Staying warm and dry

August 26, 2014 at 9:31 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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I’ve seen a lot of stuff on the ice bucket challenge and I posted something on Facebook about it the other day. Over the weekend, I thought about it more and, because of this, I won’t be participating in the ice bucket challenge. There are a few reasons that have led me to this decision, but it’s one in particular; and one that I haven’t heard given by most who opt out of the challenge. Continue Reading Staying warm and dry…

Platitudes, Proclamations, and Twisted Scripture

July 29, 2014 at 7:44 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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When I see people post statuses by famous megachurch pastors talking about how we are conquerers or how we have God’s favor or how we’re blessed beyond measure: I can’t help but wonder:

Are the Christians in Mosul who are being murdered by Muslims solely because they profess Christ actually false believers? Or do they just lack the amount of faith it takes to be conquerers/have God’s favor/be blessed beyond measure. I mean, surely, if they were REAL Christians like the megachurch pastors, they wouldn’t have their houses burned down, they wouldn’t be fleeing the city that 4 generations of their family has lived in, and they wouldn’t be watching their children be slaughtered before their very eyes before being martyred themselves. Continue Reading Platitudes, Proclamations, and Twisted Scripture…

Newsbites 5/18/14

May 18, 2014 at 9:20 pm | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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‘I’m Not Ready to Have Children’: Activist Films Her Own Abortion to Show Women It Can Be a ‘Positive’ Experience

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/05/05/im-not-ready-to-have-children-activist-films-her-own-abortion-to-show-women-it-can-be-a-positive-experience

Emily Letts, a 25-year-old abortion counselor, decided that she would film herself going through an abortion to “show women that there is a such thing as a positive abortion story”. She found out that she was pregnant and decided that she wasn’t ready to have children. The video posted on Youtube mainly focuses on Letts’ face and also includes her thoughts about a month after having the abortion. She says in the video that she is “in awe of the fact that she can make a baby” and that she “can make life”. In an article to Cosmo, Letts gives more reason as to why she did the video: Continue Reading Newsbites 5/18/14…

News Bites 05/04/14

May 4, 2014 at 8:39 pm | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Glenn Beck Invokes Joseph Smith, Mormon Beliefs During Liberty University Speech
http://christiannews.net/2014/05/04/glenn-beck-invokes-joseph-smith-mormon-beliefs-during-liberty-university-speech

Radio talk show host Glenn Beck gave a speech to the Liberty University student body in which he talked about atonement, Joseph Smith, and his Mormon theology. He told those gathered that he shares their faith and that he had been given a special message for the Liberty students. Beck talked about Joseph Smith being martyred and made a connection between Smith and the students. He told them that they had to figure out what purpose God had sent them here to accomplish. Continue Reading News Bites 05/04/14…

News Bites 04/27/14

April 28, 2014 at 4:40 pm | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Palestinian leader denounces Holocaust as ‘heinous crime’
http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-abbas-holocaust-20140428,0,2695104.story

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas spoke out against the atrocities of the Holocaust and talked about having sympathy for the victims. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu thinks that the claims were just an effort to get public opinion on his side. Abbas said that the world should “safeguard the oppressed and weak wherever they are found”. He then spoke about his own Palestinians are oppressed and “denied freedom and peace”. Abbas used the comments to continue to push for a two state solution to peace. Netanyahu said that peace will not happen while Palestinians remain connected to Hamas.

The push for a two state solution is really a pipe dream. I find it really hard to believe that Palestinians will stop with their own state. For all that has happened, I don’t think that Israel will find peace if Palestine gets their own state. I think it will just make it easier for Palestine to be a pain in Israel’s butt. As a Christian, I believe that Israel has a right to the land that God promised them. The arguments that are often made to support Palestine are weak at best. God promised Israel their land and they shouldn’t have to give it up for any reason… Continue Reading News Bites 04/27/14…

Pragmatism

March 28, 2014 at 5:47 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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I cannot help but marvel at the propensity for professing Christians to cling on to something because it has the look of Christianity or mentions some minute snippet of the Bible in some way. Many in the professing church are quick to point to a celebrity or popular leader as an example of Christianity. Oftentimes, these icons of Christianity betray their weak profession and the professing church is left with egg on its face. Just think about Miley Cyrus or Justin Beiber if you don’t believe me. The same goes with arts and entertainment as well. Many Christians are quick to support something that bears a Christian name, regardless of the substance of that endeavor. Continue Reading Pragmatism…

The Core Message of the Bible

February 25, 2014 at 8:40 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment

It was started by a website that I came across. The website belongs to a seminary in New York City who has put much time, effort, and money into an effort to convince Christians that they can support the homosexual movement without compromising their faith. They have a website for their “Friends and Family Plan” where they’ve taken all sorts of information about the LGBT movement and how to undermine the faith of Christians to convince them to promote sexual sin that God calls an abomination. In their resources, they use the same tired canards and talking points that Christians have refuted for years and, just like those before them, they fail to listen to them. But, this didn’t surprise me. What caught my attention was one of the statements they made in their propaganda sheets: Continue Reading The Core Message of the Bible…

Real Purpose

February 1, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment

I’ve heard many pastors, lay preachers, and general Christians talk about how God has this amazing purpose for your life. You hear it all the time from people like Joel Osteen and Rick Warren. Sadly, you also hear it from numerous pastors who aren’t near as famous.

This got me thinking…
Continue Reading Real Purpose…

It doesn’t matter?

December 22, 2013 at 10:26 am | Posted in Christianity | 2 Comments
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I saw this blog posted on my Facebook page by a friend and the title caught my attention:

What you believe about homosexuality doesn’t matter

I read the blog and it left me with many more questions than it did any good answers. As a matter of fact, it presents a perfect image of modern American Christianity and what’s wrong with it. The blogger identifies himself as a youth pastor which just makes it worse.
The author says that it “doesn’t matter what you think about homosexuality because people are dying”. He says that we are long since past the time for debate because “the stakes are too high”. He cites stats that say that 1 in 3 gay teens will try to kill themselves.

This youth pastor says that if he’s given the choice to be theologically correct or morally responsible, he’ll choose morally responsible every time. Sorry, pastor, but that’s a false dichotomy that makes a terrible mess. Not only that, but it absolutely avoids scriptures teaching and commands. It also seems to be implying that God’s not really sovereign the way He says He is. Continue Reading It doesn’t matter?…

Thankful

November 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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Today is the day, in the United States, set aside for people to spend the day giving thanks for the many blessings they have. More and more, it seems to be the day where many women frustrate themselves to no end to prepare a large meal for family and friends. The men help when possible (if allowed) and then eat themselves into a coma and spend the rest of the day watching college football. Then, Christmas decorations are brought out and set up and plans are made for all the Black Friday deals the next day. It is a day where many profess thanks for what God has given them and many more don’t. It got me thinking. Continue Reading Thankful…

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