Cool Website #37: WhitcombMinistries.org – Dr. John C. Whitcomb

Recently my wife and I reconnected with a dear friend from our days at Grace Theological Seminary — my favorite professor — Dr. John C. Whitcomb.  We had known him from his visits to the Princeton campus back in our college days.  Having been saved under the ministry of Dr. Donald Fullerton of the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship, Dr. Whitcomb graciously came back when he had opportunity to participate in different Bible and Prophecy conferences associated with both the college group and Westerly Road Church.  You need to check out his current ministry as founder, president and professor of Christian Workman Schools of Theology.  His life and ministry may be summed up in this quotation: “I want to be in the full-time business of finding out what God says and telling as many people as I can.”  He has certainly had an active life of fulfilling that calling. I remember him best (starting to sound like a eulogy — Dr. Whitcomb is very much alive!) for his graciousness, his sense of humor and his unique ability to make the OT come alive in his preaching and teaching ministry.  He has authored a wide range of books and is considered in evangelical circles to be an expert in several strategic areas of the spiritual warfare surrounding our culture today: Biblical Creationism, Bible Prophecy, Dispensational Theology, Presuppositional Apologetics, as well as his exposition of the Old Testament.  You can listen to many of his sermons for free at www.sermonaudio.com — which is an incredible resource — especially in today’s world of IPod technology (my daughter Julie teaches me more each day).  Or you can visit his website for information on ordering various tapes, DVDs, CDs, etc.  If you have a chance to hear him speak in person, you will be especially blessed.  Just check his schedule on the website. You also might want to read some of the interesting articles he has posted.  His reputation will always be that of a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.  In this age of compromise, Dr. Whitcomb continues to demonstrate the balance between speaking the truth (and as would say … If we ever err, at least let it be on this side) and speaking graciously in love.  I will always remember his illustration from seminary class: If you are deathly ill and need to trust your physical...
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Cool Website #36: Clark’s Elioak Farm — Reviving the Enchanted Forest

The classic Enchanted Forest from Route 40 in Ellicott City has been relocated to Clark’s Elioak Farm just a few minutes away.  They tell the story of how they were able to obtain and relocate the various fairy tale pieces that hold a lot of memories for families that used to visit the amusement park. Once upon a time, there was a wonderful storybook park in Ellicott City, Maryland called The Enchanted Forest. Opened in 1955, it thrilled and delighted generations of families from far and wide throughout the next 30 years. Sadly, it closed to the public in the late 1980’s and has not reopened in spite of numerous efforts to revive it. In the summer of 2004, we were able to obtain the very large and orange Cinderella Pumpkin Coach and display it at the farm. It was a big hit! It was so much fun to see the faces of parents and their children as they explored the magic of the Cinderella pumpkin coach. We thought how wonderful it would be to have the other items from the Enchanted Forest and be able to share them with a new generation of families. The owner of the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center, Kimco Realty Co., very graciously agreed to give us the items as long as we made every effort to remove all of the items from the park. In 2005 we moved and restored a number of items including Mother Goose and her Gosling, the Black Duck, the six Mice that pulled Cinderella’s Pumpkin Coach, Papa Bear, the giant Mushrooms, the bell-shaped Flowers, two giant Lollipops, a number of Gingerbread Men, a large Candy Cane, the Little Red Schoolhouse, the Crooked House and the Crooked Man, the Easter Bunny’s House, the Beanstalk with the Giant at the top and the beautiful Birthday Cake. We have continued to work hard in 2006 and have a wonderful list of new attractions for you to see. You can now see Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Robin Hood, the Three Little Pigs’ straw, stick and brick houses, the Rainbow Bridge, and Little Boy Blue, the Old Woman’s Shoe and the Three Bears House. Our next projects are the Merry Miller’s House and Willie the Whale We still need to finish the Giant Sombrero and Humpty Dumpty and create the missing figures of Jill (of Jack and Jill), Miss Muffet (we have the...
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Cool Website #35: LivingWaters.com Evangelism Site

The goal of LivingWaters.com is to train Christians to evangelize after the pattern of the Lord Jesus. He promised to make His disciples fishers of men. It makes sense that He knows best what methodology and what message He will bless. You will find a wealth of evangelism resources at this site. The Way of the Master TV series (available for purchase in DVD format) has been commended by many prominent bible expositors. There are also many gospel tracts and booklets to choose from. A good place to start in checking out the theology and approach of this ministry is to listen online to their message on Hell’s Best Kept Secret. The preaching of the law is essential to give people a knowledge of their sin so that they see the need for a Savior. So much of today’s shallow decision-oriented evangelism is focused on how the gospel can meet the felt needs of man rather than what God requires to avoid the impending wrath due to our transgressions of His holy standards. They also offer a newsletter to keep in touch with various tips and articles on the topic of evangelism. A parallel site would be wayofthemaster.com which has a number of helpful video clips as well as more details about the TV...
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Cool Website #34: Bunyan Ministries

I stumbled across this classical collection of the works of John Bunyan while looking up references for my commentary on Zechariah. BunyanMinistries.org brought back many pleasant memories of my college thesis from the Princeton University on the subject of Sincerity and John Bunyan. I encourage you all to visit Firestone Library and demand that they retrieve my dusty old tome from the musty stockpile where currently it must be hidden. I retrieved my nicely bound copy from my study shelf and was pleasantly surprised to find that it is actually quite readable! The chapters can be outlined as follows: 1. Introduction — Sincerity as a Virtue of Good Literature 2. Establishment of Sincerity — Personal Experience in Grace Abounding (his autobiography) 3. Test of Sincerity — Universal Experience in Pilgrim’s Progress (his great allegorical classic) 4. Conclusion — Sincerity as a Mode of Literary Expression (in his overall literary works) Of course, no electronic version exists of my former eloquence because that was way back in the standard typewriter days. But with modern technology being what it is… maybe I will try to scan it into *.pdf form and post it to share with others. Regardless, the contributions of this website are truly impressive. It is a great privilege to have access so readily to the works of a giant of a spiritual man like John Bunyan. Here is the express purpose of this particular online ministry: Bunyan Ministries focuses on the influential writings of John Bunyan through a variety of means that have been initiated by Dr. Barry E. Horner. For many years, his seminars and published writings have illumined the biblical truth that the Bedford tinker has so attractively represented. Here details of this evangelical ministry are now available, including The Works of John Bunyan in a format similar to that of the three volume edition edited by George Offor and now published by The Banner of Truth Trust. Dr. Horner’s purpose is the communication of gospel truth, and not merely academic concerns that have captured the attention of many at a scholarly level. Dr. Horner is also pastor of Christ’s New Covenant Church, Tucson, Arizona, where he maintains a comprehensive expository preaching ministry of the Word of God. There is certainly plenty of content here to more than satisfy your appetite for the creative insights and devotional impact of Bunyan. You can even see some reproductions...
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Cool Website #33: JoshHarris.com

Preparing a Sermon with John Stott (Picture of Mr. Stott visiting Josh Harris) You can find a ton of good biblical material at this site hosted by the Senior Pastor of Covenant Life Church in the Sovereign Grace fellowship of churches. But I chose to feature this article about sermon preparation because it dovetails nicely with the “Big Idea” approach I like to follow in my studies. Josh Harris interacted with the content of Mr. Stott’s book Between Two Worlds (on preaching) and details 11 essential steps in preparing a message. You should link over to the article to get the full treatment. I am only going to quote here the two sections dealing with nailing down the Big Idea and making sure that nothing distracts you from driving home the impact of that concept. 4. Isolate the Dominant Thought of the Text. • Every text has a main theme, an overriding thrust. • A sermon is not a lecture, it aims to convey only one major message • The congregation will forget details of the message, but they should remember the dominant thought, because all the sermon’s details should be marshaled to help them grasp its message and feel its power. • Once the text’s principle meaning has been determined, express it in a ‘categorical proposition.’ • J.H. Jowett: “I have a conviction that no sermon is ready for preaching…until we can express its theme in a short, pregnant sentence as clear as a crystal. I find the getting of that sentence is the hardest, the most exacting and the most fruitful labor in my study…I do not think any sermon ought to be preached, or even written, until that sentence has emerged, clear and lucid as a cloudless moon.” • Ian Pitt-Watson: “Every sermon should be ruthlessly unitary in its theme.” • Don’t by-pass the discipline of waiting patiently for the dominant thought to disclose itself. You have to be ready to pray and think yourself deep into the text, even under it, until we give up all pretensions of being its master or manipulator, and become instead its humble and obedient servant. 5. Arrange Your Material to Serve the Dominant Thought • The goal is not a literary masterpiece, but organization that enables the text’s main thrust to make its maximum impact. – Ruthlessly discard irrelevant material – Subordinate material to theme so that it illumines...
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Cool Website #32: Free Christian eBook

Everybody likes free resources. FreeChristianEbook.com offers tons of subjects, from bible to Christian Living to Christian history. This is the place where you can get a wide range of free christian ebooks and audio. This is especially valuable for those parts of the world that don’t have as many published Christian commentaries and reference books readily available. We are spoiled in the United States with our great wealth and unfettered access to such riches of biblical material. This site has a decidedly international flavor. It offers an alternative path for those who desire some type of formal Bible college curriculum but cannot afford to attend such an institution. Check it...
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