October, 2007

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Monthly Archives: October 2007

Should a Christian Trick or Treat? Part 2

Here is an excellent perspective on Halloween from Tim Challies… I am guessing my neighborhood is all-too-typical in that people typically arrive home from work and immediately drive their cars into the garage. More often than not they do not emerge again until the next morning when they leave for work once more. We are

Should a Christian Trick or Treat?

Here is a helpful article from Mars Hill on the history of Halloween and whether or not Christians should participate. The conclusion… Some members of Mars Hill opt to avoid Halloween altogether because portions of its mixed up history prick their conscience. Others see it as a truly americanized holiday, not specifically Christian but essentially

Do We Really Need the Old Testament?

If they had to answer that question, no doubt most evangelical Christians would argue that one can’t really do away with the thirty-nine books found prior to the gospel of Matthew—the first book of the New Testament in the Bible. And yet, to borrow a phrase from one of my old seminary professors, those are

Popular Fantasy Series Endorses Unbiblical Position on Divisive Cultural Issue

Both adults and children speak of them as some of the most enjoyable and engaging books they’ve ever read. Each of the seven volumes within the series has flown off the shelves. Their popularity has translated into the world of film, where entirely new pockets of fans have been introduced to their magical world. And

Praying for Our Kids (Part 2)

Here are some of the ideas I received from parents in our church about praying for their kids. Over and over again, I have gotten ringing endorsements for the book Praying the Bible for Your Children by David and Heather Kopp. Christine Simon said, “I’ve used several of the devotionals for my kids since they

Praying for Our Kids (Part 1)

Bissy Crosby, mother of three kids (ages 19, 17, and 10) recently shared this story with me. “When I was 13 years old my mom died after an intense battle with breast cancer. I knew that she prayed for me daily. About a week after she died I found her prayer notebook with a whole

How To Pray For Your Leaders

With the Iowa caucuses only a couple months away, we’re inundated with campaign news about the various candidates. This past weekend the news was about the “Values Voters” debate that the Republican candidates attended in Orlando. (As an aside, I don’t quite understand the term “values voters.” Doesn’t everyone vote their values?) All the attention

“Pain, Pain Go Away” Part 2

The human tendency is to run as far away from pain as possible. That’s right, isn’t it? As I’ve been thinking about this topic, I have realized that our sinful condition has put us in a much more complex predicament than the simple knee-jerk reaction of avoiding pain in our lives. In fact, the reality

Do American Values Equal (Biblical) Christianity?

I recently read an interesting New York Times article by Michael Luo entitled “Gingerly, Romney Seeks Ties to the Christian Right.” As the title suggests, the piece detailed the effort by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a practicing Mormon, to court the support of conservative evangelical Christians. One particular paragraph caught my eye: “The values

Joel Osteen on 60 Minutes

Monday morning at the gym, I listened to the podcast of the 60 Minutes program that aired the night before (Sunday, October 14). It wasn’t a pleasant experience. The third story into the show was a feature on Joel Osteen, the pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston. If you are interested in watching the piece,