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The coming evangelical collapse…

This was the headline from a post made at Christian Science Monitor yesterday.  Somehow I missed this article, but it goes hand in hand with the poll and post I made yesterday.  I believe the article is pretty much dead on and I even made some of the same points the author did.  Check out the article, it is definitely worth the read.  Very insightful and thought provoking.  I will add that I believe the evangelical movement has been its own worst enemy.  As I mentioned below, it’s nearly impossible to find a definition that encompasses this movement.  The reasons, as I mentioned, are because it’s so ambiguous and inclusive that there are no real lines drawn as to what it means to be an Evangelical.  One quote from the article I do want to take to task is this:

A small band will work hard to rescue the movement from its demise through theological renewal. This is an attractive, innovative, and tireless community with outstanding media, publishing, and leadership development. Nonetheless, I believe the coming evangelical collapse will not result in a second reformation, though it may result in benefits for many churches and the beginnings of new churches.

I believe this will happen and the groundwork is being laid.  I believe it will occur through media outlets such as this one and many others.  Granted, there may not be a “Second Reformation” with the magnitude and grandeur of the first on, but make no mistake about it, there will be a reformation; there will be a revival.  While it may not produce the numbers of the first, I believe it will be stronger.  What I find very interesting is that the majority of Bible based, sound doctrine, Christian bloggers and media outlets are all on the same page.  We can all see what’s coming, not prophetically, but realistically, the tide is turning.  Now is the time, the ground swell is beginning for the new movement.  Are you ready?

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I Corinthians 15:51-52 “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed–in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”  

Tebow’s charity doesn’t interfere with eligibility

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Tim Tebow has been cleared to return to the University of Florida for his senior year.  Questions about his eligibility arose from his father’s missionary work and donations made to charity’s namely, Uncle Dick’s home.  The charity, an orphanage in the Philippines, was founded by the Bob Tebow (Tim’s father) Evangelistic Association.   After a brief inquiry into the donations, Tebow will return in 2009 and hope to lead Florida to back to back championships.  After spending the summer on missions trips, the former Heisman Trophy winner and product of homeschooling, led Florida to their second national championship in three years.  During this game, Tebow sported the eye black seen in the picture above leading to John 3:16 being the number one searched item on Google.  Reportedly, Tebow will be flying to the Philippines next week for a missions trip, during Florida’s spring break.  I’ll be praying that Tim Tebow’s witness remains strong and that God finds glory not only in his on-field performance, but likewise his off-field.

Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”

U2’s New Album deemed um….Christian?

An article written over at Christian Post Christian Post discusses a thought posed by some “theologians” that the band U2’s latest album is their “most thoroughly Christian” to date.  I wonder if that’s  in comparison to their others?  Listen, I know most won’t deny that U2 is a great secular band, while years ago I was a fan of some of their older albums, namely Achtung Baby, I hesitate to call any of their albums Christian.  You can’t fill one song with “spiritual” overtones and then fill the next with lust and revelry.  It just doesn’t mix.  In  my opinion it seems like a way to straddle the fence and appeal to a secular audience as well as a “Christian” audience. 

If the band’s lead singer, Bono, wants to claim Christianity, that’s on him.  I’m not here to condemn or judge.  But I am quick to point out those who might lead Christians astray.  Perhaps I would take the band’s religiosity a little more serious if they were to partake in a less partying and a less free flowing foul language.  Until then, this seems another attempt to fit a secular worldview into a biblical worldview.  If you want to listen to U2, that’s your choice, just don’t expect to hear the Gospel and if you find yourself straining to figure out if the band is singing about Christ, maybe He doesn’t exist in the song.

Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”