I was channel suffering the other night when the title of a show (Time Scanners) caught my attention. The info for the episode referred to the walls of Jerusalem during Jesus’ time being examined so I decided to check it out. The short of the long is I’m glad I did. It was an excellent and enlightening show. There’s a lot that I could say about it but instead I would encourage you to watch it for yourself. The episode is nearly an hour-long so you may have to come back later, but if you do I don’t think you’ll regret it. I don’t watch a lot of PBS but every once in a while their programming does an excellent job.
Here’s a link to watch it over the web, and here’s a description of the episode from the website:
Jerusalem: In this show the team sets out to explore the epic building legacy of Jerusalem. From the vast walls of the Temple Mount, to the incredible man-made mountain of Herodium, they plan to use cutting edge 21st century technology to analyze constructions made at the time of Christ. Given unique access to scan the iconic Wailing Wall, and travelling deep into the dangerous West Bank, the team treks across Jerusalem and beyond on the trail of King Herod’s remarkable building ambitions, discovering new revelations about just how good his ancient builders were and answering long held mysteries about Herod’s magnificent structures.
Go ahead and sit a spell with me, this may take a minute or two.
Ever heard of the TV show “Ask a Pastor”? Neither had I until the other day. I caught an episode coming on a religiously natured channel and decided to watch it for curiosity sake. The premise of the show was rather simple: call a phone-number to ask a host and a panel of five “pastors” a Bible question and they would try to give an answer from the scriptures.
Although I’m not too fond of the show’s title (due to the confusion that most of the religious world has with the word pastor and preacher), I must admit that I liked the general basis for the show: Bible question? Get a Bible answer. Sounds fair enough to me.
But what I was curious about was the level of “ecumenical understanding” the show was going to have. The reason I say this is because the panelists, with the exception of one, were from evangelical churches with names that I had never heard of. So that left me wondering about what would happen if a question was asked that crossed the doctrinal wires of the panelists? Would there be disagreement? Would there be an attempted rebuttal? How balanced would they be in their approach to the scriptures? Surprisingly enough to me, it didn’t take long for me to see how this would play out. Continue reading
It seems as though, at least to me, that a certain element within Hollywood has decided to take several shots at producing Bible based media. To some people this is a good thing, but has Hollywood actually become Holywood within the last couple of years? I think not! That’s why when I take a step back and consider the source from which these “spiritual” waters are being drawn, the thing that bothers me is the duplicitous nature of these programs that the average person is completely blind to. You see, the media version is presenting the story without presenting the lesson, as their commercials and televised programs obviously reveal. Because sex, violence, betrayal and drama sells (I mean what major time-slot show doesn’t revolve around these principles?), and because the Bible contains plenty of sex, violence, betrayal and drama, Hollywood has decided to try and cash-in on what it considers to be the embarrassing, but also oh so carnally delectable and promotable, portions of the holy scriptures. It’s nothing but a backhanded compliment and attempt to exploit the very book, and the very God, that they abhor.
When someone presents the salacious story without presenting the spiritual lesson, they make their point and reveal their intentions at the same time.
“…They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.” (Jude 12-13)
How do you go about converting America to accept homosexuality as an alternate sexual norm. Back in 1989, a psychologist and an advertising executive set out to redefine the homosexual movement. Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen outlined their plan in After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the ’90s. They spelled out a strategy that is now being followed that is calculated to make the aberrant behavior appear as normal as possible. Judging by the television network shows, their plan is being followed to the letter. Not a night goes by that at least one TV show and often several broadcasts this corruptness. It has become so commonplace that I find myself turning the channel or the TV off more than ever before. While that works for me, I know that in most homes the perverseness will be allowed to run its course and the result over time will accomplish a climate of acceptance to that which has always before this generation been contrary to nature and deserving of condemnation. I object but I doubt my solitary voice joined with others here and there will make much difference. But of one thing I am confident, America is begging for judgment! “Wherever the corpse is, there will the vultures circle.”
“But as a mountain falls and crumbles away, And as a rock is moved from its place; As water wears away stones, And as torrents wash away the soil of the earth; So You destroy the hope of man” (Job 14:18-19 NKJV). By the time we read the headlines, see network TV News, watch destructive TV shows or dismal movies, or listen to our dreary “friends,” it’s no wonder that “depression” has enveloped our land. Job voiced the danger of being surrounded by downers! But if we listen to God: Romans 15:13: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing.” Christians learn to speak like Paul, “We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair” (2 Corinthians 4:8 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
I’ve watched a commercial several times (and perhaps you’ve seen it too) that centers around customers literally cutting their cellphone bills in half with various tools such as a sword, a wood-saw, and other mechanically powered cutters. A couple of the mechanical devices (a chainsaw and a hedge trimmer) caught my attention when I noticed that each of them had a power-cord attached (meaning they were electric) but the commercial had the sound effects of the gasoline powered versions. For those of you who have ever used a gas-powered version of these tools you know they sound nothing like the electric version!
The commercial reminded me of a story from the Old Testament (Genesis 27:18-23) when one individual was deceived because he failed to trust what he heard over what was presented to him through his other senses. Another principle it reminded me of from the New Testament was that we are to walk by faith and not by sight, and faith comes from believing what we hear in the word of God (2 Corinthians 5:7, Romans 10:17).
If you’ve seen the TV commercial, I thought some here might find it useful for a devotional.
I have watched little snippets of the History Channel’s “Bible Secrets Revealed” (at least I think that’s the name of the show) and I am always surprised at one of two things when it comes to their topic and the Bible: 1) how elementary the topics really are, or 2) how the topic doesn’t even exist in the Bible…and let me quickly add another one – 3) how the majority of their revealed secrets revolve around the end of the world.
For example, when it comes to the elementary aspect, on one episode a person actually says people might be surprised to know that Jesus had siblings. Well I guess they might be surprised if they have never read the Bible because I don’t really see how that’s a Bible secret considering the fact the Bible plainly says that he had brothers and sisters (Mark 6:3).
But one thing/statement on the show really caught my attention when it comes the other aspects that always surprise me. On the episode that dealt with Jerusalem and how it’s been divided up amongst the world’s religions over the centuries there was person who said that Jesus said he was going to return to the Mount of Olives to begin his reign in Jerusalem. Huh?
That’s where I need your help because to be perfectly honest I don’t know where Jesus said this. Maybe I’m reading over this “Bible Secret” that’s so plain to the eyes of others. Am I failing to add up some formula in Matthew 24?
So if you adhere to premillennial beliefs (as the person on the TV obviously did) would you do me a favor and give me a book, chapter, and verse for where Jesus actually said he was going to return to the Mount of Olives and begin reigning as King in Jerusalem.