Friday, July 25, 2008

The Bucket List

A month ago I watched this highly anticipated film and so I just wanted to spend a little time discussing some thoughts I had. If you haven’t seen the film I defiantly recommend it, however I believe that this movie is one that opens up for a tremendous discussion afterwards. Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman are an incredible acting duo. Their presence on the screen is extraordinary.

This film presents a struggle with our finite lives and also displays how life is a vapor (James 4:14). If you have seen the previews you already know this story is about two gentlemen from completely different backgrounds and social statuses in life, upon which they both discover that their lives are soon to end due to cancer. Freeman decides to rim anis on his college days and attempts to create a list of things to accomplish before his life ends. Nicholson discovers what Freeman thinks are hopeless plans and wants to make them a reality and so the fun begins.

Throughout the film there is a great deal of dialogue that discusses “faith & reason.” Nicholson’s character attempts to separate the two and just relates life to being “wheels on a bus.” I encourage everyone, if you have the time, to sit down and watch this film. Christians can use films which Hollywood produces as resources to proclaim the truth of the gospel and explain the truth of the Christian worldview.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

2 Timothy 2:15

Modern Evangelism is so inundated with different ways of reaching out to those who aren’t saved. However, these different tactics many times seem to cover or hide the message of the truth. I was on my way to church the other day browsing for a station to feed my talk show buzz. I stumbled across one of these Evangelists. I have no idea whom this person was but one of his statements caught my attention. He was addressing the issue of suicide and explaining how “suicide was on the rise.” From there he spoke of how people need hope, but then he said this; “We just have to let these people know that they have greatness inside of them.” WHAT?!?!? How have Christians gotten so far from the truth in offering the hope of Jesus Christ to the lost? What has caused this change in direction? I wonder sometimes if it is good intentions mixed with bad theology. Then my next question is does that make it okay even if the theology or the message was bad? Maybe it’s the fact that the concept of grace isn’t being taught so well. I’m just confused at how telling people they have “greatness inside them” correlates with Romans 3:11, 23; 8:7 and Ephesians 2:3.

I know I’m a young 24 year old male with a Bible/Theology degree who doesn’t have everything together, but in my theological training one of my professors told me that one of the most important things a minister of the gospel (this includes everyone who professes to be a Christian) should do before they reach the lost is to get your “theological ducks in a row.” 2 Timothy 2:15 says; “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” I’d just like to take a few minutes to dissect two important words or phrases. The word “approved” in the greek is δκιμος, which means assayed, examined, tested,tried, proved, approved. The phrase “rightly handling” comes from the greek word ρθοτομω meaning to cut straight, to divide right. I understand that the context of this verse speaks of not to “quarrel about words,” but it appears that presenting ourselves as one “approved…rightly handling the word of truth” is important. We should especially know how to handle the word of truth when it comes to proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

You might be thinking what’s the big deal? Maybe you’re thinking here goes the “big” solution. I don’t necessarily have a solution, but rather I offer a challenge to all everyone who professes Christ as Savior and Lord. My hopes are that this challenges someone to read the Word of God for themselves. Enough babbling just read the Word.

Friday, May 30, 2008

The Joy of a Child and the Frustrations of a Society

I am a father of a 7th month old daughter named Abigail. I never imagined in my life how much joy a little being could bring to someone’s life. When she smiles it makes me smile, but it’s a bit of happiness I have never experienced before. I believe that only parents can appreciate that kind of happiness. I love coming home to my daughter and watching her grow up. It amazes me how society looks down on having a family, because to “be an American” is to achieve things on your own accord, or one word that I think sums it up is to “be an American” means to be autonomous. If you don’t know what that word means please look it up. I’m not your mother and I don’t want to baby people, plus it would do you some good to open a dictionary once in a while.

I look back at my short life lived and there is no way I’d be where I am now without God. I’ve realized I am nothing without nor can I do anything without him. I am yet still astonished at how society looks down upon those with huge families, even families of just 3 or 4 are shunned and disregarded. What about what God’s Word says “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.” (Psalms 127:3). A heritage and reward WOW that’s incredible. Father let us not forget these wonderful gifts You have given to us. If you haven’t spent time with your child must this week, take the time to do something with them. It will change your life, I promise.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The End Is Coming???

In many evangelical circles Christians believe that Christ is soon to return. Now I’m not the type to put a sign, create a neto t-shirt, or even design a great slogan to convince people of it. However I have lately been pondering over the aspect of this message that gets portrayed with the idea that “Jesus is Coming Soon!”

First, it appears that many people are either lazy or apathetic when it comes to sharing the gospel because “Jesus is coming” and they have their ticket so they can sit back and relax. Second, we get so caught up in this idea that in the end things are just going to get worse and worse for Christians and it appears like this mentality of doom and gloom.

Generally I am not one to put myself out here like this but I do believe something needs to be addressed about these issues. First, we as Christians or Christ followers should shake off their apathetic ways and get back to the heart of the gospel of faithfulness and obedience (yeah I know what you’re thinking, “it sounds so simple just boil it all down in two words,” but it’s true). Second, could evangelical Christians wake up and smell the coffee. CHRIST HAS WON!!! He was victorious at the cross, and because of that price God’s kingdom will continue to go forth victorious. Why then do we hang our heads with this doom and gloom attitude.

Alas, I know this may not be read by many of views and will be lost out there in the cyberspace we call the internet, but if you’re out there reading this I hope you stop and take into consideration these thoughts.