Saturday, May 27, 2006

CT Feature: Worship in 1AD

If you have never read Justin Martyr, early church leader (155 AD), then you should, especially in these Da Vinci Code days . . . .

In his work, The First Apology of Justin, the Martyr, he writes a fascinating account of worship and practice in the early church.

CT features an excerpt of his work (here).

You can read the entire Apology (here).

Gore cites Scripture for his Global Warming Cause

Almost-president Al Gore packed a New York theater to discuss climate change and the coming global crisis this week. The event coincides with the release of his global warming pseudo-documentary disaster film, "An Inconvenient Truth," distributed by a division of Paramount Pictures.

He cried, "Every faith tradition has teachings that are directly on point [to climate change]." Gore told the packed audience, which included former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, "The Book of Revelation [says] God will destroy those who destroy his creation."

Gore noted that some evangelical Christian leaders have expressed concern about climate change, musing, "Whatever works."

Gore closed, packed his things, and left the town hall meeting in a hired limo.

The irony: his exit vehicle gets about the same mileage as the latest HUMMER (H3).

Read more (here).

Pray for Indonesia and SE Asia

I traveled to SEAO last year on a mission and saw the devastation of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Most of those who suffer in this region of the world live in poverty--both spiritual and economic.

Pray for those affected, and pray for the missionaries in that region who will be working to make a difference through the power of Christ.

You may read more about the devastation in this article of The Age (here).

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Graduating Seniors interrupt Ceremony with Prayer

RUSSELL SPRINGS, KY. - "A federal judge on Friday blocked a southern Kentucky high school from including prayers in its graduation ceremony, prompting students to begin reciting the Lord's Prayer during the opening remarks.
About 200 students interrupted the principal's comments with the prayer, drawing applause and a standing ovation from the crowd."

This story (here) describes the inspiring zeal of a group of high school seniors in their commencement service.

Emergent Leaders help God with His PR Problem?

“I think God had a PR problem,” Walter Henegar begins his article (here), "More than a Fad: Understanding the Emerging Church," addressing the movement and its dramatic redefinition of Christ and Christianity.

Thinkers need to read this blog and file it somewhere.

Henegar is associate pastor of ChristChurch Presbyterian in my hometown, Atlanta, Ga.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Death of Jaroslav Pelikan

The Washington Post reports (here), "Jaroslav Pelikan, 82, Yale University professor of history and religious studies and one of the world's foremost scholars in the arena of the history of Christianity, died May 13 at his home in Hamden, Conn. He had lung cancer . . . ."

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

So, what's your excuse?

The Washington Times (here) tells the story of Mark Inglis, the first double-amputee to conquer the summit of Mount Everest. The 47-year-old and his team set out on March 25 and had aimed to reached Everest's summit by the end of this month.

Also, I found it interesting that duct tape has found its way up Everest. News coverage of his climb earlier this month (here) reports, "Mark Inglis was nearly 21,000 feet up when he slipped and cracked his carbon fiber leg . . . . Instead of quitting Inglis wrapped it up in duct tape . . . ." Hank Wms Jr. lyrics ring through my head when I read news like that.

You can also visit Mark's sites here and here.

Monday, May 15, 2006

PHC Profs go to the mat in CT

In a previous post (here), I cited the LA Times report of the shake-up in Purcellville at Patrick Henry College. For the record, the professors have gone public with their side in CT, clarifying the waters on the issues they explain are at the root of the problem.

In the article, "Shakeup at Patrick Henry College: New president and academic dean announced after 5 of school's 16 faculty quit in protest," the professors record a disagreement with the president (now moving to chancellor).

Issues of contention include the use of the "lifeboat" game in class, published articles on general revelation, president Farris' alleged expression that Augustine "was in hell," and the list goes on . . . .

Without accreditation, PHC could be in serious trouble if the positions aren't filled quickly and explanation given on the dissonance between faculty & administration.

Read the article (here).

See other coverage here, here, and here.

'Our Team Reigns'

From Bible-themed bobblehead dolls to pics with Larry and Bob (VeggieTales characters), this Washington Times article (here) explores the recent marketing phenomenon of "faith night" at professional sport arenas.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Black Friday at Patrick Henry College

The LA Times reports on the shake-up (here) going on in Purcellville, Va. M. Todd Bates, a professor of rhetoric and former Criswell College prof, reportedly started the scuffle with a lecture on Augustine and forgot to mention the Bible or the college's Christian mission.

Five profs have resigned from the faculty of 16. Apparently, several of the faculty made good on a pact they took after Bates's lecture.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

DMN attacks DVC

The religion section of my local paper whacks The Da Vinci Code like a low-hanging piñata.

Mega-churches attacked in DMN

The Dallas Morning News contains an op-ed attack on mega-churches for their "Wal-Marting" methodologies. It proves an interesting read.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Dawn in Darfur

After weeks of frontpage coverage from the NYTimes and throughout blogdom, the world seems no closer to any progress on the desperate situation in Darfur.

In this week's WORLD (here), Jamie Dean acknowledges this reality and offers more detail on the sprawling crises in Sudan and beyond.

Pray for those in leadership, for those who seek to minister to the needy there, and pray the Lord will have mercy on those who need His salvation.

Then, ask the Lord what He would have you do for the men, women, and children who suffer day and night under the hand of terror and tyranny.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Hymns of the Past

I received an encouraging nudge from a friend encouraging me to translate the line from the Latin hymn used in my previous blog. Pastors, professors, and Christians would all benefit from studying the lost hymns of Christian history.

Veni Immanuel: O Rex gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salve hominem, quem de limo formasti.

Translation:
Come Immanuel: O King of Gentiles, and their Desire, the cornerstone, who binds two into one: Come, and save humanity, whom You have fashioned out of clay.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

A Time for Everything (Part 2)

And a time to uproot what is planted...

In my previous post (here), I have witnessed the fulfillment of Ecclesiastes 3:2 ff., and my heart is filled with joy and torn by grief.

My friend and co-laborer at Criswell College, Mr. Harold T. Baxter, graduated into the heavenlies this week. A grave contrast to birth, his death rains pain and grief and loss on all of those who knew and loved God's servant.

But--the grief that I experience through the pangs of death--because of the work of Christ--surprisingly yields fruit. Instead of emptiness and loss, I still expect the great work of God.

On the one hand, we see new life in the infant body of a babe. On the other, by faith, we expect new life through the work of God in Harold's resurrection. In the birth of this little blessing from God, we turn our eyes upward and rejoice in life.

In the death of a friend, though we hurt with pain, we nevertheless turn our eyes toward heaven and say, Lord, again we have seen your all-sufficient work--and rejoice and give you glory. Both have new life today, Lord, because of your power and love for life--in this world, and the next.

Veni Immanuel: O Rex gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salve hominem, quem de limo formasti.

A Time for Everything (Part 1)

A Time to give birth...

This week, I have witnessed the fulfillment of Scripture and much prayer, and my heart is filled with joy.

My close friend and colleague, Denny Burk, and his wife, Susan, welcomed their first child, Emily Carol, into the world.

The happiness that comes through the pangs of birth yields the fruit of the womb and life and the expectation of the great work of God. We have seen the creativity and handiwork of the Creator and rejoice, giving Him glory.

In the birth of this little blessing from God, we turn our eyes upward and rejoice in life. We see new life today, Lord, because of your power and love for life--in this world, and in the world to come.

Veni Immanuel.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Darfur and Your Conscience

Last week, Denny Burk and I broadcast a radio show in Dallas on Darfur and the genocide that continues in that region of Sudan.

Today's Washington Times (here) reports US involvement in this tragedy escalates, as Mr. Bush dispatched Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick to Africa yesterday.

As believers, pray for an end to the torture, rape, and mass murder that takes place daily in the name of Islam and ethnic cleansing.

Pray that god would be a refuge for those who are being sought, and seek what the Lord would have you do for the tortured generation of Darfur.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Immigration Protest Follow-up

From the hispanic markets of California to the county-seat farms of Vidilia, GA, (home of the famous onion), thousands of immigrants and protesters walked off the job in protest of the country's immigration legislation.

From shuttered chicken houses to restaurant closings, the nation saw little in the way of the national effect expected from the boycott. The protest does, however, display the power of the few to rally and cause a nationwide ripple.

Whether for good or evil--every American should take notice of today's events and remember the power of the unified voice.

Christians could learn something, too, from the power of the singular purpose that drives these throngs to walk in unison. Then, perhaps evangelicals could spread Christ's message with similiar passion to the nations (including our own) that desperately need Him.