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CT Feature: Worship in 1AD May 27, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Church.
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If you have never read Justin Martyr, early church leader (155 AD), then you should, especially in these Da Vinci Code days . . . .

In his work, The First Apology of Justin, the Martyr, he writes a fascinating account of worship and practice in the early church.

CT features an excerpt of his work (here).

You can read the entire Apology (here).

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Gore cites Scripture for his Global Warming Cause May 27, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Politics/Public Policy.
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Almost-president Al Gore packed a New York theater to discuss climate change and the coming global crisis this week. The event coincides with the release of his global warming pseudo-documentary disaster film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” distributed by a division of Paramount Pictures.

He cried, “Every faith tradition has teachings that are directly on point [to climate change].” Gore told the packed audience, which included former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, “The Book of Revelation [says] God will destroy those who destroy his creation.”

Gore noted that some evangelical Christian leaders have expressed concern about climate change, musing, “Whatever works.”

Gore closed, packed his things, and left the town hall meeting in a hired limo.

The irony: his exit vehicle gets about the same mileage as the latest HUMMER (H3).

Read more (here).

Pray for Indonesia and SE Asia May 27, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Missions/Evangelism/Apologetics.
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I traveled to SEAO last year on a mission and saw the devastation of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Most of those who suffer in this region of the world live in poverty–both spiritual and economic.

Pray for those affected, and pray for the missionaries in that region who will be working to make a difference through the power of Christ.

You may read more about the devastation in this article of The Age (here).

Graduating Seniors interrupt Ceremony with Prayer May 20, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Culture/Society.
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RUSSELL SPRINGS, KY. – “A federal judge on Friday blocked a southern Kentucky high school from including prayers in its graduation ceremony, prompting students to begin reciting the Lord’s Prayer during the opening remarks.
About 200 students interrupted the principal’s comments with the prayer, drawing applause and a standing ovation from the crowd.”

This story (here) describes the inspiring zeal of a group of high school seniors in their commencement service.

Emergent Leaders help God with His PR Problem? May 20, 2006

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“I think God had a PR problem,” Walter Henegar begins his article (here), “More than a Fad: Understanding the Emerging Church,” addressing the movement and its dramatic redefinition of Christ and Christianity.

Thinkers need to read this blog and file it somewhere.

Henegar is associate pastor of ChristChurch Presbyterian in my hometown, Atlanta, Ga.

Death of Jaroslav Pelikan May 17, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Books, World News.
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The Washington Post reports (here), “Jaroslav Pelikan, 82, Yale University professor of history and religious studies and one of the world’s foremost scholars in the arena of the history of Christianity, died May 13 at his home in Hamden, Conn. He had lung cancer . . . .”

So, what’s your excuse? May 16, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in World News.
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The Washington Times (here) tells the story of Mark Inglis, the first double-amputee to conquer the summit of Mount Everest. The 47-year-old and his team set out on March 25 and had aimed to reached Everest’s summit by the end of this month.

Also, I found it interesting that duct tape has found its way up Everest. News coverage of his climb earlier this month (here) reports, “Mark Inglis was nearly 21,000 feet up when he slipped and cracked his carbon fiber leg . . . . Instead of quitting Inglis wrapped it up in duct tape . . . .” Hank Wms Jr. lyrics ring through my head when I read news like that.

You can also visit Mark’s sites here and here.

PHC Profs go to the mat in CT May 15, 2006

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In a previous post (here), I cited the LA Times report of the shake-up in Purcellville at Patrick Henry College. For the record, the professors have gone public with their side in CT, clarifying the waters on the issues they explain are at the root of the problem.

In the article, “Shakeup at Patrick Henry College: New president and academic dean announced after 5 of school’s 16 faculty quit in protest,” the professors record a disagreement with the president (now moving to chancellor).

Issues of contention include the use of the “lifeboat” game in class, published articles on general revelation, president Farris’ alleged expression that Augustine “was in hell,” and the list goes on . . . .

Without accreditation, PHC could be in serious trouble if the positions aren’t filled quickly and explanation given on the dissonance between faculty & administration.

Read the article (here).

See other coverage here, here, and here.

‘Our Team Reigns’ May 15, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Culture/Society.
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From Bible-themed bobblehead dolls to pics with Larry and Bob (VeggieTales characters), this Washington Times article (here) explores the recent marketing phenomenon of “faith night” at professional sport arenas.

Black Friday at Patrick Henry College May 14, 2006

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The LA Times reports on the shake-up (here) going on in Purcellville, Va. M. Todd Bates, a professor of rhetoric and former Criswell College prof, reportedly started the scuffle with a lecture on Augustine and forgot to mention the Bible or the college’s Christian mission.

Five profs have resigned from the faculty of 16. Apparently, several of the faculty made good on a pact they took after Bates’s lecture.