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Archive for March, 2008

that whole “multiple-bottom-line” thing….

to any of you in the business-world, what if your bottom-line ended up looking more like the bottom-line in this business?

this ain’t no tract-printing operation.

Video Illustration: China: Kingdom Business – Bluefish TV

Holy Week Meditation, Maundy Thursday, 2008

Holy Week Meditation, Maundy Thursday, 2008

Isaiah 53:7-9

Is. 53:7    He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? 9 And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

It’s been said that the Scriptures reveal something far more arresting than mere propositions and principles.  They put forth a drama-a drama of redemption. Read the rest of this entry »

let’s really define our terms here: fellowship

if you’ve been in the evangelical sub-culture for any length of time, you’ve probably heard a word bandied about that people outside that sub-culture tend not to use: fellowship.

It’s definitely a biblical word so its use is warranted, but so is having a clear definition, lest we dilute its meaning into something less potent than its intended meaning. For fellowship certainly entails a warm and welcoming environment, but it has purposes much larger than just being together.

I don’t want to sound like a drill-sargeant about a kind of gathering that many times has no structure or noticeable purpose other than coming to know one another more fully, but fellowship, as the following words argue, does have an ultimate goal beyond “having a good time together.” Read the rest of this entry »

so evangelism doesn’t always provoke perseuction…

…apparently it can sometimes prevent it.

YouTube – Elderly woman witnesses to man trying to rob her

Bill Maher and his gift to believers

He’s crass, but funny.  Admittedly despises children, but probably could still make them laugh. His brief interlude off the air after his….inadvisable comments on his erstwhile talk show on HBO notwithstanding, he’s back true to form: teaming up with the director of Borat, he’s taking his comedic pot-shots at religious faith.

Paste Magazine :: News :: Bill Maher and Ben Stein facing off with religious docs

Tim Keller’s recent book, The Reason for God, instructs believers to do the counter-intuitive thing of musing on the reasonable doubts people have about the Gospel. Only by grasping their substance enough to be able to articulate them can believers show pre-believers the respect they deserve in voicing their doubts.

So Maher’s mock-umentary (think This is Spinal Tap with an edge and an agenda) gives us an opportunity, not so much to plumb the depths of deeply reasoned arguments, but to get a quick summary of where most Americans come down on their problems with religious faith.  Read the rest of this entry »

church-state relationship

1Tim. 2:1   First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Paul is unequivocal in our duties as citizens of a particular polity: pray for those in high positions.  He of course lived in monarchical systems, not in those “of, for, and by the people.”  But the difference in political context notwithstanding, I don’t think he would object to a call for yet another duty of citizenry: voting.

so, if you haven’t voted yet, one of you sent us this helpful voting-precinct finder.  So click there, find out, and go vote.