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Archive for Faith and Life

Siberian Summertime

Here’s the latest from Siberia and some of our friends there.

longer than the longest haul you could imagine

if you’ve had time to read the story we distributed this morning of Robertson McQuilkin and his wife, Muriel, here’s a little more to their story.  

If you’d like to see a brief excerpt from his resignation speech, click here.

A Peel that doesn’t chafe!

say, if you appreciated what Bill Peel had to say a couple weeks back on a theology of work, then you might as well sign up for his weekly email at the 24sevenfaith site.

discerning audio

Hey, did you miss the Discernment retreat, or want to refresh your memory about something Rev. Greene mentioned?  The audio is now available here.  

exploring Expelled

The DMN panned it (or at least the Orlando Sentinel did).  Others of you I’ve spoken with loved it.

 

Here’s R.C. Sproul’s interview with Stein.  

And here’s Doug Groothuis’s take on it.

Anyone want to share their opinions–positive or negative? 

shamelessly exploiting you as a focus group

what questions does this text create for you?

Acts 5:12   Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. 13 None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem. 14 And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, 15 so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. 16 The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed. Read the rest of this entry »

new book. old subject. fresh comment

Hey, click on the book for a link to a listing for an upcoming book written by none other than Josh Foist’s sister!  Apparently we have here a playful and thoughtful counterpoint to HBO’s (and now syndicated tv’s) comment on the landscape of sexuality in our culture.  The book release is set for early next week.  Anyone want to read it and write up a review for us?

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 »