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The Supremacy of Christ and Scripture in a Post-Modern World | TheResurgence

Wow, I have listened to many sermons from Mark Driscoll but this one is one of the greatest I have ever heard. Looking into the new theologies of Post Moderism and comparing them to traditional understandings of scripture. This is one everyone should hear.
The Supremacy of Christ and Scripture in a Post-Modern World | TheResurgence

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When did Jesus become Voldemort™?

For those of you not in the know; Voldemort is the main antagonist from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series. One of the most notable things about him is that almost no one speaks his name, referring to him only has “He who shall not be named.”

I love Christmas, it is the celebration of the second greatest event in man’s history, second only to Easter. I love the feeling in the air, I love knowing that those things I buy will bring joy to my loved ones, and I love to hear the songs of the season assuming they don’t start before the Friday after Thanksgiving. But as I listen I am hearing less and less Jesus. This morning on the radio I heard a list of the top five Christmas songs of the millennium and none of them were songs about Jesus. Heck our church hasn’t even sung a carol yet, so what can I expect from the rest of the world.

My wife calls me a Scrooge because I don’t get into all of the secular ideas of Christmas, I want to put my foot through the TV every time I hear “The true meaning of Christmas” and it doesn’t point to Jesus. How dare you attempt to undermine the foundation of this holy day? What if we all started to celebrate Ramadan simply for the fast and said the true meaning was simply to be aware of your blessings. The true meaning of Ramadan is to celebrate all that you have, there is no spiritual context; I think there would be issues.

Don’t get me wrong I want to create traditions with my daughter but I want her and the rest of the world to know what Christmas is really all about. I am struggling to learn how to make sure Jesus is the crux of the matter at Christmas because he never was in my house growing up. I have heard a lot of different ideas from wise parents through the years and I think I will even take a few as my own, but I pray that God grants me the wisdom on how to deal with this issue. Because I do not want to be viewed as a Scrooge but I do not want some watered down, crappy feel good Christmas that doesn’t have Christ.

And now for something completely different:

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The Intolerance of Tolerance

I have always been a proponent of solid apologetics. One should always be ready and able to make a defense of ones own beliefs. It is interesting how this kind of debate is affected by our idea of tolerance. You can’t take a contrary position to someone in effect accusing them of being wrong without being accused of being intolerant. In the article below Greg Koukl of Stand to reason takes you through a quick logical lesson on just this topic.

Townhall.com::The Intolerance of Tolerance::By Greg Koukl

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American Idolatry

Idolatry is a word not often heard today but I believe we, as a church, are steeped it in, sometimes without even realizing it.  The Holman Bible Dictionary defines and idol as “Physical or material image or form representing a reality or being considered divine and thus an object of worship.”  Hence, idolatry is the worship of such an object.  While most of us do not pray to small statues of various God’s I believe we are very guilty of worshiping an image of our own creation every time we attempt to fashion God in our own image instead of worshiping the God of creation.  I have heard many people exclaim things like “I just don’t believe in a God that would allow hell to exist” or the ever popular “If God is good how could he allow so much evil in the world?”

God is God and he is sovereign which as Pastor Rod Parsley puts it, is a slightly theological way of saying “God is God and he will do what he damn well pleases,” and might I add that means whether we like it or not.  We must take God as he is and all of him or not at all.

There was a time when the disciples faced this dilemma.  In John we see the story of Jesus telling his disciples “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.”  Now in retrospect we have an understanding of this passage that may cloud how we read it.  Picture it Galilee 35 A.D, Jesus has just had to preach from a boat because of the size of the crowd, things are going well as far anyone would be concerned.  Then Jesus makes a very strange proclamation, especially since Jewish people did even eat animals’ blood.  This was a not only gross but went against the Law of Moses. “Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, this is an hard saying; who can hear it?… From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?”

Jesus made a statement to difficult for many to handle and they left because he was not the God they thought he would be and he turned to the twelve and asked if they would do the same.  What is going on in their heads?  They have devoted time to this man but it is only John chapter 6 so it hasn’t been to long.  He must be crazy how can we possibly do this?  Does he really expect us to eat his flesh?  I wonder if dad still has the fishing boat?

“Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.  And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.”  I can just imagine Peter, not an educated man, pulling out a fork and knife, not having a clue what Jesus meant but willing to take him as he is and do what it takes.  I am sure the twelve breathed a collective sigh of relief at the last supper when they realized what Jesus was talking about.

Often we are faces with issues in our Christianity that are difficult and may go against the way we wish things to be.  My first and many young converts first issue is sexual morality.  I did not like the fact that God would tell me how to act in matters of the fairer sex but if I was truly to follow him 100% as I had promised then I had to take Him as he was.  I have not found one of those moments in a while but I believe I am facing one now (I may get into it in more detail later) In our study of God and Scripture we must be careful not to create an idolatrous image of God but to eat his flesh and drink his blood as he has commanded whether we like it not after else to whom else will you go?

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It just ain’t so…

Something is getting under my skin lately and I just have to vent on it, if you mind, don’t read on…

There is no direct correlation between God’s endorsement and the appearance and worldly success like growing numbers.  I have heard so many people say things like “Things are really going well there, God must be really working there.”  Such things are just not necessarily true.  A youth pastor years ago gave me the best secret to growing a great youth ministry and I shall reveal it to you now…give away pot.  That is right if you want to draw a crowd you can give away pot and it will work, but it does not mean that God is behind your growth.

We can not say just because something works that it is God, it could very well be the opposite.  We see all through Fox’s Book of Martyrs that things do not always go “well” when you are doing God’s will.  Persecution can come with being a Christian.  There are all kinds of churches that are growing in ungodly ways so please before you place God’s endorsement on something just because it is successful remember, Jenna Jameson* makes a lot of money and claims to be a devout Catholic but I don’t know that her line of work is endorsed by God.

*If you don’t know who she is please DO NOT Google her.

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Harry Potter And The Ministry Of Fire – Forbes.com

Harry Potter And The Ministry Of Fire – Forbes.com

Why are these guys are always getting the press?  I mean first of all it shouldn’t surprise me that is it s a father and son pastor team.  There is nothing wrong with that but it always seems that churches that do these types of things are all two or three large families.  And I almost lost it when the article recounted the other books being burned included, a Non-King James Bible (If the apostle Paul used the King James it is good enough for me, right?) and a copy of Coneheads. (I know it was a bad movie but burning?)

I am a Christian; I am a minister and I LOVE HARRY POTTER!  J.K. Rowling is a great story teller; she weaves her tales together with great care, and I have lost at least one parishioner because of it.  I love to read fantasy from Hickman and Weis, Tolkien, Lewis, Robert Jordan and Piers Anthony and I unlike these gentlemen I can tell the difference between reality and fantasy. But these men would probably burn The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings as evil as well, because they could never be bothered to read them to understand the greater things being said.  I get the impression these men feel the evil in the potter books are more powerful than their God, but I am only assuming this based on conversations with people who share their feelings.

From Paul’s speech from Mars Hill we should have learned to engage culture, he didn’t burn the alter to the unknown God he used it as he quoted Greek poets.  He didn’t run and hide his head from their teachings, he was educated in their culture and their philosophy, he understood that all truth leads to God.  Humans have told stories as long as we have been around, because at the core of many stories are truths that we all relate to.  Harry Potter is a story that deals with many issues, growing up, not fitting in, fighting for the greater good, and standing up in the face of adversity.  Things every Christian should be able to relate to even if the back drop of the story is fantasy.  As CS Lewis said “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”  I hope these men grow up quickly, so they stop making Jesus look stupid.