Dear Mr. Jenner,
You probably don't know who I am and certainly have no obligation to read on. Even so, I pray you will. As the great Olympic champion God gifted you to be, you were an inspiration to me as a boy and endured as such when I grew into adulthood and professional athletics. I hope you will serve to inspire many more generations of young people.
As it stands now, however, you instead appear poised to lead them astray. I implore you to reverse course. more >>
What is the greatest moral crisis in America today? Is it sexual anarchy? Abortion? Human trafficking? Substance abuse? Something else?
As serious as these issues are, I believe the greatest moral crisis in America is the lack of the consciousness of God, beginning in the Church. It is imperative that we recover the awareness of the awesomeness of God, and that means preaching and teaching on His holiness, His justice, and His judgment.
These are major themes of the New Testament, from Jesus to Paul to Peter to John, and we do well to return to those themes in our ministry of the Word. more >>
CNN will launch a new investigative series beginning March 1 about the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth.
"Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery" explores mysteries of the Bible by investigating science and archaeology in order to dispel myths and reaffirm facts about Christianity. The six-part series will closely assess poignant moments in history such as the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
The first investigation takes a look at the Shroud of Turin which is believed by some experts to be the cloth used as Jesus' burial wrap after his crucifixion. Viewers will also see the exploration of notable Gospel characters including Mary Magdalene, Judas and John the Baptist. more >>
Just when you thought Rev. Danny Cortez would be busy avoiding controversy after he and his congregation were dismissed by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2014 for adopting a "third way" affirming same-sex unions, he has landed himself in hot water again.
This time, dissension arose during an interview between the "third way" pastor and another gay-affirming minister who finds holes in Cortez's logic on sexuality, Scripture, and polyamory. The host of the interview is Rev. Jeff Hood, who describes himself as "a Southerner, Queer, and Christian, I am a committed activist, visionary writer and radical prophetic voice to a closed society."
At the beginning of the interview Hood simply asks whether or not Cortez believes the Bible makes room for polyamory. Cortez starts off firmly rejecting polyamory relationships saying, "I don't see polyamory spoken of positively at all in scripture. When polyamory is mentioned, it is not approved or valued." Hood presses on, at one point even insinuating Jesus and His twelve disciples engaged in a polyamorous relationship. Again, Cortez denies polyamory and the idea that Jesus engaged in sexual relationships with His disciples. more >>
A great quote attributed to George Orwell, author of 1984, is, "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."
In poring over the news of late, it's amazing how much untruth there is, mixed with partial truth. Spin and euphemisms often replace truth.
I read recently that an abortion doctor was honored for his work. But not once was there a mention of the word "abortion" or even a hint of the grisly work he is involved in. more >>
Researchers have deciphered the ancient Coptic text behind a 1,500-year-old manuscript called "The Gospel of the lots of Mary," which directly identifies her as the mother of Jesus Christ. Anne Marie Luijendijk, a professor of religion at Princeton University, said that the text could've been used to provide guidance or encouragement to people.
"When I began deciphering the manuscript and encountered the word 'Gospel' in the opening line, I expected to read a narrative about the life and death of Jesus as the canonical Gospels present, or a collection of sayings similar to the Gospel of Thomas (a non-canonical text)," Luijendijk said, according to LiveScience.
A translation of the opening of the text, which is being kept at Harvard University's Sackler Museum, reads: more >>