Linkathon! Uncategorized Add comments Dec 272016 The puzzle of Christmas… What you do to your neighbor you do to Christ… The innocence and wonder of a child… Barely alive and barely breathing… Evangelicals and Palestinian Christians… This Christmas, remember the refugees… “The Shack” movie reigniting heresy controversy… What if judgment is actually good news… Christmas…the full and glorious yes… The key to contentment… It’s too late for Russell Moore… Why Anglicanism? When you feel like a miserable failure… How to avoid troublesome churches… Surviving the wasteland of faith… Marriage…the state of our unions. Russell Moore commended… Jesus and science… A liberal Christian looks back on the year… Religious buildings of the future… More later… Support EricL at top right for his help on Tuesdays! Related 10 Responses to “Linkathon!” CostcoCal says: December 27, 2016 at 10:32 am Barely alive and barely breathing? Hopefully, she wasn’t implying that due to the circumstances she listed. Because she got off light in life. I mean, a death of a grandmother? Really? Of course, this is just my opinion. Xenia says: December 27, 2016 at 10:59 am The reason evangelicals are not terribly concerned about Palestinian Christians is because many (if not most) evangelicals do not consider them to be “real” Christians. (Most of them are some flavor of Eastern Christian, be it Orthodox, Coptic or Eastern Catholicism.) You know, they are all “idolators” who follow “vain traditions of men.” The only Palestinians I know happen to be Christians. And believe me, they have a thing or two to say about Israel. Nevertheless, I believe Israel should be supported, as much as is possible. CostcoCal says: December 27, 2016 at 11:11 am Wow! That Paul Tripp article on living in the moment and the key to contentment was fantastic. Beautiful. dusty says: December 27, 2016 at 11:12 am Mk’s mom passed away today Kevin H says: December 27, 2016 at 11:29 am To support Xenia’s point, we had a Messianic Jew preach in our very large CC a couple years ago, and although I can’t remember the exact numbers or terminology used, we were basically told that something like only 1% of Israel was saved, because that is the percentage of population of Evangelical Christians and Messianic Jews in Israel. Paige says: December 27, 2016 at 2:02 pm I love the When You Feel Like a Failure…. so good. Also, I love the Surviving the Wasteland of Faith. Barely Alive and Breathing… poor girl. just total cumulative overload, plus depression. I believe we all have appointments with The Dark Night of the Soul… perhaps several times. Little preaching and teaching prepares us for it, but it is inevitable. IMO Costco Cal’s life has been brutally peppered with life’s most painful trials. Many of us would have succumbed to the grief of so much loss, yet he continues preaching the Gospel. I admire him. The migration issue is massive, to say the least. The world is in upheaval, yet such is history. At the risk of offending our host here, I will ask, realistically, aside from living a life of kindness and generosity as we are able, in our own spheres (home, work, neighborhood, contacts) what CAN we do about it beyond prayer? I would guess that most of us are not in a position to open our homes for extended stays to immigrants or taking on the support of others when we are barely making it ourselves. (apply Good Samaritan story here) We can Contribute to legit organizations perhaps and certainly pray. I’m not willing to take this on as a guilt thing. I am currently involved in a team taking care of ONE 35 year old woman from Nigeria who legally immigrated here, has a PhD in biology & job, but now has stage 4 cancer. One person, and a church full of people have taken on tending her needs. While thankful for the help, she is humbly embarrassed, yet thanks God all the time. I can honestly say that I, personally, would have taken in Mary & Joseph… (What Would You Do to Your Neighbor)… We have in times past, hosted long term folks in distress. We are blessed to have an extra room and we feel called to host. Not everyone does. On the other hand, I won’t host out of guilt. Been there, done that, got the Tshirt, entire wardrobe. However, I feel like these sorts of articles tend to heap burdens of guilt on people who are perhaps themselves already “barely alive and breathing”. If God Himself does not supply, be it via miracles, humans or organizations, we’re all in serious trouble. Lord, where else can we go? Only You have the words of eternal life. CostcoCal says: December 27, 2016 at 2:11 pm Paige, you are kind. I’m preaching the Gospel today. One day at a time. dusty says: December 28, 2016 at 6:16 am Good morning pp family. Hope your day is full of giggles and fun j2theperson says: December 28, 2016 at 7:12 pm The article on marriage was really interesting. Anon says: December 29, 2016 at 12:51 pm Wow. Looks like a Prosperity Gospel proponent will soon have entrance to the White House. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/12/29/paula-white-prosperity-preacher-once-investigated-by-senate-is-a-controversial-pick-for-inauguration-prayer/?utm_term=.a88f0426c2a2 Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> Name (required) E-mail (required) URI Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.