This is an incredible article written by Shaun Groves. Some of the items here will be enlightening, some challenging. All of it will make you think. Below is a clip, I encourage you to read the whole post. http://amplify.com/u/5rit
So today, just a little while ago in fact, I went for a run. Yes I have refrained from discussing my recent discovery of this sport until I was certain I would actually persevere. More on that later (because perseverance is only certain upon death).
For now let me just tell you what happened on my run. I was listening to my good friend Bob Smart as I often do when I run. My listening choices when I run kind of boils down to Bob Smart or Bono with a few others thrown in here and there for the sake of variety. Yes Bob is a preacher and Bono is a singer, but they both have a great deal to say about the human condition and redemption. I find myself learning from both and entertained at the same time.
At any rate, today I was listening to Bob preach on Ecclesiastes. One of the things he mentioned is that the “teacher” was talking about intellectual fallacies that are still common today. The teacher is the person whose voice we hear as we read that book of the Bible. He continually repeats that every attempt to find meaning or purpose is meaningless. One of the attitudes which the teacher tested out is what we would call Nihilism. This is the attitude expressed best by the belief that there is no real purpose in our existence and all we can really do is wait to die.
At the time Bob began to discuss nihilism I was running across a part of UNCW that’s really nice. A gorgeous, wide, brick sidewalk runs between buildings which share brilliant landscaping and beautiful architecture. These things were designed to be enjoyed by man. This part of campus was supposed to make life worth living. Nihilism sounded so unattractive in light of the culture man had created around me.
Of course I was semiconscious that UNCW is indicative of most of America. Growing numbers of people are beginning to believe that Christianity does not have relevant answers for the problems they face.
Then it hit me like a freight train (or a mack truck to be faithful to the title of this post) that the reason growing numbers of Americans are finding Christianity largely irrelevant is because more and more American Christians are nihilists who carry the Bible around with them. What would be attractive about that???
Seriously, with the popularity of left behind theology which teaches that you just need to pray a prayer and then start hoping to die so you can get out of here, I would hate christianity too if I thought that is what it taught!
Thank God for making it clear to us that mankind’s job is to bring culture, art, beauty and whatever it takes to make life worth living here and now. Otherwise, I don’t think I could take it for very long.
I think he claims to be a Mormon, so you maybe can’t fault him too much for not understanding the point of the Bible. But Glenn Beck is encouraging his listeners to leave their church if the church cares about social or economic Justice. Maybe the sound bytes I heard are ripped out of context,. but with an agenda like his, somehow I have a hard time believing that. In case you had any doubt, Justice is one of the most important themes in all of scripture. Please don’t attend a church that does not care about Justice. http://amplify.com/u/2rza
First of all, I am not sure if “Born again” means anything at all… does that mean you prayed some sort of a prayer when you were 12? I really think I could use an explanation on that. Secondly, based on these statistics from the Barna Group, American’s opinions are formed more by their party affiliation than their faith. (that is if “born again” is a designation that makes any sense at all…) The Line “when political affiliations and faith commitments are merged….” sort of bugs me. I am not sure whether that is possible. It seems to me that the message of Jesus should challenge ALL of our affiliations (to some extent) and not really merge with any of them. Please note, I don’t really have an opinion. Frankly I don’t pay much attention to Obama or the political process. Don’t shoot the messenger… http://amplify.com/u/25jb
I am disgusted. I am not the kind of person to say something like “that’s what’s wrong with kids today” (or maybe I am just getting old). But I just looked at the questions that are being asked in the history section of yahoo answers. It is disgusting! 90 percent or more are copied from a test. Someone wants to know who was ruler of Italy in 1690. I mean PUHLEEEZE! don’t you think a Wikipedia search will answer that faster? Or are you just that stinking lazy? Seriously, let me just say this…. there is absolutely no future for a society two generations down the line if people are seriously posting their test questions on yahoo answers. None…. Maybe I will move to Canada… http://amplify.com/u/1zi7
I have applied for a deferment. I know I sent the proper documentation, yet I got a phone message today to call CFI. I called back. I am still on hold (its been 7 minutes now)
If there is something I need to do, will you please look it up and email me at this address?
I don't do well on the phone and asking me to call back and hold for ten minutes is not a helpful way to communicate.
When I have been on hold for a full ten minutes I will push send on this email and hang up the phone. And please make a note – I prefer email communication.
Thank You for your time.