Ryan Lochte is a top swimmer from the US and a favorite to win multiple medals at this London 2012 Olympic games. When he lost the 200M Freestyle event, the commentators tried to explain what went wrong. One concluded: “maybe his head just wasn’t in the game”.
Thought and Action: Christianity has been on the decline in the West recently. Several people have attempted to “right the ship” as it were. It has become very popular to argue that the issue is “dead orthodoxy”. The idea is we have all kinds of people who tow the party line and believe the right things, but it has no impact on their lives and the hypocrisy has been the driving force behind the decline of the faith. It is said that orthopraxy (right living) is more important than orthodoxy (right believing). This sort of statement presupposes that the two orthos can in fact be separated. But perhaps the Olympics can stimulate us to look at this issue once again.
Was God’s public display of Jesus Christ, “as a propitiation” for sinners (Romans 3:25), the very foundation of Christian proclamation, or divine child abuse? Did Paul teach the imputation of Christ’s righteousness justifies the ungodly (Romans 1:17), or is it time for a new perspective on Paul? Is the gospel of God the power of God for salvation; to all who believe (Romans 1:16), or is are good deeds, a more effective draw than old creeds? Today the Church is wrestling with a whole host of challenges, and once again the foundations of authority are being questioned.
The vital question of authority has traditionally been framed by the question, “Is the Bible our inerrant authority for all matters upon which it addresses?” Some today make plain that it is not, whether they come at it from the perspective of skepticism in the emergent movement, by some sociological driven segments of the missional movement or the pragmatism that continues to be an authority for those in the seeker movement. Continue reading
Do you long for extraordinary spiritual power? Charles Spurgeon speaks of prayer in dramatic terms: “prayer” he said, “is the thermometer of grace”. He encourages the believer: “when you stand before God, ask much, and expect more, and believe that he is able to do for you exceeding abundantly above all that you ask or think.”. In his excellent book, The Power of Prayer in a Believer’s Life, the prince of preachers reminds us that prayer unleashes “extraordinary power” and seeking this power is “a pearl of great price” (Amazon).