In Mark 9.2–32, a voice from heaven tells Peter, James, and John: “This [Jesus] is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” With these words, God tells us who Jesus is and how we ought to respond to him. Let’s look closer at the who and the how. First, who is Jesus? Mark 9.2–32 shows Jesus in five distinct relationships: with the disciples, the prophets, the Father, the crowds, and the demons. Each relationship teaches us something about Jesus’ identity. With the disciples, Jesus is the teacher. He tells them about his impending death and resurrection. He interprets the … Continue reading Listen to Him! (Mark 9.2–32)
SCRIPTURE READING Ephesians 5:7–14 DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT In Ephesians 5.7–14, Paul makes two kinds of statements. The first is indicative; it states who we are. The second kind is imperative; it tells us how we should act. Indicative statements include the following: “You were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord” (verse 8). “The fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true” (verse 9). Imperative statements include the following: “Do not associate with them” (verse 7). “Walk as children of the light” (verse 8). “Discern what is pleasing to the Lord” (verse 10). … Continue reading The Indicative and the Imperative (Ephesians 5.7–14)
I received my KHOMO product this morning and immediately tried it out. It’s well-constructed and nice to look at. It fits my Kindle Fire HD 7″ very well, giving unimpeded access to all buttons and ports, and not blocking the speakers. At $32.99 + shipping on Amazon, it’s very affordable. In fact, it was cheaper than the rubberized Amazon cover that I bought from Best Buy, which doesn’t come with a keyboard. I pulled it out of the box and immediately paired it with my Kindle, following the simple instructions included with the cover. It paired easily. The instructions say … Continue reading Review of KHOMO Kindle Fire HD 7″ case and detachable keyboard
Check out this interview with Stephen Mansfield, author of The Mormonizing of America. Q: You’ve written “The Faith of George W. Bush” and “The Faith of Barack Obama.” Why did you write “The Mormonizing of America” instead of “The Faith of Mitt Romney”? A: I thought that the story of Bush at the time was bigger than the story of evangelicals and the religious right at that time. I thought the story of Obama personally was bigger then the story of the religious left that he was sort of the champion of. But in this case I think that the … Continue reading Evangelical author sees a “Mormonizing of America’’
From the American Enterprise Institute… In 2011, for the first time since the question was first asked in 1958, a majority of Americans (54%) told Gallup they would vote for a generally well-qualified atheist for president; 43% said they would not. Still, the proportion of Americans willing to vote for an atheist is lower than for the other groups Gallup examined: • Black: 96% • Woman: 95% • Catholic: 94% • Hispanic: 92% • Jewish: 91% • Mormon: 80% • Gay or lesbian: 68% • Muslim: 58% Continue reading A majority of Americans (54%) told Gallup they would vote for a generally well-qualified atheist for president; 43% said they would not
Rachel Held Evans posts a hard-hitting critique of this article on TGC’s website: Now in the past, I’ve always made a distinction between the complementarianism of groups like The Gospel Coalition and the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and the hard patriarchy of groups like Vision Forum and the FIC Movement, assuming that the latter was much more legalistic and patriarchal than the former. But in recent years the two seem to be getting cozier. I know many complementarians who, although they believe men should hold authority over women in the home, church, and society, make an exception for … Continue reading Rachel Held Evans on the Gospel Coalition, sex, and subordination UPDATED
Over at Public Discourse, Helen Alvare has some interesting thoughts about the politics of sexual liberation: The theory of sexualityism has now had four to five decades to prove itself. There has been a massive expansion of “sexual liberty” on a nationwide scale. Consequently, by this time, observers (and policymakers) with an objective bone in their bodies who believe in the scientific method, would now be searching for a net improvement in the reported happiness and freedom of women. If they did not find one, they would discard this theory about women’s happiness and search for another. But the opposite … Continue reading “The White House and Sexualityism”: A critique of the political support for uncommitted, unencumbered, inconsequential sex
In this video, Dr. Jim Bradford continues his 7-part spiritual assessment series from Revelation 2-3. Here’s the assessment question: Could our external witness be threatened by internal compromise of the truth? Pergamum: Could our external witness be threate…, posted with vodpod Continue reading Pergamum: Could our external witness be threatened by internal compromise of the truth?