Showing posts from July, 2012

Hotel replaces Bibles with ’Fifty Shades of Grey’

Hotel replaces Bibles with ’Fifty Shades of Grey’

This story speaks for itself.  Wow!  Wholly inappropriate to have the Bible in people's private bedrooms?  I thought that was where liberals demanded religion be kept; not out in public.  

I disagree wholeheartedly.  The Bible is a great thing to have in one's life, whether in the living room, in your desk at work, in your locker at school, your car's glove compartment and most certainly in your bedroom.  Isn't the privacy of the bedroom where God can have the most impact and the person is the most genuine before Him?  How may people have cried secret tears in the bedchamber?  Perhaps this is part of the reason Jesus encouraged people to enter into their "closet," i.e. a private room, to pray to God?  Unlike the hypocrites who prayed loud, eloquent, long public prayers, the private prayer "closet" allowed for authentic fellowship and openness before God.  See Matthew 6 for more.

What do you think?

In a s…

If God Is Good, Then Why the Dark Night?

Especially in light of the terrible shooting rampage in Aurora, Colorado, questions about God and evil naturally arise. In response to the awful tragedy, Chris Sigfrids of WaterBrook Multnomah made this chapter available for your viewing at no charge, hoping that it would help you in a time like this to think biblically about God's goodness in the face of evil and suffering. He also hoped it would affirm your faith in the midst of tragedy and provide some measure of comfort. This chapter of Randy Alcorn's If God is Good asks: What Are Some Possible Responses to the Problem of Evil and Suffering? If God is Good by Randy Alcorn (Chapter 4) Chris Sigfrids didn't ask me to post this part, I'm doing it on my own. If the above is helpful to you and you wish to read a little more of Randy's thoughts yet you don't want or can't plunk down money for a full book or you would like a Reader's Digest version, check this out: If God Is Good: Why Do We Hurt …

So Does Church Matter and Why?

A Review of Why Church Matters by Joshua Harris 
I wanted to give a note of explanation as I begin this review.  The church, small “c,” is used to speak of the local church.  The Church, big “c,” indicates the Christian family as a whole both living and those who came before us ever since the start of the Church 2,000 years ago. 
Many may know this author from his more famous work, I Kissed Dating Goodbye.  Essentially, the principle is similar but applied to the Church.  Joshua Harris was a church shopper/church hopper himself.  However, he came to the point where he felt that he needed to stop consuming and begin committing to the Church.  Not to do so would be missing out on God’s program through the Church to fulfill the Great Commission. 
In this book, he identifies church as many of us have come to know it.  He then explains the biblical nature of the Church and the word pictures that the Bible uses to describe it.  With metaphors such as the Bride of Christ, the Body of Christ a…

First They Came For…Then They Came For…

First They Came For…Then They Came For…

I agree with Rev. Andrew Webb here.  In the recent past, I have come to the conclusion that the homosexual agenda is the gateway to persecution of Christians.  It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see the trend that Andy describes here.  We are already being demonized and classified as the villain.

Perhaps this began with the attack on the Scriptures, starting with origins, and has developed from there.  Unfortunately, too many Christians have remarkably agreed with their enemies on key points of inerrancy and biblical authority. So, evangelicals have a choice, continue the anti-Scriptural, downward slide to compromising on what the Bible teaches about sexuality or face the developing, growing wrath of a society who has cleverly flipped the argument and made the Bible-believing Christian the intolerant one and them the enforcers of tolerance.

I, for one, have always found it ironic that there is no one so intolerant as those advocating to…

A Review of The Faith of Barack Obama by Stephen Mansfield

The Faith of Barack Obama is a book that seeks to sift through all of the available material to determine what it is that the nation’s first black president believes.  Using speeches, news reports, the president’s own books, interviews and other sources, Mansfield paints a portrait of Barack Obama that some will agree with and others wholeheartedly disagree.  As the reader of this review, you are encouraged to form your own opinion based on the facts presented in the book from a large variety of sources. 

After acknowledging polling data which reveals the confusion of Americans as to what faith the president actually belongs to, the author seeks to unravel this mystery in a coherent form.  He begins with Obama’s speech at the Democratic convention of 2004.  This is where a man with a strange name was first introduced to the nation in a very big way.  In that speech, he began to articulate a religiously Left vision for the nation as an alternative to the Religious Right. 
Much time is…

Do Not Be Afraid; Only Believe (Mark 5:21-43)

“Do not be afraid; only believe.”   Simple words in a short sentence by Jesus.  Easy to say but hard to do.  

In the context, Jesus was approached by Jairus, one of the rulers of the synagogue.  His daughter was very sick to the point of death and the synagogue leader desperately clung to hope that she could be healed. Though her health had seriously deteriorated and nothing up to this point had worked, Jairus had faith that Jesus could and would heal her.  So, Jesus followed him home.  

Along the way, a multitude crowded Jesus and a seriously ill woman sought to get through the throng.  Despite the fact she suffered at the hands of many doctors and though she remained sick over twelve years with no relief, she continued to push her way through the masses, believing that Jesus could heal her.  

The woman didn't demand Jesus' undivided attention.  She didn't expect that Jesus would have to stop what He was doing, turn to her and say somthing to her and perform an act of healin…