Daily Archives: October 4, 2014

Movie Review: Left Behind

Watch Your Life and Doctrine Closely...

On December 31, 1995 something momentous happened.  Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jenkins released the book Left Behind, a fictional account of their (somewhat fanciful) ideas of what the rapture would be like, as well as the 7 years of tribulation that followed.  The book spawned a series that would ultimately involve 16 novels and would sell 65+ million copies.  Many people read the books, many people hated the books, and the whole series became both a topic of continual conversation/embarrassment as well as the reason for rejecting various points of end times theology (properly known as eschatology) for the next 20 years (if I had a dime for every time I found myself in a conversation about eschatology where someone brought up a series of fiction books as the main reason for rejecting Biblical doctrine…).  But that wasn’t the end of it all.  On October 31st, 2000, the

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A Christian response to fear mongering

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

Today I was reading a friend’s post on Facebook in which he had linked to an article by FOX News in which a military expert on one of their news shows had responded to a threat by ISIS to call all home grown terrorists in the United States to “attack the families of American military with extreme slaughter.” The expert said that if this happens the response would be that we would make an end of ISIS. I pondered what that would mean and then another person I did not know jumped in and commented, “ISIS is the rod of God and could not be made and end of…” He then said that God hated America and ISIS would soon make and end of it. I responded that he was “fear mongering.” He said that I was in denial. I told him that ISIS said all that…

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The Southern Baptist Convention: An Observation

Zwinglius Redivivus

The Southern Baptist Convention has strayed so far from its historic roots that it scarcely resembles what it once was.  What it once was, in case you don’t know, was a collection of like minded believers who shared certain principles of the Christian faith and who cooperated together for missions and ministry.  That’s it.

Now it has become a ‘constantly-asking-for-more-money’ big business with highly paid professionals drawn from giant churches which scarcely give a fragment of their income to shared ministry goals and who presume to speak for Southern Baptists everywhere in the press and to the nation.

I no longer trust the SBC leadership to do what’s right.  Or Baptist.  But I may again one day.  When instead of drawing all its leadership from self absorbed self aggrandizing mega churches, it draws the leadership of the Convention from the churches in the majority of its members:

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This is what…

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