Tag Archives: religion

Keller – Secularisation isn’t Simple

6 May

(HT: The Resurgence, MI7:7)

Often Christians fall into the same trap as militant atheists. We pessimistically assume that secularisation has become an inevitable process and force any evidence into this concept.

It’s not that simple.

We do live in an increasingly irreligious society but at the same time we see growing devotion and missionary zeal amongst God’s people.

Don’t panic about falling worship figures in liberal denominations or the wanning influence of the Church of England.

Part of what you’re seeing is the death of the “mushy middle” and, like Keller, I’m not convinced its a bad thing.

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Urban Legends from the Pulpit

29 Apr

Came across an interesting post on mere urban legends that are persistently used in sermons. Trevor Wax claims that the seven statements in this list are merely myths.

1. The “eye of the needle” refers to a gate outside Jerusalem.

2. The high priest tied a rope around his ankle so that others could drag him out of the Holy of Holies in case God struck him dead.

3. Scribes took baths, discarded their pens, washed their hands, etc. every time they wrote the name of God.

4. There was this saying among the sages: “May you be covered in your rabbi’s dust.”

5. Voltaire’s house is now owned by a Bible-printing publisher.

6. Gehenna was a burning trash dump outside Jerusalem.

7. NASA scientists have discovered a “missing day” which corresponds to the Joshua account of the sun standing still.

Read the full post for more details.

I’d definitely heard no. 1, 2 and 6 before. Which ones have you heard?

Lose Hell, Lose the Cross

22 Nov

“Let us be quite clear. If we lose hell, we will eventually lose the cross, for if there is no hell, there is no real point in the cross. Jesus did not need to come and be made a curse for sin. He did not need to enther the horror of forskenness. The cross and hell stand or fall together. Hell is extreme, but that is because sin is extreme and because extreme measures were taken for our salvations. We cannot survey the wondrous cross, meditate on what the Saviour suffered and assert that hell is an inappropriate punishment for sin.”

Prof. Edward Donnelly, Biblical Teaching on the Doctrine of Heaven and Hell

Chilean Miners Saved

14 Oct

There have been some extraordinary pictures coming from the rescue of the Chilean miners. But amidst it all this is my favourite news headline: “2 Chilean miners accept Christ while trapped underground” (Baptist Press). We can praise God for His amazing work and keep praying for these men who have been doubly rescued.

(HT: Challies)

Find Your Idols

25 Aug

Here are some helpful questions to help us identify the idols which we have put in the place of God.

  1. What do you most highly value?
  2. What do you think about by default?
  3. What is your highest goal?
  4. To what or whom are you most committed?
  5. Who or what do you love the most?
  6. Who or what do you trust or depend upon the most?
  7. Who or what do you fear the most?
  8. Who or what do you hope in and hope for most?
  9. Who or what do you desire the most? Or, what desire makes you most angry or makes you despair when it is not satisfied?
  10. Who or what do you most delight in or hold as your greatest joy and treasure?
  11. Who or what captures your greatest zeal?
  12. To whom or for what are you most thankful?
  13. For whom or what great purpose do you work?

(HT: Desiring God)

Tell them “It’s the Table”

14 Aug

A clip from Dad’s sermon on Psalm 23v5.

“You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.”

For the full sermon download Mp3 or watch the Video

Dromore Champions League 2010

7 Aug

Please pray for our Champions League Holiday Bible Club taking place next week. Pray that God would bring children along to the event and ask for his blessing on those organising the football and giving talks.

Other news:

As WordPress has become more Facebook friendly you can now “like” posts on Another King. You’ll see the “like” button above the comments section on each post. Though I suppose I shouldn’t be encouraging such time-wasting – see Dad’s blog.