Posts tagged faith
Posts tagged faith
First new Audio Adrenaline single with K-Max on lead vocals: “Kings & Queens”
Gotta love Kevin Max with Audio Adrenaline! C’mon. This is great for an opener and to remind your kids about upcoming Global work :D
Lets think about Spending Time with God. Wow. Just…wow. Implications. Challenge.
How I feel about most conversations on pop-culture religion blogs. I’ve been working on understanding anti-religious memes and trolling that happens on most religious topics in mainstream media, but honestly - what it all comes down to is the response from the movie Billy Madision. Seriously, I hope Facebook does civilize the web by requiring trolls to come out of the dark and have a face. If you agree, feel free to reblog this. Two points for Civil Debate and Civil Society.
For my blog on how the United Methodist General Conference is trying to hold themselves to a higher standard (which I believe is a base line standard for all conversation), read see and view here.
A friend of mine posted this with the caption “This is my daughter’s favorite song.” She’s young, but she’s onto something. I may show this beautiful video during High School Youth Group this weekend.
Click the title (Above) to check out Interlinc’s resources for youth group. A lot of young people are going out to see this movie which is about a Christian surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack but got back up and started surfing again. There is a mini-documentary that is also available for youth groups, but I’m impressed that Sony Pictures picked up this story and decided to release it to America’s wider audiences. Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.
If you have ever attended a session with Rob Bell, such as his “Everything is Spiritual” tour, or watched a “Nooma” video with your small group, you know that Rob Bell is a talented communicator.
Bell has come out with a new book that is the talk of Evangelical Christianity called “Love Wins” in which it appears that he comes out with a Universalist version of the faith in which it doesn’t matter what you decide on this earth about God and Jesus Christ - in the end God is Love, thus, all people will eventually be won over by God.
Watching this video, however, Bell politics his way out of answering the question of whether he is a Universalist or not. The debate started even before his book was released when John Piper and others read the promo summaries of his book and Piper, a reformed Christian leader, wrote the tweet “Farewell Rob Bell”. A twitter firestorm erupted (seeing that Bell is a pretty hip guy and lots of people follow him there) and hashtags surrounding Bell actually trended as Christians talked back and forth for and against a book that hadn’t even come out yet.
Book reviews are starting to come out, and traditional theologians are starting to speak against Bell’s views that seem unscriptural. We all, out of ignorance or sometimes purposely, we emphasize different parts of scripture. Probably because comprehending God’s vastness, we tend to want to fit God into a box. Bell here, wants to emphasize God’s Ultimate Love, or God Being Love itself.
It is hard to follow his reasoning, however, when you strip away the modern notions of love as being merely a Romanticized Love in the vein of The Song of Solomon, and realize that true love involves Refining and Discipline and Justice. The different aspects of love need to be held together in tension - not even as a Paradox, but as parts of a whole.
While we hate to think that someone that is a good person by our standards may end up in a state of being totally and completely alone, separated from God and the Righteous forever, we have to remember that with Free Will and the ability to decide how we live our lives, there are consequences to our actions. See the Gospel of Matthew on the Sheep and the Goats - there is a stern warning to decide here and now.
It is plain that the world was created for us to enjoy. God created the world and humankind was to tend it for the Lord. Never our own possession, but a gift. But rebellion against God and living for ourselves - even when humans do good for others benefit. If we live our lives with Humanity or any part of Creation as an idol before our Creator - we are separated from God already. We make a choice every morning who or what we will serve.
Christ died for all, and all may accept Him as Lord and be washed of our injustices, our sins, our rebellion - but God set it up so our decisions matter. That is part of human dignity. We decide and God delights when we decide to live for Him.
Rob Bell really needs to grasp with this a little bit more, and perhaps when more have read his book, he’ll say it was just an exercise in Conversation, but right now we all need to decide scripturally where we stand on the Doctrine of the Afterlife.
What are your thoughts?
Anyone ministering to teens with addictions? Tough circumstances? Brian Welch from Korn’s story may encourage them. CBN’s voice overs aren’t that great, but this story is well told and very powerful.
Just read this article by a guy named Ben, who has recently come to Christianity. He has found some answers but is grappling with the problem of evil, God’s presence with evil people, and discerning whether there is a good question to hang on here. Very interesting and a good read for anyone trying to get into the mind of those we are spreading the good news to. They haven’t grown up with God, and we need to understand that. Click the title to jump to article - it is worth it.
Thanks to @fullerfyi for bringing this Millenial Study to attention. Posted by The Christian Post, this article talks about a study done by Lifeway into the lives of 1,200 people born between 1980 and 1991. The study had some interesting finds about priorities and faith. Here are some excerpts here:
Sixty-one percent of Millennials place family at the top of their priority lists, followed by friends (25 percent), education (17 percent), careers/jobs (16 percent), spouses/partners (13 percent), and spirituality/religion (13 percent).
Other responses to the open-ended question include: finances (12 percent), happiness (12 percent), raising kids (11 percent), health (10 percent), activities (9 percent), well-being (9 percent), the future (5 percent), nature/pets (5 percent), and use of time (4 percent).
Total percentages exceeded 100 because respondents were permitted to list more than one priority.
The results on Spirituality/Religion - Very Interesting:
While overt Christian messages are relatively few in number, some place their relationship with Jesus at the top of the list.
Even so, two-thirds of those who indicate they trust Christ as Savior mention nothing about faith, religion or spirituality when asked to name what’s really important in their lives.
Others who list the importance of faith were the churched (31 percent); those with graduate degrees (23 percent); and those claiming to be broadly Christian (18 percent).
Only 3 percent of the unchurched mention faith, while 2 percent of those who claim no religious affiliation say faith is important in their lives.