Friday, November 25, 2016

Reformers Unanimous (RU) Recovery Ministries Conference, Bethany Makati, Nov. 28, 2016

This one-day conference, starting 9 AM, will discuss how pastors and churches can deal with various kinds of addictions.

This ministry is based in North Love Baptist Church in Rockford, Illinois (Paul Kingsbury, pastor) with Dr. Ben Burks as International Director.

Besides Pastor Kingsbury and Dr. Burks, the RU team includes Sis. Wendy Burks, Missionary Tim Farley, and Bro. Eddie Ferguson.

The RU team has previously held this same conference in Batangas City hosted by the Good Shepherd Baptist Church.

Friday, October 21, 2016

The 27th Fundamental Bible Conference in Metro Manila, Oct. 25-28, 2016



Date and time: October 25-28 (Tuesday to Friday), 6-9:30 PM

Venue: Philippine National Red Cross Auditorium, Rizal Chapter, 611 Shaw Blvd. Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City, Metro Manila

Registration fee: Php 180.00

For more information, please contact Dr. Roberto-Jose Livioco, Conference Chairman:

Email: fbc_ministries@yahoo.com

Mobile: 0917-584-4316

Landline: 801-6789, 514-8340 or 646-3354

www.facebook.com/pages/Fundamental-Bible-Conference-in-Metro-Manila

Friday, May 27, 2016

800-plus free interactive Bible exercises

As part of the resources of http://baptist-distinctives.blogspot.com, I am creating 800-plus interactive exercises from various sources. These free exercises are either matching type or cloze (fill in the blanks) and have time limit and automatic scoring. Each exercise has a total number of items ranging from 10 to 50-plus, depending on the topic’s complexity.

Some 500-plus interactive exercises are now available. These exercises are hosted on Bit Balloon, a free web hosting service. Available exercises and topics are:

Theology

Christology

 Pneumatology 

BBFI Articles of Faith

Christology

Biblical distinctives of Baptists

Scofield Reference Notes (1917)

Terms and definitions from world religions and cults (flashcards and quizzes),

Biblical manhood and womanhood

Creationism

The Great Doctrines of the Bible by Evans.

Miscellaneous: Fifty reasons Christ suffered and diedPsalm 19, or church covenant

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Free or low-cost ways to put your church services online (Facebook streaming, YouTube, etc.)

From “5 Low Cost Ways to put your Church Service Online” by Christian Computing Magazine:

“These days churches need to be online. If your church has a website or a Facebook page, you’ve taken the first important step towards connecting with people in today’s culture. But what’s the next step?

“A lot of people attend church remotely – that is, they still want to participate in the church service, but for numerous reasons are not able to physically be at church. What if there was a way for your church to have the sermon, or even the entire worship service, available online for viewing?

“There are actually several options out there for putting your church services online – and some of them are even free. Here are five of Christian Media Magazine’s favorite tools getting church service videos out on the internet:”

Read the complete article.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Fundamental Bible Conference in Metro-Baguio, Pines City Baptist Church, February 23-25, 2015



Venue: Pines City Baptist Church, No. 1 Malvar St., Trancoville, Baguio City; Phone: (074) 442-2862; Smart:0998-254-0868; Globe: 0915-221-0238; email: pinesbaptistbaguio@yahoo.com

Registration fee: Php 150.00

Conference Committee Chairman: Dr. Roberto-Jose Livioco

Keynote speaker: Dr. Ron White, 33 years as a missionary to Japan

Schedule of activities:

February 23, Monday

Registration 1-2 PM

Seminar 1: 2-3 PM "What Does It Take to Be a Biblicist in Our Choices?" by Pastor Erick Garcia

This message will lay down what ought to be the underlying, fundamental basis or authority for belief and behavior - not tradition, not experience, not church, not reason, not research but divine revelation found in God's Word, the Bible.

Seminar 2: 3-4 PM "How Decisions Are Affected If There Are Errors in the Bible" by Pastor Jared Garcia

This will address underlying concerns on the Bible's trustworthiness and why orthodox Christianity upholds the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy - that all other bases are flawed and fallible.

Break

Seminar 3: 6-7 PM To be arranged

Service 1: 7-8 PM "Excellence in Missions" by Dr. Ron White

February 24, Tuesday

Seminar 1: 9-10 AM "Man's Interpretation or God's Integrity" by Pastor Gary Jones

This will underscore the importance of taking God at His Word, that the meaning of the Scripture is found in the text of Scripture (author's intent - not in the imagination of the reader), and that the proper reading of the Scriptures is an issue of God's integrity, not simply a preference to a particular hermeneutical approach.

Service 2: 1-11 AM "Excellence in Music" by Dr. Ron White

Break

Seminar 3: 6-7 PM "Are We Settling for Substitutes?" by Dr. Roberto-Jose Livioco

This will underscore the importance of the Christian's living a separated life and highlight the tragedy all can expect for making choices based on the world's principles, even for those who claim to be identified with the fundamentalist camp.

Service 3: 7-8 PM "Excellence in Ministry" by Dr. Ron White

February 25, Wednesday

Seminar 1: 8:30-10 AM Panel Discussion

Service 4: 10-11 AM "Excellence for the Master" by Dr. Ron White

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

25th Fundamental Bible Conference (2nd Far East Regional Conference of International Partnership Ministries), Oct. 27-31

Oct. 27-28 at The Demiren Hotel, Tiano-Makahambus Sts., Cagayan de Oro City

Oct. 29-31 at The Integrated Bar of the Philippines, 15 Julia Vargas St. Ortigas Center, Pasig City

For inquiries, you may call 829-37-33; 801-67-89; 514-83-40; 636-55-35.

The one-time registration fee of P150.00 will enable delegates to avail of notes and pens, and to attend all the sessions. Visit and "Like" us at Facebook for updates and details of time schedules.

Lineup of seminar speakers:
  1. Dr. Kevin Callahan, President of IPM, Hanover, Pennsylvania
  2. Dr. Bill Bowen, IPM International Representative
  3. Rev. Matthew Barfield, IPM Vice-President of Field Ministries
  4. Pastor Jun Gonzales, Pastor of Las Pinas Baptist Church, Las Pinas
  5. Pastor Abet Tiangco, Pastor of Promised Land Baptist Church, Malabon
  6. Dr. Roberto-Jose Livioco, Foundation Baptist Church, Pasig City
Topics:
  1. "Ethical Concerns Regarding Electronic Pleasures" by Pastor Abet Tiangco
  2. "God's Design for the Christian Home" by Pastor Jun Gonzales
  3. "Discerning Errors of the Charismatic Movement" by Dr. Kevin Callahan
  4. "Decisions by Convenience, Covetousness, or Conviction" by Rev. Matthew Barfield
  5. "Biblical Separation Applied" by Dr. Roberto-Jose Livioco
  6. "The Role of Prayer in Global Missions" by Dr. Bill Bowen
Keynote speaker this year is Dr. Chuck Phelps, Senior Pastor of Colonial Hills Baptist Church, Indianapolis, USA. His messages will cover the following
  1. "Assurance When You Are Afflicted"
  2. "How to Bring Faith to Your Family
  3. "How to Have a Double Portion of God's Blessings
  4. "Bringing Great Joy to Your City"

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Supreme Court decision on RH law a victory for freedom of religion

Plain Language summary:

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/592893/sc-ruling-on-rh-law-win-win

[1] Sections 7, 23 and 24 of the RH law obligate hospital or medical practitioners to immediately refer a person seeking health care and services to another accessible healthcare provider despite their conscientious objections based on religious or ethical beliefs.

[2] The obligation to refer imposed by the RH Law violates the religious belief and conviction of a conscientious objector.

“Generally, healthcare service providers cannot be forced to render reproductive health care procedures if doing it would contravene their religious beliefs.”

[3] Exception: in life-threatening cases, healthcare providers cannot invoke freedom of religion.

“But an exception must be made in life threatening cases that require the performance of emergency procedures. In these situations, the right to life of the mother should be given preference, considering that a referral by a medical practitioner would amount to a denial of service, resulting to unnecessarily placing the life of a mother in grave danger.”

[4] Freedom of religion preferred in Constitution; Benevolent neutrality doctrine

“In case of conflict between the State and Constitution’s free exercise of religion clause, the Court adheres to the doctrine of benevolent neutrality” which is “the spirit, intent and framework underlying the Philippine Constitution.”

[5] No compelling State interest to set aside benevolent neutrality


[6] Relevant US case: “Supreme Court Sides with Hobby Lobby

“In a 5 to 4 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government cannot require faith-based companies to provide potentially abortifacient contraceptives to their employees in violation of their owners' religious beliefs.” (Read the complete decision.)
The Supreme Court, voting unanimously, upheld the Reproductive Health Law as Constitutional. But the Court, at the same time, struck down certain provisions of the RH law because they violate the Constitutional provisions on freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Among the provisions declared un-Constitutional are:

Section 7 and the corresponding provision in the RH-IRR insofar as they: a) require private health facilities and non-maternity specialty hospitals and hospitals owned and operated by a religious group to refer patients, not in an emergency or life-threatening case, as defined under Republic Act No. 8344, to another health facility which is conveniently accessible; xxx

Section 23(a)(l) and the corresponding provision in the RH-IRR, particularly Section 5 .24, insofar as they punish any healthcare service provider who fails and or refuses to disseminate information regarding programs and services on reproductive health regardless of his or her religious beliefs.

Section 23(b) and the corresponding provision in the RH-IRR, particularly Section 5 .24, insofar as they punish any public officer who refuses to support reproductive health programs or shall do any act that hinders the full implementation of a reproductive health program, regardless of his or her religious beliefs; xxx

Obligation to refer violates freedom of religion

 

“Sections 7, 23, and 24 of the RH law commonly mandate a hospital or a medical practitioner to immediately refer a person seeking health care and services under the law to another accessible healthcare provider despite their conscientious objections based on religious or ethical beliefs.” The Court ruled that the obligation to refer imposed by the RH Law violates the religious belief and conviction of a conscientious objector:
Once the medical practitioner, against his will, refers a patient seeking information on modem reproductive health products, services, procedures and methods, his conscience is immediately burdened as he has been compelled to perform an act against his beliefs. As Commissioner Joaquin A. Bernas has written, "at the basis of the free exercise clause is the respect for the inviolability of the human conscience."
The Court further explained:
Though it has been said that the act of referral is an opt-out clause, it is, however, a false compromise because it makes pro-life health providers complicit in the performance of an act that they find morally repugnant or offensive. They cannot, in conscience, do indirectly what they cannot do directly. One may not be the principal, but he is equally guilty if he abets the offensive act by indirect participation.

Freedom of religion preferred in Constitution


The Court said:
Freedom of religion was accorded preferred status by the framers of our fundamental law. And this Court has consistently affirmed this preferred status, well aware that it is "designed to protect the broadest possible liberty of conscience, to allow each man to believe as his conscience directs, to profess his beliefs, and to live as he believes he ought to live, consistent with the liberty of others and with the common good."

Penalties by RH law on healthcare service providers who refuse to refer are un-Constitutional

The Court is not oblivious to the view that penalties provided by law endeavor to ensure compliance. Without set consequences for either an active violation or mere inaction, a law tends to be toothless and ineffectual.

Nonetheless, when what is bartered for an effective implementation of a law is a constitutionally-protected right the Court firmly chooses to stamp its disapproval. The punishment of a healthcare service provider, who fails and/or refuses to refer a patient to another, or who declines to perform reproductive health procedure on a patient because incompatible religious beliefs, is a clear inhibition of a constitutional guarantee which the Court cannot allow.

Exception: in life-threatening situations, healthcare providers cannot invoke freedom of religion

While generally healthcare service providers cannot be forced to render reproductive health care procedures if doing it would contravene their religious beliefs, an exception must be made in life threatening cases that require the performance of emergency procedures. In these situations, the right to life of the mother should be given preference, considering that a referral by a medical practitioner would amount to a denial of service, resulting to unnecessarily placing the life of a mother in grave danger.

Doctrine of benevolent neutrality


In striking down these provisions, the Supreme Court said that "in case of conflict between the State and Constitution's free exercise of religion clause, the Court adheres to the doctrine of benevolent neutrality" which is "the spirit, intent and framework underlying the Philippine Constitution."

The Court explained what benevolent neutrality is all about:
The benevolent neutrality theory believes that with respect to these governmental actions, accommodation of religion may be allowed, not to promote the government's favored form of religion, but to allow individuals and groups to exercise their religion without hindrance."

 

No compelling State interest to set aside benevolent neutrality 


The Court may set aside benevolent neutrality if there is a compelling state interest. In the case of the RH law, the Office of the Solicitor General said that the compelling State interest was "fifteen maternal deaths per day, hundreds of thousands of unintended pregnancies, lives changed." But the Court rejected this argument:
The undisputed fact, however, is that the World Health Organization reported that the Filipino maternal mortality rate dropped to 48 percent from 1990 to 2008, although there was still no RH Law at that time. Despite such revelation, the proponents still insist that such number of maternal deaths constitute a compelling state interest.