Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The power of "Son-worshipers"

Star Trek's classic, "Bread and Circuses," testifies to power of Christianity

Chuck discusses a classic Star Trek episode where Kirk testifies to the power of "Son-worshipers" to transform a culture as Christians did ancient Rome. This in answer to the latest round of articles in the press complaining that our history would have been better without Christianity.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Facts Do Not Speak for Themselves

By Gary DeMar | Published: July 27, 2010
Many Christians claim a form of factual neutrality where some subjects (e.g., science, medicine, technology, geography, politics, mathematics) can be taught without any regard to religious presuppositions since “facts speak for themselves.” This is most evident in education where a self-conscious sacred-secular divide is maintained and supported by Christians. Ninety percent of Christian parents send their children to government schools. Since these parents believe that math is math and history is history, the religious stuff can be made up at church. But one hour of Sunday school and an hour at Youth Meeting each week and maybe a mission trip in the summer can’t make up for five days a week, six hours each day, 10 months of the year, 12+ years of a government-developed curriculum that is humanistic to the core. Read more here…

Monday, July 26, 2010


"Out of the heart proceed . . ." Matthew 15:18-20
We begin by trusting our ignorance and calling it innocence, by trusting our innocence and calling it purity; and when we hear these rugged statements of Our Lord's, we shrink and say - But I never felt any of those awful things in my heart. We resent what Jesus Christ reveals. Either Jesus Christ is the supreme Authority on the human heart, or He is not worth paying any attention to. Am I prepared to trust His penetration, or do I prefer to trust my innocent ignorance? If I make conscious innocence the test, I am likely to come to a place where I find with a shuddering awakening that what Jesus Christ said is true, and I shall be appalled at the possibility of evil and wrong in me. As long as I remain under the refuge of innocence I am living in a fool's paradise. If I have never been a blackguard, the reason is a mixture of cowardice and the protection of civilized life; but when I am undressed before God, I find that Jesus Christ is right in His diagnosis.
The only thing that safeguards is the Redemption of Jesus Christ. If I will hand myself over to Him, I need never experience the terrible possibilities that are in my heart. Purity is too deep down for me to get to naturally: but when the Holy Spirit comes in, He brings into the centre of my personal life the very Spirit that was manifested in the life of Jesus Christ, viz., Holy Spirit, which is unsullied purity.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Roxana Saberi: My Life and Captivity in Iran



It is not the building, this is not a sacred building.

The Most High does not live in houses made by men. (Acts 7:48).

Christianity has become a tremendous buildup of things which were not at the beginning. The Christianity which we know today is a very complicated thing. The hands of men have come upon the things of God, and men have tried to build this great thing according to their own judgment. And so we have all the confusion, all the divisions, and all the complications. It is really hard going in Christianity. Christianity has become its own great hindrance... You will go about this country, you will go about this city, and you will see these great religious buildings with a cross at the top. And when people enter those buildings, they bow themselves; they look very reverent. And they think that this is a sacred building. If you interfere with anything there, it is called sacrilege. To God that is all nonsense. It does not mean anything at all. The only thing that matters to God is not the wonderful building and all the wonderful things inside the building, and not even the cross on the top. The one thing that matters to God is whether He is there. Is God Himself present in this place? For God, it is no different from any other place, if it is not the place of His Presence.

But what about ourselves, we hear Christians who come into a meeting like this speaking about coming into the house of God. Perhaps they say when they are going to this meeting place, 'I am going to the house of God.' And when they pray, they say, 'We are very glad to be in the house of God this morning; it is a good thing to be in the Lord's house.' What makes any place the house of God? What makes this place sacred? If it is sacred at all, what makes it sacred? It is not the building, this is not a sacred building. It is not a congregation gathered here. The only thing that makes it sacred is that the Lord is present. The Lord is not interested in our places or in our congregations; He is only concerned that He may find a place for Himself where He may be present in pleasure. I wonder where the tabernacle in the wilderness is now? I expect it is buried somewhere deep under the earth. I wonder where the great temple of Solomon is now?! I think you would be wasting your time to try and find it. You see, God had buried those things... Everything that is not of Christ is going to be dissolved. Make no mistake. This whole structure of Christianity is going to be tested according to Christ. Christianity is just going to be tested as to how far it was the work of the Holy Spirit of God according to Christ. 

by T. Austin-Sparks

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Written by Eric Rauch on Jul 22, 2010 08:15 am

“….the church has always played a part in every civilization where it was present. This is a remarkable thought. The Church has survived, even flourished, in its 2000-year history of cultural change. Many times it was the church itself that helped to effect change, which is as it should be, but there were also many times where the church was changed by the culture. The current question of asking whether evangelicalism will survive is wrong-headed. The Gospel, the “evangel,” will always survive; it is the “ism” part where we must focus our efforts. If the “ism” isn’t communicating the “evangel,” the problem lies with the method, not the message.” Read all of this article here…

House Church: Skip the sermon, worship at home

By LINDA STEWART BALL, Associated Press Writer

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 10 a.m.

DALLAS — To get to church on a recent Sunday morning, the Yeldell family walked no farther than their own living room to greet fellow worshippers.

The members of this "house church" are part of what experts say is a fundamental shift in the way U.S. Christians think about church. Skip the sermons, costly church buildings and large, faceless crowds, they say. House church is about relationships forged in small faith communities.

In general, house churches consist of 12 to 15 people who share what's going on in their lives, often turning to Scriptures for guidance. They rely on the Holy Spirit or spontaneity to lead the direction of their weekly gatherings.

"I think part of the appeal for some in the house church movement is the desire to return to a simpler expression of church," said Ed Stetzer, a seminary professor and president of Lifeway Research, which is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. "For many, church has become too much (like a) business while they just want to live like the Bible."

House church proponents claim their small groups are sort of a throwback to the early Christian church in that they have no clergy and everyone is expected to contribute to the teaching, singing and praying. Read the entire story here….
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Jerry Pattengale
The contested terrain of moral education.
Alan Jacobs

Peter A. Coclanis
The Communist Manifesto Oratorio.
Amy L. Sherman
On the front lines of the battle against sex trafficking and forced prostitution.
Alan Jacobs
Love of books, love of reading: not the same thing.
Michael R. Stevens
They're nice, but they don't know how to think.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

In Loving Memory of Nate “Oteka” Henn


It is with deep sadness that we write to tell you that one of our dear friends has been lost in Sunday’s terrorist attack in Kampala, Uganda. Nate “Oteka” Henn was killed by an explosion that ripped through a rugby field where hundreds of people had gathered to watch the final match of the World Cup. Our initial reaction can be found in this blog post.
To be clear, this attack, and the 74 total deaths, was not related to the LRA. These attacks were unexpected and unprecedented from an international militant terrorist group. It should in no way be confused with our advocacy work.
Nate fought for justice in this world, and he died next to the friends he forged along the way.
Here at Invisible Children, we are a strong family of support, both here and in Uganda, and we want to honor Nate's legacy. His family needs time to mourn and asks for their privacy for the time being, but they also request that anyone wanting to help can make a donation to the Nate "Oteka" Henn Memorial Fund, supporting other people wanting to live as Nate lived - in service of others. You can donate, and find out more, at
With Nate in our thoughts and prayers,
Invisible Children
Our mailing address is:
Invisible Children Inc.
1620 5th Ave, Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92101

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The 18th of July is Declared as Nelson Mandela International Day

On Sunday 18 July Nelson Mandela turns 92. Last November the United Nations declared his birthday Nelson Mandela International Day which is a call to action for people all around the world to make a difference in the places in which they live and work. It is the day that people across the globe band together to serve the communities around them and work toward a better tomorrow.
The Elders are an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Birth Control Pill Documentary

A Christian worker, his family and a nurse friend investigate throughout North America to uncover the truth about the birth control pill. The debate has been raging for a decade and yet so few people know about it. How could this be? How does the pill really work? Can everyday oral contraceptives really cause abortions? Why are so many people uninformed?
Discover how this could be a deadly silence.
Find out what has shocked doctors and nurses.
Be informed! Inform others!
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- Independent Producer, TNL Productions

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