Friday, August 18, 2006
In the spirit of humility that marks so much of my life, I now link to this bit of blandness....
DR links to an article discussing the United Church of Canada's next great watershed issue - the denunciation of bottled water. If this wasn't so pathetic I could laugh.
The absolute foolishness of the whole thing is that they came to this life-changing conclusion while sipping on, you guessed it... BOTTLED WATER!
This is one more proof that mainline Christianity in Canada is dead. See my article on that very topic here.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Bob Kauflin has an important post on some of the reaction within the blogosphere to Challies' liveblog posts of the WorshipGod06 Conference - specifically having to do with the spiritual gifts of healing, miracles and tongues. His post is important (in my mind) because it addresses two key issues. 1. We are all devoted to the Truth and ought to rejoice in that! 2. There is no room for anything but humble love for each other in the discussion.
I hope that a real discussion begins and that we are all changed by it!
Attention all my "emerging" readers... you may want to give this some thought: "Age-qualified churches are a bigger scandal than age-qualified residential developments. A church consisting only of young adults, youth, married couples, or senior adults is not a true community at all."
You know, there are some things that make me really glad I live where and when I do! This is one of them!! Just imagine yourself here one cold February night...
It is a kind providence to live in Canada in 2006! Praise the Lord for common grace!!
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
We must be holy, because this is the most likely way to do good to others. We cannot live to ourselves only in this world. Our lives will always be doing either good or harm to those who see them. They are a silent sermon which all can read.
It is sad indeed when they are a sermon for the devil’s cause, and not for God’s. I believe that far more is done for Christ’s kingdom by the holy living of believers than we are at all aware of. There is a reality about such living which makes men feel and obliges them to think. It carries a weight and influence with it which nothing else can give. It makes religion beautiful and draws men to consider it, like a lighthouse seen afar off. The day of judgment will prove that many besides husbands have been won "without the Word" by a holy life (1 Pet. 3:1). You may talk to persons about the doctrines of the gospel, and few will listen, and still fewer understand. But your life is an argument that none can escape. There is a meaning about holiness which not even the most unlearned can help taking in. They may not understand justification, but they can understand charity.
HT: Johnny Farese
While watching some silly sit-com one day (years ago when I watched silly sit-coms!) I was struck by the closing scene of this "Thanksgiving Special." The characters had finally all sat down at the table and the dad was to pray - which he did. But everyone had their eyes open and the prayer was addressed to no one in particular.
It dawned on me then that only Christians can give thanks.
Al Mohler links (above) to a very honest essay by atheist Roland Aronson that confirms this point. Aronson admits to an inclination to express gratitude when struck by the beauty of creation... but his solution is a hollow and non-relational disclosure that eventually draws all the attention back to the individual.
Just keep on the hunt for that word "thanks" and you will see it all over your Bible. Christians are thankful to God!
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
I have never seen a sky like this before, and in some ways it was creepier than the actual storm. But what it really showed was the amazing ability of God to paint a sky. A crushed tent, scattered laundry off the line, wet carpets from water blowing in around the cracks, a near-spoiled chicken dinner, a few nervous kids, no power for 15 hours - all worth it for a seen and felt reminder of omnipotence!
Monday, August 14, 2006
They earn because people buy what they produce. It is an oversimplification to some degree, but what does each offer the world?
2. Vile verbage
3. Eastern mysticism
6. A long shot
10. Lies and intrigue
So this is what the affluent (who pay for this "entertainment") value.
Reminds me of Romans 1.