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Living in Light of Two Ages



Off to Slidell!

eschatology%20q%20and%20a.jpgJust a reminder, for those of you who live near Slidell, Louisiana, I'll be speaking @ Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA) this coming Friday (September 21), Saturday (September 22) and Sunday (September 23).

The subject?  Eschatology, of course.

Here's the schedule:

Friday September 21st at 7 PM: Session #1: The Millennial Positions

Saturday September 22nd: Session #2: 4-5:30 PM:  The Covenantal Context of Old Testament and New Testament Eschatology

Supper: 5:30 PM-6:45 PM

Session #3: 7-8:30 PM:  The New Creation, the Israel of God and the Suffering Church

Sunday September 23rd: Session #4: 10:50 AM:  The Blessed Hope: The Second Coming Of Christ

For more information, call Trinity Presbyterian Church @ 985-641-1507


Some Useful Links . . . Some Not So . . .

Links.jpgSome helpful, interesting and ridiculous stuff out there in the blogosphere of late . . .

Some public official in Nebraska (I need to be careful here, both my wife and Dr. Clark are native Nebraskans) is suing God.  The guy is a state senator and wants to make a point about frivolous lawsuits.  So, he's suing God.  Only in Nebraska . . . Click here: State Sen. Ernie Chambers Sues God - News Story - KETV Omaha.

Did you know there was a "biblical" cure for irritable bowel syndrome?  I'll bet you didn't . . .  Click here: A Little Leaven: Biblical Cure For Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

The federal government in its infinite wisdom decided to limit religious books in prison libraries to 150 "approved" titles.  This is in response to some inflammatory stuff from Jihadists making its way through the federal prisons.  I'll bet the "approved" list of religious books doesn't include anything from Calvin or Spurgeon, but does include Gibran, Osteen and Warren, who have never written anything substantial enough to offend anyone. Click here: Federal prison chaplains told to remove 'non-approved' faith books from chapel libraries (

Lee Irons is blogging his way through Meredith Kline's magisterial book By Oath ConsignedClick here: The Upper Register Blog.  For all you Kline fans, this is good stuff.  Thanks Lee for doing this!

The folks in Boston are getting a tad nervous these days.  Relax, the Yankees won't win the pennant, although they'll win the wild-card.  If the Yanks get the Indians in the first round of the play-offs (not the Angels) and if Boston draws the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, then the Yanks and Red Sox will meet again in the  A. L. Championship series.  That should be epic!  Meanwhile the Red Sox nation is sweating bullets as the evil empire marches on, Click here: Boston Red Sox - Extra Bases - Red Sox blog


This One Cracked Me Up!


Occasionally, people send me jokes.  Some are funny, some are not.  But for some reason, this one cracked me up.



A Nun was taking a shower one day and she heard the door bell ring, she yelled "Who is it?"

The person ringing the door bell yelled, "I'm the blind man."

So the Nun got out of the shower and wrapped her hair in a towel, but she didn't bother putting a towel around herself because the person behind the door was blind.

She opened the door and said, "What do you want?", and the man said, "I'm here to check your blinds."



Who Said That?

question%20mark.jpgWho said that?

"Why should I spend half my Sunday hearing about how I'm going to Hell?"

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


The Islamic Joel Osteen?













Have you seen this guy before?  His name is Amr Khaled and apparently he's quite the rage (I use that term a bit guardedly in this context!) throughout the Middle East.  He's very, very popular on YouTube and he made Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world (62nd).

Called the Islamic Joel Osteen or the Islamic Dr. Phil, Gene Veith made reference to him (Click here: Cranach -- The blog of Gene Edward Veith), and to an article about him in the Washington Post (Click here: Islam's Up-to-Date Televangelist -

In a recent interview for the Egyptian Al Ahram (Click here: Al-Ahram Weekly | Profile | Amr Khaled: A preacher's puzzle) are the following comments about his growing influence throughout the Middle East.  Khaled is also seeking to convert Christians and is, apparently, quite successful at it.  Why?  Because he self-consciously imitates American Televangelists.


"He believes he was put on earth for a purpose: to lead young people -- Muslims and Christians -- to this noble goal. Trained as an accountant, and from an upper middle class background, Khaled has emerged as a major 21st-century global phenomenon. He seems to be speaking of himself when he says, "I believe that every 100 years the world's thoughts change. And extraordinary people appear who carry new ideas to humanity."

There is no doubt about his power to influence, especially the young. Thousands, maybe millions of young girls donned the veil after hearing his lectures. Young men rapidly dropped their partying, drug-taking lifestyles, grew beards and became active at their local mosques . . .

It's clear that Khaled's mission is just beginning. His web site -- -- is among the most popular 1,000 in the world, ranking among global heavyweight media influences like The Washington Post, Al-Jazeera and the Drudge Report. But for all his talk of mass constituencies and millions of followers, Khaled still balks at being explicitly referred to as a political activist. "Participating in the political process is not shameful, forbidden, or something to shy away from," he says. "But when you have a goal you want to achieve, or a message you are trying to deliver, it's not about political participation for the sake of it... It's more about political participation as a tool" to achieve what you need.

That pragmatism may have been in play when Khaled and his TV producer friend first came up with the idea of consciously imitating the style of US Christian televangelism. The successful formula was like nothing the Arab world had ever seen, and it caught on like wildfire. Young people, especially impressed by the slick sets, soft lighting and friendly tone, said Khaled was the first to inspire them into understanding Islam's gentler side.

His sermons, however, with their clear and vivid warnings of the hell-fire that awaits unbelievers, appear to be just another form of fear mongering -- even though he is critical of what he calls "a religious discourse that merely says everything is haram and wrong". While constantly using scare tactics, the difference is in the seemingly friendly way he does so: by smiling, for instance, as he asks, "When you meet God on Judgment Day, will you be ready?"


This raises several questions in my mind.  "How long will this Islamic Joel Osteen continue to be such a phenom?"  "Is this a passing fad, a new trend, or something which Al-Qaeda types will seek to quash?" 

How long will the "Allah loves you and has a wonderful plan for your afterlife which you cannot know until you die" bit continue to play throughout the Middle East?

Lets hope that Khaled actually manages to do to Islam what Joel Osteen has attempted to do to the gospel--neuter it.  That would be quite an achievement!


Who Said That?

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"When you realize that you are made in the image of God and step out in your righteousness, you will see the miraculous take place. Because you are a son of God, the same anointing that rests on Jesus abides in you. If Jesus raised the dead, so can you. It's time to become skillful in the proper use of the Father's power and do the works that Jesus did!"

You know the drill.  Leave your guesses in the comments section.  Please, no cheating (i.e. google searches)!  Then after you've made your guess, go raise someone from the dead! 



New Academy Schedule -- Fall/Winter 2007

KR%20lecturing.JPGChrist Reformed Church's Academy schedule for Fall/Winter 2007 has been posted. 

I am first up and will be teaching a course entitled "Eschatology and the Antichrist," based upon some of the themes in my spiritual autobiography The Man of Sin.

kenneth_samples.jpgIn November, Ken Samples will be teaching a course entitled "Testing the Christian Theistic Worldview," based on his new book A World of Difference (Click here: Riddleblog - The Latest Post - A New Book from Ken Samples -- You Need to Buy This One Too!).

For more information, Click here: Christ Reformed Info - Schedule of Academy Classes and Author's Forums.

As always our Academy Classes are free of charge.  They are held 7:30 p.m. Friday evenings @ Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim.  There will be time for Q and A.  Refreshments are served. 

If you live in Southern California, come and out and join us!  We'd love to meet you.  For those of you who can't make it, MP3's of the courses will be posted as in the past.


Tony Snow on the "Blessings" of Cancer

Tony%20Snow%202.jpgAs you no doubt know, recently retired White House press secretary Tony Snow is fighting cancer.  Christianity Today approached Snow and asked him about his thoughts on being stricken with a potentially fatal disease.

Snow's response is wonderful.  I heartily recommend it to you.  Click here: Cancer's Unexpected Blessings | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction


A New Book from Ken Samples -- You Need to Buy This One Too!

A%20World%20of%20Difference%20--%20Samples.jpgOK, there are two books you need to buy--this one and Horton's new book (see below)!

Ken teaches our Sunday morning Bible class at Christ Reformed Church, as well as in our Academy.   He's taught much of this material in both places.  This is good stuff!

Here's the publisher's catalogue blurb (from Baker Books):


Description: At a time when Christian belief is constantly challenged, understanding different worldviews can help Christians think and live faithfully. Kenneth Samples's own life-and-death crisis encourages believers to develop a worldview perspective based on truth, critical thinking, and logic. In A World of Difference, he addresses the historic Christian worldview and evaluates four modern-day competitors--Islam, naturalism, postmodernism, and pantheistic monism. The use of nine distinct and challenging tests shows how all worldviews should be assessed.

With compelling insight into Scripture, history, science, and theology, A World of Difference will challenge and strengthen your beliefs.

Author Information:

Kenneth Richard Samples is senior research scholar with a focus on theological and philosophical apologetics at Reasons To Believe, which provides research and teaching on the harmony of God's revelation in the words of the Bible and the facts of nature. An adjunct instructor of apologetics at Biola University, Samples also tackles tough faith questions in his book Without a Doubt: Answering the 20 Toughest Faith Questions.

Endorsements: "Christians can no longer afford to be ignorant of how to think and see the world in light of their worldview and alternative worldviews. A World of Difference is the right book at the right time."--J. P. Moreland, distinguished professor of philosophy, Biola University; author, Kingdom Triangle

"One of my biggest concerns for Christians struggling to make their way through the intellectual challenges of our age is that they often don't have the basic categories to think biblically about their own faith. Ken Samples's A World of Difference will give them those categories."--Kim Riddlebarger, co-host, The White Horse Inn;A Case for Amillennialism author, and The Man of Sin

Buy this book from,, Barnes & Noble, or your local bookstore.

Keeping Up With the Latest Christian Goodies . . .

tiregauge.jpgFor those of you who miss Marc Heinrich's hilarious blog Purgatorio (remember the tipping cow?--Click here: purgatorio - a panoply of evangelical eccentricities, un-orthodox oddities & christian cultural curiosities), there's a similar blog up and running (h.t. Shane Rosenthal).

You can find it here. Click here: A Little Leaven.

I like to keep up with the latest in Christian gadgets (like the Christian tire gauge, pictured above).  That's probably because my family owned a Christian Bookstore and I grew up with this kind of stuff.

Yes, I have repented . . . countless times . . . Anyway, there is some very funny stuff posted there.