Monday, March 30, 2009
Arguing against the existence of Satan were Deepak Chopra (New-Age author of many popular books who dresses like a classic James Bond villain) and Bishop Carlton Pearson (former evangelical demon-caster-outer).
Here's a short YouTube clip:
One of the best lines came when Mark Driscoll said (as only Driscoll can say) that if people would have made up a religion and voted on it, they would have come up with something like a "salvation by eating chicken wings and napping". At least he said that is what he would have voted for.
You can watch the entire debate by clicking here. Scroll down and click on the video labeled "Driscoll Slams Pearson's Religious History" to see a great exchange.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
This video features Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll debunking the book - which he refers to as heresy. As you'll see, Pastor Mark is one of these up and coming church leaders who is well-grounded in solid Biblical doctrine.
The purpose of this is to really lay out the facts about the book and let Christians decide. Is this a serious misrepresentation of Almighty God, or are we to view it as simply a harmless little allegory that deeply touches our emotions?
I love this kind of stuff! Here's a 4-legged robot that looks like a headless canine and uses a gasoline engine that whines like a pack of killer bees - CREEPY!
Here's more from the article:
"Its robot brain, a sophisticated computer, controls locomotion sensors that adapt rapidly to the environment. The entire control system regulates, steers and navigates ground contact. A laser gyroscope keeps BigDog on his metal paws — even when the robot slips, stumbles or is kicked over."
Read more here.
On a related side note: I took the fam to see Knowing this weekend and saw previews for the new Terminator movie . . .
Thursday, March 19, 2009
A pastor in this quiet, picturesque New England town opened his doors to a
convicted child killer who had served his time but had nowhere to go.
You can read the article here.
Is this good Christian charity or just plain irresponsible? Would you want this in your neighborhood? Would you open your home up to someone with this history? WWJD?
Three global warming researchers stranded in the North Pole by cold weather
were holding out hope Wednesday as a fourth plane set off in an attempt deliver
“We’re hungry, the cold is relentless, our sleeping bags are full of ice,”
expedition leader Pen Hadow said in e-mailed statement.
Read the article here.
You can't make this stuff up . . .
Okay, so what are we to do with this?
We could be skeptical: That was about as legit as a Fred Phelps smile.
We could wax sarcastic: Wow! I just saw Jesus in a liberal church! What're the odds? Never seen that before . . .
We could be really spiritual: Yes, but do others see Jesus in yooouuu?
What do you do with this?
MTV.com reports that:
"This season . . . Christians . . . are . . . watching because more than half of this year's crop of finalists — including Danny Gokey, Michael Sarver, Kris Allen, Scott MacIntyre, Matt Giraud and Lil Rounds — either have a strong affiliation with the church or are worship leaders in their communities."
And here's an interesting quote that begins the article:
'[This year's 'Idol'] shows that a Christian singer can have artistic integrity,'
Read the entire article here and come back and respond to these questions:
Understanding that we are called to come out and be separate (2 Corinthians 6:17), is this a case of Christian sellouts trying to come as close as possible to the world (you know, the whole "friendship with the world = enmity with God" truth that James talks about)?
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Watch this hilarious mockumentary about a seriously pathetic youth-speaker-wannabe. There arent' really "ministers" like this out there . . . are there?
Ignatius from travis hawkins on Vimeo.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
"Some younger pastors in traditionally teetotalling denominations are beginning to view bans on alcohol use as out of date. Is their so-called liberty in Christ simply an excuse for bad behavior? Or are the old timers adding laws to the gospel?"
Read the rest of the article here, then come back and post your thoughts on this intoxicating subject (sorry about that).
Monday, March 16, 2009
"The reason our country's in such bad financial shape is we let our need for greed consume us . . . When the stock market started going down, your god died and you don't see him resurrecting any time soon," Noble noted. "You think the economy has a hold on you when you don't understand that God actually has a hold on the economy."
The three principles are:
- Spending - Spend money on those things that grow the ministry and not simply on those things that make it easier on your staff.
- Pruning - Without pruning, a ministry is wasting energy, time, resources, and leaders on proverbial branches that are no longer bearing lots of good fruit . . . most—if not all—leaders know what needs to be cut. But they fail to act with courage because they anticipate fallout, people leaving, and hurt feelings. Sometimes God uses hard times to compel his leaders to make the decisions they need to make, and this is one of those times.
- Core - Don’t make cuts on your core essential ministries but rather on your secondary and auxiliary ministries.
Read the full post here.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Comparing and contrasting Eastern beliefs with Christianity is an excellent way to see the differences and dangers they present by downplaying the foundational theological elements of the Christian faith.
Read the rest of the article here.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Just remember, Christianity is not a religion - it's a relationship. Binding up is the exact opposite of what God wanted to accomplish through Jesus' sacrificial death and resurrection. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for burdening the people with religion (Matthew 23:2-4), and referred to his requirements as easy and light.
Matthew 11:30 NIV
(30) . . . my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
- Everyone Is Going To Hell Except Me - John MacArthur
- Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid - John Hagee
- This Book Looks Longer Than It Really Is - Rob Bell
- God Wants You To Pay For My Airplane - Creflo Dollar
- 10 Keys To The 8 Steps To The 3 Paths To The 1 Way to God (TM) - Rick Warren
- How to Smile - Joel Osteen
Read the entire list here.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Bible teacher John Piper does just that in this post from his blog. In short he says:
Good stuff. Read all of Piper's post here.
What shall we make of this? . . . Two things give me pause . . .
First . . . God might have said this. But it doesn’t smell authentic to me. Too prudential. Too reminiscent of the embarrassing Y2K excesses.
Second, my confidence level drops when the Scriptures are not handled carefully.
But my own effort to be discerning says: Stick with the Bible, David. It is scary enough. And it is absolutely true. And your credibility will never fall.
Monday, March 9, 2009
How do I know if I sin because I'm a bad Christian or a non Christian? Here's a great answer to that age-old qestion.
Pastor Mark Driscoll - pastor of Mars Hill church in Seattle - answers this question as part of a live "Ask Anything" session in which audience members text questions to the pulpit to be answered in real time.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Is this financial crisis leading to a New World Financial Order? One government. One currency. One man to rule them all