Saturday, June 28, 2014

All Around the Web - June 28, 2014

HT: 22 Words

New York Times - A Christian Convert, on the Run in Afghanistan
In a dank basement on the outskirts of Kabul, Josef read his worn blue Bible by the light of a propane lantern, as he had done for weeks since he fled from his family in Pakistan.
His few worldly possessions sat nearby in the 10-by-10-foot room of stone and crumbling brown earth. He keeps a wooden cross with a passage from the Sermon on the Mount written on it, a carton of Esse cigarettes, and a thin plastic folder containing records of his conversion to Christianity.
The documents are the reason he is hiding for his life. On paper, Afghan law protects freedom of religion, but the reality here and in some other Muslim countries is that renouncing Islam is a capital offense.

Justin Taylor - What is Hell?

Trevin Wax - 4 Marks of Biblical Discipleship
1. Discipleship is Modeled
2. Discipleship is Balanced
3. Discipleship Includes a Worldview
4. Discipleship is Eschatological

Joe Carter - How to Tell the Difference Between the PCA and PCUSA
Throughout the twentieth century, various Presbyterian denominations arose, merged, and split into various break-away groups.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (often abbreviated as PCUSA) was established by the 1983 merger of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, whose churches were located mainly in the South and in border states, with the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, whose congregations could be found in every state.

In 1973, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) separated from the Presbyterian Church in the United States in "opposition to the long-developing theological liberalism which denied the deity of Jesus Christ and the inerrancy and authority of Scripture." In 1982, the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod, joined the Presbyterian Church in America.

Billboard - Imprisoned As I Lay Dying Frontman Admits to Faking Christianity for Sales
Tim Lambesis, frontman for the Christian metal band As I Lay Dying, has admitted he and his band had faked their faith to sell records.

In May, Lambesis was sentenced to six years in jail after pleading guilty to paying a San Diego police officer posing as a hit man $1,000 to kill his wife.

Speaking to Alternative Press in the days leading up to his sentencing, Lambesis described a Christian band circuit where phony faith was prevalent. He said, "We toured with more 'Christian bands' who actually aren’t Christians than bands that are. In 12 years of touring with As I Lay Dying, I would say maybe one in 10 Christian bands we toured with were actually Christian bands."

Lambesis continued, speaking of his own band's believes, "I actually wasn’t the first guy in As I Lay Dying to stop being a Christian. In fact, I think I was the third. The two who remained kind of stopped talking about it, and then I’m pretty sure they dropped it, too. We talked about whether to keep taking money from the 'Christian market.' We had this bizarrely 'noble' thing, like, 'Well, we’re not passing along any bad ideas. We’re just singing about real life stuff. Those kids need to hear about real life, because they live in a bubble.'"

Lambesis, 33, said he has been an atheist for years and had distanced himself from Christianity while in college. He said, "In the process of trying to defend my faith, I started thinking the other point of view was the stronger one."

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