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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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.
Honey and Locusts 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.
How to Change Your Mind The beginning of a New Year—and a new decade—is an an excellent time to try something new. As you make your list of resolutions and goals I want to recommend adding a simple four step process that could transform your life by, quite literally, changing your mind. After reading the entire post the vast majority of readers will snicker at such a hyperbolic claim and never implement the method I outline. A smaller number will consider the advice intriguing, my assertion only a slight exaggeration, but will also never implement the method. A tiny minority, however, will recognize the genius behind the process and apply it to their own life. This post is written for those people. A few years ago I stumbled across a variation of the four steps in a blog post by my Evangel co-blogger Fred Sanders and implemented his recommendation that day. Before I reveal the four steps I want to reiterate that while the advice could transform your life, it likely will not. 1. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
What My Obedience to God Costs Other People If we obey God, it is going to cost other people more than it costs us, and that is where the pain begins. If we are in love with our Lord, obedience does not cost us anything— it is a delight. But to those who do not love Him, our obedience does cost a great deal. If we obey God, it will mean that other people’s plans are upset. They will ridicule us as if to say, “You call this Christianity?” When our obedience begins to cost others, our human pride entrenches itself and we say, “I will never accept anything from anyone.” A lack of progress in our spiritual life results when we try to bear all the costs ourselves. Beware of the inclination to dictate to God what consequences you would allow as a condition of your obedience to Him. Successful Student - Resources - Setting Captives Free Dear Friend, This is written for those who are enrolled in the Way of Purity/Door of Hope Course and are actively pursuing freedom from pornography and sexual impurity. As of today many students have signed up to go through these course, we have noted some similarities, and we wanted to present these to you to help you to be a "successful student" that gets free from all forms of sexual impurity. Below are 10 things that successful students do who become free from impurity. The following description is of someone who has completed the The Way of Purity course. Coming into purity is a process, and the idea is to implement these truths as soon as possible. 1--Students who get free from impurity persist , they do not drop out. 2--Students who get free from impurity become broken before the Lord. 3--Students who get free from impurity interact often with their mentor at Setting Captives Free, and daily with their accountability partner.
Glorifying God in All You Do Excerpted from Pastor Mark’s sermon Glorifying God from the 2006 1st Corinthians: Christians Gone Wild sermon series and edited by the Mars Hill Blog “Live to the glory of God!” Christians throw this out because we’re lazy and we love bumper stickers. There’s always that one guy who’s saying, “Glorify God, brother!” God is a God of glory. When people encounter the glory of God, they respond in ways of fear, awe, wonder, worship, dread, respect, conviction, repentance, humility. The Question Paul says if you want to be a good missionary, if you want to love your city, if you want to see people get saved, if you want to see lives get changed, if you find yourself in friendships and working relationships with people who totally disagree with you and their sexuality and their spirituality and their life is not about Jesus and the Bible, then the one question you have to keep asking is, “Will this or will this not bring the most glory to God? Looking to Jesus You and I are made to glorify God.