Sunday, 25 July 2010

Quote of the Month

"I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creation of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him."

- Napoleon Boneparte

"Only when you bear fruit can you then plant seeds.

A tree without fruit is not able to yield any seeds."

- Me

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Those Stubborn Presuppositions…

TruthCrossing.com | 5 April 2010

As I have said before, I am currently taking a couple classes at Liberty University. One of my classes is basically an introduction to theology. In this class and really in any theology class, the format will consist of approaching big theological topics and tackling them in about a week’s time-span before moving onto the next topic. This leaves little time to drink deeply of a topic, rather it feels like you are drinking from a fire hose and then being asked to write a paper on how it tastes. In my class this last week we were dealing with “Bibliology”-which is basically the study of the Bible, as in how we got the Bible that we have today. The topic was really boiled down to the inerrancy debate though the manuscripts and other sub-topics were dealt with as appropriately as time would permit.

He Would Have Even Forgiven Joseph Stalin

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Peking Man Argument

I was reading on talkorigins.org about the Creationist arguments for Peking Man. They said,

Creationists often claim that the Peking Man fossils are the remains of apes or monkeys eaten by real humans; that the original fossils may have been disposed of to conceal the evidence of fraud; that only models of the fossils remain; and that they are distorted to fit evolutionist preconceptions. Duane Gish (1985) discusses Peking Man extensively, drawing most of his material from Boule and Vallois (1957). This book, which was almost 30 years old when Gish wrote, was a light revision by Vallois of a book that had originally been written by Boule another 20 years or so previously (Boule died in 1942).

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Blinded by Love

InTouch Magazine, July 2010 Issue, Page 41
Read | 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

If someone we care about hurts, our first instinct is to remove the pain. We want to offer money, advice, or a way out of a mess. However, If God is not ready to have the problem patched up, then the believer who repairs it gets himself into a fix. The Lord will discipline a Christian who obstructs His work in another person's life.
Love can blind us to the fact that God has a plan for pain. For example, He may bring a person to a position of utter desperation so that she will give up her self-sufficiency. Only when His strength is manifested in her weakness does she finally know what it means to rely upon God. We do not want to hinder such an essential lesson!

Early Light | It is only natural that we want to rescue hurting loved ones. However, we may not be the tool God wishes to use for that purpose. The wise course of action is to ask God if He wants us to get involved. Then, we must be sensitive to His will and ready to stand aside so that His plan can move forward.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Science: Insufficient for Metaphysics

Sunday, May 23, 2010 - John MacArthur, GTY.org

It's hard to imagine anything more absurd than the naturalist's formula for the origin of the universe: Nobody times nothing equals everything. There is no Creator; there was no design or purpose. Everything we see simply emerged and evolved by pure chance from a total void.

Not long ago, when you asked the typical naturalist what he believed about the beginning of all things, you were likely to hear about the Big Bang theory—the notion that the universe is the product of an immense explosion. As if an utterly violent and chaotic beginning could result in all the synergy and order we observe in the cosmos around us. Today the theories have changed, but the common root of speculation remains the same.

I used to ask those who subscribed to the Big Bang theory, what was the catalyst that touched off that Big Bang in the first place? (And what, in turn, was the catalyst for that?) Something incredibly large had to fuel the original explosion. Where did that "something" originate? A Big Bang out of nowhere quite simply could not have been the beginning of all things. Apart from the eternal God of the Scripture, answers about ultimate origins are short in coming.

Friday, 9 July 2010

The Human Race Is Evil, And Atheists Agree

Read Romans 3:9-20

After a long argument with an Atheist about some verses in the Bible that offended him, I have learned more about the hostility man has towards the Bible. There is a basic hostility in every sinner to God that manifests itself in hostility toward the Bible. Sinners are all ignorant of God and are enemies of God. And in their ignorance they are unable to understand and they don't like what they do understand.

Now men can grasp some things in Scripture. But when it comes to their indictment about their sinfulness and God's righteousness, and the glory of the gospel and the hopelessness of works and self-effort and all of that, they are hostile to it. And when something offends their worldview or way of life, they call on their own understanding and righteousness.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

1 Timothy 2:11-14

Continuing the conversation on YouTube:

ElectricG said,
"Let the women learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression." (I Timothy 2:11-14)


My Response
Here again in 1 timothy chapter 2 they are talking about faith, living in holiness with self-control. This church needed order in worship obviously, as well as doctrinal correction. It was plagued by false teachers as Paul pointed out at the beginning in chapter 1. Tim was in charge and looks like he needed counselling. Paul was asking women to be dignified and modest, self-controlled. Not slanderers (3:11).

He asks them to LEARN quietly. Not to live in bounded silence (if that's what you think).

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Ephesians 5:22-24

This is a conversation I had with an Australian in response to the video of Mark Driscoll yelling at the men of his congregation who mistreat their wives. Click Here for the video.

ElectricG said,

"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything." (Ephesians 5:22-24)

How does this guy have the nerve to suggest that Christianity is in favor of the rights of women?

He asked someone to explain this, so I didn't hesitate to take up the challenge.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Claremont School of Theology Opens Up To Islam and Judaism

"Christian ministers, Jewish rabbis and Muslim imams and eventually clerics from other religions will be educated side by side, each in their own traditions but also with classes in common so they learn to work together to address the problems that face humanity today and that can only be solved if religions work together across their boundaries,"

Campbell, Claremont School of Theology

Listen to a discussion about this at Apologetics.com

Outpouring Of The Holy Spirit

Last night I went to a seminar that had a speaker who talked about the Holy Spirit. The seminar started off with praises and songs for an hour or two. The music kept playing in the background while the charasmatic preachers and teachers spoke to the congregation. At the end of the night all the deacons, male and female, lined up at the front of the altar to give healing. The whole congregation lined up in cue down the middle of the isle. As I walked up the deacons guided us through the crowd. I got up to the front and one man with oil anointed my forehead. Then another man (maybe a deacon) directed me to a heavy-set man who laid his hand on my head and started to prophesy. I couldn't hear what he was saying, nor would I understand if I could because he was speaking Portuguese. I heard one person ranting "Shalalala," from the side of me for a moment. I hear this so often. It doesn't sound like a language at all. So, I ignored it and focused on trying to direct some prayer and receive God's blessings through this man who laid his hands on me. He put one hand on my stomach and I could feel a slight push. I noticed I was leaning back a bit, so I stepped back a little to support myself. After he had finished I opened my eyes and turned toward the crowd and looked around. I saw some people on the floor with white sheets on them, not covering their heads. Then I saw my friend. She pointed out that her sister had fallen down. I could feel that everyone was caught up in the emotion of what was happening. As I walked back to my seat I didn't know what to feel about it. I just kept quiet and felt out of place. For me, it was terrifying.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Happy Canada Day 2010

Beginning on July 1, 1867 the federal Dominion of Canada was formed. Canada today is a federal state from the British Empire. The Confederation was formed by the Fathers of Confederation. Sir John A. MacDonald was the first Prime Minister of Canada, whom suggested the uniting of the Province of Canada (now BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba) along with the other provinces and colonies (British Arctic; now Yukon, NWT, Nunavut) included in the Confederation; Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and PEI. Newfoundland and Labrador later joint the Confederation until 1949. The National Flag of Canada known as the Maple Leaf was adopted in 1965 to replace the Union Flag.

Canada became a country at Confederation in 1867. Our system of government is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is Queen of Canada and the sovereign Head of State. The Governor General is the representative of the Queen in Canada.

The governor general represents Canada during State visits abroad and receives Royal visitors, heads of State and foreign ambassadors at Rideau Hall and at the Citadelle of Québec.

The governor general presents honours and awards to recognize excellence, valour, bravery and exceptional achievements. The governor general is also the head of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Sworn in on September 27, 2005, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean is the 27th governor general since Confederation.

Now running in his fourth year, Stephen Harper was sworn in as Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister on February 6, 2006.


Canada Day Quiz: CONTROVERSY and SCANDAL

QUESTIONS:
1) In the wake of the controversy that followed the RCMP's pepper-spraying of demonstrators at an APEC conference in Vancouver in 1997, Jean Chretien controversially said: "Pepper? I like it on my ———————"
2) Which prime minister, accused of public drunkenness after vomiting during election debates, claimed: "I get sick sometimes not because of drink or any other cause, except that I am forced to listen to the ranting of my honourable opponent."
3) After more than a decade of construction and a string of political scandals, which great Canadian engineering feat was completed in 1885 with the hammering of the Last Spike?
4) Which prime minister was photographed performing a pirouette behind Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace?
5) What was the name given to the victims of a scheme that saw several thousand orphaned children falsely determined to be mentally ill by the government of Quebec, and confined to psychiatric institutions?
6) What is the name given to the forcible resettlement by the British government of many of the original French colonists of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and P.E.I.?
7) The 1896 federal election was largely influenced by this controversy, which concerned the right of students to be educated in French, Manitoba's minority language.

ANSWERS:
1) Plate
2) Sir John A. Macdonald
3) Canadian Pacific Railroad
4) Pierre Trudeau
5) Duplessis orphans
6) Acadian Expulsion
7) Manitoba Schools Question


Reference: http://www.gg.ca/index.aspx?lan=eng