Time Magazine’s cover story on the Bible Thursday, Mar 29 2007 

20070402_107.jpgThis weeks Time Magazine features a cover story on teaching the Bible in schools. After all of the controversy and court cases over the past fifty years is the United States going to change it’s mind and put Bibles back into the schools? That is the question Time asked saying, “Should the Holy Book be taught in public schools? Yes. It’s the bedrock of Western culture. And when taught right, it’s even constitutional.” In a well written and fair article David Van Biema makes the case that the Bible should be taught in American schools. He writes:

SIMPLY PUT, THE BIBLE IS THE MOST influential book ever written. Not only is the Bible the best-selling book of all time, it is the best-selling book of the year every year. (more…)

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post modern evangelism with Ed Stetzer Wednesday, Mar 28 2007 

if_i_were_to_die1.jpgEd Stetzer, Missiologist and Research Team Director at the North American Mission Board, has just posted an article on The Resurgence about the interplay between evangelism and postmodern culture. As someone with a heart for evangelism and exploring how to best present the Gospel to people in our postmodern culture this article has been very insightful. Ed Stetzer does the research and presents the facts, even the surprising ones, behind culture today then tracks back to how we can use the facts to reach people there they are at. I remember seeing Dr. Stetzer speak at the Reform and Resurge Conference last year where he said something to the effect of, “As Christians we need to seek out the questions that our culture is asking to which Jesus is the correct answer.” What he meant by this is that by examining culture we can gain insight into where people’s hearts and minds are. Then, once we find out what people care about we can show them how Jesus answers their deepest and most important questions. One example of this are the results of the surveys he has done (which are presented in his article) which show that while people do wonder about eternity, even more people wonder about meaning and purpose. As a result we can do street evangelism by asking people, “Do you long for a deeper purpose in life?” rather than, “If you were to die today…” This is not to say that asking about death and eternity is wrong but that it is not as important to people as finding more meaning.

Mansions for the homeless. Saturday, Mar 24 2007 

Honor widows who are truly widows. -1 Timothy 5:3

In an amazing act of charity Kawamoto, one of Japan’s richest men, gave away eight of his multi-million dollar homes in Kahala, Hawaii. These homes were given to low-income Native Hawaiian families. All of the home have been given away rent free with the only expense for the families being utilities. In picking the 8 families out of 3,000 applicants Kawamoto said “he tried picking working, single mothers.” One of these families is Dorie-Ann Kahale and her five daughters who recently moved into a home work around $5 million dollars. The amazing act of kindness comes after years of being criticized for his actions as a landlord, hopefully this more recent action is a true portrayal of his heart as he seeks to give a home to the homeless, especially loving the widows was we are commanded throughout the Bible, especially in 1 Timothy 5.

Church, Technology and Goodmanson Friday, Mar 23 2007 

I met Drew Goodmanson last spring at the Reform and Resurge Conference at Mars Hill Church in Seattle. He is a great guy with an awesome heart for missions and the furthering of the Gospel. Drew went to Mars Hill Church years ago when it was just a small church. Since then he has moved to San Diego to help plant Kaleo Church, a growing movement where he is now is a pastor and elder. Drew’s specialty is with technology, especially the Internet. He has done a huge amount of work for churches through leading a company called Monk Development. This company has created “several church apps such as Ekklesia 360, a web-based Church CMS and Sermon Cloud a web 2.0 sermon site,” as well as creating websites for numerous churches. For anyone interested in the church, technology, and how to use one (technology) to serve the other (the church) check out Drew’s blog where there is enough information to keep you busy for weeks (at least.) And if your church needs a website, give him a call and I am sure he will be helpful in creating a site far beyond what you could imagine.

Creation and the glory of God – Planet Earth on the Discovery Channel Wednesday, Mar 21 2007 

I was at the movies the other night when I saw a preview for the upcoming mini-series on the Discovery Channel called Planet Earth. The footage of creation was the best I had ever see, from mountains and landscapes to plants and animals the videos were amazing. This whole series is about how amazing our world is, all made by the gracious hand of our great and glorious Creator. I am looking forward to Sunday night when this series begins at 8pm.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims his handiwork. –Psalms 19:1

Corrie Ten Boom Home Wednesday, Mar 21 2007 

europe_20051124224260dsc00397.jpgI just found a recent picture of the very home that Betsy and Corrie ten Boom lived in and ran the underground from. This was where it all happened, at this small corner shop in Haarlem, Holland an old city just a short ways outside of Amsterdam. Here is an older picture from closer to World War II.10783989.gif

Warrior Jesus Wednesday, Mar 21 2007 

And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!” – 1 Samuel 17:37
What I cannot comprehend about this decision is how Saul willingly put the fate of Israel in a boy. This confrontation, this fight, this one on one battle to the death would result in the outcome of the war. If David, this boy, lost the battle to the giant, all of Israel would suffer the consequences of being taken over by the Philistines. If David lost all of Israel would be slaves to the Philistines (verse 9). There are a number of children who possess childlike faith (hence the name childlike) who trust and love their God, but what kind of king puts the future of his nation in the hands of a boy?
Reading this I see a picture of God the Father in heaven doing the unimaginable in sending his son, Jesus. Sending Jesus to earth to fight the greatest battle that has ever been fought in the history of the world was the decision that was made. God was willing to put it all on Jesus, the son. Is not that the greatest faith there ever could be? If God the Father had such faith in Jesus, shouldn’t we too?
The vision of Warrior Jesus: “And in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.” Revelation 1:13-18

“The Big Debate” James Dobson and Jim Wallis Tuesday, Mar 20 2007 

In a response to James Dobson’s (along with others) letter to the National Association of Evangelicals addressing the issue of NAE vice president Richard Cizik’s “relentless campaign” on global warming Jim Wallis has “invited Dobson to a debate on the question, ‘What are the great moral issues of our time for evangelical Christians?’ and suggested that a major evangelical Christian university should host it.”

I heard Richard Cizik speak at Gordon College on February 16, 2007. He showed a video called The Great Warming, a film about global warming, its effects, and our need to act to stop it. While I think that he did a fair job of talking about the need for stewardship and creation care, Richard went over the top when he said that there has been no evidence to the contrary of global warming. He did not mention that many respected scientists do not believe in global warming. I believe that we should live responsible lives of stewardship, but telling people lies in order to convince them of your opinion is a terrible way to make your point. I look forward to seeing this debate between Dr. Dobson and Jim Wallis and would love to see it take place at Gordon College.

Indoctrinate U Tuesday, Mar 20 2007 

This is an interview done on Fox News with Evan Coyne Maloney, the creator of a new documentary done on the state of American universities called Indoctrinate U. Here is what they say about themselves on their website:

Speech codes. Censorship. Enforced political conformity. Hostility to diversity of opinion. Sensitivity training. We usually associate such things with the worst excesses of fascism and communism, not with the American universities that nurtured the free speech movement. But American higher education bears a disturbing resemblance to the totalitarian societies that are anathema to our nation’s ideal of liberty. Evan Coyne Maloney’s documentary film, Indoctrinate U, reveals the breathtaking institutional intolerance you won’t read about in the glossy marketing brochures of Harvard, Berkeley, Michigan, Yale, and hundreds of other American colleges and universities.

Beauty; Shark Diving in the Bahamas Monday, Mar 19 2007 

sharkdive17march2007-145.jpgYesterday I did one of the scariest things I have ever done. I have been scuba diving for many years and a couple of times I have come across that which I dread most, sharks. Coming across a shark, any shark, while diving is terribly scary. A shark can turn on you at any moment and there is nothing you can do about it. Two years ago I was diving for lobsters off of the coast of Rockport, MA. I had my hands in a cave trying to pry out a lobster when my dad turned just in time to see two 9 foot blue sharks come in on me. As they came for my back, my father reached to pull out his knife, (more…)

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