Friday, September 29, 2006

Thideological News of the Day

"SEEKER SENSITIVE" CONFLICT
Recent reports indicate Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tennessee, one of the largest churches in the Southern Baptist Convention, is dividing over the implementation of “Seeker Sensitive” principles most notably made popular by Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Church. Complete articles on the situation may be found here and here.

It always troubles me to see brothers and sisters bickering but this one hits very close to home as I had the privilege of serving as an intern on Bellevue’s staff while attending seminary in Memphis. It is even more troubling to see a spat like this when Scripture speaks clearly on the matter. Romans 3: 10-13 says, “There is none righteous not even one; There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God…

There is no such thing as a “seeker.” And I pray that Bellevue will conform to the biblical view of sinful man, abandon any “seeker sensitive” nonsense, and set an example for many other churches who look up to her.

AN ENCOURAGING TREND
Many young Christians are beginning to rediscover the rock-solid foundation of the Reformed faith. This article in Christianity Today explains.

A WORD ABOUT POLITICS
With the mid-term elections fast approaching it is difficult not to hear the latest predictions of results and speculation on what it all means. I make no secret of my conservative leanings in this area (although my brand of conservatism is more akin to the libertarian style established by the likes of Thomas Jefferson than it is to the big-government style we see today). Here is an article that examines what happened to the conservatives who used to represent my beliefs. It’s a bit depressing, but…

If you are like me and long for a much smaller government then here is a candidate we can truly get behind.

2 Comments:

At 1:36 PM, Blogger Christopher said...

As a conservative and a Christian, I fear the direction the Republican Party is moving in. I see this Foley scandal and the spinning/posturing done by Prominent party men concerning it, and it makes me ill. We have been no better than the yahoos we replaced, and it's increasingly looking like our legacy will be worse.

 
At 12:41 PM, Anonymous Franklin Rant said...

Christopher,

Quite frankly I see no difference between the two parties. The members in each are concerned only about maintaining their power in Washington. They merely appeal to different groups in order to achieve the same goal.

A prime example is this: George W. Bush, like most Republicans, portrayed himself as an advocate for smaller government. Yet, he is the very person who spearheaded the effort to use federal money to pay for prescription drugs (something clearly not authorized in the Constitution). He did this in the face of constituents who said they neither needed nor wanted this "benefit."

Why would he do this? Because he saw this as an opportunity to secure Medicare recipients as a Republican voting block. This kind of wealth redistribution has worked well for the Democrats in the past so, Bush figured, we might as well get in on some of that, too.

Disgusting.

 

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