Hopefully, the lesson learned by the Discovery Channel will be that next time someone suggests airing a film that seeks to rewrite the Bible, the producers of DC will take the time and make sufficient effort to substantiate such outlandish claims. I have stated in a previous blog that the Jesus Tomb is nothing more than sensational tabloid journalism based upon faulty reasoning and junk science. I am a Bible believing Christian and as such I am automatically predisposed to discount any claims that would seek to unravel the historic claims of Christianity. I am biased and I gladly accept the accusation. However, my bias does not prevent me from thinking clearly about challenges that are brought against the Faith. Sound reasoning will always prevail against a fallacious onlsaught.
It never ceases to amaze me that every February – March the Church can expect to see some sophomoric hijinks played out in the media for the purpose of impugning the historic claims of Christianity. The latest installment of this annual charade comes in the form of the so-called Jesus Tomb that aired on the Discovery Channel. Let me see say from the outset that this is nothing more than tabloid sensationalism, dressed in the garb of scholarship. The tragedy to all this is, many will uncritically accept these Paparazzi driven notions even within the Church of Jesus Christ. Why do we reject the claims of authors Simca Jacabovichi and Charles Pellegrino?
On February 8, 2007, a trial court of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America meet in AtlantaÂ to adjudicate the removal of an openly gay pastor from one of its congregation. Apparently, at the time of his call, the local church knew of the pastor’s proclivities and installed him anyway. The pastor freely admitted that he was living inÂ a committed relationship with another man and that he was aware that the denominational position was opposed to ordaining homosexual ministers.
Email, instant messaging, web browsing and blogging have become an integral part of our vocabulary. These terms represent advances in information technology that were inconceivable only a generation ago. I often bemoan the fact that I graduated from seminary before the number 286 represented state of the art technology in the world of personal computing. If only, I had access to a word processor to aid in the preparation of major papers dealing with Old Testament theology, I would have saved hundreds of hours of typing and retyping on my ancient IBM selectric. Never mind that now, one can carry an entire library of books on a sheet of plastic and silicone.
Many who are involved in ministry can readily attest that Christian service has its unique rewards. Along with the satisfaction that accompanies service to the Master, comes a great deal of frustration and discouragement. Many days the trials and cares of service seem so overwhelming that we lose sight of why we serve God in the first place. Perhaps the biggest temptation we face comes in the form of self doubt. The questions go something like this, “am I really making a difference for God?” “As a ministry, does Sola Scriptura really stand out?” “Have we actually made a tangible impact in church life for the cause of Reformed Truth?”
At long last we are proud to announce that the new bookstore is ready for use. It is still a work in progress and does not nearly contain the amount of material we have avaialable for immediate delivery. Given our limited manpower resources, it has been a slow development over the past 3 months.
On Tuesday January 16, the office received a number of phone calls from our supporters over an event that took place last week in Windsor, Ontario. Campbell Baptist Church hosted the first of four information evenings on the teachings of Islam. The meeting took place last week and was attended by members of the secular media, law enforcement officials, members of the local community as well as a handful of concerned Muslims. The Windsor Star has reported on the event and the link is provided here. Click on Windsor Star.
The Bible is very clear that we are to march to our Lord’s instructions. By doing so, we will automatically be at odds with whatever prevailing culture surrounds us. The difference between Christianity and the views of the world are becoming increasingly self evident as our society continues to slip from its Judeo-Christian moorings. This Christmas season I came across an article in the Cambridge Times under the notice NEW AT THE LIBRARY. The public service announcement was to inform the reading public on what it considers suitable reading for our Young Adults. The following is a taste of what you can expect to see in today’s public library:
The long awaited release of this magnificent book has finally arrived. In the Lord’s providence the release of this book coincides with the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in England. Spearheaded by a dedicated Christian, William Wilberforce, the spiritual impetus came from committed preachers like John Wesley.
In the early 90’s, Ligonier Ministries of Canada was born with Tom Faichney as its first director. Since those early years, much has changed including adopting the name Sola Scriptura Ministries International. Many of you knew Tom. I had the privilege of receiving an email from Tom this afternoon from all places Iraq. The Lord has called Tom to serve as a chaplain in the U.S. military. Below is the update. Please make Tom and his family a concerted item of prayer this Christmas.