This statement came from an ad for Joel Osteen’s book, “Become a Better You.”
“Weaving biblical lessons and personal stories, Osteen guides readers on a groundbreaking journey of self-discovery.” I’m guessing his biblical journey does not include verses like, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9), and “I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh.” (Romans 7:18).
This question was graciously supplied by an ad for Rob Bell’s “The Gods Aren’t Angry – DVD”.
“Where did early humans get the idea that a divine being existed and needed to be appeased?” Hmm.. let me think here… the Bible: “God is angry with the wicked every day.” – Psalm 7:11
Earlier, I was looking through a book catalog, reading the product descriptions for different books. I found it interesting that many of the descriptions started out with questions… “Have you ever done this,” or “Why do you think that happens.” As I was reading these questions I decided I would try to answer some of them. I started to really get into answering the questions posed by the ads, trying to come up with clever responses.
So, beginning tomorrow, I am going to post a series of the questions posed by the ads, along with my answers. I have the answers to three questions so far, so this little experiment will last at least three days. Hopefully I’ll run across more good questions and come up with more answers.
That is what you (my dear reader), have to look forward to in the future… now I just need to come up with a clever name for this series of posts… oh, and feel free to add your own answers to the questions in the comments part of the posts.
Here is some advice about personal Bible reading from an interview with Mark Denver, I found this excerpt particularly encouraging.
A lot of young Christians will have an exciting quiet time on Monday and a really exciting one on Tuesday and an awesome one on Wednesday but then something happens on Thursday and they actually don’t even do it and Friday they do it and they feel guilty and it isn’t that good and Saturday they do it but it’s late and they were discouraged…and then they just get discouraged because they’re not always having a super experience. That’s where I would look at them and say, “Just keep going. Aim at obedience in a long direction set in a pattern for decades. If you just keep going you’ll gain so much by consistency and and faithfulness that there’s no way you can gain just by sudden experience.”
Read the whole interview – Mark Denver on Personal Bible Reading.
This afternoon I have probably typed about 7-10 e-mails to different people (which is more than I would on a usual day), and I am pretty tired from all the writing and responding (not that I don’t enjoy corresponding with family, friends et cetera).
That all being said, I now have a new appreciation for Charles Spurgeon’s writing habits/super-human capabilities. While I am tired out with sending 10 e-mails in one day (if I kept up that pace, 70 in a week), Spurgeon would sometimes write up to 500 personal letters by hand… per week. That, on top of the 1) monthly magazine he published, 2) the 140 books he wrote, and 3) the 1,437 book reviews he wrote. Wow!
This now leads me to my conclusion (or, for those of you in school, my thesis statement). I whole heartedly agree with Mark Driscoll: Spurgeon is the Man.
American Family Association:
The California Supreme Court, which recently legalized same-sex marriage, has ruled by a 7-0 vote that homosexual rights trump religious freedom. The ruling barred doctors, because of their Christian beliefs, from withholding unnecessary medical care to gays and lesbians. The ruling says that under state law sexual orientation rights trump religious freedom.
Justice Joyce Kennard wrote in the ruling that two Christian fertility doctors who refused to artificially inseminate a lesbian have neither a free speech right nor a religious exemption from the state’s law, which “imposes on business establishments certain antidiscrimination obligations.”
Doctors at the Christian clinic referred the lesbian to another clinic, but the lesbian refused their referral – demanding that the Christian clinic perform the procedure. When the Christian doctors refused to violate their religious convictions, the lesbian sued and the Supreme Court gave her the victory.
This ruling will affect every business in California. If a similar victory in a federal court is won, every business in America will be affected.
For example: Alabama Fertility Specialists (AFS) has begun a campaign to bring Honda of Alabama to its knees because Honda will not cover artificial insemination for a lesbian in it’s insurance.
Honda advised their insurance carrier to “exclude domestic partners (same-sex partners) from ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) benefits including diagnostic services related to fertility/infertility…” If this doesn’t work, then count on AFS to sue.
Alabama Fertility Specialists alerted the media, their supporters and gay groups about Honda’s actions and called on supporters and gays to bombard Honda with phone calls and letters.