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Martin Luther, Halloween, and Reformation Day 2006 October 31, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Church, Culture/Society, Missions/Evangelism/Apologetics, Politics/Public Policy, World News.
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Today, 489 years ago, a monastic theology professor nailed 95 theses to the church door in Wittenburg. For what most of the West now recognizes as Halloween, today Christians everywhere are thankful for the demands Martin Luther raised before church authorities when he risked life and liturgy to seek correction at the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church to bring Christianity back to Christ and His gospel.

Read a great brief on Reformation Day (here).

Read a Roman Catholic who’s thankful for Reformation Day (here).

Dallas and the Most Dangerous City October 30, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Culture/Society, World News.
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Crime rankings for U.S. cities and metropolitan areas from statistics compiled in calendar-year 2005 have been released in a new book by Morgan Quitno Press, which bases the rankings on cities that report crime statistics to the FBI. Thankfully, of the more than 350 metropolitan areas and 380 cities of 75,000 of more population evaluated, Dallas, TX, is now #34.

#1, you ask? Home of the 2006 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Other cities of interest, Louisville, KY, #156; Atlanta, GA #17.

The safest city in the US: Brick, NJ.

Continental Crisis: Europe’s Present, America’s Future? October 26, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Books, Culture/Society, Politics/Public Policy, World News.
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In her newest book, Claire Berlinski argues that the current European context promises a destructive future for the once productive continent. Her text, Menace in Europe: Why the Continent’s Crisis is America’s, Too, uncovers the damage years of neglectful bureaucracy has yielded on the land. She summarizes, “Europeans are lazy, unwilling to fight for anything and willing to surrender to anyone; they are fascinated by decadence; they favor the bureaucracy over the corporation; they are unable to assimilate their immigrants; they no longer have children; they no longer produce much of cultural or scientific significance; they have lost their religious vocation and they no longer hold their lives to be meaningful.”

PVS, Human Organ Harvests, and Experimenting on Live Patients October 25, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Culture/Society, Politics/Public Policy.
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If you think that harvesting humans for future research sounds beyond the realm of the possible, think again. Physicians, bioethicists, and legislators argue organ harvests from patients who are in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) should be permitted to further the progress of science and medicine.

You should read this op-ed (here), where Wes Smith IDs bioethicists and lawmakers who think that humans diagnosed with PVS should be reckoned dead–or at least treated as such–and harvested for any valuable contribution they may make to society and science, including medical research. Sound creepy? It should.
As Christians, we must affirm that treating humans as “things” violates the God-given intrinsic dignity and moral value every individual owns until life ceases, including those with PVS.

Jonathan Edwards Online October 24, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Church, Culture/Society, Missions/Evangelism/Apologetics.
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While completing the research for my dissertation, I had the privilege of study at the Beinecke Library at Yale. I held Jonathan Edwards’ sermon manuscripts in my hands and read through leaves of his massive collection. Now, the Works of Jonathan Edwards are online. Over fifty years of editorial work and digital uploading produces this resource that will eventually span all of the 100,000 pages that Edwards produced in ministry.

Every text is fully searchable by chronology, theme, and scripture, and word. Every word is a challenge and rebuke to those in ministry today who need a glimpse of the God that called Edwards to think and preach and write with such demonstrable discipline. Perhaps, then He would birth another Great Awakening.

Go now and read a sermon. [Works of Jonathan Edwards Online]

Criswell College Journal now online October 23, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Campus, Church, Culture/Society, Exposing Bias, Missions/Evangelism/Apologetics, World News.
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The latest edition of CTR, the Criswell Theological Review, is set to be released. Thanks to DB, you can link to parts of it now on our website: www.criswelljournal.com

Included in this volume:  tongues, contemporary charismatic movement, gifts, pentecostalism, and on being baptist…

Africa Bible Commentary puts Bible meaning into hands of locals October 22, 2006

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After years of interpretation by Western missionaries, African Christians welcome the release of Africa Bible Commentary, a 1,600-page commentary released this summer “by Africans, for Africans,” using the language of the common tongue to apply the Bible’s teachings into a context familiar to locals.

This study tool includes explanations of problems and provides scriptural answers to issues including AIDS, corruption and female genital mutilation. After 12 years of research and writing, the commentary of the whole Bible is now available. I look forward to seeing this work and hope it proves to further African understanding of the Bible and its call to believe.

Radical Islam, Gospel void, sends France up in smoke October 21, 2006

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What would you do if you saw a group of teens insert a burning cloth into the fuel tank of your neighbor’s SUV? How would you react if those teenagers ran down your quaint suburban boulevard and torched 6 or 7 cars? Now, imagine living in Clichy, France, where over a 100 cars every day have been burned up in the last 12 months. For a year, the Chêne Pointu estate in Clichy-sous-Bois, just east of the Paris skyline, the cars have burned at an average of 112 per day.

Next week will mark the one year anniversary of the Clichy riots, and there’s no end in sight. In this Times article (more…)

Post-Preview Day October 20, 2006

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Today is post-preview day in my house,  and tonight I plan to rest and enjoy family time with Tiff and the boys.  We plan to eat bags of cotton candy and blow up water bottles with dry ice.  After that, we’ll do some kung-fu until someone gets hurt…

Preview Day at Criswell College October 19, 2006

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Today is Preview Day at Criswell College.  Hundreds of students will convene on the campus tp taste and see what God can do through them at Criswell.  Please pray for those who visit the campus today.