Sunday, May 20, 2012

Wide Open Heart

Jared Wilson writes,

"If our mind is closed in the right way, shut on the solid things of Scripture, an open heart makes a lot of difference. What does an open heart look like?"

Find out in this post>>>

The post reminded me of the popular refrain that good theology results in great doxology. Enjoy.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Christianity and Science

In a recent article called Christianity and The Rise of Western Science, the author stresses the fact that faith and science have never really been adversaries. In addition, the author states that anyone who argues that history shows a conflict between faith and science is not arguing from fact. I thought the article was quite useful in many ways. Hope you enjoy.
Here's an excerpt:
Could modern science have arisen outside the theological matrix of Western Christendom? It is difficult to say. What can be said for certain is that it did arise in that environment, and that theological ideas underpinned some of its central assumptions. Those who argue for the incompatibility of science and religion will draw little comfort from history.

What historical record also suggests is that insofar as modern science posits natural laws and presupposes the constancy of nature, it invokes an implicit theology.

C.S. Lewis on Desires

Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased. -- C.S. Lewis

Free Audio Download: Resolving Everyday Conflict

For the month of May, Christian Audio is offering Resolving Everyday Conflict by Ken Sande and Kevin Johnson for free download:
This is a book that I've had on my wishlist for a while, so I look forward to being able to listen to the book on my commute to and from work each day. Here's a description, in case you're interested:
Ken Sande, author of the bestselling classic The Peacemaker, has long been a trusted resource on the topic of conflict resolution. In Resolving Everyday Conflict, Sande distills his message to the essentials, quickly equipping readers with the tools they need to bring peace to their relationships.

Everyone encounters conflict--whether it be with a coworker, family member, friend, or complete stranger. And yet we all desire harmony in our relationships. Resolving Everyday Conflict is a practical, biblical, concise guide to peacemaking in everyday life that can turn tumultuous relationships into peaceful ones.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Very Human Superheroes

updated with the link: The Gospel Coalition blog has an awesome article that analyzes the plotline and character development in the new Avengers movie. It is quite good, especially if you are considering discussing it with your friends or unbelievers. I'd highly recommend this one, along with the previous post (Loki vs. Jesus).


Loki vs. Jesus - The Avengers Movie vs. Our True Hope
A few quips from the article to pique your interest:

"Jesus vs. Loki? Oh Puh-lease! Over before it started – right?"

"I'm quite certain you'll enjoy The Avengers, but you can take even greater gratification in the fact that the spiritual world created in the Marvel film series is about as real as a ginormous green guy in purple pants. It's more of a 'reel' reality based on Viking mythology, where Loki is a "god" of sorts. The problem with all these 'gods' is that they act just like sinful humans with superpowers.
At least Captain America proclaims this truth when he's getting ready to jump out of a plane to pursue an escaped Loki. When he's warned that he's about to go after a god, he replies, "There's only one God, ma'am… And he doesn't dress like that."

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Essential Creation

At the essential nature of creation is discussed. Previously, he has also written on Theology and The Trinity. From my perspective, the concept of creation and God as creator goes hand in hand with Jesus as Lord. I find it difficult to believe that anyone can truly know come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior apart from believing in an all-powerful God who created us and everything. Although I also know that this is my own perspective, so I don't think it is impossible for a person to actually be saved and still have issues with creation. It is just not something that was remotely possible for me (or a lot of other people who came to Christ later in life). 

Muscular Christianity?

Dr. Horton's article at Modern Reformation was a very much needed correction to the current trend of many of the CBMW writers of late. Read the entire piece here>>>

Here is a thought provoking excerpt for your consideration:

"where did we get the idea that men are insecure jerks who can't learn anything or belong to the communion of saints as recipients of grace? And are we really ready to identify shallow sentimentalism with "feminization" of the church? Do godly women want this any more than men? In my experience at least, a lot of men and women alike are devouring good books of theology these days, especially in Reformation circles. Yet also in my experience, women—and men—are still being distracted from being immersed in the faith by countless exercises in "applied Christianity" (i.e., niche studies) without much "Christianity" to apply."

I'd be interested in any thoughts or comments that anyone might have.