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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Wednesday
Jun252008

The End of the World and Other Interesting Links

links%2011.jpgSince the Netherlands has a reputation for its progressive secularism, it is a surprise that so many in that nation are expecting the apocalypse to occur in 2012.  Could it be that the Dutch are reading Tim LaHaye?  Of course not.  The secular Dutch are freaked out by a prediction regarding the end of the world found in the Mayan calendar.  And secularists think Christians are foolish?  Click here: Many Dutch prepare for 2012 apocalypse - UPI.com

Is it just me, or do both of these guys need to be smacked upside the head?  Obama twists Scripture--giving us the critical, moralistic reading of the Old Testament and the Sermon on the Mount.  Granted.  But James Dobson is a flaming Arminian who hates Calvinism.  I'm not sure Dobson can make better sense of the Bible than Obama.  Once again, politicians should give up biblical interpretation, and experts in child development should stop trying to be theologians.  Ugh . . .  And to think we've got five more months of this.  Click here: My Way News - Dobson accuses Obama of 'distorting' Bible

The recent Pew poll, which shows that Americans are a religious but largely pagan people, also found that California is a tad more pluralistic than most other states.  And someone had to pay a pollster to discover that?  That would be the LA Times, of course.  On my way to church I pass a large Sikh temple, an even larger Mosque, several happy-clappy evangelical churches, a CRC and an RCA (both of which are ashamed of their Reformed heritage and are doing very poor imitations of Calvary Chapel), two mainline Protestant churches with empty parking lots, as well as the  "Full-Gospel Tabernacle."  And I'm sure I'm forgetting some.  Once again, no surprises here.  Click here: Survey shows Californians less religious than rest of nation - Los Angeles Times

Finally, the nanny state cancels a local sportday because someone might get hurt.  I thought scrapes and scars were part of growing up.  Remember the scene in Jaws when everyone compares their scars?  The two things the nanny state hates the most are boys growing up to become men (including the bumps and cuts that goes with that), and the sound of laughter and revelry (the sure indication that people really do better when they are free from needless government intrusion).  Click here: Sports day cancelled because uneven playing field is a health and safety risk - Telegraph

Monday
Jun232008

The Evangelical Decline and Other Interesting Links

links%208.jpgHere's yet another sad sign of the evangelical decline.  An amazing 57% of those who attend evangelical churches now say they believe that adherents of non-Christian religions might also be saved.  The more people anchor their faith in the subjective (religious experience), the less likely they are to see evangelical Christianity as a truth claim.  Some of us are hardly surprised by this news.  Saddened, yes.  But not surprised.  Click here: Religious Americans: My faith isn't the only way (OneNewsNow.com)

The PCUSA continues to lose members--some 57,000 last year alone (that's about the same number of people in the OPC/URC combined).  The loss is blamed on the church's liberal theology and blue hair--the church's aging membership.   Many congregations have left to join the EPC.  If you don't give people a reason to stay in your church, they won't.   The PCUSA isn't alone in this.  The Methodist Church has lost 23% of its membership since 1970, and the Episcopal Church is down 33% since the mid-sixties.  Of course, what these churches need is more liberal theology and "contemporary worship."

Here's a noted theologian/writer who believes that Jesus will return within the next 20-25 years.  That's not out of the ordinary.  The catch?   Harun Yahya is a Muslim (widely read around in the Muslim world) who believes that when Jesus comes back it will be as the Islamic Mahdi and a champion of the prophet Mohammed.  This is typical Islamic doctrine, but Yahya is as successful (in terms of sales) as Tim LaHaye.  That means a series of Islamic novels about the end times is sure to come.  Click here: Muslim creationist preaches Islam and awaits Christ - Yahoo! News

How many stories like this one will we read about before the presidential election in November?  Here's a preacher who told his congregation that God wanted them to vote republican.  That's bad enough.  It gets worse.  He was doing this to provoke an IRS investigation, hoping for a court fight.  Shouldn't a guy like this be looking for a new line of work?  He's obviously failed in his calling to preach the gospel.  And if he wants to change things so badly, why not just run for political office (an honorable calling), rather than commit such atrocious behavior in the pulpit.  Click here: ABC News: Pastors Use Pulpit to Challenge Election Law

Sunday
Jun222008

Who Said That?

question%20mark.jpg"The Word of God Himself . . . assumed humanity that we might become God."

Please leave your guess in the comments section below.  Please no google searches or cheating. 

Sunday
Jun222008

Live in the Denver Area? Looking for a Good Reformed Church?

DSCN2770.JPGGot a chance to worship this Lord's Day at the  Coram Deo URC in Denver.  The pastor is my old friend, Rev. Carl Heuss.  If you live in the greater Denver area, Coram Deo meets at the Denver Christian School in Centennial.  There are a number of folk here who are White Horse Inn listeners, and two of the current elders were members @ Christ Reformed in Anaheim.  If you are new to the Reformed faith and looking for a good church where you can ask questions and find a sympathetic ear, this is the place for you.  If you want more information, you can email Rev. Heuss @ cheuss@msn.com

I'm a bit surprised, however, that the Denver Christian School would allow Rev. Heuss to enter a nut restricted area! 

Friday
Jun202008

Purple Mountain's Majesty

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We have been playing tourist in the Colorado Springs area for the past few days.  I took this shot of Pike's Peak and a brewing thunderstorm from the Garden of the Gods.  Shucks . . .  I missed the tour @ Focus on the Family.

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Although I am terrified of heights, I actually made it out on to the bridge over Royal Gorge--one of those places I wanted to see since I was a kid.  I was fine until I looked down and saw the Arkansas River 1500 feet below through the planking.  That was it--made a hasty retreat back.  We arrived just in time to watch a large car club--about 50 Plymouth Prowlers--make their way across the bridge.  Too bad they weren't Shelby Mustangs.

DSCN2767.JPGBTW--I  finally took delivery on the new family SUV.  If you have to ask about gas mileage, the M3 Stuart is not for you.  But trust me, no one will ding my paint with their doors, no one is gonna "road-rage" me, and the next guy who turns left in front of me will be very sorry.   Fort Carson has a number of tanks outside the main gate, including this M3 Stuart (a very small light/scout tank).  Did anyone else read the "Haunted Tank" comic books when you were kids?   I've been interested in Stuarts ever since . . .  Finally got to see one.

Friday
Jun202008

The Return of Issues, Etc.

Issues%20Etc.gifMolly's got the scoop (Click here: We’re getting closer . . . « Augsburg1530). 

"Jeff and Todd have signed a contract with KSIV-AM 1320 in St. Louis. All of their studio equipment is in and connected. So the team will be furiously testing, testing, testing until they open the mic on June 30. On weekdays, Monday-Friday, starting June 30, the program will be webcast around the world for two hours, 3:00-5:00 (Central), on the Internet at the Pirate Christian Radio website:  The second hour, 4:00-5:00, will be broadcast in the St. Louis area on AM 1320."

Thursday
Jun192008

Dueling Bible Parks and Links to Other Stuff Around the Web

links%2011.jpgNow this is ironic.  The owners of the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, FL (TBN) want to build another such themed park in Nashville, TN.  Not to be outdone, a group of developers wants to build "Bible Park USA" in the same city.  Since the Holy Land Experience offers a daily reenactment of the crucifixion, imagine the job boom in Nashville when two Bible theme parks start hiring thin, long-haired young men who look like Jesus and/or disciples.  Can't you just picture the long line of big, swarthy types, auditioning to play Roman soldiers.   This is gonna make it tough for the evangelicals in Nashville.  Where to take the youth group?   Which park does a better job reenacting Jesus' passion?    Click here: Two Bible parks? It's possible | www.tennessean.com | The Tennessean

In a further note of irony, a development group wants to build an evolution museum in Petersburg, KY, directly across the street from the local creation museum.   That ought to be fun.  Jesus fish on cars in one parking lot.  Darwin fish on cars in the other. Click here: Nobel Intent asks: what do you think of an evolution museum?

Tuesday
Jun172008

A Tacky Firing and Links to Other Stuff Around the Web

links%203.bmpIf you are a baseball fan, you've heard all the about the tacky way in which the Mets handled the situation with their manager, Willie Randolph.  Mets management kept telling him one thing, all the while planning to fire him.  Then, for some reason known only to the heartless hacks who own the team, they let Randolph travel all the way to Anaheim (where the Mets are playing the Angels).  Then they fire him and his two most trustworthy assistants at 12:01 AM, (3:00 AM in New York), when hopefully, no one will notice. 

Reading this (I don't care a whit about the Mets, but think highly of Willie from his days with the Yankees) it struck me . . .  Where have I heard this before?  The way in which the Mets owners (the Wilpons) handled this, bears a striking resemblance to the way in which LCMS President Kieschnick and David Strang orchestrated the firing of Todd Wilken and Jeff Schwarz, along with the cancellation of Issues, Etc., on Monday of Holy Week.  As you read Olney's lambaste of the Mets, see if you see the same parallels I do to the bureaucrats running the LCMS.  Click here: ESPN - Buster Olney Blog

Speaking of baseball, baseball fans will rejoice in this great resource,  a concise and seemingly exhaustive set of links to every news story and blog dealing with baseball.  Boy, it would be nice if someone would do this with websites of interest to Reformed Christians.   Everything a baseball fan could ever need is on a single page!  Click here: Baseball

Monday
Jun162008

The Ole Summer Slow-Down

_MG_0013_copy_copy.jpgWell, it is that time of the year when my vacation rolls around, and when the consistory at Christ Reformed grants me some time off from my church duties to write, read and study.

All of that is to say that Rev. Marcelo Souza (Guy de Brasil) will take over my duties at Christ Reformed while I take some time off.  It is nice to be "preached to" for a change and to sit in the pew with my family.

We have a couple of short trips planned, and I'll be attacking the growing pile of books in my study I haven't had time to read.  I'm also working on a series of articles for Tabletalk, as well as preparing for my Spring 2009 stint in the classroom @ Westminster Seminary California (Dr. David VanDrunen is on sabbatical, and I'm teaching one of his courses).  I've also got a chapter due for a book on church planting, and then I have several book proposals to finish.  I'll be plenty busy, but I'll get a break from the pressure that goes with pastoral work.

All of that is to say, blog posts here at the Riddleblog will slow down and be a bit sporadic for much of the summer--I'll still post when I feel like it, or if Zrim needs clobberin'. 

Sorry, I won't be taking any email questions until I resume my pastoral duties again, Lord willing at the end of August. 
 

Monday
Jun162008

Waldron's Response to John MacArthur

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Here's the scoop from the publisher:

At the 2007 Shepherds' Conference, Pastor John MacArthur delivered a controversial message entitled, "Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist is a Premillennialist." In this book, Dr. Sam Waldron addresses the assertions of MacArthur historically, exegetically and theologically. Although his arguments are rigorous, the entire tenor of the book is level-headed and irenic. This "friendly response" grants modern day Amillennialists the opportunity to thoughtfully engage their Dispensational brethren.

With charity, this book exposes the fallacies--historical, exegetical and theological--inherent in Dr. MacArthur's presentation...Thank you, Dr. Waldron, for showing us how a theological refutation may be done with grace and kindness...James M. Renihan, Ph.D.

Samuel Waldron's "friendly response" to John MacArthur's "millennial manifesto" will go a long way toward setting the record straight about what Reformed amillennialists actually believe about the church and Israel...I highly recommend this book to all who are interested in this controversy...Kim Riddlebarger, Ph.D.

Samuel Waldron's response to John MacArthur's controversial sermon, "Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist Is a Premillennialist," is a gem. In a gentle spirit, and with an awareness of what is at stake, Waldron makes a persuasive case against MacArthur's unlikely claim that true Calvinists must subscribe to the tenets of dispensational premillennialism...Cornelis Venema, Ph.D.
 
For ordering information,  Click here: Reformed Baptist Academic Press