Saturday, 27 December 2008

"Showtime!" no more

http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2008/fall/13.39.html
Could our church shift from performance to mission?
Walt Kallestad
Leadership Journal, 26 Nov 2008


Walt wrote a reflective article on LJ, discussing the focus today in many churches on performance rather than mission, the concept of entertainment evangelism, and the call to return to our roots and the fundamental mission of the Church.

Read the full article here.

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Saturday, 20 December 2008

Lose that you may find

http://perichorus.wordpress.com/2008/11/25/lose-that-you-may-find/

perichorus discusses 10 areas or paradoxes that the Bible talks about, mainly on wealth, success-themed gospel and concept of grace.
  1. Reflections on money, sex and power
  2. The light side of wealth
  3. The dark side of wealth
  4. The paradox of wealth
  5. The snare of wealth
  6. Embracing the “riches to rags” story of Jesus Christ
  7. Finding through losing
  8. Weaknesses of the success-themed gospel
  9. Contrasts between cheap and costly grace
  10. The river of God’s grace
Read the full article here.

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Thursday, 18 December 2008

Church sues Bible college directors

Life Bible-Presbyterian (Life BPC) is suing the board of directors at Far Eastern Bible College (FEBC) over each other's interpretation of a particular doctrine, known as Verbal Plenary Preservation (VPP). They have ordered FEBC to stop deviant Bible teachings and to vacate their current location (shared by both parties) @ Gilstead Rd.

See articles
Church sues Bible college directors (New Paper, 18 Dec 08)
The New Paper Report - Part 1, Part 2 (vppheresy2, 28 Dec 08)
Life BPC - Doctrinal Position

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Saturday, 13 December 2008

Seeking Death in a bottle

Straits Times published a Saturday special on euthanasia (ST, 13 Dec 2008).

Here are some of the articles. More discussion soon.
Right to die, or right to kill?
All I want is a pain-free, peaceful death
The great euthanasia debate

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Friday, 12 December 2008

Vatican condemns human cloning

The Vatican released a 32-page document entitled "Dignitas Personae" (Latin for "the dignity of a person") condemning many practices of stem cell research, human cloning and unnatural forms of impregnation.

Its premise is that "the dignity of a person must be recognized in every human being from conception to natural death." The fundamental ethical criterion as spelled out in a previous document, Instruction Donum vitae, states that
Thus the fruit of human generation, from the first moment of its existence, that is to say, from the moment the zygote has formed, demands the unconditional respect that is morally due to the human being in his bodily and spiritual totality. The human being is to be respected and treated as a person from the moment of conception; and therefore from that same moment his rights as a person must be recognized, among which in the first place is the inviolable right of every innocent human being to life.
Unacceptable practices include:
  • in-vitro fertillisation
  • research in and use of embryonic stem cells
  • post-fertilization birth control methods
  • surrogate motherhood
  • human cloning, both reproductive and therapeutic
  • freezing embryos for use in artificial fertilisation
  • pre-implantation diagnosis of embryos to avoid genetic defects, or select for gender or other qualities
  • reduction of implanted embryos to prevent multiple births
  • intracytoplasmic sperm injection to overcome male fertility problems
  • germ line cell therapy to modify genes transmitted to offspring
  • use of human biological material of illicit origin, such as experimentation on human embryos
Acceptable:
  • promotion of natural fertility including hormone treatment and surgery for endometriosis or obstructed fallopian tubes
  • use of stem cells obtained from adult organisms, umbilical cord blood or foetuses dead by natural causes
  • research into the prevention of sterility

Related articles:
Humans not mere cells (ST, 12 Dec 2008)
In the news today (blogger comments, 13 Dec 2008)

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Saturday, 6 December 2008

The Religious Case for Gay Marriage - Newsweek

Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller wrote a cover story for Newsweek, "The Religious Case for Gay Marriage."

Read Al Mohler's response, "Turning the Bible on its Head - Newsweek Goes for Gay Marriage."

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