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I cannot love God except through His graces. So can I choose Him without His impetus? If I ask Him to change me, to open my heart further to Him, will He certainly do so? Will He immediately do so? Or might God expect more than a mere moment’s desire and words? Preview Open

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Worship or American Idol-atry? — Jon Gabriel

 

My wife and I have dragged our daughters to many churches over the past several years. We’ve enjoyed most of the sermons, congregations, programs and pastors, and my wife has liked most of the music. As for me, I’ve pretty much given up on finding any worship music that doesn’t drive me a bit batty.

For background, I’m a plain-old Christian, sans denomination, though I have enjoyed Lutheran, Baptist, Anglican, Reformed and other congregations over the years. Most of the churches I’ve attended are evangelical, with several that would fit into the “megachurch” category. Most have offered inspiring teaching with solid, if not terribly deep, theology. But the music… oh heavens, the music.

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Christmas and Easter are bookends of God’s covenant fulfilled. By the first, He shocked and transformed us by becoming Man. The Messiah came not as a powerful king in glory but as a defenseless babe in poverty. We expected to be humbled, but instead God humbled Himself so that we may know Him and love […]

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It was not long ago I mentioned in another post that one of the primary problems of the modern church in America was that it leaned far too much towards the emotive. I didn’t elaborate at that time as it was an entirely different topic and I didn’t want to derail a discussion any more […]

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Science Confirms Judeo-Christian Worldview, Or, Dalai Lama, Call Your Office

 

One of the most basic observations of comparative religion is that the difference between Judeo-Christian religion and Asian religious systems, such as Buddhism, resembles the difference between a line and a circle.

In Judaism and Christianity, reality has a beginning and an end. It’s linear. It’s going somewhere. Both beginning and end are mysterious, the former rendered, mythically, in the creation story, the latter represented, at least in Christianity, in the thrilling if baffling formulation that “time shall be no more.” The beginning is believed really to have happened and the end is believed to really be coming.