No, Mr. President

May 19, 2009

Have you seen the powerful media clip excerpted from one of John Piper’s recent sermons?  I deeply appreciate the respect shown for our President while at the same time offering earnest opposition to a grievous social evil promoted by our President.

Father, thank you for pastors who have thought so carefully and spoken so clearly about the pressing moral issues of our day.  Please strengthen John Piper as he sticks out his neck for the truth.  Forgive us, your church, for fearing controversy more than we fear you.  Deliver us from the prevailing, wimpy view of love that sees love as permissiveness rather than truthfulness.  Open the eyes of our President and our nation to see the wickedness of abortion.  Help us to value rightly all life made in your image, whether that life be a tiny embryo or a powerful politician with whom we disagree.  To you be the glory through Christ Jesus, Amen.

In ESL (English as a Second Language) this morning, I departed from my customary devotion and asked the group to teach me.  My question to this roomful of unbelievers (mainly) from a dozen countries around the world, was, “Why do you think people don’t believe in Jesus?”  Here were their answers:

  • We can’t see him.  (I think this was a reference to unbelief in God rather than in Jesus.)
  • Some people don’t know about Jesus.
  • My parents were Buddhist and didn’t teach me about Jesus.
  • Many people think that they have no sin.
  • People are too busy.
  • Bad things happen to Christians just as much as to non-Christians.
  • I believe in Jesus but not that he was the Son of God.  God can’t have children.
  • Christians don’t love their enemies.  Look at America, it is at war in the Middle East.

What can we learn from these answers?

Someone recently stated that abortion has been a matter of controversy throughout the history of the church.  If the last 50 years or so constitutes the history of the church, then the person making this observation may be right.  However,  Read the rest of this entry »

No Successor

June 18, 2008

After Jesus’ death, the disciples did not appoint a successor to take Jesus’ place.  Why not?  NT scholar Craig Blomberg considers this an underused argument for the resurrection.  Here’s a paragraph from Blomberg’s insightful article.  Do you feel the force of this “quartet of facts,” especially #4? Read the rest of this entry »