Saturday, February 28, 2009

Back To Basics
When Jesus sent the disciples out to preach he instructed them not to take anything with them, but to go into the world and preach the gospel, heal the sick and care for the poor. They were not to accept money to buy things for themselves, or build new buildings or pay support staff, it was all a "pay as you go" endeavor that trusted the local believers to provide for the disciples food and shelter and to share in the generosity of the local church. The local believers were expected to share with each other and help one another - out of love, generosity and compassion. This NBC News report demonstrates that this 1st Century model is still viable today:

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 - Grieving Amish Practice Faith, Forgiveness
AP reports: "According to people who know the victims' families, there are two things they want people to know: Their faith will get them through this difficult time, and that they forgive the killer."

A Christian message of forgiveness and mercy has been broadcast on American news media because of a terrible and tragic event. Some good, at least, has come out of this sad event.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

WaPo - Cyber-Savvy Pastors Blog When the Spirit Moves Them
The Washington Post reports on how some churches and pastors are using the latest internet technology to share the gospel (Matthew 24:14):
Reaching out to younger generations has long been one of the major challenges for ministers, but hundreds think they have found an answer in blogging. A growing number are taking the Gospel to the Web hoping to get people thinking daily about faith. Many pastors say blogging has become an increasingly integral part of their ministry as they attempt to reverse the decline in church attendance by people in their twenties and thirties.
I think this is a great idea and I think all churches should have official blogs and all Christian writers should be encouraged to start blogs and share their faith on the internet.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Save The Whales
Humans can be a very destructive species, but we can also be protective and try to be good stewards of the creation that has been entrusted to us. Some of us do care about the planet. One of the most popular expressions of that care is the concern many people have about saving whales. You have no doubt seen a bumper sticker that says "Save the Whales!" and are aware of the environmental groups that seek to protect animals from extinction. As this AP report (Yahoo News - Endangered whale gets habitat protection) notes, there has recently been some very good news about efforts to save endangered whales in North America:
Thousands of square miles off Alaska have been designated as critical habitat for North Pacific right whales, considered the most endangered whale in the world. [...] At least 11,000 of the slow-moving whales — prized by commercial whalers for their oil and baleen — once swam the waters of the North Pacific. The whales were listed as endangered in 1973 and there are now believed to number fewer than 100 in waters near Alaska. A few hundred more may remain closer to Russia.
God cares about whales, but there is another species that He cares about a lot more. If God had a car, you can be sure he would have a bumper sticker: Save the humans!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

When you finish your document, remember to save your work before closing the program. If you do not save your document your data will be lost.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Pondering Katrina, Part 2
I recommend this essay (Where is God when disaster strikes?) from the Assist News Service, it makes the point I was trying to make, that God is not to blame for a disaster, but rather, God is revealed in us as we minister to those who are victims of disaster.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Pondering Katrina
As many of you know I maintain another blog devoted to Bible prophecy and current events and people have asked me if I think that Hurricane Katrina has prophetic significance. My answer is yes...and no. Let me explain. People are quick to jump to conlcusions and to place blame. We assume that important events are also important from a larger perpspective, it's a big storm, so God must have sent it for a reason. This is a conclusion that helps us make sense of dramatic events and it is a natural human reaction, and although my personal theology holds that God can control things like the weather (God's express will), I don't believe that God micromanages the weather (God's permissive will). I don't beleive that God sent the storm or had any particlular anger towards the good people of New Orleans. Nor do I believe that our part as Christians is to cast blame, but rather to help out and ease the suffering of our fellow human beings as best we can. Sometimes a storm is just a storm. That said, this storm is one of several events that represent a larger trend that does have prophetic significance. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus stated:
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring ... (Luke 21:25)
This is part of a time the Bible calls the "end of the age" and not (as some would tell you) the end of the world. Whether you believe that or not, major disasters are a reminder to us, a wake-up call, that life is very fragile and we should take this time to affirm our relationship to God and to each other...before the next storm hits.