Too Spiritual By Half?
In an exposition of Mark chapter 3, it was observed that Christ’s first miracle after the commissioning of the Apostles was the casting out of a demon followed by the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law. The Lutheran seminarian insisted that this symbolically represented the precedence of the spirit over the human tendency to emphasize the body. The expositor lamented that such a characteristic was the result | Read More »
Christian Publisher Targets Children With Leftist Indoctrination
The Eeerdman’s Books For Young Readers spring 2015 catalog contains a book titled “Edgar Wants To Be Alone.” According to the synopsis, Edgar doesn’t like company but notices he is followed by a worm. So he tries to get away from the invertebrate. The summary reads, “Edgar asks for the other animals on the farm to help him, but eventually he realizes he might have | Read More »
Faith On The Final Frontier
“The final frontier” — since the mid 1960’s these words have characterized Star Trek’s perception of the adventure and the discoveries to be found in the distant reaches of outer space. Yet can this vast interstellar ether really be said to be the final frontier in terms of providing an ultimate foundation or purpose? For despite all its wonder, at its core the cosmos is | Read More »
Apostates Hijack The Messiah’s Arrival To Whitewash Criminal Mayhem
The TransFORM network is a “progressive community formation network.” Right from the get go, anyone with a lick of sense can tell that his outfit isn’t playing with a full theological deck. Any doubting it only need to consider what the organization was proposing for the Christmas and Advent seasons. The email making the suggestion begins, “Advent is a time when sentimentality and spiritualization reigns. | Read More »
A Review Of Exodus: Gods & Kings
It wasn’t that “Exodus” God & Kings” was that bad of a movie. It is more that it could have been better. The narrative did succeed in creating dramatic interpersonal tension between Moses and Pharaoh by emphasizing the intertwined family relationships of the two characters. While the film strives to acknowledge in its own way the broad strokes of the Biblical saga, the producers could | Read More »
Pastor Invokes Independence Day To Undermine Human Liberty
An Independence Day sermon posted at SermonAudio.com is titled “We Have No Rights”. The pastor hypothesizes this is because Christ is our master. The presupposition is correct but the conclusion the pastor deduces from that principle is at best only partially correct if at all. It must be point out that, because Christ is our master, no man or government can ever be in the | Read More »
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 »