The chief weakness of Christianity is and always has been its sometime willingness to acquiesce to the demands of society in order to find acceptance, ‘tolerance’, or whatever. From time immemorial, as soon as the Church has agreed to the world’s terms, it was weakened. As Adolf von Harnack noted, the Church’s mission was to go into the world but instead the world came into the Church (in the era of Constantine the Foul), and that was when disaster struck.
In our own time churches are caving in to the cravings of culture and ‘giving the people what they want’ instead of what they need- the Gospel. Nothing could be less appropriate, or less Christian.
Accordingly, it really is time for Christianity to say to the World: this is who we are, this is what we believe, this is how we behave, and if you don’t like it or want no part of it, good riddance.
Enough of the pandering and the whining and the capitulating; enough of the lying! The Church needs to be the Church and remember that as the Bride of Christ the very gates of Hell cannot prevail against it. Why, then, should a whiny Millennial? Or a sniveling ‘seeker’?
Church, just be the Church, and to Hades with those who demand you surrender. The world needs the Gospel. The Gospel doesn’t need the world. Pastors need to be Pastors, not capitulaters.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued an order to Joel Osteen, bestselling author and pastor of Lakewood Church, to acquire a butcher’s license in order to continue handling Scripture.
The department’s Meat Safety Assurance Unit was tipped off to a potential violation of the state’s health code, which prohibits individuals from butchering and mangling poultry, meats, and biblical passages for the public’s consumption without proper training and licensing. When a health inspector then performed a surprise undercover visit to Lakewood Church, sure enough, Osteen was in fact seen brutally slaughtering several passages—including Isaiah 53:5, Jeremiah 1:5, and Psalm 46:10a—without the proper licensing.
“Really we’re just crossing our T’s and dotting our I’s here,” Judd Grant, spokesperson for the inspection unit, told the Houston Chronicle. “It was clear from our observation of Mr. Osteen that he is in fact a skilled and experienced butcher of texts of all kinds. But rules are rules.”
Osteen is expected to comply with the request, and has already spoken victory over the licensing process according to the church’s Director of Positive Thinking.
First, for the Melanchthon-ites out there (and who in their right mind isn’t?)
Written by a team of internationally renowned scholars, this newly conceived handbook provides a reliable introduction to the life, work, and impact of Philipp Melanchthon. It presents the latest research on Melanchthon’s role in Reformation history, but beyond this, reveals his importance in intellectual history as a universal scholar of the 16thcentury.
And second, for the Reformation History folk (and who in their right mind isn’t)
The program for the Society for Reformation Research’s summer conference in Nuremberg on “Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Reformation Era” is now available online. http://www.nuremberg2017.org/
Take a look.
The Bee offers this warning….
I guess this guy doesn’t know anything about gun safety. A lack of common sense seems widespread in the NRA community.
A gun went off before an Easter service at a Wilson County church Sunday. It happened at Gladeville Baptist Church. A gun owner, who has a permit to carry the weapon, had the gun in his pocket. When he sat down, it discharged and a bullet went into the floor. No one was hurt but the District Attorney will review the case for possible charges.
I don’t think stupidity is a crime. Yet. But public endangerment is.
Many people have heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls, but few know what they are or the significance they have for people today. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and it gives us an opportunity to ask what are these scrolls and why they should matter to anyone.
The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947 and consist of 900 plus copies of Jewish manuscripts of biblical books, sectarian compositions, and other writings. Several of these scrolls are thought to belong to a Jewish sect or school of philosophy called the “Essenes” who lived two thousand years ago. Some of these Essenes once resided at the site now called the ruins of (khirbet) Qumran, close to the location of the eleven caves where scrolls were found. Recently, there was an announcement of the discovery of the “12th Dead Sea Scrolls cave”, but the evidence of an uninscribed scroll fragment, linen wrappings, and pottery shards found in the cave is insufficient to support the claim.