In the most recent issue of the Smithsonian Magazine, Andrew Lawler writes an article, “Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?” Discovered in 1947 these 800 plus manuscripts have been made increasingly available to Jewish and Christian scholars collaborating and now more and more to the general populace. I have listed for your personal online exposure to these manuscripts sites that I have found interesting and helpful. Continue reading »
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Come join him! Box office opens at 6 p.m. selling $5.00 tickets. Purchase drinks and food and eat dinner while you view Christopher Hitchens debate Doug Wilson concerning whether or not God exists. For more information about this film go to Collision and for more information about the event, go to the Bagdad.
Annually Evergreen PCA hosts a Catechism Camp for children. The theme is “International Adventures,” taking the children on a whirlwind tour of the world while studying he Apostle Paul’s three missionary journeys. This 2009 camp’s director, Rachel Werner, our summer intern, appointed me the task/privilege of teach the 30-minute Bible talks for the older grammar school kids. Here’s my outline…. Continue reading »
Which U.S.A. President made each of the following statements about Islam?
1) “There is a remarkable trend toward fundamentalism in all
religions, including the different denominations of
Christianity as well as Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam.
Increasingly, true believers are inclined to begin a process of
deciding: ‘Since I am aligned with God, I am superior and my
beliefs should prevail, and anyone who disagrees with me is
2) “Islam is a peace-loving faith that is practiced by more than one billion people, including millions of American Muslims.”
3) “The United States has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Muslims.”
4) “Among some Muslims, there’s a disturbing tendency to measure one’s own faith by the rejection of somebody else’s faith. The richness of religious diversity must be upheld.”
5) “Wherever the Mohammedans have had complete sway, wherever the Christians have been unable to resist them by the sword, Christianity has ultimately disappeared.”
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“Common Grace and Christian Civility”
Titus 3: 1-2 and I Peter 2:11-17
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Four Papers for St. Stephens Academy Presented by Nathan E. Lewis in March-April, 2009
On this past Saturday night at Reconciliation, a worship gathering at the church I serve, a mentally challenged member requested that we pray for Captain Phillips. None of the rest of us had thought to do so. We prayed for his safety and release, awaking on Easter Sunday morning to hear the good news that he had been rescued from his captors! Now we are praying for the people of Somalia. As you may know, Islam has been kinder to them than any other entity, providing for their basic and social needs. Of course, the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, hasn’t been given the chance in recent years to express love for these people. If Somalians are immigrating to your city, then seize the opportunity to show to them the love of Christ.
The Christian calendar can be most helpful in sharpening our focus upon God and his work within us and in the world. During the 40 days of Lent Christians devote themselves to fasting and praying with an emphasis on repentance and renewed reliance upon God. (From Ash Wednesday to Easter is 46 days, but the six Sundays are not considered lenten days as each Sunday is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.) There is a popularly held view moving people to disregard Lent: “Why should I fast and pray for 40 days on the church calendar when I can fast and pray 365 days of the year? Why should I focus on repentance during Lent when I can repent 365 days of the year?” This particular view has the potential of encouraging a Christian lifestyle bereft of fasting, prayer, repentance, and reliance upon God. Continue reading »
This past week I heard Alveda King on the radio talking about her uncle’s dream and insisting that Martin Luther King Jr. was pro-life in every sense of the term. She strongly believes in the dream and is working to bring the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to all American citizens, even the unborn. It is one thing for me as a man to speak against abortion, but it is quite another thing for a woman, who has had an abortion to tell us what she thinks about it. I am praying and hoping that more and more Americans, especially women, will listen to her and to other women, who know first-hand what abortion is. Alveda is not alone. She is merely one of a growing number of African women who truly believe that some of the abortion movement has been to eliminate the progeny of African Americans. Wow! That’s quite a claim! We live in interesting days. Our political moorings are crumbling and so we may see in the near future blue dogs in the Democratic Party do more to curb abortion than the waffling duffers of the grand old Republican party that recently had a soul and cried out on behalf of the unborn. But even more so, have we not learned over the years, that it is the person who has suffered through a travesty, who can speak to it and call for its abolition with a knowledge and passion that the rest of us cannot muster. I believe in a woman’s choice and I am presently listening to women who have chosen to speak candidly about their past abortions. Why not join me and start by listening to Alveda on youtube?