Saturday, November 24, 2012
Are you or someone you know a follower of the likes of Joel Osteen, Kenneth Hagin, Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, or T. D. Jakes etc? This film takes a responsible look at the major doctrines which separate this movement from historic biblical Christianity. Its origins and errors are documented with evidence and fact. - Dr. Jim West
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The split between Judaism and Christianity did not come about simply or quickly. It was a complex process which took some one hundred years, starting from the crucifixion, and which had different causes and effects depending on whether it is looked at from the point of view of Judaism or Christianity. Further, the question of legal status as seen through Roman eyes also had some relationship to the issue.
To read more connect to link: http://lawrenceschiffman.com/research/jewish-christian-schism/
Thursday, October 11, 2012
A new Pew Research Center study of America's evolving religious demographic asserts that nearly 20 percent of Americans are now religiously unaffiliated, while historically dominant Protestants are now under 50 percent. The headlines have understandably cited the study as proof of America's secularization.
The folk icon remains elusive and understudied
"Why do we continue to talk about Woody so many years on?" Bruce Springsteen asked recently. "Never had a hit, never went platinum, never played in an arena, never got his picture on the cover of Rolling Stone." Springsteen's answer: Guthrie is a "big, big ghost in the machine."
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Tragedy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi by Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern | The New York Review of Books
Sunday, September 09, 2012
As a Christian you are not only free in Jesus but, in solidarity with all other people, you are also in yourself, in the flesh. And to the extent that you are in the flesh and not in the spirit you are “dead in sins” (Colossians 2:13; Ephesians 2:1). You are not just half-dead, or apparently dead. So, in this life, you are engaged in the conflict of the Spirit against the flesh, but also of the flesh against the Spirit, and in the last resort you will not refuse to confess with the apostle Paul “that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwells no good thing” (Romans 7:18). Conflict does not mean peaceful co-existence, let alone some kind of co-operation! There is no co-operation between the two! For how can there be co-operation between total freedom and total bondage? How can the Spirit give assistance to the flesh, or the flesh to the Spirit? So count yourself dead to the flesh but alive to the Spirit (Rom. 6:11)
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Obviously the New Testament concept of divine sonship cannot compete in any sense with that of the divine sonship of Jesus Christ. On the contrary, it is absolutely dependent on this. The fathers made the distinction that Jesus Christ is Filius Dei natura while believers are filii Dei adoptione. They can be this adoptione because Jesus Christ is so natura. The constant indicatives underline what the New Testament says of believers, that they are (Rom. 8:14), we are (Rom. 8:16), we are called and are (1 Jn. 3:1), we are now (1 Jn. 3:2), you are (Gal. 4:6), and even you all are (Gal. 3:26) sons or children of God.
In a decisive passage Paul mentions only one thing in which everything is obviously included for him, v. 15, Gal. 4:6. Remarkably, and certainly not by accident, this is the same cry as the Gospel narrative (Mk. 14:36) puts on the lips of Jesus when He is at prayer in Gethsemane. So then, in this form, the Son of God is the prototype of the sonship of believers.
Barth, K., Bromiley, G. W., & Torrance, T. F. (2004). Church dogmatics, Volume V: Index, with Aids for the Preacher (469). London; New York: T&T Clark.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
You cannot consecrate what is not yours; there is only one thing you can consecrate to God, and that is your right to yourself ( Romans 12:1-2).
Chambers, O. (1993). My utmost for his highest : Selections for the year. Grand Rapids, MI: Discovery House Publishers.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Jesus Christ is the hope of all men, and therefore also of non-Christians, of the heathen, of the theoretically or practically ungodly. How could we limit the positive sign of life in the midst of the times to Christians? The main concern of the ongoing of the history of the prophecy of Jesus Christ which fills our time is with non-Christians. Their existence is a reminder of the darkness which resists it. It is for their sake that it must go forward, that Jesus Christ as the living Word of God is still on the way to-day. Their conversion from ignorance to knowledge, from unbelief to faith, from bondage to freedom, from night to day, is the goal of His prophetic work so far as it has a temporal goal. He wills to seek and to save those who are lost, who without Him, without the light of life, without the Word of the covenant, will necessarily perish, v. 10. He is for them specifically this light, this Word. He is their hope … Christians have many reasons to see this. In days past were they not themselves non-Christians, or sleeping and even dead Christians, and therefore in fact and at bottom non-Christians? Is it not the case that they were not for Him as He was for them? Have they not every cause to be grateful that in spite of this, without their response of love, even when they were enemies (Rom 5:10), He was for them, their hope, and the Holy Spirit was obviously promised to them in this way? (IV, 3, p. 364 f. The Promise of the Spirit.)
Barth, K., Bromiley, G. W., & Torrance, T. F. (2004). Church dogmatics, Volume V: Index, with Aids for the Preacher (448). Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
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Or John the Theologian says it like this: "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. . . . Jesus answered them, 'Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.' The Jews then said, 'It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?' But he was speaking about the temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken." (John 1.14; 2.19-22)
And Thomas Torrance said it like this: "Jesus Christ is the place where God and man meet in space and time! In order to express this more positively, let us turn back to the incarnation for a moment. Jesus Christ, the man Jesus, is the place in this physical world of space and time where God and man meet and where they have communion with one another. The temple in the Old Testament was the place where God has put his name, where he kept tryst [sic] with his covenanted people and where they kept covenant with him. Jesus Christ is that temple of God on earth and among mankind where God has put his name, and where he has appointed us to meet him. It is the place where heaven and earth meet, the place of reconciliation within our historical existence in flesh and blood. Jesus Christ is himself among us God’s mercy-seat, God’s place in the world where he is really present to us in our place." (Thomas F. Torrance, “Atonement,” 287)