Browsing articles from "August, 2011"
Aug 31, 2011

But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Joshua assembles the Israelites for a second covenant renewal ceremony at the end of his life. They assemble at Shechem, where Joshua recounts their history, from Abraham’s father Terah, through the time of the patriarchs, to the Exodus and the conquest of Canaan. He then tells them to serve the Lord, saying that, if they refuse, they should choose “this day” whom they will serve: the gods of Terah or of the Canaanites. In words familiar to many Christians, Joshua concludes, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

The Israelites choose to serve the Lord, and Joshua makes a covenant with them, writing in the book of the law and setting up a stone at Shechem to serve as a witness against Israel, should it break the covenant.

This passage highlights one of the central theological claims of the book of Joshua: the Lord is God and is the only deity worthy of worship. Neither the gods of the Canaanites nor the gods of Israel’s own pre-Abrahamic ancestors are to be worshiped. The Lord demands complete covenant loyalty from Israel and will bless such loyalty with divine favor.
(via Enter the Bible)

Aug 29, 2011

24/7 missionary

In today’s passage, Timothy is exhorted to insist on proclaiming the Good News “whether the time is right or not” (4:2). Are there some times that are better than others for sharing the good news of Christ? How do you go about sharing your faith with others? When is it important to speak up in faith? When might your actions “preach” better than words?

Aug 29, 2011

Evolution – A Topical Summer Sermon Podcast

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Paul writes to the Corinthians: “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.”
As part of our topical summer sermon series today, August 28th 2011, we will hear about “evolution” – that is how the theology of creation has evolved and how our spiritual lives are constantly evolving, too.



Aug 28, 2011

The Inspiration of Scripture

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living,” (2 Timothy 3:16)
The “Scripture” being referred to would be the books of the Old Testament. The passage probably does not refer to the Old Testament as a completed collection (a “canon”), since the canonization of the Old Testament was not yet firm for Christians by the end of the first century C.E., although it might well have been for Jews. Nevertheless, the passage shows that an authoritative scriptural tradition was well underway by the time that 2 Timothy was written. The false teachers of the era may not have regarded the Old Testament books as authoritative. “Inspiration” here means, that texts can be inspirational for people to change their ways:
“so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed.” (verse 17)
(via Enter the Bible)

Aug 27, 2011

God is faithful

According to this ancient hymn God is faithful when we are not:
“If we are not faithful, he remains faithful, because he cannot be false to himself.”

Aug 26, 2011

Mothers of Faith

Religion has always been a woman thing. Guys have never really paid much attention to church stuff. Judaism to this days is passed down the generations of the maternal line. The second letter to Timothy even invokes the faith of mother and grandmother as examples: “I remember the sincere faith you have, the kind of faith that your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice also had. I am sure that you have it also.”

Aug 25, 2011

College Freshmen Zeitgeist

Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall.

As for the class of 2015, without any memory whatever of George Herbert Walker Bush as president, they came into existence as Bill Clinton came into the presidency. Their parents, frequently older than one might expect because women have always been able to get pregnant almost regardless of age, have hovered over them with extra care and have agreed with those states that mandated the wearing of bike helmets. Ferris Bueller could be their overly cautious dad, and Jimmy Carter is an elderly smiling public man who appears occasionally on television doing good works. “Dial-up,” Woolworths and the Sears “Big Book” are as antique to them as “talking machines” might have been to their grandparents. Meanwhile, as they’ve wondered why O.J. Simpson has always been suspected of something, they have all “been there, done that, gotten the Tshirt,” shortened boring conversations with “yadda, yadda, yadda,” and recognized LBJ as LeBron James.

Check out the entire list here.

Aug 25, 2011

Church and the Web ranks right behind in the total number of external links, with more than three-and-a-half million. That is because Mormons Spread the Good Word with SEO Strategy.

For years, Google offered some of its products—including its office software and popular Gmail—for free or discounted use to qualifying nonprofits. Now Google Cuts Churches Out Of Nonprofit Program.

Aug 25, 2011

Financial Peace

Dave Ramsey teaches that incredible things happen when you learn to manage your money:
There are a lot of people who have gotten the crazy idea that rich people are somehow evil or something. But it’s simply not true!
You may have heard the warning in the Bible, but pay close attention to the words of the verse. Does it say that money is the root of all evil?
No! 1 Timothy 6:10 says that “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.”

Aug 24, 2011

Modesty redefined

The author of 1 Timothy loves challenging cultural norms:
– Widows can marry again, against the predominant culture.
– Christians are supposed to drink wine, because it’s good for you.