Oct 152014
 

1426163_10152538970789156_1955504315_aToday, like every Wednesday, we will remember Saeed Abedini.

We do more than just remember, however…we stand with him by using our social media to advocate for his release.

We ask that you change your Facebook profile picture to his and that you “like”  the “Free Saeed” Facebook page and participate in some of the activities that promote his cause.

We ask…that you remember him and his family in prayer…and that you refuse to give up on efforts to secure his release.

Oct 142014
 

timthumb.phpVatican changes its tune on same sex marriage…

Response from a Catholic writer…

Who are man and woman?

Jepthas vow…

A world without missionaries…

Gossip and prayer requests…

Three lessons the church can learn from the NFL…

Tim Keller on prayer as conversation…

What a creep…

What Christians should know about Ebola…

Jason Stellman writes for the Internet Monk…

Does the Bible really contradict itself?

The skeletons in God’s closet…

The history of Christian theology in 1000 words…

Another take on the story of the young woman seeking assisted suicide…

New poll shows fewer Americans believe homosexuality is a sin…

Hell and Mr. Fudge…

Steve Brown on the dark night of the soul…

Kay Warren on suicide and mental illness…

Sarah on the necessity of luxury…

Wenatchee the Hatchet on the latest from the Mars Hill debacle…

Oct 132014
 

thinking_man_ape_wood_3d_sculpture_thinker_think-480x3251. I started teaching through the book of Romans last night, which required that I spend the previous two weeks studying it in preparation. To make a long story short, the text of Romans 1 obliterates the current social and religious attempts to legitimize homosexuality and gay marriage. As most of you know, I tend to lean left on social issues and I always want to be as gracious as possible to sinners, because I am one.

I wanted to find a loophole in the text…but there simply isn’t one.

The only way you can legitimize homosexuality is to deny the text…not just the text of Romans 1, but the Gospels and Genesis.

Paul’s argument is drawn from from the creation narrative and from Jesus affirmation of it in the Gospels…it’s the teaching of the whole of Scripture.

Thus, the battle over homosexuality is not just a moral issue, but one of the authority of Scripture…which is denied by those who “by their unrighteousness suppress the truth” (Romans 1:18 ESV)

In my desire to be someone who is as gracious as possible, I almost became one who would sacrifice… “suppress”… the truth in order to be at peace with men.

To do would compromise my faith and violate my conscience.

The task now is to become someone who can speak the truth “in love”.

2. That phrase about suppressing the truth brought to mind how much the truth is indeed being suppressed, and not only about homosexuality… like the new cultural canard that Islam is a religion of peace…

3. Whenever a church has to hire a public relations firm to control the flow and content of information, be assured that the truth is being suppressed in unrighteousness…

4. I willingly fell victim to the falsehood that because the church has so many moral and ethical issues of it’s own that it’s bad form to comment on the sins of the culture around us. We have to do both…but our focus should be on cleaning our own house first.

5. Writing about the church has become difficult for me as I believe that evangelicalism in this country is in the midst of a radical change…I can’t define it or explain it yet, but what has been is not what will be.

6. After five weeks of the new football season, I’m glad hockey season has started…

7. A California woman with terminal brain cancer has moved to Oregon in order to die by medically assisted suicide. I’m at a loss to know how I would counsel her from a Christian perspective….

8. Fall is an exercise in being in enjoying the moment and not reminding yourself that it is a portent of winter…

9. The internet has leveled the field…everyone can have a voice and a platform. That does not mean that all voices and platforms are of equal worth… 

10. Despite all the cultural and political attempts to suppress the truth, my guts (and the Scriptures) tell me that people know it anyway…and there is a backlash coming. May it come with grace and be spoken in love.

 

Oct 122014
 

thumbnail.aspxWe have learned to speak almost every language except our own.

We are well schooled in the language of hate and of fear and of greed and of anxiety.

We know the language of domination and of excessive deference.

We understand completely the grammar of liberalism and conservatism, rhetoric that is revolutionary and reactionary.

But we are strangers in a strange land.

Teach us afresh to trust our mother tongue of praise and grief.

We thank you for our speech teachers, of many mothers and fathers in many times and many places and many cultures – all of whom know better than do we the ways of truth that heal and of life that enlivens.

Be your true word on our lips and receive our utterances back to you.

We thank you for our mother tongue come in the flesh.

Amen.
Walter Brueggemann. Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: The Prayers of Walter Brueggemann (p. 72). Kindle Edition.

Oct 112014
 

 

On this edition of Calvin’s Corner Pastor Michael Newnham and syndicated radio host Phil Naessens congratulate the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, talk New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings NFL football, take a closer look at a blog posting made by Dr. James White directed at former Calvinist turned Roman Catholic Jason Stellman and the guys and answer a listeners question about the differences between Hyper Calvinists, Calvinists and New Calvinists.

Calvin’s Corner is now on iTunes and Stitcher.

Listen to Calvin’s Corner on great networks Max Sports Channels and The 405 Media.

Oct 102014
 

IMG_0027Every morning and every evening I set out little bowls of cat food, one in the front yard and one in the backyard.

There are strays in the neighborhood who depend on my doing so, for they have no one else to feed them.

There is a large, timid, tabby cat, a terribly thin black cat, and a little cat with a wound that won’t let me get close enough to help.

There may be others who are too stealthy for me to have discovered.

They skulk and sneak into the yards and gulp down some food, then run away to wherever they spend the rest of their cat lives.

Miss Kitty used to be one of them…but she now calls the property home.

Her bowl is inside the house and she chooses her meals from a buffet assortment of fine feline dishes, turning up her nose at what is offered until the proper one is served.

When finished, she strolls not to the brush outside, but to my bed which she now is gracious enough to share with me.

She’s been given a very good life.

She also had me worried for a while…she would come in, eat her meal as if she hadn’t eaten in days, then promptly deposit that meal (with sound effects) in a hot pile on my floor.

This went on morning and evening for a couple of days and I was getting ready to take her to the vet…until I found out what her problem was.

It turned out that as I would put out the morning and evening meals for the neighborhood strays she would follow behind me and eat them all.

Then, she would  lay in front of the fence and guard the property against the strays, whacking them soundly and loudly when they came to find food.

By the time she ate her own food she was so stuffed she couldn’t keep anything down.

My cat, raised in a good, Christian home, was a selfish, violent, glutton.

Oh, the shame.

She did not have her fathers heart for those less fortunate…she feared that doing so would take away from what she had.

She despised their fleas and their wounds and their need didn’t move her.

She was safe and full and wanted to stay that way.

She doesn’t trust that I will always provide enough for everyone.

She’s forgotten where she came from.

She’s forgotten that everything she has, she’s been freely given.

She doesn’t think I’ll move her dish…outside.

Make your own application…

Oct 082014
 

1426163_10152538970789156_1955504315_aToday, like every Wednesday, we will remember Saeed Abedini.

We do more than just remember, however…we stand with him by using our social media to advocate for his release.

We ask that you change your Facebook profile picture to his and that you “like”  the “Free Saeed” Facebook page and participate in some of the activities that promote his cause.

We ask…that you remember him and his family in prayer…and that you refuse to give up on efforts to secure his release.

Read Saeed’s letter to his daughter on her eighth birthday.

Oct 072014
 

timthumb.phpTim Keller on prayer…

Pull the plug on this phrase…

Brennan Manning on God’s love…

Great word from Steve Brown on the rights of believers…

I don’t buy this, but at least he’s clear…why Christians are obligated to be political.

Is the church over the Bible or is the Bible over the church?

How not to comment on a blog post…

Facing the music with Jennifer Knapp…

Interesting article on correcting false beliefs…

Things Jesus said (that we never hear about)…

Mars Hill uses the helpless to further the brand…

Wenatchee the Hatchet on Driscoll and the power of the sob story…

CT responds to criticisms of it’s negative review of “Left Behind”…

A Reformed discussion of dispensationalism and inerrancy;

YouTube Preview Image
Oct 062014
 

thinking_man_ape_wood_3d_sculpture_thinker_think-480x3251. The world of apologetics lost two members last week, Ken Silva and Gretchen Passantino.  In reality, they were from different worlds and showed the evolution of what we consider biblical apologetics in the internet age. Passantino was mainly engaged in counter cult ministries and worked with Dr. Walter Martin on his epic ‘Kingdom of the Cults” and other works.  Silva was the king of the new breed of online discernment ministries that focus an “error” and “apostasy” in the Body of Christ. I was in Silva’s crosshairs more than once…in ODM land the test of orthodoxy is so small that only a few find the narrow gate. While the Body gets divided , the real cults flourish…

2. It was sobering to realize last week that when I die it will be talked about all over the internet and I won’t be around to moderate the comments…

3. Jason Stellman wrote an article talking about how difficult his life has been since his conversion to Roman Catholicism. James White responded with an article that tore off what little hide Jason had left. My fellow Reformed brethren are reprinting Whites article with no small amount of pride and joy. As the Calvinist in residence here let me say that I find White’s article (and the reposting of it)  cruel, petty, and utterly unnecessary.

4. When people ask me about the state of Calvary Chapel, I wonder if they’re talking about the one headquartered in Costa Mesa or the one hosted in Philadelphia…

5. In the new world of electronic medical records, I received my test results before my doctor did… I’m not sure that’s a good thing.

6. We deny the heart of Christ when we question whether we should love someone who disagrees with us theologically…

7. “Jesus did not come with a sword in his hands.  He came with nails in his hands.” Tim Keller

8. The Supreme Court passed on making a decision on gay marriage in a number of states this morning, effectively making a decision in favor of it. Let not your heart be troubled…but don’t set your heart on earthly powers to recognize spiritual truths.

9. I miss the days when I was dogmatically and doctrinally right and most of you were wrong. Life was much simpler when all my thinking had been done for me five hundred years ago…

10. Remember when baseball was “America’s pastime”? It’s past that time…

%d bloggers like this: