Have you ever noticed that there are those who go to extremes in their effort to discount the Christian faith?
One of the more common accusations leveled at Christianity is the charge that we are too narrow, too restrictive.
Let me begin this column with an illustration. Please understand that what I am writing is only for illustrative purposes.
Look around you. Crosses are everywhere. They decorate our houses of worship; they are used as art in our homes; we wear them as pieces of jewelry; and in a new trend, I see many young people displaying crosses as body art.
Rabbinic Judaism began its development during the Babylonian captivity.
The new atheists are fond of claiming that all the wars in the world have been caused by religion, yet when you challenge them to name the wars waged in the name of religion, they stumble over themselves at a loss to name more than one war: the Crusades.
Arnold Toynbee once observed, "Most people have not rejected Christianity but rather a caricature of it."
In my recent series of columns, I have been dealing with the subject of true Christianity.
In my last two columns, we have been examining an issue of eternal importance, namely, what is a real Christian?
In my last column, we began to explore an issue which came to me via email, titled, "You might not be a Christian."
I have been a Christian for some 52 years now.
There is a growing myth that needs to be exposed.
More and more we are hearing the phrase "freedom of worship" coming from the White House. Few see the danger in this subtle change of words by our current administration from the traditional "freedom of religion."
How often have you heard someone exclaim, "We are all children of God"?. If you accept the authority of the Bible, then you recognize that statement to be false. Generally, those who express this wrong belief do so under the also mistaken belief that everyone goes to heaven anyhow.
"I'm into spirituality, I'm not into religion.". That is a statement I hear more and more it seems every day. This "spirituality" is an interesting thing -- it seems to be an eclectic mix of various parts of various religious views, taking what one likes from each and leaving
Have you ever noticed that whether a death is an untimely one, such as the death of a young person, an expected one, after a long period of suffering, or a natural one, after a long and productive life, those left behind always think that the death was too soon?
It seems that we live in an age where many who profess that they are Christians see no reason to attend church. I hear it all the time from various people. "Oh, I worship with my family at home." Or "I get my church from watching Dr. So and So on television." Or "I worship on the golf course or in my hunting stand... I don't need to be in church to worship."
In last week's column, I concluded my thoughts on the church by stating that if we were to be obedient Christ followers, and enjoy the full benefits of our walk with Him, we cannot isolate ourselves from the fellowship of believers, from the church.
"I'm a Christian but I don't believe in the church; I can worship at home." As a pastor, I cannot even begin to count how many times I have heard statements like this. Let's examine that concept a little. Can a person really be a Christian and yet not be involved in a local fellowship?
Recently I have been inundated with a flux of materials whose common theme is the imminent demise of the church. Let me just use the words of Mark Twain here who, upon hearing that the New York Times had published his obituary, said, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."
Hard to believe that another year has come and gone. Years ago Alvin Toffler wrote in his book, "Future Shock," "The years skip by at an ever accelerating pace." When I read those words, I was a young man just beginning pre-medical studies at the University of Pittsburgh. I did not understand those words back then; I do today. My goodness where have the years gone?
Probably the most familiar words of the Christmas story are that of the angels who appeared to the shepherds and proclaimed, "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men." (Luke 2:14 KJV).
If this year is anything like previous years, there will be a plethora of PBS specials and investigative news reports all discussing one thing: the Virgin Birth of Jesus.
Every Christmas, without fail, someone will ask me if Christians should celebrate Christmas.. Generally, the idea that we should not celebrate it comes from either the concept that the holiday has become so commercial as to have lost its true meaning (and should we propagate that commercialism?) or from the
JOHN PEARRELL: The further our nation moves from its Christian foundation, the more intolerant it becomes
The secular humanistic view of tolerance has proven to be nothing more than a thin veil used to disguise their extreme intolerance.. The classical definition of tolerance is "sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own" (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition). That is
Charles Colson in his Breakpoint perspective (at www.breakpoint.org) on Nov. 4, 2005, relates an interesting story. Let me share it with you.
I was reading in the Old Testament book of 1 Kings 18 and another passage popped into my mind.Ecclesiastes 1:9 reminds us "History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new." (Ecclesiastes 1:9, NLT).
I was reading in the Old Testament book of 1 Kings 18 and another passage popped into my mind.Ecclesiastes 1:9 reminds us "History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new." (Ecclesiastes 1:9, NLT).. Perhaps this passage in Ecclesiastes is
Every one of us longs for happiness. Not just the superficial happiness that is momentarily experienced in certain surroundings and then vanishes quickly like a puff of smoke, but a deep abiding happiness with our lives.. Years ago a young teen wrote these words to columnist Ann Landers, "Happiness is
I do not know your views regarding the Troy Davis saga. I do know that a cry went out across this land asking for leniency with the claim that there was a chance he might be innocent.. Voices like Al Sharpton, former President Jimmy Carter, Amnesty International and others rallied
I hate wasps. Truth be told, they scare me.. I have never had a pleasant encounter with one. They swoop down unexpected, sting you for no apparent reason and then fly off, I am convinced, with little bug laughter and a gleeful, "Did you see what I did to him
On this 10th anniversary of the horrific attacks of 9/11, the accusations against God once again will come to the forefront.. There are those who claim that such calamities prove that God doesn't exist. They hold that if there was a God, wars would not be fought, places like Nazi
Last week I broached the subject of whether or not we can be truly good without God. I stated in that column that your answer to that question really depends on your standard for goodness.. If your standard is human comparisons, then yes, we can be good without God. But
I don't know whether you have been following the tragic news coming out of England regarding the riots that are sweeping London and other cities.. British Prime Minister David Cameron called the violence the result of a "slow moral collapse" and English historian and journalist Max Hastings writes in the
Recently I was viewing a Public Television special on the Bible. I was appalled at the poor scholarship, the obvious failure to research the facts they were presenting, and the resulting misinformation being passed onto the viewing public.
"The Bible is like every other religious book. The Bible, the Koran -- they're basically the same," were the confident words of the young man who was trying desperately to impress me with his understanding of spiritual things.
Dr. Erwin Lutzer, Pastor of Moody Church in Chicago, relates the story of flying on an airplane when the man sitting next to him, a former commercial pilot and now the owner of a small plane, said to him, "People make the mistake of thinking that large airplanes are safer than small ones. They make that mistake because the number of small airplane crashes greatly exceed the number of large airplane crashes. People assume that it is because small planes are not as safe, but that is not true. Small planes are just as safe as large ones, the problem is most small plane pilots simply lack experience."
Growing up in the inner city in the '60s, I recall with horror the violence of race riots that swept across this country from East to West and from North to South.
"Whose fault is it?" With those words the blame game begins. We see it in childish arguments, we see it in current politics (almost a little redundant) and we see it in culture in general. Instead of looking for real solutions, it seems that we are fixated on identifying who is to blame for any particular problem.
"Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed the only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God? That they cannot be violated but with his wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever." Those are the words of Thomas Jefferson.
God made us, we rebelled, God loves us and paid the penalty for our rebellion offering us forgiveness and life.