The issue on the death penalty is trending nowadays. Thanks to the recently approved extremely “watered down” version of the death penalty bill and Philippine President Duterte’s strong stance on death penalty.
Next to John 3:16, having been printed on millions of apparel, coffee mugs and almost anything, the next most popular verse would probably be Philippians 4:13. Helping to fuel the popularity of the verse are Christian athletes such as Evander Hollyfield who had the verse written in his boxing robe, popular football quarterback Tim Tebow who had the verse written in the black grease beneath his eyes, NBA super star and Stephen Curry who had the verse printed on his own brand of shoes. Notorious MMA fighter Jon Jones even has the verse tattooed in his chest.
One of the biggest problem of evangelical Christianity today is that there is that the gospel presentation is being diluted. There’s little or no presentation of repentance of sin and surrendering your life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. A lot of those who present the Gospel ask people to make Jesus their Savior, but do not emphasize that becoming a Christian is a complete and total surrender of their lives to Jesus Christ. Hence we see a lot of alleged conversion when the truth of the matter is a lot of people never really understand that being a Christian is a life commitment for Jesus Christ.
Apologetics is the discipline of defending a position (often religious) through the systematic use of information. I had always been interested in apologetics and my training as a lawyer and my being a pastor has greatly spurred my interest in the subject.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been reading a lot about reformed theology more particularly Calvinism. I got interested more about the subject when I started listening to the great expository preachers of today such as John MacArthur, John Piper, Paul Washer and others. I was intrigued why their theology was deep. Their verse by verse preaching style blessed me a lot mainly because it was filled with the Holy Spirit’s power and because of this it is scholarly, thorough and very expository.