Sunday, July 31, 2011

Weekly Recommendation - "The Reason For God" by Timothy Keller

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of SkepticismSince the birth of Christianity, Christians have been defending the faith, arguing their case for the existence of God, and trying to convert others on these facts. The apostle Paul did this in Acts 17 in Athens. Justin Martyr was an excellent apologist for the faith. Anselm argued for God with his Ontological Argument. And up to this day, men have dedicated themselves to "proving," God and defending the faith.

And Timothy Keller has added to that conversation. First, it needs to be noted that it is virtually impossible to add anything new to this debate. Even with the birth of evolution, much of the same arguments remain valid, such as Anselm's Ontological argument.

But with the growth of atheism and secularism in our culture, it is encouraging to see a well-thought out book like Keller's, "The Reason For God: Belief In An Age of Skepticism." Keller's book is broken down into two sections.

First, Keller defends the faith by dealing with some of the most difficult issues. Some issues include the problem of suffering, hell, the exclusive claims of the gospel and Bible, the evils committed by the Church and other religious people/groups, the problem with science as it relates to faith and miracles, and many others.

Keller does not provide an exhaustive discussion on each of these issues. If he did, each chapter would take up several volumes. However, Keller deals with the issue, presenting both sides of the argument, and provides his argument. His argument is always grounded in Scripture, but at the same time, he provides arguments that aren't relying on Scripture. Keller, at times, uses secular arguments to deal with secular problems, and then points us to Scripture. I find this form of debate very effective.

If part 1 is defense, then part 2 must be offense. I like how Keller makes his argument. He begins with some arguments for the existence of God. These are all old arguments. It, again, is not an exhaustive list, but a list with some punch. I personally would use some of his arguments, or at least make them as front and center as he does. But he nonetheless is able to build his case for the existence of God on sound arguments that have been used for centuries.

And then he focuses on the issue of morality. As Christians, this is perhaps the best place to start. Keller doesn't, but it is clear that this is a major defense for Theism. Atheism and evolution cannot explain morality. Atheist and Agnostics like CS Lewis and Francis Collins began their path to faith based on this point. And it is here that Keller makes his best arguments for belief in God.

But he doesn't stop here. Keller is more than just an apologist, he is an evangelist. After developing his argument for God, Keller moves towards Christ and the gospel. My favorite discussion in this was his chapter on "the Reality of the Resurrection." Keller points out that there is no credible way to explain away the claim that Jesus died and was raised from the dead three days later.

If morality is one of the best arguments for God, the resurrection is one of the best arguments for the divinity of Christ. If Christ truly did rise from the dead, then He must be God in flesh. And if He is God in flesh, then we must take what He said seriously.

And herein lies the argument for God and the Christian message. You either accept it or reject it. But if you reject it, one must be able to counter the arguments made in this book for Keller builds his case well. But if we reject the gospel based on ignorance and laziness, then we literally will have hell to pay.
If you want to listen to some of Keller's arguments, some audio can be found here.
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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Around the Web: Links for Your Weekend - July 30, 2011

Jim Hamilton - God Wins: An Interview with Mike Wittmer on His Response to Rob Bell | I enjoyed this interview between Jim Hamilton and Mike Wittmer on his book Christ Alone: An Evangelical Response to Rob Bell's Love Wins.

You live in Grand Rapids, where Rob Bell pastors, and you mention that you guys know and appreciate each other. I’m sure you’ve given him a copy of the book. Any indications as to whether or not he has read it?

Rob and I talked about the issues in Love Wins about a year before I knew he was writing it. At that time I gave him a copy of my book, Don’t Stop Believing, which I hoped would bring many emergent Christians back to the faith. Obviously, it didn’t have that effect on Rob! I don’t want to share the specifics of our private meeting, but it’s fair to say that we didn’t understand each other. Our failure to communicate—and Rob’s response to the critiques he has received—led me to conclude that it would be futile to send him a copy of my latest book. But as I think about it, it seems that would be an appropriate thing to do, and I will send him one tomorrow, along with a note offering to buy lunch.

I think it’s important to add that Christ Alone is not responding to Rob per se but to the content of Love Wins. My goal is not to correct Rob but to counter the false gospel of Love Wins. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter to readers what Rob personally believes, but only what they think Love Wins is saying. And it’s that message that Christ Alone seeks to correct.

Justin Taylor - It Only Takes One Generation for a Church to Die | A sobering post from Taylor especially as I'm the pastor of a church that is over 200 years old.  Just because we're historic doesn't mean we will last forever.

Now, the reasons why these churches no longer exist are as various as the congregations themselves. Still, as late as the 1950s, they all were thriving congregations; and if congregational death can happen to these congregations, it can happen to my congregation and to yours. God’s mercy has been evident in the fact that FPC Jackson, a downtown church, has continued to thrive and prosper even as the city of Jackson, Mississippi, has changed several times through the decades.

But it would only take a generation for a church to show signs of decay: perhaps a poor pastoral choice; a failure to continue to preach God’s Word faithfully; a transition in the church’s understanding of mission; an inability to see and adapt to the neighborhood around it. It is enough to cause us as pastors to get our knees and to beg God to continue to grant mercy to our congregations and to grant them mercy in the generations after us.

Desiring God - Lust:  Not for Men Only | Here is an important article about a growing issue that the church is ignoring - like so many things.  We need the gospel, not idolatry.

To understand the times, let's look at the messages women have absorbed in recent years. There are stripper pole classes at the gym and women's magazines with screaming headlines about sex and seduction techniques. The morning talk shows candidly discuss sex toy parties. "Sex and the City" becomes a major franchise while "Girls Gone Wild" captures drunken sexual escapades among college students. Abercrombie & Fitch markets push-up bikini tops to 8-year-old girls. Lady Gaga bursts onto the pop music scene wishing she could shut her Playboy mouth. Not one item is sold in the mall without an erotic image. And women are increasingly immersed in online porn.

This highly sexualized culture is the new normal for young women who grew up in the ethos of third-wave feminism's pro-porn, pro-sex work stance. So normal that when I spoke at a Christian college earlier this year, one woman raised her hand to ask, "So are you saying that it's bad that there's too much pornographic influence in our culture? But shouldn't women embrace their sexuality?"

Um, yes. And yes. That answer highlights the problem: the counterfeit has usurped the authentic. Sex is God's idea and his good gift to be properly stewarded within his design. For that reason, the church should be the most pro-sex group there is. We have a message of hope and redemption in the morass of sexual confusion. But first we need to help the women who are confused and in our churches right now. 

Denny Burk -Which presidential candidate is winning the race for the most Twitter followers? | If Twitter followers were voters, who would be winning the Republican Presidential nomination?  A pointless question admittedly, but still an interesting one.  The winner so far Sarah Palin with 611,357.  But she doesn't even come close to President Obama's 9,346,128.  Strangely, though Palin has declared and so the info is all pointless.  Here are the top "winners:"

13,101 – Rick Perry

23,224 – Michele Bachmann

61,219 – Mitt Romney

611,357 – Sarah Palin

9,346,128 – Barack Obama

Cranach - The tomb of one of the Disciples? | These "discoveries" rarely pan out, but its still interesting.  The post links and quotes a Turkish newspaper article on the discovery.

Archeologists may have discovered the tomb of one of Christ’s Twelve Disciples.   Tradition says that St. Philip was martyred in the Hierapolis in present day Turkey and that’s where they found what appears to be his tomb in the ruins of an ancient church.

NY Daily News - President Barack Obama takes debt battle to Twitter, loses more than 40,000 followers in one day | I must say, this debt ceiling deal is making me a bit sick.  This is nothing more than divisive politics that is campaign motivated, not solutions motivated.  I cannot support the President of the United States urging Americans to Tweet attack only members of the other party.

Obama asked Americans Friday to call, email, and tweet Congressional leaders to “keep the pressure on” lawmakers in hopes of reaching a bipartisan deal to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit ahead of an Aug. 2 deadline.

Obama’s campaign staff used the @BarackObama Twitter account to post the Twitter handles of tweeting GOP leaders – state by state, tweet by tweet.

“Tweet at your Republican legislators and urge them to support a bipartisan compromise to the debt crisis,” Obama’s campaign staff wrote on his account before launching the day-long Twitter campaign.

The campaign appears to have served its purpose: Republican Twitter accounts were flooded with pleas for compromise.

Not everyone is a fan of the presidential spam. By Friday evening, the President had lost more than 40,000 Twitter followers - and counting

Associated Press - Tropical storm teases parched Texas, but fizzles | You know your experiencing a severe drought of epic proportions when your praying that a tropical storm will hit your state.  We do need to pray that the drought will end in Texas which is devastating the state's economy, land, farms, and livelihood. 

Emergency managers along the Gulf Coast typically don't welcome severe weather, but with more than 90 percent of Texas in extreme or exceptional drought, there's barely concealed excitement for Tropical Storm Don's arrival.

The couple inches of rain Don was expected to bring won't be enough to break the state's crushing drought, but any rain is welcome and many Texans are hoping it's just the beginning.

Here is Dr. John MacArthur's conclusion to his last sermon on a part of the New Testament he had never preached on.  This means that MacArthur has preached on every verse of the New Testament.  My only beef is that I wish he would move on to a number of Old Testament books, but nonetheless, this is quit the accomplishment.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Live: Obama on the Debt Crisis

In case your interested.  This crisis is starting to wear me out.  The solution seems rather simple, but politics always trumps common sense.  Furthermore, the problem with a democracy (not that I'm against it) where politicians are always up for a vote is that politicians are always concerned with the short-term and never the long term.  That is how we got here and why we're probably not going anywhere soon.

And to make matters worse, the continuing resolution regarding the budget will return in September, just over a month after this crisis becomes history.  It seems as if this will never end.

Why anyone would put all of their hope and trust in bureaucrats in Washington DC is beyond me.  Come Lord Jesus quickly.

The President will be speaking at 10:20 Eastern Standard Time.

For more:

Blogizomai - The Duel Over Debt: Obama and Boehner Speak to the Nation
Blogizomai - The Gospel and the National Debt:  Why Only the Cross Can Save Us From Ourselves - Part 1 
Blogizomai - The Gospel and the National Debt:  Why Only the Cross Can Save Us From Ourselves - Part 2 
Blogizomai - The Economics of Greed:  What Economics Can Teach Us About the Gospel  
Blogizomai - Obama Addresses National Debt Crisis Live - 9 PM EST
Blogizomai - The Drawdown Begins:  Obama Announces Drawdown of US Troops From Afghanistan  
Blogizomai - "A Responsibility to Act":  Obama Explains Lybian Action to the Public   
Blogizomai - The Beginning of the End:  Obama Announces the End of Operation Iraqi Freedom
Blogizomai - "Justice Has Been Done":  President Obama Announces the Death of Osama bin Laden
Blogizomai - The State of Our Union 2011
Blogizomai - Prayer and Breakfast:  Obama at the 2011 National Prayer Breakfast 
Blogizomai - President Obama at the 2011 Easter Prayer Breakfast 
Blogizomai - The Contrasts Are Clear:  Obama and Jindal's Proposals  
Blogizomai - To Comfort a Nation:  Obama in Arizona and How the Nation Reacted     

Repost | Coming Out of the Closet As Christians?: Welcome to the New World

Coming out of the closet, in many cities and nations, as a homosexual use to bring with it scandal and shame.  Now it brings pride, liberation, and an almost universal celebration.  The world has certainly changed and continues to change.  Homosexuality is increasingly being equated with race for the purpose of civil rights.  The gay gene myth has almost become a secular doctrine of faith and has convinced many that to deny homosexuals of their supposed right of birth to marry is as prejudice as enslaving blacks in America.  The two are not the same, but clearly the argument is being made and successfully propagated.

As has been argued repeatedly at this site and among many others throughout the years, the legislation and sanction of gay marriage will inevitably lead to some persecution of those who remain stubbornly against the redefinition of marriage.  Whether through hate crime laws or through the tax code, Christians and other citizens and groups who object to the new right of gay marriage will be attacked.  And the evidence of such is well documented and already taking place.

But consider this issue from another perspective.  Not only is there the future fear of the governments iron fist coming down on Christians, but there is a more private, subtle fear of not only objecting to gay marriage (and the automatic label of "bigot" and "homophobe") but of being open about their Christian faith.  Consider a recent article published in Europe on this very same thing.

I did a course called Christianity Explored in 2006. It’s basically Alpha without the [speaking in] tongues. One of the guys on my desk asked me to go along to a service at St Helen’s Bishopsgate on a Tuesday lunchtime. I did and now I’m a regular. We get hundreds of people most weeks. Huge crowds on Sunday nights.”

“Do your colleagues know you’re a Christian?”

“Are you joking? Of course not. It’d make things very difficult. The City isn’t immoral any more, it’s amoral. But if my boss thought I was relying on prayer to get me through the day, he’d look down on me. It would make me seem irrational. I tell him I’m going to physio when I go to church.”
“Is it tough to be a Christian and not tell anyone?”

“It’s sometimes very tough. When you have to entertain clients and they want to go to strip clubs or whatever, it can be awkward. That’s why Christianity Explored is so great, because you go there and there are others facing the same dilemmas. You can support each other through it.”

The article then says:

Eve Poole is a theologian who teaches business ethics on the MBA programme at Ashridge Business School. Describing herself as a “totally paid-up God squadder”, Poole worked at Deloitte Consulting before completing her doctorate on capitalism and Christianity at Cambridge last year. She is full of strong faith, yet with none of the smugness that sometimes seeps from believers. I tell her about my interviews with City Christians, how the younger among them find it difficult to combine their faith with their jobs.

“It’s often harder for young people to come out as Christians than it would be for them to come out as gay,” she says. “Because of the vocal atheists – Dawkins and so on – people think your judgement is impaired if you say you’re Christian at work. The problem of serving two masters is at the heart of it. There’s a worry that Christians are up to something, that they’re loyal to something other than the firm.”

In an age of openness and freedom, European Christians are quickly realizing that they are not only a clear minority but an unwelcomed one.  Because the label "Christian" comes with it certain stereotypes, many have become private believers in Christ.  Is it not amazing how quickly the tables have turned?  Previously, it was homosexuals ashamed of "who they were" in fear of the public repercussions, now it is Christians in many parts of the secular world afraid of their confession of faith.

We are living in a different world than the world of our parents and grandparents.  What was morally repugnant in their day is celebrated today.  As a result, the faith that condemns such immorality has become the new despised minority.  Now it is Christians who are forced out of the closet to face the hate of the culture that long ago rejected them.

But as Christians our response to "coming out of the closet" must be very different than that of homosexuals.  Homosexuals have traditionally come out of the closet to experience liberation and freedom.  They seek to be "who they really are" and to stop pretending to be someone else.  The out of the closet phenomenon was our depraved cultures attempt to experience moral freedom.  Christians, on the other hand, are very different.  As a rejected people, our coming out of the closet will not equal liberation or freedom, but confession.  After all, it is the gospel itself that frees us, not the public confession of it.  The gospel sets us free from the slavery of immorality.

This is the real paradox.  Homosexuals who come out the closet are not being liberated, but enslaved.  They are running towards bondage, not freedom.  Only the gospel offers real freedom and it is the message of freedom that Christians must preach.  This is why Christians must come out of their faith closet unashamed of the consequences of their confession.  We are freemen seeking to lead others to our redeeming Savior.  Christians must not be ashamed of their freedom regardless of the cost.  After all, persecution can't rob us of our freedom can it.

Thus this sort of article ought to concern us.  Christians are commanded to be honest, bold, and unashamed about their faith.  To enter the business world or the secular world trying to hide who we really are - sinners saved by grace commissioned to preach the gospel - is not true Christianity.  Do we not realize that our own Savior was executed by His own culture?  If He was heavily persecuted and killed, why not us?  Are we better than Him?  If we have truly nailed everything to the cross and our bearing our own cross, what do we gain by living in the proverbial closet?  Is God not greater than our businesses?  Is Christ not worth the cost of losing everything?

The future, on the one hand, looks rather bleak for believers.  We will be become more despised and hated and us coming out of the closet will not change that.  On the other hand, we are free in Christ and do not need the affirmation of a depraved culture to assure us of that.  Let us boldly proclaim the liberating, restoring gospel of Jesus Christ without fear.

I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16).  Are you?

The Independent - God's Bankers:  How Evangelical Christianity is Taking a Hold of the City of London's Financial Breakdown 
First Things - God and Mammon in London  

For More:
Blogizomai - Marriage and the Limits of the Law and Courts:  Why Only the Gospel Regernerates & Changes Behavior 
Blogizomai - What's the Big Deal:  Christianity and Homosexuality   
Blogizomai - Christianity Without Christian Distinctives Based on Christian Doctrine is Not Christianity:  The CLS and Our Fear of Discrimination
Blogizomai - Jesus is into Offending People:  Its Time For Christians to Admit the Obvious and Proclaim with Boldness
Blogizomai - "Friendship With the World is Enmity With God": Rick Warren Tries to Have it Both Ways
Theology - The Stipulation That Paralyzes: Tony Jones and the Limit of the Emergent Worldview 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Progresive Dreamworld: Stonestreet on Public Education, LGBT, Bullying, & Human Nature

I have highlighted The Point blog/podcast run by John Stonestreet before, and it needs to be highlighted again.  Recently, Stonestreet raises the issue of California's new law forcing schools to teach on the positive contirnbuttions to society from LGBT.  One of the reasons for the law was to reduce the growing problem of bullying.  The idea is that if LGBT is given credit for contributing to society, they would no longer be viewed as sinful, evil, or unwanted. 

This is of course the progressive dream and reflects their theology.  Rooted in their belief that man is by nature inherently good, they continue to push for more education.  The progressive solution to every problem is education.  If only people knew and understood the issue and appreciated certain people groups, then problems will go away.  Teen pregnancy will be reduced if only teenagers are educated on safe sex.  Now, bullying will be resolved, not by dealing with the problem of the lack of discipline or the depravity of human nature, if only we educated them on the contributions they have made to society.

I seriously doubt their lack of knowledge about LGBT issues is the root problem.  Thus obviously, this new plan will not work.

But Stonestreet adds to the conversation.  He writes concerning the argument that we ought to highlight the contributions of minorities in public school:

But that’s dishonest. First, important contributions of Americans are already covered in history. But this bill requires the sexual preference and behavior of the contributor is identified, emphasized and endorsed – even if it had nothing to do with the contribution and only if not heterosexual. Second, this assumes sexual orientation is as central to identity as race and gender, as if that debate were over. Third, negative contributions of certain groups are highlighted in schools all the time. Will negative contributions from LGBT individuals also be highlighted? I doubt it.

Some great points here.  And people wonder why I have serious reservations about the public school system and why Christian parents ought to be more discerning about the education decisions they make for their children.

The Point - What Makes a Hero Worth Learning About  

For more:
Blogizomai - Hammering the Materialist Nail: Why Worldview Does Matter
Blogizomai - Bin Laden and the Origin of Justice

Theology Thursday | MacArthur: A Tale of Two Sons

A Tale of Two Sons: The Inside Story of a Father, His Sons, and a Shocking MurderI came across the following sermon made available online of John MacArthur regarding the "Tale of Two Sons." MacArthur has written a book of that title and I highly recommend it. This is a great sermon on the Prodigal Son and MacArthur has uncovered what Jesus originally wanted us to know about this important parable.

H/T: Slice of Laodicea

For More:
Reviews - A Tale of Two Sons
Reviews - The Prodigal God

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Humorous Hump Day - Harry Carry and the Moon Made of Rips

My all-time favorite Saturday Night Live skit.

John Stott: A Short Video Tribute

Here is a video tribute to the now late John Stott.

HT:  @challies 

For more:
Blogizomai - John Stott: April 27, 1921-July 27, 2011
Reviews - Basic Christianity 
Reviews - "The Incomparable Christ

John Stott: April 27, 1921-July 27, 2011

For those who have not heard, Evangelical giant John Stott has passed away at the age of 90 today.  This is a sad day for the church to say the least as Stott has influenced generations of Christians.  His many sermons and writings continue to impact the world today.  I know I have been blessed by some of his books including Basic Christianity (IVP Classics), The Incomparable Christ, Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today, and perhaps one of his most important works The Cross of Christ.

When we are faced with deaths like this, we ought to be reminded of both the importance of the legacy we leave behind and also the work we leave behind.  Where is the next John Stott?  Stott was a preacher, pastor, writer, and scholar dedicated to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Will we, those of us who mourn on this sad day, continue the work that he had been continuing his entire lifetime?  Will we remain faithful to the gospel as he was? 

This is truly a sad day, but as Christians we also know that this is a day to rejoice.  The pain of age of fading health are over with.  Eternal life is his now.  Stott, to God's glory, is at the feet of the Savior he proclaimed faithfully for decades.  I can't wait to join him when I have completed the work my Sovereign Lord has given me.

John Stott - April 27, 1921-July 27, 2011 

Justin Taylor - John R. W. Stott (1921-2011) 
Ligon Duncan - On the Passing of a Christian Gentleman -- John Stott  
Expository Thoughts - John R. W. Stott (1921-2011)
Breakpoint - 'Rest in Peace, John Stott' 

For more:
Reviews - Basic Christianity 
Reviews - "The Incomparable Christ"

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Paul Washer and the Shocking Sermon

Here is the "Shocking Sermon" of Paul Washer which went viral a few years ago. Certainly you don't hear this kind of preaching anymore. Although at places Washer sounds a it legalistic, he message remains biblical and needed. To be justified means that we are being sanctified. We must bear fruit and to many well-intentioned church leaders preach only a "say a prayer" message that is essentially damnable and not the gospel. The gospel is repentance and belief, not a formula that has no affect on how we live.

Also, consider the following video comparing the preaching of Washer and Joel Osteen, the pastor of America's largest "church."

It All Depends on What Your Definition Christian Is: Breivik & Cultural Christianity

As people continue to pour over the manifesto of Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik's in which he defends his actions and ideology, which led to the murder of over 60 people, many are highlighting an interesting quotation regarding what Breivik meant by "Christian."  The news media has been labeling Breivik a Christian terrorist based on essentially Breivik's own language.  Breivik has claimed to be a Christian, but any self-respecting and honest believer in Christ knows that Christians do not commit murder.  How one confuses the command to love God and to love your neighbor with shooting them up and still calling it Christ-like is beyond me.

But consider the following:

A majority of so called agnostics and atheists in Europe are cultural conservative Christians without even knowing it. So what is the difference between cultural Christians and religious Christians? 

If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God then you are a religious Christian. Myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God. We do however believe in Christianity as a cultural, social, identity and moral platform. This makes us Christian (p. 1307).

There is a big difference between being a cultural Christian and being a Christian.  True Christianity isn't shaped by one's cultural preference, but by their allegiance to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I personally don't care for the "personal relationship with Jesus Christ" language common among many Evangelicals, but its point is received.  True Christianity is both personal and communal and thus demands that each of us, as individuals, to repent and believe.  I see no hint that Breivik ever did such a thing.

This is why we need theology.  Breivik may call himself a duck while dressing like one and the media may label him a duck acknowledging that he quacks because he thinks he is one.  But he is no duck.

Denny Burk - Anders Behring Breivik is Not a Christian, But We Already Knew That  
Christianity Today - Just how Christian is Anders Behring Breivik? 
Read Breivik's Manifesto here 

For more:
Blogizomai -The UnChristian Fundamentalists: Correcting the Inaccurate Breivik Label
Blogizomai - What's in a Name?: Stetzer on the Norway Shooting & the "Christian Fundamentalist" Label
Blogizomai - The Power and Danger of Worldviews - What James Lee Teaches Us About Our Worldview
Blogizomai - Cheap Shots & Politics:  The Gospel & Assessing the Tuscon Tragedy - Part 1    
Blogizomai - Yes It (Thinks It) Can:  The Gospel & Assessing the Tucson Tragedy - Part 2
Blogizomai - Shining the Light in the Dark Place:  The Gospel & Assessing the Tucson Tragedy - Part 3 
Blogizomai - To Comfort a Nation:  Obama in Arizona and How the Nation Reacted
Blogizomai - The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: Some of the Culture's Reactions to the Tuscon Tragedy
Blogizomai - Marriage and the Limits of Law and the Courts: Why Only the Gospel Regenerates and Changes Behavior 
Short-Blogizomai - Palin Responds to Tucson Tragedy
Short-Blogizomai - O'Reilly Responds to Tucson Tragedy   

The Duel Over Debt: Obama and Boehner Speak to the Nation

Well, frankly, I feel as if that was all a waste of time.  Both President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner gave campaign speeches instead of offering real solutions.  Both spoke directly to the American people because they are unable to speak directly to each other.

We all know that we spend more than we take in.  The solution then is to cut spending to levels of revenue.  Due to the bad economy, revenues are down, thus the economy is closely connected to our spending problem.  We have to lower spending period.  

Here is President Obama's speech:

Here is Speaker of the House, John Boehner's response:

HT:  The Right Scoop

For more:
Blogizomai - The Gospel and the National Debt:  Why Only the Cross Can Save Us From Ourselves - Part 1  
Blogizomai - The Gospel and the National Debt:  Why Only the Cross Can Save Us From Ourselves - Part 2 
Blogizomai - The Economics of Greed:  What Economics Can Teach Us About the Gospel  
Blogizomai - Obama Addresses National Debt Crisis Live - 9 PM EST
Blogizomai - The Drawdown Begins:  Obama Announces Drawdown of US Troops From Afghanistan  
Blogizomai - "A Responsibility to Act":  Obama Explains Lybian Action to the Public   
Blogizomai - The Beginning of the End:  Obama Announces the End of Operation Iraqi Freedom
Blogizomai - "Justice Has Been Done":  President Obama Announces the Death of Osama bin Laden
Blogizomai - The State of Our Union 2011
Blogizomai - Prayer and Breakfast:  Obama at the 2011 National Prayer Breakfast 
Blogizomai - President Obama at the 2011 Easter Prayer Breakfast 
Blogizomai - The Contrasts Are Clear:  Obama and Jindal's Proposals  
Blogizomai - To Comfort a Nation:  Obama in Arizona and How the Nation Reacted    

Monday, July 25, 2011

Obama Addresses National Debt Crisis Live - 9 PM EST

Tonight at 9:00 pm Eastern, President Barack Obama will address the nation regarding what is being called the "Debt Crisis." This has been a crisis for many decades now, but we are only talking about it now. But we are only talking about it because of the debate over raising the debt ceiling. You can watch the speech live here.

The Blaze - House GOP, Senate Dems Face Off with New Bills, Obama to Address Nation at 9:00 PM EST 

For more:
Blogizomai - The Drawdown Begins:  Obama Announces Drawdown of US Troops From Afghanistan  
Blogizomai - "A Responsibility to Act":  Obama Explains Lybian Action to the Public   
Blogizomai - The Beginning of the End:  Obama Announces the End of Operation Iraqi Freedom
Blogizomai - "Justice Has Been Done":  President Obama Announces the Death of Osama bin Laden
Blogizomai - The State of Our Union 2011
Blogizomai - Prayer and Breakfast:  Obama at the 2011 National Prayer Breakfast 
Blogizomai - President Obama at the 2011 Easter Prayer Breakfast 
Blogizomai - The Contrasts Are Clear:  Obama and Jindal's Proposals  
Blogizomai - To Comfort a Nation:  Obama in Arizona and How the Nation Reacted   

Economic Freedom Is Better: A Video Worth Considering

I found this video an important conversation starter and worth our thinking.  The video suggests that countries that are most free economically have a higher quality of life.  The concept makes sense and America set the standard though she is slipping quickly.

For the most part, I believe wholeheartedly the message that the following video is putting forward, however I would warn against against the belief that Capitalism, in its purest form, is perfect.  Utopia will never be reached and just as socialism and other economic theories have been used for evil, so has pure Capitalism.  There ought to be some restraints.  The debate ought to be on what those restraints are.  Capitalism is genius simply because it admits that our human nature is fallen.  However, thinking that good can come out of fallen human nature is just pure naivete.

HT:  First Things  

Let us not forget that as Christians, our loyalty is to the gospel and our understanding of economics ought to be shaped by the gospel.  Capitalism will destroy the souls of men unless it is restrained by a fundamental belief in God and a clear morality.  America is sliding towards socialism, not just because of the academy, but because no one is trustworthy anymore.

For more:
Blogizomai - The Gospel and the National Debt:  Why Only the Cross Can Save Us From Ourselves - Part 1 
Blogizomai - The Gospel and the National Debt:  Why Only the Cross Can Save Us From Ourselves - Part 2 
Blogizomai - The Economics of Greed:  What Economics Can Teach Us About the Gospel
Blogizomai - Doomed To Repeat:  Lessons We Must Learn Again 
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The UnChristian Fundamentalists: Correcting the Inaccurate Breivik Label

Here is more on the Norwegian massacre by which, as the media puts it, a "Christian" fundamentalists killed almost 100 innocent people in his fight against "cultural Marxism" and Islam.  The problem, however, with Christian fundamentalism, is the fact that it is not Christian.  Here is what John Hendryx over at the Reformation Theology blog had to say about it:

The teachings of Christ are primary to the Christian faith, especially of the "fundamentalist kind, but it does not include or condone the taking of human life for any reason. If, by the grace of God, you live by Jesus' teachings, you do not murder another human being, period, regardless of their ideology. Killing may be fundamental in other religions and ideologies, but certainly not in the Christian faith! In many ideologies, the greater the degree of fundamentalism the greater danger of violence it poses on society. In Christianity, the more conservative the theology the less likelihood there is of violence. 

Next, it is a simple fact that followers of Christ are not threatened by Islam, Secularism or Paganism. God is sovereign over all things, including the unfolding of the minutest details of history. It is ours merely to proclaim Christ and what He has done for sinners - and God causes the growth or not. The small political gains we might make in this world do not help sinners know Christ and find salvation, only the gospel or grace does that. Christianity does not flourish by taking over the reigns of power, or by beating down opposing ones. On the contrary, it has been shown over and over in history that Christ advances his kingdom in the least likely of places. China for example, has been closed to Christianity almost through their entire history. But when Mao decided to persecute and make it extremely difficult for indigenous Christians, God saw to it that this oppression would create the greatest revival the world has ever seen - from 1 million Christians in 1949 to well over 100 Million today, in just 60 years. From this we can only conclude that the gospel is not chained. We advance our cause through proclaiming good news to every creature, not by wielding physical weapons or political power. That is not to say we do not vote or get involved in politics. As long as it is legal we will vote our conscience based on God's law, but the success of the gospel does not depend on it and again there is no place for violence to accomplish these goals. Christ forbade his followers from stopping him from being killed in Jerusalem at the hands of evil men. Likewise, when people want to stamp Christians out, the faith has historically grown because the message of the cross in their lives has been the most powerful witness against falsehood, and its all done without picking up a sword. Lastly, as Christians we recognize that we are no better than other people in the world. We are not Christians because we are more moral than others or better in any way, but only because God was merciful to hell deserving sinners like us. Apart from the grace of God, we have nothing.

So the answer to the question of whether or not he was a Christian should be clear. He is not. But, whatever he called himself, he certainly was not of the conservative gospel kind of Christian. His statements rejecting Protestantism and embracing the strange beliefs of the Free Masons might also give us a clue. Police have speculated that the attack may have been politically motivated. Behring's political comments appearing on some political blogs seem to suggest that "fundamentalist Christian" is a very misleading description. There his views appear to be more ideological rather than religious with his overall focus being his opposition to multiculturalism.

For those interested, here is the video that Breivik posted before committed the massacre.  Again, there is nothing Christian here.  

HT:  The Blaze  

Reformation Theology - Was Norway Terrorist Anders Behring Breivik a Christian?  

For more:
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Blogizomai - The Power and Danger of Worldviews - What James Lee Teaches Us About Our Worldview
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Blogizomai - Yes It (Thinks It) Can:  The Gospel & Assessing the Tucson Tragedy - Part 2
Blogizomai - Shining the Light in the Dark Place:  The Gospel & Assessing the Tucson Tragedy - Part 3 
Blogizomai - To Comfort a Nation:  Obama in Arizona and How the Nation Reacted
Blogizomai - The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: Some of the Culture's Reactions to the Tuscon Tragedy
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Short-Blogizomai - O'Reilly Responds to Tucson Tragedy  

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Weekly Recommendation - "Doctrine" by Mark Driscoll

Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (RE: Lit)As I continue to serve as a pastor, there is one reality that hits me everyday:  all doctrine is practical.  Most of the hurts, hardships, brokenness, loneliness, and sin that I am confronted with on a daily basis could be remedied if only Christians had a better understanding of sound, biblical doctrine.  And as one with a masters in theology, I have read and recommended many books, articles, sermons, lectures, and pastors who are invaluable resources that teach doctrine.  Add one more to that list:  Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (RE: Lit) by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears.

Mark's Driscoll's newest book is perhaps his most important.  Driscoll has an ability to present deep theology in an age where such theology is deemed worthless and boring.  Driscoll rightly connects right living with right doctrine and goes out of his way to prove his point.

Each chapter is a jewel and it covers the basic teachings of Scripture like God, the Trinity, the Bible, Creation, the Fall, Jesus, the cross and resurrection, salvation, and eschatology.  In each chapter Driscoll walks the reader through the doctrine itself, what the Bible says, what is orthodox, where there is limited room for disagreement (like on creation), and why it matters.  I have read a lot of books on theology and very few have applied the deep truths of doctrine like this one.

Another thing I really appreciated about this work is its dedication to balance.  For example, Driscoll goes out of his way to balance a proper understanding of the humanity/deity of Christ.  Driscoll rightly shows how over-emphasizing (or not even believing) one of the aspects of Christ's nature is dangerous.  Liberals and secularists present a human Christ who is nothing more than our best friend who is a great moral teacher.  More conservative, fundamental Christians (who out of fear of sounding like those liberals) over-emphasize the deity of Christ at the cost of His humanity.  As a result, many miss the unending values of knowing that Christ is in every way human like us and has suffered like (actually more than) us.

Furthermore, note the careful analysis formed from a Biblical worldview on the question of "sinful views of sin:

In materialism that believes in no spiritual reality, 'sin' is the result of electro-chemical imbalances leading to biological dysfunction.  Therefore, the solution to evil and sin is medical and chemical improvement of the human body.

In evolutionism, 'sin' is essentially anything that hinders the perceived progress of the human race rather than any offense against a personal God.

In psychologism, 'sin' is caused by low self-esteem that results in the repression of one's true feelings.  Subsequently, the answer to sinful behavior is not repentance and faith in God for help, but rather love and acceptance of oneself.

In humanism, 'sin' is reduced to attitudes or actions that hurt other people.  Because humanists also tend to see human beings as essentially good, the answer to evil behavior is better education and social conditioning to hep people act out of the goodness of their nature.

In environmentalism, 'sin' results form not acting on the truth that the earth is ultimately our mother and living as if all living things - from plants to animals - were of equal value to oneself.  People are encouraged to be one with and live in harmony with the rest of creation as the means by which they can overcome sinful actions.

In pantheism and panenthiesm, 'sin' is being out of balance with our immediate environment and living out of harmony with the rest of the earth.  So, the answer to evil behavior is for people to meditate and do yoga to connect with the cosmic consciousness and tap into their innate spirituality.

In just a few paragraphs, Driscoll manages to analyze, critique, and destroy the majority of worldviews in the West today.  I'm not sure if I have read a more precise and exact condemnation of the fallen worldviews around us from a purely gospel driven, Biblical theology and worldview.  And this is only one example of many found in this book.

The book is purely an in-depth survey of Christian doctrine.  The authors seek to guide the reader through the major doctrines of the Bible all the while warning of false understandings of those doctrines.  This is a rather short book in comparison to other theological treatises, but the point of the book isn't to be comprehensive.  Driscoll manages to summarize and great detail the major doctrines of the faith and to reveal why they matter in a way that perhaps no other author has done.

Read a free chapter from the book here.  
Watch the sermon series that inspired the book here.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

What's in a Name?: Stetzer on the Norway Shooting & the "Christian Fundamentalist" Label

I really enjoyed Ed Stetzer's words of wisdom regarding the Norway tragedy and how quickly Anders Behring Breivik has been labeled a "Christian fundamentalists."  As a Christian we ought to say clearly murder is never justified regardless of the reasoning, rationale, motivation, or ends. I have not followed this story closely for this very reason.  From the beginning it was obvious where this story was going.  I find it fascinating how eager the media is at labeling this man a Christian fundamentalists with an arrogant tone of "See, we told you they were ought there."  And yet they are always hesitant to do the same when the shoe is on the other foot.

Regardless, Ed Stetzer has some insightful words on the label and how we should think about it.

OK, so as of now, one officer said Breivik was a fundamentalist without saying why, he posted some hateful comments on some websites, and he listed "Christian" and "conservative" on his Facebook profile. Thus, it seems that now he is a "Christian fundamentalist" in much of the media.

My concern is that this narrative has quickly caught on because, for many, they have been expecting such a thing from these "crazy Christian fundamentalists." Some might say (and with some justification) that this is how Muslims feel, but either way I ask, "What is going on here?"

Now, he may well identify himself somewhere as a "Christian fundamentalist," but the facts are simply not there to "announce" such that at this point. He may well be a "Christian fundamentalist," but right now that label may have more to do with some preconceived notions, rather than the firm evidence. Thankfully, some have been more responsible, but the idea that Breivik is a "Christian fundamentalist" is coming over my television (via CNN) as I write this. If evidence turns up showing "Christian fundamentalism," it will show that the police knew more than we know right now-- but so far, it seems a stretch to attach that label definitively at this point.

I know some Christian fundamentalists (and Wikipedia has a helpful entry), but I have never met one that sounds anything like Breivik. Perhaps "fundamentalist" means something else in Norway, but I don't know any "Christian fundamentalist" that has connections to Freemasonry, watches True Blood on HBO, and thinks the church should return "back" to Roman Catholicism.

Ed Stetzer - Norway's Killer, "Christian Fundamentalism," and the Media 

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Around the Web: Links for Your Weekend - July 23, 2011

Thom Rainer -When Pastors Experience Depression | Rainer has an interesting article about depression and the pastorate.  This is a growing trend and something that churches and pastors need to take note of.  He offers a number of reasons why pastors get depressed:

My list of possible causes is not exhaustive. It is based on the research of others as well as my own anecdotal conversations with pastors and other Christian leaders who experience depression.

· Spiritual warfare. The Enemy does not want God’s servants to be effective in ministry. He will do whatever it takes to hurt ministers and their ministries.

· Unrealistic expectations. The expectations and demands upon a pastor are enormous. They are unrealistic. But if one person’s expectations are not met, that person can quickly let the pastor know that he is a failure.

· Greater platforms for critics. In “the good old days,” a critic was typically limited to telephone, mail, and in-person meetings to criticize a minister. Today the critics have the visible and pervasive platforms of email, blogs, and social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

· Failure to take time away from the church or place of ministry. Workaholism leads to burnout. Burnout leads to depression.

· Marriage and family problems. Too often the pastor neglects his family as he cares for the larger church family.

· Financial strains. Many pastors simply do not have sufficient income from the churches they serve. That financial stress can lead to depression. Some pastors do not know how to manage they money they do have, leading to further financial strain.

· The problem of comparison. Every pastor will always know of a church that is larger and more effective. Every pastor will always know of another pastor who seems more successful. The comparison game can be debilitating to some pastors.

Denny Burk - Gay marriage, Religious Exemptions, and Religious Liberty |  Dr. Denny Burk has an important blog post showing just how empty those religious exemptions really are in New York.  We have argued repeatedly that passing gay marriage leads to the persecution of Christian individuals and organizations and the religious exemptions in the New York bill won't prevent that.

When the New York legislature voted to legalize same-sex marriage last month, there were a handful of representatives who formerly opposed gay marriage but who switched their vote to legalize it. To a man, they justified their decision on the basis of the “religious exemptions” that would supposedly protect religious organizations from having to violate their religious beliefs. 

Anyone paying attention knows that such exemptions are flimsy and probably won’t stand the scrutiny of the courts. But even more troubling is the fact that the exemptions do not cover religious individuals, but only religious organizations. This difficulty is not theoretical but has already come to a head in Vermont (another state where gay marriages are legal) . . .

Legal gay marriage is certain to provoke many more such challenges to religious liberty, and there will be no religious exemption for small business owners like the O’Reilly’s. Get ready because this is only the beginning.

SBC Voices - 10 Lies You Must Affirm In Order to Look at Pornography | I thought this was a great post.  Here is the list without the explanations:

1.  Your Object does not have a mind.
2.  Your object is less valuable than a human being.
3.  Your object does not need a spouse.
4.  You do not need protection or your object does not need protection.
5.  Your object was not made in God's image.
6.  Since God merely created an "object" for lust when He created the human being you're lusting after, He should not be gloriied for creating this inhumane object.
7.  Your object is not human.
8.  Your object is not an avenue through which to enjoy the Lord.
9.  I am god.
10.  All men and women are less valuable than God's image-bearers.

Here is the much anticipated trailer for the upcoming Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. Should be good. But as good as the 2nd? It remains to be seen.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Repost | Theology As a Map: Lewis, Practical Theology, and the Trinity

I recently sat down to read portions of CS Lewis' classic work Mere Christianity particularly regarding what he says about the Trinity. I was struck by the following words from the first chapter of the fourth part of the book.  Here Lewis makes a number of points.  One major point is that theology is practical - a major theme in my writing and ministry.  Lewis also describes theology as a map.  By that Lewis means that theology is not God, but shows us God allowing us to experience Him.  I think he's right.  We don't worship theology, but the God behind the theology.  Theology, rightly understood, should force us to our knees and bring us to worship and awe.  Finally, Lewis points out (and I do not include his full discussion on the issue) the difference between begetting and creating.  We create things that aren't us but beget things that are.  In other words, we beget humans but create everything else.  In the same way, God begets God but creates humans and all of creation.  This leads, then, to his discussion on the Trinity and what it means to be sons of God.  This will lead him to eventually conclude, The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God (178).

So although I do not agree with everything Lewis argued, including many things in this monumentally important and must-read book, he is a Christian thinker that we ought to familiarize ourselves with.  Lewis makes us think and oftentimes directs us towards right theology.  The following does just that.  Enjoy!

Everyone has warned me not to tell you what I am going to tell you in this last book. They all say ‘the ordinary reader does not want Theology; give him plain practical religion’. I have rejected their advice. I do not think the ordinary reader is such a fool. Theology means ‘the science of God’, and I think any man who wants to think about God at all would like to have the clearest and most accurate ideas about Him which are available. You are not children: why should you be treated like children?

In a way I quite understand why some people are put off by Theology. I remember once when I had been giving a talk to the R.A.F., an old, hard‐bitten officer got up and said, ‘I’ve no use for all that stuff. But, mind you, I’m a religious man too. I know there’s a God. I’ve felt Him: out alone in the desert at night: the tremendous mystery. And that’s just why I don’t believe all your neat little dogmas and formulas
about Him. To anyone who’s met the real thing they all seem so petty and pedantic and unreal!’

Now in a sense I quite agreed with that man. I think he had probably had a real experience of God in the desert. And when he turned form that experience to the Christian creeds, I think he really was turning from something real to something less real. In the same way, if a man has once looked at the Atlantic from the beach, and then goes and looks at a map of the Atlantic, he also will be turning from something real to something less real: turning from real waves to a bit of coloured paper. But here comes the point. The map is admittedly only coloured paper, but there are two things you have to remember about it. In the first place, it is based on what hundreds and thousands of people have found out by sailing the real Atlantic. In that way it has behind it masses of experience just as real as the one you could have from the beach; only, while yours would be a single glimpse, the map fits all those different experiences together. In the second place, if you want to go anywhere, the map is absolutely necessary. As long as you are content with walks on the beach, your own glimpses are far more fun than looking at a map. But the map is going to be more use than walks on the beach if you want to get to America.

Now, Theology is like the map. Merely learning and thinking about the Christian doctrines, if you stop there, is less real and less exciting than the sort of thing my friend got in the desert. Doctrines are not God; they are only a kind of map. But that map is based on the experience of hundreds of people who really were in touch with God—experiences compared with which any thrills or pious feelings you and I are likely to get on our own are very elementary and very confused. And secondly, if you want to get any further, you must use the map. You see, what happened to that man in the desert may have been real, and was certainly exciting, but nothing comes of it. It leads nowhere. There is nothing to do about it. In fact, that is just why a vague religion—all about feeling God in nature, and so on—is so attractive. It is all thrills and no work: like watching the waves from the beach. But you will not get to Newfoundland by studying the Atlantic that way, and you will not get eternal life by simply feeling the presence of God in flowers or music. Neither will you get anywhere by looking at maps without going to sea. Nor will you be very safe if you go to sea without a map.

In other words, Theology is practical: especially now. In the old days, when there was less education and discussion, perhaps it was possibly to get on with a very few simple ideas about God. But it is not
so now. Everyone reads, everyone hears things discussed. Consequently, if you do not listen to Theology, that will not mean that you have no ideas about God. It will mean that you have a lot of wrong ones—had, muddled out‐of‐date ideas. For a great many of the ideas about God which are trotted out as novelties today are simply the ones which real Theologians tried centuries ago and rejected. To believe in the popular religion of modern England is retrogression—like believing the earth is fat.

For when you get down to it, is not the popular idea of Christianity simply this: that Jesus Christ was a great moral teacher and that if only we took His advice we might be able to establish a better social order and avoid another war? Now, mind you, that is quite true. But it tells you much less than the whole truth about Christianity and it has no practical importance at all.

It is quite true that if we took Christ’s advice we should soon be living in a happier world. You need not even go as far as Christ. If we did all that Plato or Aristotle or Confucius told us, we should get on a great deal better than we do. And so what? We never have followed the advice of the great teachers. Why are we likely to begin now? Why are we more likely to follow Christ than any of the others? Because He is the best moral teacher? But that makes it even less likely that we shall follow Him. If we cannot take the elementary lessons, is it likely we are going to take the most advanced one? If Christianity only means one more bit of good advice, then Christianity is of no importance. There has been no lack of good advice for the last four thousand years. A bit more makes no difference.

But as soon as you look at any real Christian writings, you find that they are talking about something quite different from this popular religion. They say that Christ is the Son of God (whatever that means). They say that those who give Him their confidence can also become Sons of God (whatever that means). They say that His death saved us from our sins (whatever that means). 

There is no good complaining that these statements are difficult. Christianity claims to be telling us about another world, about something behind the world we can touch and hear and see. You may think the claim false, but if it were true, what it tells us would be bound to be difficult—at least as difficult as modern Physics, and for the same reason.

Now the point in Christianity which gives us the greatest shock is the statement that by attaching ourselves to Christ, we can ‘become Sons of God’. One asks ‘Aren’t we Sons of God already? Surely the fatherhood of God is one of the main Christian ideas?’ Well, in a certain sense, no doubt we are sons of God already. I mean, God has brought us into existence and loves us and looks after us, and in that way is like a father. But when the Bible talks of our ‘becoming’ Sons of God, obviously it must mean something different. And that brings us up acgainst the very centre of Theology

To read the entire chapter, click here.

*  I realize that I have quoted this passage before, but upon reading it again I felt it needed to be shared again.

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