Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Baptist: That's what I am

An excellent white paper from Baptist Theology has been released. It is a must read for Southern Baptists. It so clearly addresses what I believe and what it seems most Southern Baptists also believe. We are neither Calvinists nor or we Arminians - We are Baptists. I like the definition given "We are majoritarian Baptists in the Sandy Creek tradition, who formulate theology according to the authoritative, inerrant, and sufficient Word of God so that we might better proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to all human beings."

I invite you to read the entire paper Neither Calvinists nor Arminians but Baptist

Blessings,

Ron P.
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Friday, May 14, 2010

The Ergun Caner Feeding Frenzy


Sharks are interesting and frightening creatures. When I lived in Southern California, I got to see sharks fed in a large salt water fish tank. It was fascinating to watch the bloody and relentless feeding frenzy. I was captivated by it - by the sheer ruthlessness that was on display. I remember thinking how horrible it would be to suffer through such a vicious attack. Sharks are not the only ones who participate in feeding frenzies. I am certain the reader is aware that a "feeding frenzy" is also slang for a ruthless attack on or exploitation of someone. I think that is happening in many circles within the blogsphere towards Ergun Caner. There are some who are trying to exploit this for various personal reasons. To pretend otherwise is naive at best and disingenuous at worst. I am not saying that this is true of all or even most in the blog world. But I am dismayed that so many are denying that there are ulterior motives involved by some of the principles who are leading this feeding frenzy. I guess from the shark's point of view there is nothing wrong or amiss with such. But for those of us on the sidelines watching, it has been a terrifying thing to witness. I would never wish for this to happen to anyone! It is clearly a violation of Scripture (Galatians 6:1-5).

I believe this same sense of horror is the motivation of some who have been pleading for the attacks to stop. But these pleas have fallen on deaf ears for weeks on end and the frenzy has only gotten worse. It is frustrating. To switch analogies, this has quickly become an uncontrollable blog mob with a few ringleaders ready to bring a rope to the doorsteps of Liberty to execute frontier justice. How can we maintain our integrity while trying to stop a mob and be Christlike to everyone on both sides of the issue? It is not easy and some have been thrown in as extra chum for giving a brother grace and believing his repentance to be sincere. It may be just me, but I get the impression that if Jesus walked up to Ergun Caner and the principles involved and said let him who is without sin cast the first stone, that a few would actually have the nerve to cast stones. It appears that it has become that personal.

Finally, I also have an issue with the "do as I say not as I do" bloggers. Several have lent credibility to the lies (and/or repeated them) that Ergun Caner was never a former Muslim or was not a devout former Muslim. This is even after evidence and a contemporary former Muslim have confirmed such. Take for example that Tom Ascol posted about it a while back and has never recanted. I have not heard a single call for a public apology and repentance from him (or the others who also joined in) from those demanding such from Ergun Caner. For those engaging in the demands for public apologies and public repentance, doesn't integrity demand you, without prejudice, do the same to Tom Ascol and the others? Where are the calls to their ministries and churches? It kind of makes the clamor for Ergun Caner and Liberty to do so seem just a tad bit hypocritical from my point of view.

Personally, I would prefer we give grace to all involved - on both sides.

Blessings,

Ron P.
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Monday, March 8, 2010

Scott Wilder Show Returns

In case you have not heard, the Scott Wilder Show has not only returned, but is now a nationally syndicated radio show. You can go to Scott's website here to read more about it.

It was great having a reasoned principled voice back on the radio. Scott was great too. Just kidding. If you have listened before, you know I am talking about Lauren Litner, who has worked with Scott on the air for a number of years. Though they have been streaming at scottwilder.tv, I always enjoyed listening on the radio on my long drive home every afternoon.

Welcome back Scott and Lauren, and best wishes on syndicating the show in more markets.

Blessings,

Ron P.




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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Gotcha Day 2010

On Wednesday, March 3, 2010, the adoption papers were signed! The hearing and rulings were on the 11th of February, but we did not get the orders signed until yesterday. This gave us the opportunity to let the Judge meet Josh, take pictures, and watch her sign the papers.

It was two years ago today that we brought him home. It was not something we were seeking and it was only suppose to be for a short time...

But God had other plans for us and for Josh. We have been very blessed (and challenged - more on that later). So "Gotcha Day", which I stole from Bart Barber, is now officially March 3, 2010.

We had interesting weather the day of the hearing. We set a record for snowfall in a 24 hour period with 12.5 inches! All four boys were outside playing in the snow and celebrating. We had to postpone our big celebration at Chuck E. Cheese that night until the following week. After the signing today, we again took Josh to Chuck E. Cheese to celebrate. There was only one other child there, so the three of us had the run of the place.

God has truly been good to us!
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Court Hearing - Please Pray

UPDATE: I want to thank everyone for their prayers today. The judge terminated the birth parent's rights and granted our petition for adoption. Josh is now officially a Phillips!


It has been quite a while since I have penned anything. It certainly is not because I have lost interest in Baptist (or other) issues, but due to such a busy schedule. I will share more about that at a later date. I have been reading the blogs, just not writing. That will probably change as the SBC nears.

I am writing today to ask for your prayers. If you have read my first post here, you know why I chose the name υἱοθεσία (huiothesia - Adopted by God) as the name of my blog. See here and here. For almost two years we have been blessed to have a little boy that was placed with us. We prayed about the situation and agreed to take him in so that he would not be placed in state foster care. This allowed the parents and other immediate family to still be active in his life while the parents worked with CPS. There is much more that I can not share publicly, but that did not happen. We have a great relationship with his great grandparents and other family members, but after much prayer and counsel, we decided to pursue adoption. The trial is finally upon us and we go to court tomorrow. This hearing will determine whether the court terminates the rights of the birth parents and thus allow us to adopt.

Please pray that Christ will be glorified and that God grants the judge wisdom. Please pray for the birth parents. It is our hope that they will know Christ and his mercy. Please also pray for our attorney and the attorney appointed by the court to look after his best interests. Obviously, it is our prayer and hope that the judge allows us to adopt him and make him a legal permanent member of our family. We are excited and anxious. It is with a heavy heart for the parents that we must pursue this, but love for a little boy who needs parents to help him with so many issues that he will face the rest of his life.

Thank you in advance for your prayers. I will post an update tomorrow after the hearing.

Blessings,

Ron P.
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