Posts Tagged “osteen-ministry”
“One of the big points of dialogue is ‘how will the mitre fit over my dreadlocks?’” Justin Duckworth, who was just appointed the Anglican bishop of Wellington, New Zealand. The unconventional bishop-to-be has dreadlocks and is usually seen around town in short and bare feet.
Desiring God linked to these dueling videos from a young Muslim and a young Christian poet. Apparently, the Muslim’s video launched first, and the Christian responded with the support of Alpha & Omega Ministries. One thing should be abundantly clear from the videos: Christians and Muslims do not worship the same God
Two Mississippi Presbyterian churches have voted to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) over increasing theological differences. They will join the smaller and more conservative Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
I have been waiting for someone to write a story about George Zimmerman and his family and it’s religious background ever since I saw a passing reference to him being a former altar boy. Read more on On George Zimmerman’s (young) Catholic faith…
A new poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, a liberal polling research organization, shows that American Jews look more favorably upon Latter-day Saints and Muslims than the Christian Right.
Beale’s OT in the NT handbook; Pennington’s introduction to reading the Gospels; Keener’s first of a four-volume commentary on Acts. Amazon has the first two for pre-sale at 48% off (and 40% off for Keener’s).
VIENNA, AUSTRIA– Cardinal Christoph Schönborn is an old hand by now at dealing with Austrian church crises.
Reading both Doug Sweeney’s post and Bill Evans’ comments, I find much with which I agree. One thing, however, perturbs me slightly and that is what was not said. Of course, no-one can say everything on a subject so this is not a criticism of either Doug or Bill; it is, however, a criticism of the broader discussion of Christian education within the church at large which rarely seems to touch on the matter I want to raise. So much of the discussion of church life today is technical in nature. By that, I do not mean it is complicated or dominated by the jargonauts, to borrow a Private Eye phrase. What I mean is that the discussion seeks to solve problems by technique. That is fine as far as it goes: technique is important. For example, the technique of speaking in a language people can understand is a basic part of communication. If nobody in my class learns from me because I speak to them in Latin rather than English (or the American equivalent thereof), the problem is a technical one.I agree with Doug and Bill that there is a problem of Christian knowledge/education in the church. I prefer “problem” to “crisis” as it is not clear to me that the problem we face is so unique to our age that it requires such dramatic terminology; like “defining moments”, “crises” are such common currency today that they are not what they used to be. Yet, having agreed that a problem exists, I believe it to be moral in origin rather than technical.Here is my question: could it be that the indifference to and ignorance of the basic elements of the Christian faith are themselves functions of a widespread belief that these things are not important? And if they are not deemed important by Christians, then we must ask ourselves why they are not deemed important. Could it be because of the fact that the reason these things are important (human beings are dead in sin, possess no righteousness in themselves and live in imminent danger of falling into the hands of a God who is a consuming fire) is not being stressed by preachers and thus not being believed by people?It has always struck me as fascinating that we today lament the biblical ignorance of people in the pews while at the same time we behave in ways likely to exacerbate rather than ameliorate the problem. We reduce the number of Sunday services from two to one, thus halving the amount of preaching people hear; we look to stand-up comics as providing the key to successful communication of a serious message; we warble on endlessly about cultural transformation and about what the world will and will not find plausible in our confession; and, most crucial of all, we soft-pedal on preaching for conviction of sin
A new article looks at parallels between Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” (1932) and the reality 80 years later.
If you were in great danger, and someone risked their life to save yours, you would experience an overwhelming sense of gratitude for that person.