A few nights ago, I watched a videotape of Tarzan, the 1932 film with Johnny Weismuller. The book, Tarzan of the Apes, was written in 1914 by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950). It is hard now to realize how successful the Tarzan stories were then.
If you are convinced that the Christian Faith is a "personal, private affair," designed only for stone-faced Sunday morning worshippers, gossipy Thursday evening home Bible studies, and ethereal "quiet times with Jesus," please don't tell our brothers in the African nation of Zambia.
Paul's enemies were using the law to stir up opinion against him, as well as "fables" and "other doctrine" (vs. 3-4) contrary to the gospel. They had to challenge Paul's apostolic authority with a stronger one. They thus repeatedly brought in pharisarical concepts of the law and tried to take the position of defenders of the law by giving it preeminence over grace and faith.
Reformed theology has always maintained a distinction between the various spheres of government; self, church, state, etc. The power of the sword clearly belongs neither to the church or to individuals; God has delegated that authority only to the stateab. While the individual himself has the right to self-defense, he never has the right to take the law into his own hands and punish evil with the sword. In historic Reformed thought, this was seen as sedition and rebellion. Self-defense is one thing, revolution another.
Urban Nations seeks to seize the mission opportunity given by God in His bringing millions of immigrants from all nations to our city (New York). We can fulfill the Great Commission, representatively, in a single generation, with His blessing.
One of the first questions that falls within the scope of philosophy of religion is the query as to whether religious language "God-talk" is meaningful. The philosophy of Christianity, however, begins with the presupposition that God has spoken, has revealed himself.
Has this ever happened to you? You are enjoying a conference and someone slides up next to you and begins firing questions. What denomination do you belong to? Who ordained you? Where did you get your education? With a pained expression on your face, dear brother, are you suffering a coronary attack?
The field of counseling is an ungodly mess, both in the world and in the church.
For 14 years I have tasted the rewards of spending time home schooling my children. However, I began to see on the horizon the need for something above and beyond the home schooling I was providing. I was dismayed at the prospects that were ahead of me.
Picture the following vision in your mind: A mass of people spread out in a room, some are happy, rejoicing, and enjoying the blessings of God. They look as if they are intoxicated with all that is going on. Others have a look of remoteness in their eyes.
"Four twenty-five an hour! I work all week long and I can barely afford to pay my rent! This is ridiculous! Who's running this country anyway?"
"Politics" is a term of many meanings and diverse connotations. It can refer to the art of political administration; the policies, goals or affairs of a government; the methods or tactics involved in managing an association; and many other activities. Wherever there is government, politics makes its appearance.
Soon, sometime soon, the elites of the Republican Party had better find the courage to speak for the values of the people whose votes they count on Election Day. My sense is, from traveling around the country, that the patience level is gone. Not another four-year cycle of this. Catch on now, GOP, or suffer the consequences. — Family Research Council President GARY BAUER, in a speech to the Heritage Foundation, December 1996
President Clinton tells the American people that the "era of big government is over" and that "government is not the solution"; but considering what he had to say in his State of the Union Address, he surely does not believe it.
If the method of funding campaigns is changed while the causes of the “money problem” are not, the corruption that worries people will rear its head somewhere else, perhaps in a less visible place.
It is a misunderstanding of Satan to see him as someone trying to lead people into fornication or adultery, or into cheating, stealing, and like sins. Fallen mankind needs little help to do those things! Of course, it is convenient for mankind to have someone to blame, to say, "The Devil made me do it!"
In our time, many scholars have held neo-Spenglerian views of the decline and fall of civilizations. These are governed by biological rather than theological thinking.
The following letter to the editor, written by Mark Brandly, was originally published in the May 1997 issue of the Chalcedon Report. In fairness to the author of the original article, Albert Cronkite, we are including his response to Mark Brandly at the end. However, please note that Mr. Cronkite's rebuttal was not originally published in the May 1997 issue.