Archive for August, 2007

My Christian Radio Shows

Friday, August 31st, 2007

There are a few Christian radio shows that I listen to regularly, all available for downloading online. I’ve found them each to be in some measure informative, interesting, edifying, encouraging, educational, and/or profitable. (Of course, that doesn’t mean I always agree with everything they say. I have disagreed with all of them. It means I appreciate them enough to listen to them.) In the order in which I discovered them: (1) Stand to Reason, with Greg Koukl, (2) The Dividing Line, with James R. White, (3) The Narrow Path, with Steve Gregg, and (4) Iron Sharpens Iron, with Chris Arnzen.

Keep reading for a nutshell description of each show and links to their online archives.

(Feel free to leave a comment with your own recommendations for good Christian radio available online.)

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On the Lighter Side

Friday, August 10th, 2007

C. Michael Patton has a list of Top Twenty Theological Pick-up Lines NOT to Use. My favorites: “Until this moment, I thought I had the gift of singleness,” and “Well, gouge out my eyes and cut off my hands. If I hang around you much longer, I won’t have any limbs left.” My least favorite: “God may be the bread of life, but you are the butter.”

From Youtube, King of the Hill offers a look at church splits, the trial of finding a new church, and mega-churches:

Be Free and Serve (or, Doing God’s Will)

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

“I have a passion for South America. I love the people and the cultures. I really have a heart to see them come to know Jesus and to serve God. But… I’m not sure it’s God’s will for my life.”

“My residency has been very rewarding. I talk to people. I can help them, and make them feel better. I can help them with problems, and spread some happiness in their lives. It gives me lots of opportunities to talk about God. But… I also love art–creating beautiful things. It’s another way to help people, and I’ve always wanted to go to art school. I don’t know if I should keep going with med school, or leave to do art. I’ve been praying a lot, but God hasn’t revealed His will yet.”

Making big decisions is a hard thing. It’s a topic at the forefront of my mind at the moment. I’m finishing grad school shortly, and because the company I interned with is in a slump right now, I don’t have a job lined up. I have to find a long-term job, and I have to figure out what to do with my time in the short-term. Get a part-time job? Live off savings and do various volunteer work? I want to stay in Austin; if I get an offer elsewhere, should I take it, or wait for something here? How do I know what God wants me to do?

As Christians, committed to serving God and submitting to Him, we know that we should seek His will. When a decision affects our lives in a big way, we want to factor God in, so to speak. So…What do we do when we have a decision to make, but we haven’t heard from God? What do we do when we can’t seem to find His guidance? Do we wait until we get a clear indication somehow? How are we supposed to recognize those indications? Are we even supposed to expect to hear from God in this kind of thing? What if we come up to a deadline? What happens if we make the wrong decision, and miss God’s best?

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On the Trinity and On the Emerging Church

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

I read a couple thought-provoking exchanges today. The first is theologically heavy, and the second is funny, witty, and somewhat profound.

The first is on the Trinity. Greg Stafford, a Jehovah’s Witness apologist, posted an entry with an argument against the Trinity based in part on John 17:3, in which Jesus refers to the Father as “the only true God“. Steve Hays at Triablogue responded, as did Jeff Downs at Countercult Apologetics. Be forewarned, it’s somewhat high-level.

The second is a series of poster wars on the Emerging Church movement. Stand To Reason’s blog alerted me to a set of “motivational” posters satirizing the Emerging Church, using most of the Emerging buzzwords. Some of them are pretty funny, and point out some of the potential abuses and dangers of the movement. Of course, I can understand why some in the movement would take offense. Then an ECer posted a set of posters in response. They have a wonderful tone, and do a good job of explaining some of their concerns. They set forth an image of what the Church should look like. Food for thought.

For those unfamiliar with the Emerging Church: It’s a somewhat hard-to-define movement. It’s associated with the newer generations (teens to early thirty-somethings). It’s a reforming movement, aimed at modifying some of the ways we do things and view things in the Church. It’s a diverse movement, with some heading off into major theological problems (i.e. heresy), and some who are entirely orthodox in their theology but who are concerned with matters of church practice and matters of how we live out our lives as Christians. As with any generation-based movement, there’s a mixture of naiveté and insight–and in the reaction from the “traditional” church, there’s a mixture of dismissiveness and mature wisdom.

If you’re interested in a more thorough introduction, you can read Five Streams of the Emerging Church from Christianity Today, and a paper presented at the Evangelical Theological Society called Essential Concerns Regarding the Emerging Church.

Update: The original satirical posters were created by the folks at the Team Pyro blog.  Here’s the first entry with the posters.  It includes a critique of the Five Streams article.  If you look around the blog, you can also find some entries dealing with Emerging reactions to the posters.