Presbyterian Youth Want to Talk About Sex, Just
Not All the Time Kevin Eckstrom, Religion
Some leaders comment on the Future of Truth from Moody Magazine
Here is an article -food for thought- from Next Wave
The current apparatus of "contemporary worship" is clunky right now because it is only partially fitted to the needs of digital culture: "Transmitting freely from one to another is really where the field of multimedia is headed."...Frequently we hear that "contemporary worship" is such a production! There are multiple reasons that lead people to make such an assertion, including confusion between faith and culture. The primary reason for the complaint is that people have somehow become aware of the production aspect, or interface of worship, and the work is interfering with their ability to experience God.
Malaysian theaters not showing Bruce Almighty. The Malaysian government minister for religious affairs is calling for the recent Jim Carrey comedy, Bruce Almighty, to be banned because it's message is offensive to Muslims.
And more news on what the roaches are doing...I want to know how you get the title of Expert Domino Layer anyways...
Link to the ink via Relevant.com
The ADL issued a new statement Monday, warning that in its present form, the film "will fuel hatred, bigotry and anti-Semitism." Responded Alan Nierob, Gibson's press representative: "No one associated with this film has any interest in fueling hatred, bigotry and anti-Semitism. In fact, Mel's interest is just the opposite as he has stated previously that this film is about love, hope, faith and forgiveness." That, however, is not the view of ADL national director Abraham Foxman, who said: "The film unambiguously portrays Jewish authorities and the Jewish mob as the ones responsible for the decision to crucify Jesus. We are deeply concerned that the film, if released in its present form, will fuel the hatred, bigotry and anti-Semitism that many responsible churches have worked hard to repudiate" ...
The Old Testament Scriptures are particularly appreciative
of the beauty of Gods creation. God announced that creation was
good (Gen. 1). The trees in the garden of Eden were said to be beautiful,
even the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. The psalms reveal an
appreciation for God's handiwork (Psalm 8; 19:1; 29; 104).
The promised Messiah was prophesied to be a beautiful king (Isa 33:17). Yet the prophet also said that the suffering Messiah would have "no beauty or majesty to attract us to him" (Isa 53:2). Indeed Isaiah says of the suffering servant was said to have no beauty.
In the Book of Revelation God is described in undeniable
splendor. This concept of beauty thus is more significant than simple
attractiveness. The one who sits on the throne of the universe "had
the appearance of jasper
and a rainbow, resembling an emerald,
encircled the throne" (Rev 4:3). The Holy City, the final estate
prepared for God's people, is gloriously adorned as is a bride for her
husband (Rev 21:2).
This speaks of grandeur and imposing form and appearance. It is an uniquely Hebrew word and is used in juxtaposition with hadar-(see below) majesty or honor in Psalm 21:6, 45:3, 96:6, 104:11, 111:3, and Job 40:10. It is preponderately connected with God.
God gives it to man in Psalm 21:6, 1 Chronicles 29:25
and to Messiah in Zechariah 6:13. In Isaiah 2:10, 19-21 this beauty or
glory of Gods majesty has a parallel connection to the fear of the
This is beauty as in regard to outward appearance. The prophets ministry is described in theis way in Ezekiel 33:32. Messianic passages like Psalm 45:2 and the Song of Solomon apply these to the coming Kings beauty.
The best in regard to splendor and honor is referred to as beautiful or glorious. We see this with the descriptions of the promised land ( Ez. 20:6, 15, Dan 8 and 11:16) and the Temple Mount (Daniel 11: 45) Most of all we see it as a descriptor of God Himself- He will be a crown of beauty to His people (Isaiah 28:4) and in regard to the Kingdom, His reign is described as beautiful (Is. 4:2, 24:16). The Branch (Messiah) will be beautiful Isaiah 4:2. Jeremiah 3:19 says our inheritance is beautiful.
Howd is used in juxtaposition to this word (howd we hadar, in that order) in Psalm 21:6, 45:3, 96:6, 104:11, 111:3 and in 1 Chronicles 16:26, and Job 40:10 and is translated variously majesty and glory and honor.
This is translated splendor in the NAS and is the word that describes the beauty of holiness 4 times in the King James.
After a relaxing time in the mountains and on the Bluegrass, we have returned. Back to blogging now though I must say I didn't miss the technology at all.
Saw I Two Step Too at the Kentucky Horse Park, a favorite stop when we are home. Seems like there is something new every trip. We also saw the excellent show of equine art " All the Queen's Horses" while there.
Earnie was glad to attend Precept's International Women's Convention in Chattanooga. I went to pick her up one day and I must have been the only male in a crowd of 10,000 Christian women in attendance. That would have intimidated some, I am told. What do you think? It's a good thing us guys stayed away 'cause they had commandeered all the restrooms, even the last one designated for the guys.
At a bookstore where I was perusing a first edition F. F. Bruce commentary on Ephesians -the bookstore owner said "Thousands of right wing Christian women have taken over downtown". He went on to say he could've done a year's business selling the kind of things they would buy but he didn't want to propagate "that kind of thing". But he was glad to sell me the commentary...
From the personal weblog of Anthony Foster @http://anthonyfoster.com/blog/