>Read this carefully…
“Jesus’s teaching consistently attracted the irreligious while offending the Bible-believing, religious people of his day. However, in the main, our churches today do not have this effect. The kind of outsiders Jesus attracted are not attracted to contemporary churches, even our most avant-garde ones. We tend to draw conservative, buttoned-down, moralistic people. The licentious and liberated or the broken and marginal avoid church. That can only mean one thing. If the preaching of our ministers and the practice of our parishioners do not have the same effect on people that Jesus had, then we must not be declaring the same message that Jesus did.”
– Timothy Keller, The Prodigal God
>Re-reading Warren Wiersbe’s On Being a Servant of God. There are few books I recommend for everyone; this is one.
Here is his definition of ministry, worthy of contemplation, memorization, and action:
“Ministry takes place when divine resources meet human needs through loving channels to the glory of God.”
>internetmonk.com thinks evangelicalism is dying. Here is one of his observations that, for me, is hard to argue:
2) Evangelicals have failed to pass on to our young people the evangelical Christian faith in an orthodox form that can take root and survive the secular onslaught. In what must be the most ironic of all possible factors, an evangelical culture that has spent billions of youth ministers, Christian music, Christian publishing and Christian media has produced an entire burgeoning culture of young Christians who know next to nothing about their own faith except how they feel about it. Our young people have deep beliefs about the culture war, but do not know why they should obey scripture, the essentials of theology or the experience of spiritual discipline and community. Coming generations of Christians are going to be monumentally ignorant and unprepared for culture-wide pressures that they will endure.
Do not be deceived by conferences or movements that are theological in nature. These are a tiny minority of evangelicalism. A strong core of evangelical beliefs is not present in most of our young people, and will be less present in the future. This loss of “the core” has been at work for some time, and the fruit of this vacancy is about to become obvious.
READ THE WHOLE THING HERE
>”In the end, I don’t blame Obama. He has always been an abortion absolutist, he has only supported legislation that expanded abortion so I had to laugh when he claimed (like all pro Choicers) that we can all agree that abortions should be reduced… apparently by massive expansion around the world. I can’t wait to see what he means by “tax cut”.”
– Doug Tennapel, Filmmaker
The article from which this quote is taken is a bit harsh, but if you have enough courage read it HERE
>I have a standard line, brought about by being “on support” for over thirty years and from a couple decades working with Christian radio – “I hate money and I hate music; no matter what you do, you are wrong!”
That said, here’s some thought-provoking stuff from James McDonald:
“People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.”
– Donald Arthur (D.A.) Carson