It was reported a few days ago that more than 50 “pillars of evangelicalism” had been invited to a private gathering at Wheaton College. When asked what the intention of the event was, Doug Birdsall, an organizer of the exclusive meeting, answered somewhat candidly:
“When you Google evangelicals, you get Trump…When people say what does it mean to be an evangelical, people don’t say evangelism or the Gospel. There’s a grotesque caricature of what it means to be an evangelical.”
Another organizer of the assemblage, Darrell Bock (director of “cultural engagement” at Dallas Theological Seminary), described the get-together using much more intentionally ambiguous terminology:
“It is an attempt to try and show how we should be thinking in such a way that our theology is what is the central concern versus our political commitments…We have some people who are going to be doing some presentations about how they see the current situation and we are going to talk about it…The concern is with the church expressing itself clearly about its theological commitment and its theological character in the midst of the environment we are in. Part of the point of the meeting is to have a conversation to see where we are and if there is agreement on how to proceed.” [Emphasis mine.] Continue reading
Monopolies are anathema to any conservative. However, in the spirit of fun and games it is essential to allow oneself opportunity to engage in the practice for the sake of showing others that one can become Jeff Bezos.
Sarcasm aside, the title above is inspired by the latest goings on in our household. We’ve been playing board games a lot as a family and Monopoly has been used on our kitchen table for most of those sessions. As our children count their cash, buy properties, pay taxes and charge rent, my wife and I use the occasions to teach them about saving and buying, making wise investments, basic mathematical principles, engaging in prudent business transactions and the like. Continue reading
Well children, what did we learn from Master Mark Zuckerberg as he sat before a Senate committee to answer questions regarding Facebook’s penchant for violating user privacy? Nothing new, other than under pressure, he looks and acts an awful lot like Data from Star Trek and that his hair cut seems to be inspired by Marlon Brando’s hairdo in the movie Marc Antony. Continue reading
Lately, an increasing number of young individuals have approached me seeking Biblical advice, particularly pertaining to personal matters. I find this reassuring, not because they are seeking me out, but because of what they are implicitly communicating through the questions they ask. On the surface, these questions would seem to indicate a lack of spiritual maturity. This is attributable to the substance of the inquiries which reveal the struggles and innermost turmoil these believers are attempting to overcome. However, I take a different view. Continue reading
Has the reader ever heard the following declarations or their variants?
“A seventeen-year-old criminal cannot be judged as an adult because his brain isn’t fully developed yet.”
“The child has ADHD. He’s too active.”
”This ethnic group’s IQ levels are below the national average. Hence, it’s to be expected that, generally speaking, they will conduct themselves in such an illogical and barbarous manner.”
“Free will is an illusion ingrained in us all by evolution.”
“Mental disorders are neurological in nature. Chemical imbalances are the cause of behavior deficiencies.”
These and similar notions are different faces of the same pernicious idea – materialism. This concept is demeaning and rejects the ultimate reality of the human essence because it reduces all activity to purely physical processes, including thoughts, emotions and character. The creed’s main goal is to dismiss the Biblical God as the Principal Cause of all and discount His revelation about our origins and makeup.
There are plenty of phrases and words that popular demagogues have purposely emphasized and/or emptied of their true meaning, with the intention of promoting a slew of erroneous ideas. Among these is the term destiny.
I’m assured the reader, if he lives on planet earth and is somewhat aware of the goings on in pop culture, has heard and read this term bandied about. So-called motivational speakers endlessly regurgitate it, psychologists blather on about it and even celebrity pastors (a massive oxymoron) wax poetic about it. But what do these talking heads mean when they utter it? Continue reading
Recalcitrant atheists are now stating the Josephus’ writings about Christ should be discarded and can not be considered as evidence for the existence of Jesus Christ. Those claims are examined in this episode and proof given that not only can Josephus’ writings be used as extra-biblical evidence to support the proposition that Christ was a historical figure, but also that many atheists will go to foolish lengths to denigrate the historical record pertaining to Christianity.