I’m currently in my office, working away, listening to Jesus Culture (it’s white noise that helps me study and refrain from getting distracted), and preparing for a talk I’ll be giving in 25 hours. I’m going to be at a church in the Vancouver area giving a presentation on what the Bible says about false prophets/false teachers. I’ll post my notes on the web once I’ve turned them into a post (or series), and there’s some rather interesting and frightening stuff I’ve learned as a result of this most recent study project. I’ve basically been speed-reading through the whole scripture for a few days and making extended notes, and as I was in 2 Peter I had to stop and soak in a passage:
For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. – 2 Peter 2:18-19 Continue reading →
This is a slammed out post inspired by Fred Butler. Well, I’m possibly ripping him off. Okay, I basically stole his idea and will pretend that he actually wrote this post. I haven’t put anything overtly funny on here for a long time, and this blog is often way too serious, so it’s time for a massive change of pace (for a few moments).
I’ve driven forklift in a few different places, and I had these pictures on my computer. For some reason, people of questionable mental capacity driving forklifts scare me to death. Why?
The other night, I was reading Matthew 6:25-34 with my wife and we were discussing the passage when we came to some new understandings. As my wife has been growing in her experience with walking through a passage, tracing an argument and noticing important components, she made a some good observations that ended up in some light bulbs going on for both of us. Here’s the text in the ESV:
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
I got an e-mail from a pastor friend who was picking my brain about the whole “I went to Heaven” book industry since one of the largest and most successful fleece-job books is now becoming a movie. I couldn’t be more please, since that always turns out to be a smashing victory for biblical fidelity and the proclamation of truth, right?
For those of you who are my long time readers, you may have noticed that my internet activity has picked up a tad. I’ve been writing here for years, and I’ve been invited to share some of my writing at other places on the internet. My articles are being recycled on The CrippleGate as well as WorldView Weekend. I don’t know which posts people will find beneficial, but I just take a guess and hope that something will be a blessing or helpful in some way. I posted this article on The Cripplegate and it got a little notice, but I only had one major response (that I’m aware of). Today I was alerted to the fact that the article has received far more notice that I thought as I was recently featured on a segment of Wretched Radio: Continue reading →
So far, I’ve reviewed the preface, chapter 1 and chapter 3 (and more chapter 3) and Fred has review chapter 2 and chapter 4. In unrelated news, there has been both considerable and suspicious silence from Phyllis Tickle regarding the Strange Fire conference. According to a rumor I just fabricated, this is because she has abandoned theological pursuits in order to perfect her Black Tiger Fist and represent Earth in an upcoming inter-galactic martial arts competition.
So, let’s instead talk about Authentic Fire, chapter 5. No wait. We have to do something else first:
a. Nobody knows for sure (next to no accurate information remains about him), but Valentine is thought to be Valentinus, a third century Italian priest.
b. Hagiographies (biographies of someone that exclusively focus on the good) disagree on whether he was from Rome or Terni (both in Italy), but I suspect that they were the same person, since they apparently died on the same day and are buried in the same place according to the Nuremberg Chronicle, one of the earliest sources we have of their record. Continue reading →
It’s 2014, and the Olympics are in full swing in Sochi, Russia. Now there has been nonstop talk about Russia’s law against the “Propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors expressed in distribution of information that is aimed at the formation among minors of non-traditional sexual attitudes, attractiveness of non-traditional sexual relations, misperceptions of the social equivalence of traditional and non-traditional sexual relations, or enforcing information about non-traditional sexual relations that evokes interest to such relations” (Here’s an English translation by an LGBT group and the Google-translated 3rd and final reading of the original. You may notice that it’s not so much an anti-gay law as an a law against the distribution of sexually explicit/deviant literature to minors…).