me. I have no idea whether she lived or died, but I will always remember the opportunity I was given to witness to her and share the Gospel with her, that I turned down because I had better things to do. And that is why I feel as passionately about evangelism as I do.
  11. Thanks. That's very kind of you to say. I've been sick the last couple of days, but I'm hoping to join my church's evangelism team tonight in Newark for "Newark Night".We give out tracts, do one on one witnessing, hand out bottles on hot days. Most of our team is in Dover at the NASCAR race doing that today. That's kind of an all day thing, though, and I didn't feel up to that. We don't do much door to door because we're so far out in the sticks, it isn't really practical. But we do try to hit any event that has people and we try to go to the "party districts" and witness. It's funny that you say you got saved in a town that was a stronghold of Catholicism. When I was a kid, I was hyperactive (back then, it wasn't "hyperactive". It was just being a brat.). My mom, who was not Catholic, heard about the uber-discipline in Catholic schools and decided to send me to a Catholic elementary school. My new step-father was Catholic (although denied communion because he married my mother, "the shikse") and, out of a strong desire to please him, I studied all I could about Catholicism and listened intently as the nuns and priests catechised us. Every day, when school let out, we would hop on our bikes and ride over to my friend, Tommy Engle's house. Tommy's house was right down the street from a small Bible church and, every day, we would see the "big kids" playing football on the lawn. We asked if we could play and they were happy to accept us. Turns out, two of the "kids" were adult youth leaders. After we played, we would sit down with them and talk about whatever we wanted to. It was the 70s. "Hey, man, let's rap." That sort of thing. They would ask me about my Catholic school and what I was learning there, not in an intimidating or antagonizing way, but sincerely and out of concern for me. I would tell them what we learned about the Eucharist or about Veronica stooping to wipe Jesus' brow, or justification and they would say, "Wow. That's really interesting. Let's see what the Bible says about that." And verse, by verse, they would go through the Bible with me until I understood the Gospel and understood the errors of Catholicism. They never preached against Catholicism or told me it was wrong. They just let me see the truth of scripture and let the light of scripture expose the darkness of Catholicism. LIttle by little, I understood the Gospel and, while I was sympathetic to the Gospel, I didn't receive Christ until about twelve years later. Even though I didn't receive Christ then, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt how their telling me about the Gospel stuck with me and was the seed that led to me receiving Christ and getting saved in my early twenties. I don't remember their names and have tried in vain to find them a couple of times over the years, but that's OK. I'm convinced that they have a soul winning crown waiting in Heaven and I can't wait to thank them when I finally see them again.
  12. Unfortunately, you have me at a disadvantage. Because anything I say on this issue will be seen as promoting contemporary music, I'm not really able to say much about my views on this. So I'll just say I disagree, but respect your right to your opinion and leave it at that. All I'll say about it is that I think it's funny that that many people get so upset about it. It's about the most un-rock and roll-like music I think I've ever heard. The way I've heard the hymn played traditonally (and, incidentally, it's one of my favorite hymns, which may be why I don't like this version) is in a 4/4 march-like time, which I would think would be much worse.
  13. I have no problem with it. Not my style of music, but hymns are not scripture. They are open to interpretation. One of my favorite songs is "At the Cross", by the Sensational Nightingales, which is not the traditional "At the Cross", but is a conflation of two different hymns and set to a different beat.
  14. I think that's subjective. If that's the message you take away from mohawks, then I think you have an obligation not to get a mohawk.
  15. I think it depends. First of all, let's remember that hairstyles are cultural and, thus, subjective. Remember that, in the 19th century, most men had long hair that would have been considered "sinful" by many Christians just fifty years later and, fifty years after that, would have been considered short by most Christians. While it's true that some hairstyles are associated with rebellion, I seriously doubt your five year old wants a mohawk to protest against societal norms. From what you've described, I don't see how you would be causing your parents to sin, but I would explain to your child, in age appropriate language, that how we present ourselves on the outside presents a message to the world about us. That's why we dress up when we go to church, because we have reverence for God, or why we dress for court or weddings, because we have respect for the sanctity of those institutions, or why we dress casually to go to a ball game, because that's about fun and recreation. Personally, when I see a mohawk, my first thought isn't about punks or rebellion, but "Airborne!"
  16. Auburn88

    Your Favorite Hymns?

    I don't think I have a favorite to sing. I like to sing them all. But to just sit back and reflect on the words, my favorite by far is "'Tis Finished, the Messiah Dies": 'Tis finished! The Messiah dies, Cut off for sins, but not His own: Accomplished is the sacrifice, The great redeeming work is done. 'Tis finished! all the debt is paid; Justice divine is satisfied; The grand and full atonement made; God for a guilty world hath died. The veil is rent in Christ alone; The living way to heaven is seen; The middle wall is broken down, And all mankind may enter in. The types and figures are fulfilled; Exacted is the legal pain; The precious promises are sealed; The spotless Lamb of God is slain. The reign of sin and death is o'er, And all may live from sin set free; Satan hath lost his mortal power; 'Tis swallowed up in victory. Saved from the legal curse I am, My Savior hangs on yonder tree: See there the meek, expiring Lamb! 'Tis finished! He expires for me. Accepted in the Well-beloved, And clothed in righteousness divine, I see the bar to heaven removed; And all Thy merits, Lord, are mine. Death, hell, and sin are now subdued; All grace is now to sinners given; And lo, I plead the atoning blood, And in Thy right I claim Thy heaven!
  17. Not familiar with the book, but here's something I posted recently on another message board that may help a little:
  18. Jerry, we live on a farm and we have sheep and goats. Every now and then, one of our sheep will wander out of the pen. I'll wake up in the morning or look out my window and there they'll be, bleating and walking around and around the pen, trying to find his way back intothe pen because he knows he's part of a flock and wants to be with the other sheep. Our goats, on the other hand, are another story. When one of them gets out of the pen (there's a fallen tree they like to play on and I think they use that to jump over the fence), I have to go and track them down. They fight me every step of the way, too. They don't want to go back in the pen because goats tend to be solitary animals and don't really care about their herd. People can be a lot like sheep and goats and the Bible makes a pretty frightening distinction between sheep and goats.
  19. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I almost voted for Buchanan once. The ideas expressed by Gingrich and Romney is a big reason I abandoned the Republican Party. It's time to bring our troops home from the Middle East, from Japan, Korea, from Europe, and soon to be from Australia and stop being the world's policeman. We've lost too many good young men over the last ten years because of this foolsihness. As it is, the only two people in the current GOP field I'd vote for are Johnson or possibly Paul.
  20. We have a strict no-fast food policy in our household. No McDonalds (although my wife has granted me a special dispensation for the duration of the McRib), no Burger King, no Wendy's, etc. Guess what the one exception is: Chik-fil-A. We love Chik-fil-A. Not only is the food good, but the service is a little shocking if all you're used to is snotty kids and surley managers who couldn't care whether you come back or not. I've never been in a Chik-fil-A where the kids weren't friendly and helpful. It actually reminds me a little (and I'm dating myself here) when you would pull into the Texaco station and a team of men would come out like a NASCAR pit crew to service your car while you were waiting. I like the way they have community nights to support local charities and I love and have a tremendous amount of respect for them for choosing to honor the Lord's Day, even though it results in the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue. There isn't one thing not to like about Chik-fil-A. Truett Cathy founded the company on Biblical principles and that's why it stands head and shoulders above the rest.
  21. You don't always know you have a hearing problem. My hearing was severely damaged after twenty years of spending night after night in front of loud amplifiers and speakers. I got so used to people repeating themselves for me and reading their lips and facial expressions, that I honestly didn't know I had a problem until an incident occurred that made me realize I was almost deaf. Fortunately for me, my problem was relatively simple to repair and now I hear as well or better than I did when I was young. But sometimes, you just don't realize that you can't hear.
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