Tuesday, September 22, 2015

When the People of God Fall in Love With Their Stuff

No country in the history of the world has been wealthier in absolute terms than the United States. Although there have been nations with more far flung empires (Great Britain, Rome, Spain), none of them even approached the level of opulence that this country has reached. By way of example, consider the gross national product (GDP). At present (September of 2015), the nation’s GDP is over $17 trillion. That’s a figure that the human mind simply cannot comprehend. If you were to visually represent that figure, it would be like stacking $1,000 dollar bills to an altitude of 1,139 miles! That is much more than enough to reach well into outer space.  If that doesn’t impress you, take that number in $1 bills and that string, placed end to end, will be enough to get you to Saturn and back, a trip of nearly 1.6 billion miles!!!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Does the Bible Teach us to Take up the Sword?

The other day I was listening to a webcast where the host read an article about the Bible and the Qur’an. The general premise of the article was that both, the Bible and the Qur’an, called for believers to slaughter unbelievers. When it came to the Bible, the author quoted the instances where God commanded the Israelites to exterminate the Amalekites and other inhabitants of the Promised Land. This was done in an effort to show, or so the writer thought, how both religions have had their “dark periods where they promoted genocide.”

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Evangelism Methodology: What’s the best way to evangelize?

You see them often around the neighborhood and they have likely knocked on your door and left you some literature at time or two. They are the Jehovah’s Witnesses Publishers and the Mormon “elders.” They are in the forefront of what used to be referred to as door knocking and they have made great inroads into the evangelistic world with that tactic.