Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve - Dr. Mohler clarifies what is at stake in the ongoing discussion about the historic Adam and Eve. “The denial of a historical Adam means not only the rejection of a clear biblical teaching, but the denial of the biblical doctrine of the Fall as well, leading to a very different way of telling the story of the Bible and the meaning of the Gospel.”

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

How to Get Involved in Disaster Relief: Helping Before and After a Disaster

As details and needs continue to come available in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, Ed Stetzer shares six good things to remember when thinking about disaster relief. See his comments...

The Sweep of the Bible in Two Weeks

Dane Ortlund: “If a freshman in college or stay-at-home mom or aspiring deacon or friend from work or anyone else asked me how they might get a rough grasp of the macro-storyline of the Bible in a few weeks, I’d send them not to any secondary resource but to the Bible itself for a reading plan that might look something like this.” See the plan here...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Is This Really Christianity?

As the BBC reports, some church leaders in the Netherlands want to transform their small nation into a laboratory for rethinking Christianity — “experimenting with radical new ways of understanding the faith.”

Religious Affairs Correspondent Robert Pigott tells of Rev. Klaas Hendrikse, a minister of the PKN, the mainstream Protestant denomination in the Netherlands. Pastor Hendrikse doesn’t believe in life after death, nor even in God as a supernatural being. He told the BBC that he has “no talent” for believing historic and orthodox doctrines. “God is not a being at all,” he says, but just an experience. Keep Reading

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Who's Your Daddy? - Maybe Ferris Bueller

I am old. this article and commentary on the annual Beloit College Mindset List begins: “The freshmen class entering college this Fall has no remembrance of what life was like before the Internet, what this whole Communist Party fuss was about in Russia, and that Amazon was once just known as a river in South America. Ferris Bueller is old enough to be their dad, and they probably don’t know the name of the bar where everybody knows your name.”

Monday, August 15, 2011

Praying for Pastor Caleb

Sunday I mentioned my ongoing correspondence with Pastor Caleb in Myanmar and our need to remember him in prayer - in ministry, in family, and in his care for orphans. These two pictures will help put faces with needs. Pastor Caleb is the man in the striped shirt and jeans. The other picture is a recent one of orphans under his care.

Thank you for praying for them.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ways to Engage Global Poverty Right Now

A week ago I was in the impoverished nation of Malawi with a mission team from our church. I saw again the "Five Giants" that dominate, especially in third world cultures: extreme poverty, pandemic disease, lack of education for the next generation, poor and/or ungodly leadership at all levels, and spiritual darkness. I saw orphans and AIDS widows by the hundreds in the villages where we served. I saw unclean drinking water and a lack of leaders in the villages and at the national levels. When the needs are so great, where can we begin? Overwhelmed by it all, we often just turn the other way.

This article by Ed Stetzer provides a good starting place to make a difference. Today I sit in my air conditioned office in the Dallas suburbs. There are things we can do from HERE- to tackle the problems THERE- and we can do it today. Making a difference begins with a step.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Does Rick Warren Endorse "Chrislam"?

If you tend to believe everything you read on the internet, often forward "shocking" emails or take anything you "see for yourself on YouTube" as truth, then this post will do nothing to dissuade you from believing that Pastor Rick Warren espouses "chrislam". On the other hand, if you tend to research rumors before you pass them on or try to find the truth about people before attacking them on the internet this post might help.