Wednesday, December 12, 2012
How do we enjoy Christian Liberty without being Antinomians? Dr. Michael Horton explains.
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How do we enjoy Christian Liberty without being Antinomians? Dr. Michael Horton explains.
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Many people know Tony Miano, but I'm not completely convinced people know what he endures each day he open air preaches. Please watch this video, and keep him and his friends in prayer as they take the Message throughout the world.
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 11:49:00 AM
OK, this is a long shot. But I came across a blog post you wrote in 2009 explaining your jump to an eReader (how much you liked it, all the free books you had gotten - it seems like you said one of these was the ESV study Bible, etc.). Well, I'm wanting to get an eReader also, but the subject line of this email "Confusion" describes how much in the dark I am. I've done some research, and without even seeing one in person I like what I read about the Kindle Paperwhite and another one called the Kobo Glo . Both of these are are mainly exclusively eReaders. Then you've got all the other stuff out there that have more capabilities (Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, iPad, etc, etc). Anyway, if you have any thoughts it would be gratefully appreciated.
God Bless You
The question now as opposed to 2009 is whether to get a Kindle or Nexus 7. To me, it comes down to what you are going to use it for. The Nexus 7 is basically a bigger smartphone without the ability to make calls and can only connect via wifi (though there is a newer version coming out with 3G capability). The screen is harder to read than a traditional Kindle because it is an LCD screen. It’s definitely not a bad choice, though. You can do just about everything you can on an Android phone. If you just read books, though, I would go with the Kindle Paperwhite. It’s the easiest to read, get books on via Amazon, and it is the most popular. The interesting thing, though, is that with either you can read books via your Amazon purchases. The Nexus 7 has a Kindle app that allows you to read the books you buy via Amazon. In my opinion, it is between the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Paperwhite. Kindle if you just want to read books, Nexus 7 if reading books is a secondary issue to checking email, watching videos, reading websites, etc. Hope this helps!
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 2:42:00 PM
Here's an oldie-but-goodie. For all those who haven't seen this yet, enjoy!
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 1:48:00 PM
I found this video on Youtube about a week ago. I started watching it right before bed and had to finish it before I fell asleep. Here's the back story:
The man in the video, Jeremy Hiltz, was a pretty vocal advocate of Pelagianism a few years ago. I'm not talking about those who go to Seeker-Sensitive churches and basically believe Pelagian doctrine even though they don't know Pelagius from the second Adam (literally). I'm talking about a person who strictly adhered to Moral Government Theology, was a Finney fan, and classified himself as a Pelagian. Needless to say, he made a few comments on my Youtube vids from time to time. I don't remember him being as belligerent as the Skelly and Morrell types, but I do remember thinking about blocking him several times. That's what makes this video so interesting... and an admonishment to me. You see, I learned from watching this that I might be too quick to write people off when they don't see things the way I do right away. I was ready to write Jeremy off years ago and pretty much did minus blocking him on Youtube. But the Lord's ways and timing are greater than mine, His creature. So, with this video, my edification, Jeremy's acceptance of the Doctrines of Grace, etc, all praise goes to Him for the great and wonderful things He does. He does more than we can even think.
Now, the video:
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 3:07:00 PM
One of the instructions from James is to be "quick to listen, slow to speak." (James 1:19) This is a trait I have been trying to become better at during the last few years. One of the main things you learn quickly when talking to a Judge is to, first, listen what he has to say, and, only after that, respond when you have all the facts. It has helped me immensely not only in the profession I'm entering but also in my relationships with others. Sadly, there are those who do not always abide by James's words, though, and the following can occur.
Recently, a person accused me of defending antinomianism and New Calvinism... twice. The first time can be found in these series of sequential Tweets:
1. RT @LaneChaplin: Dear legalist, Christ fulfilled the law so we don't have to. Sincerely, The Bible / Christ obeyed so you don't have to??? ( link )
2. If you think Christ obeyed so now you don't have to, you haven't understood grace, nor the Law of God. ( link )
3. Thanks to new Calvinists, the doctrinal enemy of our day is once again....antinomianism. ( link )
4. Christ fulfilling the law never means our dismissing the duty and desire to obey. John 14:15 ( link )
5. "If you love me, you will keep my commandments." John 14:15 @OldRuggedCruz ( link )
6. If you don't love Jesus, call everyone born again and who does keep His commandments a legalist. John 14:15 ( link )
7. & 8. (Two replies to @OldRuggedCruz)
9. @LaneChaplin Lane, do you believe obedience to the imperatives of Scripture have no place in the Christian life because of grace? Curious. ( link )Now, I don't like to usually say this because it's so prejudicial instead of informational, but here I will make an exception: Any reasonable person can see...
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 5:11:00 PM
Here's the long awaited video with Dr. James White, Phil Johnson, Carl Trueman, and Mike Abendroth discussing James MacDonald's controversial "Elephant Room."
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 8:39:00 PM
Much of my summer has been taking up by one thing: Studying to pass the California State Bar Exam in February. For those not familiar, it's an 18 hour exam that is taken over the course of three days. You need to pass this to be able to practice law in the state of California. Needless to say, this has had me thinking a lot about two things: 1) the law and 2) what studying actually is.
When we study God's Word, the law, or anything for that matter, we should keep this in mind: No one knows everything except God. Even the most decorated Bible teacher will not know an assortment of facts like who wrote a certain book or what page certain information is on. We must start with this premise or studying will become a frustrating, fruitless endeavor: Only God is omniscient. No man will ever know everything there is. Ever.
If we can't learn everything, why use our time to learn anything? The way you answer this question will either result in your study being a benefit or a burden. The goal of studying should never be perfection. If you start with the premise that God is the only one who knows everything, you will have to agree that perfection is unattainable for any man. If the goal of our studying is something that is impossible, we will always come to study with discouragement, frustration, and hopelessness. I say this from experience. For a long time, whether I realized it or not, I tried to study in the sense of a perfectionist, and I always had these feelings as well. It made me want to procrastinate when I needed to study. Who wants to willingly submit themselves to a practice that will make them discouraged, frustrated, and hopeless every time they decide to do it? If you can decide to avoid these feelings, it doesn't make much sense to willingly submit yourself to these emotions. But as we said earlier, perfection is not attainable for any man, and, therefore, should not be the goal of studying.
So what, then, is the goal of studying? Increase. Increasing our knowledge and understanding should be our goal at all times when studying. Focusing on increase allows us to walk away from every session meeting a goal and provides a sense of constant accomplishment. Feelings of guilt because of procrastination eventually subside. If you study, and your goal is to know more than you did before you started, then your goal is met, and you are not discouraged, frustrated, and hopeless. Constantly striving for increase is the mark of a good student. Constantly striving for perfection is the mark of a discouraged (and I would argue, disillusioned) student.
When we go to study God's Word, let's always approach it looking for an increase of knowledge and understanding and not expect it to be perfect in this life. It will keep us coming back to learn more and more, and our procrastination from doing the things we know we should do will become less and less.
Perfection as the Goal
- Causes Constant Feelings of Guilt
- Causes Discouragement
- Causes Procrastination
Increase as the Goal
- Attainable Every Session
- Provides a Sense of Accomplishment
- Guilt Free
- Procrastination Subsides
- Learning Increases as a Result
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 7:49:00 AM
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Recently, my bride, Susan Yenser Chaplin, and I got married. We were fortunate enough to have Dr. James White preside over our wedding. Shortly after our mini-moon (mini honeymoon), Dr. White emailed to me the comments he made during the procession. I thought it would be great to share them here because there are a lot of great things about what marriage truly means. It's something we should all remember especially during these times when marriage is trying to be redefined.
Posted by Lane Chaplin at 11:01:00 AM
My personal account has reached the limit of people I can add. Also, I want to use my personal account for more, well, personal reasons like keeping up with family and friends. As a result, I've created a new Facebook page where you can continue to get all the updates that I had on my personal page plus more. I'm consolidating all the other pages I have on Facebook (Lane's Blog, Rightly Divided, and LaneCh Youtube) to this page so it will be a one stop shop! Thanks for your patience with the move and your support!
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Posted by Lane Chaplin at 11:56:00 AM
I love blogging. I love Youtubing. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to do those two things as much as I'd like to lately. I don't foresee that picking up until August, either. In short, I'm way too busy right now. I moved my fiance into her new apartment today, I get married in two weeks, I take the California Bar Exam in July, I'm president of two clubs at Trinity Law School and vice dean of another, and I get my Juris Doctor in May (with the parents coming into town and all). With all of that, it's very hard for me to keep up with this blogging and Youtubing like I used to. The good news is that I see it picking back up again after the Bar exam is over (and after we return from our honeymoon - Hello, Bahamas!!). Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. I value each of you greatly, and I always appreciate the encouragement you all give so unselfishly. In the meantime, God bless!
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