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Jesus is Coming by Billy Graham

2PETER 3:8-9 ESV

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Jesus is Coming!

Many people are asking, “Where is history heading?” A careful student of the Bible will be led to see that God controls the clock of destiny. Amid the world’s confusion, God’s omnipotent hand moves, working out His unchanging plan and purpose. Jesus Christ is coming to earth again. It is Christ who is in control, and He will determine the outcome. George Whitefield, the great English evangelist, said, “I am daily waiting for the coming of the Son of God.” But he did not sit down and do nothing. He burned out his life in proclaiming the Gospel of Christ.

Daily Prayer

Father, deliver me from slothfulness, keep me quickened to deliver Your message of salvation to everyone who will listen, until that day I die or You return again.

“Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

Love is what the world needs to realize today, not judgmentalism.  That comes later…from God, not us!

A Brief Note on the Symantecs of Evolution

The most effective lies are those that are based on a partial truth. The package of beliefs, notions, theories and hypotheses that are known as “Evolution” are no exception!  All of “evolution” is not true.  At the very least, a fair-minded individual would have to admit that most of it cannot be proven by the scientific method.  But, all the same, I cringe when someone says that “evolution” is a total lie, because people hear that, see the part of evolution that makes sense and discounts anything said after that about “evolution” being false.

We are familiar with the part of evolution that says we evolved from a one celled organism into homo sapiens mankind.  Most would agree that there is no proof for this.  There is a missing link showing the transition, which is to say where is the proof?  You can see many species of animals for instance and geneticists say surely one evolved from the other, but where is the in between creature?  Extinct, they say!  Isn’t it suspicious (and against the scientific method) that in all these cases, all the “in-between” links went extinct?  The former version survived, even though it was disadvantaged and “replaced” with a more fit version…and the ultimate version survived in all its evolutionary splendor!  But the very link in between, that could prove trans-specie natural selection is missing.  It did not survive….every single time!  How can anyone dedicated to the scientific method of discovery ever believe that bunk?

The part of “evolution known as “natural selection” (perhaps better known as survival of the fittest) is absolutely true, to a point.  We see it in action around us.  Mankind has not been protective of some species, and they have gone extinct.  At the top of the food chain, we should have done better.  But my point is, if you say natural selection is a lie, by lumping it together under the general title of “evolution”, then you are simply mistaken, despite your good intentions, and no one hears anything else you have to offer.  Your lie has discredited you.

Of all the people debating this issue, less than half are truly well-informed on all the aspects.  It takes study!  You cannot just take one part you do not agree with and proclaim evolution to be bunk, any more than your opponent can take one part they believe in and fill in the blanks to say all of evolution is true.

A lot has been said about “faith” and how it takes more faith to believe in evolution than it takes to believe in the Biblical account of creation.  If both sides tried better to understand the topics, the answer would be obvious.  Facts and conclusions based upon the scientific method are seen on both sides.  Faith-based conclusions are present on both sides.  This controversy may go on until the end of time.  But we must be careful to know both sides of an issue before we make strong dogmatic statements.

I assume this post will draw some comments.  Let’s keep them on point and avoid name-calling, pigeon-holing, stereotyping, etc.  Let’s be respectful of one another, otherwise how can anyone learn?

Theologian Trading Cards

I reposted this blog to give credit to Walter for finding these. They are so cool, if I do not get a set for Father’s Day, I may just have to go to the Zondervan web site and buy them as a self-indulgence.

Walter Bright

I was spending some time a few minutes ago on one of my favorite blogs of all time and came across this post. I thought this was the coolest thing ever. It is officially on my list of father’s day gifts – yes – you got that right – gifts!

Theologian Trading Cards by Norman Jeune III

Zondervan’s Theologian Trading Cards offer an incredibly novel way to learn theology and church history. Creator Norman Jeune III came up with the idea to imitate baseball cards at seminary while listening to students discuss theologians as if they were baseball players.

The result is 288 trading cards featuring important figures in church history including heretics and philosophers.

Theologian Trading Cards by Norman Jeune III

Theologian Trading Cards by Norman Jeune III

Each card features the theologian’s name, lifespan, short biography, and quick list of significant contributions that influenced Christianity. If you want a quick yet thorough lesson on church history, these cards will be one of the better options if not the best.

Theologian Trading Cards by Norman Jeune III

Theologian Trading Cards by Norman Jeune III


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Martin Niemoller

RE: Communists, Socialists & Jews

Martin Niemoller was a decorated u-boat captain in the First World War but subsequently became a minister of religion and a relatively high profile opponent of the Nazis as they increasingly gained firm hold of the reins to power in Germany. Niemoeller was active as a leader in a so-called Pastors’ Emergency League and in a Synod that denounced the abuses of the dictatorship in the famous “Six Articles of Barmen.” Such activities finally led to his arrest on 1 July 1937. When the subsequent court appearance was followed by his release with only a modest ‘slap on the wrist’ Hitler personally ordered his incarceration with the result that Niemoeller remained in concentration camp, including long periods of solitary confinement, until the end of the war. Niemoller occasionally traveled internationally after the war and delivered many speeches and sermons in which he confessed of his own blindness and inaction in earlier years when the Nazi regime rounded up the communists, socialists, trade unionists, and, finally, the Jews. In this regard he framed a now famous quotation that is often presented in a corrupted form. Niemoller himself however lived through the events associated with the Nazi seizure of absolute power and knew which groups had been persecuted by the Nazis and also knew the order in which those groups had come particularly under persecution.

  • First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out– because I was not a communist;
  • Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out– because I was not a socialist;
  • Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out– because I was not a trade unionist;
  • Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out– because I was not a Jew;
  • Then they came for me– and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Since preparing the above quotation we (original source) have received an e-mail from one of our German visitors who took the trouble to visit the Martin Niemoeller Foundation web site (www.martin-niemoeller-stiftung.de) to track down their version of the famous quotation. He has provided the following translation of the quotation available at the Martin Niemoeller Foundation web site:-

  • When the Nazis came for the communists, I said nothing; I was, of course, no communist.
  • When they locked up the Social Democrats, I said nothing; I was, of course, no Social Democrat.
  • When they came for the trade unionists, I said nothing; I was, of course, no trade unionist.
  • When they came for me, there was no one left who could protest.

Our German visitor’s e-mail, sent in the hope of establishing greater precision, further suggests that although Niemoller may have himself translated or restated the saying later with some mention of the Jews his original formulation was perhaps aimed at political and not social organizations. We (original source) hope to investigate this matter further and to present a definitive version in the future. The following version of Martin Niemoller’s famous quotation or poem actually comes from the text of an Address he gave to the United States Congress in 1968 and which appears in the Congressional Record, October 14, 1968, page 31636.

  • “When Hitler attacked the Jews I was not a Jew, therefore I was not concerned.
  • And when Hitler attacked the Catholics, I was not a Catholic, and therefore, I was not concerned.
  • And when Hitler attacked the unions and the industrialists, I was not a member of the unions and I was not concerned.
  • Then Hitler attacked me and the Protestant church — and there was nobody left to be concerned.”