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Christian Nationalism #4
Five Principles for Discerning the News - cont'd
(Principles 3 – 5)
In my early blog post, I talked about the first two principles. Now I will continue with #3,#4, and #5.
One of the myths that exist in any situation of conflict is the over-estimation of the opponent. I remember some years ago when…Continue
Added by Ken Oliver on February 23, 2021 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Dave Butts "Prayer Strategy for Ministry" resonated strongly with me, as does Nehemiah's prayer life.
I also liked Phil Miglioratti's thought…Continue
Christian Nationalism #4
Five Principles for Discerning the News
(Principles 1 – 2)
I recall a meeting with a community organizer many years ago. On her wall was a framed Hagar The Horrible cartoon. The caption said: “Allies come and go, but a good Enemy will last a life-time.” I remember that because in the world of political organizing you need a good enemy. However, what is pragmatic for politics is…Continue
Added by Ken Oliver on February 11, 2021 at 12:00pm — No Comments
In my previous post, I said that I would talk about next steps to restore a Christ-centered orthodoxy to Evangelical Christianity and rid us of the scourge of Christian nationalism. This is the first step – we must confront the loss of truth.
In Ephesians, Paul admonishes us to speak the truth in love. This has two parts: 1) a commitment to truth, and 2) a commitment to love. Following this guide, I want to say that I love Evangelicals. They are…Continue
Christian Nationalism - Part 2
Should we engage society?
In my last blog post I talked about the theological error of Christian nationalism, and its danger to Christianity because it undermines evangelism and attempts social reform through the use of power. Having stated what I think is wrong, I feel the need to suggest a way forward. The next couple of blogs will address that.
First, should Christians be concerned with social reform?…Continue
Added by Ken Oliver on January 29, 2021 at 1:25pm — No Comments
Today, especially in the wake of the events of Jan 6 in our nation’s capital and the aftermath, there have been many thoughtful things written about the dangers of Christian nationalism. One writer said: “The split we are seeing is not theological or philosophical. It’s a division between those who have become detached from reality and those who, however right wing, are still in the real world.” I disagree. I believe that the problem is theological, and the healing can only happen when we…Continue
For the first ten years of my life, I was an only child. I guess my parents didn’t believe in baby-sitters or perhaps couldn’t afford them, I just remember accompanying my parents to a lot of adult events. At each, I was told to “be seen and not heard.” So, I grew up being rather quiet, and reserved. That lifestyle carried over into my prayer life. In fact, I remember wondering in church, why some people prayed such long, wordy prayers, and why in the worship service, we spent so much time…Continue
Added by Dan R. Crawford on January 24, 2021 at 9:47am — No Comments
After the large group of disciples deserted him Jesus ministered only in Galilee for some time. He did not go at all into Judea because the Jewish hierarchy were threatening to kill him. With the Feast of Booths at hand Jesus went back to his childhood home in Nazareth. There he found his brothers and sisters and their families gathered. His oldest brother, Joseph, welcomed him.
“Jesus! We are glad to see you. We…Continue
I watch a lot of college football. I've seen all the bowl games, even the ones that no one has heard of. In one of those games, I saw a commercial that really intrigued me. It pictured a "first date" meet-up between Satan and 2020 (personified as a woman), and then the development of a relationship between them.
It's unlikely that the producers of the commercial have any idea about spiritual warfare, but the reference brought to my mind the fact that 2020 was indeed a…Continue
Times have changed. People are staying home from church services in record numbers – and blaming the COVID virus. History has shown when we are forced by circumstances to change, we eventually get comfortable with the change, and even prefer the new methods to the old. John Cage, an American composer, artist, and philosopher, confessed, “I can’t understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I’m frightened of old ones.” Most churches I know have recovered approximately half of their…Continue
Added by Dan R. Crawford on December 28, 2020 at 9:39am — No Comments
"God save everyone" is a well intended prayer that is guaranteed not to be answered.
This is how God loved the world - God gave his one-and-only (Jesus) to die for everyone. Anyone who believes will be saved.
My "God save everyone" prayer is a fine sentiment but unbiblical. It makes us…Continue
As our countries face many difficult issues, amidst the riots, the uncertainly with the COVID 19 pandemic. It's easy to get discouraged, especially when thinking of the world our grandchildren are living in today. However, we have a big God bigger than the challenges and struggles we experience at this time and our grandchildren's …Continue
I haven’t been sleeping well lately. I wake up in the night and am unable to get back to sleep. I’m sure it is partly due to the physical, since I am facing major surgery in the next few days. I am also sure it is partly spiritual, since this was happening, to a lesser extent, long before the need for surgery. Sometimes, when I wake up, I do so with scripture on my mind. Often the scripture comes in the form of a song or hymn. I remember many years ago, confessing this rather unusual habit…Continue
Added by Dan R. Crawford on September 26, 2020 at 5:22pm — No Comments
#ItSeemsToMe... it is way too easy for Christians to unintentionally offer prayers that are actually more Republican than righteous; sound more like a Democrat than a disciple. When our political preferences infect our intercessory petitions, we have shifted from empowering the Spirit to employing the Spirit. No one of us is immune from this politicized syncretism.…Continue
Are you growing nearer to God in prayer?
We are familiar with John 15 that says our Lord is the vine and we are His branches. Jesus applies that wonderful picture in the verses that follow.
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
There are a lot of ideas on how to address our problematic issues in the USA, namely:
From my little perch in Midtown Atlanta, GA, I see the numerous arguments, and the emotional intensity on opposite sides of each issue! They are evident in both the world and the church.
The Web of Prayer
Phil Miglioratti (MA ’74)
Spring 2001 TEDS Bridge magazine
I think five or six of us showed up that June 1990.
We placed our chairs in a small circle and introduced ourselves: “Hi, I’m Al from Palatine…I’m Joe from Arlington Heights…John from Lake Zurich…Gary from Schaumburg.” They had come to my office…Continue
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To Both Personal & Corporate Praying
Don’t be conformed nor confined by the status quo...
Let God transform…Continue
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Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God combines memoir with theology. Step-by step instructions introduce the practice of praying in color as a way to do intercessory prayer.
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