Daily Archives: May 17, 2013

Do Not Be Surprised… This ‘n’ That (Week in review) 17 May 2013

Anyway, it’s a beautiful day here in Blogging Land. It’s Friday, the weekend is almost here, and I hope the weather wherever you are is just begging for you to get outside and enjoy God’s beautiful, intricate creation. But before you do, take a few minutes to enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • You know what I love about Joel Osteen? His ability to take one’s eyes off of God and Christ and place them on himself. Without Joel Osteen, I don’t think I’d realize how truly fantabulous I am. Keep at it, Joel. You’re doing a great job of sending people to Hell with a high self-esteem and a smile on their face.
  • Richard Simmons. Trinity. Jesus. Those things do not go together.
  • I know I’ll get some flak for this one, but here goes. . . Did I miss something? Christianity Today sings the praises of finally-ending sitcom, The Office, a show which blasphemes, mocks and in short, hates God. This article lauds the romance and trials of the relationship of well-loved characters Jim and Pam. A relationship that began with fornication and led to marriage when a child was conceived. I used to watch The Office until one day God graciously showed me that I was celebrating something that, in every story and script, went against everything I professed as a Christian. I can hear the criticism: “You’re such a prude!” but, really? Television like this stunts our spiritual growth as Christians. It may make you laugh, but at what are you really laughing?
  • This man has rightly been charged with murder because he gave his pregnant girlfriend abortion pills, killing her unborn child. But realistically, how can they say this is murder with the way the abortion debate is raging? After all, isn’t that baby really just a blob of tissue until it’s born? What about all of the girls—as young as 15 now—who take the “morning-after pill,” killing their own unborn children? Someone needs to make up their mind.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I know you’ll thank me for sharing this video of a Carman concert with you. Either that or you’ll want to hurt me.
  • “Missional.” “DiscipleSHIFT.” “Exponential.” Seriously, make the stupid, kitschy words stop.
  • A “study” has proven that those who tithe have healthier finances than those who don’t. Now to decide who should get the check: Perry Noble, Steven Furtick, Robert Morris, or James MacDonald.
  • A couple of atheists attended the Answers in Genesis women’s conference. Their article is pretty lame, but if you’re really bored, go for it.
  • Speaking of sacred texts, ever wonder how fortune cookie messages are written?
  • Never climb a tree to rescue a cat. Use a ladder, unless you want to be rescued yourself.

http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2013/05/this-n-that_17.html#more

10 More Warren Wiersbe Quotes

Today we celebrate the birthday of one of America’s most beloved pastors. Warren Wiersbe, author of more than 80 books and former pastor of Moody Church in Chicago, turns 84 today.

Last year, we remembered his birthday with 10 dynamic quotes. Here are 10 more powerful quotes, taken from his “Be” series of commentaries.

http://blog.logos.com/2013/05/10-more-warren-wiersbe-quotes/

10 Amazing Charts That Demonstrate The Slow, Agonizing Death Of The American Worker

The middle class American worker is in danger of becoming an endangered species. The politicians are not telling you the truth, and the mainstream media is certainly not telling you the truth, but the reality is that there is nothing but bad news on the horizon for workers in the United States. In the old days, when the big corporations that dominate our society did well, that also meant good things for American workers since those corporations would need more of us to work for them. But in the emerging one world economic system that our economy is being merged into, those corporations have other choices now. For instance, the big corporations can now choose to limit the number of “expensive” American workers that they employ by shipping millions of jobs to the other side of the world. And from their perspective, it makes perfect sense. They can make much bigger profits by hiring people on the other side of the planet to work for them for less than a dollar an hour. If they can get good production out of those people, then why should they hire Americans for ten to twenty times as much, plus have to give those Americans health insurance and other benefits? Another major factor in the slow, agonizing death of the American worker is technology. We live during a period when technology is advancing at a pace that is almost unimaginable at the same time that it is steadily becoming cheaper and cheaper. That means that it is going to become easier and easier for companies to replace workers with robots and computers. As I have written about previously, it is being projected that our economy will lose millions of jobs to technology in the coming years. Yes, some of us will still be needed to help build the robots and the computers, but not all of us will. And of course the overall general weakness of the economy is not helping matters either. The American people inherited the greatest economic machine in the history of the world, and we have wrecked it. Decades of very foolish decisions have resulted in the period of steady economic decline that we are experiencing now. (Read More….)

An Even Bigger Scandal: Why Are IRS Audits Being Used To Punish Obama’s Political Enemies?

Is it right for Barack Obama to use IRS audits to punish his political enemies? As crazy as that sounds, there is a mounting body of evidence that indicates that this is actually happening. And if this can be proven, it is a much, much larger scandal than the IRS giving “extra scrutiny” to the applications of conservative non-profit groups. Let me be clear – if Barack Obama has been using IRS audits to punish his political enemies, that is an impeachable offense. Of all of the other scandals that are out there right now, this is the one that could actually bring down the presidency of Barack Obama. That is how serious this is. As you will read about below, there is a huge amount of circumstantial evidence that political enemies of Barack Obama have been singled out for IRS audits. We need to find out who initiated these audits. Whether you are a Republican, a Democrat or an Independent, this kind of abuse of government power should sicken and horrify you. If it can be proven that Barack Obama has been using IRS audits to attack his enemies, every single U.S. citizen should be calling for him to resign. This is something that is beyond politics – this is a direct threat to the very integrity of our system. (Read More….)

Nice People Go To Hell

They were so good. They gave so much. She raised us well. He worked hard to support us. He was a good husband. She was a great wife. They loved everybody. They were so well liked. They always paid their bills. They belonged to the church. They were baptized. They walked the aisle. They headed up all these organizations. They donated to various organizations.

This list could go on and on and on infinitum, but only one thing is important at this point. Did they put their trust in Jesus Christ to save them? That’s it!

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Dear Church, My Plea – (College Student Poem)

This week, I’d like to post a poem written and sent to me by an American college student at a large, public university. As a short bio, the following:

“Scared of Hell. Walked the aisle. Said a prayer. Baptized. Felt some feelings. Only recently learned how Law & Gospel are appropriately separated. & have learned about the external Word and sacraments. I am currently studying at the University of Arkansas. I’m 21.”

Dear Church,  My Plea

We don’t want modernity.

We don’t want your empty promises.

We don’t want your self-help sermons.

We don’t want to find security inside of ourselves.

Stop telling me that Christ needs my commitment.

Stop telling me that I’m good.

Stop giving me new law to keep.

Stop idolizing youth.

Stop dumbing down the message.

Stop sugar-coating truth.

Stop feeding me donuts.

I need His body and blood.

Point me not to a prayer.

Point me to His Word.

Teach me His promises.

Teach me His Law.

Tell me I can’t keep it.

Tell me He fulfilled it.

I am a sinner. Just like you.

You tell me what to do.

& leave out what’s been done.

Care not about my entertainment.

Care about His message rightly proclaimed.

You give me a purity ring.

I need armor.

I need this message of reconciliation.

I need Christ crucified for sinners.

This news is good.

This Word brings life.

Rebuke this moralism.

Rebuke this mysticism.

If moralism is the message,

I don’t need Jesus.

If mysticism is the message,

I’ll get high on something else.

I’m done with this pretending.

I need solid food.

If my best life is now, I’m going to hell.

I don’t care about Friday.

I don’t care about feelings.

I’m a sinner like you.

I need Christ.

He brings life.

This fake smile’s getting old.

My Sunday clothes are wearing thin.

My heart is growing numb.

I’m broken by sin.

I need conviction from the Law.

& healing from the Lord.

My strivings are futile.

The Law leaves me condemned.

Please talk about sin.

Let your message be bloody.

Place the cross in the center.

For Christ, He alone is worthy.

9 Things You Should Know About Human Cloning

Earlier this week scientists at the Oregon Health and Science University reported they had produced embryonic stem cells from a cloned human embryo. Here are 9 things you should know about human cloning:

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2013/05/17/9-things-you-should-know-about-human-cloning/

New Website Exposes Douglas Karpen, Who Kills Babies Born Alive

Life News reports:

A leading pro-life group has put together a web site to expose Douglas Karpen. Like Kermit Gosnell, this Texas-based abortion practitioner kills unborn children who are born alive in a gruesome abortion-infanticide process.

This week, LifeNews exposed Douglas Karpen — who, like the Philadelphia-based abortion practitioner, is also killing babies born alive after botched abortions. Unlike Gosnell, who killed babies by jamming medical scissors into their necks, at his Houston abortion clinic former employees of Karpen testify he goes one shocking step further, he kills the babies wit his bare hands by twisting their necks execution style.

http://www.lifenews.com/2013/05/17/new-web-site-exposes-douglas-karpen-who-kills-babies-born-alive/

“Big Brother” Is Big Business?

The odds are you are not just a face in the crowd any longer. Even if your picture isn’t plastered all over social networking and photo-sharing sites, facial recognition technology in public places is making it harder if not impossible to remain anonymous ….. Click here for full story

Switching Sides: Latinos Ditching Catholicism For Evangelical Churches

Latinos make up the largest ethnic minority in the United States — 52 million, according to latest Census stats. The majority – two-thirds – are still traditionally Roman Catholic. But there’s been a palpable shift from one generation to the next, with the newer ones being “born again.” …. Click here for full story

Latest Interview About the SGM Child Sex Abuse Class Action Lawsuit

As the Sola Sisters blog has documented in earlier articles, Sovereign Grace Ministries is currently embroiled in an ongoing class action lawsuit alleging child sex abuse dating back a number of years. Radio talk show host Janet Mefferd has been diligently reporting on the case by interviewing various attorneys involved in the lawsuit, as well as former Sovereign Grace Ministries leader, now turned whistle-blower, Brent Detwiler.

http://solasisters.blogspot.com/2013/05/list-of-interviews-regarding-sgm-child.html

One Ministry, Two Kingdoms – Paul Tripp

It took God employing hardship for me to embrace the inescapable reality that everything I did in ministry was done in allegiance to, and in pursuit of, either the kingdom of self or the kingdom of God. This truth is best exegeted for us in Matthew 6:19-34.

I’m convinced that this passage elaborately unpacks the thoughts, desires, and actions of the kingdom of self. Notice the turn in Matthew 6:33, where Jesus says, “But seek first the kingdom of God.” The word BUT tells us this verse is the transition point of the passage. Everything before it explains the operation of another kingdom, the kingdom of self. This makes the passage a very helpful lens on the struggle between these two kingdoms in everyone’s heart.

I want to examine four treasure principles that emerge from this passage that I find helpful as I seek to examine the motivations of my own heart in ministry. I have included plenty of personal reflection questions for you to consider, and since you don’t always see yourself with accuracy, you could use this as a small group/devotional resource with your fellow pastors or elders or ministry leaders.

http://www.paultripp.com/articles/posts/one-ministry-two-kingdoms

‘No Religion’ Is Increasingly Popular For Canadians: Report

Observers noted that among the survey’s most striking findings is that one in four Canadians, or 7.8 million people, reported they had no religious affiliation at all. That was up sharply from 16.5 percent from the 2001 census, and 12 percent in 1991.
The Canadian trend seems to mirror but even exceed levels of non-affiliation in the United States. A 2012 survey from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life pegged the ratio of religiously unaffiliated Americans at just under 20 percent.
But Pew also has found that more than one-quarter of American adults (28 percent) have left the faith in which they were raised in favor of another religion — or no religion at all.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2013/05/15/no-religion-is-increasingly-popular-for-canadians-report_n_3283268.html

Christianity declining 50pc faster than thought – as one in 10 under-25s is a Muslim

Christianity could be facing a catastrophic collapse in Britain according to official figures suggesting it is declining 50 per cent faster than previously thought.

A new analysis of the 2011 census shows that a decade of mass immigration helped mask the scale of decline in Christian affiliation among the British-born population – while driving a dramatic increase in Islam, particularly among the young.

It suggests that only a minority of people will describe themselves as Christians within the next decade, for first time.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/10062745/Christianity-declining-50pc-faster-than-thought-as-one-in-10-under-25s-is-a-Muslim.html

A Disingenuous Christian?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give this authority to me as well, so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” 20 But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! 21 “You have no part or portion in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. 22 “Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 “For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bondage of iniquity.” (Acts 8:18-23 NASB)

In these times of the “Compromised Church” with very little knowledge of historical Christianity and…

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