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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Trinity Theology and the Shack

It is a highly recommended book. It has the endorsement of Michael W. Smith.
It is provocative. It is sparking debate. But is it even Biblical? Could it be the "h" word {heresy}?

The "shack" promotes doctrines of God that are not only problematic but have been addressed and dealt with by church councils and theologians long ago. But they are resurfacing again. Modalism...Feminine God...and other such notions are distracting the church and causing confusion.

I came across this critique of the book by Pastor Mark Driscoll. Hopefully it will cause you to think twice about reading it.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Fine Line Between Hope and AntiChrist

As Christians I would assume that all of us know where our future lies. It is found in a coming King who will return to claim his people for his own.

Recently, some have begun to confuse and blur this hope. Many are not putting their hope and security in a coming King and a Kingdom but in stocks, money, security or worse....a person.

There have been countless men through out history who have taken on a "messiahship" type of persona. There have been many men that we have identified as the Anti-christ as well: Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan, Hitler. Let's not forget the infatuation with bar codes and micro-chips.

To be fair, I have never heard Barak call himself the savior of the world or the messiah. I would assume that Barak Obama does not have visions of grandeur in his mind regarding his role in humanity, but I have seen and heard others give him such a label. A label that is un-biblical and dangerous. Take this video below. I wasn't sure if I was watching a PSA or a worship service.

Neither Barak Obama or John McCain can bring such peace and happiness. Nothing can change the sinfulness and hatred and killing that is found in the world today apart from the intervention of a sovereign King and Lord. As Christians we need to be more discerning and careful with our words, actions and allegiances. Sarah Palin is not our great hope. Barak Obama is not the man we need. The man we need is one who has holes in his hands and a tattoo down his leg that reads "King of Kings and Lord of Lords". I never thought the Anti-christ would be as obvious as Gorbachev or Hitler but I also never thought that so many Christians would be so un-discerning in who they place their hope in...

...My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness...

The Jesus Story Book Bible

Do you want a Bible for your young children?
How do you teach your children the timeless truths of God's word?
Sally Lloyd Jones, author of the "Jesus Story Book Bible" gives us a wonderful tool that not only is creative and fun but doesn't lose the point of the whole Scripture: The point is Jesus. Her writing is creative, the pictures are dynamic and through out the story she teaches us about God's never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love...
Ms. Jones loves children and her experience in writing for them is evident in this Bible. What is also evident is her grasp of the Biblical story, her deep appreciation for God's word and her love for Jesus. Her website has other resources that you may find helpful as well.
Every story whispers his name, is not just a slogan but a reality. All of scripture teaches us something about Jesus. From Noah and the Ark, to David and Goliath, Barak and Deborah, and on and on.
I purchased this Bible for our girls a few years back and we have thoroughly enjoyed using it for the purposes of teaching them more about Christ. The Jesus Story Book Bible would be a wonderful gift for any parent or child. Do your children know the STORY beneath all the rest of the stories in the Bible. Jesus is at the center of God's great story of salvation...and he is at the center of your story too...

Take Time To Read

One of the joys of my later life is learning to appreciate reading more and more. In high school and college I was not much of a reader. I try not to just read for readings sake, but to read things that will encourage me, challenge me or even rebuke me.

I am not a fast reader but I have been trying to maximize my time to read more. Turning off the TV once in a while is a great way to start. Try reading while you are waiting...on hold, at a doctors office, at the bank. Reading when you are stuck some where...stuck in bed cause you are sick, stuck in the Hospital...

You will find that reading makes the time go much faster and that you are able to make the most of those moments when it looks like little good can come out of them.

Currently I am reading "The Gospel According to Jesus" by John MacArthur and "Running Scared" by Ed Welch.

What are you reading...I would love to hear.

If you aren't reading something...pick something up...if nothing else the Bible is a great place to start.

The Outpost - Bible Preaching (Brooke Taylor)