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-Celebrating The Resurrection of Jesus and Easter 2017

by Dr. D ~ April 11th, 2017

Here are links to some of the past articles we have featured on this site on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the celebration of Easter:

-Resurrection of Christ: Wright On! Listen to this! New Testament scholar N.T. Wright is right on in this short video on the Resurrection (2:23)

 

-Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? Yes! If not, as Paul says (I Cor. 15:14) the entire Christian faith is in vain. Here’s a link to a great article on all of the facts concerning the resurrection of Jesus–a timely pursuit for the Easter season:

Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?

by William Lane Craig, professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. This is the best and most concise article that I have found on the Resurrection of Jesus. 

-Was Easter Really Borrowed From a Pagan Holiday? Here’s a good article by Anthony McRoy that contradicts the popular notion that the Christian celebration of Easter was borrowed from pagan sources:

“Was Easter Borrowed from a Pagan Holiday?”

McRoy provides historical evidence that the name ‘Easter’ was actually derived from the Old High German ‘eostarum’ which meant "dawn" and not from the name of a supposed pagan goddess.

Finally, here’s a link to our most popular article of all time during Easter week and one we traditionally post on Good Friday:

-“It’s Friday But Sunday’s Coming”

May you and yours be blessed this Easter season.                 *Top

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-The Satanic Temple: Atheists in Goat’s Clothing

by Dr. D ~ February 28th, 2017

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             (Image: Wikipedia)

The Satanic Temple is a growing organization with charter groups in a number of major cities across America. It styles itself as a ‘religious movement’ but is nothing of the sort unless you consider atheism a religion and it should not be confused with other groups which actually worship Satan.

In reality this is nothing more than an atheist activist group which does not even believe in the reality of the Devil but uses the symbols of Satan and the trappings of religion to oppose Christians, Christian beliefs, Christian organizations, and the American church in any way possible.

We recently wrote an article about ‘After School Satan Groups’ being established in public schools around the country. This is the atheist organization behind that movement. Now I find an article claiming that this organization will probably see exponential growth as an organization that opposes the Trump administration which includes a number of Christians. Here’s the story from the LA Weekly:

…these Satanists identify as justice-oriented atheists, using the symbol of Satan not just as parody but also to challenge religious groups that use the mantle of God to justify their actions. At a time when religious advocates hold tremendous power in the White House, the Satanic Temple’s mission may become more important than ever — if its would-be supporters can get past all the demonic imagery.

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Response: If you read the Wikipedia article about The Satanic Temple, what this group is all about becomes much clearer. This is an activist atheist group that opposes any public displays of religion by demanding equal time for their ‘Satanic’ prayers, symbols, teaching, and school clubs.

In addition, they are on the opposite side on nearly every major issue from conservative Christians. They support abortion, Planned Parenthood, evolution and climate change, all LGBTQ issues including transgender bathrooms, and believe that the separation of church and state limits freedom of religion in public. Also, when it comes to same-sex marriage, they have made it an actual ‘sacrament’ of their temple.               *Top

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-President Trump: Relying on God Now More Than Ever?

by Dr. D ~ January 31st, 2017

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President Donald Trump has been in office for just over a week now and I have never seen the media react with such fervor and resolute unhinged opposition. Also I have never seen one in that office actually do as much in their first week.

Maybe others have, but the constant drumbeat of the media and the continual protests by leftist celebrities, it seems like it was the busiest first week ever for a president. One of the funniest pictures I have ever seen on Facebook characterizes that experience. It shows President Trump with the caption:

“Good Morning Snowflakes! What are we offended about today?”

Meanwhile in a recent interview, President Trump says that he is praying and relying on God more than ever since taking office. From Charisma:

"I would say that the office is so powerful that you need God even more," Trump told The Brody File. "There’s almost not a decision that you make when you’re sitting in this position that isn’t a really life-altering position. So God comes in even more so."

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Response: This is really good to hear. Since the election some who are closest to him say that Trump has been humbled by the whole thing and has really sought out God’s help. You can see that intent in his choice to actually have more prayers given at his inaugural than any other president before him.

Regardless of  whether you politically support our new President or not, all of us should be praying him that he will be guided and inspired to make the best possible decisions for our nation and world.                    *Top

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-Canada: Conservative Churches are Growing While Liberal Ones Continue to Decline?

by Dr. D ~ December 13th, 2016

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Recent research in Canada confirms that theology and belief really do matter when it comes to church growth and decline. The churches that are growing have ministers that affirm traditional Christian beliefs while the ones in decline not so much. Here’s the story from On Religion:

The bottom line: The faith proclaimed in growing churches was more orthodox – especially on matters of salvation, biblical authority and the supernatural – than in typical mainline congregations.  …

Focusing on 2003-2013, the researchers defined "decline" as an average loss of 2 percent of church attendees a year. "Growing" churches were gaining people in the pews at a rate of 2 percent or more.

“…What we see is that growing churches hold more firmly to basics of traditional Christianity, including being more diligent about things like prayer, Bible reading and evangelism."

Crucial findings in this study showed that, in growing churches, pastors tend to be more conservative than the people in their pews. In declining congregations, pastors are usually more theologically liberal than their people.

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Response: This research was interesting on a number of different levels. First of all it was done in mainline Canadian denominations which are all in decline. The leaders in those denominations really didn’t seem to care enough to even know about the few ‘success’ stories that were in their own organizations.

It really is a question of why bother. If the traditional beliefs are no longer taught or supported then the church becomes nothing more than another social club that meets together once a week and does some good things for people once in a while. But there are lots of other groups that do the same.

In the growing congregations, the pastors nearly all believed in the resurrection of  Jesus while a substantial number in the declining churches did not. Those leaders in the declining churches need to re-read I Corinthians 15: 14 where Paul states that the church and the faith are a waste of time if Jesus wasn’t raised from the dead.

The ‘growing’ pastors also teach that it is crucial for non-believers to become Christians and 100% of them believe that God still answers prayers today and performs miracles while the leaders of the churches in decline are far less supporting.

Similar research was done a generation ago in the USA. Dean M. Kelley in his book- “Why Conservative Churches Are Growing” (New York: Harper & Row, 1972, Updated, 1977) came to many of the same conclusions as this recent research in Canada.

It stirred up quite a controversy while I was attending a mainline seminary and many books and research projects followed all of which substantially supported the original. Nevertheless, the mainline denominations that were declining continue to decline because their liberal leaders obviously did not want to make the changes that would make them more successful as an organization if they had to become more conservative in the process.

In the last 40 years or so, the segment of the American church that saw the most growth were conservative evangelical non-denominational churches while the more liberal mainline churches continued to sharply decline and the more conservative denominational congregations showed some slight gains.

I am also sure that the Canadian denominational leaders will mostly ignore this research and probably make statements supporting a view that growth is not all that important that diversity is a more important goal in Canada.               *Top

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-Happy Thanksgiving 2016

by Dr. D ~ November 24th, 2016

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("The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth": Wikipedia)


Happy Thanksgiving 2016 to you and yours. Our traditional Thanksgiving message follows:

Thanksgiving is an uniquely American celebration that began nearly four centuries ago with a deeply religious people, the Pilgrims, giving thanks to God for preserving them though a very hard year and bringing them their first bountiful harvest which they gratefully shared with their indigenous neighbors.

It was our first President George Washington who proclaimed that our first official national day of public thanksgiving should be dedicated by observing and:

“…by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God.

In recent years the ‘politically correct’/secular crowd has rewritten the history of the first Thanksgiving placing an emphasis upon the hand that the indigenous American Indians played in helping the original Pilgrim community to survive. In the process they have redirected the emphasis on thanks towards neighbors and friends and away from the providence of Almighty God.

While it is always good to be thankful for others who have enriched our own lives and certainly that has a good part to play in the celebration. Nevertheless the major emphasis of Thanksgiving should always be upon God as it was on that very first occasion.

For my family and I, we will be praising and thanking the Lord God Almighty for the bounties and the providence that he has bestowed upon us this year in the name of his Son Jesus Christ. May Our Heavenly Father bless your family today and continue to bless all of us and this nation during this holiday season and in the year to come.           *Top

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