Sunday, April 24, 2011

Cabaret (Liza Minnelli)

Rico Yan, 27
Marky Cielo, 20
AJ Perez, 18
Julie Vega, almost 17
KC De Venecia 16

Hindi nagkukulang ng paalala ang Diyos tungkol sa katotohanang maiksi ang buhay ng tao. Subalit sadyang hindi basta basta natututo ang tao. Hindi sapat ang leksyon na maiksi ang buhay upang tayo ay magkaroon ng sigasig sa kabanalan.

Sa isa sa mga awitin ng sanlibutan, may mga ganitong linya:

Start by admitting
From cradle to tomb
Isn't that long a stay

Alam ng sanlibutan na maiksi ang pagitan ng ating pagiging sanggol (cradle) at ng ating kamatayan (tomb). Subalit batay sa katotohanang iyan ay ganito ang prinsipiyo na kanilang binuo:

"Life is a cabaret. old chum
Only a cabaret. old chum
I love a cabaret"

Ang mensahe ng awitin, dahil maiksi an buhay, lubos-lubusin na natin ang paglilibang. Dahil hindi tatagal ang buhay, mag-inuman at magtugtugan na lang tayo. Maiksi ang buhay kaya "Let us Party Pilipinas!". 

Basahin ang buong lyrics ng Cabaret sa link na ito.

Ipinaskil ko ang munting sulatin na ito sa mismong araw ng muling pagkabuhay ng ating Panginoong Hesus sapagkat ang katotohanan ng muling pagkabuhay ang siyang lunas natin panlaban sa Buhay Cabaret ng Sanlibutan. Sa 1 Cor. 15:32, ganito ang isinulat ni Apostol Pablo "... Kung hindi rin lamang bubuhaying muli ang mga patay, mabuti pa'y sundin na lamang natin ang kasabihang ito, 'Kumain tayo at uminom, sapagkat bukas tayo'y mamamatay.'" (Revised MBB)

Samakatuwid, ang buhay Cabaret ay para sa mga taong walang inaasahan na kabilang buhay. Ang mahalaga ay ngayon, ngayon, ngayon at baka wala nang bukas. Salungat diyan ang prinsipiyo ng mga taong may inaasahang muling pagkabuhay. Dahil sa tiyak ang tagumpay natin mula sa kamatayan at pagkabulok, ang habilin na kasunod sa v. 58 ay "Kaya nga, mga minamahal kong kapatid, magpakatatag kayo at huwag matinag. Maging masipag kayo sa paglilingkod sa Panginoon, dahil alam ninyong hindi masasayang ang inyong paghihirap para sa kanya."

Ituro mo sa akin ang isang mananampalatayang masigasig sa kabanalan at ituturo ko sa iyo ang isang mananampalatayang nasasabik sa langit.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Huwebes Santo Hip Hop with Shai Linne

It is a tradition among FM stations not to play upbeat music on this day-- but not so at Tinubos blog.
ATONEMENT Q&A defines key soteriological terms.
PENELOPE JUDD is an allegory on Christ's Imputed Righteousness.
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED is a defense of TULIP's 3rd petal.
Shai Linne is currently a pastoral intern at Capitol Hill Baptist Church under the tutelage of Mark Dever.




Monday, April 18, 2011

The Heart's Overflow

Perhaps my earliest model of eloquence is from the world of sports; yet he was not an athlete. I was a basketball spectator, but there were times when I was more fascinated with Joe Cantada's use of words than with what's happening in the hardcourt:

"Tanduay draws first blood"
"The Bicolano Superman turns garbage into gold."

From listening to sportscasters, I moved to reading sports writers. When I was a 10-year old boy visiting San Carlos City's  Public Library, the only reason why I picked the newspapers was because of the sports pages. That would change later for I would then become interested in news and current events. Yet sports writers were my first models of creative writing. That explains why my ticket to the Regional Secondary Schools Press Conference was winning a medal for sports writing in the city division level.

I would soon be enlightened that is not enough to be fascinated with eloquence and literary flair. Communication is one of God's gifts to humanity. Adam could understand direct commands from God. He himself was given the ability to articulate what's on his mind that when he saw his suitable partner for the first time, he suddenly turned into a poet:

"This is now bone of my bones
      and flesh of my flesh;
    she shall be called `woman,'
      for she was taken out of man." (Gen.2:23)

Since the ability to communicate is from God, we should use it in a way that glorifies him. Words are meant to be powerful (not in the positive confession sense-- that false teaching which says you posses what you confess). The book of Proverbs testify about the power of words fitly used

"A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver." (25:11)
"Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." (16:24)

In the New Testament, God has designed the fellowship of saints to preserve us from sin's decomposing effects (Heb 3:13). We also learn from Col.3:16 that even the songs we sing to each other is closely connected to the teaching ministry and so it has the same purpose. Though I don't think that secular songs are not necessarily bad, you invest in the spiritual well being of the brethren when we sing truth-founded lyrics. What a thought! I could be a blessing to my brethren, I could keep them from spiritual decay if my mouth shall utter sanctifying truth.

Having learned that truth, I made a resolution: I will deliberately seek to speak what is Scripture-founded so I could glorify God with my speech and at the same time minister to my fellowmen.

But there's a problem, and its not in the resolution. The resolution is good for it is an expression of a desire to follow Colossians 4:6 "Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." However, the problem is me.

After teaching a class early morning on the significance of Heb.3:13 and why Christians must seek to speak what is edifying, by lunch time I was conversing to the very persons I taught and what I'm seeking is to make them laugh. Well there is nothing wrong with humor in itself. Humor is a gift of God. The problem is that when the chief end of your speech is not the glory of God and the the welfare of your fellowmen but to be funny.

Why is it so easy for us to talk about senseless things? Why is it so easy for us to fall into flippancy? Why are we so easily provoked to anger? Why is it that even Christians go to the level of backbiters and slanderers? Matt. 12:33-37 provides some answer for us:

"Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.  You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.  The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him." (NIV 1984)

This string of verses hurts, but it is a scalpel we need for a much needed surgery. It tells us that if what comes out of our mouth are worthless things, it is because what's in our hearts are worthless too. When the words uttered stink, it is just an indication that something is decaying inside.

In the context of the narrative, there were people who reject Jesus as the Messiah and some of them are top religious leaders. They are so evil that they even attributed God's works as the works of the devil. Jesus says here that the reason they can't confess the right things is because they are by nature evil (v.38). Perhaps you are not on that level. Perhaps you confess him as your Lord. But the principle here is general. A polluted creek overflows polluted water. A  healthy creek overflows refreshing and life-giving water.

We must see the metaphor of storage here (v.35). If what is stored inside is good, what will come out of his mouth is good. If what's stored inside is bad, then what will come out is bad. If a man frequently cracks obscene jokes, that only shows what is stored in his heart. There is a treasury of obscenity inside that man. When there is bitterness and anger at how you respond to circumstances, like you curse and malign your professor for what you perceive as unfairness on his part, it is not the professor who deposited that bitterness and anger in your heart. He is outside you; the verses we read says the problem is inside.

Paul David Tripp offers this insight:
"Your behavior isn't caused by the situations and relationships outside of you. This passage teaches that your experiences influence, but do not determine, your behavior. Your behavior is shaped and caused by how your heart reacts to and interacts with the situations and relationships that are outside of you."1

Now that we have diagnosed the problem, we have to find a cure. Since it is a heart problem, there must be a radical change in us from inside out. D.A. Carson prescribes the same cure: "How, then, can those who are evil say anything good? What is needed is a change of heart."2

Nothing renews the heart of man except the word of God. For whatever we lack, the Word of God is sufficient to bring the necessary teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness (2 Tim.3:16-17). It is the Word of God that incinerates the deposit of garbage within and replaces it with a deposit of gold. As the word of God is is stored in the heart, the sinfulness planted in the soul is uprooted. Spiritual halitosis is cured; the man will now exhale fresh air.

If you want your mouth to be a fountain of God-glorifying and soul-sanctifying speech, you yourself must immerse your soul in the word of God. Be diligent in bible reading and bible study, expose yourself to powerful preaching, read godly authors. Determine what is good and eat-all-you can.

1. Paul David Trip, War of Words: Getting to the Heart for God's Sake, Chapter 1 in The Power of Words and the Wonder of God, eds. John Piper and Justin Taylor
2. D.A. Carson, Matthew. Expositor's Bible Commentary, ed. Frank Gaebelein

Monday, April 11, 2011

Mensahe Daw ng Diyos...

"On this day, God wants you to know
... that you are commanded to love everyone, not condemn those who don't agree with you. Your opinions are just that, - opinions, regardless of where you got them from. They are tiny, a speck compared to the immensity of God. You cannot possibly have even the faintest idea of what God commands to other people, to other lifeforms. Your only possible intelligent choice is to continuously open in love and acceptance. Today more than yesterday."

1. I find it absurd that this Facebook App that has so many opinions about God (and claims that its messages are from God himself) would say that our views on God are just mere opinions.

2. "... regardless of where you got them from"

Well if I get my view of God from the authoritative source namely the Bible, then it is not a mere opinion. It came from the very mouth of God. This raises an important question: Where does this app get its opinions about God?

3. "You cannot possibly have even the faintest idea of what God commands to other people, to other lifeforms."

Again I find it absurd that this app that claims to speak for God and frequently tells people to do something (in the imperative mood) would tell us that we cannot possibly have the faintest idea of what God commands other people. 

4. When I strongly oppose what a person believes about God, it does not necessarily mean that I am unloving. There is a way to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

James R. White on Princeton Seminary

White's thoughts on Fuller Seminary here and here. Now his thoughts on Princeton Seminary. I transcribed this from a talk he delivered before the staff of Trinity Law School. Starts at 26:17

"When you think of places of Christian instruction, what is the tendency historically of places of Christian  instruction over time? Do they move more and more toward the truth? Or do they tend to move away from the truth? I mean let's think about Princeton. I visited the Princeton Cemetery recently which is very close to Princeton Seminary. I'm not sure which one is which because to be honest with you, walking through the cemetery, seeing the graves of Jonathan Edwards and the Hodges and B.B. Warfield and a couple of Presidents buried there; great education to be drawn from those men's lives. And you drive down the road to Princeton Seminary and you're reminded of a bit of cemetery because of what has happened over the years in an abandonment of the very things that people like Jonathan Edwards would never have ever allowed in their own lifetime. The tendency of seminaries especially but Christian religious institutions is to move toward a worldly perspective rather than toward a biblical perspective. Why is that? Well I think one of the primary reasons is a love of the praise and acceptance of the world in regards to our scholarship"
~James R. White

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Walter Martin's "last appearance" on TBN

As the program was about to end, Walter Martin thanked Trinity Broadcasting Network president Paul Crouch and his wife Jan for having the courage for letting the concerns be discussed; he also conveyed his hope that the dialogue will continue. Yet when host Doug Clark announced that there is a scheduled replay of the program, he expressed his doubt if it will ever be replayed. Indeed, TBN did not replay it and Martin was never invited again.

Dr. Martin pulled no punches. On air, he specifically mentioned the names of Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland and Oral Roberts as  purveyors of cultic doctrines within our camp.

I thought of giving a detailed review of this program, but I think there is no need for it. I'll just embed the entire program below. I will comment on one point. The host asked Martin three questions regarding the men he's criticizing:

"Do you believe they are Christian?"
"Love the Lord?"

In all the above questions, Martin answered "YES". Yet there is also evidence that after this appearance, the original Bible Answer Man changed his mind, at least regarding Kenneth Copeland.

"For ten years I have warned- And I'm on tape and in print on this- that we were heading into the Kingdom of the Cults with the faith teachers. You are no longer heading there, baby, you are there."
~Walter Martin
Kenneth Copeland's False Prophecy
an audiotape cited in Hank Hanegraaff's Christianity in Crisis

By the way, Martin was a staunch Charismatic.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4


Buy a copy of Walter Martin's The Kingdom of the Cults