Category Archives: Bucket Drops

Bucket Drops – 10/14/11

After a quiet few weeks or so on the news front, there’s been a lot going on over the last 2 weeks, below are some of the ones I’ve found more interesting.

75 percent of Pastors believe Mormonism is not Christianity.  I don’t know whether the numbers in this survey are encouraging or discouraging.  Even given 1000 pastors, that still leaves 250 who fail to realize the differences between the two religions.

Survey: Bible readers prefer word-for-word over thought-for-thought translation.  This is kind of surprising given how many churches/people use translations such as the NIV.  One can only hope a shift to more literal translations is reflective of more serious Bible study.  For more info, check out this post I wrote on translations.  It provides some helpful insights into the discussions.

How Mormon is Mitt Romney? This is a good article highlighting the chief differences between Mormonism and Christianity, following up the post here yesterday. 

Obama to Gay Group, we’re not done yet. Continuing to disappoint.

Millennial data challenges youth leadersAmerica’s Millennial generation, born between 1980 and 2000, possess world-changing potential, youth leaders were told during a national conference in Nashville, Tenn.”  Of 78 million millennials, only 15% profess to be Christian.  Can you say Unreached People Group?

6 reasons young people leave the church Interesting, though I’m going to say the real #1 reason that young people leave the church is that they are unconverted.

The video below is of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players

 

Husker Football Players Share the Gospel – FCA from Three Pillars Media on Vimeo.

Bucket Drops 9/9/11

In light of this weekend’s 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, as would be expected there are a lot of blogs and news stories devoted to remembering that tragic event this weekend.  Below, I’ve included a couple, with some other followup news.

9/11 Fueled N.Y.’s Church Planting Movement – The Baptist Press discusses some of the Church Planting and Church growth increases that took place after 9/11.  Personally, I remember the prayer services in the days after and the focus on returning to “religion”.  The article states that 40% of Manhattan’s churches were started after 2000.  The article goes on to say that while the “spiritual temperature” of New York hasn’t increased, attention has definitely been on N.Y. church planting post 9/11.

9/11 and the Rise of New Calvinism – Trevin Wax poses the question of whether 9/11 played a role in the resurgence of Calvinism and Reformed Theology.  Among his rationale for this discussion is that 9/11 “forced the ‘problem of evil’ to the forefront of theological discussions.”  A worthwhile read.

Evangelicals left off 9/11 Memorial – Justin Taylor shares a link to a post by Carl Trueman which responds to the outcry of Frank Page, President of Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee who shared disappointment over the lack of Evangelical inclusion in the 9/11 “interfaith” memorial at the Washington National Cathedral. Trueman asserts that evangelicals, more pointedly Southern Baptists, should be thankful they were not included, for they would’ve had to “compromise their orthodoxy and Protestant identity.”  I agree, the other groups represented (Episcopals?) there are not praying to the same God of the Bible that “evangelicals” do.  Unless of course Rick Warren was leading the prayer, then he could make it all inclusive, like he did hereBut he has his own service planned just blocks away.

A word about Bible translationsHere is an excellent post on translation philosophies.  Remember we looked briefly at these differences in this post .  This article goes more in-depth.  Here is an excellent summary statement from the article on “What are the advantages of a church choosing an essentially literal translation?”

“The primary advantage is that preachers, teachers, and church people will have the confidence that their Bible gives them the equivalent English words for what the authors of the Bible actually wrote. They do not need to wonder at every point where translation ends and commentary begins. They do not need to worry that important material has been omitted from the original.”

In that post I linked above, I made reference to a booklet written by Kevin DeYoung on why his church switched to the ESV.  Here is the online .pdf version of that booklet. http://static.crossway.org/excerpt/why-our-church-switched-to-the-esv/why-our-church-switched-to-the-esv.pdf

Finally, a video with Paul Washer discussing what it means to “confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord.”

Isaiah 40:15a “Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales.”

Bucket Drops 9/2/11

Youth Return to Apologetics –  I have seen this on display within my own youth ministry.  Teens want to hear the truths of the Bible and where the Bible stands on major issues in today’s culture.  Likewise, they are tired of not having answers or knowing where to find answers to questions that non-believers and people of other faiths bring to them.  Simply put, apologetics has its place among the youth.

Adam and Eve, Clarifying Again what is at stake – This article, by Albert Mohler, is a good follow up to the stories on evolution that I linked to last week.  In this post, Dr. Mohler shows what is at stake when the Bible’s creation account is discounted and rejected.

Burial Box reveals fresh clues about Jesus’ Death – What greater insight into the death of Jesus could anyone possibly want other than eyewitness accounts as recording in God’s Word? I don’t know what these “fresh clues” about Jesus’ death people are looking for, but the Bible gives a detailed, historical account of exactly what happened.  Maybe the scientists should read that for “fresh clues”?

DWTS and Chaz Bono – I think this is just another example of how far as a society we have fallen from Biblical morality.  Popular show, Dancing with the Stars, announced earlier this week that Chaz Bono, daughter of Sonny and Cher Bono will be one of the latest contestants on DWTS.  The controversy over this decision stems from Chaz Bono’s openly “transgendered” lifestyle choice.  Bono now considers herself a man, not merely dressing the part, but anatomically and hormonally as well.  Here is what one defender of Bono’s had to say, “Until you have walked in his shoes you have no right to judge. What would Jesus do? You are mostly all a bunch of hypocrites. Clean up your own backyard.

What would Jesus do?  He may say something to the effect of, “Go and sin no more.” John 8:11 The Word of God is clear on its stance against sexual immorality of any kind, specifically homosexuality as outlined in Romans 1:18-27 and generally in Ephesians 5:5 “For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”  She needs to repent of her sin and by faith, turn to Christ for forgiveness.

The Offense of the Gospel restored a man from homosexuality – This is an excellent follow up story to the previous one, as a former homosexual tells of his thankfulness that his family and friends “offended” him with the Gospel, by calling him to repentance of his sin. As he states, “Each of them offended me. Each of them made me angry. I viewed them as bigoted, unenlightened, ignorant, prejudiced and hateful. If they truly loved me, I told them, they would accept me and affirm me in the lifestyle I was living. I ignored their calls and I viewed them with skepticism. I did my best to sever my relationships with those who were offending me. But they would not let me go. They did not coddle me, but they refused to give up on me.”  He is now an associate pastor and concludes his article with, “Thank you, dear friends, for your offense to me. At the time, the truth you shared was the aroma of death to me (2 Corinthians 2:15) but today it is the sweet fragrance of life.”

Finally, the video below shows just how far technology has come, literally faster than an earthquake.

 

 

Isaiah 40:15a “Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales.”