Monday, May 27, 2019

RAPID CHRISTIAN RESPONSE IS NOT A TOO-TALL EXPECTATION.

It’s not surprising that some Christians become disillusioned and disappointed with a church, with its leaders and with the Christian friends who comprise it. Christian education and evangelism are not the only services a church should prioritize. When a person, or couple or family experiences a crisis, the church should respond. Rapid Christian response should be the ready position. Christian friends should jump to assist. Even when the presenting issue is awkward, distressing, immoral, angry, or hopeless, it is a God-assigned responsibility to love and to listen and to counsel and to shelter and to give aid. That’s not a too-tall expectation.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

COUNTERING THE CLAIM THAT OBAMA WAS THE MOST ANTI-CHRISTIAN PRESIDENT

Claims that are Made to Justify the Opinion that Obama was the Most Anti Christian President. 

First, this allegation is made without an comparative information about other US Presidents. Second, I have answered each of Conservative activist David Horowitz’s eight itemized accusations with some factual evidence that invalidates the majority of the claims. He himself could have ferreted out these details. Nothing is gained by these crazy claims. But Horowitz managed to sell another book with this diatribe. Dark Agenda. No one should share either liberal or conservative activist exaggerations without first examining them and validating them.

Friday, May 17, 2019

PRO-LIFER OPINIONS ABOUT SOCIAL ISSUES OTHER THAN ABORTION


An acquaintance wrote a statement recently. It prompted me to think and to respond. He wrote, “Things I'll never understand: how American "pro-life" advocates can justify the violation of the right to personal bodily integrity to prevent abortion, but cannot entertain the thought of ANY violation of the right to access firearms that would prevent the mass murder of school children.
Immediately thereafter, he added a second statement. “If you're "pro-life" in America, you are most likely fine with forcing a 13 year old rape victim to carry to term and give birth to the perpetrator's child, but vehemently opposed to restrictions that would limit access to fully automatic military weapons that kill thousands every year.” 
I enjoy thoughtful people whose minds stimulate significant discussion points.

Monday, April 29, 2019

FALSE NEWS WON’T STOP BUT WE DON’T HAVE TO SPREAD IT

My Monday appeal. Debunk them, junk FB posts & junk Tweets. By junk I mean False. Yep, I’m serious. Be4 you post it, check it, confirm it, be4 you swallow it. Be a fact checker. Why? Because false stories go viral sooner than truth. Don’t be a propagator. Be4 you post it, STOP, do a gutcheck. Take 90-120 sec. to verify source & credibility. 
To help checking, here are some fact check sites.


Monday, April 22, 2019

DOES LOVE OR BLOOD CLEANSE HUMANS FROM SIN?

Some of our contemporary Christian worship music errs when it suggests that the love of Jesus drenches us with forgiveness or suggests that love cleanses us of sin. This is not a matter of semantics but theological accuracy.

Sure, love has a place in this salvation equation. It is because of God’s love for the world of sinners (John 3:16) that he sent His Begotten Son Jesus to earth where because of Jesus love for and obedience to the Father, he surrendered his body to a death whereby his blood would be spilled. 

Monday, January 7, 2019

TIME ZONES, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Paul McCartney wrote about 'Yesterday,' still one of his most popular songs. In 1999 BBC acclaimed it to be greatest song of the past 100 years. I'm sure there are contenders for that title but that is not my purpose for mentioning two more songs. They are 'Today,'' words and music by Randy Sparks and made memorable by the New Christy Minstrels and by John Denver; and 'Tomorrow,' by Quvenzhané Wallis, written for the musical, "Annie." 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

COMFORTING LYRICS OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH


Last evening Christine and I attended the Bell Centre performance of Handel's Messiah with the Surrey City Orchestra and the Vancouver Bach Choir and select soloists. No doubt you are very familiar with this oratorio. The oratorio is a marvel when I think that George Frederik Handel accomplished this 53 movement, 3-Part masterpiece, musical score and theological assembly of scriptural themes in about a month. For believers the sound of the words unites us immediately to the heart of God and the history of his dealings with humanity through all of the Old and New Testament times. And now in our time, His word has not changed. Part Three is shortest, the finale and I have placed here the movement numbers and titles and the scripture used because as I listened last night my heart was so gladdened, so uplifted, so confident that my Saviour lives. I know these recitations will lean so much to you too. 

45. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day
upon the earth. And though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall
I see God. (Job 19:25-26) - For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first fruits of them that sleep. (I Corinthians 15:20)