After listening to a few of Christopher Hitchens’s debates with Christians, one quickly sees (because of how many times he returns to the subject) that his core problem with Christianity is that he finds the Christian God petty, tyrannical, spiteful, unjust, hateful, and unreasonable. In short, he hates Him and wants nothing to do with Him. I’ve been finding that this is not at all unusual for atheists.
Those of us interested in apologetics spend a lot of time learning to defend the reality of God and Christianity, but not nearly enough time learning to deeply understand the beauty and goodness of His character and actions. But we need to be able to do this if we are to present God to someone else as a person–someone worthy of devotion and trust. (read the rest)
Study your Bible comparatively.
What do I mean by this? Simply this, compare Scripture with Scripture. The best commentary on the Bible is the Bible itself. A verse in Deuteronomy will oftentimes shed a wondrous light on a verse in the Four Gospels. A verse in Daniel or Ezekiel will oftentimes shed a flood of light upon an apparently obscure verse, or seemingly meaningless verse, in Revelation. (read the rest)
I recently heard a comment regarding who and how families are brought to Christ that intrigued me.
A guest speaker at a Children’s Ministries Teacher Appreciation Banquet cited a statistic that “only 3%” of families are “won for Christ” if kids are reached first or foremost. Only “17%” of families were “reached for Christ” if women were reached first or foremost. If men are reached for Christ, guess what the figure jumps to in terms of “winning families for the Lord”? Ninety-five percent. As in, if men are won for Christ, the likelihood of a whole family being reached is 95%, as opposed to 17% when women are targeted and a mere 3% when the focus is on children. (read the rest)
Is the Holy Spirit at work on twitter? According to a recent Time magazine article, it might be.
Time recently highlighted a congregation in Michigan that has hosted about a dozen “Twitter Sundays”, complete with increased bandwith in the church sanctuary and training sessions for those new to the medium. John Voelz, a pastor at Westwinds Community Church, developed the idea while trying to think of ways to make church “not suck”. Voelz is one of a growing number of pastors who have found ways to integrate twitter and other new technologies into their weekly worship services: (read the rest)
Newsweek is running a piece, “MySpace Generation Brides Go for Sexy, Not Virgin” that chronicles the sexualization of weddings and offers this concise statement of where things are:
“In response, sociologists say, the sexier dresses and the handoff of pin-up pictures—which was introduced into the wedding prep about three years ago—are ways to add spark to an already-established couple’s sex life and mark the marriage as a monumental life change. (read the rest)