Monday, July 25, 2011

The Big Story: Jonah

Our final message in The Big Story series. Pastor Chris Carr, my brother, leads us through the story of Jonah and the people of Ninevah to show God's amazing grace.

Characters and Christ, Jonah from Oxford Bible Fellowship on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Big Story: Jonathan

The third message in our teaching series The Big Story: Characters & Christ. This message is given by Pastor Chad Moore. Chad is a friend and colleague in Oxford, leading The Bridge Church. In this message, Chad looks at Jonathan and his faith in God which caused him to step up to the battle against terrible odds.

Characters and Christ, Jonathan from Oxford Bible Fellowship on Vimeo.

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Few Songs I've Been Enjoying

Got a variety of styles here. The first one we sang on Sunday at OBF during corporate worship, the second is an updated version of a great hymn, and we have to have a little Christian Hip Hop in there for the third. You may not be a big Hip Hop fan, but just listen to the lyrics... "You said you came for the lame / I'm the lamest / I broke my life but you said you'll replace it / I'll take it."

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Big Story: Characters & Christ

Here are a couple of messages from our current teaching series on lesser known Old Testament characters. Pastor Derek Whalen looks at Boaz, while one of our elders, Dick Pettitt, discusses Rahab.

Characters and Christ, Boaz from Oxford Bible Fellowship on Vimeo.

Characters and Christ, Rahab from Oxford Bible Fellowship on Vimeo.

Monday, July 11, 2011

My Top 10 Websites

I thought it might be fun to think about the top websites I visit and see where you surf too. Here are my top 10 (no order intended here).
  1. My Yahoo! (Yahoo personalized with news, sports, email, local weather, and more. This is my homepage. )
  2. Amazon (There almost every day and usually multiple times a day)
  3. Justin Talyor's Blog (My favorite Christian blog)
  4. Facebook (Using this less and less, but still helpful for connecting with people)
  5. Twitter (#nocomment)
  6. CBS Sports (Usually there a couple times a day at least, and I have to check the White Sox and Bulls there since I don't get them on TV)
  7. Biblegateway (Lots of time here on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays as I study)
  8. The Resurgence (Another great blog for life and ministry)
  9. CNN & Time (I don't go to Fox News much because of the racy photos they always have at the bottom, and I'm tired of the supposed "Conservative News Network")
  10. Blogger, Vimeo, Oxford Bible Fellowship (I put these three together because they all have to do with updating this blog)
That's my top ten. What are your top websites?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Matt Chandler on "Youth"

I've recommended this message before, but I want to highlight a gripping, Spirit-led teacher in Matt Chandler. One of the great advantages of our technological age is the opportunity to listen to incredible teaching from godly men ministering anywhere in the world. I encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity, and here is one chance to do that:

Youth - Matt Chandler - TGC 2011 from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

For more teaching from Matt Chandler see Monergism's Website.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Big Story, Part 3 & 4

Here are the final two messages in The Big Story series. After preaching the series, I felt like Part 3 was the best of the bunch. In Part 3 we looked at the role of "covenant" in the Big Story, and in Part 4 we studied Abraham to show how one part of the OT story reveals the character of God, his plan of salvation, and points to Christ.

The Big Story, Part 3 from Oxford Bible Fellowship on Vimeo.

The Big Story, Part 4 from Oxford Bible Fellowship on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Evangelicals and the Gay Moral Revolution

Al Mohler recently wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal on homosexuality that I found helpfully balanced. While Mohler affirms the Scriptural teaching on homosexuality, he also offers a challenge to the evangelical church in how we deal with this issue:

In this most awkward cultural predicament, evangelicals must be excruciatingly clear that we do not speak about the sinfulness of homosexuality as if we have no sin. As a matter of fact, it is precisely because we have come to know ourselves as sinners and of our need for a savior that we have come to faith in Jesus Christ. Our greatest fear is not that homosexuality will be normalized and accepted, but that homosexuals will not come to know of their own need for Christ and the forgiveness of their sins.

This is not a concern that is easily expressed in sound bites. But it is what we truly believe.

It is now abundantly clear that evangelicals have failed in so many ways to meet this challenge. We have often spoken about homosexuality in ways that are crude and simplistic. We have failed to take account of how tenaciously sexuality comes to define us as human beings. We have failed to see the challenge of homosexuality as a Gospel issue. We are the ones, after all, who are supposed to know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only remedy for sin, starting with our own.

We have demonstrated our own form of homophobia—not in the way that activists have used that word, but in the sense that we have been afraid to face this issue where it is most difficult . . . face to face.

My hope is that evangelicals are ready now to take on this challenge in a new and more faithful way. We really have no choice, for we are talking about our own brothers and sisters, our own friends and neighbors, or maybe the young person in the next pew.

There is no escaping the fact that we are living in the midst of a moral revolution. And yet, it is not the world around us that is being tested, so much as the believing church. We are about to find out just how much we believe the Gospel we so eagerly preach.

You can read the whole piece here.

HT: Justin Taylor

For a post on Christians struggling with same-sex attraction see here.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Porn Addiction in America

This post is a bit more sensitive, so please use caution as you look at this information. It comes from Online Psychology Degree, and is one more wake-up call for us in regard to the incredible damage of pornography.

For help in dealing with sexual purity, I recommend Josh Harris' book Sex is Not the Problem, Lust Is. For help with sexual addiction see At the Altar of Sexual Idolatry. Or visit

Porn Addiction in America

Via: Online Psychology Degree
HT: Ed Stetzer