“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Saturday, April 13, 2019

THE BIBLE AND PROGRESSIVE THOUGHT

A man sent me an email identifying himself as "Dave." He's a 'buffet Christian' meaning he picks and chooses which parts of Christianity and the Bible he likes and rejects the rest. At one point in his email Dave wrote, "We ignore the many parts of the Bible that are repulsive and have no place in modern society." Dave's idea of selective Christianity is increasingly common. Perhaps the parts Dave finds repulsive are Scriptural condemnations of homosexuality. 

Here's a problem with selective Christianity and
vetting the Bible for repulsiveness. Dave finds passages condemning homosexuality repulsive. John is a thief: He finds the 7th Commandment repulsive. Ted is a serial adulterer. He wants to dispense with the 6th Commandment and all other references in Scripture that are against unfaithfulness. Rachel thinks accounts of the Passion of Christ are too violent. Who knows what kind of violence it might trigger in an unstable person! She wants the crucifix removed from the front of the church because that too may encourage weak minds to be cruel, violent or sadistic. Eric is of the same view and thinks the Bible should be declared hate literature and banned from public libraries. Gerald finds the teachings about the physical resurrection of Christ preposterous. He thinks it's bunk and wants a requirement for Bible publishers to add a disclaimer to the front of the Gospels saying it's just a story written by primitive men with superstitious minds. In the end, Christianity will be gutted of all meaning and that's what I think Dave, John, Rachel, Eric Gerald and other progressives want.  They may deny it but they are anti-Christians. Christophobes. They want to make their relative truths absolute.

Moderns want to create God in their own image. Other progressives want all talk of deities removed from public discourse and the public square. Their quest not to offend anyone actually offends someone: Me. I am a Canadian Christian and my right to freedom of thought, opinion, religion—and their expression is guaranteed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (a creation of a previous generation of political progressives and selectively applied by the current generation of progressives.).

Here's an inconvenient truth quite beyond fashionable thinking. There is a God who exists independent of human thought. This God created all that exists and He sets the rules. God is concerned about the course of human events and has been active in history. He will continue to be active in human events and the unfolding of time long after Dave's "modern society" ceases to exist. Self-appointed progressives will be exposed as regressive. Today's moderns will be passé tomorrow and another progressive mentality will emerge—perhaps more enlightened or more repressive and brutal than the current batch.

Modern man will pass away. God remains. We must humbly reconcile with God on His terms, not ours.

MDP

Sunday, April 7, 2019

D=S MINUS M: DESPAIR EQUALS SUFFERING MINUS MEANING

I want to share EWTN's homily (sermon) from this past Friday, April 5th 2019, delivered by Father Joseph Mary. Understanding the meaning of D=S minus M helped me endure 36 years with incurable and aggressive multiple sclerosis.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

STREET INVADERS FOR CHRIST!

I believe there is a Christian revolution that will be led by our young people. They are shining the light of Christ into the darkness of our secular culture. I have become aware of an exciting Youth Missions ministry called Street InvadersMy teenage grandson and granddaughter are active with it.

Street Invaders teaches young Christian how to make their faith real within themselves and to the world around them.  They begin with bootcamp. What is bootcamp? According to their website, it is where
young Christians "learn practical skills to help you share your faith with other people. You’ll also meet
and get to know your teammates and leaders who will be with you on your mission."
[1]
 It doesn't stop there. They continue:


"You will experience transforming worship and life-changing messages, classes to help you learn more about the life of Jesus, what it means to be a Christian, and how to live that out."


Young Christians learn how to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in new ways, to a lost and hurting
generation. 
They begin in the darkest places: Inner cities. My grandson and granddaughter have gone
twice, spending two weeks evangelizing in the inner city of Vancouver, Canada. They went with Street Invaders Youth Missions. 

These young people are following our Lord's instructions to take the Gospel to people and make disciples of all nations. Their exuberance for this task puts many of their Christian elders to shame. 

At the conclusion of their successful 2018 missions
My grandson address
Street Invaders in Vancouver
trip, my grandson addressed the final praise and worship service to encourage the Street Invaders to continue their active evangelism when they return home to their own communities. Please pray for Street Invaders and all those people who came to—or will come to—a personal encounter with Jesus Christ as a result of this vital and effective youth ministry. (Also pray for Street Invaders 2019!)


MDP
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Notes
[1] http://www.streetinvaders.ca/programs   

Thursday, March 14, 2019

CHILDREN PAY THE HIGHEST PRICE

There are many reasons that proper marriage is between a man and woman. It was this way for centuries before progressives with political agendas decided it can be otherwise. It is the children who will pay the highest price for this social engineering and experimentation based on ideology. But then, it's always the children who pay for their elders' societal tinkering.* 

I fail to see why children do not need a mother and a father. Would someone please explain it to me?

MDP
*Abortion is the most striking and tragic example.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

LOVE THAT OVERCOMES

I wrote a film script I called Journey Toward Love. It chronicles the odyssey of love that my wife, LaRee, and I have experienced covering half a century in our journey toward the radical love of God. It is a radical love because it involves faith and surrender, and love of neighbor, even if they spitefully use us. It has involved the glory of life and the darkness of death. It has involved the anguish and chains of physical disability and the transcendence of love above it all.  Great is the love that overcomes. 

Saint John of the Cross compared faith to feet by which we journey toward God, and love is our guide. It is ironic that during the years that I could not actually use my feet because of disease, I continued to walk spiritually toward God. And yes, love was my guide. Now as an old man, I am discovering that the whole of my life — even in its darkest times — has been a journey toward love in its various forms: 


LaRee and I are acutely aware that we are being led
rather than leading. Our journey toward the love of God has an intimate connection to our love for each other. We are startled at the sudden change of direction in our journey of and toward love. 

Over the past few months, I have discovered there is
something that needs to heal and something that needs to die, something that needs to be rejected and something that needs to be embraced, There is something that needs to stop and something that must begin, something that needs to be changed and something that needs to be celebrated.

I think LaRee and I are getting to the heart of what matters in life and love. The purpose of life is to grow in love without strings attached. Trust that is broken must be forgiven. We must trust again without fear of whether it is wise or not. Our example is Christ. He forgave me when I thought I was unforgivable. He loves me though I may seem unlovable. 

Christ loved those who hurt him—he is God-made-man [1] and God is love.[2] The journey toward the source of love (personified with the Incarnation) is the whole purpose for my time on earth. And I suspect that in your heart of hearts you will discover the same is true for you. 

MDP
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[1] John 1.9, 14, 1John 4.2., Luke 1.35., 14.9, Romans 1.4., Colossians.1.15. Hebrews. 1.2-3.
[2] 1John 4.8.

Monday, January 21, 2019

UPDATE: WALKING AFTER YEARS IN AN ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR

After 35 years with multiple sclerosis — much of it as
triplegic and in a wheelchair — I began to recover function. It left my physicians and family with their mouths agape! I wrote about this in a previous blog post. 


See http://www.humanlifematters.org/2019/01/im-walking.html

Here's an update: The video below was taken on 20 January 2019. I've graduated from the walker to canes. Although I'm crooked because decades of severe back spasms twisted my spine, I am walking better and better. It's not supposed to happen with end-stage aggressive MS.