Recently, I heard that Bruce Jenner went to church, and the Pastor prayed with him. I rejoiced. But I just found out that not everyone was happy about this, in fact some Christians got mad at the Preacher. I am not a major sports fan, so I have never been a fan of Bruce. I am not a fan of how he mutilated his body either. I am however a fan of Jesus Christ, the perfect preacher. Jesus sat down and ate with tax-collectors, prostitutes, and the formerly demon possessed. Yes Bruce is a sinner, and sexual perversion is a terrible stain on our church and our planet. Bruce is something else… a creature made by God, in God’s own image.
The only sin free person that ever walked this planet was and is Jesus Christ. If it is wrong for a preacher to pray with a sinner it is wrong for a preacher to pray with you, because you are not perfect either. As long as sinners are open to hearing about the better way Christ laid out for us Church is exactly where they should be.
Unless it turns out that Bruce is trying to get the church to be accepting of his sin, I say that Church is exactly where he should be!
On Facebook someone actually claimed that Pastors don’t have a “real job”. I beg to differ.
The best pastor in the world Jesus Christ, and he needed to get away sometimes to refuel both physically and spiritually.
His shoes are to big for anyone else to wear. If Jesus had to rest, just imagine the strain that mere humans who are preachers have to endure.
Yes, there are some pastors that hardly work at all, but lazy people exist in almost every profession. The best pastors would burn out in no time flat without divine help. Pastors often bare the deepest darkest burdens of the entire congregation. They know how many people have caught their spouse cheating, they spend time in hospitals with babies in dire health, and cry with the parents, They bare burdens that the lucky would never imagine. They don’t just work when the church doors are open. They get called by grieving people at 2 AM in the morning , who don’t realize that the pastor hasn’t had a lick of sleep, they study the Bible and works of apologetics so that they can have answers for people who question faith in God. They create sermons that won’t put their congregation to sleep. The list of things that pastors do goes on and on…seemingly forever. They are usually underpaid, and struggling to make ends meet.
The best pastors not only have a real job, but a job that isn’t even possible under human abilities.
Please pray for every pastor you know!
IS ASKING “AM I GOING TO HELL?” A GOOD REBUTTAL TO SCIENTIFIC ARGUMENTS FOR THEISM?
I want to use this woman’s story to show how sensible atheists reach a belief in God.
I don’t know when I first became a skeptic. It must have been around age 4, when my mother found me arguing with another child at a birthday party: “But how do you know what the Bible says is true?” By age 11, my atheism was so widely known in my middle school that a Christian boy threatened to come to my house and “shoot all the atheists.” My Christian friends in high school avoided talking to me about religion because they anticipated that I would tear down their poorly constructed arguments. And I did.
As I set off in 2008 to begin my freshman year studying government at Harvard (whose motto is Veritas, “Truth”), I could never have expected the change that awaited me.
It was a brisk November when I met John Joseph Porter. Our conversations initially revolved around conservative politics, but soon gravitated toward religion. He wrote an essay for the Ichthus, Harvard’s Christian journal, defending God’s existence. I critiqued it. On campus, we’d argue into the wee hours; when apart, we’d take our arguments to e-mail. Never before had I met a Christian who could respond to my most basic philosophical questions: How does one understand the Bible’s contradictions? Could an omnipotent God make a stone he could not lift? What about the Euthyphro dilemma: Is something good because God declared it so, or does God merely identify the good? To someone like me, with no Christian background, resorting to an answer like “It takes faith” could only be intellectual cowardice. Joseph didn’t do that.
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Pastor Sherrard writes: […][P]astors are… watchmen. And when the enemy is before us, the watchmen better not have his head down wiping the eggnog off his ugly sweater as the walls are being scaled. Rather than be caught defenseless, pastors must equip their people to engage a culture that is becoming increasingly hostile toward Christianity. And so, the pulpit must be political. Yes, I know that Christ’s kingdom is not of this world. Let’s get that out of the way. I already hear your objection: “We should care more about salvation than society.” Sure, I agree. It is better to lose the world than your soul. But if you think that society can go to hell as long as people don’t, you’ve fallen for an old trick and you’ve misunderstood the nature of the gospel.
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Sleepless in the Physics Lab 7 Cosmic Questions That Induce Insomnia by Regis Nicoll Article originally appeared in Salvo 13
A virulent strain of insomnia has hit a special group of folks: physicists. According to an article in NewScientist.com, there are seven conundrums that can keep these crumple-jacketed oracles “tossing and turning in the wee hours.” The article was reporting on a panel discussion held in October 2009 at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Canada. Upon being asked, “What keeps you awake at night?” the group of physicists came up with the following list of vexing questions. Disappointingly, their discussion failed to reveal the depth of these mysteries and why they are so discomforting. To better understand the troubled spirits of scientists, I thought it would be helpful to fill in some detail for each of the seven questions.
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