Saturday, May 30, 2009

Should the church be involved in "social issues?"


It is not the judgments of the courts, but rather the moral judgments of the masses of men and women which constitute the chief defense of life and property. It is public opinion that moulds our laws and institutions; and one of the greatest forces for moulding this opinion has been the church with its Bible. In fact, Christianity is today the most deep-seated and powerful influence in its formation. Thus it is that Christian principles, by slow degrees, are helping toward divine justice as the fundamental basis of all human law.

P. Marion Simms, The Bible in America:
Versions that Have Played Their Parts
in the Making of the Republic

(New York: Wilson-Crickson, 1936), 294-295.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I pity the fool...

The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
there is none who does good.
Psalms 14:1



Monday, May 11, 2009

Pineforest Pictures



My incredibly smart brother, Andrew, wrote, shot, and produced this short film. I just wanted to share it with the world. Great job Andrew. Hope you all enjoy.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Historical Facts

"'Back of every appeal to historical fact lies a philosophy of face.' But only the philosophy of fact of Christian theism can account for the facts. Without the God of Scripture, we have only brute factuality, raw, uninterpreted, meaningless and isolated facts, each one a realm to itself."

- Gary North, Foundations of Christian Scholarship, (Vallecito, CA:
Ross House Books, 2001), p. 33

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Growth

Thank God for new growth

Friday, May 8, 2009

New Mind

For several weeks our youth group has been looking at how we can love God with our heart, mind, and soul. This past week we looked at the mind. Philippians chapter 2 speaks of putting on the mind of Christ.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

By setting his mind on God, Christ humble himself and became obedient to death. Having that kind of mind is what I want to strive for. But it takes a daily renewal...

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

...its something to think about.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Watered Down Theology

This quote I found online really challenged me and my perspective on the church and its purpose of teaching theology.

"The churches of our time seem to believe that God exists to save man and keep him happy. Theology is therefore only studied as an adjunct to the doctrine of salvation."

Theology is a scary word to say in most churches today. I know there are many reasons as to why this is the case, however, I'd rather focus more on ways to reform this type of thinking. My purpose isn't to shove some theological perspective down ones throat, but rather to strive to be as God honoring as possible, by His grace. I don't want to settle for some 3 ways to make me a better Christian. We can't just stop at salvation, because there is more to it than just salvation. What happens after salvation? What about sanctification? Uh oh I'm using terminology that the average joe doesn't understand....what's a minister of the gospel to do? I encourage anyone who is reading this to take a look at this post: Kingdom-Centered Theology

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Biblical Financial Advice



Tough times call for tough measures. The buzz words right now are "bailout," or "economic crisis" and in light of their popularity it is imperative as Christians to be able to give an account of the hope with us. The advice given in this three part series speaks volumes to the way we handle our finances. I hope if you have spare time you will take a look at these. Watch Life, Money, Hope.