The progressive flag

This phrase by Pat Buchanan about American media, in a recent Politico article, perfectly captures #progressives in the church: “they are vessels flying flags of neutrality while carrying contraband.”

Renowned for wisdom

In his online devotional today David Deffenbaugh wrote:

People were drawn to, desired, and appreciated wisdom.  Who today is renown for their wisdom?  The fact is, we’re just not that interested in it.

There’s no way to research if the percentage of fools today is greater than in the days of Solomon. But mankind today is drawn to entertainment, desires thrills for the moment, and appreciates a cheap laugh more than deep truth. People today are renowned for their studies in science, their attempts to break silly world records, or the lack of self-control of the rich and famous. We’re interested in comfort and gadgets and virtual gossip.

Let the family of God desire his wisdom and live in the discernment of his will, as did the eternal Son. Let their televisions be conspicuously silent, and their screens frequently dark. Let their hands be busy in the service of Christ and their resources given to the gospel. Let their thoughts turn often to heaven, and their words to the inspired Scriptures. Let their lives be undiluted beacons of light in a world drowning in the darkness of trivial pursuits.

Let Jesus Christ truly become for them the wisdom of God, 1 Cor 1.30.

#wisdom #Christ #Bible

New theme on TFR

Today ought to be a slow day for us here at TFR, so we’re going to try the updated P2-breathe theme, still with the front-page posting. Fellows, please note that the option to open up the subject line is located at the top right of the formatting bar.

This should take care of the problem of comments made to individual posts from the front page showing up in the wrong place.

This is still in something of an experimental stage. If there are severe problems, we’ll revert to the old theme.

The background tile chosen doesn’t please much, so it’ll likely get replaced.

Fellows, please, please, familiarize yourselves with the new theme at this link here:
https://geto2.com/ and here: https://wordpress.com/theme/p2-breathe

#housekeeping #themes #progress

Ask the right question

Over on QBT, surfaces a criticism of the question about what we will do in heaven:

What we will do in…

The post, even in its pithy format, points up the need to ask the right question. One gets the impression that the celestial activity concern comes from American practicality where a body has to be up and doing something useful. People have written that, if harp-playing is all that will be going on there, then they don’t want to go. Continue reading

#bible-study, #heaven, #questions

God is wise—no annual calendar

People are often surprised when they discover that a series of significant and sometimes very bitter controversies have taken place over how to calculate the date of Easter. And as of [yet], the disagreement is still not fully resolved. —The Fight over the Date of Easter

Any people anywhere can figure out what day is the first day of the week. But even sophisticated calculations haven’t been able to nail down the exact date of Passover. If somebody’s going to celebrate an annual date of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, don’t you think they ought to get that date right? So we’ll just pretend that it’s such and such date? If the historical Jesus became man and if God recorded the facts so meticulously in Scripture, how come we can’t figure out the exact date of the crucifixion of our Lord? Continue reading

#calendar, #easter

Pick and choose your rituals

It’s ironic to see Protestants having fallen in to the Catholic tradition of annual observances like Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, and other religious dates. Before long, they’ll be adopting the veneration of saints, too.

Most of them didn’t used to do this. But when you don’t really have a basis in the Bible, you pick and choose your rituals.

Like righteous Lot of long ago, the holy ones of God feel distress at this and other religious customs that have nothing to do with the original faith given to humankind by the Lord Jesus Christ.

#pattern, #protestantism, #ritual

Doctor dragged from United Airlines plane

 

The video of a doctor dragged bloodily from a United Airlines flight last Sunday by airport security personnel will long provoke anger, long after the episode is investigated and resolved. The video went viral, and United’s stock has taken a multi-million dollar drop in value.

One writer noted that it wasn’t United personnel responsible for the scene, but an airport security person. Regardless, it happened on a United flight and the company will bear the brunt of the criticism. Continue reading

#bible, #corollaries, #evangelism, #mission