GOD - All About GOD - a community of seekers, skeptics and believers Why Christians Go Postal Over Facebook, Jay-Z, Yoga, Avatar, and Culture in General images by Patrick Mahoney It was only last week that the Washington Post asked for my opinion on the New Jersey pastor calling for Christians to stop using Facebook. Had I known what would erupt this week, I might have agreed with him. The big idea of my Post blog was that Facebook doesn’t cause adultery, people do. Facebook, like many technologies and cultural phenomena, is an opportunity for my heart and the hearts of others you and I interact with to be revealed and transformed. The backstory is this. Back to Facebook, where I posted that despite using bowling words, Jay-Z is a genius. This blog is not intended to defend everything I’ve ever said and done, as, like all sinners, there are things in retrospect I would say and do differently. Are You a Missionary? What I’ve found over the years is that whenever I speak about something culturally related from a Christian perspective, a debate rages. Here’s the big idea: it’s not about music, it’s about missions. Syncretism vs.
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Eclectic Orthodoxy | Gospel and Church Fathers Athanasius There is a strange idea abroad that in every subject the ancient books should be read only by the professionals, and that the amateur should content himself with the modern books. Thus I have found as a tutor in English Literature that if the average student wants to find out something about Platonism, the very last thing he thinks of doing is to take a translation of Plato off the library shelf and read the Symposium. He would rather read some dreary modern book ten times as long, all about "isms" and influences and only once in twelve pages telling him what Plato actually said. The error is rather an amiable one, for it springs from humility. The student is half afraid to meet one of the great philosophers face to face. He feels himself inadequate and thinks he will not understand him. This mistaken preference for the modern books and this shyness of the old ones is nowhere more rampant than in theology. Now this seems to me topsy-turvy. Every age has its own outlook.
ReturningKing.Com Honey and Locusts Faith and Theology The Authority of Scripture | Papers | Theology Matters | Newfrontiers UK The question of Authority has become an increasingly crucial issue to be faced today, since its absence, abandonment, or lack of clear basis, has thrown up huge intellectual and ethical problems both in the church and society in general. We live in an extremely anti¬authoritarian climate that has questioned the right and validity of all sorts of claims to truth and right to government over the lives and thoughts of free men. External authority is often refused recognition and obedience, in favour of accepting one’s own judgment as final. We may define ‘authority’ simply in this way: Authority is a relational word. As Christians we believe that God has the right to determine what we are to believe and how we are to live and that furthermore, he has delegated both power and authority to men to enable them to operate in many spheres under his jurisdiction in order to bring about his will, the visible manifestation of his kingly rule. Nor is it based upon human reason. 1. 2. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2.