Friday, September 28, 2012

The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife? When Sensationalism Masquerades as Scholarship

The news media tried to make much of the unvieling of an old manuscript recently, declaring it showed  that Jesus was married. There are multiple issues to talk about and Al Mohler adresses it well.

Dr. Mohler on Jesus’s wife: “This is sensationalism masquerading as scholarship. One British newspaper noted that the claims about a married Jesus seemed more worthy of fans of Dan Brown’s fictional work, The Da Vinci Code than ‘real-life Harvard professors.’ If the fragment is authenticated, the existence of this little document will be of interest to historians of the era, but it is insanity to make the claims now running through the media.” (See article)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

2012 Election Prayer Guide

This prayer guide, from the 40 Days of Prayer website is very well done and useful in praying for our nation and the upcoming elections. (See Prayer Guide)

Good Things Start in the Wilderness

The Judean Wilderness

I wanted to pass on this encouraging devotional thought from Ken Adams:

Rarely do we consider being in the wilderness a good thing. In fact, most of the time we dread the wilderness. We hate the wilderness. We will do just about anything we can to avoid the wilderness times of life. Sometimes, however, we need to be reminded that good things can come from our times in the wilderness. (See Full Article)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Seven Common Comments Non-Christians Make about Christians

Thom Rainer writes: "One of my greatest joys in research is talking to and listening to those who clearly identify themselves as non-Christians. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not celebrating their absence of faith in Christ. My joy comes from listening to those who don’t believe as I do, so that I might be better equipped to witness to them.

Over the past several years, my research teams and I have interviewed thousands of unchurched non-Christians. Among the more interesting insights I gleaned were those where the interviewees shared with me their perspectives of Christians.

In this article, I group the seven most common types of comments in order of frequency. I then follow that representative statement with a direct quote from a non-Christian. Read these comments and see if you learn some of the lessons I learned." (See Full Article)

Activity Overload: Which Activities are Right for Your Child?

We live in a world of stressed-out, overscheduled children. The question is often asked by parents of young children, "How do we decide what is right for our child?" While this artice doesn't answer all the questions and address all the issues, it does provide a starting place.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Faith of the Candidates

This well-documented article by James Denison provides excellent information on the spiritual backgrounds and faith systems of the two presidential candidates. The link  is to a PDF and may take a moment to load.

Denison seeks to address the questions:
Is Barack Obama a Muslim?
Can a Christian vote for a Mormon?