Month: August 2011

God is not one

Stan GuthrieTrue or Merely Useful? All religions don’t lead in the same direction. When I was a new believer seeking reasons for my faith, I inhaled the writings of Christian apologists such as C.S. Lewis and Josh McDowell. The way my unsophisticated mind summarized much of their material was something along the lines of, “Christianity is different from all other world religions because it is the only one in which we don’t have to earn our way to heaven, because salvation is by faith, not by works.” Boston University’s Stephen Prothero no doubt would have challenged my simple formula on a number of levels, such as the obvious one that Christianity includes a prominent place for works, and other religions also have faith—that is, trust—in something at least. One point we would have wholeheartedly agreed on, however, is that Christianity indeed differs from all other faiths. But Prothero would have gone further: all the world religions, in fact, differ one from another. Prothero dismisses as sentimental nonsense the theories of many other religion scholars, such as …


What a Day that will be I first heard this hymn in 1991, just around the time I gave my heart to the Lord. My spiritual father cranked up his Korg and with veins popping and tears flowing down his cheeks began to sing this song – boy, it was heavenly, it was beautiful, and from that day I was hooked. This is one of my favorite hymns. Written By James Hill/ 20th Century/ Hymns of Glorious Praise/ Page 252 Verse 1 There is coming a day when no heart-aches shall come, No more clouds in the sky, no more tears to dim the eye; All is peace forevermore on that happy golden shore – what a day a glorious day that will be. Chorus: What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see when I look upon His face the One who saved me by His grace when he takes me by the hand and leads me through the promise land – what a day, a glorious day that will be. Verse 2 …

Jude’s Secret Agents

Jude 1 Secret Agents of the Devil 1. They crept in unnoticed 2. They are ungodly 3. They are perverts 4. They had a mission to change things in the church they didn’t like 5. Never believed in Christ 6. They rely on their dreams 7. They defile the flesh 8. They reject authority

Luther’s 95 Theses

Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences Commonly Known as The 95 Theses

Out of love and concern for the truth, and with the object of eliciting it, the following heads will be the subject of a public discussion at Wittenberg under the presidency of the reverend father, Martin Luther, Augustinian, Master of Arts and Sacred Theology, and duly appointed Lecturer on these subjects in that place. He requests that whoever cannot be present personally to debate the matter orally will do so in absence in writing.

7 Spirits

The Seven (7) Spirits/ By Walter Bright The seven Spirits who are before His throne speak to the perfection and completion of the Holy Spirit. John uses an Old Testament description of the Holy Spirit. The idea of the seven Spirits quotes from the Old Testament. Isaiah 11:2 describes seven aspects of the Holy Spirit: 1/. The Spirit of the LORD 2/. The Spirit of wisdom 3/. Understanding 4/. The Spirit of counsel 5/. Might 6/. The Spirit of knowledge 7/. Fear of the Lord It isn’t that there are seven different spirits of God, rather the Spirit of the LORD has these characteristics and He has them all in fullness and perfection.

MachineGun Preacher

‘Machine Gun Preacher’ . . . for Christians Studio releases “secular” and “faith-based” versions of poster for film; Coming to theaters next month, Machine Gun Preacher is a movie that will appeal to some Christians because of its subject matter. It will also disgust some Christians . . . because of its subject matter. The movie, opening in limited release on September 23, is based on the true story of Sam Childers, a drug-dealing hell raiser as a teen and young man who began to turn his life around after finding Jesus. Today, he spends much of his time in Somalia and neighboring countries, allegedly fighting pockets of the LRA (Lord’s Republican Army) with his own band of gun-toting rebels while sweeping up orphans who have been left behind — and then putting them into orphanages that he has built-in the area. Some Christians will love the film for showing Childers’ path from rebellion to redemption. Others will hate it for the same reason; the first 15-20 minutes are as in-your-face and gritty as anything you’ll …

7 Blessings…

The 7 Blessings in the Book of Revelation: 1/. rev. 1:3 – Hear and Do (lk 11:28; John 8:51; 1 John 2:3; Luke 6:43-49( 2/. rev. 14:13 – Die in the Lord (Eccles. 4:2, Heb. 3:14; 2 Tim 4:7 1 cor. 15:18; 1 Thess. 4:16 3/. rev. 16:15 – Stay awake – stay dressed (Matt. 25:13; matt. 24:42 4/. rev. 19:9 – Invited to Sup (Matt. 22:1-14; Luke 14:15; see verse 7) 5/. Rev. 20:6 – The Rapture (rev. 14:13 see 20:14; 2:11; 21:8 6/. rev. 22:7 Keep the Words, trust, faith in, believe in – see verse 6… 7/. rev. 22:14 – Washed robes… (rev. 7:9, 13, 14… who has the right to eat of the tree of life? see John 1:11, 12, 13). Who can enter through the city by the gates – the gate represent Jesus… he said broad is the road that leads to destruction and narrow is the gate that leads to eternal life but few find it. He was referring to himself.

Mother Teresa, CEO

Jason Byassee Mother Teresa, CEO How NOT to write about leadership. It is not hard to make the case that Western Christians, especially mainline Protestants, have long been profoundly confused about business. We have treated church members who run or work in capitalistic endeavors as if they were doing something slightly sordid. The real work of ministry is done by those who pastor churches, teach students, run non-profits, or pursue other avenues of do-gooding. This is ironic in that one of the Reformation’s chief charisms is the priesthood of all believers—the claim that a vocation to pastoral ministry is no more essentially holy than any other work God calls one of his saints to do. It is also hypocritical in that all of our ministries depend on the funding of our sisters and brothers who make their money the only way anyone ever makes it: in business. There is a real opportunity, then, for sensitive and probing theological work integrating theology and business. Some have begun to do just such work, and I anticipate much …