Archive for March, 2012

Great article on Pragmatism

March 21, 2012

Here is an article that appeared in the Reformation21 blog (thanks, Bill, for the heads up) recently. It’s by James Torrans (a Scottish pastor) and deals with pragmatism. He argues that there is a kind of “principled pragmatism” that the Bible actually commends. This impacts, I believe, Samuel’s decision to deceive Saul when he was anointing David in 1 Samuel 16. There is, of course, also an “unprincipled pragmatism” that has many deleterious effects in the church. I’d love to get your thoughts on this.
http://www.reformation21.org/articles/pragmatism.php
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Audio recording of Iranian muslims praying to receive Christ

March 14, 2012

The clip below includes an audio recording of an Iranian family who, after hearing the gospel on a new Christian TV station in Iran, talked with phone counselors and recorded this prayer to make sure that they had “gotten it right.” They later shared the recording with muslim friends, 20 of whom prayed to receive Christ as well.
http://etools.vomusa.org/a/vomso/bg_vomso_wdbm-20120308-IranBroadcasting_443.html
“The gospel…the power of God unto salvation…” (Rom. 1:16)
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Short video of Richard Dawkins: “I can’t be sure that God doesn’t exist…”

March 8, 2012

This video speaks for itself…Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, the world’s most famous atheist, actually describes himself as an agnostic.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9102740/Richard-Dawkins-I-cant-be-sure-God-does-not-exist.html

A thankyou from Japanese Earthquake survivors

March 8, 2012

Many thanks to Bresca Gagnon for passing this on from her missionary friends in Japan. This is a thank you from the Japanese people to all who helped in the recovery. It is very moving and encouraging…
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=SS-sWdAQsYg&vq=medium
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Interesting study on premarital sex and its effect on divorce rates

March 8, 2012

A friend sent me the link to a study done by Jay Teachman of 6500 women to determine what effect the number of premarital sexual partners had on the longevity of marriage. His findings seemed to indicate that it is not just “liberal values” that affect the success of marriage, but simply the number of intimate partners before marriage. He found that those who have 0 or 1 intimate partner before marriage (and if that partner is the one they marry) have a 75% and 69% chance, respectively, of having a long and stable marriage. Once the number of partners goes past 1, the rate drops to 52%. Here is the link: http://socialpathology.blogspot.com/2010/09/sexual-partner-divorce-risk.html
In looking at this from a Biblical perspective, we obviously have to distinguish between 0 and 1. Cohabiting with your future spouse is still wrong. But from a practical perspective, this study reinforces the sage advice that I would give a couple in love who intend on getting married and want to live together. Why take the risk that your current cohabitant will actually become your spouse? The “safest” position is also the most Biblically faithful: waiting until marriage for the gift God designed for marriage.
Check out the link and let me know what you think!
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