B.C. Monks???

November 20, 2014 — Leave a comment

mathEric Schumacher posted a picture online of a science textbook being used by his child. The student was supposed to be learning about the making and history of silk. This is the quote about how silk became accessible to those who were not wealthy and powerful,

About 2,500 years ago, however, Christian monks snuck silk moths out of the country in their hollow walking sticks, and the secret of silk making was revealed to the rest of the world.

If you are doing the math, this is currently A.D. 2014. That would place these Christian monks at close to 400 years before Christ.

So this textbook gets an F in history and an F in math. Makes you wonder about its scientific accuracy.

The Real Double Standard

November 19, 2014 — Leave a comment

standardI really don’t want this blog to become a running critique of the writings of Jonathan Merritt. But Merritt has become a vastly read writer on current issues as a senior columnist for Religion News Service (RNS). His most recent article for RNS takes a shot (again) at evangelicals for what he calls “evangelical’s double standard”.

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Finding a Wife

November 18, 2014 — 1 Comment

One of the joys of being a Christian at FirstBoynton is the relationships with other members. Folks genuinely love one another. One special relationship for me has been with a young man named Jon Gaydosh. We have had some lengthy conversations about the Lord’s working in our lives.

When we first met, Jon was single. He visited us when I was in the hospital and he would come over and watch football or soccer games with me. What I loved most was his desire for the Lord. Fast forward a couple of years and the Lord brought a beautiful, godly woman into Jon’s life. Her name is Rachel.

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And the Lord says: “Because they have forsaken my law that I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice or walked in accord with it, but have stubbornly followed their own hearts…

–Jeremiah 9:13-14

How many times has somebody told you to simply follow your heart? That probably isn’t the best advice you can get. In Jeremiah’s day, the Lord indicted the people for following their own hearts. Why? Jeremiah explained later in his writings that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick (Jeremiah 17:9).”

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Jonathan Merritt

Jonathan Merritt

Jonathan Merritt’s recent article begins and ends with perplexing ideas. The opening paragraph sets the stage for an article that lands in left field.

The only thing I learned about saints growing up Baptist in the American South was that one-day they were going to “come marching in” and I apparently wanted “to be in that number.” More than two decades later, I still don’t know what the heck that means.

Why Protestants need some saints of our own – On Faith & Culture.

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What Have I Done?

November 5, 2014 — Leave a comment

I have paid attention and listened,
but they have not spoken rightly;
no man relents of his evil,
saying, ‘What have I done?’
Everyone turns to his own course,
like a horse plunging headlong into battle.
–Jeremiah 8:6

The opposite of repentance is to continue in sin. Jeremiah paints a picture of the unrepentant person as one who is like a horse. This horse stands on the top of a hill looking down at the battle below. Determined to be a part of the battle, he charges head first down the hill and into the fray.

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“How can you say, ‘We are wise,
and the law of the Lord is with us’?
But behold, the lying pen of the scribes has made it into a lie.”
–Jeremiah 8:8

Technology has changed the way in which we speak of the writing process. Today we call the one who writes a book an author. Often the author’s tool for creating words is a keyboard on a computer. But in Jeremiah’s day the writers were called scribes, especially those who wrote about God and his ways. Instead of a keyboard they used a pen.

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A popular “evangelical” blogger decided to tackle the subject of the near sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham found in Genesis 22. This passage has long been Exhibit A for those who question the God of the Old Testament (as if He is different from the God of the New Testament) and question the divine inspiration of Scripture.

Her hand is revealed when she makes this statement,

How could I ever bring myself to worship a God who, if these accounts are true, ordained and derived glory from actions I believe are evil?

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The Forehead of a Whore

October 24, 2014

You have the forehead of a whore;
you refuse to be ashamed.

–Jeremiah 3:3

If you have read this blog for any length of time, you know that I don’t employ shock value as a device to get readers. I normally would not use a word like whore simply to attract attention.

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Broken Cisterns

October 23, 2014

For my people have committed two evils:
they have forsaken me,
the fountain of living waters,
and hewed out cisterns for themselves,
broken cisterns that can hold no water.

–Jeremiah 2:13

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