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Darlene Zschech reflects on new era of worship music:
Songs used to be uptight, they're fearless now
A pioneer of the modern worship era, Darlene Zschech says worship music has changed considerably compared to what it was just 10 years ago. “In some ways it's just gone ahead in such amazing leaps and bounds. I love some of the lyrical content that is around at the moment,” Zschech..... More
Loud storms surround me, but by heart is tranquil
Hiero-confessor Roman Medved1 was born in the year 1874. From 1907, he served as a priest in Sevastopol2, spiritually caring for the sailors of the Black Sea Fleet. In 1918, Father Roman moved to Moscow, and was soon appointed the rector of the (now destroyed) Church of the Holy Hierarch Alexiy on Glinishchevskiy lane. Since then, for more than 10 years, the main mission of his life was the creation of a church community and the spiritual care of Muscovites. ......More
BLIND FAITH, INTELLECTUAL ASSENT, AND SALVATION
In response to a “test” from a Pharisee (a leading sect of Jews in New Testament times who were focused on a lot of rules) Jesus said “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38.
The bit that intrigues me is “all your mind.” I think that there is an idea out there that says in order to be a Christian you have to turn off your brain and refuse to grapple with issues such as evolution and metaphysics. Another passage in Matthew (18:2-4) says that we will never enter the kingdom of heaven unless we become like little children, and this is sometimes used as a reason for settling for blind faith.
But I don’t think kids have blind faith. They are curious, they ask questions – any parent of a 4 year old will tell you that “Why?” is their little one’s favourite sentence starter. Kids soak up learning and want to grow up as quickly as possible to be more like their Mum, Dad, or older sibling. I do think that they are trusting and accepting of their parents and teachers, and are likely to believe what they are told. But sometimes you can almost hear the cogs grinding away in their heads as they absorb their new nuggets of information and work to fit them in with their existing knowledge and experience.
So I reckon that loving God with all our mind involves engaging the brain he created in us to work through issues and challenges to our faith. I want to know what Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, Bertrand Russell, Richard Dawkins, and many others say about our world and about my faith. And like the kids I want to go away and let the cogs whir away until everything falls into place. Sometimes my brain hurts! Sometimes, I encounter an issue that I cannot reconcile with my faith. When this happens, I am comforted by a story told by Paul Little in his book “Know Why You Believe.” He relates that in 1861 the French Academy of Science published 51 scientific facts that controverted the Word of God. But today, no scientist in the world believes a single one of those “facts.” I believe that one day, maybe on the last day, every scientific fact or theory that currently casts doubt on the existence of God will be explained.
However, “all my mind,” an intellectual assent to the evidence for the Christian faith, is important but not sufficient. I have to also love God with all my heart and all my soul. My heart is a metaphor for my emotional engagement with God – relationship building, awe, adoration, love, worship. My soul as used in the Bible is really my whole being. My body, my intellect, my emotions, my social-ness, my spirit, all need to be aligned in an active full-on faith, a willingness to grow and learn, and a determination to hold on in the face of strong challenges. And like the kids, trust The Teacher when He answers my questions.
My report card says “Christopher could do better and needs to improve. He should pay more attention in class and work harder to apply learnings in his daily life. Luckily, he does not have to pass this test in his own strength.”
DHS Arrests American Priest in Philippines for Allegedly
Sexually Assaulting Alter Boys
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has arrested an American priest living in the Philippines for allegedly sexually assaulting at least seven altar boys. American officials apprehended the 77-year-old Rev. Kenneth Bernard Hendricks on Wednesday in the community...MORE
UK Home office finally admits reason for underrepresentation of Christian refugees
The UK Home Office has finally acknowledged that Christian refugees in the Middle East are “reluctant” to enter the refugee camp system, but refuses to state this is because of persecution.
In response to a Freedom of Information request sent by a Barnabas Fund supporter, the Home Office admitted, “Minority groups may be more reluctant to go to camps. Many Christians live outside the camps and rely on churches and Christian support groups. .....More
Christian Persecution is Ignored Because There's No Word to Adequately Describe It, Says Bishop
While Christians are one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world, it's generally ignored because, unlike Muslims and Jews, Christians have no good word to describe it, a UK archbishop has said. Anba Angaelos, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, said because there is no Christian equivalent for words such as "anti-Semitism" and "Islamophobia,"....More
Derby Cathedral banned vicar for not paying diocese "protection money"
A prominent evangelical vicar banned by Derby Cathedral from preaching at the Derby University Christian Union carol service says that cathedral
authorities blocked him from the pulpit because his church stopped paying contributions to the Diocese of York in 2017....More
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Is China's Totalitarian Social Credit System Coming To The US?
Recently, The Organic Prepper reported some shocking news of China's newest rollout: a social credit system. It's a system of surveillance and
governance using a social scoring system based on the state's perceived trustworthiness of the individual. Not only are social media and financial accounts tied into a person's "score" - much like a credit score ....More
Why Did God Create Woman?
This isn’t a popular thing to say in today’s culture, but God created man and woman. Gender was a deliberate thing. It is part of who we are and how we are made. Does that mean that all men act the same? Or all women act the same? No. Does it mean that a little girl that likes playing sports is a boy inside? ....More
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Turkey refuses entry to N. American Christian evangelist
Turkish immigration authorities refused to permit Canadian-American Christian David Byle to enter Turkey when he returned to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport last week. After living and ministering in Turkey for the past 19 years, the 49-year-old evangelist was told by police officials on his arrival on 20 November that a permanent re-entry ban had been filed against him......More
Anne Graham Lotz on finding strength in 1 Samuel 16:7 amid 'humiliating trauma' of losing hair to chemo
Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz has shared images of her shaved head after losing her hair due to chemotherapy treatments, and expressed her
thankfulness that God values other things above outward appearance. On Monday, Lotz posted an update on her battle against breast cancer..More
Australia: religious freedom in the balance
In Australia, religious freedom is facing its most serious threat to date. Throughout the nation’s short history, the idea that religious freedom is a fundamental human right has simply been taken for granted. Consequently, no legislation has ever been enacted to protect religious freedom.....More