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Monthly Archives: December 2010
Josh Lowery, A friend of mine from Facebook has created a series of videos exploring the idiosyncraties of Calvinism. This series is titled “The Damned”, and it provides a pretty good synopsis of some of the biggest problems in Calvinism.
Doug’s first taste of Calvinism
Doug’s Theological Trap
It’s the Glory, Stupid!
Theologizing le Babel
Here is an excellent presentation by Don Stensing which is part of a series designed to examine why it is that church attendance in America is on a downward trend.
I think a key question in he asks is this:
Is the Gospel less relevant to Americans than before?
Or is it that churches are less relevant to Americans than before?
Many times I hear otherwise committed Christians ask whether logic and reason have ever helped anyone come to faith or not. They largely view Paul’s speech in Acts 17 as a failure and claim he changed his tactics after the incident on Mars Hill.
While both presentations are excellent, what struck me the most was Holly’s story. Being a professor of literature, Dr. Ordway was drawn to Christ primarily through the literature produced by great Christian authors.
Before Holly spoke Dr Craig had her help distribute a few books as prizes. Holly provided quotes from great Christian authors and the books were given to the people who could correctly identify the author. From this simple exchange it was evident that Holly loved her craft and took great joy in it.
We (Christians) need to listen more carefully to people like Holly and Stephen. We need to understand how they were borne into the kingdom so we can work at creating more environments that are conducive to conversions that are not merely emotional highs in a concert setting.
Also, we need more people like the ones who were instrumental in Holly and Stephen’s lives. Christians who are equipped and willing to go where the lost are, invest our lives into them, and wait for them to raise the deep questions that no other world view has an adequate answer for outside of Christianity.
What gain has the worker from his toil?
I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
Work is a blessing given to us by God (Gen 2:15). Sure, it was marred by the fall (Gen 4:12), but that does not negate the fact that we were designed for work and that, because of that design, we delight in work well done.
Also notice how work is given before the fall and how “eternity in the hearts of men” is sandwiched in between a discussion on work. Work is not something we should dread, as the author of Ecclesiastes points out, taking pleasure in our work is God’s gift to man.