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week of September 26, 2010
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mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to
strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without
is permitting ourselves to be seized by the things we do not see.”
SEMINARY'S VERNON GROUNDS DIES AT 96
Grounds, chancellor of Denver Seminary and a prominent founder of
the evangelical movement, died on September 12 in Wichita, Kansas.
He was 96.... Read this in full at
P*RN DAMAGES WOMEN -- AND WHAT CHURCHES CAN DO ABOUT IT
you've heard the word p*rn in church recently, in a small group or
from the pulpit, chances are you hardly blinked. Thanks to
ministries like Promise Keepers and Operation Integrity, the
research of sex addiction expert Patrick Carnes and neuroscientist
William Struthers, and individuals courageous enough to admit they
have a problem, American churches have squarely faced porn's
destructive and tragic effects. We know p*rn is highly addictive,
and we have more tools than ever to break its stranglehold. Praise
you are a man, that is. On the whole, US churches have been slower
to see how pornography -- a multibillion-dollar industry that
dominates the Internet and becomes more violent by the minute --
hurts more than the men addicted to it. Pastors, counselors, and
Christian families should realize and begin addressing how porn
hurts women in particular. Three sets of women come to mind.
Women Who Use Porn
Women in the Porn Industry
Any Woman You Know
Read this in full at
CHURCHES ARE MINISTERING TO SOCIETY'S MOST DESPISED
Marian V. Liautaud
first time Craig read the Bible was two decades ago, when he was
in a county jail. "I'm a voracious reader, and after I had
read all the paperbacks in the unit, I finally picked up the Bible
and devoured it in four days."
the prison chaplain asked Craig if he was willing to accept Christ
as his Savior, he answered with a question: "Would Christ
accept me?" Craig (who asked that his real name not be used)
was serving a sentence for multiple sexual assault and
abuse—crimes he committed against his young daughter and
theologian N. T. Wright states in Simply Christian that every
society has one unforgiveable sin. Many would argue that the
unforgiveable sin today is the sexual abuse of children.
accepted God's pardon for his unforgiveable sin through Christ. He
has been living under grace since then, but he still struggles
with the consequences of what he did. "No one ever grows up
thinking they're going to become a sex offender," he says.
"One of God's greatest gifts is a child's innocence. I live
with the knowledge that I destroyed this in these girls' lives."
.... Read this in full at
HIGH COURT: SEX OFFENDER CAN'T ATTEND CHURCH
New Hampshire Supreme Court has denied a sex offender’s
request that he be allowed to attend church with a chaperone.
Jonathan Perfetto of Manchester was convicted of possessing child
pornography and released from prison in 2008. Though a court
ordered him to have no contact with children, he had asked to
attend Jehovah’s Witnesses services chaperoned by a church
elder.... Read this in full at
the greatest of all gifts, salvation in Christ, to the material
blessings of any ordinary day (hot water, a pair of legs that
work, a cup of coffee, a job to do and strength to do it), every
good gift comes down from the Father of Lights. Every one of them
is to be received gladly and, like gifts people give us, with
thanks. Sometimes we want things we were not meant to have.
Because He loves us, the Father says no. Faith trusts that no.
Faith is willing not to have what God is not willing to give.
Furthermore, faith does not insist upon an explanation. It is
enough to know His promise to give what is good. He knows so much
more about that than we do.”
EARECKSON TADA INTERVIEW
for more than 40 years, Joni Eareckson Tada is one of the longest
living quadriplegics on record. She's also a bestselling
evangelical author, an acclaimed artist, and an
internationally-known advocate for people with disabilities. In
this interview, Tada talks about her work and how she maintains
her faith amid serious struggles, including a recent diagnosis of
POSES DANGERS TO GENUINE CHRISTIAN FAITH: THEOLOGIAN
leading Baptist theologian says the ancient practice of yoga,
bound to Hinduism, is wrong for Christians, that poses like
saluting the sun (a Sarah Palin favorite pose, FYI) instead of
focusing on the Son, is breathing in trouble.
Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary,
blogs today about a new book by Stefanie Syman, The Subtle Body:
The Story of Yoga in America, calling it "a masterpiece of
cultural history" even as he decries her findings.
a 15-year-yoga devotee, proclaims yoga is now so mainstream, so
sanitized of spiritual connotations that it can be touted on the
White House Lawn during the annual easter egg roll.... Read this
in full at
THINGS YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT
love the illusion of being able to do it all, and I'm fascinated
with people who seem to do that, who have challenging careers and
beautiful homes and vibrant minds and well-tended abs. Throw in
polite children and a garden, and I'm coming over for lessons.
to lunch one day with my friend Denise, I asked her about it.
Denise is a mother of four, and a grandmother, and she works and
writes and travels and cooks, and ... she seems settled in some
this is what Denise told me: she said it's not hard to decide what
you want your life to be about. What's hard, she said, is figuring
out what you're willing to give up in order to do the things you
really care about. Her words from that day have been rattling
around inside me for years now.
was right. Deciding what I wanted wasn't that hard. But deciding
what I'm willing to give up for those things is like yoga for your
superego, stretching and pushing and ultimately healing that nasty
little person inside of you who exists only for what people
Shauna Niequist, from her book Bittersweet
his life Christ is an example, showing us how to live; in his
death he is a sacrifice, satisfying for our sins; in his
resurrection, a conqueror; in his ascension, a king; in his
intercession, a high priest.”
YOUR CHURCH’S MONEY?
classic film It's a Wonderful Life is making a comeback -- not as
a nostalgic feel-good story but as the centerpiece of a campaign
to change the way we bank. It's George Bailey versus Mr. Potter
played out at the local ATM.
Move Your Money project began as a New Year's resolution at the
Huffington Post website. The project enlisted filmmaker Eugene
Jarecki to create a mashup YouTube video (which has attracted over
518,000 views) that combines clips from It's a Wonderful Life with
C-Span footage and commentary to urge people to move their money
from scandal-ridden megabanks to local institutions. In response
to the housing crisis, predatory lending, subprime loans and
rampant gambling on derivatives, individuals can change the
banking industry by moving their money from the six largest banks
-- Citi, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Goldman
Sachs and Morgan Stanley -- to community banks or credit unions.
sentiment was echoed in a recent announcement from the Appleseed
Fund, a socially responsible mutual fund, which declared that it
would no longer invest in what it counts as the five "too big
to fail" banks (unlike Move Your Money, Appleseed does not
include Wells Fargo in the list because that bank's derivative
holdings are less than $10 trillion). Appleseed is the first
socially conscious investing firm to exclude banks from its
investments -- in effect adding banking practices to other issues
of moral concern, such as alcohol, tobacco, pornography, working
conditions, environmental impact and weapons production.... Read
this in full at
GOD LEFT EUROPE FOR GOOD?
still not dead, but these days in Europe, He's not always in the
same old places. So it's worth asking: Where has God -- and
Christian faith -- gone?.... Read this in full at
TO HIS TABLE
we find our way to the table with clean hands, get water cups
distributed, napkins placed, and the appropriate level of utensil
technology before each child. We sit. There is talking and eating
at the young heathen end of the table, until I remind them that we
are going to bless the food, that we always bless the food, that
we have been blessing the food since before they were born and
have done so every day of their short lives, and that if they
don't start remembering this soon their lives will not get any
hold hands. There is silence, for once. Isaiah John has been
watching us pray these past weeks, and so now he reaches out his
food-sticky hand and places it atop his mother's hand, which rests
in my own. He smiles at me as he does it. I thank God for the
food, though really I am thanking him for all of it -- for the
good and the bad and especially for them, without whom all my
meals would be lonely and quiet and pointless. Then there is the
sound of them eating and being fed, and I remember that in many
churches Communion is referred to as ‘coming to the table.’
I wonder if this is how God feels when we come to his table,
providing and being fed and being poured out all at once.”
Tony Woodlief, in his book Somewhere More Holy
GRAHAM TV SPECIAL RECAPS 60 YEARS OF MINISTRY
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has released a television
special chronicling its 60 years of ministry. "My father was
always willing to go anywhere, anytime, anyplace to preach the
gospel, and we are still doing that," Franklin Graham says in
the program. "Everything that we do at the Billy Graham
Evangelistic Association is geared around taking this Gospel
message to the ends of the earth." The television special
features rare footage from Billy Graham's historic visits to
preach the Gospel in communist countries in Eastern Europe, along
with audio and video from the ministry's earliest national radio
and television broadcasts. Watch it online at
all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together
in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your
hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be
is not enough for us to say: "I love God, but I do not love
my neighbor." Saint John says that you are a liar if you love
God and you don't love your neighbor. How can you love God whom
you do not see, if you do not love your neighbor whom you see,
whom you touch, with whom you live? And so this is very important
for us to realize, that love, to be true, has to hurt.”
Mother Teresa, Nobel Prize acceptance speech, 1979
STUDY: RELIGION PLAYS KEY ROLE IN DECIPHERING PUBLIC OPINION
a number of Americans cite religion as the most important
influence on shaping their opinion on key social issues such as
same-sex marriage, abortion and the death penalty, religious
attitudes play a substantially lesser role when it comes to
opinions on poverty, immigration and the environment.
shows a recent nationwide poll -- the 2010 annual religion and
public life survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center for the
People & the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public
marriage is the leading issue where respondents say religion
belief is the most important influence in their opinion -- at 35%,
including 60% of those identifying themselves as conservative and
5% of liberals. Following that are abortion and the death penalty,
at 26% and 19%, respectively.
government assistance to the poor and hungry (10%), immigration
(7%) and the environment (6%) are the issues where the fewest
respondents say religious beliefs take the top role in forming
opinion.... Read this in full at
GOD MEETS MANKIND
never wanted to treat people as enemies. He wanted to treat them
as friends, hoping they would trust him. It was only when Israel
refused to trust him that God added the law (see Gal 3:19). But
that addition, said Paul, could not subtract from the covenant or
promise given to Abraham (see Gal 3:17). God had always wanted man
to come to him in simple trust as a child to its Father.
Jesus. Full of grace and truth. Full of love and kindness. And,
dare we say it, full of fun. No wonder the tax collectors and
sinners loved him! Jesus loved them, accepted them, and, to the
horror of the religious establishment, enjoyed their company. He
was the fulfillment of Amos's prophecy [Amos 9:11-12]. He was the
tabernacle of David (see John 1:14), the place where God meets
‘the rest of mankind’ (Acts 15:17). He was God living
in a human tent, totally approachable to the vilest sinner.
Totally accepting of the worst offender (see John 8:10-11).”
John Sheasby with Ken Gire, in the book The Birthright
POLICY POSITION MAKES CASE FOR PROTECTING FAITH-BASED HIRING
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) has
released a policy position that details the importance of
preserving faith-based hiring rights for churches and other
religious organizations at a time when Congress and the courts are
questioning these rights.
Available for free viewing at
www.ecfa.org, the policy position is the first in a series that
ECFA will release in coming weeks. Topics also will include
charitable deductions and tax-exempt status.
on faith-based hiring rights describes how the right to hire
employees who hold the same faith is essential not only to ECFA
and its nearly 1,500 Christian member organizations, but all
religious entities that adhere to explicit statements of faith as
the foundation for their operations and services.... Read this in
MCDOWELL TO HEADLINE APOLOGETICS FUNDRAISER WITH GLOBAL IMPACT
McDowell, speaker and co-author of the best-selling Unshakable
Truth, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker of the annual
fundraising event for The Centers for Apologetics Research (CFAR)
on Saturday, October 23, 2010. The event will be held at the
historic Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California and has featured
such prominent apologists as Norman Geisler, Ron Rhodes, and Greg
CFAR's counter-cult and evangelistic work in the
former Soviet Union will be highlighted throughout the dinner by
testimony and by nationals who serve with CFAR "on the
ground" in Russia. Both McDowell and CFAR are known for their
commitment to the people of Russia. McDowell has received several
official honors for humanitarian aid delivered through Operation
Carelift. In the early 1990s, CFAR established the first and only
evangelical countercult ministry of its kind in that nation....
Read this in full at
see if you would fit into our work environment, we have come up
with a test for you to take when you arrive for your interview. To
give people an equal footing, here are questions similar to the
ones that will be on the test.
question carefully. Answer all questions in full. Time limit: 4
hours. Begin immediately.
Estimate the differences in subsequent human culture if this form
of life had developed 500 million years earlier, with special
attention to its probable effect on the English parliamentary
system. Prove your thesis.
Recreate sound in 3D.
Include all reference material.
realistic plan for refinancing the national debt. Trace the
possible effects of your plan in the following areas: Cubism, the
Donatist controversy, and the wave theory of light. Outline a
method for preventing these effects. Criticize this method from
all points of view.
Take a position for
and against truth. Argue with yourself and lose. If you win, keep
Describe in detail. Be
objective and specific.
administrator will provide you with a razor blade, a piece of
gauze and a bottle of Scotch. Remove your appendix. Do not suture
until your work has been inspected. You have 15 minutes.
Write a piano concerto. Orchestrate and perform it with flute
and drum. You will find a trumpet under your seat.
Sketch the development of human thought. Next, sketch the
thoughts you had while sketching the development of human thought.
Now scribble. Compare and contrast the three sketches, estimating
the significance of the differences.
is a red telephone on the desk beside you. Start World War III.
Report in detail on its socio-political effects, if any.
If you were an extinct society, what would
2,500 riot-crazed Aborigines
will storm the testing room at the beginning of the fourth hour.
Calm them. You may use any ancient language, except Latin or
Define the universe; give three
... I could spend the rest of my life pondering on the
implications of that one word. It plunges me at once into a
personal relationship. It takes me away from the danger of talking
about God and not communing with [God].”
Esther de Waal,
A Life-Giving Way
the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God,
mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who
executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the
strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love
the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
WEEK'S HYMN: PRAISE TO GOD, IMMORTAL PRAISE
Anna L. Barbauld, 1772
Johann R. Ahle, 1664
to God, immortal praise,
the love that crowns our days;
Source of every joy,
Thy praise our tongues employ.
that whiten all the plain;
sheaves of ripened grain;
that drop their fattening dews,
that temperate warmth diffuse.
that Spring with bounteous hand
o’er the smiling land;
that liberal Autumn pours
her rich o’erflowing stores.
to Thee, my God, we owe,
whence all our blessings flow;
for these my soul shall raise
vows and solemn praise.
should rising whirlwinds tear
its stem the ripening ear;
the fig tree’s blasted shoot
her green untimely fruit,
the vine put forth no more,
the olive yield her store;
the sickening flocks should fall,
the herds desert the stall,
to Thee my soul shall raise
vows and solemn praise;
when every blessing’s flown
Thee for Thyself alone.
prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity... If we
want to see mighty works of Divine grace and power wrought, in the
place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let [us] answer
God's standing challenge, ‘Call to me, and I will answer
you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not
J. Hudson Taylor (1832-1905), included in
Good News for Russia, ed. Jesse Wendell Brooks, Chicago: The Bible
Institute Colportage Association, 1918, p. 32
PRAY FOR PERSECUTED
the following list as your daily prayer guide. Think of a brother
or situation that applies and lift them up in prayer.
agreeing in prayer with you for God’s blessings to overtake
Favor with God and man
Be in God’s
Raises or bonuses
Checks in the mail
Gifts & surprises
Bills decrease while blessings increase
all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou
shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God" (Deut.
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