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Why Ordain Ministers?

May 3, 2008

Why ordination? This question might be on the minds of many evangelicals whenever they hear of someone (like myself) being ordained to be a minister or pastor of a church. In this age of anti-intellectualism and anti-authority coupled with a low view of Scripture, creeds, church, and ministers, ordination is looked upon as unusual, unnecessary, and maybe even Roman Catholic.

Evolution vs Creation Poll

April 30, 2008

Since the Expelled movie is generating quite an interest in the Christian world, I started a poll on evolution vs creation in my blog. Click on the "Yes", "No", "Maybe", or "Needs Clarification" button, then click "Vote" in the right sidebar.

Psalm 98 vs “Shout to the Lord”

April 18, 2008
Psalm 98 vs “Shout to the Lord”

Contemporary evangelical music was the highlight of last Wednesday's "American Idol" show when contestants sang the first line of "Shout to the Lord" as "My shepherd, my savior," instead of "My Jesus, my Savior."

Purpose Drivel Quotes

April 9, 2008

My daughter came home today telling me that in their Bible class, they’ll be reading and discussing Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. I thought that PDL has just about disappeared from the scene, but I was mistaken. Although evangel­­icals are as faddish as a 30-second sound byte, they also have a way of clinging to […]

Horton Theology

April 7, 2008

No, this is not a post about Dr. Michael Horton's theological mind. Instead, I'm delving into the movie "Horton Hears a Who," an adaptation of Theodor Geisel's (better known as Dr. Seuss) 1954 book with the same title.

The Latin Mass and its Sibling, Evangelical Worship

March 27, 2008

"It has been said that the traditional Latin Mass is the most beautiful thing this side of heaven... The service "draws you in bodily by appealing to the physical senses, but it also provokes and draws in the soul." says one worshiper. And he "feels closer to God when he smells the burning incense, hears the bells intone, and sees the symphony of symbolic gestures and movements among the congregants."

The Death of Christ and the Eternal Covenant

March 21, 2008

The first time I talked to a Christian friend about the doctrine of "limited" atonement, the reaction was immediate shock and indignation: "That's so wrong!" "That can't be true!" Out of the notable "five points of Calvinism," two usually generate heated conversations: "unconditional election" and "limited atonement." Both doctrines evoke images of a whimsical divine puppetmaster who amuses himself by toying with his created beings.

Sin: according to the Pope, Osteen, Warren

March 21, 2008

I wonder how Joel Osteen and Rick Warren preach the death and resurrection of Christ without mentioning sin, God's wrath, and judgment. Here are some quotes from USA Today:

Sinai worship: “altered state of awareness”

March 4, 2008

Moses and Israelites high on Mount Sinai trip [T]here were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled… The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly (Exodus 19:16-18). […]

Pastor Mike as President?

January 10, 2008

Now that former Baptist minister Mike Huckabee is doing well in the presidential primary campaign, it is well for Christians to think about the relationship between church and state. Kim Riddlebarger’s “Mike Huckabee and the Two Kingdoms” is a useful read on this matter. I also have two other posts related to this subject. The […]

A Tale of Two New Year Prophecies

January 1, 2008

It’s the beginning of a new year again, and with it, are a couple of contrasting prophecies. I think of Pat Robertson’s annual false prophecy bash – remember his January 2007 prediction of a huge terrorist attack on the U. S. in which possibly millions will die? If he hasn’t repented of his false teachings, […]

Santa Claus and Other Myths

December 8, 2007

Or is “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” real? How about the Christmas tree, mistletoe and Rudolph? I just stumbled upon a review of a new book, Christmas: A Candid History, written by Bruce David Forbes. Forbes is a Methodist and a professor of Religious Studies at Morningside College and the co-editor of Religion and Popular Culture […]

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