“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
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.
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019
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
"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.
|My grandson address|
Street Invaders in Vancouver
Thursday, March 14, 2019
I fail to see why children do not need a mother and a father. Would someone please explain it to me?
*Abortion is the most striking and tragic example.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
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  and God is love. 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.
 John 1.9, 14, 1John 4.2., Luke 1.35., 14.9, Romans 1.4., Colossians.1.15. Hebrews. 1.2-3.
 1John 4.8.
Monday, January 21, 2019
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.