Mourning Outburst Not Necessarily A Repudiation Of Faith
In a sermon, a congregation was encouraged to have a faith fixed like the astronomical phenomena described in Matthew 2 commonly referred to as the Christmas star. As a counterexample, the illustration was provided of a pastor that, upon hearing of the unexpected tragic death of family members questioned, why and where was God. However, apart from an admonition not to let one’s faith waiver | Read More »
Was It Sin Not To Know Jesus Was In The Nativity At That Time If Only A Few Were Told?
In a sermon on the humility of the First Advent, a pastor observed that the only ones in the world that commemorated the birth of Christ other than His earthly parents were outcast shepherds and Persian Zoroastrian astrologers. However, should a sermon be formulated in such a way to rhetorically insinuate that everyone else had done something profoundly wrong if God concealed this event from | Read More »
Do Jealous Theologians Bask In The Failure Of Christian Artists?
On social media, Lutheran apologist Chris Rosebrough felt the need to point out that Kirk Cameron’s “Saving Christmas” is the worst rated movie in the history of Internet Movie Database. And what is the point? Is the truth of an artistic or didactic work to be determined by critics out to advance their own philosophical or religious agendas? Applying Rosebrough’s reasoning to other institutional venues, | Read More »
Did The People Or Elites Decide In Favor Of Gay Marriage?
In reference to the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear cases regarding prohibitions against gay marriage in a number of states, the 10/6/2014 episode of Viewpoint with Chuck Crimier was titled “America Officially Embraces What God Hates”. But is that entirely accurate? For did not voters in these states initially enact prohibitions against this practice? Therefore, on what grounds is the average American responsible when leaders | Read More »
Combative Ministries Dreaming Of A Disputatious Christmas
An old adage warns that, the more you do for people, the more they you know what all over you. Actor turned evangelist Kirk Cameron may be becoming personally acquainted with that classic truism. Merging these divergent vocations, Cameron has produced a documentary examining the Christian origins or at least basis of Christmas. Surprisingly, some of the harshest criticisms are not coming from the militant | Read More »
Should Churches Be Subsidized For Preaching Politically Correct Propaganda?
In compliance with the state mandate to curb storm water run off, the Prince George’s County Department of the Environment is considering a proposal that would waive the unpopular impervious surface property tax assessment for their properties if churches agree to preach environmentally friendly sermons or engage in other forms of mental conditioning. What’s the big deal, some will ask. After all, does the Bible | Read More »
Pastor Badgers Congregation To Boycott C.S. Lewis
In a series of sermons against C.S. Lewis posted at SermonAudio.com, Pastor Jason Cooley creates the impression that it is wrong to read that particular author’s works because of areas in which the famed scholar’s theology was deficient by the standard of Biblical orthodoxy. So why is it not wrong for the pastor to have either read these works or to have familiarized himself with | Read More »
Are Stores Open Thanksgiving Deserving Of Wide Scale Divine Retribution?
Granted, retailers opening on Thanksgiving might not have been the most family-friendly or magnanimous gesture in relation to their employees. However, the response on the part of certain theologians and critics might have gone a bit overboard. In particular, one such condemnation intoned that from this alteration in commercial operational policy that America is an evil nation worthy of God’s judgment. So because Walmart was | Read More »
Church History Sermon Fails To Consider Profound Lesson
In a sermon on the importance of church history, it was argued that the church rather than the biological family was the primary social and psychological relationship in the life of the believer. That might provide a degree of comfort if one’s biological family is urging one to engage in blatantly anti-Biblical behavior. However, such a grandiose sentiment itself needs to be circumscribed by carefully | Read More »
For Thinking It’s So Evil, Preachers Can Certainly Rattle On About Harry Potter’s Specifics
In a discussion of the Harry Potter novels that was broadcast interestingly enough as part of the program that just days before heralded Larry The Cable Guy as a philosophical humorist on par with Will Rogers, the host lamented that 50% of all children in America have read at least one of the novels in that particular series and how said it was that many | Read More »