Thursday, January 24, 2013

"The Seeker-Sensitive" Movement: R.C. Sproul and Al Mohler

Who better to address this then R.C. Sproul and Al Mohler. Some see this as judgement. But isn't the point of winning the lost, to help them grow in Christ and then influence their friends and family for Christ as well? I think so. So it isn't judgement to me. If you simply "scratch an itch" you really aren't showing love so much as you are showing convenience. The Gospel isn't convenient. It will cost you everything.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Fun Facts

* Lance Armstrong granted an interview with Oprah and confessed to using performance enhancing drugs before every Tour de France. Now, some are saying he did not disclose the full truth in the interview.... I can forgive the use of steroids, and the years of silence... But lying to Oprah?

* The president put Joe Biden in charge of gathering information in order to make his recommendations on gun control. It's a bold move. So far the only information he has found is that a banana, when held in one hand can kind of look like a gun.

*  He: "You got Ryan Gosling in my movie!" She: "You got movie in my Ryan Gosling!"

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Loaded Questions For Atheists

* Can you show me any instance in nature where something comes from nothing?

* Every war has been started because of religion.. right?

* What if God IS real? What will you tell Him when you die and stand in front of Him?

* If religion is simply just an "opiate" for weak-minded people... Why would living a life and then turning into dust that will be completely forgotten about a thousand years from now make you feel so good? And if you ARE remembered a thousand years from now why does it even matter if you are remembered as Mother Theresa or Hitler?

Let Me Expand On That

Mother Theresa helped humans survive by feeding and clothing the poor, she extended their lives. When they did finally die, they became dust and ash. So did Mother Theresa

Hitler killed people before their time. He ended their lives before they would have gotten a chance to live out until their "natural" death. When they died, they became dust and ash. So did Hitler.

Both made an impact on the word in big ways, one good, one bad...but all became dust, and ash.

Random molecule of accident and "chance" can not create significance. Significance is just a series of random synapses firing in the brain of a random set of molecules, that is agreed upon by other carbon based life forms who synchronize their synapses to form societal ideas.. It is in fact, nothing. Coming from nothing, and moving towards nothing, can not be something in between.. All true if there is no God.

So, in my opinion, if there is no God, no ultimate standard, there is no incentive to do good over bad.. Because, good and bad do not exist at worst, and at best if they do exist.. good = bad and bad = good.
Good and Evil are illusions.

Thank God this theoretical fatalist reality does not exist, since there IS a God.

There IS a God. Before the universe was formed He knew you. Every molecule that exists is under his watchful eye.

There IS freedom in Christ.

There ARE answers to every question, because HE is truth.

And the best part of all is that HE is not willing that any should perish.. Which means no matter where you have been, or what you have done.. He will wash the slate clean if we choose to pick up our cross and follow Him. He does not promise comfort this side of heaven.. He simply provides a peace that no one understands. I know that peace. I want everyone to know it.

This is amazing! You and I DO have purpose.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Changing Looks

I'm fiddling around with some new templates for this blog. So it might be changing looks until I settle on one. In May or June I anticipate some big changes, including a possible name change. I would love to read some suggestions. Any ideas?

Watch a Black Conservative School a White Democrat

Kevin Jackson is one of my heroes..

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Troubling Quotes From The Emerging/Post-Modern Church Leaders

Get mad if you want.. These are direct quotes. These mainly focus on the three big emerging church leaders.. but there are now hundreds as radical as they are and maybe thousands who are letting a little of the poison creep in to their leadership and worship style.

This is a direct post from the blog

Troubling Quotes by Emerging Church Leaders

Below is a small sampling of quotes by emerging church leaders that we find troubling...

“We do not think this [Emerging Church Movement] is about changing your worship service. We do not think this is about…how you structure your church staff. This is actually about changing theology. This is about our belief that theology changes. The message of the gospel changes. It’s not just the method that changes.” –Tony Jones

“I must add, though, that I don’t believe making disciples must equal making adherents to the Christian religion. It may be advisable in many (not all!) circumstances to help people become followers of Jesus and remain within their Buddhist, Hindu, or Jewish contexts.”–Brian McLaren

"I now believe that GLBTQ [Gay, Lesbian, Bisexuals, Transgender, and Queers] can live lives in accord with biblical Christianity (as least as much as any of us can!), and that their monogamy can and should be sanctioned and blessed by church and state." –Tony Jones

“I don’t think we’ve got the gospel right yet….I don’t think the liberals have it right. But I don’t think we have it right either. None of us has arrived at orthodoxy.” –Brian McLaren

“The Christian faith is mysterious to the core. It is about things and beings that ultimately can’t be put into words. Language fails. And if we do definitively put God into words, we have at that very moment made God something God is not"–Rob Bell

“Ultimately, I hope Jesus will save Buddhism, Islam and every other religion, including the Christian religion, which often seems to need saving about as much as any other religion does.” –Brian McLaren

“Our message and methodology have changed, do change, and must change if we are faithful to the ongoing and unchanging mission of Jesus Christ.” –Brian McLaren

“What if tomorrow someone digs up definitive proof that Jesus had a real, earthly, biological father named Larry, and archeologists find Larry’s tomb and do DNA samples and prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the virgin birth was just a bit of mythologizing the Gospel writers threw in to appeal to the followers of the Mithra and Dionysian religious cults that were hugely popular at the time of Jesus, whose gods had virgin births? …Could you still be a Christian? Is the way of Jesus still the best possible way to live?” –Rob Bell

“Frankly, many of us don’t know what we should think about homosexuality. We’ve heard all sides but no position has yet won our confidence so that we can say ‘it seems good to the Holy Spirit and us.’….Perhaps we need a five-year moratorium on making pronouncements.” –Brian McLaren,

“The old paradigm taught that if you had the right teaching, you will experience God. The new paradigm says that if you experience God, you will have the right teaching.” –Dan Kimball

“A lot of arguments happen among religious and non religious people about the question of who’s going to hell and who’s going to heaven and uh, a lot of times Christians get into this argument by saying ‘we have the only way to heaven.’ And uh, people often ask me what do I think is the way to heaven. I have a problem when they ask me this question because it assumes that the primary purpose of Jesus’ coming and the primary message of Jesus was a message about how to get to heaven.” –Brian McLaren

"God has an incredibly high view of people. God believes that people are capable of amazing things. I have been told that I need to believe in Jesus. Which is a good thing. But what I am learning is that Jesus believes in me. I have been told that I need to have faith in God. Which is a good thing. But what I am learning is that God has faith in me." –Rob Bell (Velvet Elvis, p. 134)

“Stop looking for some objective Truth that is available when we delve into the text of the Bible.” –Tony Jones

"What we know means nothing. What we live means everything."–Barry Taylor (from a talk at Capo Beach Calvary). Contrast this with John 8:32

“The church has been preoccupied with the question, "What happens to your soul after you die?" As if the reason for Jesus coming can be summed up in, "Jesus is trying to help get more souls into heaven, as opposed to hell, after they die." I just think a fair reading of the Gospels blows that out of the water. I don't think that the entire message and life of Jesus can be boiled down to that bottom line.” –Brian McLaren

“Emergent doesn't have a position on absolute truth, or on anything for that matter. Do you show up at a dinner party with your neighbors and ask, 'What's this dinner party's position on absolute truth?' No, you don't, because it's a non-sensical question." –Tony Jones

"Well, for our community, this [living an environmentally conscious life] isn’t rooted in the fact that it’s gaining steam in popular culture. It’s always been rooted in the very nature of God. The central Hebrew prayer, Deuteronomy 6, says, “Hear O Israel the Lord your God, the Lord is One,” so we live with awareness that all of reality is one. [How does he get that from this passage? He sounds like a pantheist.] We are connected with all things everywhere, and I would argue that in the last couple hundred years, disconnection has been the dominant way people have understood reality. And the Church has contributed to that disconnection by preaching horrible messages about being left behind and that this place is going to burn [Uh, yeah read 2 Peter 3:7ff Rob.]–absolutely toxic messages that are against the teachings of Scripture, which state that we are connected to God, we are connected to the earth, we are connected to each other. When any of those connections fracture, the whole thing starts to fall apart. Your relationship with God is tied into your relationship with the soil. Go back to Genesis." –Rob Bell (Relevant Magazine, “Rob Bell Tells it Like It Is”, January/February 2008)

“Let me offer 10 suggestions for reclaiming the Bible for contemporary readers…Drop Any Affair You May Have with Certainty” –Brian McLaren

“We should consider the possibility that many, and perhaps even all of Jesus’ hell-fire or end-of-the-universe statements refer not to postmortem [after death] judgment but to the very historic consequences of rejecting his kingdom message of reconciliation and peacemaking. The destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 67-70 seems to many people to fulfill much of what we have traditionally understood as hell.” –Brian McLaren

“For Jesus, heaven and hell were present realities. Ways of living we can enter into here and now. He talked very little of the life beyond this one…” –Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis, p. 147.

“I’m writing with the assumption that most of you who are reading this book have concluded what I have: Preaching doesn’t work…preaching, as we know it, is a tragically broken endeavor…. The value of our practices—including preaching—ought to be judged by their effects on our communities and the ways in which they help us move toward life with God.” –Doug Pagitt

Saturday, January 05, 2013

This Guy Made Me Fall In Love With UFC All Over Again

When He dropped Lyoto Machita like a ragdoll and walked away barely breaking a sweat.. I knew this was something incredible. He has beaten 3 other legends since then. Who's next? Besides what's his face...

Friday, January 04, 2013

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

The Hate Card

This site has been accused of hate. This is not the first time. I've been here since 2005 so I guess I am going to make some people mad with my views. However, let me be clear..

* This site never has, and never will preach hate towards any person on God's green earth, regardless of sex, race, creed. I may say that I hate an idea, or a sin, or a certain philosophy.. But it is never directed at any person even if they are involved in that idea or sin. I am a Christian. If I DO have hate for any person, I am violating the very foundation of my faith. So, what is most definitely sharp criticism, is being perceived as hate... either out of misunderstanding or someone's own agenda and/or projection.

Keep in mind..
The author or this blog does NOT..

* Protest abortion
* Protest Homosexuals or their various causes
* Protest ANYTHING really..

I don't stand outside with signs yelling about things. I post opinions that are shared by millions and millions of other free-thinking Christians on a blog that is literally read by an average of 7 people a day. And it's not exactly Pulitzer prize writing either.

If you say I am full of hate for this or that, I would love if you would please do so in the comments, so I can respond. Better yet, I'll buy you coffee and we can sit down and talk it out like men and women! Nothing to hide. No hard feelings. No hate. None!

I believe in truth. So the only rule is check your relativity at the door.