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Evangelicals, Charismatics, and Muslims Meet in Egypt July 11, 2007

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 In a summit at the Egyptian embassy, a select group of men from Christian and Islamic causes gathered to discuss the future of the Christian-Islamic relations. Benny Hinn organized the meeting, which included Ralph Reed, Jonathan Falwell, Richard Cizik, Joshua Youssef, Ron Godwin, Gordon Robertson, son of televangelist Pat Robertson; Paul Crouch Jr., son of Trinity Broadcasting Network founder Paul Crouch Sr.; German evangelist Reinhard Bonnke; former NAE President Don Argue; and Vernon Brewer, president of the Forest, Va., relief organization World Help.

Muslim interests present included representatives from Algeria, Morocco, Libya, Kuwait, Yemen, Iraq, Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt and the Arab League, the umbrella organization that unites their cause.

Meeting behind closed doors, the group released few statements to-date, except that Cizik will organize another meeting soon.

The Wash Times covered the event.

Jefferson’s Final RSVP, July 4th Letter: “Apotheosis of Liberty” July 4, 2007

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Read the final words of Thomas Jefferson in his correspondence to a friend, Roger C. Weightman, Monticello, June 24, 1826.

Respected Sir,

The kind invitation I receive from you, on the part of the citizens of the city of Washington, to be present with them at their celebration on the fiftieth anniversary of American Independence, as one of the surviving signers of an instrument pregnant with our own, and the fate of the world, is most flattering to myself, and heightened by the honorable accompaniment proposed for the comfort of such a journey. It adds sensibly to the sufferings of sickness, to be deprived by it of a personal participation in the rejoicings of that day. But acquiescence is a duty, under circumstances not placed among those we are permitted to control. I should, indeed, with peculiar delight, have met and exchanged there congratulations personally with the small band, the remnant of that host of worthies, who joined with us on that day, in the bold and doubtful election we were to make for our country, between submission or the sword; and to have enjoyed with them the consolatory fact, that our fellow citizens, after half a century of experience and prosperity, continue to approve the choice we made. May it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. That form which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God. These are grounds of hope for others. For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.

I will ask permission here to express the pleasure with which I should have met my ancient neighbors of the city of Washington and its vicinities, with whom I passed so many years of a pleasing social intercourse; an intercourse which so much relieved the anxieties of the public cares, and left impressions so deeply engraved in my affections, as never to be forgotten. With my regret that ill health forbids me the gratification of an acceptance, be pleased to receive for yourself, and those for whom you write, the assurance of my highest respect and friendly attachments.

Rescue the Oppressed — Darfur and Rape Law June 29, 2007

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In war-torn Darfur, more than 2 Million people have been violently displaced from their homes in 4 short years. In that time, conservative estimates speculate that over 200,000 people have died in the strife.

Additionally, the report explains the high incidence of sexual violence in Darfur had been well documented in the past, but existing regulations made it “all but impossible” to prosecute rapists.

In many cases, the report added that women who admit being raped risk prosecution for “having sex” outside marriage.

Under current law, the offense carries punishment of 100 lashes or death by stoning.

Pray for peace and the power of the gospel in Darfur.

Read the press here.

Forgotten the Cross? Tozer on Christianity without the Cross June 28, 2007

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Are you willing to bear the cross daily for Christ? In this thoughtful reflection, Tozer reflects on the source of victory and the end of self in the believer’s life.

From the article: Then he said to them all: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’ (Luke 9:23 )

Prayer
Lord, in reaching out to people in this world may I not seek to disguise the cross nor leave mine at home each day.

Thought
The cross is mounted on church steeples. We have overlaid it with gold to wear around our neck or on our lapel. In doing so, have we forgotten that the cross is an instrument of death! It was for Christ and it is for us – death to self. Are we bearing our cross daily?

Read the article here.

iPhone demo get dismal review June 26, 2007

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The much-anticipated 6/29 release of the iPhone runs hot this week in the press. Apple has released the new demo video for the iPhone. The video runs long, but with features like gMaps, gMail, and full-feature internet, its worth watching.

Watch the video here.

But before you run out to buy one, you should probably read the NY Times road-tested review–its rather dismal and includes words like “decried,” “excruciating,” and “ache.”

Ouch.

Read the press here.

Netherlands cleaning up? June 25, 2007

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Legalized prostitution, euthanasia, abortion, same-sex marriage, marijuana. These are the things that has long made Amsterdam a wild city with no boundaries.

The orthodox Christian political party holds majority power for the first time. With immigration issues and problems in identifying where the country stands, the “world’s most socially liberal political laboratory” is rethinking its morally bankrupt “anything-goes” policies.

Click here for full article.

Global Warming: Russell Moore Before Senate Committee June 7, 2007

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Russell Moore, good friend and dean of the school of theology at SBTS, gave testimony today (Thursday, June 7, 2007) before the U. S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. As director for the C. F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement, he made a statement and took questions before a Full Committee hearing entitled, “An Examination of the Views of Religious Organizations Regarding Global Warming.

Throughout, Russ clearly and powerfully defined the role of evangelicals to make clear the mission of the church as well as the biblical call to exercise and engage our rights as citizens of this republic.

Click here to read his statement.

The indispensable Book: Bible and Its Sufficiency June 4, 2007

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What happens in our churches when we disregard the sufficiency of Holy Scripture? Confusion, sermons stripped of all but praxis, doctrinal error, and evangelism without power or effectiveness—the situation we see commonly today.

The Bible is indispensable to Christianity. From Pentecost to the present, no period in the history of the church has seen any substantial work of God without the powerful preaching and teaching of Christ through the Scriptures. The New Testament records a time when churches developed around the foundation laid on the teaching of the apostles and prophets.  But beyond simple history, the Bible provides formative and principled instruction on the establishment of simple bodies that bear the mark of Christ.

Link here for article on line.

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Politics of Population and Poverty June 2, 2007

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Why is the World Bank funding abortions?  In the last decade, over $2 Billion has been spent on “reproductive health,” which for secularists means abortion on demand, among other things.

Beyond erroneous reproductive spending, additional billions have been spent to reduce populations in developing countries, but this reproductive control has yielded no tangible economic progress, which is the functional purpose of the World Bank.

Mike Miller, Acton Institute director, asks in this article, “What about the rule of fair laws for every citizen, property rights, and a culture that rewards entrepreneurship? These traits have never existed perfectly anywhere on earth, but the degree to which they have been present reflects the degree to which prosperity has been achieved. Conversely, where they remain absent — as in much of the developing world today — poverty and misery are found in their stead.”

He concludes, “People can choose whether to eat a Big Mac or shop at Wal-Mart, but when foreign aid is made contingent on reproductive health policies that include abortion — and there is no choice — that is real cultural imperialism. It is ironic that Europe, the very continent facing an economic crisis because of population decline, is busily promoting its own disease as a panacea for what ails the developing world.”

Read the article here.

Religious Liberty fails, Gospel still Moves in Malaysia May 31, 2007

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In a recent post, I mentioned the possibility that Malaysia’s high court could forge a new direction toward free exercise in the largely Muslim country. The decision has received pressure from many sides, religious and otherwise, but Malay Muslim forces prevailed in the deliberation chambers.

Unfortunately, the court decided against Lina Joy and liberty today. Three judges heard her appeal, one for, two against  her request.  Chief Justices Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim and Federal Judges Alauddin Mohd Sheriff . The verdict comes after many years of increased pressure from Islamic fundamentalists to deny the woman the permission to marry a Christian.  Instead she will be forced to marry a Muslim man in a ritual ceremony that subjects her to highly discriminatory Islamic family and inheritance laws.

More from the press:  She was refused in both cases because as ethnic Malay she was legally Muslim and “could not change religion”. Religious issues involving Malays, including conversions to other religions, fall under the jurisdiction of Islamic courts and not the country’s general laws. De facto, two legal systems coexist in the country: one based on Islam; the other, on the constitution. And the two are often in conflict. Lina Joy’s case illustrates this clearly. The constitution guarantees freedom of religion; Islamic law prohibits conversion to any other religion. 

Pray for these, and others, around the world who suffer under the hand of their fellow citizens, lacking the ability to worship with their liberty protected by law.  Also, pray the gospel will continue to move with swiftness through the streets of this nation that outlaws religious liberty.

Read more here.