Two Ways American Christians Have Impoverished Themselves

The reporter asked the man on the street, “What you think about the rampant Ignorance and Apathy of our day?” To which the man replied, “I don’t know and I don’t care.”

It is one thing when you have something important taken from you by force. We call that tyranny. It is another when you voluntarily throw it away because you don’t value it. The ignorant and apathetic American Church in the 21st Century has voluntarily impoverished itself by disconnecting from two important influences that would help her become more mature and informed.

Church History

Russian Regiment Church, Warsaw, Poland

1. We are almost completely ignorant of Church History.

The Postmodern American church acts as though we are the first generation of Christians to ever walk God’s sod. We feel that we must continually reinvent the wheel of theology, worship and practice. Seldom do we stop to consider that nearly all of the major issues of the Christian life have already been explored, pondered, taught, debated and revisited over and over again since the early church. It is quite clear that many Christians throughout time have gotten the wrong answers to many of life’s probing theological questions, but many also got them right. We would do well to listen to the conversations of those who have gone before us. When you understand where you have come from (as The Church) you can far better understand how you should live today.

American Christianity has a fixation with the new and novel. Whatever is contemporary, hip, novel and trendy is deemed admirable. This calls to mind the old adage, “Anything that is true isn’t new.” Yes, culture is constantly emerging, and we need to be able to communicate a timeless message to those who, in Ravi Zacharias‘ words, “Hear with their eyes and think with their emotions.” Style and form need some license to be a bit fluid and relative. However, we are in grave danger of the Medium becoming the Message, and the true meaning of our words being swallowed up by the noise and busyness of our presentation. Continue Reading →

Introducing Buddy Davis – Meet the Dino Man Himself!

buddy-davis (1)One of my favorite people in Christian ministry today is Buddy Davis. I first met Buddy and his wife Kay (briefly) when he was speaking in my home state of Michigan in about 2008 or so. He was speaking at a wild game dinner for hunters and outdoorsmen. A lot of the people in attendance were only there to hear stories about hunting big game, and Buddy’s wilderness adventures. But, as he does, Buddy turned the topic to Salvation by faith in Christ alone. It was great to see his boldness and courage in representing Christ, and upholding the authority of Scripture, even to unbelievers.

Our children love his books and his music CDs and DVDs. I highly recommend that you have Buddy in to speak at your church, camp or conference. Also, check out Buddy’s blog and his Facebook page (which is one of my favorite social media pages; there is always something inspiring!). Now you can get to know him better, through this exclusive interview. — Israel Wayne

How did you get involved in Creation ministry?

My Creation ministry came about as a result of sculpturing dinosaurs. When I first started sculpturing I believed in evolution. I was a Christian, but all I ever heard was evolution and I accepted it. Early on, an insurance agent stopped by my sculpturing studio and asked if he could give me some literature on creation from the Institute of Creation Research. I agreed and when I read the material, it was like a drink of water in a desert. I could believe the Bible when it talked about Creation! I didn’t have to believe in evolution. I was so excited and I kept reading and studying. There were many scientists who believed in Creation. My dinosaur models drew youth groups from area churches and when the pastor’s saw I had answers about dinosaurs, they invited me to come and speak to their congregation. That started my journey into the Creation ministry. In 1994, I met Ken Ham who had just started Answers in Genesis ministries in Kentucky. He did a conference in my home town of Mt. Vernon, Ohio. After the conference, I showed him my dinosaur models and played him a song that I had written called, “He Makes Dreams Out of Nothing”. That evening opened up my music ministry as well as getting an opportunity to start my children’s ministry. Continue Reading →

Prayer DOESN’T Change Things!

God Does…

I’ve really come to believe that prayer is powerless to change any of life’s problems. If prayer is all-powerful, why don’t we get everything we ask for? Why do we pray with no answer? It must be that prayer is unable to change our circumstances.

Before you disregard me as a total skeptic, let me issue this challenge: It isn’t our prayer that rescues us. It is the object of our prayer –God. Without a loving PrayingFather to hear and respond to our prayers, we are just talking to ourselves. This may seem like rambling over words, but the distinction is important to me. I used to put my faith in prayer. I expected to have every prayer answered, the way I wanted, and when I wanted it. After a while I became disillusioned, and wondered why my prayers weren’t being answered. I wondered why things didn’t turn out the way I expected. Continue Reading →