Cardinal: Western Society has ‘Embraced the Craziest Ideologies’ and is ‘More Destructive Than the Terror of the Islamists’
The Guinean prelate of the Catholic Church, Cardinal Robert Sarah, has made some bold remarks at a mass which formed part of the annual Paris-Chartres pilgrimage. Speaking on the moral and spiritual decline of the West to some 15,000 Catholics at Chartres Cathedral, Sarah said our modern culture .....MORE
Trapped Kachin Christians reach safety in dramatic elephant escape in Myanmar
Barnabas Fund contacts report that although they are now free and safe, many are still in desperate need and thousands of Kachin have taken
shelter in churches. There is also the threat of further attacks by the military: “Please continue to pray for the Kachin....More
Turkey Returns Confiscated Syriac Church Property Deeds
Syriac Orthodox Christians have welcomed the Turkish government’s return of 55 title deeds, representing nearly half of their ancient church
properties in southeast Turkey, which had been confiscated by the state in recent years. .....More
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What is the secretive Bilderberg gathering? Are they plotting the New World Order?
The secretive Bilderberg Group gathers for its annual meeting next week, which this year takes place in Turin, Italy. A collective of elite North American and European politicians, business leaders, financiers and academics, the group has attracted a good deal of suspicion.....More
Are You a Worrier or a Warrior? (Here’s How to Tell)
My oldest daughter, Kate, is a lieutenant in the US Army. As her mom, I love that my oldest girl is both a woman and a warrior. One of the things I admire most about her life as a soldier is the daily discipline in preparing for battle. Her life as a soldier has ...More
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Nationalism: religion as a form of belonging – and exclusion
Amid rapid, transformative globalisation, many Asian nations have in recent decades found nationalist voices coming to the fore. Religion can
be co-opted into national identity. But where any one religion is made part of national identity......More
Generation Z, Social Justice, and the Gospel
Many members of Generation Z are choosing justice over the gospel, but
they don't have to. They can choose both. Generation Z—roughly those young
people born between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s—is known for a lot of
things: its technological savvy, its commitment to social justice,....More
Senior Christian leaders meet to discuss Code of Conduct
At a meeting convened by The Evangelical Association of South Africa (TEASA) and South African Council of Churches ( SACC) on Wednesday May 23, a broad cross-section of senior Christian leaders met in Kempton Park to discuss the key issues raised by the CRL Rights Commission’s Report on the “Commercialisation” of Religion and Abuse of People’s Belief Systems. This meeting followed meetings....More
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Biblical Principles Pay Off
At Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission, I've met many men and women
who've traded the freedom of God-given work for the chains of government
-sponsored welfare. Decades of failed welfare policies have led many of them to believe they are better off not working, ....... More
NEW ZEALAND: Same-sex blessing vote could split Anglican church
Conservative Canterbury Anglicans could leave the church after it voted to allow blessings of same-sex married couples. Rakaia vicar Al Drye, of St Mark's church, and Shirley vicar Jay Behan, of St Stephen's church, have both resigned from the Anglican general synod and are looking at ways to leave the church. The synod last week voted to pass a motion allowing same-sex blessings in Anglican churches. The motion was was an attempt to compromise on the issue in order to keep the church united..........More
“Suffering for Christ is Part of Our Faith”
—Vladyka, tell us please, how and when you did you learn that the Church of the Archangel Michael in Grozny had been attacked? I was in the Republic of Ingushetia Saturday night, in our New Sinai-Holy Protection Monastery, serving the All-Night Vigil. They came up and told me during the service that a shootout was going on in Grozny....More
A thing that fascinates me about God is his perfect wisdom. He knows everything. That’s quite
a statement, because it is literal. He knows every detail about everything that has ever been, he is omniscient. From the intricate details of how he put the universe together, to the thoughts, feelings and deeds of every single person who has ever existed, to exactly how the future of the world will play out. There is nothing he does not know. Existing outside of the time dimension he created for us to live in and know him, the deep past, the present and the distant future are equally familiar to him. Listen to just some of the declarations about this from the Old Testament of the Bible: “To God belong wisdom and power, counsel and understanding are his.” Job 12:13
“’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
“He made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the
heavens by his understanding.” Jeremiah 51:15
As some of those verses indicate, knowledge by itself is not the same as wisdom. Wisdom is the
application of knowledge and experience to identify the best solutions for each circumstance. God
knows the best outcome for us in every situation. My personal view is that God’s perfect wisdom is perfectly aligned with his perfect love for us, resulting in his perfect plan for the whole of creation, and for each individual.
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11
You might ask, “Well if God’s plans are so perfect, why is there so much misery and evil in the
world?” Good question, and the answer is, he allows us (and everybody else!) free will to choose to do what he wants us to or not, otherwise we are not coming to him voluntarily, and he is not the kind of God who will be satisfied with coerced “believers” (that’s a whole other topic). Nevertheless, his perfect wisdom already knows what’s going to happen and how to get everything to work out for
the best in the long run, and through his divine perspective. “And we know that in all things God
works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28.
If you are like me, you often feel like you are swimming around in a fog of ignorance, uncertainty
and doubt. How on earth can I make sense of my world and make good decisions if I just don’t know how things work or what’s going on? I am comforted when I remember that God is in charge, he’s got everything under control, and he’s looking out for me and my family, even though it doesn’t always seem that way from my limited perspective. I just need to pray for our needs, and trust that he will sort everything out for the best.
Thing is, our western society today places a lot of emphasis on rational thought and on our own
wisdom that has been built up through history. In this environment, the simplicity of the gospel and acceptance of it seem a little, well, simple. Not really sophisticated enough to be taken seriously. The apostle Paul had some pithy things to say about valuing our own wisdom above God’s:“Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never find him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save all who believe.” I Corinthians 1:21 New Living Translation.
“This ‘foolish’ plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is far
stronger than the greatest of human strength.” I Corinthians 1:25 New Living Translation.
We cannot compete with God’s wisdom, it is perfect. We just have to trust and rely on him.
Lastly, I want to refer back to those Old Testament verses at the beginning of this post, and note
how God’s power is often described at the same time as his wisdom. That’s my next topic.
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