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Nov
27

What Many Non-Christians Think of Christians

What Many Non-Christians Think of Christians A recent national study featured focus groups from around the country. Non-Christians were asked to say the first thing that came to their mind when they thought of a Christian. This is what they said: “Mixguided, crazy, selective hearing, psychologically manipulative, dangerous, hypocrites, corruption, dogma, scamming, indoctrinating kids who are too young to think for themselves (homeschooling), oppression, they want to be told what to do, conformity, ignorance, blind acceptance, weak personality, close-minded, seem to be a little too happy (it’s creepy!), overbearing, militant, recruiting, reprogramming (discipleship), brainwashing (Sunday School), extremists, almost a gang, obnoxious, I think of creepy old white men, anti-science, organized religion, yuck, turning into a monster, creepy old people, whack-job religion.” Source: http://youtu.be/I_QPKam4FjA Is this what you think of when you think of a Christian? Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker and Director of Family Renewal, LLC. Photo credit: danny.hammontree / Foter.com / CC...
Nov
27

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation [New York, 3 October 1789]

From George Washington: By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness. Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us. And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion...
Nov
17

Did C.S. Lewis Believe in Evolution?

I have read most of C.S. Lewis‘ non-fiction books, and have always been intrigued with his perspective on the topic of Evolution. He was certainly not a young-earth creationist, but his precise views are a bit obscure. However, this video shares some personal letters and hand-written notations by Lewis in books that he owned and kept in his personal library that help to shed light on this intriguing topic. Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker and Director of Family Renewal,...
Nov
16

The World is Flat

The World is flat. That isn’t necessarily a good thing. When Postmodernism (more correctly “Anti-Modernism”) emerged, it successfully dethroned notions of hierarchy, structure, authority and pyramid-shaped leadership. Instead of “teachers,” you should have “facilitators.” Instead of lectures you now have discussions and conversations. No one  is deemed to have a better idea than anyone else, because there is no such thing as objective ethics or moral truth. Everything is like discussing what flavor of ice cream we like best. How dare anyone suggest that there could be a right or a wrong to anything! Instead, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. The greatest invention during the era of Postmodernism is the Internet. It has added to the great leveling of society. For example, I have worked in Christian publishing for the past 20 years. Back in the “old days,” 15 years or so ago, people who wanted to say something to a mass audience had to spend years in research, write a book, submit it to a traditional publisher and jump through all of the approval processes and criteria of professional editors and reviewers. Today, in the Flat World, you can publish your own opinions on Facebook, YouTube, or WordPress, or even self-publish an e-book or a print-on-demand book with no outside permission or approval, and very little cost or hassle. This is the day when everyone is an expert. Or so they think. The problem is…some ideas are just stupid. Not every opinion is worth something. That last statement will raise the ire of virtually every Postmodernist. I have to say that I tire of hearing uninformed people spout off on a topic about which they have no experience, have never studied, and have no intention of doing so. Just this week in a discussion, and man told me, “I have no time to read opposing views on this topic. I just know my view is right!” In their minds, the ignorant assume their position is just as worthwhile as the Ph.D. who has dedicated a lifetime to the research of that topic. Now it is abundantly clear that experts often get it wrong. Perhaps that is what led to the rise of Postmodernism in the first place. There has been much good that has emerged with the invention of the Flat World. I myself have benefited greatly from the tools it offers, particularly social media. However, I think we have lost much by losing respect for...

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