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Prosperity Theology Offends Me

November 23, 2011

From New Philadelphia Church in Seoul: “Increasing Your Capacity to Receive – 2 Kings 4.”

She has passion. Reminds me of Joel Osteen a bit…

The best parts are when she takes the focus off of herself.

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Proof Perfect of Romans 8:28 (God Works ALL Things Together for Good)

November 3, 2011

I don’t usually type up what I write about in my (Bible) journal, but this was far too interesting to keep to myself. I’ll introduce THREE main bits of information, then show how they are related.

#1: God’s Repeated Affirmation and Assurance of His Own Character

Today, I read Isaiah 43-45 (usually about 3 chapters per day).
In this short bit of Isaiah, God says of himself, “I alone am God” (or some variation) a total of 18 times.
He also says, “There is none besides me” (or some variation) a total of 13 times.

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Church Relevancy and Rapture Speculation Mean Nothing when Compared with the Message and Method for Proclaiming the Good News

May 27, 2011


Check out the homepages of these major church denominations:

Southern Baptists:

It is easy to see where most of their advertising and marketing efforts go.

They try to prove they are relevant by showing how they help out in natural disasters, or how well they use technology, or how it is possible to believe in Christianity “Plus” (Christianity Plus Science, Christianity Plus Gay Rights, Christianity Plus Relativism, New Agism, etc).

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This is the Meaning of Life

May 20, 2011

This comment got me thinking about Ecclesiastes again – one of my favorite books of the Bible:

Tonight I read Ecclesiastes in the New Living Translation. That translation is my favorite, because it makes the Bible so readable and real. I appreciate the wisdom and seriousness of the writer of Ecclesiastes, but I couldn’t help giggle at his conclusion about women (7:27-28), his advice to the old (12:4), and his warning about the study of opinions (12:12). He was so human!

I like Ecclesiastes because it IS so human. Solomon was the “wisest man who ever lived” and this book seems to have been written as he was aging (so he could look back on his life and make pointed observations about the “meaninglessness” of everything). Solomon also turned away from God toward the end of his life by worshiping the idols that many of his hundreds of wives brought in to his kingdom.

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“Go into all the world…and argue with each other.”

May 20, 2011

This comment by Mark Driscoll sparked a lengthy (660+ comments) debate on his Facebook stream over the rightness or wrongness of the comment, as well as debate over his own character. Now, offensive it may be, but it is spoken with a purpose, and is not merely a “slam.”

Guys who went to Bible college/seminary & graduate to a sheltered nerd lifestyle where they read books & argue with other nerds about what Christian leaders are doing but not reaching people or doing much other than babysitting consumer Christians in some declining cul de sac church are not merely a joke, but also sinful.

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God is NOT blind; God IS in control; God works out ALL things.

May 18, 2011

This is a follow-up post to my first post about Conspiracy Theories. It deals primarily with Conspiracy Theories, but is relevant for dealing with all idols.

Let me open with a quote from Pastor Mark Driscoll: “Anything, even a good thing, when elevated to a God thing, becomes a bad thing.”

Defining Idolatry

The problem with idolatry isn’t that the subject in question is inherently bad. In fact, quite often, the subject in question is inherently good, or true, or relevant. The problem, however, comes when a Christian allows said good, true, or relevant things to effectively take God’s place in their lives.

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Christians and Osama – Justice or Vengeance?

May 14, 2011

So, Osama bin Laden is dead. Old news. However, I think it is still pertinent to look back at the way events have transpired after the fact in order to critique them and learn from them. I learned a lot myself just from communicating with others about the events, from watching the way things unfolded online on Twitter and Facebook, from debates over the “right reaction” to Osama’s death, and from reading much about the subject from many different perspectives.

First things first: initial reactions.

As soon as I heard the news that Osama had been killed, I was overjoyed. Finally, a conclusion to the 10-year-long manhunt for America’s (and possibly the world’s) enemy #1. I quickly searched the news for video – and found a live feed from ABC. I scoured the written news to bypass the verbal analysis from the video feed, and found that Osama was confirmed dead by multiple sources. Relief flooded over me, and I felt free. Within moments, Facebook and Twitter were alive with activity (news travels fast in the Internet age), and the status updates seemed to come in two different flavors: either “Rejoice! Wonderful! He’s dead!” or “We should never rejoice in death – even the death of a terrorist.” Here are two opposing points of view I read on Facebook: Read more…