Archive for April, 2007
This is a Bible study from Richard Allen (Sligo). His website is http://richardandtheword.com
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1Jn. 3:13. Do not wonder, brethren, that the world s you. Jesus himself said, ‘In the world you have tribulation’, Jn. 16:33. Why should we have trouble, or tribulation, in this world? Why on earth should the world hate us? Read the rest of this entry »
“… Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that man is without excuse.” These words from Romans 1:19-20 make clear that every person has the opportunity to know God based on the evidences in His creation. The evidence for His existence is staggering both in quantity and in quality–especially to this generation.More than speaking merely of God’s existence, the creation, according to Romans 1, also reveals our need to form a right relationship with God and points the way to forming that relationship. As an illustration of the accessibility of the essential information, the Bible includes an account of an ancient character, Job, who without the aid of scriptures and opposed by the religion of his peers, discerned all the elements of what Christians call “the gospel,” meaning the good news. Read the rest of this entry »
Okay, I’m really trying to get some work done here, but things just keep getting in my way. A billboard with a picture of the likeness of Jesus Christ and the tagline “Jesus affirmed a gay couple” with the scripture reference Matthew 8:5-13 fell victim to vandals here in Indy [see photo above]. Another sign was hit, too, but has been repaired.
So what does Mathew 8:5-13 have to say?
5When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6”Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.”
7Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.”
8The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
10When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
13Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour.
Now… I’m no Bible scholar. I leave that stuff to the big kids at BaylyBlog, Boar’s Head Tavern, David Holford, Michael Spencer, Necessary Therapy, and Sigmund, Carl and Alfred. But seriously, folks, does anyone really take this passage as an endorsement of same-sex relationships? Anybody want to lay some Greek on this boy for some clarification?
Rev. Andy Hunt of Body of Christ Community Church is quoted in the article saying that vandalism is always a wrong response. Andy said:
It ignites passions whenever someone brings a lie against the god you worship, but we can’t go down to their level.
Good call. While I’m not in favour of what I believe is a gross misrepresentation of God’s Word, I’m not in favor of vandalism as a method to get my point across.