Persecution Fridays – Cuba: The Faceless Enemy

October 26, 2012 at 6:30 am | Posted in VOM Fridays | Leave a comment
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For more news on what’s really happening to Christians around the world go to the Voice of the Martyrs website: www.persecution.com

Much has been written and said about the new season of openness for Christians in Cuba. But those who are able to speak freely say that the persecution is still there, though it is now better concealed. Since the government redefined Cuba as a “secularist” nation from an “atheist” nation in 1992, evangelicals have experienced an era of tolerance, where they meet without permission, but are largely ignored by the government. As an example of this tolerance, one church of around 1,000 members has given birth to 18 independent house churches. These new congregations range in size from 300 to 700 people. Continue Reading Persecution Fridays – Cuba: The Faceless Enemy…

Persecution Fridays – Pakistan: Radicals Burn Church

October 19, 2012 at 6:30 am | Posted in VOM Fridays | Leave a comment
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On Friday afternoon, Sept. 21, a mob of several thousand radical Muslims attacked St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Mardan City, Pakistan. The attackers, armed with rifles and kerosene, overwhelmed security guards and broke into the church. They destroyed Bibles and prayer books, desecrated the altar and set fire to the church building and several surrounding homes and buildings. The mob was returning from a protest against the film Innocence of Muslims, which has sparked violence in many Middle Eastern countries this month and led to the death of Christopher Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya. In Pakistan, the government had declared Sept. 21 a national holiday in honor of Muhammad, and the day had been set aside for peaceful protests. Continue Reading Persecution Fridays – Pakistan: Radicals Burn Church…

The tragedy of modern evangelicalism (very long)

October 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment

There are various and sundry (thanks Dr. O!) things that I could point to as examples of the tragedy of modern (or is it post-modern?) evangelicalism. Flip to any of the multiple “Christian” channels on local or cable television and you’re bound to hear any number of horrible teachings. There are many things that are wrong with them, and someone who is studying their Bible and paying attention to what is said (instead of emotion driving them) will recognize this in short order. The problem comes with the fact that many professing Christians are not studying their Bible and couldn’t defend the simplest tenets of the faith they profess. Forget defend, many can’t even articulate them… Continue Reading The tragedy of modern evangelicalism (very long)…

Persecution Fridays – India: Arrested for Baptisms

October 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Posted in VOM Fridays | Leave a comment
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“I enquired about the possession of the Christian spirit, and the reply came … that it was the Holy Spirit. Well, at any cost I didn’t want to be robbed of this new life and hence started learning Christianity.”

Thus began the journey of Reverend Chander Mani Khanna from high-caste Hindu devotee to dedicated Christian pastor arrested for baptizing former Muslims. Continue Reading Persecution Fridays – India: Arrested for Baptisms…

Self Absorption

October 8, 2012 at 6:30 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment

No….I’m not talking about some freaky genetic condition where your body somehow consumes itself and implodes. What I’m talking about, instead, is the idea that we human beings are something special. That we are the top of the heap and there is no one more important than us. Not only that, I’m going to be specific and say that I’m talking about the idea that you, as a particular human being that is part of a larger group, are the most important object/person/singular being in the universe. I know, I know. It sounds pretty harsh. The question isn’t about whether it’s harsh or not; the question is whether it’s true or not. If it’s true, there should be examples everywhere. Continue Reading Self Absorption…

Sermon Sunday – George Whitefield – Regeneration

October 7, 2012 at 7:43 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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Regeneration
by
George Whitefield
(1714-1770)

2 Corinthians 5:17, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.”

The doctrine of our regeneration, or new birth in Christ Jesus, though one of the most fundamental doctrines of our holy religion; though so plainly and often pressed on us in sacred writ, “that he who runs may read;” nay though it is the very hinge on which the salvation of each of us turns, and a point too in which all sincere Christians, of every denomination, agree; yet it is so seldom considered, and so little experimentally understood by the generality of professors, that were we to judge of the truth of it, by the experience of most who call themselves Christians, we should be apt to imagine they had “not so much as heard” whether there be any such thing as regeneration or not. It is true, men for the most part are orthodox in the common articles of their creed; they believe “there is but one God, and one Mediator between God and men, even the man Christ Jesus;” and that there is no other name given under heaven, whereby they can be saved, besides his: But then tell them, they must be regenerated, they must be born again, they must be renewed in the very spirit, in the inmost faculties of their minds, ere they can truly call Christ, “Lord, Lord,” or have an evidence that they have any share in the merits of his precious blood; and they are ready to cry out with Nicodemus, “How can these things be?” Or with the Athenians, on another occasion, “What wilt this bumbler say? He seemeth to be a setter-forth of strange doctrines;” because we preach unto them Christ, and the new-birth. Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – George Whitefield – Regeneration…


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