Understanding the Sermon on the Mount

SermonOnTheMountI am currently teaching through the Sermon on the Mount.  The lessons are being uploaded weekly at the Bethel Grace Baptist Church website.   I am using Martyn Lloyd Jones’ book, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, if you would like to follow along.  Some of the topics we will be covering include…

Matt 5:1-4 – Introduction to the sermon on the Mount

Matt. 5:5-11 – Beatitudes

Matt. 5:13-16 – Salt and Light

Matt. 5:17-20 – Christ and the Law

Matt. 5:21-26 – Christ on Anger

Matt. 5:27-32 – Christ on Lust

Matt. 5:33-37 – Christ on Truthfulness

Matt. 5:38-42 – Turning the Other Cheek

Matt. 5:43-48 – Love Your Enemies

Matt. 6:1-4 and 6:16-18 – Not to be seen by Men

Matt. 6:5-15 – The Lord’s Prayer

Matt. 6:19-24 – Christ on Treasures

Matt. 6:25-34 – Trusting Him for All Our Needs

Matt. 7:1-11 – Do Not Judge / Ask and it Will Be Given

Matt. 7:12-20 – The Narrow Gate / Recognize them by Their Fruit

Matt. 7:21-29 – I Never Knew You / Build Upon the Rock

The class will run through April 2013.

God Bless,


What’s Wrong With Social Justice?

Social justice seems to be something that everyone should be working toward, but why is there often differences of opinion between conservatives and liberals on the topic?

Christian Ethics in Apologetic Methodology: Recorded Live At Azusa Pacific University

Christian Ethics in Apologetic Methodology: Recorded Live At Azusa Pacific University

Click here for audio http://www.apologetics.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=488:christian-ethics-in-apologetic-methodology&catid=43:kkla-995-fm-los-angeles&Itemid=74

Christian Ethics is not a closed field.  We tend to think of it as a discipline resolved in some cloister by guys with funny haircuts in the 1400s but really, it’s never been more fiery.  God is not a finished subject.  All those guys from the 1400s are dead.  Come to think of it all those guys from the 1800s are dead and those of us from the 1900s are following fast to the same destination.  The world is old but the day is new and Christian Ethics still has its vigor.

It is a field of exploration, but still, there are ground rules.  You can’t start just anywhere and expect to get to somewhere useful.  All those weary dead from long ago are still speaking in book and culture and if it’s “Christian” ethics that you want to know, they need to be heard, found worthy, or found wanting.  If anyone fails in their definition of “Christian” or “Christianity” their understanding of “Christian Ethics” won’t be of much value.

If Christianity isn’t anything in particular, it is also irrelevant and Christian Ethics will die a deserved death of light importance.  If Christianity is actually something, if the teachings of Jesus have an actual meaning that is discernible, apprehensible, and reasonable then we should with the tools at hand be able to receive from it some basic form and function that will stand as a ground to doing some actually Christian “Christian Ethics”.

With that, there are some basic themes that are universal to the adventure.  There are some things that any supposedly Christian Ethicist worth their salt is going to need to bear in their interpretation and explanation of a Christian Ethics.  More, there are some material sources that can’t be avoided and must be coherently incorporated into any discussion of the program and that will largely determine whether the “Ethic” will be taken as plausible or implausible.  Most of these will be portions of the Biblical record of Jesus’ thoughts, words, and deeds but some of it will be ideas from history and philosophy that have become so embedded in the discussion that one cannot truly be said to be dealing with the subject matter were they avoided.

As for the texts of scripture, the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount are obvious documents of incalculable importance.  As for thinkers: Augustine and Aquinas, Luther and Calvin, and Kant stand most prominently as teachers of great effect and reputation.  In contemporary Christian Ethics (if it makes sense to use that as a category) to ignore the thought of Alasdair Macintyre, Stanley Hauerwas, Greg Bahnsen, Bishop Shelby Spong, Francis Schaeffer and C.S. Lewis among others is to simply not engage the subject.

In Christian Ethics, there are a lot of things going on: good things, bad things, and things that seem to defy a coherent ethical description but things are neither boring nor easy to grasp.

Christopher Neiswonger

Are You Using God Given Gifts To Sin?

In the book of Hosea, God had strengthened the people and they turned around and used that strength to sin against Him. We do the same thing when we sin.

God Bless,


Ten Keys to Evangelical Political Involvement (Donald McConnell)

Here is another video from the God and Governing Conference hosted by Trinity Law School.