Tuesday, 31 March 2009

100,000 Atheist Britons Seek 'De-Baptism' from Christianity

by Ethan Cole (Christian Post, 31 Mar 2009)

Article about 100,000 Britons applying for de-baptism certificates to cut their ties with the Christian faith. These are being offered off the Internet by National Secular Society, following an atheist ad campaign on London buses.

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Saturday, 28 March 2009

Failed Gospel Tract

by Lee Shelton IV, 02 Mar 2009

Mark 8:34-36
If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?
Phil 1:20, 21
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
John Piper re-posted this pic on 19 Apr, with the title "Corrective Tract for the Prosperity Gospel".

Guess his point was, where is the place of suffering and persecution in the theology of churches that promotes the "health and wealth" or prosperity gospel?

What says you?

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Thursday, 26 March 2009

Sex, science and spirituality

by Chuck Colson (Christian Post, 26 Mar 2009)

Article promoting a new book "Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex Is Affecting Our Children" by doctors Joe McIlhaney and Freda McKissic Bush. They share about how sex education in schools tend to focus on the physical and physiological effects of sexual activity, e.g. pregnancy and STDs, but tend to downplay the emotional and psychological impacts, especially on teens.

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What is a church?

In a post by PJ, he noted different pastors' definition of what a church is.

Mark Dever
The church is that collection of people who are hearing the Word of God, responding to it with their lives, and who have obeyed Jesus’ specific commands to be baptized and proclaim his death in the Lord’s Supper.

The church is a collection of people committed to the Lord Jesus and his gospel, committed to loving one another in full accountability including church discipline, and working together to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Mark Driscoll
The local church is a community of regenerated believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord. In obedience to Scripture they organize under qualified leadership, gather regularly for preaching and worship, observe the biblical sacraments of baptism and communion, are unified by the Spirit, are disciplined for holiness, and scatter to fulfill the great commandment and the great commission as missionaries to the world for God’s glory and their joy.

Jeff Vanderstelt
The church is the gospel people who believe the gospel, who are a formed community around the gospel, and who demonstrate the gospel in everyday ways of life so that the world might know that the Father sent the Son.

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Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Seven signs of a genuine ministry

Summary of Colin Adam's entry based on Mark Dever's 1 Thessalonians overview sermon.
  1. Self-sacrifice (1 Thes 2:1-2, 3-6)
  2. Motherly love (1 Thes 2:7-8)
  3. Fatherly integrity and encouragement (1 Thes 2:10-12)
  4. Desire for fellowship (1 Thes 2:17; 3:10-11)
  5. Joy (1 Thes 3:7-9)
  6. Prayer (1 Thes 2:13)
  7. Hope (1 Thes 2:13, 19)

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Asian youths can't live without TV, Web: poll

by Miral Fahmy, Yahoo! Singapore, 25 Mar 2009

Want to get across to Asia's youth? Do it through media or music, with a survey revealing that most spend on average 10 hours a day watching TV, on the Internet, reading magazines or listening to the radio.

In findings bound to cheer advertisers, the annual Synovate Young Asians survey, which polled some 13,000 people aged between 8 and 24, also showed many of these youth have a say over a variety of purchases ranging from their own snacks and clothes to the family holiday and even the family car.

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Monday, 23 March 2009

A stained-glass ceiling?

by Albert Mohler (23 Mar 2009)

As Mary Zeiss Stange sees it, women are being denied their rightful place of leadership in American religious life. Her logic is clear, and she writes with a mixture of exasperation and energy. Her op-ed column in today's edition of USA Today, "Do Women Have a Prayer?," reflects the way many people naturally frame the issue of the role of women in the church.

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Saturday, 21 March 2009

Song - Lord of the heavens by Hillsong

Lord of the heavens and the earth
My saviour, redeemer, risen Lord
All honour, glory, power, and strength
To Him upon the throne

Chorus: Holy, holy, You are worthy
Praises to the Son of God
Jesus You alone are worthy
Crowned in righteousness and peace
Glory, glory, hallelujah
Praises to the great I AM
Hosanna, join with angels singing
Worthy is the Lamb of God

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Friday, 20 March 2009

Dr James Hudson Taylor III home-calling

Dr James Hudson Taylor III home-calling - an official announcement from OMF International

Dear Church Pastors & Leaders and Missions Leaders,

It is with much sadness that we announce to you that Rev Dr James Hudson Taylor III had passed on to be with the Lord this morning, 20 March 2009. Yet we wish to celebrate his life which exemplifies the love of God and reflects the heart of God.

Attached is a condensed press release on the home calling of our beloved brother, mentor and leader, the late Rev Dr James Hudson Taylor III.

There will be a memorial service in Hong Kong on the 4 April 2009. We will be announcing a memorial service in Singapore in the next few days and an invitation will be sent out accordingly. More information will also be posted in the next few days on our International website: www.omf.org and our Singapore website: www.omf.org/sg.

Thank you for keeping the Taylor family and our Fellowship members in prayer.

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Saturday, 14 March 2009

Song - With all I am by Hillsong

1. Into Your hand
I commit again
With all I am
For You Lord

You hold my world
In the palm of Your hand
And I'm Yours forever

Jesus I believe in You
Jesus I belong to You
You're the reason that I live
The reason that I sing
With all I am

2. I'll walk with You
Wherever you go
Through tears and joy
I'll trust in You

And I will live
In all of Your ways and
Your promises forever

I will worship
I will worship You

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Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Reverence or relevance?

by Greg Laurie (11 Mar 2009)

It seems to me that for some we have lost the “fear of the Lord,” even in the Church.

There was a time when things were perhaps too uptight, and one spoke in whispers in the Church, and laughter was rarely heard. But today, many churches, in their attempt to be thought of as “cool” or “contemporary,” they have lost their focus.

I am not suggesting we attempt to be irrelevant and uncool, but my question is “Have we traded reverence for relevance?”

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Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Evangelical Lutheran bishops address sexuality

by Manya Brachear @ The Seeker, Chicago Tribune (10 Mar 2009)

Setting the stage for a genteel showdown in August, bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America issued a "pastoral word" on Tuesday that still reflected a lack of consensus in their own ranks about whether gays and lesbians in committed relationships should serve as clergy.

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Politicizing faith and life

by Cal Thomas @ On Faith, Newsweek (10 Mar 2009)

It's peculiar that President Obama sees himself as a "person of faith" when it comes to lifting restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, but he is an agnostic when it comes to abortion. Apparently, Obama's faith serves his politics and not the reverse. According to the president, science, not faith, is to be primary, thus placing science ahead of God.

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Saturday, 7 March 2009

Song - Crossing over by City Harvest

We come before Your throne
Our hearts we give to You
We long to see Your kingdom come
And bring Your truth to all the earth

Nations will cry out Your name
Send us to Your harvest Lord we pray

By Your Spirit O Lord we claim the nations
Of the world for You Jesus
Pour down Your rain
Holy Spirit move in us today
By Your Spirit O Lord we claim the nations
Of the world for You Jesus
By Your word of truth we're crossing over
To win the lost for You

Your cross before our eyes
You've set our hearts on fire
To give what we can never keep
To gain what can never lose

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Monday, 2 March 2009

NTU stabbing leaves one dead and another injured

CNA, 02 Mar 2009

A 21-year-old Indonesian Chinese, David Hartanto Widjaja, committed suicide by jumping off a five-storey campus block after stabbing a professor on Monday morning. He was a final-year engineering (EEE) student, and the professor, Chan Kap Luk, Deputy Director of the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre at NTU, was the student's supervisor in a project. He has since been discharged from NUH on Wednesday.

Subsequent reports indicate that the student recently had his ASEAN undergraduate scholarship terminated in Feb 2009 after 3 warning letters dating back to Aug 2007. He was also an avid online gamer, using the profile tera-majin ("earth demon" in Japanese), and had been playing online games such as WarCraft just hours before the stabbing incident.

See related articles:
NTU sent 3 warning letters to David Widjaja before terminating scholarship (CNA, 04 Mar 09)
He spends last hours in his dorm (Electric New Paper, 05 Mar 09)

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