Connecting man to man to God
For week of April 3, 2011
Issue 350

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"The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy."
James 3:17

We must allow the Word of God to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.”
John Stott

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A pre-movie advertisement ( promoting an Easter church service was banned from local theaters because of its mention of Jesus.

Compass Bible Church in Aliso Viejo, Calif., created the 30-second ad to air for three weeks on 45 movie screens across Orange County starting April 1, paying more than $5,000, according to ABC.

The commercial posed questions about what some conspiracy theorists believed may have happened to Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago. Claims like “the disciples stole the body” and “Jesus didn’t actually die on the cross” were mentioned.

It asked moviegoers “Did it really happen?” And ended with “Why we actually believe in the resurrection.” .... Read this in full at

William Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre will mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible with a cover-to-cover reading between Palm Sunday and Easter Monday. Twenty actors will take part in the reading, which is scheduled to take 69 hours over eight days. They will recite all 1,189 chapters of the historic Bible in the theater built as a replica of the place that saw many of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.... Read this in full at

Greenleaf, one of the principle founders of the Harvard Law School, originally set out to disprove the biblical testimony concerning the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was certain that a careful examination of the internal witness of the Gospels would dispel all the myths at the heart of Christianity. But this legal scholar came to the conclusion that the witnesses were reliable, and that the resurrection did in fact happen.... Read this in full at

by William H. Willimon
"Suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it." (Matthew 28:2)

John says that they got to the tomb on Easter morning, and it's empty. Then, they go back home.

Go back home? Reminds you of the two disciples in Luke on the way to Emmaus. "Some women told us that Jesus had been raised from the dead, but we had already planned to have supper over in Emmaus, so we couldn't change our reservations."

A man is raised from the dead and you can't cancel lunch? How dumb are these disciples? .... Read this in full at

by Carolyn Arends
Recently I heard a message from theologian Gary Deddo that got me thinking. Deddo challenges the tendency many of us have to be dualists—imagining God and Satan as equal foes deadlocked in mortal combat. To be certain, Deddo acknowledges, there is an immeasurable amount of evil in our world. But compared with God's love and power, all the evil in the universe doesn't cover the head of a pin. Love wins. Satan doesn't stand a chance.

Thus, though we wrestle with the brokenness that plagues the world, and ourselves, we do so not with grim resignation but with hopeful defiance. We face both our addictions and afflictions not with a faint, white-knuckled hope that someday we will be healed, but rather with an assurance that we are living slowly but surely into the healing already obtained on the Cross. There is still a waiting. In some cases the healing may not come in fullness until we are face-to-face with our Victor — but come it will. Guaranteed.... Read this in full at

by Joe Carter
Over the years some have asked me why, as an evangelical writer, I so infrequently invoke the name of Jesus. My usual glib response is that I prefer not to name-drop just because I'm on a first-name basis with the Creator of the universe. But the truth is, I’ve never felt that being an evangelical required me to stuff my essays with scripture references or end my articles with an altar call. I hope that my work is, like Flannery O’Connor’s South, “Christ-haunted” and would consider my labor to be a failure if his influence cannot be detected in my writing.

Nevertheless, there is a time to talk about Jesus more directly. Since I think about him constantly, I frequently have questions and concerns, and, on rarer occasions, reverie-inducing contemplation about my Redeemer. Admittedly, I rarely have fresh insights about Jesus (those are best left to theologians and heretics) but I had six thoughts that, however banal or obvious, might be worth sharing.... Read this in full at

O the depth of the evil of sin! If ever you will see how great and horrid an evil sin is, measure it in your thoughts, either by the infinite holiness and excellency of God, who is wrong'd by it; or by the infinite sufferings of Christ, who died to satisfy for it; and then you will have deeper apprehensions of the evil of sin.”
John Flavel (1628-1691), The Whole Works of the Reverend Mr. John Flavel, v. I, Paisley: A. Weir and A. McLean, 1770, p. 199

A little English village church has just made a remarkable discovery. The ornate old Bible that had been sitting in plain view on a table near the last row of pews for longer than anyone could remember is an original King James Bible - one of perhaps 200 surviving 400-year-old original editions of arguably the most important book ever printed in English.

In fact, the Bible at St. Laurence Church in Hilmarton, England, was sitting right under a hand-lettered sign saying it was an original. The sign said it had been found in "the parish chest" in 1857, that the cover had been added, and that it was the second of the two impressions published in 1611 - the year of first publication.... Read this in full at

by Tim Challies
Those who have read biographies of John Newton will see there a vivid portrayal of a man who was a gentleman at home but who was vulgar and abusive while away. Given only a measure of anonymity he became a whole new man. We need accountability. Left to our own devices, we will soon devise or succumb to all kinds of evil.... Read this in full at

Bountiful as is the hand of Providence, its gifts are not so bestowed as to seduce us into indolence, but to rouse us to exertion; and no one expects to attain to the height of learning, or arts, or power, or wealth, or military glory, without vigorous resolution, and strenuous diligence, and steady perseverance. Yet we expect to be Christians without labour, study or inquiry! This is the more preposterous, because Christianity, being a revelation from God, and not the invention of man, discovering to us new relations, with their correspondent duties; containing also doctrines, motives, and precepts, peculiar to itself; we cannot reasonably expect to become proficients in it by the accidental [encounters] of life, as one might learn insensibly the maxims of worldly policy, or a scheme of mere morals.”
William Wilberforce (1759-1833), A Practical View, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1829, p. 79-80

by David French
The "feminized man" represents the perfect storm of collaboration between radical feminism and a particularly sappy and sentimental Christianity that dominates many of our evangelical churches. What do feminists and evangelicals have in common? Both factions increasingly re-classify typically masculine characteristics (say, aggression or adventurousness) as vices and typically feminine characteristics (such as emotionalism or an emphasis on relationships) as virtues.

The result is a strange form of "female emotional porn" (my wife's phrase), where the ideal man becomes—in many essential ways—a woman: emotionally available, always eager to talk, never afraid to shed a tear, and ready, willing, and able to shoulder the household workload. I can't tell you how many times I've been to Christian conferences or sat through sermons where I've been told that "real men" should behave exactly like that, that "real men" have the "courage" to set aside their emotional distance, to approach their wife emotionally and say "no" to their careers.

They're told to be "Christlike" by pastors or Sunday School teachers who imagine a feminized Christ, a Jesus always washing feet (or giving foot-rubs) and never clearing out temples, a Jesus of gentle words and not fierce anger, a Jesus always serving, never leading.... Read this in full at

Contempt is born when we fixate on [someone's] weaknesses. If you want to find [weaknesses], without a doubt you will. If you want to obsess about them, they'll grow - but you won't!

Jesus provides a remedy that is stunning in its simplicity yet foreboding in its difficulty. He tells us to take the plank out of our own eye before we try to remove the speck from our neighbor's eye [Matthew 7:3-5].

If you're thinking "but my [neighbor] is the one who has the plank," allow me to let you in on a secret: You're exactly the type of person Jesus is talking to. You're the one he wanted to challenge with these words. Jesus isn't helping us resolve legal matters here; he's urging us to adopt humble spirits. He wants us to cast off the contempt and learn the spiritual secret of respect.

Consider the type of people Jesus loved in the days he walked on earth - Judas (the betrayer); the woman at the well (a sexual libertine); Zacchaeus (the conniving financial cheat); and many others like them. In spite of the fact that Jesus was without sin and these people were very much steeped in sin, Jesus still honored them. He washed Judas's feet; he spent time talking respectfully to the woman at the well; he went to Zacchaeus's house for dinner. Jesus, the only perfect human being to live on this earth, moved toward sinful people; he asks us to do the same.”
Gary Thomas in Sacred Marriage

In a major policy shift, the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council March 24 unanimously adopted a Resolution on Freedom of Religion or Belief (full text) which omits any reference to the concept of "defamation of religion" and instead focuses on the individual's right to freedom of belief. Reuters and the Washington Post both quote the US-based Human Rights First campaign that called the resolution "a huge achievement focuses on the protection of individuals rather than religions." For many years, the Organization of the Islamic Conference had pressed to create a concept of "defamation of religion" that has been widely criticized in the United States and by a number of other Western countries. Muslim countries set aside that 12-year campaign and joined in approving the resolution.... Read this in full at

by Margaret Feinberg
Dear Charlie,
As one of your 3 million Twitter followers, I’ve given you the ability to speak into my life in 140 characters or less, so I figure the least I can do is return the favor (with a few extra characters). You’ve been on quite a ride: setting a new Twitterlicious record for bagging the most followers in 24 hours, reducing "Two and a Half Men" to reruns on Monday nights, and displaying behavior that defies any sense of rational behavior (even among warlocks).

Charlie Sheen LIVE: My Violent Torpedo of Truth” tour selling out in just 18 minutes, Brooke Mueller dropping the restraining order, and a big wet kiss from Jimmy Kimmel may make you feel like a #winner, but as a well-meaning fan, I’m asking you to put away the Tiger Blood T-shirts and pull back from the Hollywood media blitz long enough to consider the following:.... Read this in full at

Only a generation ago, evangelical Protestants were flocking to so-called megachurches with congregations that numbered in the thousands. The worshippers were fundamentalists, including evangelicals, who view the Christian Bible as the literal truth. The churches were often led by a charismatic pastor who gave fiery sermons against abortion or homosexuality.

Now, a new generation of evangelical and other Christians is seeking a more personal experience with a different political tone. They are meeting in more intimate settings, like the corner cafe, and no one is told what to believe.... Read this in full at

Baptist Press reports on the surge among Christians to use mobile applications in accessing the Bible, especially in a mobile context.
There are Christian apps on every smartphone platform, but among the two most popular platforms -- Android and iPhone's iOS -- there are literally hundreds of Bible and Christian-themed apps, helping believers with everything from Scripture memorization to lesson preparation to Bible study to witnessing....

The most popular Christian app, by far, is the YouVersion Bible app, developed by a multiple-site-campus church known as Read this in full at

See also “Christian Apps of the Month”

Ministries and churches are creating their own apps to further their messages. For example, see the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association mobile site ( and its “Steps2Peace” app (

"The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:23

Courage can be a form of tenaciousness, a refusal to quit because you’re tired, hurt, humiliated or emotionally broken. Courage is the ability to face what life throws in your path on a daily basis.”
Nina Lesowitz

What parents say and do when it comes to charitable giving and volunteering makes a big difference in the charitable activities of their children once those kids grow up, according to new research findings. Parental behavior had tremendous influence – more than religion, politics, race, household income, or any other measured factors on the generosity of today’s Americans.

These findings are from Heart of the Donor, an in-depth study commissioned by Russ Reid Company of Pasadena, California, and conducted by Grey Matter Research & Consulting of Phoenix, Arizona.

The data clearly shows that parental behavior has a very substantial correlation with the eventual behavior of children once they are grown,” said Ron Sellers, president of Grey Matter Research. “While the research doesn’t show an absolute one-to-one correlation, in real terms today’s volunteers are 125% more likely to have come from parents who encouraged their children to volunteer, and 145% more likely to have come from parents who frequently volunteered, than they are to have come from parents who really never did those things.” .... Read this in full at

A filmmaker promoting a movie based on his family's tragedy explained on national television March 25 how he not only could believe in a God that would allow his parents to be murdered and his family torn apart but years later come to forgive their killer.

"They are intertwined I think," Brooks Douglass, producer and co-writer of Heaven's Rain responded when asked the question on ABC's The View.

"At the end of the day, I wouldn't be able to forgive except for my faith and what I learned from my parents," he said. "On the other hand, there's been many, many times that I felt anger toward God, and not especially for what happened to us, but my mom and dad were 43 and 36 and really had lived a very great life." .... Read this in full at

by Stephen Prothero
Last November, in response to protest, the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery removed a video installation depicting ants crawling over a small crucifix. This coming November, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will exhibit a cut-and-paste Bible of a mere 86 pages. Were it the work of David Wojnarowicz (the artist behind the crucifix video) or Andres Serrano (of "Piss Christ" fame), this Bible would doubtless stir up a hornet's nest. But in fact, it was created by Thomas Jefferson.

During the election of 1800, Jefferson was denounced as a "howling atheist" and "a confirmed infidel" known for "vilifying the divine word, and preaching insurrection against God." But the Virginian also revered Jesus as "the first of human Sages" and was, according to one biographer, "the most self-consciously theological of all American presidents." .... Read this in full at

by Patrick Lefler
The United States Marine Corps is one the great leadership organizations whose principles have become the envy not only of other service branches but for business as well. Companies large and small have spent enormous resources trying to successfully emulate the Marines’ basic leadership principles and put them into application. Leadership consultants are forever trying to find new ways to spread the Marine Corps’ leadership gospel to their clients. And even some of the top business schools have jumped on the bandwagon by availing their students the opportunity to experience this leadership—albeit in very short two- and three-day “Marine Corps experience” sessions. While in most cases the focus is on the rigorous training that all Marines (both enlisted and officers) go through, they are missing the boat in terms of what makes this training experience unique. It’s not the rigor that makes the training so successful; rather, it’s the personnel resources that the Marines utilize that make the difference. Unlike other organizations, the Marines pull their top performers from the front lines to serve as instructors.... Read this in full at

Two American researchers have conducted the first detailed study of rarely seen sacred treasures belonging to the Armenian Patriarchate of Istanbul.... Read this in full at

by James Emery White
As Francis Bacon once wrote, “Histories make men wise.” Cicero would have agreed, writing, “To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain a child always.”

Why is it so important? Because understanding our day demands understanding the day before. This means history. I know that many people were forced to study history in high school under a person singularly gifted to present the subject with numbing dullness. As a result, many of us read the word “history,” and instantly want to close the book and reach for the remote control.

But history is not simply a cascade of names and dates, divorced from meaning and relevance. It is the story of our world. Just as learning about your family of origin helps put the pieces of a larger puzzle together in terms of who you are now, so understanding the flow of events and ideas from centuries past brings clarity and insight to the present moment of our day. There’s an old adage suggesting that the one who forgets history is condemned to repeat it. Perhaps more to the point is that the one who ignores history is condemned to be swept away by its directive force.

Or as Mark Noll has written, when it comes to Christian interactions with surrounding culture, “almost all such issues have been faced before, at least in some form…[and] believers – guided by Scripture, church authorities, sage employment of worldly wisdom, and the inner prompting of the Spirit – have often acted wisely and well on such cultural matters.” .... Read this in full at

by Nicole Jansezian for
As we rounded the bend around the perimeter of Hebrew University somewhere between kilometers 33 and 34, we came smack into a view that panned east over the Judean desert with clear skies that revealed a rolling landscape all the way to the mountains of Jordan.

Yelling and pointing to the stunning vista, my newly found friend and running partner, Anna Yevzelman, referred to the energy gels that had gotten us to this point in a grueling, but breathtaking marathon course.

It was scenes like this, so frequently appearing along our route, that renewed our vigor and determination as we took part in the first ever Jerusalem Marathon on Friday, March 25, 2011.... Read this in full at

They could be the earliest Christian writing in existence, surviving almost 2,000 years in a Jordanian cave. They could, just possibly, change our understanding of how Jesus was crucified and resurrected, and how Christianity was born.

A group of 70 or so "books", each with between five and 15 lead leaves bound by lead rings, was apparently discovered in a remote arid valley in northern Jordan somewhere between 2005 and 2007.

A flash flood had exposed two niches inside the cave, one of them marked with a menorah or candlestick, the ancient Jewish religious symbol.... Read this in full at

by Dan Wooding
David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965) is a retired American NBA basketball player, who played center for the San Antonio Spurs for his entire NBA career.

Based on his prior service as an officer in the United States Navy, Robinson earned the nickname “The Admiral” and he and teammate, power forward, Tim Duncan, were nicknamed “The Twin Towers.”

Robinson was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame along with Michael Jordan, John Stockton, Jerry Sloan, and C. Vivian Stringer on September 11, 2009.

David Robinson was a member of the United States men's national basketball team at the 1986 FIBA World Championship, the 1988 Summer Olympics, 1992 Summer Olympics, and the 1996 Summer Olympics. He won the gold medal at all games except the 1988 Summer Olympics, where he won a bronze medal.

He is 7 feet 1 inch tall and is widely considered to be one of the greatest centers in the history of the NBA.

I was able to catch up the Robinson recently after the NBA 2011 All-Star Game chapel service in Los Angeles, California, where he talked about his career, his life today, and his faith in Jesus Christ.... Read this in full at

The missing violin played by the Titanic's bandleader as the liner slowly sank could have been found. 99 years on.

This was revealed in a story written by Mike Merritt, for Britain's Sunday Mirror

In it, Merritt wrote, "Wallace Hartley and his seven fellow musicians became an enduring part of the Titanic story - heroically playing on until waist-deep in water as they disappeared beneath the waves.

"According to some reports, Hartley's violin was found strapped to his chest in its case when his body was recovered from the icy Atlantic. But the precious gift from his fiancée Maria Robinson wasn't there when the 33-year-old's body was repatriated to Britain for his funeral.

"And it has been missing ever since, baffling historians and tantalizing Titanic treasure-hunters as to its whereabouts.... Read this in full at

Even amid tragedy, today's eulogy increasingly includes anecdotes that point to the deceased's foibles and quirks, offering a nuanced character sketch. "More often, people are saying, ‘Let's be realistic about this person,’" says funeral director Hari P. Close.

Just as more weddings are officiated by friends and relatives, mourners increasingly are turning to friends and family to speak at funerals. People are also less likely than ever to have personal relationships with members of the clergy.... Read this in full at

Three friends -- a surgeon, an engineer, and a politician -- were discussing which profession was the oldest.

The surgeon said: "Eve was created from Adam's rib - a surgical procedure. My profession must be the oldest!"

The engineer replied: "Before Adam and Eve, order was created out of chaos. That was an engineering job! My profession is the

Then the politician said, "Yes, but who do you suppose created the chaos?"

Many Christians estimate difficulties in the light of their own resources, and thus attempt little and often fail in the little they attempt. All God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on His power and presence being with them.”
James Hudson Taylor

"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him."
James 1:12

Words: Johann Heerman, 1630; translated from German to English by Catherine Winkworth, 1863
Music: Johann Crüger, 1640

O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou broken
That such sharp sentence should on Thee be spoken?
Of what great crime hast Thou to make confession—
What dark transgression?

They crown Thy head with thorns, they smite, they scourge Thee;
With cruel mockings to the cross they urge Thee;
They give Thee gall to drink, they still decry Thee;
They crucify Thee.

Whence come these sorrows, whence this mortal anguish?
It is my sins for which Thou, Lord, must languish;
Yea, all the wrath, the woe, Thou dost inherit,
This I do merit.

What punishment so strange is suffered yonder!
The Shepherd dies for sheep that loved to wander;
The Master pays the debt His servants owe Him,
Who would not know Him.

The sinless Son of God must die in sadness;
The sinful child of man may live in gladness;
Man forfeited his life and is acquitted—
God is committed.

There was no spot in me by sin untainted;
Sick with sin’s poison, all my heart had fainted;
My heavy guilt to hell had well-nigh brought me,
Such woe it wrought me.

O wondrous love, whose depth no heart hath sounded,
That brought Thee here, by foes and thieves surrounded!
All worldly pleasures, heedless, I was trying
While Thou wert dying.

O mighty King, no time can dim Thy glory!
How shall I spread abroad Thy wondrous story?
How shall I find some worthy gifts to proffer?
What dare I offer?

For vainly doth our human wisdom ponder—
Thy woes, Thy mercy, still transcend our wonder.
Oh, how should I do aught that could delight Thee!
Can I requite Thee?

Yet unrequited, Lord, I would not leave Thee;
I will renounce whate’er doth vex or grieve Thee
And quench with thoughts of Thee and prayers most lowly
All fires unholy.

But since my strength will nevermore suffice me
To crucify desires that still entice me,
To all good deeds, oh, let Thy Spirit win me
And reign within me!

I’ll think upon Thy mercy without ceasing,
That earth’s vain joys to me no more be pleasing;
To do Thy will shall be my sole endeavor
Henceforth forever.

Whate’er of earthly good this life may grant me,
I’ll risk for Thee; no shame, no cross, shall daunt me;
I shall not fear what man can do to harm me
Nor death alarm me.

But worthless is my sacrifice, I own it;
Yet, Lord, for love’s sake Thou wilt not disown it;
Thou wilt accept my gift in Thy great meekness
Nor shame my weakness.

And when, dear Lord, before Thy throne in Heaven
To me the crown of joy at last is given,
Where sweetest hymns Thy saints forever raise Thee,
I, too, shall praise Thee.

>from NetHymnal at

Prayer and Theology are inseparable. True Theology is the adoration offered by the intellect. The intellect clarifies the moment of prayer, but only prayer can give it the fervor of the Spirit. Theology is light, prayer is fire.”
Olivier Clement


Use the following list as your daily prayer guide. Think of a brother or situation that applies and lift them up in prayer.

I am agreeing in prayer with you for God’s blessings to overtake you!

Marital harmony
Family unity
Children saved
Faithful pastor
Spirit-filled church
Real friendships
Relatives redeemed
Educational benefits
Recreational time
Fulfilling career
Favor with God and man
Be in God’s will

Better Jobs
Raises or bonuses
Sales & commissions
Business Growth
Estates & inheritances
Investment increase
Rebates & returns
Checks in the mail
Gifts & surprises
Money to be found
Bills decrease while blessings increase

"And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God" (Deut. 28:2).

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