Why does God allow such natural disasters?
Posted by Jim Denison | April 3rd, 2014 at 11:45 am
Posted by Jim Denison | April 2nd, 2014 at 11:45 am
It’s not what it seems. The local cathedral needed space for its priests, so it purchased his old home. The archbishop needed a new residence, so he and his advisers designed a nearly 6,400-square-foot estate. They intended its large meeting spaces and rooms to be used for receptions, meetings, and other ministry purposes.
However, they didn’t count on Pope Francis.
Posted by Jim Denison | April 1st, 2014 at 11:45 am
Their billboards claim nothing new. Muslims the world over believe that Jesus was a Muslim, and in fact view him as one of their six key prophets (Adam, Noah, Moses, Abraham, Jesus and Muhammad). And they believe that Muhammad was prophesied several times in Scripture (especially Deuteronomy 18:18, where God tells Moses he will “raise up for them a prophet like you”).
Posted by Jim Denison | March 31st, 2014 at 11:45 am
Half of us (49 percent) say church attendance is “somewhat” or “very” important, but half (51 percent) say it is “not too” or “not at all” important. The younger we are, the worse the numbers get. Only two in 10 adults under the age of 30 believe church is important; more than a third take an anti-church stance.
Posted by Jim Denison | March 28th, 2014 at 11:45 am
As March Madness continues, Baylor played last night for a chance to continue in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Bears had already gone further than most expected. Though they lost to Wisconsin, they have already achieved what matters most, in athletics and in life.
FOX Sports Southwest headlined the story: “Baylor’s ‘extraordinary’ season has left lives changed.” It begins with the Bears’ loss to Kansas last February 4, their seventh defeat in eight games. Head coach Scott Drew stopped one of the team chaplains after the game and said, “We may not win another game this year, and I may be a horrible coach, but if any of these guys leave without knowing Christ, that will be the real loss.”
Posted by Jim Denison | March 26th, 2014 at 10:00 pm
Here is how its open letter begins: “Today, the World Vision U.S. board publicly reversed its recent decision to change our employment conduct policy. The board acknowledged they made a mistake and chose to revert to our longstanding conduct policy requiring sexual abstinence for all single employees and faithfulness within the Biblical covenant of marriage between a man and a woman.”
Why the reversal? “We failed to be consistent with World Vision U.S.’s commitment to the traditional understanding of Biblical marriage and our own Statement of Faith, which says, ‘We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.’ And we also failed to seek enough counsel from our own Christian partners. As a result, we made a change to our conduct policy that was not consistent with our Statement of Faith and our commitment to the sanctity of marriage” (their italics).
I believe the Lord is pleased with the board’s decision, and with the way it was communicated with the world. Here’s why.
First, the board has reaffirmed its commitment to biblical authority. Scripture and 20 centuries of Christian faith and practice consistently teach marriage to be a covenant between a man and a woman. World Vision has now returned to this historic, orthodox theological position.
Second, the board has initiated reconciliation within the body of Christ. Jesus taught us: “if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:23-24). The board sought such reconciliation with fellow believers: “We have listened to you and want to say thank you and to humbly ask for your forgiveness.”
Third, the board has reaffirmed its original intent to demonstrate grace to all persons, whatever their sexual orientation: “While World Vision U.S. stands firmly on the biblical view of marriage, we strongly affirm that all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, are created by God and are to be loved and treated with dignity and respect.” This was the spirit of Jesus to all people, and should be ours as well.
God redeems all he allows. One way he would redeem the World Vision reversal is to use it as a model for Christian fellowship. What if more believers were this willing to admit a mistake and initiate reconciliation? In announcing the board’s earlier position, President Richard Stearns hoped their action would “inspire unity” within the body of Christ. Today’s response to the body’s concerns may well foster even greater unity around the authority of Scripture and the Spirit of Jesus.
To God be the glory.
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Denison Forum on Truth and Culture
Posted by Jim Denison | March 26th, 2014 at 11:45 am
World Vision is one of the world’s largest benevolent organizations, and has been extremely effective in serving the poor around the world. Now, according to President Richard Stearns’ letter to their employees, their board has chosen “to allow a Christian in a legal same-sex marriage to be employed at World Vision.” What does God think about this decision? Consider four biblical principles.
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Denison Forum on Truth and Culture
Posted by Jim Denison | March 25th, 2014 at 11:45 am
Let’s begin with Damon Linker’s fascinating new essay in The Week: “Why churches should brace for a mass exodus of the faithful.”
Posted by Jim Denison | March 24th, 2014 at 11:45 am
However, Gates is now involved in his local Catholic church. In an interview for the current issue of Rolling Stone, he says, “The moral systems of religion, I think, are super important. We’ve raised our kids in a religious way; they’ve gone to the Catholic church that Melinda goes to and I participate in.” Gates is not yet what we might call a committed disciple: “I think it makes sense to believe in God, but exactly what decision in your life you make differently because of it, I don’t know.” However, despite his theological reservations, his religious beliefs have clearly evolved in the direction of God.
Posted by Jim Denison | March 21st, 2014 at 11:45 am
Crowe wanted to meet personally with the pope to discuss the film. When the Vatican would not schedule such a meeting, the actor and a delegation from Paramount Pictures attended the Wednesday 10:30 AM general audience along with thousands of others in St. Peter’s Square. After the audience, Crowe tweeted, “Thank you holy father @Pontifex for the blessing.”