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Thank you for following me as long as you have. I pray that I have encouraged and challenged you. I pray that this move and re-concerted effort to write will continue to help you.

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Two Conferences of Interest

One on John Bunyan in Whitlinsville, MA:

“A John Bunyan Feast”

October 22-23. Joel Beeke and Derek Thomas are the speakers.

Friday, October 22, 2010
12:30 PM Book Table Opens
1:30 PM Registration Opens
3:00 PM First Session: Pilgrim’s Progress: from the City of Destruction to the Cross Mr. Thomas
4:15 PM Dinner Break (at local restaurants)
6:00 PM Second Session: Bunyan’s Preaching to the Heart Mr. Beeke
7:20 PM Third Session: Pilgrim’s Progress: from the Cross to Vanity Fair Mr. Thomas
Saturday, October 23, 2010
8:00 AM Registration and Book Table Opens
9:15 AM Fourth Session: Bunyan on Justification Mr. Beeke
10:15 AM Coffee break and fellowship
10:45 AM Fifth Session: Pilgrim’s Progress: from Vanity Fair to the Celestial City Mr. Thomas
11:45 AM Questions and Answers
12:15 PM Lunch Break (at local restaurants)
1:30 PM Closing Session: A Bunyanesque Sermon on the Holy War Within Mr. Beeke

The other at Princeton Theological Seminary:

“These Speak of Me: The Glory of Christ in All of Scripture”

November 5-6. David Helm and Kent Hughes will be the speakers at this second conference.

PrCRT 2010


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Free Speech

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No matter whether you come at this as a Christian or as a non-Christian, the freedom to speak is what has made democracy possible for so long. Free speech entails free thinking. Sure it irks me when I see some vile t-shirts that declare stupid things (I am thinking here of the “Big Johnson” or any other sexually suggestive t-shirts that declare the wearer a lady’s man or a sex toy)…but I do not want to ban people’s freedom to say what they think. If they think foolish thoughts, I should also have the freedom to try to encourage them to think wisely.

Here’s an article from the Wall Street Journal yesterday that is a 3 minute read on some of the latest the SCOTUS is going to be hearing on free speech. Take a look.

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The Resurrection

If you follow this blog at all, you have probably stopped. I can’t say as I blame you–it has been five months! Thus, there hasn’t been anything to follow.

I have had many ideas swirling in my mind for the past few months out of my experiences and frustrations and lessons.

My prospectus has been approved and now I am inching along in the library line by line trying to get my dissertation finished. Working on chapter 2–an evaluation of neoevangelicalism’s abandonment of self-attestation opting for a community-based approach to why Scripture is Scripture.

So…gather ’round go out to the byways and highways and tell folks that Off the Wire is back on-line.

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The Obama Slide

David Brooks open-ed in the NY Times:
“The result is the Obama slide, the most important feature of the current moment. The number of Americans who trust President Obama to make the right decisions has fallen by roughly 17 percentage points. Obama’s job approval is down to about 50 percent. All presidents fall from their honeymoon highs, but in the history of polling, no newly elected American president has fallen this far this fast.”

Fascinating article that mentions the rise in independent voters and the Administration’s need to stymy their downturn in popularity. Are the days of two party pleading over?

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“That One”

My wife and I watched the latter part of the presidential debate last night; and I realized why I have not cared much for either candidate (although I am sure I will be voting for the candidate who is pro-life first). It came after some responses from those analyzing the debate immediately afterwards. The commentators brought attention to McCain’s comment referring to Obama as “that one.” All four of the people said that it was “childish” and “uncalled for.”

Now I am not going to argue whether it was right or not (I’m sure many pundits will be working on that today). What I do want to draw attention to is what has bristled me for some time. McCain’s statement brought in an element of human-ness. That is, he got fired up at that point and was pointing fingers and showed that he was emotionally committed to his position. So much of the irenic debate was merely robotic. The only other time (and again, I am referring to the latter part) the candidates looked like they had emotions was regarding the questions on Pakistan. Obama asked if he could give a response and McCain wanted to give his response.

Other than that I found myself yearning for a candidate that had blood pulsing through their veins, not cold water. I want to see a candidate that has veins popping from his head. I want to see the tension in the room rise. I want to see eyes flare up. In a word, I want to see humans. 

So much of these interactions are plastic rhetoric and a “he said, “she said.” I find it hard to follow these candidates’ jargon that, it seems, only those who have been spending hours studying issues can follow. Even then it is convoluted. Give me a candidate who speaks clearly and wants people to understand him. Don’t give me a politician who tries to flower all his language so as not to be tacked down by the opponent. 

I fear that much of the reaction is due to our cowardly society. We seem to want truth, but when people speak plainly, we call then narrow-minded. I was amazed that one of the undecided folk actually said he had made up his mind from this debate. I don’t see how he could. I would love to see candidates speak candidly – rather than saying they speak candidly. Come on, let’s get some people fired up about issues. Let’s see people care about their positions.

One last comment I want to make about the “that one” statement reflects a good point my wife made. The commentators were chiding McCain for making a statement that was “immature.” They made it sound like they could not accept a candidate who said something like that. My wife drew attention to the fact that we all say hard things. We can’t expect a candidate to be perfect, but human. It must make us feel good inside to be able to point out error in a public figure so long as we don’t have to evaluate what we see in the mirror.

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Church-Planter? Looking to Launch?

There’s a one day conference in the ATL area for those of you that said “Yes” to the two above questions. Here are the details and website:


Tuesday, September 30th – 9:00am – 4:00pm

Led by Bob Franquiz, Lead Pastor, Calvary Fellowship, Miami Lakes, FL 
And Nelson Searcy, Lead Pastor, The Journey, New York City 


Hosted at:
Avalon Church, 1467 HWY 20 West
Mcdonough, GA 30253 
(Greater Atlanta Area)

During this full day event, Bob Franquiz and Nelson Searcy will walk you from scratch to success in launching a new church. Ideal for church planters, pastors and church leaders planning to start a new church or anyone looking for the latest insight into church planting success. 

Here’s what you can expect to learn:

– What the best launch dates are (and the worst!)
– The most critical factor to the success of your church (and it’s not what you think!)
– The most effective ways to raise funds for your church plant
– The biggest mistakes on staffing and how to avoid them
– How your preview services can have the greatest impact in your community
– How to pick the best location for your launch (it’s not as easy as it looks)
– How to maintain momentum between preview services
– How to launch large!
– Plus much, much more!

Questions? Call @ (800) 264-5129 or

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