For the last three weeks I have been working day and night on a book entitled Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur's Strange Fire, and by God's amazing grace, it is completed and should be published in print and e-book form within the next three weeks.
But Authentic Fire is not just a rebuttal to what I believe are some of the major errors and misperceptions in the Strange Fire camp. The book is also an invitation to believers on all sides of the current debate to understand each other better, to learn from each other more, and to help each other fulfill the great commission in the fullness of the Spirit.
It's not about winning a debate or proving "the other side" wrong (whichever side that may be from your perspective). It's a matter of humbling ourselves before the Lord and before one another, listening rather than fighting and honoring rather than attacking, even when we have to speak corrective words. Isn't this what Jesus, the Head of the body, deserves? Isn't this what he expects? more >>
Liberty University President and Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. expressed remorse Tuesday after it was revealed by Lynchburg, Va., authorities that a male student had been fatally shot after physically attacking a campus security officer at a women's-only dorm at the evangelical Christian private school.
"We have received reports that a Liberty University Emergency Services Officer was attacked by a male student in the lobby of a women's-only dorm early this morning," reads a late morning statement released by the Liberty University News Service. "The student was shot and killed and the officer was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment. The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating the matter and Liberty University is cooperating."
The news item relayed a statement from President Falwell, who said, "The Liberty University community is deeply saddened by this tragic event and is prayerfully supporting all those impacted." more >>
Mr. President, I thank you for this opportunity to share the following with you.
After graduating from Cleveland State University, where I was privileged to serve as the president of our student body, I was selected for a post at the AFL-CIO headquarters across the street from the White House, your home. One day I bumped into President Nixon as he exited his limo, and I asked him this question: "Mr. President, do you read the Bible?"
The smile he tried to swallow surfaced on his face as he replied with a wink and a nod, "I not only read it, I even quote from it sometimes!" more >>
WASHINGTON – Satan can give the Christian Right all its goals and still destroy the church from within, Russell D. Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, declared at the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Coalition's "Justice Summit." Moore, an advocate for Christian values in politics, warned that outlawing abortion, protecting marriage, and defending morality is not enough.
"It would be a shame, you might even say it would be devilish, to be people with values right side up and crosses upside down," he said. Focusing on Jesus' temptation in the wilderness from Matthew 4, Moore warned that valuing anything more than the Gospel of Jesus Christ can easily become the church's undoing.
In explaining this threat, Moore turned to a child custody dispute involving a Satanist. In that case, the Satanist called on his Satanic priest to testify on his behalf. The priest explained that they don't worship the devil, but "what we believe in is the worship of the ego and the power of the self." He pointed to the upside down cross as "the reversal of all those things we find so weak in Christianity: humility, meekness, gentleness, crucifixion." more >>
The hallmark distinction between liberals and conservatives in America is our radically divergent view of government and its role in the lives of citizens. Liberals are convinced that a strong central government is necessary to ensure that everyone "gets their fair share," while conservatives believe that free markets are the best mechanism for allocating resources. liberals value equality of results, while conservatives value equality of opportunity.
Historically, liberals have had a rhetorical advantage with their brand of "equality" talk. They are viewed as champions of the disadvantaged and downtrodden, while conservatives are demonized as heartless worms that care nothing about the plight of the have-nots. Perhaps no policy debate highlighted this contrast more than the one that preceded the passage of Obamacare. As we are now painfully aware, Obamacare is a law that's long on sentiment and short on sensibleness. Democrats were so focused on the symbolic value of the legislation that they neglected to consider the logistics of its implementation. The idea was all that ever mattered – the idea of comprehensive, affordable, accessible health care for all without exception. We were told that the Affordable Care Act would realize this vision, although no one seemed quite able to tell us how. We needed to pass the law so we could find out what was in it, remember?
Fast forward to today. The President and his congressional counterparts got their way and Obamacare is the law of the land. The genie is out of the bottle and the American people are finally getting their chance to find out exactly what this law is all about. Turns out all those mean Republicans were onto something when they questioned the wisdom of entrusting one sixth of the U.S. economy to an ideologically driven president and his bureaucratic minions. From the start, this law has been about one thing: the redistribution of wealth under the guise of health care reform. The President wants a single payer system and Obamacare was engineered to push the system in that direction. We were told that the law would increase competition and lower costs but the opposite is happening. People were promised that they could keep their insurance if they like it and keep their doctors, but the opposite is happening. Now we're being told that these broken promises are unintended consequences. The President simply didn't realize how complicated overhauling the health care system would be. Imagine that! more >>
Super Typhoon Haiyan and the anniversary of super storm Sandy should remind all of us of the tragic suffering that is part of living in the post-fall world, affected by both human sin and the divine curse (Genesis 3).
But is Rev. Darren A. Ferguson, of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Far Rockaway, NY, whose home and church Sandy destroyed, right to insist that "climate change" made Sandy stronger than it otherwise would have been?
Assume for a moment (though there is good reason to doubt it) that the world's been warming rapidly and beyond the bounds of natural variability and that, as he put it, "we are the primary cause." Does that entail that Sandy was more powerful because of it? more >>