Seeing that I’m preparing for upcoming speaking engagements and travel, I’ll just toss something on here as a filler to keep this blog from becoming too dead (though I have a new and top secret project that I’m working on which will be available sometime in the future…maybe…).
Some folks shared a video with me on Facebook recently. It was a video of a typical “America needs to return to the Lord and stop legalizing all this sin!” sort of videos that tend to trend on places like Charisma magazine.
I didn’t have much time to watch it but I finally did today while I had lunch, and I commented on the page in which it was shared. Folks like my comment, and I then shared it on the page where the video came from. Not 5 minutes had passed and my comment was deleted, and I was blocked.
I’ve had disagreements with a few people online, but I’ve never been silenced that quickly!
Some folks cannot take any disagreement at all. What seems ironic to me is the speed and aggression with which my voice was removed from the conversation when the video is about how Christians aren’t speaking up on important issues. Laire Lightner treated me exactly like the secular media treated Christian voices on the issue of same sex marriage.
“Agree with us or SHUT UP!”
So, for those folks who didn’t get to see the video and my comment, here’s the video (by ‘prophetess’ Laire Lightner):
And, here’s my interaction with it:
In my previous post
, I presented the facts about the resurrection claim of Robby Dawkins. I also presented the counter-claim of Matt Colley’s sister, Rebecca. Now given both sets of competing details, let’s lay out the facts as they lie and attempt to arrive at a conclusion.
So let’s consider the essential facts as recognized by all parties:
In the previous post, I commented on the three types of skeptics and mentioned that the church is in a bad scenario in the current era. The bad scenario comes with the combination of Jesus’ warning against spiritual frauds and the modern distaste for any biblically cautious and critical evaluation. I closed off the article with the statement that “critical evaluation is not just unpopular; it is actively suppressed altogether” and mentioned that I would take a look at a fairly recent example: Robby “Resurrection” Dawkins.
Now, it’s time to explore that example.
Robby Dawkins is a highly sought-after speaker in the Vineyard church who hails from Illinois that has come to recent fame (and fortune) due to his claims of performing a resurrection. Dawkins’ claims are reported by the none other than the wonderfully imaginative Jennifer LeClaire. Leclaire has reported his claims in an article and also a full interview at Charisma magazine. Leclaire is also a busy woman. Not only does she write for Charisma Magazine, but she also runs a “ministry” that has an ironic homepage:
This is her home page, as of June 18th, 2015. She even quotes Matthew 24:24.
Seeing that LeClaire is in the middle of this all, and her website encourages me to exercise discernment, I’m going to take my cue from her. I’m going to apply a little discernment to Robby Dawkins’ resurrection claim that LeClaire is using her global media outlet to promote. In this post, I’ll present the facts as best I can. In the next post, I’ll offer a little biblically cautious and critical discernment.
Don’t blame me.
I’m just taking my cue from Jennifer LeClaire. Continue reading
Ever since the beginning, Christianity has been a religion of the supernatural.
Christianity started with some rather amazing claims regarding healings and resurrections, and those claims continued throughout the New Testament era (and writings). All Christians are open to believe claims made in contemporary times regarding miraculous events, since Christians are, by definition, supernaturalists. The real debate revolves around the legitimacy of modern claims, and what sort of evidence is required to authenticate modern claims of supernatural events (like a miraculous healing).
There are those who claim to be skeptical believers but blindly swallow anything as evidence; all claims made by anyone are equally reputable and true until proven otherwise.
There are those who are skeptical believers and look for some reason to believe the claims; not all evidence is equally compelling, and the Bible should provide a framework for evaluating claims of supernatural events.
Then, there are those who are skeptical unbelievers and unwilling to listen to any evidence whatsoever; there is no such thing as evidence for any supernatural claims.
Time for some links that I forgot to share!
While I was in Calgary in April, I preached at GraceLife Church in Calgary. The pastor is a long-standing friend of mine (and if you’re looking for a good, Bible-teaching church in Calgary, I cannot recommend GraceLife enough) and I preached on 1 Kings 18:20-40 and putting sin to death. Seeing that I seem to preach about 3-5 times a year right now, I am pretty out of practice (embarrassed face), but if anyone enjoys my offerings, I hope you’re blessed.
Second, I was a guest on the EchoZoe Podcast last month and I spoke about the history of the Renewal Movement. The show is available here and you can download the program directly with this link. Continue reading