Living Words in Action

words4As a reader and a book editor, I simply love words – their meanings, how they are said, even their connections to one another. How they change throughout history is also very interesting! It can be fun to trace the history, or etymology, of a word and its usage. Words are “living,” altering over time or cultural references and even with slang usage.

A few years ago we wrapped up a project called the Christian Reading Companion for 50 Classics. One of my favorite features of the book is its focus on vocabulary development. throughout the book, a word will be highlighted in a classical literary excerpt giving you the opportunity to try to determine the possible meaning, and then later find out what it means in context. Continue Reading →

Pope Abandons Creation. What Now?

According to a report by MSNBC’s Daniel Berger, Pope Francis broke with widely-accepted Catholic tradition on Monday, declaring the theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real, even going to so far as to state that when reading Genesis, we “run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so.” The highly publicized statement has made huge waves in the Christian community with responses flying on both ends of the spectrum.  As Creation believers, there has never been a more opportune moment to share the truth than now, when the entire world has it’s eyes turned this way. Below are a few responses  and resources we thought you might helpful as you do just that.  I pray they bless you and strengthen your resolve. Continue Reading →

Jesus is God

Not only did Jesus claim to be God, He proved it by pointing to the Old Testament to reveal that Moses and the prophets were actually writing about Him.
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me (John 5:39).
Here are just two jaw-dropping examples taken from “Jesus Unmasked” (available at wretchedradio.com)

The Feast of Tabernacles
Feast of TabernaclesThis feast was established by God in @1425 BC (Leviticus 23:33-44). The Jews were to annually commemorate God’s faithfulness by re-enacting their living conditions during the wilderness wanderings. They were to live in a tabernacle (tent or “booth”) for a week and perform symbolic religious ceremonies.
Colossians 2:16, 17 tells us that this festival was actually a picture of Jesus. How?
The Living Water

Each morning of the feast, at the time of the sacrifice, the priests would draw water in a golden vessel from the Pool of Siloam and carry it to the temple to be poured out. This commemorated the water God gave the Jews in the wilderness and served as a symbol that when Messiah comes, the whole world will know God as “water covers the earth” (Is.11:9).

As the temple priests marched around the temple seven times, they would quote the prophet Isaiah.
Then you will say on that day,

“I will give thanks to You, O LORD;
For although You were angry with me,
Your anger is turned away,
And You comfort me.
“Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For the LORD GOD is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.”
Therefore you will joyously draw water
From the springs of salvation (Is. 12:1-3). Continue Reading →

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 →

Building the Masterpiece – My Journey into the Mind of Mark Twain

copulationI was deeply fascinated by what I discovered while researching for this book. Firstly, don’t be fooled by the title (it had to be softened for the Christian market). But this is a book is about sex.  It begins by stating that according to the Bible, God started the human race by creating a naked couple and commanding them to have sex.  That’s kind of embarrassing, but it’s true.

Although Mark Twain believed in God, he didn’t believe that the Bible was the Creator’s Word. In fact, he hated the God revealed in the Scriptures–the One who spoke against adultery and fornication. He bemoaned the fact that not being allowed to commit adultery was “cruelly hard.” Continue Reading →